The Sun enters Aries on March 19, initiating the spring season. The Spring Equinox has traditionally been celebrated as a time of new beginnings and rebirth. With the end of winter, life begins unfolding in a new solar cycle. Even though here in the mountains of Truckee/Tahoe we will most likely experience more snow, the awakening of nature from winter’s sleep is beginning.

The Sun is starting to move into the northern hemisphere and the days are getting longer. This results in increased light and warmth, which stimulates new life activity. The sap in the vegetable kingdom begins to rise from the roots into the stems and branches, manifesting as new leaves and needles. The bears and others of the animal kingdom begin to come out of their retreats to start a new cycle of life. The snow and ice begins to melt and fill the rivers and lakes with the precious liquid life force that supports us all.

For us humans, Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and embodies the archetype of the warrior and the virtue of courage. The Sun’s entrance into this region of the sky stimulates us into action. We have had all winter to ruminate about what we need to address in our lives. Now is the time to act.

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Inevitably, there is a need for a physical clean up of our house and yard after a hard winter. Spring-cleaning is a traditional way to create a new, fresh start on all levels and create the right energy for renewal. Think of this as a time for setting the tone for your upcoming solar year, a time for planting the seeds of your dreams and intentions.
For those of you who are facing difficult situations, know that Mars – the planetary ruler of Aries – is here to help. Mars embodies the principle of courage, which we all need to deal with life’s challenges. Now is the time to overcome fear, doubt, procrastination, and laziness. Realize that to truly live life you must boldly step forth and embrace it.
The important sub-theme in the Aries chart for our local area is the importance of getting out into nature to explore its awakening. Make time to hike, ski, snowshoe, and play in our wonderful mountains, forests, lakes and rivers. Shake off the winter blues; adventure and new experiences await you.

Aries (March 21-April 19): This month is an excellent time to put your ideas into action in both the home and workplace. There is an opportunity to be recognized for your abilities, so flex your muscles, and promotions and pay raises can be yours. Try to balance some of your natural aggressiveness with diplomacy. There will be some power struggles and resistance to your plans, so do not let anger and frustration overwhelm you.

Taurus (April 20-May 20): Opportunities present themselves to enhance home, family, and love relationships. There is a strong emphasis this month for improvements and new creative expression in the home. You can create an ideal energetic living space by implementing themes of beauty and harmony. Money is available to support these projects that are needed to feed your soul. Do not let responsibilities and pressures from work inhibit you from moving ahead. Balance is the key.

Gemini (May 21-June 21): Look deep within your soul for new creative ideas, and put them into action. The time is right for contemplating higher truths that inspire you to the communication and living of spiritual ideals. You have the ability to break through the limiting boundaries of the mundane and soar to the celestial levels of insight. Involvement with nature holds special experiential opportunities now.

Cancer (June 22-July 22): Now is the time to look towards the future and start making some long-range plans. Your ability to identify current trends and see how they will unfold in the future can position you for success. Apply these insights to your career and implement them in a responsible and professional manner. Through these actions you can reap financial rewards. There are also situations that require your attention at home, so be sure to keep your balance.

Leo (July 23-August 22): You have a deep, driving ambition to improve yourself in your career. It is time to be the archetype of the busy businessperson and focus your energy on new and creative approaches. You need to be passionate about what you are doing. If you are not, then make some changes. You should be putting in extra hours in order to achieve the desired result. Money pressures on you are strong and this can be used to advantage

Virgo (August 23-September 22): It is time to get together with friends and socialize. Host a dinner party at your home and invite interesting and stimulating people. Concern about the community and the environment can be the theme for conversation. You have a strong impulse to motivate people to create a better world. Don’t allow conventional thinking to limit you. These are times of change and our communities need leaders with vision. This is you!

Libra (September 23-October 23): You feel a strong pull to withdraw from the mad bustle of the world. Direct your attention inwards through meditation and prayer so that you can open yourself to spiritual revelation. Expansion of consciousness will result in a greater sense of independence for you. The sacredness of nature also offers to unveil its secrets to you. Do not allow your worldly responsibilities to block you from this beautiful opportunity.

Scorpio (October 24-November 21): Improving your financial situation is the major theme for this month. You must aggressively address issues of excess debt. This requires you to take conscious responsibility for your financial well-being. Now is the time for fiscal restraints and a financial plan. Long-term success is supported if you make the necessary changes, which include working harder and more intelligently at your career.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): There is significant support for financial gain this month. Now is the time to implement plans that you have been considering for some time. Be sure to be businesslike and professional and pay attention to detail. These ideas should stretch you in terms of what you think you are capable of achieving. Aim high. Be sure that you communicate your vision effectively so that others can support your endeavor.

Capricorn (December 22-Janary 19): This month provides you with the opportunity to open up your heart and soul then melt some of your natural emotional reserve. Don’t just be practical and address the material needs of life. Take into account the importance and value of love. Worldly situations want you to step forward and claim a leadership role that can result in professional and financial success. It is important that you be graceful in the wielding of your power. Do it in a selfless, egoless manner.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18): The call to express your freedom is strong now. You have the ability to let go of old self-limiting patterns of thinking, feeling, and action. Optimism and self-confidence in yourself and your future allow you to let go of fear-based thinking. Stretch the envelope. Go places you have never gone before. Do what you have never done before. Get out in nature as it holds some transcendent experiences for you.

Pisces (February 19-March 20): This month playing and having fun are at the top of your to-do list. It is time to take a break and reconnect with the joy of life. Travel, both domestic and foreign, should be explored. If money is a pinch, then do it on a smaller budget. Exposing yourself to beautiful environments is stimulating for you, especially now. The sacredness of nature speaks to you. Keep a journal. There may be some experiences that you feel moved to share with others. Who knows? You might write an article or book about your experiences.

­­­­ ~ Robert Ayres is a Truckee resident and internationally known astrologer with 40 years of experience. This monthly horoscope is cast specifically for the Truckee/Tahoe area. Contact Robert at 530-550-1118 or astrologicalalchemy.com. 2008 All Rights Reserved, Robert Ayres.

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