The history of Aries, which begins the zodiacal year, as a symbol of creation and sacrifice extends thousands of years into the past. The constellation of Aries (not to be confused with Ares, the Greek god of war) was ascribed the form of a ram in many ancient cultures. In Egypt, the ram — associated with the god Amun — was worshiped both for its fertility and for its warlike nature.
In Genesis, Abraham sacrifices a ram instead of killing his son Isaac. This story is similar to the Greek tale of the golden ram saving Phrixos from being sacrificed by his own father, who then sacrificed the ram to Zeus in return for saving his life. The ram was also an ancient symbol of Christ, who himself was also sacrificed, so the story goes.
Given that the ram is a procreative and powerful creature, it’s no wonder it became the trendiest animal to sacrifice to the gods of yore. In most cultures, making symbolic offerings to assuage moody deities was a normal part of life. Even the season of Lent ends while the sun is in Aries.
As the new zodiacal year gains steam, what are you willing to give up? What things can you sacrifice to create space for new growth? Are they emotional? Physical? Relational? Material? It’s up to you. Whatever it is, let it go with a blessing. The nature of life is to reward sacrifice with transformation.
March 21 – April 19
Venus conjunct Sun in Aries: You’re not just hot-headed, you’re hot to trot. Find sweet release for any tension.
April 20 – May 20
Venus sextile Mars and Saturn: When it comes to relationships, you want it all. Give as much as you wish to receive.
May 21 – June 20
Mars in Gemini: Don’t blame others for your own scattered mind. Accountability is power.
June 21 – July 22
Moon opposite Mars: When things come up against you, choose to fight instead of taking flight.
July 23 – Aug. 22
Sun conjunct Chiron and Venus: Wounds from past relationships are sources of wisdom and growth.
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
Mercury conjunct Neptune in Pisces: Instead of the voices in your head, listen to those deep in your soul.
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
Venus sextile Mars and Saturn: Commitment can be exciting and playful if you’re willing to return the favor.
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
Pluto sextile Mercury: Your penetrating mind makes for intense conversation. Probe gently.
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
Jupiter trine Mars: Now is the time to believe in yourself. Good intentions lead to good fortunes.
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
Saturn sextile Venus: You won’t stand for a fleeting sense of love. Value yourself foremost.
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
Moon trine Uranus: Your private life gets a heavy dose of excitement without any chaos. Enjoy.
Feb. 19 – March 20
Mercury conjunct Neptune: Those inner voices are delivering worldly wisdom. Listen deeply.