Aries the Ram in 2006
Hungry for Life – and its Riches
Leadership and authority are qualities to mark your year in 2006 as Saturn moves through Leo. Take the wheel of your ship, Aries! Conversely, Jupiter in Scorpio will urge you to throw in your efforts or resources with others to make the most of things at key times. The trick is to know when and how much. Give ground carefully when you have to but, once given, don't stint in your support of
what supports you. You will be hungry for life and its riches in 2006, so you will need to be insightful and determined.
Saturn, measurer of effort, is in Leo for the year while Jupiter, lord of fortune, is in Scorpio till late November. They test each other, in January and November, setting the scene for achievements that come with wisdom and experience, but also bringing delay or obstacles. Be prepared to make decisions about life direction or financial involvement; you'll need time to see what's best. Assess
the options. You may receive conflicting advice or balance the weight of differing opinions. Choose wisely. Trust your instincts in the final analysis. You may walk a path others do not agree with. Be ready to give counsel. You may be asked to lead and will receive support or assistance from people of standing or strength.
While Jupiter is in Scorpio, you will be drawn to intense or passionate action or people. You will take risks and will need insight to guide you. To deepen your understanding, you may study human behaviour or the occult. Jupiter moves to Sagittarius on Nov 24th 2006, lifting your spirits and bringing fortune into your life. Overseas connections will benefit you and new opportunities may
present. The stars say you will experience some plain good luck.
Love and Money
As the year begins, Mars is still resolving his retrograde phase, while Venus is still in one - so start slowly. Friendships and a place in the community will be important this year. You will have to decide with whom you align and also see who stands with you. Old friends may come back into your life and you may work closely with them. Prepare for endings or separations with people from the
past. Those you've known may go through a dramatic reversal or change that sends them on a different path.
Romantic relations will flourish if you choose to commit or consolidate. If you're single and play the field, solitude will be the result so paddle your own canoe. If you throw in your lot with someone you trust, there's no end to what you can do. If you're in a partnership, choose the shared enterprise and work out the shifting balance of individual and joint efforts as you go.
Be careful with offers or opportunities in March, especially when Mercury is in reverse and Jupiter squares Neptune. Nothing will be what it seems. What's promised may not be delivered! Don't take matters at face value. Don't sign on the dotted line. Wait until April, especially after Saturn moves forward on Apr 5th.
You'll be hungry for money this year, but be pragmatic about it too. Know what you get for what you spend. Money can be made by investment, teamwork or shared endeavours till Nov. However, as Jupiter is tested by Saturn on and off during the year, you will need to have a hand on the tiller. Don't trust to hope. Don't give the reins to others without knowing what they're doing. Fortune and
opportunity enter the arena as Jupiter moves to fiery Sagittarius on Nov 24th. Take a risk! Throw your hat in the ring! Open a door. Travel and expanded horizons will bring benefit. Broaden your education. Widen your view. Court Lady Luck. The year may end on a stunning or surprising note.
Home and Family
You will have established a new base or foundation for your emotional life and will be fighting hard to not only protect it but also to build or shape it in some way by dint of your own effort. Some of you will have worked to protect what you already had, giving it more substance while others will have decided to fly solo. Either way, what's important is to see the relationship you and your
loved ones have to the wider community. It is time for some Rams to give more to those around them, becoming more involved or taking a leadership role. Others will seek to separate from the community you've been a part of, setting out on behalf of yourself and the ones you love in an independent or more isolated situation. Many Rams are drawn to the 'go it alone' path anyway. Make sure you know
what you're in for if you make that decision. Saturn in Leo dances with both Neptune and Chiron in Aquarius this year, ensuring you will need to give consideration to where and with whom you belong in the wider community.
