Happy Birthday Aries…

Like mothers, us astrologers are supposed to love all signs equally and not have favourites. Deep down, though, most of us admit to a teeny preference here or there – maybe because it’s the sign of the people we love the most in our lives.

Often, though, it’s the sign that our Venus is in. Why? Because Venus shows us where we find pleasure and how we relate, so it makes sense that we’re drawn to those who display the characteristics of that sign. Therefore, it makes sense that I have an extra big soft spot for Aries – it’s the sign my Venus is in and it’s also the sign my daughter, brother and BMF were born under. Well, that’s my excuse anyway.

Now, before you all accuse me of complete bias, yes, Aries, like all signs, has its shadow- anyone who has an Aries ex will be able to fill a page on his (or her) insensitivity, tantrums, lack of guilt or remorse, selfishness, enough about you lets talk about me attitude.

Anyways, if you want to know more about Aries, or about what motivates the Aries in your life, here’s a link to something I prepared earlier.

Doing it for yourself…

Everyone has Aries somewhere in their chart. It’s this part of life that you’ll approach with an Aries go- for- it, how hard could it possibly be? attitude. It’s also this part of life that the Sun is shining on for the next month. It’s this part of life that you need to take the initiative in.

Aries is 2nd house for me, and our furniture is being packed up and relocated in a couple of days. Quite literally my 2nd house possessions will be moved!

If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide. Naturally, if you do know where Pisces falls in your chart, you won’t need this guide.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, the Sun will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, the Sun will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, the Sun will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, the Sun will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, the Sun will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, the Sun will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Libra, the Sun will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, the Sun will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, the Sun will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, the Sun will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, the Sun will be transiting your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, the Sun will be transiting your 2nd house.

Mercury in Aries: Ideas in Action…

Mercury moves out of Pisces where he hasn’t exactly been complaining, but rather trudging along with a soulful no-one understands me look on his face. I’m not sure about you, but things have been happening when Mercury has been in Pisces, without too much in the line of actual action occurring to do much about whatever it is that’s been happening…if you know what I mean.

With Mercury moving into Mars ruled Aries, I suspect that this will be changing! This is a real put your money where your mouth is sort of placement – one where ideas turn into action.

If you want to know more about what it means to have Mercury in Aries, or even if you have an Aries in your life that you’d like to understand just a tad better here’s a link to a previous Mercury in Aries post…

Venus in Aries: Woman On A Mission

Venus moves into Aries today – in fact she’d already have been there a few hours as this goes to press. Because she goes retrograde this year (I told you all about that here) the stay in Aries is an extended one – about 4 months all up.

She’ll retreat back into Pisces for about 6 weeks (as you do) around March 4th before heading back into Aries on April 29th. She won’t be finished in Aries until the first week in June – around the 6th/ 7th (depending where in the world you are).

Aries isn’t a place that Venus feels terribly comfortable in. Venus, you see, likes to attract and be pleased, and in Aries she goes after what she wants and knows how to please herself. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that – I have Venus in Aries and it’s one of the favourite planet placements in my chart – it’s just that this is a different mode of behavior for Venus.

If you want to know a bit more about this placement, or there’s an Aries woman in your life you’d like to try and understand better, check out this post.

Doing it for yourself…

We all have Aries somewhere in our chart, and it’s this part of life that Venus will be bestowing her presence on. It’s this part of life that you’ll find pleasure and expansion in. It’s this area of life that you might want to take the initiative and actively go after what you want, rather than waiting for it to come to you. All the fire signs are creative and stimulating, so look for that influence in whatever part of life Venus is moving through for you.

In my chart, Venus will begin her transit of Aries in the 1st house, and finish it in the 2nd. When Venus crosses your Ascendant, it’s a great time to take a good look at, well, your look. Given the retrograde, though, don’t make any changes that are so drastic they can’t be undone until after Venus goes direct again. I’ve been toying with getting a small tattoo on my wrist for years – a lotus. I also want a rambling rose on my foot. I’d decided it could be my 50th birthday present to myself, but, given the retrograde, I’ll hold off on that until after Venus is direct.

