The Sun enters Aries today, March 20 2017, exact at 10:29 GMT. This is the Sun’s annual ‘fresh start’ as it moves to 0 degrees Aries and begins a new annual cycle of the zodiac. Astrology is aligned to the seasonal points, the Summer & Winter Solstice in June and December, The Spring & Autumnal Equinoxes in March and September.
Today is the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere (Autumn Equinox in the southern hemisphere) and in honour of the Sun’s new zodiac cycle, here’s how to make the most of this pivotal point in the year.
1. Spring Into Action
There’s a physical quality to Aries, partly due to the fact that this is a competitive sign and Aries likes to win. Aries’ ruling planet, Mars, is linked to strength & stamina and martial arts are named after the God of War.
Whether you’re training for a marathon or you’re leaping into a yogic warrior pose every morning, this is the perfect time to start a physical activity that makes you feel strong and invincible. “This girl can“ is an example of a brilliant campaign that encourages women to be active. If you’ve not yet watched the latest video, check it out.
2. Healthy Habits
Many people use the start of the year to begin a New Year’s resolution, to commit to healthy habits. Dry January is a regular fixture in our house. Yet it actually makes more sense to use the Equinox energy to focus on your health. The weather is less grim and cold and summer means less clothes!
You could start a detox, try a juice fast or anything else that boosts your energy levels. The Sun in Aries overlaps with Lent, a four week slot that completes on April 19 2017. You might even decide that it’s not about giving something up, but instead adding a new daily habit or a few healthy tweaks to your diet or routine. Honour your body. Aries mantra: “my body is a temple”.
Fire signs, like Aries, are the ‘just do it’ brigade and Aries in particular is the expert at starting something new. This isn’t about the mind and thinking things through. Instead it’s about spontaneous action, immediacy, acting without thinking. This can be seen as foolish, which is why The Fool card in the Tarot is also linked to Aries energy, the first card of the tarot deck. There’s a naive innocence to the sign of Aries.
Yet how many times do you look back on your life and think ‘if I hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t be where I am now’. There’s a time and a place to act spontaneously and this is one of them. n.b. the New Moon Aries on March 28th 2017 is another brilliant opportunity to leap into life.
4. March Into Spring
Aries is the sign of the crusader, the white knight of the zodiac, ready to go into battle to fight a good cause. Mars is the God of War in mythology and this is the perfect time of year to join a march, to stand up for what you believe in, to defend the weak, to fight for peoples’ rights.
A fiercely independent sign, Aries understands that you only need one person to make a difference and one small act can impact in a huge way. Don’t wait for other people to start a revolution. If there’s something you feel strongly about, here’s your opportunity. A must for your Aries play-list: I Predict A Riot by the Kaiser Chiefs.
5. The Sap Is Rising
Mars rules your libido and it’s the planet linked to sexuality and passion. The birds and the bees are getting in on the act at this time of year and new life is budding. You only need to step out into the countryside or take your dogs for a walk to notice that the animal world is starting to feel frisky.
Plus sex has a huge number of physical benefits as it releases oxytocin and other feel-good hormones into your body, which can ease pain, boost your mood, even help smooth your wrinkles! In the words of Aries superstar Marvin Gaye (b. April 2 1939), ‘Let’s get it on’.
6. Big Yourself Up
If you’ve seen a true Aries in action, they are not afraid to tell you how good they are at their job or to reel off their impressive list of credentials. Aries tends to be brilliant at self-advertisement, even if it sometimes can flip into arrogance or boasting.
Yet, diva like behaviour isn’t always a bad thing as at least you get noticed and it’s a good thing to love yourself. In a world where modesty is a revered quality, it doesn’t do any harm sometimes to let the world know who you are. Celebrate your individuality and focus on your personal strengths. Be more Aries and let your confident self do the talking.
7. Sow Seeds
Aries is the initiator of the zodiac, where new beginnings take place and new life comes into being. This is the ideal time of year to sow seeds, whether you’re doing so in your garden or greenhouse or in life in general. What small steps can you take right now that will plant an acorn or a seed in someone’s ear that can grow into something bigger over time?
Even if you don’t have a clear picture of where you’re heading, what you start can lead you down a new path in life. Some projects will work out, some will fall by the wayside, just like seeds – some germinate, some never make it. Yet the more seeds you sow, the greater your chance of success.
Where To Make A Fresh Start?
Here’s a quick guide to the specific areas that may be in need of renewal or a fresh start, depending on your Sun Sign. Do read your Ascendant sign too if you know it:
- Aries: Your image, profile, your name; how the world sees you
- Taurus: Your inner self, self care, retreat, your spiritual life
- Gemini: Your social life, your group connections; you in the world
- Cancer: Your career, your vocation in life; your status & reputation
- Leo: Your lust for travel or knowledge; the bigger picture, your beliefs
- Virgo: Your joint finances & shared resources; the metaphysical world
- Libra: Your relationships, both personal & professional; your enemies
- Scorpio: Your work & routine; your lifestyle & your health
- Sagittarius: Your love of play, where you find joy; children, love affairs, creativity
- Capricorn: Your home & family; your past & where you come from
- Aquarius: Your local community; the way you communicate & get from A to B
- Pisces: Your personal money; what you value highly in life
May the force of spring be with you.
May it be a joyful and playful time, in true Aries style.