This is a post about what will be happening when the Sun is in Aries in 2011 (from 20 March – 20 April). It’s for everyone, not just those folks born under the sign of Aries.
Western astrologers like the number 12. There are 12 signs in the Zodiac. There are 12 houses in an astrological chart. And there are usually 12 heavenly bodies (planets, luminaries, asteroids) that astrologers use to interpret a chart. So 12 is a big deal.
And here it is, the 12th day of December, the last of the 12 months in the Christian calendar. So, as we count down to the Christian holiday that most Westerners celebrate, let’s go through the 12 signs of the Zodiac and see what will be going on in each one over the course of our new year, 2011.
Today we’ll start with the first Zodiac sign, Aries.
Aries, the sign of the Ram, the sign of Spring, the new year. In temperate zones, even though the calendar says the light is returning on the Winter Solstice, and even though we can kind of see the days getting longer in the Winter, it’s not until Spring that we feel that the cycle has been renewed. Aries has that new energy, the feeling of vitality and strength. We’ve woken up from Winter, and now we’re ready to go forth into the world again. In fact, we may leap into the world before thinking about where we’ll land, that’s how happy we are to be moving again. It’s all about drive and energy and getting things going. A childlike, beginning, “oh boy, first day!” kind of energy.
Aries is ruled by the god, and planet, Mars. So, yes, there may be some impetuousness, and even some aggression, as the drive to move forward and go for that all-important goal leads to a certain self-centeredness. And yes, those goals are absolutely all-important. At least for this moment. There’ll be another one coming up any minute now…
Okay, so you get the idea of Aries. Firey, fast, intense, happy like a kid, short attention. What will be going on in 2011 when our beloved Sun is in the constellation of Aries? Lots! Just a week or so before the Vernal Equinox, when the astrological year starts all over again with Aries, the planet Uranus will move into Aries. This is a big change, because Uranus stays in a sign for 7-8 years. Since 2003 he’s been in Pisces, where his rebellious energy has shown up as jihads and religious wars, with “new” ideas like Intelligent Design, and the upswing in wireless communications and decentralized information on the Internet. Now, starting in 2011, Uranus will be in Aries.
Uranus symbolizes the Promethean archetype—that of a high viewpoint that knows what’s right, and rebels against the status quo to bring justice and equanimity. In Greek mythology, Prometheus stole fire from the gods to give to humans, for which he was severely punished. But he knew humans deserved fire, and deserved to evolve forward once they had it. With Uranus bringing that energy to Aries, we can expect to see scientific breakthroughs. I’m hoping they’ll be in the field of energy. Whatever it is, the energy of Uranus is sudden, intense, and often disruptive. Put together with the energy of Aries and we could have some explosive times.
The first quarter of 2011 is full of fireworks energy. We’ve got a Mercury retrograde happening in early Aries (on 30 March), so many rocketing projects may come to abrupt halts for a few weeks. Don’t let setbacks in your momentum kill your enthusiasm in late March and April. Try to get that Age of Aquarius background feeling back—remember the high viewpoint and the longer-term goals. Review and rethink during late March and early April.
We also have another exact opposition of Jupiter in Aries to Saturn in Libra. We’ve been going through these oppositions for a couple of years now, and we know the drill. Jupiter has been traveling near Uranus, increasing that revolutionary energy and making it huge. That’s Jupiter’s job, to make things larger than life. Jupiter is also light, jovial, and interested in what’s morally right and just. Saturn is dark, ponderous, and interested in what’s working and what isn’t. When these two argue across the sky, it’s not always bad, but it’s always intense. Jupiter can cause Saturn to lighten up a bit and enjoy life, to let go of lists and agendas and just be happy for a while. Saturn can cause Jupiter’s energies to focus on goals and ambitions to see if they’re actually working. (Sometimes Jupiter likes to ignore the nasty little details of implementation.) In Aries this opposition is going to be about “what are we actually getting done here?” The world needs some healing, and it needs it now. Saturn in Libra is working on balance, coming together in agreement, making real solutions that will actually work. Jupiter in Aries just wants to get that agreement in place and move on to the next problem that needs solving. There are so many, after all. So the first quarter of 2011 may be full of tension between coming up with ideal solutions, or compromising to get something going that will actually work. (The US Congress comes to mind…)
And if all that weren’t enough, Neptune is also changing signs while the Sun is in Aries. Neptune will leave Aquarius, where it’s been for 14 years, and move into Pisces. In Western Astrology, Neptune rules Pisces, so it feels quite at home there. Pisces energy is that of connecting to the divine, of amorphous, cloud-like being that isn’t centered in a body. Neptune is the planet of imagination, inspiration, and connection. But its energy can turn into illusion, delusion, and even deception. With Neptune in Pisces we can break out of the boundaries of our world as it is: we can escape linear time, three dimensions, and physical reality. We can enter into a holographic state, we can use our imaginations to co-create a new world. But we must watch out that we aren’t swayed by ideals and powerful personalities who offer redemption and salvation.
Whew! That’s a lot of stuff going on during one sign. So while the Sun is in Aries, from 20 March to 20 April, 2011, no less than two outer planets change signs, Jupiter and Saturn face off in an opposition, and we have a Mercury retrograde for most of that month. It’s gonna be intense. How are we going to deal with all of that? Same, and better, than ever. We’re going to use our knowledge of these energies to be prepared. We’re going to use our understanding of these energies to think, act, and envision in ways that bring out the best of what can be. Every astrological event represents a spectrum of human activity—actions, feelings, beliefs, and thoughts. We can do what we can to move the energies of each astro-event, and each day, to the best part of the spectrum. That’s what Astrology is for. To help us co-create the best world we can. And with Aries, we’re starting over, starting fresh, and jumping into it with intention and energy. Let’s remember to also bring the love and compassion with us, too.