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How To Celebrate The Astrological New Year & Spring Equinox On March 20

March 20, 2022 is going to bring you all the happy, healthy spring vibes, along with some hardcore zodiac power capable of bringing intense change. We’re finally out of the depths of winter and heading straight into picnics in the park, dreamy pastel outfits, and blooming flowers. If you haven’t changed your closet from winter to spring clothes yet, bestie, what are you doing? It’s time to embrace daylight savings time, the change in the weather, and all the good intentions this time of year might bring you. 

This Sunday, get ready for the beginning of spring as well as a special treat from the universe: the start of the astrological new year. If you’re looking for motivation to reassess your new year goals and manifestations, the first day of the astrological new year is the perfect time to do so. By combining the power of the spring equinox 2022 and the astrological calendar, you might be able to approach upcoming experiences with a more open mind. Get your floral patterns, picnic baskets, and tarot cards ready. It’s time to rebloom!

With brighter days comes an astrological fresh start.

As we merge into springtime, the days will get warmer and the sun will be present for a longer period of time. Sabrina Scott, a spiritual teacher involved in witchcraft and divinatory practices, says the spring equinox and astrological new year is one of the most energetically powerful and potent times in the year. “It’s a time of rebirth, refresh, renewal and planting seeds, when everything starts to warm up again and get lighter. This can apply to ourselves as well,” Scott tells Her Campus. On March 20, along with the beginning of spring, the sun will enter Aries, starting an entirely new zodiac cycle.

“Aries is a fire sign, all about go-get-em, feisty energy — so it’s a great time to tap into the energy of the universe to help you also feel motivated and excited about what you’d like to accomplish this year,” says Scott. It’s easy to get stuck in the rut of a new year, unfulfilled and unmotivated to put time into your manifestations. If you find yourself reflecting on your new year’s intentions from January, look at this time as a refresh button and don’t be afraid to go after the things you want. Look back on your vision board and pick one thing you want to accomplish. Use the refreshing energy of springtime and the astrological new year to find the courage within yourself to achieve these dreams. 

View your spring as a precursor to an exciting, accomplished summer. Lurie Kimmerle, a mystic witch with a masters in feminist theology, says this spring has no limits to how much abundance and growth you might experience. “In the Tarot this period is the Fool card: Anything is possible! You can plant whatever metaphorical seeds you desire and get ready for a summer of growth, leading to a fall of great harvest,” Kimmerle tells Her Campus. As the astrological year resets, allow yourself to reset as well and refocus on your boundaries, wishes and true inspirations. These recollections will allow you to set honest intentions for the rest of the year. 

spring equinox and the astrological new year are spiritually connected on the same day.

Pisces is the season directly before Aries, so you might find yourself feeling a bit emotional — as Pisces is a water sign, associated with sensitive thoughts and deep reflection. While Pisces season can be beneficial for reflection purposes, Aries is the sign of new beginnings and taking action and achieving productivity in all aspects of your life — connecting to the determination of spring. By properly envisioning the actions you will take to actively evolve into Aries, you’ll be able to better attack these changes in a much more realistic way. 

Rebecca M. Farrar, M.A., an archetypal astrologer, suggests that a powerful way to set these goals along with the intentional personality of Aries season is through active movement manifestation. “It could be stretching in the morning, doing a few minutes of cardio, or setting productivity goals. Manifestation through active movement such as dancing, sex magic, or meditative movement such as yoga could also be beneficial in grounding yourself in the active changes you’re making,” Farrar tells Her Campus. 

Aries season might also encourage you to be overly ambitious, which may leave you disappointed when you realize not every goal is possible to obtain immediately. Farrar encourages focusing on what is actually possible in the next month and as you set those smaller intentions, they will grow in power and actuality. “Set a few small goals beginning near the Aries New Moon on March 31/April 1st, and then build through spring into Taurus and Gemini season,” says Farrar. For example, reflect on a New Year’s resolution you might still be holding onto. Maybe it’s  reaching out to your best friend more, receiving a job you applied for, or making more time for mental health while in college. While less monumental, these intentions are still incredibly important as you step into a season of rebirth. 

Kimmerle recommends that you take time to sit alone with your own thoughts and emotions, and possibly even focus on rest and rejuvenation during this new beginning. “Individually participate in something pleasurable and relaxing. Take yourself out for your favorite coffee drink and find a peaceful place to reflect. Ask yourself how the year has gone and what you desire to manifest into your life over the following year,” says Kimmerle. Think back month by month on specific experiences, negative or positive, and how they impacted your overall well being. Grab your arts and crafts box and make a vision board for how your year is going and how you want it to change. 

To combine the power of the spring equinox and the astrological new year, consider cleaning out your space. By going through your physical space, you might be able to recall what emotions could be holding you back from moving forward. “Clean out your cabinets, toss out everything that’s old and expired — food, clothing, habits, makeup you literally haven’t touched in three years, gifts from exes that give you bad memories, that book you couldn’t finish reading because it was so bad. Grab a few new things that replace the old ones — and choose with intention. New items should represent the type of life you’d like to welcome in,” says Scott. 

Keep these intentions in mind as the zodiac calendar continues.

Even though we leave Pisces season behind starting March 20, the planet Jupiter is still in Pisces which means as the zodiacs progress, we will continue to feel supported by the universe in achieving our intentions set at the beginning of the astrological new year. “This equinox is particularly powerful because Jupiter will still be in Pisces until May, making this a great time to consider not just your desires for the year but for years to come as well,” says Kimmerle. Think about your future and how you’d like to see it unfold in your favor. If you’re looking to connect with spirituality during this time, consider the use of crystals, sage, and an altar. “Set up your altar with green or blue candles and lapis lazuli or amethyst to prepare. Place your written desires in the center of the altar and ask Jupiter to help you this coming year.”

By trusting in the rebirth of spring and the power of the zodiac, you might be able to give yourself a second chance at a fresh start. If your 2022 didn’t start out the way you planned or you find yourself confused in how you approach your everyday life, view March 20 as an excuse to reevaluate your intentions. Spring isn’t just about flowers, long walks, and rainy days. It can be about reestablishing who you are and what your future can bring.

Meguire Hennes is a Her Campus Editorial Intern and a senior at Montclair State University. She is majoring in Fashion Studies. Meguire is excited to share her knowledge of pop culture, music, today's fashion and beauty trends, self love/mental health, astrology, and musical theatre. When not writing or in class, Meguire can be found living her best Carrie Bradshaw life in NYC, singing 70s/80s classic rock a little too loud in the shower, or watching her favorite rom-coms over and over again. Coming from a small town in Wisconsin, she's excited to see what adventures await her in the big city!
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