Week of April 12-18 2015
Mars-ruled Aries is all about not ignoring the obvious. It is primal, impulsive energy. Objective, yang, “masculine”, the sign’s celestial symbol “spear and shield of Ares” (the Greek name of Mars) is a blatant representation of the male genitalia that is ubiquitously plastered on men’s room doors around the globe. There is little irony being a man born under this sign. Aries views his raw animal appeal as both a blessing and a curse. He learns to embrace and embody his outsized drives, honing their power. Meanwhile, he may try to transcend his true nature—part rutting animal, part Superman—by way of channeling his native aggression into some Zen, Spartan or namesake martial-arts devotion. The beautiful irony being that spiritual warriorship helps him to more fully accept his irrepressible Self, the premier principle of the astrological 1st house that is Aries man’s birthright to personify. Here a list of objectifying Aries hunks of burning love, some of whom, drawing on their war-god Mars archetype, can be downright belligerent: Ryan O’Neal, Russell Crow, Alec Baldwin, Piers Morgan, Hugh Heffner, Angus Young, Serge Gainsbourg, Herb Alpert, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Quentin Tarantino, Sean Bean, Jackie Chan, Steven Segal, Roger Corman, Steve McQueen, James Garner, William Shatner, Eddie Murphy, Eric Roberts, Scott Eastwood, Luke Evans, Sung Kang, Marlon Brando, James Woods, Marvin Gaye, James Caan, William Holden, Crispin Glover, Tommy Hilfiger and (p-tuey) Adolf Hitler.
Untapped parts of your psyche now awaken. Heroes and mentors have major impact on you; and you should rip whole pages from their books. Jupiter squaring Mars keeps things real, helping you redefine elements of style that smack of affectation, so you may uniquely assimilate acquired influences. Let others’ success inspire you to work harder—no shade or plots to top/ple them. Some folks owe you a debt of gratitude. Ask and you shall receive moral support when you need it. Saturday’s New Moon is most vitalizing.
You confront control issues, as Pluto retrogrades. Try to delegate responsibility without outright dumping it on people. Finished products aren’t necessarily. Redouble efforts to ensure their success. Let others pick up slack in areas you no longer need tackle. Saturn opposed Venus lets cats out of the bag; and even awful truths will set you free from false ties that bind. Take time in every endeavor, prioritizing a collective agenda over a solo one. You drive others a bit bonkers with Saturday’s New Moon, but they thank you for it.
Mercury conjunct Mars now turns a creative passion into a solid platform for success. Focus; and take in the big picture of every possibility or pay-off. Pluto retrograde helps prioritize what to pursue first; but mind: digging into work at hand can unleash a storm of edgy emotions. The trick is to create without editing yourself. Self-consciousness is an indulgence you can’t afford. Dare to make mistakes, taking time to achieve excellence—be about progress not perfection. Saturday’s New Moon opens communication channels.
Your domestic needs are going through changes. Mars trine Pluto initiates a process of elimination, so you can pull up stakes on a dime (if you wanted to). There’s little room for sentimentality as you streamline and simplify. Claim solo space with Mercury conjunct Mars. Empower yourself with talismans and testaments to solo achievement. You may find validation that you already live in your spiritual home, or you may consider another city, country or crib. Only your most codependent bonds will unravel now, so let them.
You must lead with your imagination, a word that shares its root with magic. With the Moon conjunct Neptune T-squaring Saturn and Venus, viewing life as a lucid dream is both challenging and highly rewarding. Circumstance can unfold to your specifications if, and only if, your wishes are for the good of everyone—not solely self-satisfying. What you conjure mustn’t impinge upon or impede others. Given that, you may expect a spate of happy synchronicities. Even so-called setbacks are necessary corrections in disguise.
As a reward for recently resisting revengeful urges, karma steps in and serves retribution to those who wronged you. But you mustn’t gloat. Mars conjunct Mercury shows you how to play the humble victor where you used to act the prideful victim. Your dejected days of moping around are well behind you. Yes, attention and validation are key to you Virgins, but you must view them as luxuries not necessities. Saturday’s New Moon prescribes giving to others with all sincerity. No easy task to master, you may discover.
You’re poised to kick introspective ventures into high gear, as Pluto retrogrades and Venus opposes Saturn. Planet moves distill formerly vague articulations of your vision and any aha moments can be funneled into functional plans. Discipline can elude you, here, where you need it most, so take baby steps toward long-range goals. Embrace efficiency and economy in dealings. Keep cards close to the vest so not to dilute plans or open them to scrutiny or censure. Your path is in no way linear—you circle in on success.
You’re in super-Scorpio mode, poking beyond appearances, unearthing hidden truths and veiled agendas. There’s much to be gleaned from delving your own subconscious, too, documenting dreams and exploring ulterior motives. Pluto retrograde, by Friday, amps this inward focus, so you might objectively survey the landscape of repressed thoughts and emotions, loosening psychological knots that block creative expression. You’ll seem self-absorbed; but what else is new? Mercury conjunct Mars helps articulate your anger.
A desire for hard cash and the heeding of a calling aren’t mutually exclusive. Saturday’s New Moon green-lights educational forays that promise long-term financial viability and provide a sense of purpose. Meanwhile, Mars conjunct Mercury disseminates information indiscriminately; but don’t sacrifice clarity-in-communication to a need for speed. Slow it down. Collectives provide a salve for frayed nerves; groups also allow you to air feelings without fear of their being taken personally. Pluto retrograde exposes some fuzzy math.
As money is being made more easily now, Time remains your most precious commodity. Ol’ Father Saturn opposed Venus says to take inventory of commitments, consolidate to-do lists, and tackle first things first. Selective procrastination is a habit you can now break. Pluto retrograde shines a light on upgrades needing making. Focus should also go to sharpening skills, optimizing assets, and further raising your professional stock. A so-called pipe dream you’d be happiest pursuing everyday is also the one that’s purest gold.
You now get the kinks out of operational machinery. Mercury conjunct Mars not only puts recent lessons learned into bold action, it also makes you super comfortable in your skin. Leading to Saturday’s New Moon, you may sense a divine presence gently guiding you through any gambits. Big deals slowly materialize; the trick is to clear the decks as they do. Publishing or other formal packaging of ideas is highlighted. Opportunities are tossed from left field, so stay alert. Pluto retrograde weeds out phonies in your midst.
Underground interests and even subversive desires come to the fore with Pluto retrograde by Friday. Social activity of late has felt like kid stuff, and you’re on to exploring, if not exploiting, more adult themes. You take (even more) authority in close relationships. And with Saturn opposing Venus, there are some serious new players on the scene who, unlike various existing ones, won’t take you for granted. You’re apt to throw more weight around, all the while embracing seething passions, stylish pizzazz and scintillating conversations.
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