If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Venus will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, Venus will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, Venus will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, Venus will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Venus will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, Venus will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Libra, Venus will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Venus will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Venus will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, Venus will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, Venus will be transiting your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, Venus will be transiting your 2nd house.

Mars In Aries: It’s Getting Hot In Here

Mars in Aries…oh be still my beating heart!

Is it just me or is it getting hot in here?

Mars rules Aries, so is at his strongest, most physical, most vital, most impulsive, most headstrong, most independent here.

Mars is a hot and masculine planet and Aries a hot, cardinal, and masculine sign, so this is arguably the most masculine and direct of energy forces. It burns hot indeed. Sure, this can mean bulging biceps and all of that rather obvious, clichéd, and a little bit yummy masculinity (if you like that sort of thing, of course), but it isn’t just about the physical. It’s about how that energy is directed – and in Aries, energy is activated in clear lines outwardly. I know a few Aries men who don’t at all fit the clichéd image of Aries – not physically anyway… but, man, their energy is pure irrepressible Aries – and that’s what we’re talking about here.

Anyways, of you want to know more, I’ve written (a lot) more about Mars in Aries here. Don’t forget, what I describe is the energy in its purest form – the impact of other planets will affect that. e.g. my daughter has the Sun, Mars, Mercury and Saturn in Aries. While she is serious Aries energy, the influence of Saturn gives that energy a slower, more measured burn. Just saying.

Doing it for yourself…

We all have Aries somewhere in our chart, and it’s this part of life that’s about to get an energy hit from Mars.I joke with one Aries guy I know, that it’s like he’s a kid on red cordial having a permanent sugar rush. Totally exhausting, yet at the same time, inspiring. It’s that energy that you want to harness in whatever part of life it is that Mars is moving through for you.

Pull your chart out and look for the symbol of Aries. It’s like a ram’s horns.

If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide below.

Mars for me will transit from the 1st to the 2nd house. Mars in Aries is providing me with the energy to take some direct action on myself and my money – to actively pursue what I want in those areas of life..

Over to you…

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Mars will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, Mars will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, Mars will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, Mars will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Mars will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, Mars will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Libra, Mars will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Mars will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Mars will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, Mars will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, Mars will be transiting your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, Mars will be transiting your 2nd house.

Mars will be in Aries from 28 January to 10 March, 2017.

Aries Full Moon

Zodiac Aries golden sign

There I was, sitting on the floor of my study, with piles of paper surrounding me. Mostly it was paid bills, receipts, bank statements – the sort of paper that I tend to only file when things are really out of control in my office. So out of control that I can’t think straight. Adventure Spaniel was lying beside me, snoring quietly – at least until Miss 18 appeared in the doorway with the dog’s favourite squeaky toy. My piles were no longer piles, and when I swore, Miss 18 laughed and asked, ‘did you have your important pile next to your throw out pile again?’ I did.

I was reminded of it again during the week when hubby was complaining that he couldn’t keep up with my conversation. It was more randomly scattered and jumping from subject to subject that it usually was. ‘And you’re not finishing your sentences,’ he said.

Miss 18 piped up and explained: ‘The problem is, Mum keeps the important stuff in her brain next to the recycling tin- and sometimes it all gets mixed up.’

It does – and at the moment, it is. With Mercury in Pisces, the compartments in my head are quite fluid at the best of times, but now they’ve completely dissolved.

I’m living in my head and feel as though there is nothing connecting me with the ground. There are so many balls in the air, and I’m so busy watching them and waiting for them to fall that I’m not finishing anything concrete, or ticking any boxes. I have Milford Track in 4 weeks and, while I’ll make it, I’m under-prepared. I’m under-prepared and over-thinking a lot of things at present – and am taking the resultant frustration out on those around me.

