You start the New Year determined to expand your horizons, per astrology, with your ruler, Mars, taking up residence in your exploration zone, Aries. This is positive, inspiring energy - hold onto that inner optimist with all your might, because it will carry you safely through the trickier energies which are on the way. The Lunar Eclipse on January 10 highlights a wound from your past which you haven't managed to forgive or forget. Let this go if possible, Aries, as it's holding you back. On January 12, the intense Saturn-Pluto conjunction highlights the ongoing tension between your career ambitions and your family life.
Something has gotta give this year, but you can start right now by taking a close forensic look at your priorities. Be scrupulously honest about how much your job matters to you, both with your loved ones and yourself. Cut back on the socializing mid-month, as Venus encourages you to seek some privacy and head space to work things out. Mercury's arrival in rational Aquarius on January 16 will help, as will the Aquarius New Moon on January 24 - this could be a great time to try a new way of balancing your many different objectives. Don't be too hard on yourself though, Aries.
As the month draws to a close, difficult aspects to Neptune pile on the guilt you feel. Know that you are doing your best. This can't be fixed overnight, but you will get there.
With your ruling planet, Mars, entering your own sign on New Year’s Eve, you could hardly wish for a more positive and energetic start to 2019. You’re starting the year in an adventurous mood, keen to see what new horizons you can find, and this pioneering spirit will remain in place throughout the year. Take every opportunity to say yes to possibilities, even where this scares you. Be open to new learning too, whether that’s a return to school, a work-based training course or a new qualification you undertake just for personal satisfaction.
Early spring in the Northern Hemisphere brings some volatile emotions to the fore, particularly as Mars conjuncts Uranus in your sign on February 13th. A lack of self-control or an inability to process your own anger could land you in trouble around that time. When Chiron moves into Aries in late February great healing becomes possible, but the process itself could well be painful. Surround yourself with those you trust and don’t be afraid to let your emotions show.
During the summer and fall, love and career issues are dominant, but the Aries Full Moon in mid-October is also a chance to review how far you’ve come in terms of personal and spiritual growth. When Jupiter conjuncts Venus in your adventure zone at the end of November, you’ll understand the journey you’ve been on this year, and strange coincidences may well start to make more sense.
April would be a marvelous month for a romantic getaway – the New Moon in early April is in your own sign, boosting your confidence and helping you to show your emotions to someone you love. Later that month, Venus arrives in Aries, so the time is right for either meeting someone new or for consolidating and strengthening an existing relationship. The emphasis here is on sweet and quite traditional romance, so take your time – slow the pace down and savor each moment with your sweetheart.
The temperature hots up considerably in July when first Mars and then Venus move into your passion zone – any new romance formed at this time is certainly going to be memorable! In an existing relationship, this is your chance to rekindle the spark, to flirt and to remember why and how you got together in the first place. Recreate your honeymoon period and prioritize one another above all else.
Come fall in the northern hemisphere, Venus transits into your love and marriage zone, followed a few weeks later by Mars. This makes September and October excellent months for a wedding or for making a serious commitment to a lover. Watch out for ego battles in October, however. Mars rules passion but he also rules anger and there is a fine line between the two. If you do find yourself bickering with your sweetheart constantly, get back to basics and re-commit to your lives together. Everyone has disagreements – it’s how you handle them which makes the difference between a good or a poor relationship.
Greater success and a higher income have always been a part of your ambitions, but early this year something else creeps in too: a need for your work to be creative, beautiful, meaningful or preferably all three. You’ll get the first sense of this in late January when task-master Saturn sextiles spiritual Neptune and asks you to be sure that your work is making a difference somehow. Gentle, caring Venus shifting into your career zone in early February reinforces the same message.
Once Uranus, the planet of surprises, settles into your money zone in early March, your finances become more volatile – but this energy is a good match for your pioneering spirit, and you’ll quite enjoy the challenge. Find new income streams from among your under-used skills or take a leap of faith and change career path altogether, even if that involves a pay cut. During July, financial risks could be painful - Mars squares up to Uranus, pitting your risk zone against your money zone, and not in a good way – but you can weather this storm.
Eventually, any financial sacrifices you have had to make will start to pay off and the pressure will ease. Bountiful Jupiter, planet of good fortune and generosity, makes a very welcome shift into your career zone early in December, so you can expect to see rewards coming your way. A stunning Jupiter-Uranus trine also brings shocks – good ones – your way in mid-December when it activates both your career zone and your money zone. Just in time for some festive spending!
Get ready for a shakeup in 2020, Aries. Everything you thought you knew about your long-term goals and your life strategy is up for questioning now, as profound influences challenge your direction and your goals.
The year gets underway with a Lunar Eclipse in your roots zone early in January, warning that your stable foundations are about to shift. This is swiftly followed by the year’s main dish: The rare Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn on January 12. You’ll feel this aspect across the year and for you, this manifests as great opportunity, but potentially at great cost. This conjunction occurs in your career and ambition zone, potentially pitting you against powerful authority figures, or challenging you to stand up for what’s right, even at personal cost to your own future advancement.
Late February through May give you a chance to marshal your forces and to get to work in earnest. Mars journeys through your ambitions zone and your social zone, so you should find it easy to rally others to your cause and to get to know the right people for where you want to head. Venus trips through your image and money zones during this time, Aries, so put your game face on – not that you ever leave it off – and gather both the support and the resources you will need for the rest of the year. During late April, the astrology hints at challenge ahead, Aries, as Pluto turns Retrograde in your career zone and you’re forced to dig deep to get rid of the baggage you’ve been dragging around far too long.
