The Sun enters Aries this week on March 20 2018, exact at 13:12 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.
The Sun’s move into Aries takes place at the Equinox; Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere and Autumn Equinox in the southern hemisphere. 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 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.
2. Healthy Habits
Many people use the start of the year to begin a New Year’s resolution and commit to healthy habits. Dry January is a regular fixture in our house. However, it actually makes more sense to use the Equinox energy to focus on your health. The weather is less grim and warmer temperatures mean less clothes!
Eat mindfully, try a juice fast or anything else that boosts your energy levels. Add a new daily habit or a few healthy tweaks to your diet or routine and honour your body. Aries mantra: “my body is a temple”.
Fire signs like Aries, are the ‘just do it’ brigade and Aries is the expert at starting something new. This isn’t about the mind and thinking things through either. 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 linked to Aries energy, the first card of the tarot deck. There’s a naive innocence to the sign of Aries.
Yet, have you ever looked back on your life and thought ‘if I hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t be where I am now’. There’s a time and place to act spontaneously and this is one of them. n.b. the New Moon Aries on April 16th 2018 is another brilliant calendar 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, stand up for what you believe in, defend the weak and 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, although if it suits you better, join in one of the marches taking place around the world this month. If there’s something you feel strongly about, here’s your opportunity.
5. The Sap Is Rising
Mars rules your libido and it’s the planet linked to sexuality and passion. The birds and bees get in on the act in the spring 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 reel off their impressive list of credentials. A typical Sun Aries is brilliant at self-advertisement. Aries understands inherently that diva like behaviour isn’t always a bad thing as it gets you 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 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 can benefit from 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 out 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, 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.
p.s. it’s worth cracking on fast because communication planet,
Mercury turns retrograde in Aries in just three days time.
Ready, steady, go!