Mars opposes Uranus and squares Pluto early today. This can be a time of much restlessness, rebellion, and
impatience. We have a tendency to take risks and to
act on sudden impulses without considering consequences. There may
be changes in work schedules, or life's circumstances could challenge us in
such a way that we need to change our goals or actions. This can also be a
time when we tend to resist others and challenge them if they are trying to
hold us back. Anger can erupt seemingly from nowhere. Our desires are intense and difficult to
satisfy. A tendency to bully and confront may dominate.
Efforts to make changes could be thwarted, or power struggles emerge. The
trick is to remain flexible and to develop strategies for achieving our
goals. It would be wise to observe whatever powerful
feelings that confrontations or conflicts arouse, as
these influences have a way of pulling out suppressed matter, or emotional
"slush". Mercury enters Taurus, where it will transit until May 7th. During this
cycle, our thinking is down to earth, solid, and grounded. Common sense reigns
over more fanciful thinking. We communicate more deliberately, and our minds are
oriented to the world of the five senses. We prefer the tried and true rather
than new ways of thinking. Attention to one thing at a time can simplify our
lives, but we may be in danger of narrow, overly conservative, or rigid
thinking. With today's Mercury-Chiron semi-square, there can be impatience with
rules, worry or guilty feelings, and conflicting viewpoints. The Moon is in
Aquarius all day.
April is a personally powerful but also a hectic and potentially stressful month for you, dear Aries. While the focus is very much on personal goals and development, you're pulled in so many directions that it can be hard to keep your center. With your fiery ruler, Mars, not working at its best again this month, energy levels can be below par. As well, anger issues can surface in disruptive ways. You encounter challenges between your personal goals and the demands of your career, and cultivating some self-discipline becomes urgent. The demands of partnership and family can be especially strong as well. Mid-month brings important epiphanies about a relationship, or lack thereof for some. If you've been defiantly denying your need for others, this is a time when recognition comes in a rush. All month, try to avoid temper tantrums, needless arguments, and risky physical situations. Private moments are something to cherish this month, and important for regaining your center. Powerful times for these can occur on the 10-11 and 17-20 when forgiveness seems the best route to letting go of those attitudes and behaviors that have been keeping you from freely moving forward. It's a good time to let go of frustrating people and situations that have been taking too much space in your brain. Some of you might discover a private garden of sorts - a person, place, or state of mind that helps you unwind.
The Solar Eclipse on the 29th gives you a push towards taking better care of
your money and resources.
The difference between the first half of 2014 and the second half of the year
can be like night and day for you, dear Aries. The first half of the year can find you more introspective than usual, and
possibly indecisive and hesitant at times. It may be difficult for relationships, and possibly for
health and personal plans with Venus retrograde until January 31st, and then Mars
retrograde from March 1st to May 19th. However, you get the chance to reassess
your attitude towards close relationships, as well as to your work and money
situation. How can you improve your reputation and professional life? You may
very well find the answer in January or February. Uranus continues to stimulate your need to assert your independence this
year, but has the most direct effect on those Aries born March 29th to April 5th (9 to
16-1/2 degrees Aries). You are redefining how you want to live your life, and
especially on your own terms. Pluto continues to transform your attitudes towards career and reputation,
and has the most direct effect on Aries born March 31st to April 3rd (11 to
13-1/2 degrees). Jupiter brings the expansion of fun, entertainment, and for some, romance
into your lives in the second half of the year, and especially from September
forward. A beautiful aspect begins in September, affecting the whole sign of
Aries but especially those born in the middle of the sign (April 2nd to 6th). New ventures, especially creative ones, are likely now,
and can be especially exciting and innovating - even cutting edge. New
friendships or travel opportunities are possible as well. And, it's about time!
The second half of the year is about opening up. You're cheerful, taking things
in stride, and confident in yourself. Romance can be especially fun. You're more fertile
and creative. Kids can be a source of great joy for some. People are paying
attention and enjoying you. Saturn acts as a bit of a nag for Aries again this year - guilt, adjustments,
some worry: these are all possible. It also encourages you to take care of your
debts, and to change your lifestyle to incorporate better habits. There can be some
intimacy issues this year. There may be decreased desire for intimacy, possibly
some fear or disdain for the confines of an intense relationship, or strains on
existing partnerships. The second half of May is especially good for taking
better care of money, and especially shared resources or debts and obligations.
A real plan can be made - a realistic one. An overarching theme this year is set up by the North Node's entrance into
your opposing sign (Libra) in February, and will continue into 2015. This is a
time for reassessing your relationship needs, and particularly committed
partnerships. For many Aries, the last few years have put a strain on this area
of life, and now you'll be challenged to figure out what needs to change in
order to reach a state of happiness. Jupiter helps from mid-year forward, but it
may not be until 2015 when many Aries will find greater happiness in long-term,
committed love relationships - or some will decide that this is not for them,
and will be quite content with their choice. 2014 is more about experimentation
2014 is a year for discovering what makes you truly happy, and new
avenues for self-expression can seem to magically open up for you. The second
half of the year focuses more heavily on having fun. This discovery period can
involve some trial and error, and there may be times when you go to extremes.
However, by the end of Jupiter's transit of your romance, creativity, and
children sector in mid-2015, you'll likely come to a state of balance and better
understanding. You can be hesitant about sharing yourself with anyone except
those closest to you (family and people who are close enough to be like family)
in the first half of the year, after which you blossom. This is especially true
if you have done a lot of "work" on centering yourself and learning about your
desires, wishes, and needs.
year can start off sluggishly when it comes to love and partnership. This is
largely due to a Venus retrograde until January 31st, a Mercury retrograde for
much of February, and then Mars retrograde from March to mid-May. There is a lot
of reassessing to do! It's not the most decisive of times, and both Venus and
Mars are big players in your personal life.
Throughout January, watch how you approach others carefully. There can be a
tendency towards insensitivity, and this can come from you or from a partner.
It's not the warmest time for relationships.
The retrograde of Mars officially begins on March 1st and officially ends on
May 19th, but there is always a bit of a preamble and hangover for retrograde
cycles. During this cycle, you are not as much your "normal" self. You don't
assert yourself or state what it is that you want as directly as you normally
do, and you could be withdrawn and introspective, pulling back from life a
little as you figure out what it is that you truly want from it. This retrograde
occurs in your partnership sector, directly opposite your sign, so it most
definitely affects your relationships, with both yourself and others. You could
be re-assessing the ways in which you approach relationships, as well as what it
is you want from your relationships...cont'd
Note: Read the
sections for both your Sun Sign and Ascendant for a better
picture of what lies ahead for the day. For example, if you are
an Aries with a Leo Ascendant, read the forecast for both
Aries and Leo.