by Cindy Fadoir
Aaahhh!! Spring at last!! The long, contemplative time of Winter comes to an end and we are gleefully ready for a time of rebirth. A new Astrological year was born when the Sun moved into the sign of Aries, the infant of the Zodiac journey.
Our astrology training continues with a twelve month exploration through the Zodiac signs, starting with the youngest sign Aries. This month, we look at how each planet serves the human experience when appearing in the sign of Aries. At birth, various planets may appear in the sign of Aries, influencing our natal personalities. Over our lifetimes, most of the planets will move through the sign of Aries, some more often than others, depending on how close to the sun they are. On any given day, the planets which reside in Aries affect all of us, and not just those whose Sun sign is Aries.
Aries is considered the child of the Zodiac and thus, Aries exudes innocence and is rather fearless. The sign of Aries kicks off the season of Spring, showing off its’ Cardinal qualities of initiation and action. Aries expresses the energetic and passionate element of Fire. The polarity of Aries is Masculine, whose energy is emanating, outgoing and positive. This is well expressed by the Warrior planet of Mars which rules the sign of Aries. The vital energy of Mars relates to assertiveness, aggression, physical, image, projection, and sexuality. Mars naturally rules the First House which influences the personal space and physical body, personal image, projections and begins any journey through the Zodiac.
The Sun represents ego, personality, and the inner self. The sign of Aries begins when the Sun moves into the Zodiac zone of Aries. As the child of the Zodiac, the Aries Sun sign appears as selfish, self-centered, and ego-driven. This “me, me, mine” energy is also naïve. Aries are assertive and overly-competitive, impatient, daredevils, successful, brave, groundbreakers, full of freshness and vitality, forceful and direct, as well as impulsiveness and adventurous. Aries move through life fast which means they are quick tempered but their anger rarely lasts long. As the Ram, Aries meet challenges head on. The Cardinal quality and Fire element spurs Aries to launch new projects and ideas with a great drive and ambition to succeed. Completing these projects is the challenge of Aries and they can lose interest if results do not appear rapidly. Aries have a pioneering spirit, are boldly courageous and resourceful, aggressively pursuing their goals. They can be argumentative, lack tact and have bad tempers, as children are prone to do.
The key phrase of Aries is “I am” as they need to experience things first hand. The body part ruled by Aries is the head thus Aries are prone to headaches. Other key words for Aries are combustible, foolhardy, survivor, urgency, enterprising, egotistical, natural leader, manipulative, restless, fearless, vulnerable but not helpless, talkative, arrogant, and opinionated. When one is born under this sign, their basic personality reflects these Aries traits. Each year, as the sun moves into fiery sign of Aries, we all feel a bit more vigorous, youthful, ambitious and anxious to create something new.
The Moon relates to emotions, nurturing, needs, and what makes you secure. When the moon appears in Aries, the energy is expressed as emotionally impulsive and bold. There is a need to stir things up, to start new things, to feel passion or be passionate about things. Physical activity is craved. There is pride in decisiveness and getting things moving. The energy also appears as being self-absorbed, craving instant gratification and disliking authority.
Mercury influences how we think, study and communicate. When Mercury is in Aries, the energy is expressed as quick decisions, snap judgments and often argumentative. The energy supports intuitive insight regarding the dynamics of relationships, increases creativity, outspokenness, and imagination. Other words to express this energy are witty, inventive, impatient, combative, improvisational, loves a good debate, prone to exaggeration, over-zealous, and entertaining.
Venus represents how we relate, what we value, how we handle finances, and our artistic nature. When Venus aligns with Aries, the energy can result in passionate romance, early or hasty marriage, or being self-centered in love resulting in being unconsciously inconsiderate. But also, the influence may increase the ability to love anew and be in love with love. Money can come and go quickly. Other terms to express this influence are magnetic, outgoing, enthusiastic, and impulsive.
