Photo by: Nikki Dicunto, Pentax ME Super, Kodak Gold 35mm film
Dates: March 20-April 21 Zodiac Symbol: Ram Zodiac Quality: Cardinal Zodiac Element: Fire
In our vast and ever so changing world it seems like we are constantly bombarded with new information and changes. It has been an emotional roller coaster for us all. It’s been something we didn’t expect.
It’s been an event that has and will change the world as we know it.
So how does this relate to Aries Season? How does Astrology play a part in our current realities?
Aries season is the beginning of the “Astrological New Year”. So in other words, it plays a huge part. Aries season is the actual new beginning we have been building towards. This is the season that will help us move forward, as a global collective and individually.
We are at the beginning of an entirely new world. It is absolutely no coincidence that Aries season falls with the Spring Equinox in such a time where we need it most. Where we need to act in order to build better livelihoods as a whole. For the next four weeks you will be in the fiery energy of Aries. Which means you are swimming away from the deep depths of Pisces season, yea that was f**king tough we all felt it, and Aries is going to help you move past it in more ways than one.
Aries is the leader of the pack. The ones that need to get shit done, not today like yesterday. They know exactly what needs to be done and the moment it needs to be done without question or hesitation. They look forward, not backwards. They move quickly. They move without much thought. That may seem pretty intimidating to most, especially considering the current climate, but don’t worry-all the other planets will balance this out.
Aries are extremist when it comes to optimism. Saying that they are outgoing is basically an understatement. They can find a silver lining in anything and walk away from any experience as a lesson that they needed in order to help others. They are doers, fixers, and conquers of anything and everything that they are faced with.
So, back to that question, how is this going to affect us? How is Aries season going to bring light to the world during strange and unsure times? It’s without a doubt a big question we are all wondering and can’t seem to get off of our minds. What will happen tomorrow? What will happen in the next hour? What is going to happen to our world? What is going to happen to me? There are a lot of question marks in many areas of our lives that are unfortunately out of any of our control.
Although we don’t have all of the answers. Aries season is providing us with a brand new outlook and energy that we need in order to find strength in stillness and use the time we have been granted to reground ourselves. In fact Aries season isn’t going to feel like an overwhelming and all consuming tsunami like Pisces season did. However, it’s not to say that this month is going to be easy. This month, it’s going to be hard. It’s going to feel like a lot of hard work and you may just find yourself in a rage of anger but the important thing to remember is that it’s okay to be angry. It’s okay to feel, whether or not it’s quote on quote “healthy” feelings. Holding back from expressing yourself and trying to always put a smile on your face, is in no way shape or form going to help you show up for yourself or others in the way you are intended to. Feelings can be art to, remember that.
Let’s pump the breaks at some point though and not allow ourselves to get too deep in anger or lost in negative self-talk (which can be definitely easier said than done). With that being said, how can we fuel our anger towards cultivating new and innovative ways to overcome the global epidemic at the forefront of everyone’s mind using a more holistic approach? How can we translate the negativity into determination? How can we channel the strong willed Aries energy we are walking directly into in order to move us in the direction of the new world that's being created?
5 THINGS YOU CAN DO DURING ARIES SEASON TO CULTIVATE STRENGTH & RESILIENCE:
1. PURSUE THE PROJECT YOU HAVE BEEN PUTTING ASIDE
Well, “I don’t have enough time” is no longer the excuse at the forefront of everything we have pushed to the back burner the last few months. It’s time. Seriously, if not now then when? It’s time to leave all the excuses behind and bring the thing that has been burning inside of you forward. If you don’t have anything tangible sitting on your hard drive, or studio, or kitchen table that you’ve been working away on for months, it’s time to at the very least get started.
How beautiful would it be if we changed our perspective to see this time as a blessing to slow down. As an open invitation to work on your inner-self and your creative project that has been a “hobby” or a “dream” and actually make it a reality. Guaranteed, purpose and fulfillment will fill you up and consume you, if you dive heavily into creative expression right now, whatever that may mean for you. It will help connect you to new ways of thinking and learning. It will spark something new or brush off the dust of something inside of you that maybe, just maybe the world needs from you right about now. Remember, we all have value, we all have worth, we all have something uniquely ours to bring into this world to make it a better place.
2. BE A LEADER
There has never been a better time than right now, even though the mere thought of standing up may be absolutely terrifying, this is the month that we need you to rise. It’s time to stand up and lead. Most think it’s the dominant type A personalities that are born to lead, but reality check we all have the capacity to be leaders in our own way. The world needs as many people to start where they are and begin to lead their communities in the
best way they know how. When you use this energy to spark passion within yourself and share it with the world you are sending out a powerful ripple effect into the world that shows others they can do the same. Ultimately, this will lift the energy and change the low vibrational feelings into positive and uplifting vibes, that to be quite honest I think we are all craving. It’s time to pack away the fear, the uncertainty, and be leaders in sharing the therapeutic things we are doing on a daily basis to feed our mind, body, and soul.
