Aries the Ram in 2005
Benefits and Challenges: New Frontiers
The year ahead is one of benefits and challenges. Accept the former with an open hand and take on the latter with steady persistence and you will finish in better condition than you started. Jupiter, monarch of the Heavens, enriches matters in your solar seventh house of partners and close associates as the year begins. Opportunity for advancement, travel and general upliftment will come through those close to you. Some of you will need to take a back seat or share the limelight with your nearest and dearest, not always an easy role for the Ram.
Saturn, the measurer of effort, moves through Cancer and your solar fourth house until the midyear, putting emphasis on emotional and domestic matters. Responsibilities may weigh heavily in these areas and burdens or issues from the past will need attention. Some of you may be reflecting on your lives and your aspirations, not always with the happiest of feelings. Remember though, if you do the necessary healing work, Saturn then moves to Leo and your solar fifth house in mid July. There you'll find that you can be master of your ship once more. As Chiron, the wounded healer, still moves through Capricorn and your solar tenth house of career and status, keep searching for the confidence and authority in work and life that lies deep within you.
Warrior Mars, your ruler, begins the year in fiery Sagittarius, simmering in tension with revolutionary Uranus. Uranus continues his erratic journey through Pisces and your solar twelfth house, calling the Ram to new and unknown creative or spiritual frontiers. This configuration will bring the unexpected. Sudden or dramatic events or realizations will alter your thinking, the nature of your endeavours or your direction. Higher learning, overseas travel and people from other countries could have an influence here, bringing a change of circumstance you did not expect. Take risks with consciousness but not with travel or physical activities. Be more cautious and calculating there. Don't be impatient for change. It will come with lightning speed or high drama and catch you out when you least expect it. The opportunity of a lifetime may come with just a brief window. A single moment may alter the course of your life.
Love and Money
Giant Jupiter brings benefit from partners and partnership until the month of October. Your partner may flourish, set out in a new direction or bring opportunity for you. Study or overseas travel may be linked with this. Single Rams may come into a new and more meaningful relationship. There may even be the sound of wedding bells. You may make a connection with someone of status or importance in the wider community. Those in a partnership may find they go through a change because of changed conditions for their partners. For some, advancement may come for your partner, leaving you to take a back seat. Be humble and grateful for the opportunity to do so. For others, a partner may set out for new horizons, bringing a break or a change in your relationship. People of status, legal people or professional people may come to play a part in your life.
The Lunar North Node dances in your sign at the beginning of the year. Thus, new contacts and connections abound. Some bring opportunity, but may necessitate the end of a cycle of existing associations. The new will mean it's time to move on from the old so don't hang onto the past. Change for those close to you may assist you in making change for yourself.
Pluto, Venus and Mercury all conjoin in Sagittarius and your solar ninth house as the year begins so there will be important communications or connections that come from overseas or from people of foreign birth or cultures. For some, such connections will play an important part in your year, either in romantic or business life. For others, money may come from overseas links or business ventures. Intense or powerful experiences may come as a consequence of such connections. Beginnings and endings may come out of the intensity. It will be important to see the wider view or horizon in relationships this year. Don't make decisions from a narrow frame of reference. You may lose as a consequence.
On October 26th, giant Jupiter moves into Scorpio and your solar eighth house. Thus joint money, credit or finance arrangements and investments may become a driving concern for the Ram. You may want to push the limits with money. Big business may be on the horizon for some. Others may take a 'make or break' approach to negotiating any problems. Make sure your decisions are ruled by insight and perception. Simple drive will not be enough. Some of you may be consulting with powerful or experienced figures with regard to money management. Others may take a new path and begin to study matters related to the inner workings of the mind or even the occult. It will be important to come to understand your own motivations and drives. That way, you will find success through your insightful understanding of yourselves.
Home and Family
With Saturn in Cancer until July, emotional and domestic life may still be something of load to carry until then. Some may be improving their living conditions while others may have to deal with enforced restriction with domestic or living matters. Your responsibilities to those with whom you're emotionally involved may be high. For some, children may have come into your lives. For others, you may have the care of a loved one or family member. Take these responsibilities seriously and finish the cycle or phase involved. Some of you may feel the need to look back on the past and consider your history in order to gain a perspective on how things stand now. There may be a healing journey in such a process as you search for a new level of confidence in yourself. This will in turn lead to a new confidence in your efforts with both work and life.
Work and Health
Health wise, this may be a testing year, even though the Aries resilience is legendary. Saturn in emotional Cancer opposing Chiron in Capricorn will push you to the limit with responsibilities and performance pressure. There are also two eclipses that fall in your sign, a Solar Eclipse in April, a Lunar Eclipse in October. These can weaken you or add to the cycle of stresses. Thus you will need to keep a good regime with diet and exercise. Make time for yourself within what may be a demanding schedule and you'll be better able to keep your obligations. Saturn will also test the 'later born' Aries as he completes his journey in the sign of the Crab. Pressures with emotional and domestic matters or important life decisions will be strong. You will have to bear with the pressures and yet take care of yourself. With Jupiter in Libra and your solar seventh house, good support and advice may come from partners or close associates so heed what you're told. Some of that pressure will ease after the middle of July when Saturn moves into Leo. From there, a new creative pursuit or recreational activity will really help to get your health back up over par.
