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How to Make the Most of Aries Season
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As the cardinal fire sign, known for taking the initiative and blazing trails, Aries is the perfect sign to kick off a whole new astrological cycle every spring equinox. And if you've been feeling like 2022 has been off to a sluggish start, the season ruled by the dynamic, action-oriented sign could bring the excitement, passion, and go-getter vibes you've been missing.

This year, the sun will move through the sign of the Ram — ruled by Mars, the planet of action, sex, strength, and courage — from March 20 to April 19. The sun is considered exalted in Aries, meaning it's able to reach its highest potential, making this a season that's tailored to feeling self-directed, confident, and empowered to get after your goals. 

While the sun moves through Aries annually, the astrological highlights of Aries season change from year to year. Here's what you can expect in 2022 and how to make the most of the season.   

Romantic energy will continue throughout the season, thanks to plenty of lingering Pisces vibes.

While the sun moves into Aries, several planets continue to hang in mutable water sign Pisces, ruled by dreamy Neptune. Though you could be feeling fired up to move the ball forward on big picture goals Ram-style, Venus, the planet of relationships, moves through Pisces from April 5 to May 2, making you more likely to get swept up in daydreams and wear rose-colored glasses, particularly when it comes to socializing and love. 

From April 10 to 29, messenger Mercury moves through Taurus, the grounded, fixed earth sign, which is ruled by Venus, setting a sensual tone in communication and thinking. If you're single and have been talking to someone who seems to have partner potential, this transit could slow things down but also boost your ability to think pragmatically versus impulsively. If you're attached, it's a sweet time to have heart-to-hearts with your S.O., because everyone should be expressing themselves in a way that's more chill and centered than previously. April 17 could be an especially lovely day to connect mentally, as Mercury will form a friendly sextile to Venus, setting an easygoing, compassionate tone. 

The focus will definitely be on relationships — with yourself and others.

On March 31 (PT)/April 1 (ET), the Aries new moon can boost your focus on what you want to achieve for yourself — and how you plan to make it happen. It'll emphasize self-reflection, self-awareness, and self-reliance. And because the moon forms a conjunction to Mercury, the planet of communication, you could be inspired to put your bold vision into words now.

On the flip side, April 16 marks a full moon in cardinal air sign Libra. Every full moon is about relationships, to some extent, because it highlights the push-pull between two opposite signs: the one that the sun is currently moving through and the one that the moon is in. But because Libra's ruled by Venus, the planet of love, this particular full moon is super-charged to highlight culmination points in relationships. And because serious Saturn, which is all about commitment, forms harmonizing angles to the confident sun and the moon, it's an ideal time to lay solid groundwork and take an ongoing bond to the next level.

You could feel like you're running through mud toward the end of the season.

Mars, which influences our energy and sex lives, carries even more weight than usual this time of year, because it's the ruler of Aries season. And while it kicks off this time period in progessive, social Aquarius, turning our focus toward group activities and humanitarian causes, it'll slip into dreamy Pisces on April 14, where it hangs until May 24. Whenever the planet of action moves through the mutable, romantic water sign, we can be wishy-washy, sleepy, and not exactly super-motivated. 

The Fish's strengths, however, lie in cultivating spirituality, emotional intelligence, and imaginative pursuits. That said, making progress during this period will simply require redefining success. It might be more about healing old emotional wounds, fostering inner peace, and spending time on a creative project versus aggressively plowing forward on big-picture goals.

Here, how to make the most of Aries season, based on your sign. (Pro-tip: Be sure to read both your sun and your rising sign, if you know it. If you don't, you can find it on your natal chart or via this CafeAstrology calculator.) 

Aries (March 21-April 19)

While the confident sun moves through your sign, you'll be fired up to kick off new endeavors and make your desires known in a bold, assertive way. But with so much planetary action still happening in your twelfth house of spirituality, you'll make the most of this moment by keeping one foot in dreamland, staying in tune with your intuition and spiritual side, and carving out quality time to meditate, journal, do yoga, or talk through old wounds with a therapist or trusted confidant. 

