A week ago, we reached the Equinox—that pivotal moment in the year when daylight equals the dark. You could have stood anywhere on Earth on that day and seen the Sun rise exactly East and set exactly West. (It is still near this position on the Aries New Moon.) Here in the Northern Hemisphere, Equinox brings spring, the time to break out and break through! Hyacinths and daffodils are poking their heads above ground. Branches that have looked dead for months now sprout with new life. The birds are getting busier. At the last New Moon, with the Sun in Pisces, we were “closing the circle.” The celestial invitation was to reflect on the passing year. The Sun entering Aries encourages us to look to the future.
Aries energy is Ram energy: assertive, enthusiastic, initiatory, and optimistic. This is just the energy we need to get into meaningful motion. First in the Zodiac, the Ram breaks the ground. He leads us out of familiar territories into new adventures. Aries is the hero–which is the vibe to step into now. Shake off the past and catch the momentum of now. Can you feel the Ram–in the air, your body, or your spirit? Its concentrated energy can help you start bringing a cherished dream to fruition. The house where Aries falls in your natal chart suggests where renewal and rebirth are most favored.
If Aries is in your 1st house, you may experience renewal by re-connecting with what’s uniquely you. In the 2nd, you may need to initiate a new financial plan or touch base with your core values. In the 3rd, Aries may energize the activities of thinking, writing, and speaking. In the 4th, Aries may be reborn through spring cleaning, redecorating, or even moving. Aries receives inspiration in the 5th house through creative expression, or through rediscovery of one’s inner child. In the 6th house, Aries gets a fresh start by taking up a new health regimen, or reorganizing the office. In the 7th, relationships are the medium of rebirth, as Aries faces “the other,” while in the 8th house Aries mines new energy from the depths of the unconscious. In the 9th house, Aries is reinvigorated by a book of spiritual teachings, or a philosophical truth that puts life into perspective. In the 10th house, Aries leaps headfirst into tackling new career objectives. In the 11th house, it is through commitment to a social cause that promises renewal. And, finally, in the 12th house, Aries is reborn through dissolution into universal consciousness, diving deep into the ocean of bliss, then emerging reborn.
The old myths teach us an important lesson about moving forward: Don’t look back. This is an important message in the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in the underworld. Orpheus finally wins permission from Hades, Lord of the Dead, to rescue his new bride Eurydice from the arms of death. Yet if he looks back, he is told, Eurydice must return to the underworld for eternity. Tragically, Orpheus is unable to follow this advice, and, on the verge of emerging from the depths, he looks back and loses her forever. The lesson in this, I think, is that just when we have committed to moving forward in a new direction, we are tempted by doubt, looking backwards into the past with nostalgia and regret — yet in the process undermining our faith in our newfound purpose.
To everything there is a season, as it says in the Bible. Thus while there is a time to reflect upon and learn from the past, there comes another time when, prompted by the hand of fate at our backs, we must move forward with the evolving forces of life. Now is the appointed time in the astrological year to embrace your future.
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