Chiron in Capricorn and your solar tenth house still urges you towards a new kind of confidence in yourself and your abilities. Despite any competitive traits that come with being a Ram, the person you most need to prove yourself to is yourself this year. Chiron then moves on into Aquarius and your solar eleventh house from February 21st until August 1st. This period may bring new ideas or goals with regard to your life and career. Some may make new and interesting friends. Others will find themselves among unusual people. Such associations may change your outlook and direction over time. What you achieve here may not be stable or a 'long term' proposition at first. Chiron then returns to Capricorn until the first week of December, pushing the older issues of confidence in your ability. After that, he re-enters the sign of the Water Bearer for the long haul, opening new doors for your hopes and dreams. Health and health practices may be an important key to your sense of advancement. Health practitioners or life consultants may play a role in your development and direction.
Saturn moves into Leo in July of the coming year. This may see many Rams move forward with regard to their life direction as a new project or undertaking is set in motion. This is a time for big dreams and the persistent effort that will make them real.
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.
Mercury's first retrograde cycle comes in your sign. It begins on March 20th and ends on April 12th. This could be an uncertain period in which you have to change plans, revise opinions or strategies and generally take stock of yourself. Communications with partners may go amiss. You may be a little more accident prone than usual. A little extra protection for the head and hands may be of benefit. You may decide on a new approach or line of thought for yourself.
The messenger's second retrograde phase begins in the sign of Leo and your solar fifth house on July 23rd. There may be delays with creative projects. You may need to take stock. Lifestyle or recreational activities may be interrupted. For those inclined athletically, watch for accidents or injuries with favourite pursuits. Dealings with children, especially males, may be tricky. There may be a change with children's activities. Matters relating to financial ventures or speculations may receive a setback or need to be reviewed. Tread carefully until the period ends on August 16th.
The third retrograde cycle for Mercury begins in Sagittarius and your solar ninth house on November 14th. Communications or contacts overseas may be affected or disrupted. Overseas travel plans may have to be changed or there may be an unexpected need to travel. There could be difficulties with the in-laws for some. Others may find there are setbacks, delays or changes with study programs. Deal with any legal matters with care and attention. Advice may have to be taken. Make sure you listen. This cycle comes to an end on December 4th.
Your New Moon comes on April 8th, bringing a Solar Eclipse to the Lunar North Node with testing aspects from Saturn in Cancer. This may mark a separation or the end of a cycle with someone you have known. There may be changes or endings with a family or domestic link. There is quite a powerful point of separation here and many Rams may move out of a past cycle and into something new for the future. Some of the old familiar supports or presences may pass on to other things or places. Health could be testing here so take good care.
Your Full Moon comes on October 17th, bringing a Lunar Eclipse. There could be high levels of emotion at this time as the Sun and Jupiter join in opposing the Moon in Aries. You may be at the end of the road with matters of partnership or close associations. There will be strong feelings with vigorous actions and reactions. New circumstances for a loved one could change your circumstances together. Something you've been doing for others may take a pause or need to be phased out. Roll with the changes. Career direction or people in authority may somehow be involved in the changes. This may begin a healing journey for some.
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.
A Lunar Eclipse comes in Scorpio and your solar eighth house on April 24th. There may be a change with joint financial arrangements or holdings. You may come to the end of an agreement of this nature. You may have to re-examine or restructure your financial arrangements. Watch dealings with credit or overdraft facilities. Don't stretch yourself coming up to this time. You may have cause to see the inner workings of your nature in a different light.
A Solar Eclipse comes with the New Moon in Libra and your solar seventh house on October 3rd. A change or ending with a partner's arrangements or situation is likely. A close association may go out of your life. You may forge a new destiny because of such changes. Expect a change of cycle in a close personal relationship.
Warrior Mars enters a retrograde phase during the coming year, so all you Rams will have to sit up and take notice. When Mars is retrograde, there may be setbacks or delays with projects or schedules. You may feel frustrated in your efforts or even be opposed by external forces. Clashes arise with male figures and there can be accidents with sharp objects or firearms if you don't pay careful attention to what you're doing and how you're doing it. With Mars reversed, the Ram may become more impatient. Thus, good control over the temperament is a pre-requisite. Review your action style. Try different methods and approaches. Slow things down so that you're not trying desperately to get something done or finished. Don't give in to frustration. This reverse motion cycle comes in the sign of Taurus and your solar second house of money and resources. It begins on October 1st and finishes on December 10th. This is a lengthy time so put your action style with money and spending under the microscope throughout. Change the way you do things. Accept limitations with patience. Watch especially the second week of November when Mars clashes with mystic Neptune while moving in reverse. Be careful of accidents involving water or chemicals. Don't waste money on futile dreams. Not all plans will come to fruit and not all of those who appear to be your friends can be trusted with money, especially your money. Stay patient. Find new outlets for your energies in creative or spiritual pursuits you haven't tried before. New goals and new ways of doing things can come from this time as long as long as you work within the limitations that it sets for you.
Venus the goddess begins a retrograde cycle on December 24th. This comes in the sign of Aquarius and your solar eleventh house. Venus turns backward in a conjunction with Chiron the wounded healer. There may be important developments or unexpected events with the pursuit of your own hopes and wishes. Obstacles may present themselves on the road to success. Long outstanding matters may come to completion unexpectedly. There may be dramatic or surprising changes with friends in matters of relationships or health. There may be a change of status or late recognition of your talent. A health matter or a relationship issue may block your progress. Ready yourself for unexpected change with love or money. You may be associated with someone successful.