The Lunar Eclipse in early June shows you how far the balance has shifted in the first half of the year, and June’s Mercury Retrograde encourages you to heal any family rifts. Through July, the Sun opposes a loose conjunction between Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto, and this powerful energy may force you to make sacrifices in either your career or your family life to keep the wheels turning. The swiftly-following Lunar Eclipse in your career zone offers the promise of new opportunities to come, and your confidence will grow once Mars arrives in your zodiac sign of Aries, where it’s set to stay for the rest of the year.
The last few months of 2020 are the most promising for your love life, Aries, with Venus transiting your dating zone in September and your relationship zone in October and November. A tricky Mercury Retrograde in your intimacy zone in mid-October could make communication in love difficult, but if you speak from the heart you won’t go far wrong. Aries, yours is an impatient astrological sign but slow it down a little.
As Jupiter shifts into your community zone in December, it forms a powerful conjunction with Saturn, asking you to seek your calling in society. This message is reinforced by a Solar Eclipse in your adventure zone, and the arrival of Venus into that zone too – you’ve been forced to look inwards for much of 2020, but you face 2021 in a much more outward looking frame of mind.
You may face a struggle throughout 2020 to keep your love life safe from the storms that might wash through your career and working life. There are strong indications that your sweetheart and your family may come into conflict too, so you’ll need to be strong, Aries, in defending your lover and shoring up your commitment.
January’s Lunar Eclipse in your family zone could mark the beginning of some bad blood between your relatives and your partner but try not to lose your temper. Keeping your cool will help things to settle down much faster. If you’re single, as 2020 gets underway, look to early March and the Venus-Uranus conjunction for a surprising new connection with someone who challenges your values. Opposites may attract at this time!
Watch your words in the early months of the year, Aries, especially once Venus turns Retrograde in your communication zone just before mid-May. You may find it difficult to make yourself understood, so try to be honest, open and direct with your lover in order to avoid misunderstandings. This will be important starting at the end of June too, when your ruling planet Mars moves into Aries and increases your aggression. What you think is assertiveness may come across much harsher to those you love.
July could be the most challenging period for your relationship, as the Sun’s opposition to Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto pits your home life against your working life, requiring a lot of patience from your sweetheart. The best way to handle this is to be upfront about how much time you’re going to have to spend at work. Aries, yours is an honest zodiac sign, so don’t make false promises only let down your family and sweetheart.
Fortunately, Venus shifts into your fun zone in September and the pressure eases a little. The astrology shows that this is the best time of year for a second honeymoon, a romantic break or a big love treat to say thank you to your partner for what they’ve endured so far this year. October’s trines between Venus and the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto trio are promising too, suggesting that your sweetheart may be able to help you on a practical level at work, so they can feel more involved and less neglected.
Don’t take this new cooperation for granted, however. During November, Venus transits your intimacy zone, but work concerns are once again taking up your time. Now there are difficult squares between Venus and Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto which could suggest power struggles in your love life, so try to ensure that you do set aside some couple time as the year starts to wind down.
The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in late December could be seen as a karmic and spiritual moment for your relationship, Aries. This occurs in your community zone, so it may be wise to spend some more time late in the year socializing with your sweetheart and working together on a charity or community project that has captured your hearts and your attention.
2020’s major astrological news story, the rare Saturn-Pluto conjunction, occurs in your career zone on January 12, but its effects will last for much of the year, and this will dominate your career direction. There’s an element of oppression or even force here, so you may find that your working conditions become quite difficult or stressful at various points. However, there’s also opportunity here, Aries, to find your voice and to take a stand once and for all. This takes a great deal of courage, but if you Aries are known for anything, it’s bravery!
Expect the first phase of this energy to play out across the early months of 2020, particularly once Mars, your ruling planet, shifts into your career zone in February. In late March, Mars makes a series of conjunctions to Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in your career zone, suggesting that this is a key time for you, Aries. At this time, you’ll learn how to channel your anger and your assertive power into changing what you don’t like and don’t agree with – even if that means changing your entire career path.
Venus, a planet closely connected to finance, moves into your money zone in March and this, together with an interesting Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in early April suggests that you may discover some alternative revenue streams – if you’re willing to take a leap of faith and try something new.
In July, a backdrop of the Sun in opposition to the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto trio makes life difficult for your work-life balance, again. Things are still tense in August too, as Mars squares up against Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in turn, in Aries: This is where you may feel the effects of this energy very personally. Perhaps your reputation is under threat, Aries, or perhaps you’re being wrongly blamed for a mishap at work. Whatever it is, you’ll want to act, but you should guard against being too impulsive, especially once Mars turns Retrograde in September. Hold your fire.
During October, a tricky Mercury Retrograde in your resources zone will need careful handling, especially if you’re dealing with creditors. Get expert advice when handling large sums of money or potential legal matters.
Once Venus shifts into your resource zone in late November, and the Mars Retrograde period ends, you’ll finally be free to take the action you wanted to take earlier in September. This is time to make a major career move, Aries, if that’s what you want. December’s powerful Jupiter-Saturn conjunction is supportive of this – falling in your community zone, it shows that you will have or can garner support for a new venture or a new career, especially if you opt for one that’s meaningful and can make a difference in the world.