I prefer to be true to myself,
even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others,
rather than to be false,
and to incur my own abhorrence.
~ Frederick Douglass ~
Venus (values/priorities) and Mercury (thoughts/ideas/concepts) both dive in to Aries prior to the Sun, getting your *Heart* (Venus) and *Mind* (Mercury) in alignment so that a renewed *Identity* (Sun) can shine forth. As the Sun enters Aries ~ *Spring* Equinox Initiates a new Solar/astrological year. This is a *Universal* RE-Set Button. Clean Slate. New Beginning. It is *Initiation/Integration* for my Aries/Libra babies and *Growth/Development* for my Cancer/Capricorn babies. However, everyone has Aries ruling some area of life and this is the area of life that gets activated at this time every year. Do you know your rhythm for this? How do you feel every Spring? Aries energy activates the instinctual draw toward change and new beginnings. Old ways no longer work and you must get out of your comfort zone and experiment with new modes of operating. It's time to *move* again, shake off the sleepiness of Winter. It's an annual Re-Birth that reminds you to honor both the Shadow and the Light, the visible work, done in the Light and often with others ... and ... the invisible work, done in the Shadow, behind the scenes, alone and hidden from view. How would you like to do things differently this year? What aspect of your life, being or environment could use some conscious focus and intent?
Mars rules Aries and defines your desire nature. It represents how you *DO* in the world, what motivates you to action and gets you fired up. Aries is the lesson of independence and courage, knowing who you are, what you want and embodying THAT! This is a Divine opportunity to discover what you're really capable of when you match passion with vision, align your heart/mind connection and never hesitate to take heart-centered action. It is time to embody the energy that is both wild and peaceful, always alert and ready for the next the adventure. Obstacles ~ that's a detail! Delays ~ better watch out! Challenges ~ bring it on! Aries is single-minded, determined and completely focused on present moment so it particularly adept at improvising with whatever is available in the here and now. (We could all use some practice there!) It's the fire that fuels the desire driving that moment in time.
Imbalanced Aries, demonstrates negative Libra: indecision, people-pleasing, other-directed. It is best for Aries energy to remain central and first priority. When Aries is balanced, it embodies courage and pure, instinctive drive ~ it gets things moving and it's exciting to behold. In its most noble expression, Aries energy brings out a protective warrior who defends the weak and infirm. It's very passionate (for the moment) and draws many challenges to their independence and courage to test the purity of the motivations and desires. It's time for you to be more independent and self-sufficient, using what you've got (internally and externally) and acting in present moment with faith and conviction. As you re-connect with your instinctual Self (Aries), your interactions with other life (Libra) around you will be more harmonious because you are initiating from the purest center. When you are self-sufficient, others want to support you ~ when you're passionate and clearly connected to your instincts (guiding your *now*), people want to bask in the warmth of your fire. It sparks your creativity and ignites others' and something *NEW* is born.
Aries' animal spirit is that of the Ram, fearless, agile and determined. It's time to find a cause or purpose larger than your small individual life otherwise, this same energy can be extremely selfish and one-dimensional. This energy is great for starting things, but you should also have other people or entities in place to support future growth and development. This is the energy of *Initiation* ~ getting things started ~ getting things moving in a *new* direction. Develop your own independent nature, cultivate a strong instinctual connection, improvise often, channel rage (paralyzing) into outrage (mobilizing), rise to the challenges as they are presented with heart and courage and gain the wisdom that is *YOU*! We are born on this planet with all that we need, desire and deserve coded in to our DNA. Modern life has attempted to disconnect our instinctual connection to Mother Earth, however, that is impossible. We need only be still and re-member ~ re-connect with our Source - from which we come and to whom all return ~ tune in to the cycles, honor them with your dedication and bountiful blessings for all will be the result.
Happy New Year!
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