Happy astrological new year! The Sun enters Aries this week on the day of the Spring Equinox. Light will overcome shadow, at last, and summer herself is no longer just a dream but a simmering vision on the hopeful horizon. Aries — the first-born, if you will — represents the active, outward expression of the life force. Its creative power is rendered symbolically in its glyph, which looks like a womb and ovaries.
Now is the time of nature’s own fertility — the season to sow seeds, whose fruits we might reap in the warmer months ahead. Remember, we, too, are nourished and grown in the ripe darknesses of soil and mother before blossoming into the light.
The deities of spring were all female in representation. It is felicitous, then, that March is also International Women’s Month. But if fertility and rebirth are the primal forces of creation, why were Aries the zodiac sign (a ram) and Mars the planet (the Roman god of war) assigned masculine identities? Why were the characteristics of strength and assertiveness ascribed uniquely to males, mortal or divine? The answers are somewhere amidst the rubble of the patriarchy.
Let this equinox herald for you a time of new beginnings. In our collective deliverance from the darkness of the past year, life is pregnant with possibility.
March 21 – April 19
Master projects meet their actualization with ruler Mars’s beneficial angle to Saturn. Find the opportunity between circumstances and goals and dive in.
April 20 – May 20
With ruler Venus and Pluto’s harmonious angle to one another, you’re a master artist, refining your relationships and rendering them with deep beauty.
May 21 – June 20
Your quick wit gets a bit of an edge with ruler Mercury’s square to Mars. Meanwhile, Uranus gives you a dose of depth. Blend the two for a dynamic mixture.
June 21 – July 22
You’re the shrew to be tamed, as ruler Moon aligns with Mars and angles harshly with Mercury. Sometimes, when it comes to selfishness, the thing to do is just go all in.
July 23 – Aug. 22
You’re dreaming intensely and intensely dreamy with ruler Sun conjunct both Venus and Neptune. In the garden of eternal delights, don’t lose the way.
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
Ruler Mercury’s square to Mars gives you a sharper tongue than usual. Meanwhile, Uranus inspires you to dig deep. Go for that sweet spot in between, salty though you may be.
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
Take advantage of ruler Venus and Pluto’s harmonious angle to bring even more beauty and refinement to your environment and your relationships.
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
Interactions take on a harmonious aspect with ruler Pluto’s soft angle to Venus. Bring more beauty to your surroundings and let that serve as a backdrop for love.
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
The Moon’s harmonious angle to ruler Jupiter is like an encouraging kiss on the cheek. Be willing to learn about your own self when it comes to relationships.
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
Saturn’s angle to Mars presents opportunities for growth that seem too timely to be real. For best results, let your personal goals work with your current circumstances.
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
You’re a bit of a mad scientist these days with Mercury and Saturn’s angles to ruler Uranus. While you’re innovating, don’t let the obstacles become aggravating.
Feb. 19 – March 20
Mind your mood this week as ruler Neptune marks a harsh angle to the Moon. Keep yourself grounded before you float away on dreams.