By =Lorna Anne

Trends: Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, the initial life spark, signifying the first conscious awareness of the self. The realization of the need to be an individual, true to one’s ideals, is the primary drive of this sign. Aries is consumed in the fire of the moment, with the desire for instant, proactive action. Making an Aries wait is torture. They love the adventure of self-exploration, creating an ego that is many times quite unaware of the effect it has upon its surroundings and others. The Arian impulse is for self-actualization. The Aries symbol is the ram – forceful in nature, with tremendous willpower and courage. They fight for social causes and injustices of all kinds. They take huge Leaps of Faith if they believe something to be important. Their dysfunctional side comes out as excessive impatience, impulsiveness and aggression. Their self-expression, blunt and forceful, may alienate others. Being careful when communicating, and choosing their battles selectively, will help in toning down the Aries anger and arrogance. Aries, the Greek god of war, must learn peace through negotiation, while maintaining one’s individuality and believing in a cause. This would do much to allay an egotistical, revengeful response.

This month has an overabundance of aspects (planets making angles to other planets), so we should all be busy with giving structure and form to the new realities and transitions that began last month. Week 1 is great for making progress in these new areas of your life. There should be feelings of buoyancy and optimism once the purge is complete. Patterns and habits that needed to change will have been let go, and replaced with new ones derived from insight and original thinking. There is a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on the 4th. It is a time for all of us to learn fairness and honesty in relationships, and the balance of give and take. Jupiter goes Stationary Direct on the 8th, so you may expand and broaden your creative self-expression. Week 2 provides mental insight when it comes to understanding other people’s perspectives, and figuring out how to make win/win situations for everyone. Removing overly forceful egos and taking selfless action for the best possible course is recommended.

Week 3 has a spiritual/psychic tone to it. Social obligations and commitments are highlighted around the 15th, but around the 19th, schedule some alone-time to daydream. You will be extra sensitive to your surroundings and to others. In some cases, telepathy and intuition may be prevalent. Indulge your imagination and find artistic inspiration. Bear in mind, things may not be as they appear. Be wary of over-extending strength or energy around the 17th. By the 21st, deep thinking and getting to the core of issues will enable you to overcome any confusion, and help you to expand your core values.

In Week 4, there are opportunities for exciting new partnerships, a new sense of freedom and an acceptance of unconventional relationships. By the end of the month, when Mercury enters Gemini, you may find that how you envisioned life may change dramatically, and other people’s viewpoints may be of assistance.

Key Words: Intelligence, Expansion, Transformation

ARIES: This birthday month, probably more than any, should be concerned with the values of independence and freedom. Striving for what has meaning and importance to you now, and expressing that to others, will prevent you from getting pulled into someone else’s agenda. The first week should provide you with stimulating insights and ideas which will point to the best action to be taken in the latter part of the month. Mid-month, take time to think things through, work out details, understand others’ perspectives. Around the 21st is very stimulating for changes you wish to make. Try to temper irritation, defensiveness, and over-assertion at that time. Remember, you must respect others’ individuality as well as your own. Don’t, as they say, throw the baby out with the bath water if you don’t get your way. It’s a New Moon in Aries on the 18th. Plant wishes for the coming year.

TAURUS: Normally being a bit slower than other signs when it comes to taking action, this month you may feel a fire lit under you. Venus, your ruling planet, resides in Taurus until the 11th, helping you to feel grounded in your path and in your priorities. Mars, the planet of drive and ambition, is in your sign the whole month, helping you to be forceful and assertive when necessary. Be wary around the 19th when perceptions may be a bit confused. By the end of the month, you should be feeling quite optimistic of your progress in making your dreams real. Value unexpected inspiration and insight at the end of the month. Financial opportunities should present themselves. The Moon enters Taurus on the 18th, solidifying your resolve to change what needs to be changed and to let go of what no longer works.

GEMINI: You may find that even though you are doing everything to make goals and plans for the future, forces out of your control are impinging upon those plans. Keep an open mind as to timing. Things may happen sooner than you think. If you’re willing to be flexible as to how to achieve your goals, rather than giving up or remaining rigid and unbending, then eventually you will end up where you want to be. Your ruling planet, Mercury is the most active of all the planets, so it certainly won’t be boring. Look forward to exciting new relationship opportunities at the end of the month. The Moon enters Gemini on the 20th, when what needs to change should be apparent.

CANCER: There should be exciting opportunities in your career field this month. Set goals and express them to others with clarity and purpose. Friends and associates will come to your aid if you ask them. The latter half of the month is a good time to make changes. Be patient if others put up obstacles to your plans. Eventually they will see your point of view. Stay focused on the bigger picture of transformation for the greater good, and that includes honoring your own needs as well. Critical days in your process this month are 4, 11, 17 and 24. The Moon enters Cancer on the 23rd, helping you to feel secure in the midst of change.

