March Astromusings -Blessings for Autumn/Spring Equinox! Happy Birthday Aries! Retrograde Venus, Easter

 Aries

Illustrated by Sue Robertson

Aries, the fearless warrior
ruled by the fiery planet Mars
with pioneering spirit
and youthful brashness
rushes headlong into battle
undaunted by obstacles
in his path

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

Happy Birthday Aries! – Autumn/Spring Equinox
Happy Birthday to all the Aries who celebrate their birthdays from March 20 to April 21. The Sun enters Aries 20 March 9.28 pm AEDT Sydney time. The Sun enters Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac, on March 20/21 at the time of the Spring or Vernal equinox in the Northern hemisphere and the autumnal equinox in the Southern hemisphere when the days and nights are of equal length. This marks the New Year astrologically as the Sun begins its passage through the twelve signs of the zodiac. Traditionally linked with the Spring Equinox, Aries, the Ram, represents the procreative force and rebirth. Just as Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac symbolises the last part of the body, the feet, Aries represents the first part of the body, the head. The glyph for Aries has several different interpretations. From a physical point of view it symbolises the eyebrows and nose. The two down-turned horns of the ram are suggestive of the battering power of the ram who fights head on. Metaphysically the glyph for Aries represents a fountain gushing forth water symbolising consciousness in an upward and outward direction.

Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece – the Embodiment of Aries

Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece

A myth which embodies the Aries courage, pioneering spirit and initiative is the Quest for the Golden Fleece. In the Mythic Tarot Liz Greene portrays the quest of the Golden Fleece as the mythic journey in the suit of wands symbolising fire. Jason has convinced the heroes, Heracles, Theseus and the Warrior twins Castor and Polydeuces, to accompany him on a voyage to Colchis on his daring quest for the Golden Fleece. His heroes who accompany him each possess necessary attributes to ensure a successful outcome. Heracles  represents strength; King Theseus of Athens, a fiery adventurer like Jason provides the creative vision; Castor and Polydeuces have the cutting edge of the clever mind, and Orpheus has the deep feeling and empathy to disarm any foe.

To gain the Golden Fleece Jason and his Argonauts have to endure many challenges on this treacherous journey, including a battle with the dragon which guards the Golden Fleece. Having procured the Golden Fleece, Jason and his heroes must do battle with the formidable King Aeetes of Colchis to be able to bring the Fleece back to Iolkos. Again our indomitable hero, against all odds wins the battle against King Aeetes only to have to face one more challenge before the goal is reached – that of steering the Argo through the Clashing Rocks. Such is the stuff that the Aries individual is made of, never willing to give in, thriving on challenges no matter how difficult they may appear!

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Hercules Captures the Man-Eating Mares of Diomedes

The Labours of Hercules – The Capture of Man-Eating Mares

In the first labour of Hercules he has to capture the wild horses and mares of Diomedes, the son of Mars. So wild were these horses and fierce the mares that all men were said to tremble at their sound, for they ravaged up and down the land, wreaking damage and killing all sons of men who crossed their path, and breeding steadily most wild and evil horses. Hercules enlisted the aid of his dear friend Abderis. Hercules succeeded in cornering the wild mares in a field and caught and tethered them while yelling with joy at his success. So great was Hercules’ delight in his prowess thus displayed that he deemed it beneath his dignity to hold the mares or drive them on the Way to Diomedes so he asked his friend Abderis to perform the task. But Abderis was weak and fearful and could not hold them or harness them or drive them through the Gate with the result that they turned on him and rent and trod him underfoot, killing him and escaping into the wilder land of Diomedes.

Wiser, grief-stricken, humble and discouraged, Hercules returned to re-do the labour this time succeeding in capturing the horses and driving them through the Gate himself but his friend lay dead. The teacher looked him over with care and sent the horses to a place of peace to be tamed and broken to their tasks. The people of the land, released from fear welcomed the deliverer, acclaiming Hercules as the saviour of the land.
The Teacher turned to Hercules and said: “Labour the first is ended; the task is done but badly done. Learn the true lesson of this task and then pass on to further service to your fellowmen.”

