Aries season has had us rushing around in a big busy flury of discovering and expressing our self-identity in new ways. With the start of the zodiac calendar year, Aries bursts onto the scene with the great shout of “I AM”! No matter what your zodiac sign, we all feel the sun’s transit through Aries and the Spring Equinox on some level as a rebirth of our personal identity. I touched on this a little with my previous blog post, “I’m back! Renewed by Aries Sun” yet even I wasn’t prepared for the profound renewal I would experience. How was it for you?
Aries is the Cardinal Fire sign of the zodiac. As a Fire Sign, it is transformative, purifying, and energetic. As a Cardinal sign, Aries is direct, initiatory, and carries the “start up” vibe of the spring season. So within Aries energy we have this ability to find initiative, burn away the excess, and jump right into the next big thing. This can be powerful and it can also be dangerous. If you have ever jumped head first into a new project because of passion and “it seemed like a good idea at the time” but then get tripped up on some minor detail and fall on your face? Yeah that might have been an Aries Energy influence at work in your life. But don’t hate! Life NEEDS that risk taking fiery force of nature! Where would we be without the instigators, risk-takers, and “do it now” moments? Spring would never come if the seeds didn’t take that chance to crack open and send a fresh new blade of grass up through the dark soil. As the Sun, Venus, and Mercury emerged from the watery depths of Pisces we collectively awaken from the cozy dream that is the end of winter and say, “Oh! I have things to do! I have individual goals that are important to me!” With a fresh new spark of fire, it’s time for some soul-alchemy to turn this seed into a sprout. We’re inspired to step up as the leader of our own life.
In the Tarot, Aries is represented by Major Arcana card IV – The Emperor. The Emperor brings messages of Strength, Leadership, Structure, Stamina, and Reasoning. As you can see in the classic RWS version of the card, the Emperor is depicted as a wise military type leader, his age represents wisdom and experience. Robed in red (fire, action, strength) with armor underneath (knowing that sometimes he has to fight for what he wants). His throne is adorned with carvings of the Ram’s head (the symbol of Aries). In one hand he holds a golden sphere (the world) and a scepter (status and leadership) in the other. In the background there are mountains, depicting the lands he has conquered or trials he has overcome. Yet with all his wisdom, the Emperor knows that at times he needs to be the one to take risks, push for change, challenge the status quo, or shake things up a bit.
I know, it’s all very Patriarchal. But there is value here. Remember that there are different kinds of leaders and emperors. Some might rush into war head first or abuse their power, and Aries certainly has the potential to start some epic battles! Yet, look again at this Emperor. He’s not holding a sword or weapon. He’s holding the world – and he seems quite aware of the weight of it. He’s not standing up and rushing into battle. He is sitting down, listening and waiting for the right time to act. This Emperor is the type that has seen battle, but has developed the wisdom to know that there are times to fight and times . . . not to. He knows how to choose his battles with the thought of the greater good at heart. The Emperor is refined Aries energy. This card depicts Aries energy at it’s very best; powerful yet reserved.
As we approach the end of Aries season – ask yourself, “What kind of Emperor am I”? If you’re truly the master of your own life (whether you are a leader or authority figure to others or not), you have moments when you have to make big decisions. Should I fight for this ideal? Should I fight to defend who I am? Wait, in order to really know my ideals or defend who I am, I have to know WHO I AM and what my ideals are! Thus comes the transformative, purification and rebirth of the Aries season.
In the middle of the Sun’s transit through Aries, there was a balancing point with the Full Moon in Libra. Libra is the polar opposite sign of Aries and brings balance by focusing this energy outwards through community and relationship. Libra encourages us to reflect on how the “I AM” is changed by the presence of and awareness of “WE ARE”. We can’t just run amok pushing our identity and goals into the world with much success without the cooperation and support of those around us. Here is where the Wise Emperor differentiates from the Oppressive Dictator. The wise Emperor knows the value of community, relationship, cooperation, and even love. Without these, the Emperor’s reign is short lived and remembered as terrible. The Tarot card associated with Libra is XI JUSTICE – the great balancer. Interestingly, here is where we find the sword. The wise Emperor does have a sword nearby, but he trusts in Justice to tell him when it is time to use it. Libra teaches about balance through the lens of relationship to others, reminding us that our individual actions have an impact on those around us. Through the balancing counter-point of Aries and Libra I am reminded of the quote, “With great power comes great responsibility.” That Full Moon brought our relationships into light and many revelations may have occurred about what kind of support system you have around you. How are you building up or supporting your community and your partners? Are your partners and community supporting you in meaningful ways? If you think of the Tarot and Astrology in terms of Greek Mythology, the Aries/Libra connection is like Aries (the God of War) working side by side with Athena (Goddess of Justice). Together they can create powerful and lasting change. On that Full Moon I found myself surrounded by an amazing group of like-minded people. I reveled in the glorious feeling of finding my “soul tribe”, and I even fell in love. (THAT was unexpected but has been transforming my life in powerful ways – THANKS ARIES & LIBRA!) I had been struggling to define who I am and what I should be doing with my energy – and found this loving embrace of a community that appreciates who I am and what I do!
On Sunday, the New Moon will be in Aries. Soon the sun moves on into Taurus and the next cycle begins, but first it’s time for one last fiery celebration for The Emperor. The lesson will be driven home as Aries asks “What have you learned from me? You’ve worked with my energy for nearly this whole month and had the chance to redefine who you are and what you fight for. You had the illumination of the Full Moon in Libra to remind you of balance and others. What kind of Emperor are you striving to become?”
These will be some powerful reflections for you to make as you set your intentions with the New Moon on Sunday. I hope that this Aries season has brought you just the lessons you need to help propel your growth forward in positive ways through the rest of this year. So Mote It Be.