Maya's Sun Sign of the Month

Aries, the Illuminated Joy of Simply Being

by Maya del Mar on April 1, 2014

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[Ed. note: each month we re-run Daykeeper founder Maya del Mar's profound and poetic take on the appropriate sun sign.]

Spring has sprung, the light has overcome the darkness, and Aries comes rushing in. There is no holding her back as she thrusts herself into the world, ready to meet all comers.

Aries symbolism covers the whole sheep family, and appropriately here. This time of year the green coastal hills are dotted with tiny lambs, nursing mothers, and an occasional very woolly ram.

The usual symbol for Aries is the ram, with its big horns. In ancient Egypt the fertile time of Aries was symbolized by the ewe, Seret. And at Easter celebrations we honor the innocent lamb of God.

Aries is the first sign, born again, and filled with enthusiasm to be out and about in the newly bright world, testing, challenging, leading the way. It is a fire sign, and radiating from Aries is the illuminated joy of simply being, beautiful to behold in its innocence and lack of self-consciousness. Sara Vaughn is an example of the many famous Aries women singers who charm us with their immediate expression of feelings.

Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, starts things. I am! Says Aries, and I can! Aries rules the head, the seat of ideas, and idealistic sense of purpose is very strong for Aries. To pursue those ideals, Aries will overcome obstacles, and often not even notice them, as though he is wearing blinders. The goal is all. Courage is the hallmark of Aries, for Aries is the pioneer who moves ahead to establish advance bases. Aries Marlon Brando was the first “method” actor to have screen success.

Let others hold the fort, for Aries is always restless to be off into new territory. Action, challenge, testing, competition, and crisis are Aries’ milieu, and she needs the freedom to assert herself.

Aries is the warrior who can dedicate his life to a sacred ideal. Aries is most true to self when that ideal is a heroic one, and one which relates to respect for life. A good example is the Rainbow Warrior, who trains to protect the earth. Aries Jerry Brown fights for his ideals, at one time instituting far-sighted programs as governor of California.

For all of us, the season of Aries is a time for renewal, for breakthrough, and for celebrating, as we initiate new plans and activities.

These new forces emerging from the womb of the unconscious (Pisces) create an interplay between conscious and unconscious which greatly strengthens intuition. Work with archetypes, myths, allegories, dreams and other symbols can help us tune into our new growth as it aligns with our life purpose.

Two Aries stars who accessed that intuition and were able to share their original points of view were mythologist Joseph Campbell, who specialized in writing about the hero’s quest, and astrologer Dane Rudhyar, who was the major initiator of the humanistic astrology movement.

Aries is goal-oriented, and it is in understanding and being true to our soul’s purpose that we best serve Aries’ season.

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Joanna April 2, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Thank you for those kind words about my sun sign. I was born exactly at the vernal equinox with the sun at O degrees of Aries. Because of the powerful T-square of Pluto, Uraus and Saturn to my sun sign now in effect, I have been having a very rocky time of it and I am facing many changes and adjustments in my life at the age of 87. However, I am very busy making plans to make this transition period as easy and as least traumatic as possible. I have good health and faith in God. This is also the year of my return of Saturn, which complicates things even more. I know I will have to guard my health. But I am about to put my house on the market and hope somebody will buy it, then move back to Florida where I spent 60 years of my life. I will be doing the packing and must find a place to live at the other end. I have friends in Florida who will help once I get back down there. Can I do this? Yes, I can.

Marie April 11, 2010 at 7:21 pm

“You Go Girl”

Ameen-Storm Abo-Hamzy April 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Sweet Darkness

When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.
When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.
Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.
The dark will be your womb
tonight.
The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.
You must learn one thing:
the world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes
darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.

~ David Whyte ~
(House of Belonging)

Peace,
Ameen

tricia April 24, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Yes, I am! I am an Aries. Aries rush in where angels fear to tread!

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