Aries (21 March – 19 April)
Your ruling planet Mars is in pole position this month as it moves steadily through the earth sign Capricorn, representing your career and vocation, your status and reputation. Mars only moves through this sector of your horoscope once every two years so it’s likely that this will be a pivotal month for you with regard to your future path and what next.
You’re right to step up your game and focus on your ambitions. Capricorn’s zodiac symbol is the mountain goat, a hardy creature. You too will benefit by lining up a new mountain to climb and considering your long-term future.
Up until the middle of April, you also have communication planet Mercury retrograde in your star sign Aries. This is important to note and it does suggest that the first half of the month could be most useful for planning and research, reworking your plans and getting everything lined up ready for action once you’ve done the groundwork.
Mercury is the trickster of the zodiac when it’s in retreat and you can put Mercury’s cunning and wily ways to good use. Think outside of the box while Mercury’s on go slow, change your tactics and rethink your options.
The truth is that to make your way in the world you are going to have to be supremely bold and courageous now. Plus, this is another reason why it’s worth being over-prepared whatever your current goals, rather than trying to wing it.
This is because there are two other key planets in Capricorn, Saturn and Pluto. Both planets give a nod to authority. Usually, you need to prove that you’re resilient, disciplined and the man/woman for the job while these two are in town. This is not the time to flout authority but instead play by the rules and prove you’re as strong if not stronger than any competition you’re up against.
The key dates to note are the 2nd and the 26th when Mars first encounters Saturn and then Pluto. Ideally, this means you can channel this powerful energy and show you mean business. This is a formidable line-up, however, and it’s important to be strategic and calculated if you’ve got a battle on your hands. Rein in your impulsive Aries’ nature, especially around the dates mentioned and be less of a rebel and more of a powerhouse.
Money too seems to be a mitigating factor, whether you’re relying on a job or promotion for financial security or you recognise you need to focus more on money matters. This might be for personal or professional reasons and it does look as if there’s help at hand from key planets in your money sectors.
In fact, this feels like a strong month for partnership and joint ventures, whether you’re working alongside your life partner or you’re getting expert financial advice. Unpredictable Uranus moves into Taurus and your money sector in the middle of next month, May, bringing about significant change in the way you handle money or make money.
Therefore, this month is ideal for securing your current position, clearing debt or lining up some savvy money moves that will help you moving forward.
Your partner planet Venus is in Taurus until the 24th and the planet of opportunity Jupiter is in Scorpio and your joint finance sector throughout April. This combination means that money may come your way now, not necessarily unexpected, but thanks to past efforts.
The Sun enters Taurus on the 20th and the Full Moon that cuts across the Taurus/Scorpio axis of the zodiac on the 30th could prove revealing. This is an excellent date to sign or seal an important contract or make a purchase or investment.
Gifts are not out of the question this month either and a generous or benevolent benefactor might ease your path. Get the right people on your side and aim for slow but steady progress rather than charging ahead.
This applies both to your working life and also your close relationships. In a relationship, make time for one another and enjoy some sensual experiences, whether you’re out in nature or cuddling up at home. The period from the 7th to the 14th could be particularly nurturing.
If you’re looking for action or you’re ready to take a leap of faith, the middle of the month looks promising. This is when there’s a rush of planetary activity and a lot of it takes place in your star sign Aries.
Firstly, communication planet Mercury is back up to speed on the 15th, bringing to light new information and an ideal date to line up an important conversation. This is swiftly followed by a New Moon in Aries on the 16th, a symbol of new beginnings.
This is an important New Moon for you as it’s the only New Moon to fall in your star sign Aries in 2018. Therefore, it’s the planetary equivalent of New Year’s Day and perfect for new intentions and a chance to start over.
In fact, you might find it hard not to be impulsive and spontaneous mid-month because live-wire Uranus is also in on the act during the New Moon and in a conjunction with the Sun on the 18th. This can bring sudden twists and turns but it also taps into the side of your nature which loves the thrill of the new and enjoys embracing change.
This is the ideal time to do something wild and outrageous, let your inner child out to play and say Yes to life. Your rebel nature wants it now and the astrology mid-April re-awakens your desire.
Also, on the 17th, Chiron moves into Aries for the first time since the late 60’s, early 70’s. Chiron is the wounded healer in astrology, a teacher and the mediator between the old world and the new.
Chiron is often seen as a maverick and even though unconventional Uranus starts to move on from your star sign next month, Chiron’s entry into Aries confirms that your unique and wide-eyed, fearless nature is much needed.
Very briefly, Chiron in Aries is a chance to find the gifts in any pain or suffering and help tend to the wounded or helpless. Your white charger remains at the ready, wherever you’re willing to do battle.