I’m 50 next birthday and had intended to celebrate, but the way things are at present (those balls in the air) I can’t make plans. In fact, I’ve let myself be dictated to by the weight of these decisions that have to be made and the data that has to be analysed from all ends in order to come up with the perfect choice. It’s now time to bit the bullet and just flipping do it. I might not be able to make all the moves I need to, but I can take some actions and tick some boxes- albeit small ones. I’ve written about it here.

This Full Moon (at 23 Aries 14’) falls conjunct Uranus, so some shaking up will be inevitable- particularly if you need a tad of a nudge from the Universe to point you in the right direction.

Anyways, I’m away for the weekend with my husband – it’s partly to celebrate his birthday (next week) – and only just realised I’d forgotten to pop something up for the Full Moon, so won’t go into the usual DIY thing- but if you need a reminder, check out this post. The key message for this one though, is to honestly look at the balance beam that is your life and decide if there’s something you just need to get on with and take action in- rather than think about. Maybe you’ve thought so much about it that the idea of action is unthinkable? I’ll leave that one with you.

Oh, before I duck out for breakfast, the survey is still open for subscribers to the newsletter. I’m giving away 2 copies of Wellbeing Astrology this week, but you need to be subscribed and respond to the survey to be in with a chance to win it.

 

Just Like Starting Over: Aries New Moon

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New Moon April 7, 18 Aries 4’

Happy Birthday to my 2nd favourite Aries male and BMF…

If you google it, you’ll find a heap of statistics that are out there telling us how many people break their New Year Resolutions.

You’ll find even more that want to estimate how many people fail to honour them… same thing really? Either way the number is estimated at anything between 60-88%, depending on the source you read. Even though I have this theory that 94.5% of all statistics are made up, I tend to believe that these numbers are pretty close to the mark. But Astrology, or more specifically the New Moon in Aries, is here to give you another shot at it.

Whether yours is to lose weight, quit smoking, reduce debt, cut back on other nasties or accelerate your 5 year plan with a 2 year deadline, the chances are that sitting here now in April, things have fallen off the tracks.

Just when is the right time to utter those fateful words “This year I will….” remains up for conjecture.  Should you do it before during or after the New Years Eve party? Should you say it exactly on the 1st, last or whatever stroke of midnight? Should you take your time to think about your goal (and for the after effects of the NYE party to wear off) and make your resolution for the 1st New Moon of the year- in Capricorn? Should you wait still further until Chinese New Year, or even the astrological New Year when the Sun moves into Aries at the end of March?

History, it seems, agrees that the best time to make a New Year Resolution is in the northern Spring. I read a column by a Dr Rick Miller (from a University of Nebraska Kearney online publication) who wrote that the earliest recording of New Year Resolutions was by the Babylonians 4000 years ago.

It seems, however, that the most common goal of the ancient Babylonians was not to shed 20 kgs or be nice to that girl/guy in the next partition- it was….wait for it… to return borrowed farm equipment.

There’s a lot to be said for the theory that the best time to make a New Year Resolution is actually now… well in the next couple of days with the New Moon in Aries- the 1st New Moon of the astrological year.

During the Balsamic phase we get rid of everything we no longer need, perform whatever banishing rituals we need to perform and wipe the slate clean. At the New Moon, we start the cycle again.

The New Moon energy is always one of new beginnings. And nothing says new beginnings better than an Aries New Moon.

A New Moon, especially an Aries New Moon turns the sky into a great big empty blackboard that you can write your intentions on… I love that. And there is nothing quite as new as an Aries New Moon.

The Aries energy is one of new, almost childlike enthusiasm to explore, to be the first, to start something brilliant. First things can never be repeated- that’s what makes them so great. You can’t share a first kiss twice, or go somewhere for the first time again or get on a plane for the first time twice…well, you get the idea.

