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Do you believe in luck, or magic?

Is the best way to obtain luck and good fortune on Saint Patrick’s Day to look for leprechauns, four-leaf clovers, or pots of gold at the end of rainbows?

Although all of these traditional associations connected with Saint Patrick’s Day sound fun, I would say true “luck” is all about timing. Astrology might be described as the study and usage of timing to increase luck.

We experience greater luck when our individual consciousness, and the focus of our energies, is aligned with the cycles of nature and the Universe.

Many holidays are layered upon older traditions. Ultimately, most go back to the sacred calendar of the year, which is fairly universal in human consciousness. I believe this may also be true of Saint Patrick’s Day.

So then, is there any underlying spiritual significance of Saint Patrick’s Day in connection with where it falls during the year?

Yes.

St. Patrick’s Day annually falls on March 17, at which time the Sun is nearly the end of its seasonal journey through the sign of Pisces. Pisces is the most “transpersonal” sign. It is “spiritual” in the sense that is reflects a desire to fully surrender the ego in order to connect with something larger, that provides greater meaning.

Many people celebrate this holiday by becoming intoxicated. Alcohol (“spirits”) is substituted for Spirit, by which I mean a deeper and more meaningful connection with what is greater than our individuality.

I would suggest that this ritual surrender of “drinking to oblivion” might be an intuitive response to this annual calling for deeper connection.

People who are born when the Sun is in Pisces have a greater capacity for dreaming, visualizing, and imagining. This is a form of surrender. It is the surrender of discernment, by which I mean the critical or rational mind, to tap the limitless potential of the personal subconscious. Ideally, this surrender leads us to the Collective Unconscious from where all meaning is derived.

Mystical experiences also require a surrender of discernment. I believe that it is important for us to open up in this manner before setting new intentions. Surrender creates a bubble of potential. This is when we are the most receptive. This does not need to relate to any particular religion or deity. It is simply a surrender to “ALL THAT IS”.

The Spring/Vernal Equinox is the first official day of Spring. Astrologically it occurs when the Sun leaves the sign of Pisces and enters Aries. This always follows immediately after Saint Patrick’s Day.

Unlike the diffuse quality of Pisces, Aries is like a laser beam. It represents focusing the fire and passion of our intention in one direction.

In the ancient mystery schools, as well as in many modern day magical lodges, the Spring Equinox is the day when the Hierophant chooses a word or phrase – almost a magical motto – that represents the intention to be held by the spiritual community for the duration of the year.

I suggest that each of you consider doing the same.

The practice is simple:

1) Take this time as the Sun reaches the end of Pisces to reflect, dream, and surrender to something greater. Sacrifice your own ego. Become intoxicated with Spirit.

2) Be receptive to whatever message might come back to you from the Universe. Inspiration means only to “breath in” and let yourself be filled. Find meaning.

3) Choose a word or phrase to match whatever you receive. Do not over-analyze. Simply let it come and capture the essence in as concise a manner as possible. Distill it down to a sentence, phrase or single word.

4) On the Spring Equinox state your word or phrase aloud with a clear, forceful, passionate, unwavering intention to express it throughout the year.

5) BECOME THE WORD!

The Spring Equinox this year is Thursday, March 20.

There truly is magic at the end of the rainbow. We each create our own luck. <3