Mar 20 (Vernal Equinox) – Apr 19, 2018
The Sun sign is a much-celebrated astrological element, usually given more significance than it deserves. Remember – the Sun is just one planet in your star-soup.
Happy birthday sheepies!
From the belly of a long, strange dream, you awaken. The earth is cold and night yet all around. You crawl to the shore. Step by step, up and out, dark water falls away. Ahead looms the mountain. You climb effortlessly and without hesitation. You climb for what feels like only a moment, then you are at the top. Your eyes open to the blood red sun, rising over jagged peaks. You are the first, the only to receive the light. You kneel before the gong, and your body quakes with the earth as she splits. Into her fires you fall, but not fast enough.
Welcome to the crimson mesa, where bright flames lick inner shores. If Pisces is the last breath, Aries is the first. Aries season begins with the spring equinox. This cycle represents, categorically, the turning of the earth toward all that is new.
The Pisces cycle dismantled everything. This is often a confusing and uncomfortable time. You may have been plagued by indecision or existential crises, fantasizing about disappearing without a trace. No one likes confronting the things that Pisces drags up. The fishes asked us to welcome change and ending as they came in like a tidal wave.
Here we are now, the first stop on the zodiac wheel, burning orgiastically in springtime’s lusty blaze. Change and endings during the Pisces season start to make sense. Pen and page touch; planets form. Come, let’s lay the groundwork for the year.
Aries looks at who we are. Sometimes this means just sitting with ourselves and watching it all come flooding in, the endless parade of thoughts and impulses and aversions and attachments, the parade of ME and what it means to be me. We’ll move too. Aries lives to move, actually. Aries embodies the third niyama (yogic duties/observances) known as tapas, or heat generated by the body. The literal translation of tapas is austerity or discipline – so it is not just heat, but the burning of impurities, a burning which leaves us cleared, ready to commit. Specifically, the heat of Aries emanates from the head – yes, the physical head, but also the head as in the ego – where consciousness comes to a head.
Mercury will be retrograde for nearly the entire Aries season, and this is certainly not ideal, but if you must invest or sign something important or travel, let it be April 1, as this is the most copacetic day of the entire retrograde. March 24 and 29 look like difficult days, heads up. Mercury Retrograde ends on the new moon of Apr 15. On the last full day of Aries (Apr 18), the Sun will be conjunct Uranus, planet of the unexpected – should be exciting no matter what!
Stoked by the fire of will power and directive force, revel in the glory of your own sweat. Look in the mirror, kiss yourself clean. Be fierce. That’s what we have to do to withstand the growing pains of self-love, we have to get tough. Before you can truly love or support another, you must love yourself. Self-love is the defining quest, the most difficult journey of all.
A scarlet gem smolders in the pineal gland, arousing the senses. This is the ram’s invincible life-giving power. Suffering sizzles in columns of sparkling orange smoke. Doubt, insecurity and fear evaporate. Fire does not reflect, it moves. See the sun, chase down this endless night. Dance, fill the dark sky with your light. Get up at dawn and practice powerful morning breathing exercises like kapalabhati and uddiyana bandha. Jump into the day, stand on your head, salute the sun, be a warrior! Energize your body with martial arts or Aries Yoga.