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Spring Equinox

By Yogi Baba Prem Yogacharya, Veda Visharada

 Within the older Vedic system of yoga, the sun is closely associated with the soul and ego.  The suns relationship with the earth provides powerful insight into our own spiritual journey, and is steeped in deep mystical meaning.  The opportunity for powerful work on the soul level is indicated 4 times a year from an astrological point of view.  These periods serve as markers for the types of work most beneficial during the upcoming cycle within the year.  These times are the spring and fall equinox and the winter and summer solstice.  These are excellent times to deepen ones meditation, yoga and other spiritual practices. 

The vernal equinox or spring equinox occurs on March 20, 2012 and is occurring under the Nakshatra (lunar mansion) of Uttara Bhadra.  Uttara means ‘later’, and bhadra means ‘auspicious one’.   This equinox marks a period of work on desire, for many it will manifest as lower desires or desires focused on materialism, but there is the opportunity to cultivate higher desire, focusing on spiritual growth and transformation.  As uttara bhadra occurs in Pisces, it does indicate an opportunity to work on the emotional side of our being; and is an excellent opportunity to work on feminine energies such as the Goddess, exploring the feminine energy, and cultivating an understanding of shakti (spiritual power).  It is an excellent time for cultivating sattvic energies and performing work on creating balance and harmony within one’s life. 

It is during this time that the spiritual sun is strongly connected with the anahata chakra or spiritual chart, indicating a powerful time to connect with the energies of the spiritual heart, especially for more advanced practitioners of meditation. 

Saturn rules uttara bhadra and gives a natural desire to move inward through meditation and spiritual activities.   Depending on the location of Saturn, rulership and other factors within the individual chart, this may cause difficulties for individuals that resist Saturn’s inward focused energy.  It is also an excellent time for establishing or beginning projects, but this should be determined by the individual birth chart, as well.   Saturn requires that we apply patience and strengthen our discipline during this time leading up to the summer solstice.    

Spring equinox indicates a time to explore our deep intuitive wisdom and to connect with life-force energy on deeper levels.  But it can also be a period of deception amongst people; a period where a portion of the population becomes more enraptured with the illusions of life; for those that choose to embrace the lower manifestation of this energy.  Working with Saturn’s energies properly can aid in moving past these lower energies, but will require patience and the cultivation of good discipline.  Practice awareness of others, watch for the lower manifestation of the energies such as deceptive qualities, and surround yourself with those that are embracing the higher aspect of these energies.  For those that are spiritually perceptive, this is an excellent time to work towards getting to the core of our being.  Likewise, for some, it can be a time of feelings of increased vulnerability; while others may feel swamped or overwhelmed by events occurring within the world and their lives.    

Join us for a special Spring Equinox program.  This program will be recorded so you can practice the techniques during the Equinox.  Learn more advanced techniques from the Vedic Yoga system.  Register Now.

 

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Yogi Baba Prem

  • Yogi Baba Prem has two books published in India, and has written numerous other books published by Universal Yoga. 

 

  • His articles have appeared in several traditional magazines and a variety of e-magazines.