Astrology: Sun Sign Aries

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, oil on panel, 1490-1519. Private collection. (Photo by VCG Wilson/Corbis via Getty Images) courtesy of Wikipedia. Da Vinci was an Aries, born 15 April 1452.

“Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire.”

Robert Frost, Fire and Ice, 1923. Frost was an Aries, born 26 March 1874.

The Sun travels through the astrological sign of Aries from ~March 21st until ~April 21, and in the Northern Hemisphere, this corresponds with the Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring. As such, traditional astrological texts focus on the factor of increased sunlight during this time, when the primordial power of the Earth awakens, and as light equalizes the world is nourished with the return of the Solar power, which quickens life from its deep slumber, shaking away the dust and inertia of the long, cold winter. In the Southern Hemisphere, though, this is the Autumnal Equinox, and that heady solar force is on the wane, its power directed down into the earth, the potency stored for later days. Sun in Aries is energy personified, Cardinal Fire at it’s most direct and combustible.  Aries prefers to initiate and move on to the next conquest, leaving the execution and finishing off to the Fixed and Mutable signs. Ruled by Mars, the God of War, Aries is direct, ambitious, courageous, enthusiastic, impatient, lusty, combative, incisive, confident and humorous. At its worst, Aries is violent, coarse, hasty, insensitive, brutal, demanding, and mercenary. Not known for subtlety, and ever-assuming agreement and obedience from those around them, Aries people love a good fight, and will go to great lengths to ensure that their efforts at obtaining one are successful. Sporting, independent and quick to assess and take advantage of a situation, Aries is the original fire brand.

Aries Tarot Correspondence – Major Arcana IV:
The Emperor (Rider Waite Smith Tarot)

People born under the sign of Aries are typically very active, and their high level of energy can express itself through any route – physical, mental, or emotional.  Aries people are typically known as bossy, busy-bodies, bombastic, pushy, direct, ruthless, insensitive, martial, impatient, and lacking in subtlety. These folks prefer to get to the heart of a matter as quickly as possible, regardless of any hurt feelings in those around them, and when you call them out for their insensitivity, they will be surprised, as they sincerely feel that they are doing you a favor in getting things done as quickly as possible. Likely to take the lead in any given situation, and usually convinced that they are correct in doing so, Aries have little patience and do not suffer fools gladly.  You will never be smart enough to really impress an Aries, and even if you are occasionally correct, you may be allowed to express your opinion, but usually only in the midst of an argument, in self-defense.  If you happen to be wrong, or wishy-washy, or otherwise prove yourself weak or somehow reproachable, prepare to be dispensed with so fast that your head will be spinning.   If you need to get something done and over with, if you want a firm opinion or someone to back you up in a fight, go to your Aries friend and your job is done.  If you need a shoulder to cry on, or someone to shop for bed linens and listen as you wax philosophical about the merits of Egyptian cotton versus Turkish weave, move on as quickly as possible and spare yourself the hurt feelings. Aries won’t feel snubbed – in fact, they probably just won’t notice or care at all. They are busy, you are in the way, so move on and see you later.

Aside from all the domineering, impetuous, high-level energy, Aries also has a tender side which they may or may not be aware of. Aries’ polarity point lies in the sign of Libra, and it is in the realm of relationships, give-and-take, acquiescing to the wishes or needs of others that Aries can find development. To help cultivate breadth of scope and depth of character, Aries would do well to consider the idea of “other” every once in a while by asking themselves – what do others feel, think, need or want? Having that scope of vision will help Aries achieve even greater accomplishments, for in cultivating a sense of balance Aries will find their executive capacities even further enhanced, and let’s be honest, what Aries out there doesn’t want to be the best that they can be?

  • Key Words: independent, courageous, confident, bold, enthusiastic, optimistic, active, impatient, selfish, boorish, blunt, lusty, humorous, pioneering, reckless
  • Rulership: Mars, the God of War
  • Modality: Cardinal Fire
  • Polarity: positive masculine
  • Gemstone: diamond, ruby, amethyst,
  • Metal: iron, all metals in general are ruled by Aries
  • Tarot: The Emperor
  • Color: Red, scarlet, hot orange, bright white.
  • Deities: Isis, Athena, Minerva Mars, Shiva
  • Flora: honeysuckle, peppermint, cayenne, onions, garlic, radish, hops, mustard, thistles, aloes, holly and other spiked plants
  • Fauna: ram, owl, sheep, lamb
  • Famous Aries personalities: Lady Gaga, Jessica Chastain, Alec Baldwin, Elton John, Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Mariah Carey, Eddie Murphy, Marlon Brando, Robert Downey Jr., Rene Descartes, Seth Rogen, Emma Watson, Chance the Rapper, Kourtney Kardashian, Rooney Mara, Ewan McGregor, Cosimo de’ Medici, King Charlemagne, Kofi Annand, Colin Powell, Nikita Khrushchev, Leonardo Da Vinci, Max Ernst