LEO: Career and professional self-image may be challenged this month, in which you may have to prove your worth so others can appreciate your value. You may be told some surprising information from significant others, which may cause you to revise plans around the 6th and 7th. Around the 17th -23rd, don’t push too hard to get your way or you may be challenged by conservative forces that want to maintain the status quo. It’s a First Quarter Moon in Leo on the 25th, when it might be difficult to know which way to go. Don’t act impulsively. Take some time alone around the 29th to sort things through.

VIRGO: At the beginning of the month, things may be a bit upsetting and confusing; but after the 10th, until the end of the month, you should be able to see long-term growth and progress in understanding yourself and your deepest needs. These should not be neglected. Mercury, your ruling planet, is very busy this month, guiding you to value new and unusual perspectives. After the 20th, the role you’ve assumed may be in conflict: whether to maintain a conservative stance (which might be overly controlling) or a progressive stance (involving more risk) which would yield positive results. You may need to be a bit more aggressive this month to achieve your goals. Keep explanations simple and be considerate of others’ feelings, but don’t back down. The Moon is in Virgo two times this month, on the 1st and the 27th. Watch an entire Lunar cycle unfold. Pivotal days are 6, 14 and 20.

LIBRA: Thinking about the partnerships you value in your life and how to improve or strengthen them is highlighted. You are learning to live by your word, to walk your talk. Ambition and drive is in your Eighth House of transformation. Any changes in expansionary plans you intend to implement would be best in the last ten days of the month. The first week, expect any lingering situations to clear up. Letting go of something that feels too challenging should be forestalled. Avoid impulsiveness. You may find if you wait it will change for the better without having to let it go entirely. Feelings of optimism, and delight in the unconventional, new and different, highlights the end of the month. There’s a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 14 degrees Libra on the 4th, when relationships may take unexpected turns.

SCORPIO: Your Seventh House of business and intimate partnerships is very active this month, so it’s probably time to make a commitment of some kind. Accept that it’s okay to lean on friends a bit, and enjoy the give and take of partnerships. Don’t be afraid to delegate a little authority to others. If you’ve been waiting for action when it comes to career shifts, after the 8th is a good time to start things rolling. Be wary around the 22nd of being overly irritable and defensive. It is a good time for deep thinking and communication around then, so partnerships can improve in positive ways, adding more depth and intimacy. The Moon is in Scorpio on the 5th, to help ground you during the first week’s sudden and unexpected active energies.

SAGITTARIUS: Drive and ambition in your Sixth House of health may bring up the urge to begin a new health regimen. Sports and recreation are highlighted in the first two weeks; then it’s time to get grounded and put some energy into working on improvement projects of all kinds. Around the 15th, social obligations may be quite demanding, and you may have to go the extra mile to keep things running smoothly. Think things through around the 22nd, and see the bigger picture in terms of ways to make necessary changes. In the last week, business and intimate partnerships will offer you opportunities for spiritual growth and understanding. The Moon is in Sagittarius on the 8th, to help you cope with a turbulent first week.

CAPRICORN: For Capricorn, changes in the home environment may be highlighted during Week 1. It seems there are risks that must be faced in any choice you make, and so this month is a test of faith. Walking the spiritual path and expressing your inner truth through negotiation will do much to resolve matters in terms of transitions, helping to establish new patterns for long-term growth. Around the 15th, relationship issues are highlighted, and you may need to accept letting go of the pressures of an existing relationship in order to expand and grow. Focus on taking action in Weeks 3 and 4, when aspects favor it. Pivotal days are 4, 11, 17 and 24. The Moon goes into Capricorn on the 10th, and is in its Last Quarter on the 11th, so closure on some personal issue should come about. At the end of the month, opportunities for new relationships are favored.

AQUARIUS: You may be challenged this month to take a close look at your karmic destiny. Pushing for change against conservative forces may be difficult. Though you’re willing to fight for what’s right, make sure you truly value the cause. The beginning of the month may be particularly testing. Rely on your insightful brilliance to offer alternatives rather than dead ends. It’s time for deep inner exploration so you can figure out your next major move. Now that Jupiter turns Direct on the 8th in your opposite sign, your relationships should get a boost, taking new directions you never thought possible. By the end of the month, if you’re willing to blend practicality with originality, there are opportunities to make the changes you desire, and to make things happen in a positive way. The Moon is in Aquarius on the 12th. Feel the love for all humankind.

PISCES: Pisceans will have to come to grips with what they truly value this month, and to overcome fears when it comes to following that path. Days that favor action are the 12th, 19th and 29th. Assert yourself with practical diligence to shape your chosen direction. At the beginning of the month, you may be challenged, confused or surprised by others’ actions and viewpoints. Work toward negotiation to get a clear understanding of where you can merge your efforts in a common direction. Difficult days are 15 – 18. Taking It slow and easy and focusing on the bigger picture will keep you from getting bogged down in details. Around the 19th, expect intuition, telepathy and spiritual pursuits to be highlighted. If you’re feeling the need to escape, indulge it! The Moon is in Pisces on the 14th, to help soften the hard edges of your reality around the 15th.



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