Put your dukes up: Mercury and Venus enter Aries

Mercury entered the sign of Aries today, where it will be until May 13th. This evening Venus enters Aries, too, where it will be until March 31st.

The planets representing voice, learning and love and art are entering the sign of the Warrior. Anything in Aries is under some stress. The sign of cardinal fire, Aries starts. Sometimes we start because we want to and sometimes because we have to. But either way, it’s risky and scary. It’s uncharted. It can be explosive.

If you can intentionally notice excitement or fear in yourself and in those around you for that time period, it may help you understand, connect and avoid unnecessary conflicts. We might all come off a little too strongly. We could be a little too harsh or blunt. But we’re all facing a restart in the way we learn, process, and express ourselves and in who or what we hold dear.

Until March 17th, while the ruler of Aries, Mars, is in Sagittarius, let meaning power these beginnings. What’s the bigger picture? How would you like to expand, explore, risk or succeed? Why is it important to you? If you begin with hopeful inspiration and a bit of moxy, when Mars enters Capricorn, you can start to build in more concrete, lasting ways. But let faith and curiosity start the process rather than a sense of already knowing the outcome. Leave room for surprises and change. The positive expression of Aries is in encouraging yourself and others, protecting the vulnerable, forging a better way ahead.

The first sign, Aries gets us touch with what’s basic, raw, and sensitive within us. It’s up to us to decide if we defend or express it, how, when, and with whom.

(Mercury enters Aries 2:34 a.m. EST. Moon trine Neptune 10:22 a.m. Moon trine sun 2:27 p.m. Venus enters Aries 6:45 p.m. Moon sextile Pluto 11:12 p.m.)