I always like to compare the fiery, tempestuous, dynamic energy of Aries to the excitable, impetuous, dramatic personality of Captain James T. Kirk, Starship Enterprise, who only set his course on adventure, boldly going where none had gone before, and upon arrival, suddenly realizing he had taken far too big a leap into the unknown and desperately needed support from his more circumspect cohort of Spock, Bones, and Scottie.
It’s the “Oh, I can handle anything” attitude of Aries that tends to not even consider the consequences until they can’t be ignored. From a fictional perspective, this Aries bravado always eventually succeeds. From a real life point of view, well, ask any Aries about the actual results.
Because we are in the midst of an enormous process of change, signified by the ongoing seven Uranus/Pluto squares occurring between June 2012 and March 2015, I’ve taken to considering Aragorn, one of Tolkien’s heroes, a better choice for the Aries archetype: He is a fearless warrior who is always in process, morphing from Strider, the wandering king without a kingdom, who must bide his time (something Aries struggles with) until he can reveal his true identity. Upon accepting his mission, Strider becomes Aragorn, trusted guide and only one of two humans who has absolutely no interest in the ring of power; he is only interested in his true power, and because of that is willing to protect his fellow travelers at any cost. He is a might for right warrior, and when right finally triumphs, he transforms once again into Elessar, King of Gondor, his long and arduous hero’s journey at last complete.
Finding a way through the intensity of the ongoing Uranus/Pluto squares is also a long and arduous transformational journey that is personal as well as planetary, individual as well as collective, and, some might argue, no less dramatic than the story of the ring.
On May 20, 2013, the third Uranus/Pluto square is exact. Uranus signifies the instability and inevitability of change. Pluto represents death and rebirth. When these two planets interact, they stimulate revolution, and a look at history reveals that the movements for social justice flourish under this signature.
This week, the Sun, Venus, Uranus, and Mars, are all conjunct in Aries, and they all form a square to Pluto. Consider this intense concentration a preview of things to come. Squares produce friction. Aries likes a fight. And all these planets are warriors in their own right, even Venus, who was once known as Ishtar, the Babylonian goddess of war. The probable manifestation of this Aries aggregation is an escalation in turmoil wherever it is already tumultuous and turbulent, whether that strife is occurring on foreign shores or within your own heart. Pay close attention to children during this intense time; they will be unusually antsy, and because of that meltdowns are probable. Please be as gentle as possible, even if the child having a tantrum is 40.
Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., each had difficult Mars signatures in their birth charts. Both became warriors, but their battle for transformation transcended the normal dimensions of war. As you make your way through the current changes, contemplate what warrior archetype best expresses your ideal response to change.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Avoid characterizing partners, personal or professional, or associates of any kind, as fools. Find a lens that allows you to view all your interactions through a compassionate perspective.
Taurus April 20-May 20
You aren’t required to climb every mountain or provide every solution. You’re only required to do your best, and if that means spending extra time on a project only you care about, spend that time gladly.
Gemini May 21-June 21
The antidote to your current dilemma is making negotiations feel more like nurturing than brokering. Here’s a hint: Everyone wants to belong to the club – make them feel welcome.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Take a stand for yourself, but also attempt to synthesize polarized points of view. If you stay mindful and listen closely to opposing opinions, you’ll find the way to unify all participating parties.
Leo July 23-August 22
It’s only about attitude: You can devolve into despair. Or, you can marshal your forces and change your behavior. Self-actualization is always difficult and always worth the effort.
Virgo August 23-September 22
It’s not so much a financial problem, as it is an organization one. Prioritize your time as well as your energy and you’ll find a way to manage all the areas that need attention.
Libra September 23-October 22
Let whatever needs to split apart, fall apart, and don’t spend one minute of energy trying to hold up a façade. Instead, examine what isn’t working and be determined to grow from your discoveries.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Almost everything depends on perspective, but your current situation actually depends on how you choose to see it. While the power of positive thinking can be seen as a cliché, it can also act as a power tool.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
I keep reminding you that it’s not about the money because it’s all about self-esteem. Notice where your confidence fails, and you’ll uncover what needs the most care and attention.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
If you smell something peculiar, even if all the particulars line up perfectly, trust your hunches. Be true to yourself by honoring your intuition.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Read Aries, above, and add this: Holding back what you’re feeling won’t really be possible, but that doesn’t mean every conversation has to be a battle. Make love instead of war and you’ll find peace.
Pisces February 19-March 20
People seldom realize that your sympathetic waters are also strong and resilient. No one can deter you from actualizing your deepest principles except you.
Ralfee Finn specializes in Transformational Astrology. For readings, call 1-888-937-9264, write P.O. Box 343, New York, NY 10025, visit AquariumAge.com, or e-mail Ralfee@AquariumAge.com. Copyright © 2013 by Ralfee Finn