Astrology: Sun Sign Taurus

Salvador Dali, “Anticipation of a Bullfight” (Carmen Suite), lithograph, 1970

“There are some days when I think I am going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.”

Salvador Dali, Spanish artist, Taurus, b. 11 May 1904 – d. 23 January 1989

The Sun travels through the astrological sign of Taurus each year from ~21 April until ~ 21 May. In the Northern Hemisphere, we find the power of springtime courses through the world, as light grows greater, the air becomes ever warmer, and nature quivers with fecundity. Go into a garden on a late spring day, preferably sunny, and make sure it’s a day after a thorough, drenching rain.  Get down onto the ground, with a little shovel (or even better, bare-handed) and dig deep into the soft, warming soil.  Inhale deeply and smell the scent of fertile Earth. Feel the texture of the soil, dense and lush, and observe the little creatures going about their business all around. You will find the wonders of the Earth in that moment, warm, rich and soft, bursting with life, fertile and steady. If you are not interested in gardening, and consider yourself more of a city mouse, then take the afternoon and spend it at a museum or art gallery, and top off your day with a fine meal at a posh bistro or restaurant, ensuring that you have all the courses available, including drinks and dessert. This is Taurus.

Sun in Taurus expresses the essence of Fixed Earth.  Taurus people are Venus ruled, sensual creatures of comfort, pleasure and dependability. They prefer to know where their next meal is coming from, when they are going to have it, exactly how it will be prepared, how it will be paid for, and by whom. They do not like deviation from routine, preferring to cultivate a sense of security and foreknowledge in their everyday lives.  Venus ensures that Taurus people are typically quite pleasant and refined; these folks do not like anything vulgar or upsetting rocking the course of their placid days.  At their best, Taurus is sophisticated, elegant, pampered and urbane, appreciative of fine art and all things of beauty and comfort. They know which are the best restaurants, and which dessert is worth the calories . Scheduled pleasure is the best pleasure, as far as they are concerned, and if you want to understand your Taurus friends, just see what happens when you try changing plans on the fly. It won’t go over well, and you will slowly be edged out of their social graces, which, given how seriously they take the cultivation of pleasure, won’t be a very comfortable position for very long.  At their worst, Taurus can be jealous, possessive, selfish, belligerent, lascivious, hedonistic, obstinate, petty and crude, and while it takes a lot for Taurus to degenerate to a negative state, the Venus-ruled are not completely innocent of succumbing to debauchery every now and again.

Taurus Tarot Correspondence – Major Arcana V: The Hierophant (Rider Waite Smith Tarot)

Taurus people like to feel loved and admired, they want to smell good, taste delightful things, touch things that are soft and secure, and ultimately, always know that there is money in the bank to keep the good times rolling for as long as possible.  Taurus rules money, art, and wealth, and they expend their energies ensuring that they have enough of everything. Not quick to get upset, they will put up with a lot just to keep the peace, because peace is pleasant and why bother expending any of their carefully stored resources in a fight, when deep down they know that things rarely change.  Get a Taurus upset, and you will be very sorry.  They will explode, and all the strength of that finely honed patience will come crashing down in a blow out that will at the least, be memorable, at the worst, a complete deal-breaker. Getting angry is a large energy expenditure, and a Taurus is grudging with any expenditure, energetic or otherwise.  When Taurus gets to a place of anger, you had better believe that they mean it and if you are on the receiving end, like it or not, you will surely remember the thrashing you receive, Taurus outbursts often becoming the stuff of legend: “Remember when Uncle Steve got SO MAD…” If anyone can teach a lesson so that it will stick, it’s a Taurus native. Some of the very best lessons they teach, though, are of generosity, patience, dependability, and loyalty. If you are looking for a true, blue friend who will help you out when you really need it, Taurus is a great bet, as they are, at heart, gentle, sensitive, caring souls who truly believe in the power of love and friendship.