Alice Bailey explains the esoteric symbolism of the myth. She comments on the fact that the first labour starts with a partial failure, as is so often the case with the inexperienced and impetuous aspirant. This first labour marks the first step upon the “path of translation” Aries governs the head. It is consequently the sign of the thinker, and therefore a powerful mental sign. The aspirant begins the labours when he truly becomes the thinker, and in full awareness proceeds to function as the arbiter of his own destiny.

Bailey notes that the horse in the Indian scripture and mythology is closely connected to the ram and also stands for intellectual activity. The white horse symbolises the illumined mind of the spiritual man and so we find in the Book of Revelations that Christ comes forth riding upon a white horse. Black horses represent the lower mind with its false ideas and erring human concepts. The brood mares, such as we meet in the first labour, indicate the feminine aspect of the mind as it gives birth to ideas, to theories and to concepts. The thought-form making tendency of the mind is here symbolised, embodying the ideas conceived, and which are let loose upon the world, devastating and destroying when emanating from the lower mind, but constructing and saving when coming from the soul.

The exoteric ruler of Aries is Mars, the god of war, and so Hercules acting under the right direction of thought and beginning his work on the mental plane, takes his stand as the warrior. His outstanding characteristic in this sign is the pioneering, militant spirit. The mares were in the possession of Diomedes, the son of Mars. (But the esoteric ruler of Aries is Mercury, which ‘illumines the mind and mediates between the soul and the personality.”)
Bailey sums up the crux of the test in the following way: “The conquest of matter and overcoming illusion loomed large before Hercules and indicated from the very outset of the twelve labours the nature of his final achievement. It has been said that the keynote of the sign Aries is hope and as he has faced his twelve labours, hope was all the guarantee that Hercules then had that he would achieve. Hope, his untried divine equipment, his personal club, and much enthusiasm: so start all disciples.

Hercules had to begin in the world of thought to gain mental control. For ages brood mares of thought had been breeding war horses and through wrong thought, wrong speech and erroneous ideas, had been devastating the countryside. Bailey writes that one of the first lessons that every beginner has to learn is the tremendous power that he mentally wields, and the amount of harm that he can cause in his neighbourhood and environment through the brood mares of his mind. He has, therefore, to learn the right use of his mind, and the first thing that he has to do is capture this feminine aspect of the mind and see to it that no more war horses are bred.

Hercules realised the harm that the brood mares were doing. He rushed gallantly to the rescue of the neighbourhood, determined to catch the brood mares, but he overestimated himself. He did succeed in rounding them up and capturing them, but he failed to realise their potency and strength, so he gave them to Abderis, the symbol of the lower personal self, to hold. But Hercules, the soul, and Abderis, the personality, in unison were needed to guard these devastating horses. Abderis alone is not strong enough, and what had been happening to the people in the neighbourhood, happened to Abderis: they killed him.

Bailey goes on to explain that this is an instance of the working of the great law that we pay the price in our own natures of wrongly-spoken word and ill-judged actions. Again the Soul in the person of Hercules, had to deal with the problems of wrong thought and only when he becomes a one-pointed aspirant in the sign Sagittarius and in that sign kills the Man-Eating Birds, does he really attain complete control of the thought processes of his nature.”
Bailey then quotes from Thackeray to further illustrate the practical significance of thought: ” Sow a thought and reap an action. Sow an action, and reap a habit. Sow a habit and reap character. Sow character and reap destiny.”

Aries Hall of Fame

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Frank W. Woolworth

Aries, with their natural zeal, drive, enterprising qualities and ambition, are drawn to careers in business and high finance. Aries are well represented as stockbrokers, venture capitalists and futures traders. J.P. Morgan and Frank Woolworth are Aries billionaires. Mars also rules cutting implements so Aries are also well represented in the medical profession as surgeons.