Mars relates to how we use energy, our physical stamina, and our sex drive. Mars rules the sign of Aries so whether your Sun is in Aries or not, having Mars in Aries is very dynamic. This Mars Aries energy goes after what is wanted, has a strong sex drive, and is full of fiery passion. However, there is sometimes selfish disregard of partner. Highly driven but impulsiveness, making hasty decisions can be a problem, both due to rushing in like the Aries Ram “in a china shop” and having trouble finishing what is started. Other key words for this dual Mars energy are unsympathetic, vigorous, quick tempered, youthful and quick physical energies, and needing physical activity for release.
Jupiter influences how we seek to expand, grow and express our intellect, our fulfillment in life and in society. When Jupiter appears in Aries, the energy is expressed as being zealous in our beliefs and quick to claim being right. Gains are realized through travel, children, law and friends. Other terms of expression are crusader, overly optimistic, potentially militant, impatient, generous, philosophical, and egocentric.
Saturn is an expression of how we handle obstacles, deal with authorities, how we cope with serious issues personally and in society. Saturn in the sign of Aries can appear as having a difficult childhood or marital issues, having a greater need to develop patience, discipline, and for physical outlet. This energy can be self-centered, defensive, ingenious, cantankerous, contemplative and may need to be self-sacrificing.
Uranus influences he way in which crave freedom, how we manifest individuality, where we experience sudden change and upset. Uranus in Aries is expressed as being adventurous, outspoken, restless, disruptive, know-it-all, having a fiery temper, and spasmodic enthusiasm. This energy can result in accidents caused by impulsiveness, freedom at any price, unintentional bluntness or rudeness, and a need to exercise restraint. Slow moving, outer planet Uranus currently residing in Aries. Uranus will continue to reside in Aries throughout 2014, allowing all of us to feel evolutionary, pioneering and ingenious.
Neptune represents how we reveal our imagination and intuitive capacity, and where our illusionary blind spots exist. When Neptune is in Aries, the energy ignites our imagination, allows for intuitive impulses, and is impelled to reform existing establishment. Our illusionary blind spot is revealed to be our own ego. Other words describing this energy are grandiose creativity and radically inspired. Neptune was not been in Aries since 1861 to 1874, during which the U. S. Civil War occurred, the typewriter and dynamite was invented, and the first Women’s Suffrage Law was passed in Wyoming. Neptune currently resides in the sign of Pisces, its home sign, which fosters spirituality, inspiration, sensitivity and prophetic abilities as well as medical discoveries and new cultural concepts. Neptune will again move into Aries in 2025.
Pluto influences how we personally transform and regenerate. Pluto in Aries is expressed as impulsiveness, resourcefulness, individuality, and exploration. The last time Pluto was in Aries was 1822 to 1851, during which the need for emancipation was compelling, militant communism was born, global thinking started. Pluto currently resides in Capricorn. Pluto will need to move through Aquarius and Pisces before transitioning to Aries in 2067. Due to the length of time it takes to move from one sign to another, looking at which house Pluto resides in has more annual influence. The house shows which area of your life is being effected by the sign placement.
Speaking of Uranus being in the sign of Aries . . . during the week of April 20, Uranus (rebellious, sudden changes) will be square to Jupiter (expansive) in the sign of Cancer (emotional). Mars (warrior) will be in the sign of Libra (relationships) and will be square to expansive Jupiter and square to Pluto (transformation) in Capricorn (big business and government). This results in a Grand Cross or Grand Square. The square is a stressful aspect, leading to the feeling of being boxed in and all four signs are Cardinal quality which pushes for the start of new action. The planet Jupiter has an expansive effect on any aspect. This grand aspect may be painful but could lead a new start of an amazing world. An awakening of all humanity could be kicked off, transforming ideas and ideologies.
That ends the tour of planets through the Zodiac sign of Aries. Next month, we will watch the planets spin through the fixed, earthy sign of Taurus, the Bull. Until then, may Spring take grand hold of your heart and the stars shine sprightly.
This article will also appear in the Star Nations Magazine, available in iTunes Newsstand and Google Play Store on April 15 http://www.starnationsmagazine.com/