While great lovers of all things fine and placid, Taurus has its polarity point as well, which is embodied in the sign of Scorpio. If Taurus finds themselves getting a little too predictable, things are a bit too easy going (read boring), let them look to their Scorpio alter-ego to shake things down a bit. Taurus would do well to remember that it’s not all sweetness and light, and that while they are enjoying their stable, pleasant existence, there is a whole world festering and seething deep on the down-low. Scorpio can teach Taurus what power, ownership and dominance of the material really means, for they have travelled all the darkest paths to get to the very bottom of things. For true security, Taurus sometimes has to explore and remember the depths as well.

  • Key words: loyal, dependable, generous, patient, reliable, calm, gentle, elegant, lascivious, hedonistic, jealous, obstinate, belligerent, self-indulgent, resentful, greedy, petty, intractable
  • Rulership: Venus, the Planet of Love
  • Modality: Fixed Earth
  • Polarity: negative feminine
  • Gemstone: emerald, agate, coral, topaz
  • Metal: copper, all coins and rings, metal jewelry
  • Tarot: The Hierophant
  • Color: pastels, soft creamy colors, rich dark brown, deep olive green, deep indigo
  • Deities: Hathor, Venus, Osiris, Hera, Shiva as sacred bull
  • Flora: daisies, wheat, flax, larkspur, lilies, spinach, grapes, artichoke, asparagus, apple, violet, poppy, rose sugarcane
  • Fauna: bull, cattle of all types
  • Famous Taurus personalities: Queen Elizabeth II, Salvador Dali, The Rock, Adele, Tina Fey, David Beckham, Henry Cavill, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Jerry Seinfeld, Bono, Adolf Hitler, Karl Marx, Gal Godot, George Clooney, Sid Vicious, Malcolm X, Liberace, Daniel Day Lewis, Nicolo Machiavelli, Vladimir Lenin, Marcus Aurelius, Ho Chi Minh, William Randolph Hearst, Stephen Harper, abolitionist John Brown.

Astrology: Sun Sign Gemini

Albrecht Durer, Adam and Eve , engraving, Germany, 1504. Durer was a Gemini, born 21 May 1471.

“I don’t think I’m tangible to myself.”

Bob Dylan,singer-songwriter, author, Gemini b. 24 May 1941

The Sun travels through the astrological sign of Gemini from ~ 22 May to ~ 21 June each year. In the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is in full swing, flowers are blooming, birds have returned from their southern sojourns and nature is bursting with activity, bright, noisy, cheerful and busy, much like Gemini. Open the window wide on a warm spring day and let the breeze flutter through the curtains. See the papers stir on your desk, perhaps lift and drift to the floor. Step outside into a garden, or better yet, go to a hillside or mountain, feel the wind over the earth, and see the pollen and dandelion seeds floating on the air currents, the butterflies hover and dart, and listen to the humming of the bees as they move from flower to flower, ever eager to catch the best pollen hoard. That’s Gemini, soft and light, sharp and quick, a balm to those who suffer from boredom, but a potential irritant to the particularly sensitive. In the Southern Hemisphere, the Earth is falling deeper into the throes of late Autumn, and while many people assume that to be a quiet time, it is actually one of the busiest seasons as the earth is deeply engaged in multiple processes that will ensure the return of fecundity with the inevitable rise of solar power. Either way, Spring or Autumn, Gemini is busy, busy, busy as the elements go about their business collecting, organizing and preparing material reality for its next phase of existence.

Ah, Gemini. Delightfully changeable or maddeningly inconsistent? Superficial, or meticulous? Which is it? Why not both? Gemini loves variety, spontaneity, jokes, puzzles, tricks, mysteries, mischief and most importantly, communicating.  Gemini is Mutable Air, ever changing, flowing and dancing from topic to topic, from one personality trait to the next, one scene to the next, one person to the next.  Ruled by Mercury, God of Tricksters and Thieves, the fundamental impetus is to knowledge, conversation, categorization, definition, analysis and logic. Gemini find that every single little thing is a joy of discovery. Why stop to make a commitment when there’s always more to do, see and be? To stand still is boring, lifeless and dull. The next thing might be so much better than what is here now, so it’s best to keep moving and discovering. 