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Although Aries season is pretty fiery and action-oriented in general, it can be a bit of a hibernation period for you, because the sun is in your twelfth house of spirituality, putting an emphasis on your inner life. But several planets still moving through Pisces — like your ruler, sweet Venus, from April 5 to May 2 — highlight your eleventh house of groups, so you'll get the most out of this season by spending more time with friends and doing what you can to strengthen self-awareness. 

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Aries season throws the spotlight on your eleventh house of friendship, so teamwork is pretty integral to your success now. Your ruler, messenger Mercury, will be traveling through the same zone from March 27 to April 10, resulting in a busy social calendar and an amplified focus on group projects. But once it shifts into your twelfth house of spirituality from April 10 to 29, you might need to take more time for yourself to rest, recharge, and self-reflect. Tap into your imagination and spiritual side to feel most productive now. 

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

The sun's trip through Aries lights up your tenth house of career, so your professional path is very much on your mind during this season. And with sweet Venus, the planet of relationships and self-worth, in your ninth house of adventure from April 5 to May 2, take advantage of any opportunity to be more social and broaden your horizons in order to advance your career. Think: team meetings, work travel, classes that allow you to hone your skillset.  

Leo (July 23-August 22)

While the sun, your ruler, moves through your ninth house of adventure over the course of Aries season, that same old mundane routine is pretty much the last thing you want to exert your energy on. This moment is all about getting out of your comfort zone for the sake of personal growth. With relationship-ruler Venus moving through your eighth house of sexual intimacy from April 5 to May 2, you'll want to stay open to any educational or emotional experience. 

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Aries season is all about nurturing your nearest and dearest bonds, thanks to the sun's trip through your eighth house of sexual intimacy. Wearing your heart on your sleeve might feel intimidating at first, but particularly as your ruler, messenger Mercury, is there from March 27 to April 1o, you'll be challenged to practice being more vulnerable. Open up whatever you've been going down a rabbit hole on, because it could lead to an emotionally fulfilling breakthrough.  

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Aries season is about all kinds of one-on-one relationships, Libra, thanks to the confident sun moving through your seventh house of partnership. You'll be fired up to tackle and make progress on major goals you have with your S.O., dear friend, closest colleague, etc. But to make the most of the season, you'll also want to consider Venus, your ruler, moving through your sixth house of daily routine. Make sure to find balance in your day-to-day in order to show up for others.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

When the sun is in Aries, you're focused on your everyday grind, work, and fitness, thanks to the sun moving through your sixth house of wellness and daily routine. This can be a super-industrious moment, to be sure, but you'll also want to create space for imaginative and playful pursuits — especially once your co-ruler, sexy Mars moves through your fifth house of romance from April 14 to May 24. Nurturing your fun-loving side can make you feel even more empowered.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

While the sun is in Aries, it moves through your fifth house of romance and self-expression, making this a flirtatious, fun, creative moment for you annually. But don't let FOMO run the show entirely, because plenty of action is still happening in your fourth house of home life, such as relationship-ruler Venus hanging there from April 5 to May 2. And on April 12, Jupiter, your ruler, links up with spiritual Neptune there, inspiring you to tend to your roots and emotional well-being in a major way.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

While the sun is in Aries, your fourth house of home life is highlighted, causing you to be a bit more of a homebody than usual. Still, your mind might be very much on nailing down a serious money-making game plan, especially around March 28 when Venus, the planet of money, pairs up with your ruler, serious Saturn, in your second house of income. Your success could soar if you take advantage of learning opportunities and social moments that pop up while relationship-ruling Venus is in your third house of communication from April 5 to May 2.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

Aries season throws the spotlight on your third house of communication, making this an extra social time of year for you, Aquarius. You'll also want to keep your eye on your finances. With social Venus in your second house of income from April 5 to May 2, collaborating with friends and colleagues could lead to more creative and social fulfillment from your moneymaking strategy. By the time go-getter Mars joins the party from April 14 to May 24, you could have an exciting group effort in the works. 

Pisces (February 19-March 20) 

While the sun moves through Aries, you'll want to move the ball forward on the job and see more concrete results in the way of cash flow. But know that your own season continues in a way, thanks to several planets — Venus and Mars — making their way through your sign from April 5 to May 2 and April 14 to May 24 respectively. Practices that allow you to care for your mental, emotional, and physical well-being can help you feel more centered in yourself and in your bonds.