Neil Giles is a storyteller, astrologer and historian. He is a novelist and journalist and has written for theatre, radio and television, as well as many articles for Astrology on the Web.
His passion for mythology and the ancient traditions has led him on a journey through Astrology, Tarot, the Runes and the Celtic Ogham Script as a seeker and personal reader.
He is the author of a number of works on Celtic and Teutonic spirituality, including Odin's Runes and The Oracle of the Trees.
For Neil, the storyteller's path reminds us that while the wisdom of the past still lives, we can take wise action now and in the future. Always a traveller, Neil is currently sojourning on the north coast of New South Wales.
Aries, the Ram
Aries the Ram in the year 2003
This year, revolutionary Uranus ushers in a new era in the spiritual quest for those born under the sign of the ram. March 10th sees the eccentric one (Uranus) move into Pisces and your solar twelfth house. He will stay there till mid-September. The year 2004 will deepen this influence and, in the years that follow, many of you will be drawn to travel new or extraordinary paths as you seek something more from life, or as life itself rings the changes in your dance.
New spiritual and creative insight, understanding and experience will filter in, coming suddenly and unexpectedly. You may have a boost for your intuitive powers. Strange or unusual circumstances may enter the domain of your life and send it down another course. For some, unexpected change or even loss will alter the direction of your lives. Flow with the river, roll with the blows and a fulfillment you did not expect will be yours. But, if you lower those ram's horns and charge at the obstructions, you will do yourself little good. Let the changes come.
With mighty Mars, your ruler, in Scorpio and your solar eighth house as the year begins, you will be in for a year of fierce passions and risky ventures. It may be hard to know exactly what you want or just where to stop. You can gain from the use of joint monies and resources, but you may also lose by them if you push the envelope too far. Some of you may experience betrayal over love or money. Some of you may become the betrayer. This is a year where you can achieve a great deal if you keep your conduct under the guidance of a strict moral code. You will have intense desires and a need to push ahead. Channel this energy wisely.
Love and Money
Venus the goddess broods in powerful Scorpio and your solar eighth house of shared monies and deep desire as the year begins. There is passion to be had and money to be made. However, as Venus begins the year in square to revolutionary Uranus, you might find that your fortunes fluctuate in both departments. Relationships are due for changes or some ups and downs. There may be changes or division among friends and associates and money may be the cause. There may be a shift with regard to where you are going and what you want from life. This will come because of changes in the cosmos of people around you. See things from a different point of view. Take advice or guidance from new or unusual sources when you need it. Take risks with money but make them calculated risks. Don't get in too deep. This is not a year to throw good money after bad. Know when to cut your losses if things don't go well.
As mighty Mars lurks close to passionate Venus, this could be a year of fierce intensity as far as your emotional life and the bedroom are concerned. Don't keep secrets or go behind people's backs, or things could blow up in your face. What starts out as new and exciting could be over in a moment if you're not scrupulous about your conduct. Some rams will form relationships with new or unusual people this year and set their lives on another track. Others may go through dramatic changes of fortune. Remember, this could be a 'riches to rags' year if you act unwisely, but it can also be a 'rags to riches' year if you really embrace the new. With giant Jupiter cavorting in your fellow fire sign of Leo till the end of August, romance, entertainment, leisure and creative activities will be in the frame. From September though, other concerns will begin to take precedence.
Home and Family
There are big moves afoot for the ram in the house of home, family and emotion. Sober Saturn moves into Cancer and your solar fourth house on June 3rd. For some there will be long term shifts or changes, involving endings or separations. This may be a matter of relocation or an end to a significant cycle in your emotional life. For others, there may be consolidation or expansion as a result of sustained efforts or long term planning. One way or the other, many rams will be looking at an increase in their responsibilities around home and family that will cause them to examine their future in these matters. Older people or the care of younger ones may become important in the home life. It will be several years before Saturn moves on from this placement so remember to meet any trial that comes with all your powers of endurance. Don't give up on anything or anyone just because the situation seems too hard. Rich rewards come to the stayer.
Work and Health
On August 27th, giant Jupiter moves out of fiery Leo and into Virgo and your solar sixth house of work, health and daily routines. As far as work goes, you may need to study or learn new methods and techniques to advance your skills and working knowledge from this time. The focus here is more practical and you may find your life takes on a simpler or more 'down to earth' character. Health could be an issue for some of you. You will have to change both your lifestyle and your patterns of diet and exercise if you want things to improve. Don't waste time and energy trying to do the 'fire sign' thing by burning up the kilojoules or living heedless of the cost. Adopt new and practical techniques of health management. Obey the call of necessity in this department. Do what needs to be done, even if it is a little galling to your pride to have to change.
With the Sun and Chiron, the wounded healer, conjoined in Capricorn and your solar tenth house, this is the year to break through old fears or barriers that you have around success. Aspire to the heights but work through any obstacles that come from within. If your confidence bears any scars from your family or childhood situation, this is the year to seek healing by facing the very thing you fear and negotiating your way through with a 'down to earth' approach. Claim your authority with determination and sort out your methods for dealing with others in authority. For the ram, aggression can sometimes be a mask for fear. Don't lose your rag or let others goad you. Keep a calm and clear head and you will triumph through measured effort rather than brute force. Jupiter in Leo until August 27th favours creative endeavour and flair. Be bold. Jupiter in Virgo after that date favours study and practical development. Be methodical and discerning.