Gemini Tarot Correspondence Tarot Major Arcana VI: The Lovers (Rider Waite Smith Tarot)

Gemini feels most authentic when allowing themselves to be versatile. Society often deems Gemini as superficial, but it isn’t as simple as that. In fact, the Gemini mind is most complex, forever collecting, comparing, defining and redefining all that it knows. The designation of “The Twins” is a nod to their need for versatility and their capacity to shift perspectives. Gemini’s ruler, Mercury, is often considered an amoral god, as the line between good and evil is ill-defined for one with such extensive knowledge, and the ability to take the opposing view with little hesitation, merely because there is definable and sound logic in the argument can be maddening to those with fixed opinions. Sales people, stock brokers, businessmen, secretaries, writers, journalists and educators fully embrace a flexible mind and open morals, as it is in objectivity that we truly discover the truth. Gemini can handle routine, but only insofar as there is some variety within that routine. Excellent at multi-tasking, they want nothing more than to cover all the bases, as fast as possible, win the game and go on to play another one, preferably with a whole new set of people.  They love the idea of more – more talking, thinking, planning, and then entirely changing their minds to find an ever better scheme than the original.  Change is anathema to many people, but to the Gemini is it is as necessary as the air we breathe. When it comes to love – male, female, transgender, asexual, auto-sexual, gay, straight, pansexual – who cares, as long as they are interesting. Stuck on how to fix a problem? Ask a Gemini and you will get multiple solutions tossed at you, categorized in hierarchical order like it was nothing.  Can’t figure out how to approach that cute potential date?  Ask a Gemini, they’ve been there, done that.  A quick text and away you go, off on a new adventure. Need someone to be there at the most important event of your life?  Maybe don’t ask your Gemini bestie. While they might be very enthusiastic, there’s no telling if something far more interesting than you might crop up as a distraction that cannot be resisted, and if you are a sensitive type, it could lead to tears, recrimination, rumor mongering and some sorry ego bruising.  Life with Gemini is certainly never boring, and once you get the knack of the ever-changing whims and moods, you are in for an unforgettable treat of a ride.

Gemini’s polarity lies in the sign of Sagittarius. While busy accumulating data and proving that they have it all ready and meticulously catalogued, Gemini might take a lesson from their alter-ego Sagittarius, and remember the big picture of life, the universe and everything. Facts, figures and collections are extraordinarily valuable things, for indeed, where would be be as a civilization if it weren’t for the power of logic and reasoning? But in order to find balance and meaning, Gemini has to keep in mind the grand scheme of things, the long view, and the ultimate destination. You might not have received the communication you need right now to get your immediate task completed, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing when you allow room for things to float and rise about the nitty-gritty sometimes? And if anything, Sagittarius can remind Gemini to laugh – laugh loud, laugh hard and keep it light, because as they have learned, nobody likes a know-it all!

  • Keywords: versatile, quixotic, changeable, dynamic, adaptable, communicative, witty, intellectual, analytic, rational, logical, cunning, insensitive, inconsistent, superficial, jumpy, anxious
  • Rulership: Mercury, the God of Thieves, Tricksters, Travelers, Merchants, messenger of the Gods
  • Modality: Mutable Air
  • Polarity: positive masculine
  • Gemstone: aquamarine, clear crystals, alexandrite, tourmaline, spar
  • Metals: mercury (quicksilver),
  • Tarot: The Lovers
  • Colors: yellow, orange, mauve, pale reddish grey
  • Deities: Mercury, Janus, Castor and Pollux, Apollo, twin deities hybrid deities
  • Flora: birch, hybrid plants, orchids, hazel, nut bearing trees and shrubs, marjoram, lavender, ferns, lily of the valley, caraway, peas, beans
  • Fauna: hybrid creatures
  • Famous Gemini personalities: Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Rudy Giuliani, John F. Kennedy, Boris Johnson, Xi Jinping, Aung San Suu Kyi, Bob Dylan, Helena Bonham Carter, Chris Evans, Angelina Jolie, Tupac Shakur, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Nicks, Natalie Portman, Kanye West, Johnny Depp, Paul McCartney, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (twins), Prince, Nicole Kidman, Clint Eastwood, Pancho Villa, Elon Musk, Egon Schiele, Diego Velasquez, Albrecht Durer, Paul Gaugin, Mary Cassatt.


Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

How futile is this running!

It is tragic, fraught.

Find a place to stand, instead.