With lots happening in Aries this week, including the grand entrance of Chiron into your sign, you might expect to be dashing about like a dog on a mission. However, the changes need time to shake and settle themselves into place, and so do you. Mercury is stationing direct; and a New Moon is taking place amid the conjunction that’s defined the last couple of years.
Mercury stations retrograde in your sign today, just as a powerful aspect approaches between the Sun and your ruler Mars. This might feel like conflicting messages; though it needn’t if you take the long view, and recognize that the spotlight currently on you is no transitory beam. You are laying the foundation for lasting progress. From that perspective, a few weeks at a relatively slower pace is at worst a minor blip.
The New Moon this week is pivotal, acting as a kind of checkpoint for reviewing the eight-year sojourn of Chiron through your sign, and hopefully giving you a glimpse forward into life after Chiron enters Aries. For you, this may feel particularly like renewal, to the point of a metaphorical rebirth. That situation could take time to develop fully. In the meantime, consider this a reasonable moment to give thanks, raise a glass and celebrate what you’ve accomplished.
The period since your traditional ruler Jupiter entered your 9th house has been a sort of living experiment in how much you can achieve, and how much progress you can make, in a really short space of time. For you, this retrograde phase is unlikely to be merely about reflection and review. It’s far more probable that you’re being called to shift gears, and to spend more time getting your message disseminated on a wider scale.
This week’s astrology is an invitation for you to be unapologetic about who you are. This is no time for obfuscations, half-truths, or compromises. You must be yourself, wholly and gloriously. There will always be people who think it’s cool to act unimpressed, or who confuse self-fulfillment or self-esteem with an ego trip; by now, I am sure you know this is rubbish.
Today’s eclipse would seem to be the latest in a series of events that basically add up to a rebirthing process for you. The last solar eclipse, back in August, perhaps first clued you in that some of the habits you’d held over from the past were no longer serving their purpose. Our coping mechanisms are really astonishing, but they have a use-by date.
You will likely move further on your journey toward a better understanding of yourself by making a conscious decision to act in ways that honor who you are. This is somewhat about upholding the values you cherish. However, it would also seem that how you participate in your community and environment may provide you with an important clue to what’s going on behind the scenes.