First things and first times are also scary. The whole point of them is that you don’t know what to expect, what will happen, how it will work out. It requires you to take those first few steps into the dark with just your enthusiasm to guide you.

So, for those of you with next doors lawnmower, shovel, trailer or whipper snipper that you borrowed aeons ago from your best mate (and you know who you are…), make like the Babylonians and include in your First New Moon of the Astrological Year a resolution to give it back…and then grab what is on offer with both hands- without that whipper snipper in the back shed, you will have plenty of room.

DIY it?

If you’ve been reading along, you should know how to find where the New Moon is happening in your chart. If you’re new to this site (welcome), duck across and check out this post before you go any further.

The position you’re looking for is 18 Aries 56’…or thereabouts.

Now, let’s set our intentions. Think about the area of life you’re focusing on and set small achievable targets. Make sure that you do at least one thing towards this goal this month. If you’re unsure where to start, check out this post.

  • How do the concerns of this house make you feel?
  • How would you like to feel about them?
  • What positive steps can you take over the next four weeks to minimise the gap between how you feel about this are and how you’d like to feel?

*****Write it down!!!!!!!!!!******

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, This New Moon will be in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, This New Moon will be in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, This New Moon will be in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, This New Moon will be in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, This New Moon will be in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, This New Moon will be in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Libra This New Moon will be in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, This New Moon will be in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, This New Moon will be in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, This New Moon will be in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, This New Moon will be in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, This New Moon will be in your 2nd house.

Wherever this falls in your chart is where you need to channel your inner warrior. It’s where you need to find the courage to take that first step, to explore new territory. It’s where you find yourself if you’ve been lost. It’s where you need to just flipping do it. For a few ideas, check out this post on New Moon Wishing.

And me?

This New Moon falls conjunct Venus in my 2nd house.

Venus rules my 3rd and 8th houses, and is currently receiving the attentions of Uranus. I’m contemplating a change at present that involves a big step into the unknown, but hey, how hard could it be?

Mercury in Aries: I Like It Loud

Young man in casual screaming in megaphone

Mercury moves out of Pisces where he hasn’t exactly been complaining, but rather trudging along with a soulful no-one understands me look on his face. I’m not sure about you, but things have been happening when Mercury has been in Pisces,without too much in the line of actual action occurring to do much about whatever it is that’s been happening.

With Mercury moving into Mars ruled Aries, I suspect that this will be changing!

Anyways, I’m still in deadline hell, so here’s a link to a previous Mercury in Aries post…

It’s Pandemonium: Happy Birthday Aries….

Zodiac Aries golden sign

Ruler: Mars

Exalted: Sun

Detriment: Venus

Fall: Saturn

Polarity: Masculine/ Positive

Modality: Cardinal

Element: Fire

Body Parts: head, adrenal glands, blood (as the vitaliser and energizer)

Nature: hot, dry, inflammatory

Aries represents activation and direct, thrusting, forward motion….yep, sounds a tad phallic.

Like mothers, us astrologers are supposed to love all signs equally and not have favourites. Deep down, though, most of us admit to a teeny preference here or there- maybe because it’s the sign of the people we love the most in our lives.

Often, though, it’s the sign that our Venus is in. Why? Because Venus shows us where we find pleasure and how we relate, so it makes sense that we’re drawn to those who display the characteristics of that sign. Therefore, it makes sense that I have an extra big soft spot for Aries- it’s the sign my Venus is in and it’s also the sign my daughter, brother and BMF were born under. Well, that’s my excuse anyway.

I asked my daughter (Sun, Mars, Mercury and Saturn in Aries) what she likes most about being an Aries. Her reply? She said she likes that she knows that if she stops she gets tired, but that if she exercises she thinks better.

I would have asked my BMF (ASC, Sun, Mars in Aries) what he thinks about being an Aries, except he was having one of those weeks when he was whirling around in a million different directions, with me being caught in his slipstream.