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Colin Powell

With Mars also symbolising war, it is not surprising to learn that Aries can be found amongst the ranks of generals.  Colin Powell, an Aries, was the U.S. chief of Staff during the First Gulf War and a retired four-star general of the United States Army. No matter what career they undertake they pursue it with great passion. Passion seems to be the key-note of great Aries musicians such as JS Bach, famous for St Matthews Passion, and artists such as Vincent Van Gogh. The poet laureate, William Wordsworth, was also an Aries as was St Teresa of Avila who experienced the Mystic Marriage with Christ. With the Aries reputation for amorous pursuits, it is not surprising to learn that the infamous Italian Casanova was an Aries

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Russell Crowe in the Gladiator

Aries always exude great magnetism on stage and screen as is the case with our celluloid heroes, Warren Beatty, Marlon Brando, Omar Sharif, Spencer Tracy, Peter Ustinov, Charlie Chaplin, Gregory Peck, and Russell Crowe of ‘Gladiator’ fame.

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Joan Crawford & Bette Davis

Other notable Aries include Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Dudley Moore, Bette Davis and her nemesis Joan Crawford whose tempestuous relationship is currently being portrayed in the TV series, Feud, and the trail blazing femininist icon Gloria Steinem

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Gloria Steinem pioneering feminist

Aries Health and  Anatomy

As well as ruling the head, Aries rules all important organs associated with it, i.e. the brain and the eyes. In matters of health Aries are especially prone to injuries to the head and face as they often rush in where angels fear to tread. Mars rules body heat so the Aries individual is very susceptible to fevers as well as headaches and sinus. The Aries individual needs to switch off the engine and learn to relax. Yoga, meditation or martial arts are ideal activities for this hyperactive fire sign.

In her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell outlines the health challenges for Aries and the biochemic cell salt which serves as a remedy.” The biochemic cell salt for Aries is Kali phos. which creates the grey matter of the brain by uniting with albumen and oxygen. Kali phos. is so important that without it, the brain simply cannot function because there is no grey matter to function unless Kali phos. is there to create it. All mental disorders require Kali Phos, as do nervous complaints of every kind; depression, insomnia, irritability, hysteria, sensitiveness, and headaches. It is also invaluable for concentration. It is naturally indicated in all cases of paralysis in order to rebuild cells of the brain which serve the affected area. Since Kali phos. builds the brain cells, it is obvious we cannot have clear and definite thoughts without it.

The very name is significant, for Kali means ‘mother’ or ‘mater’ from which we get ‘material’, and phosphorus means ‘light bearer’.” Vanda Sawtell claims that because of its antiseptic properties, Kali phos. should be given in all skin troubles, especially if there is irritation, and in conjunction with ferrum phos. the cell salt for Pisces.

Since the fire of Kali phos. burns in the oxygen attracted by Ferrum phos. it is difficult to separate these two salts, Kali phos. and Ferrum phos. just as the signs, the first and the last of the zodiac seemed locked together as though it were their function to unite the Zodiac in a circle. Nerve impulses to all organs of the body are generated in the brain, therefore the range of symptoms covered by Kali phos is very wide. The sensory organs of sight, hearing, taste and smell all come under its influence. It is of great assistance in menstruation and pregnancy and in respiratory troubles such as bronchial asthma, whooping cough, hoarseness and loss of voice. It is also vital when nervous symptoms arise due to the fact that the nerve fluid has been exhausted.”

Overview for Aries for 2017

Career
Unpredictable Uranus continues its sojourn through your sign so you can expect an exciting though at times unpredictable period freeing you up to express your individuality and assert your independence. Uranus still makes connection with volatile Pluto in your career sector during 2017 which focuses on changes in career.

Finances
Dynamic Mars pays a visit to your finance sector from 11 March until 21 April imbuing you with energy to attend to your finances. Venus the ruler of your finance sector will grace your finance sector with a visit there from 7 until 5 July which should give you an opportunity to enhance your finances. Quicksilver Mercury pays two visit here first from 1 – 20 April and then again from 17 May until 6 June facilitating commercial transactions and networking.

Relationships
Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, is currently moving through your relationship and partnership sector bringing opportunities here. Part of Jupiter’s passage here will be in retrograde motion from 6 February until 8 June making it an ideal time to review your relationship. Venus the planet of love and romance will pay a visit to your love and relationship sector from 15 October to 7 November adding a sparkle to your most intimate relationships and bringing harmony.  Quicksilver Mercury follow close on the heels of Venus paying a visit to your love sector from 1 – 17 October encouraging communication and networking with your significant other.