Mercury Retrograde |
Mercury moves into retrograde (reverse) motion three times a year for about three weeks each time. This phase heralds a time of confusion and misunderstandings that can affect arrangements, travel, transport, appliances, machinery and communications. The breakdowns that occur are a function of neglect, inattention, simple misunderstandings or component failure. They will often bring to the fore the very contingency we should have planned for and didn't. When the retrograde phase occurs, watch out for such possibilities as well as putting off major decision-making or the signing of crucial documents and agreements. We tend to miss things while Mercury is in reverse motion and then have to come back and do them again. A process of review in the retrograde phase can efficiently show where problems might lie and help us with damage control or the mending of things. Double check arrangements at these times! What you think you've said and what others have understood will often prove to be two different things.
The messenger's first reverse cycle begins on January 2nd and ends on January 23rd. This takes place in Capricorn and your solar tenth house. You may have problems communicating with those in authority. Your progress in work and career matters may come up for examination. Be sure of your ground before you speak or act. Negotiate to create clarity. Don't try to solve problems with dynamic action or sheer force of will.
April brings Mercury retrograde in Taurus and your solar second house of personal finances and resources. This will last from April 26th to May 20th. You may need to examine your financial position and review your budgetting. Talk with people in the know and make sure any arrangements involving money are clear and simple.
August 28th to September 20th sees the messenger retrograde in Virgo and your solar sixth house of work and daily routines. Be careful of minor illnesses and work-related accidents. Make sure all communications about to work methods are clear and precise, especially if co-workers are involved. You may not be able to stick to your normal routines at this point.
December 17th brings one final but incomplete dance with the retrograde messenger as he begins to move backward in Capricorn and your solar tenth house. This may bring a few further flies in the ointment around matters of career, social status and dealings with those in authority. Work through any problems with patience.
Your New Moon comes on April Fool's Day, bringing potential developments or a new start with regard to romance, creative projects or spiritual matters. You may be able to aim higher or fulfill your aspirations. However, there may be a cost in associates or friends as the new path you take separates you from some familiar points of reference.
Your Full Moon comes on October 10th. You might experience delays or setbacks in your career or on particular projects. The going could be hard and you might find that you are tired, over-burdened or just under par health-wise. Bear with it all and keep working through things. There could be a separation with a family member.
Eclipses of both the Sun and the Moon often indicate the end of a cycle or a significant change in the direction or pattern of the affairs governed by the house in which the eclipse falls. Eclipses of the Sun may affect work, direction and relations with people in authority. Eclipses of the Moon may affect matters of home, family and emotions as well as relations with women and children. Both may affect your health.
May 16th brings a Lunar Eclipse at the Full Moon in the sign of Scorpio and your solar eighth house of joint finances and resources. There could be a problem in this area, especially if you have extended your credit or pushed the overdraft to the limit. You might have a setback financially or come to the end of a spending cycle. As mighty Mars is tussling with mystic Neptune at this time, don't let frustration get the better of you and don't over-indulge.
A Solar Eclipse comes on May 31st at the New Moon in Gemini and your solar third house of travel, communications and siblings. There might be a break or the end of a cycle with regard to these matters in your life. There could be shifts of attitude or opinion that come as a consequence of changes here.
November 9th brings a Lunar Eclipse at the Full Moon in Taurus in your solar second house of personal money and resources. There may be problems with associates or social connections because of money matters. Losses in the wider picture may affect your personal state
A Solar Eclipse comes on November 23rd with the New Moon in Sagittarius and your solar ninth house. There may changes or endings with regard to travel, studies, personal beliefs and the cultural or political cosmos around you. This could be a turbulent time as Mercury the messenger, mighty Mars and Pluto the transformer are all embroiled in a cosmic scuffle in the days following. Drop the hot poker if you have to. However, if you need to stand up and be counted, don't feign surprise if this puts you in the firing line.
Mighty Mars the warrior ushers in a period of caution for all the rams in 2003 when he turns retrograde in Pisces and your solar twelfth house on July 29th. This can be a time of frustration, as you might seem to start travelling backwards or find that your actions go awry. A rash response will bring further problems so make sure you take time to withdraw and reflect upon the importance and meaning of your activities.
You may feel impatient or frustrated; you may even feel as if you have been thrown into a war zone. Events might pile up on you inexplicably, or life may simply take an unpredictable turn as something strikes out of the blue. Unseen enemies or hidden forces seem to rise up and frustrate your efforts. Some of you will have a downturn in health matters.
These influences could be especially prominent from mid to late September when the warrior consorts with revolutionary Uranus. The important issue is to dig deeply into matters of a spiritual or creative nature to find new outlets for your energy and new beliefs to uplift you. You may need to discard old patterns of action. You may have lost faith in something and need to stop. Above all, don't forget to look within for the solutions to any problems. Moderate your normally active style and be careful around the sea, chemicals, drug use or simple self-indulgence.