I would have asked my baby brother (ASC, Sun, Mercury in Aries) what he thought, except that he’d gone exploring in the Victorian High Country with his swag and his camping accessories. He has the Moon in Pisces and needs his occasional escapes.

Now, before you all accuse me of complete bias, yes, Aries, like all signs, has its shadow- anyone who has an Aries ex will be able to fill a page on his (or her) insensitivity, tantrums, lack of guilt or remorse, selfishness, enough about you lets talk about me attitude.

Anyways, for everyone else, without any additional fuss or sentimentality, let me introduce to you Aries…

Aries is the warrior

Whether it’s a boardroom, a battlefield, a sporting event, a cause, an argument, a business, a damsel in distress, Aries will charge in and try and save the day. he also knows when it’s best to retreat and fight a different battle.

Aries is wilful

Not stubborn, as such, but wilful…ever tried moving a ram that doesn’t want to be moved? I rest my case.

Aries needs space

That spark won’t blaze without room to move. Don’t try and hold him too close- it gets way too hot for comfort. Besides, the flame will be smothered and where’s the interest in that?

Aries is irresistible

What can I say? The stars and the sun dance to your drum…

Aries is energising

Energy breeds energy…right? Being with Aries is like a shot of pure adrenaline- energising and uplifting. Being in the centre of an Aries whirlwind lifts you higher than nothing else can.

Aries is charismatic

Just like a camp fire that you can’t help being drawn to, Aries is warming, hypnotic, magnetic.

Aries is frustrating

Too much Aries can be exhausting, headache inducing (after all, Aries does rule the head) and immensely frustrating as they go from Plan A to Plan F and back again. It’s a good thing the Aries attention span is short- it gives you a break.

Aries needs attention

Flames need fuel to stay alight, and in the case of Aries, that fuel is attention and recognition. As my BMF says, ‘bring on the dancing girls and hallelujah chorus.” Too much fuel, though, and a good burn turns into an uncontrollable inferno.

Aries starts stuff

…but has a relatively short attention span, so isn’t so great at finishing long term projects…unless it’s a long term project with lots of spot fires that need fighting.

Aries burns fast

This is good if you’re on the receiving end of an Aries tantrum. Thanks to that short attention span, Aries doesn’t tend to hold a grudge…unless they have the Moon or Mars in one of those signs that does attach itself to a good grievance. Sure they’re willful, but just like a toddler, distraction is relatively easy. Yes, I speak from experience.

Aries is honest

Mainly because he doesn’t have the time or the inclination to be less than straight forward- Aries will always take the quickest path to wherever they need to get to. Water signs be warned- most of the time Aries has no idea that he’s upset you- he’s already moved on. As I say to my BMF all the time “hashtag need a bigger filter.”

Aries likes to win

Life is a competition…isn’t it? What’s the point of playing the game (whatever the game is) if you’re not there to win it? And let’s face it, Aries loves a game, or a chase…

Aries likes to be first

What’s the point of exploring something, inventing something, finding something, whatever, if it’s all been done before?

Remember

Everyone has Aries somewhere in their chart. It’s this part of life that you’ll approach with an Aries go- for- it, how hard could it possibly be? attitude. It’s also this part of life that the Sun is shining on for the next month. It’s this part of life that you need to take the initiative in.

If you have the Sun or Mars in the first house, or Sun conjunct Mars, or Aries on the Ascendant, you could recognise some of these qualities in yourself. If you have the Sun square or opposite Mars, you could recognise some of the shadow as well! Remember, how Arian you are will also depend on the sign of your Moon (amongst a host of other things) and the house that your Sun is in.

Happy Birthday Aries!

Want to know how Aries influences your chart?

Check out:

DIY Aries

Aries on the cusp of houses 1-4

Aries on the cusp of houses 5-8

Aries on the cusp of houses 9-12