Home and Family
Venus and Mercury will visit your domestic sector. Mercury will be there from 22 June to 6 July giving opportunities for discussions on family matters Dynamic Mars will make its presence felt from 5 June to 20 July imbuing you with plenty of energy on the domestic front. Venus’ presence there from 1  -26 Aug will bring harmony and opportunities for family get togethers.

Creativity, Children and Romance
Your creativity, children and romance sector will be highlighted with the two eclipses the first an appulse lunar eclipse on 11 Feb and the second a total solar eclipse on 21 Aug 2017. The Sun, Mercury and Venus and Mars pay a visit here during July and August highlighting your  creativity sector which should enliven these areas of life, encouraging learning, communication and play. On the whole this should be a joyful time where you can rediscover your inner child have fun and explore your creativity.

Health and Work
The karmic North Node currently in your work and health sector is highlights this area of your life. Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit here from 26 July to 31 Aug facilitating communication and networking in the workplace. Feisty Mars makes its entrance in your work and health sector from 6 Sept to 22 October imbuing you with the energy in the workplace. Venus graces your work and health sector with her presence from 21 Sept to 14 October promoting harmony here.

Travel and Higher Education
Serious Saturn continues its sojourn through your travel and education sector until 21 Dec 2017 bringing a more serious note to these areas of your life. You may undertake serious study and your rewards will be commensurate with your efforts. Travel will also take on a more serious tone.

Friendships
A partial lunar eclipse on 7 Aug 2017 highlights your friendship sector. Mercury, the messenger of the gods, activates your friendship sector from 8 – 25 February bringing opportunities for communication and social networking.

Spirituality
There is strong focus on spirituality and karmic issues this year with a solar eclipse occurring in your spirituality sector as well as Neptune, the karmic South Node, Chiron, Venus and Mercury all inhabiting your 12th house of karma and spirituality. Neptune will feel at home here as it is in its own house and now in its own sign of Pisces. This will give you plenty of opportunities to retreat and explore your inner world and your spiritual essence. You may feel a desire to escape from the mundane world and attend a spiritual retreat, meditate or listen to soulful music or keep a dream journal. Neptune is about surrender and forgetting self to achieve union with a higher power so you may be inspired to be of service perhaps through working for a charity or learning one of the healing arts. Quicksilver Mercury, the messenger of the gods, pays a visit here from 26 Feb – 13 March arousing your curiosity about matters spiritual. It may encourage communication on other than verbal levels such as practising meditation, attuning to your dreams or receiving other insights. Venus will be there from 4 Jan to 5 Feb. However you choose to attune to Neptune’s higher vibrations, it will be in this sector of your chart until March 2025, giving you lots of opportunities to connect with your soul.

Venus Retrograde
Venus, the planet of love and finances, will turn retrograde at 13 degrees Aries 09 on 4 March and will turn direct again at 26 degrees Pisces 55 on 15 April. This is an ideal time to review your relationships and finances.

The Paschal Full Moon Eclipse – Easter
A_wallppaer_of_easter_egg_and_rabbits_in_RomanEaster is celebrated on 16 April on the first Sunday after the first full moon that occurs on or after the March equinox.
 In 325CE the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. From that point forward, the Easter date depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21 for the vernal equinox. The date of the western Easter is based on the Gregorian calendar whereas the Eastern Orthodox tradition bases Easter on the older Julian calendar with Easter Sunday falling on 1 May.

The Origins and History of Easter
Old English Easterdæg, from Eastre (Northumbrian Eostre), from Proto-Germanic *Austron, a goddess of fertility and spring, probably originally of sunrise whose feast was celebrated at the spring equinox, from *austra-, from PIE *aus- “to shine” (especially of the dawn). Oestrogen is also derived from the word, Eostre. Bede says Anglo-Saxon Christians adopted her name and many of the celebratory practices for their Mass of Christ’s resurrection.

Sources
Aries Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Aries Poem by Anne Robertson
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice Bailey
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell

 

 

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