We may be able to learn a thing or two from each other and help mould a beautiful new way of living that will make us healthier and happier moving forward whether it is a day from now, a year from now, or a decade. When you step up and share your knowledge and your passions, you become a leader to someone somewhere who has been looking for you for a very long time. Strange to think I know but let’s reflect for a minute - we all have role models, people that inspire us whether it be on or offline and for someone that person is you. So, what better way than to lead by example. We need you, your talents, and unique abilities - it's that simple.
3. MOVE YOUR BODY
This month will be highly charged to say the least. It’s going to be filled with lots of “heat” energetically speaking. A kind of heat feels as if it is burning from the inside out, the explosive emotionally driven type. This heat can help to propel you forward with projects and getting things done but globally it is also something that may bring a lot of uncomfortable feelings to the surface as well and you know what that’s okay. Not only is it okay but it is also healthy because your feelings are natural and also valid.
This anger that you may feel and or see in others is a reflection of what we can and cannot control or fix. The truth is, life is filled with things that we can and cannot control, maybe we don’t realize it on a day to day basis but we are not in full control of our lives whether we like to believe so or not. So, instead of focusing on the things that aren’t currently in our control, how do we change our mind frame and focus on the things that we can control? Let’s not forget that Aries like to fix things, so let’s fix or change our current perspectives by using a more therapeutic approach.
Changing perspectives doesn’t happen overnight but one thing you can do today, even right now is move your body. I won’t dive too deeply into it but most of us already know that physical activity releases endorphins, but that’s not all. Moving your body also stimulates the release of other “happy” neurotransmitters aka chemical brain messengers such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin that are proven to regulate your mood and energy to approach the controllable factors in your life with a much more positive and productive lens. Not to say that exercise is going to eliminate every and all negative emotions you may be experiencing, but it sure will help. There are a ton of free applications and YouTube channels such as the Nike Training App, Do You Yoga, etc. however you enjoy moving your body there are more than enough online resources to help you stay active in the comfort of your own home.
4. THINK ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY
Remembering that you are a leader in your own unique and individual way is amazing but let’s not forget that it is not a "me" thing but rather an "us" thing and your community needs you. Sometimes Aries can be so focused on their own life and personal pursuits that they can often come across as selfish to others. Almost as if no one else, except for themselves, matters or is a priority. Let's make one thing clear, being selfish is no way a negative thing, in today’s world we have swapped the definition of selfishness with self-care. Moving into Aries season we definitely need a big mash up of both caring for ourselves just as much as much as we should be focused on caring for others. It is a time to take a more harmonized 50/50 approach. So, how exactly do we make this possible? Vocalize it. In whichever way is best for you, just share what you have learned and what has worked for your personally to move through the messiness of life and share it with others.
We live in a constant rat race where getting to the top is the end all be all. Considering the way things have unfolded, I think mother nature begs to differ. Aries season gives us the motivation to act now as well as the power to create something beautiful to share with others from deep within us with the ultimate gift of time. Our perspectives are changing, our ability to connect and share with others are changing. We are truly starting to realize the beauty in human connection and how opening ourselves up to the world and showing up as our authentic selves are forces to be reckoned with.
Pull out a pen and paper, now let’s think. What do you love to do? What is something that you do that shows yourself self-compassion and love? How do you express yourself creatively? Now, how can you create something and share that with others in a way that will benefit not only yourself but the world?
5. UNAPOLOGETICALLY MANIFEST IN ABUNDANCE
So given the time we are in right now I know this seems like a very far fetch goop-y wellbeing thing to say but what if we reframed our current mindsets? What if instead of sitting in fear we actually harnessed the energy of Aries and used it to our advantage. Aries are the fastest and most seasoned manifestors in the zodiac wheel. Their energy is potent, even intoxicating. This is because technically Aries are the first sign of the zodiac based on the New Year. So, it is really no surprise that Aries have a type of forward motion energy, more so than most of the other zodiac signs. Aries know what they want and they unapologetically go after it without hesitation or limitation because to put it simply, Aries just go for it. They go for what they want, which makes their ability to manifest their desired outcome extremely high and also skilled. So, what if we stopped getting lost in fear and instead channeled all that energy into changing our perspectives?
What if instead you decide to focus on what you can control, what you can accomplish, and manifest or in other words dream of what your future could and will look like after all of this is said and done? What if this month you use Aries’ energy to reset and maybe, decide for the first time, what it is you really want your life to look like? A future that you get to choose. Write it out, say it out loud, make a vision board. Do something, anything, that reminds you each and every day of your ideal future and own it as your reality. It’ll make the hair on your arms stand up as the cells in your body become recharged and you start to feel more and more empowered to ditch the old and make way for the new.
All and all, remember to breathe through it. Find a way that works for you to move your body. Connect with your people, with your community. Support one another. Don’t get hung up on whatever feelings arise, it’s okay. Again, your feelings are valid. Just don’t forget to show yourself some self-compassion as you navigate through change. Find that thing that makes you feel so filled with light and passion then start doing it - not tomorrow today. And, of course don’t forget to share it with the world.
The world needs you now.
We need you now.
The time has come.
The time is now.
Written by: Courtney Burns & Nikki Dicunto in spirit of a collaborative creative expression, community, and sharing processes across the country we wrote this piece together, form us to you.