The Sun enters Aries this week on March 20, 2019 at 21:58 GMT. This is the Sun’s annual ‘fresh start’ as it moves to 0 degrees Aries and begins a new cycle of the zodiac. Western astrology is aligned to the seasonal points, the Summer & Winter Solstice in June and December, The Spring & Autumnal Equinoxes in March and September.
This is the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere (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, 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.
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. Yet, it 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!
Start a detox, eat smaller portions or any other new habit that boosts your energy levels. The Sun in Aries takes place during Lent, a four week chapter which completes on April 19th. You might decide it’s not about giving something up for you. Instead, add a daily habit or some 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. 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 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’.
IMPORTANT NOTE. During the Equinox, communication planet, Mercury, remains retrograde. Therefore, think of the next few weeks as key stepping stones, leading you closer towards your goals. The important dates are March 28th, when Mercury turns direct, April 5th, the New Moon in Aries & April 17th, the day Mercury enters Aries. Take one step at a time and set your intentions now.
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 God of War in mythology. 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.
An independent sign, Aries understands that you only need one person to make a difference. 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.
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 go 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 soul-singer 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 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 specific areas where renewal or a fresh start are recommended. Read both your Sun Sign and your Ascendant sign, if you know it:
- Aries: Your image, profile, name; how the world sees you
- Taurus: Your inner world, self care, retreat, your spiritual life
- Gemini: Your social life, group connections; you out in the world
- Cancer: Your career & 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 & 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 community; the way you communicate & get from A to B
- Pisces: Your personal money; what you value highly in life