It’s spring and major planets are transiting through Aries with the Sun there until May 14th in the sidereal zodiac and Mercury went into Aries May 3rd and is there until May 18th and Venus will go into Aries May 10-June 3rd. The strength of Mars will obvious determine the influence on those transiting planets and with Mars in the constellation of Orion (Mrigashira /Taurus 23.20-Gemini 6.40) it will help but as Mars moves toward Rahu into mid June and starts getting hit by the Saturn opposition by late May the influence will turn darker.

The essential energy of Aries revolves around fighting, acting, defeating, competing and hence it connected to ego and the famous Aries ram. The energy can be angry, wicked, obstinate and cruel at times if Mars is afflicted in the chart but at its best it can bring out Mars’s tenacious, sacrificing, passionate and self-sacrificing energy of the warrior/solider wanting to be of service.

As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries has a great deal of creative energy and this is particularly clear in the constellation of Ashwini (Aries 0-13.20) where the horse bolt out of the gate with great power and force and energy. Aries embodies the Nike buzz phrase, “Just do it.” In many ways it embodies the primal energy of creation. The constellation of Bharani (Aries 13.20-26.40) represents the creative power of the womb and also embodies great creativity for artists and great sexual energy.

There is a great deal of self-identification with action in Aries which means doing things for praise, acknowledgment and ego-gratification but this is a lower form of the energy and if Mars is well-placed in Capricorn, the highest ideal of the warrior comes out with self-sacrifice and service.

Aries is a more of an emotional sign of the zodiac than one might imagine as it is placed 12 houses from Taurus . It has problems with the water element and hence food, love, emotion and connected with the public become challenging. Venus and the Moon become the most difficult planets for Mars and Aries as Mars is debilitated in the sign of Cancer and Venus owns the 2nd and 7th maraka or death-inflicting signs for Aries. Hence relationships can literally kill Aries. Aries has to get into relationship counseling and master Moon and Venus energies and the water element and learn nurturing, cooking and Moon activities

The antidote for Aries/ Mars is connecting more to Mother Divine energy through mantras or worship. If Mars is afflicted in the chart by other malefics like Rahu and Ketu or Saturn or if placed or aspecting Aries, there has to be attention to impatience, selfishness, arrogance, recklessness and wanting it now and not being able to wait.

Saturn, Mercury, and Venus are negative planets for Aries Ascendants. Saturn rules 10th and 11th house. Mercury rules the 3rd and 6th house and is the most difficult planet for Aries lagna. Venus rules the 2nd and 7th houses, therefore it is the maraka planet. If Aries gets too analytical rather than just doing it, it becomes a problem the adventurous Aries. Mars does not like Saturn’s slow energy and needs to act and not analyze and hence Mercury slows it down. Mars is by nature a celibate and soldier and hence Venus drains its energy.

The Sun and Jupiter are very positive planets. Mars and the Sun share leadership, power and creativity. Jupiter can sometime cause problems regarding expenses as it rules the 12th house as well as the auspicious 9th house for Aries Ascendants.

The 11th sign Aquarius is badhaka for Aries and can cause hidden problems as Aries too much of a lone ranger and individualistic and self-centered for Mars to work with groups and enact societal changes.

Sun is exalted in Aries and when unafflicted as it is now generally the case in transit it brings out great leadership, courage ambition , sharp and creative thinking, joy in action and competition, innovation and strong health.

Mercury in Aries is in a Parivartana Yoga (see earlier article this week) and is more afflicted than strong and his may lead to the mind racing ahead and wanting to accomplish too much and too quickly, talking too fast, getting stuck in one’s way of doing things, deceit, over-speculation, abuse of drugs or alcohol or food and nervous energy, and getting into argumentative fights. Venus in transit may calm some of this energy down the week of May 10-18th.

Venus in Aries is usually not happy here but will do better in the constellation of Bharani (Aries 13.20-26.40). There can be a tendency to be hasty in getting into relationship and intimacy, fear of commitment, broken relationships and more fighting, strong sexual energy. At best, artistic creativity can unfold, generosity and fun and play and adventure can happen when Mars is stronger until it gets into the constellation of Ardra, (Gemini 6.40-20.00) May 17-June 7th.

So with the focus on Aries again this spring, watch your ego and learn to bend and say yes in relationships, learn how to do things together and not be a lone-ranger, watch your sexual passion and channel it into artistic creativity and you will thrive.

Special thanks to my Jyotish teachers and colleagues, Sanjay Rath, Komilla Sutton and Sam Geppi for any of their insights and to Bill Levacy my mentor.


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