Work and Health
The Lunar Nodes move to the signs of Pisces and Virgo on Jun 22nd. There may be a break or change with current connections because of a change in work or daily routines. Overseas connections or events may be influential. 'Out of the blue' events may affect daily life. You will be inclined to adopt a new focus with work or health. This may be a change from which there is no going back. Changes
in the wider world have a significant effect on how you live or what you are doing. Work or health may be a concern in a different way, bringing new associations. Learn the simple things about diet and daily living that will maintain you and allow you to flourish over time.
Chiron, the wounded healer, is in Aquarius as the year begins, set for a long stay. New practices and contacts mark the way forward. New associations will uplift you or influence the way you live. You may work with a teacher. You may teach or lead. You may work with unusual or eccentric people. Your ideas are likely to inform or influence others about the way they live. Initially, Chiron's
influence may bring past connections or goals back into your life, helping to set these changes in motion. You are likely to alter or refine your goals because of people from the past who re-enter the arena of your life.
With Saturn in Leo, creative ventures will serve. Take on the people and projects that allow you to show what you're made of. Bear the responsibility for what you do. As Chiron and Saturn test each other, you will have to balance what you want to do with what needs to be done. Sometimes you must set the course; sometimes the community or the group must have the final say. Tensions and insight
around such matters are highlighted in March. Be cautious and consider patterns from the past before you act or decide. Jupiter's move forward on Jul 6th unleashes forces that need time to settle. August can provide a breakthrough in perception and show the way ahead as long as you're prepared to do the hard stuff and wait for the right time. Find the right balance of control and amenability.
Children and romance may feature strongly in important career or vocational decisions.
Mercury moves into retrograde motion three times a year for about three weeks each time. This phase heralds a time of confusion and misunderstandings that can affect arrangements, travel, transport, appliances, machinery and communications. The breakdowns that occur are a function of neglect, inattention, simple misunderstandings or component failure. They will often bring to the fore the very
contingency we should have planned for and didn't. When the retrograde phase occurs, watch out for such possibilities as well as putting off major decision-making or the signing of crucial documents and agreements. We tend to miss things while Mercury is in reverse motion and then have to come back and do them again. A process of review in the retrograde phase can efficiently show where problems
might lie and help us with damage control or the mending of things. Double check arrangements at these times! What you think you've said and what others have understood will often prove to be two different things.
Mercury's first retrograde cycle begins on Mar 3rd in Pisces. As the messenger squares Pluto on the turn with other testing influences at work so this period will need patience. The unexpected will take a hand in things. Events in the bigger picture will influence matters. Wait and watch. Think on your feet. Don't be over hopeful or disillusioned. Revise goals. Learn new skills or practices.
Be careful if travelling, especially overseas. Attention may be erratic. You may not hear what others are saying. The cycle ends on Mar 26th.
The messenger's second reverse cycle begins on Jul 5th in Leo, with a slight influence from Saturn. Review your plans. Look to the future and wait. Responsibilities, especially where children are concerned may feature. You may need to balance what you want to do against what you have to do and compromise. Look to the future to deal with the moment. Beware of exaggerated reactions. Don't react
on impulse. Respond with insight. Mercury moves back to Cancer on Jul 10th, bringing issues of home and family close to the surface and emphasizing the need for clear communications there. The cycle ends on Jul 30th.
Mercury's third retrograde phase begins on Oct 28th in Scorpio. Finances will need attention or review, especially where joint matters or credit arrangements are concerned. Consider your position. You can make effective change if you wait for the right time. Don't jump the gun, especially in the second week of Nov. Relations may be difficult where money is concerned. Make a fresh start. You
may have a powerful opportunity to advance if you resolve past matters. You may receive conflicting advice. Weigh up carefully. You may have intimate discussions and hear or disclose a secret. The cycle ends on Nov 18th.
Your New Moon comes on Mar 29th, bringing a Solar Eclipse. You can bring about long awaited changes, perhaps by eliminating certain contacts or possibilities from the picture. Focus on new practices and dreams. Leave something or someone behind. An able friend or teacher will guide you. Take extra care of yourself.
Your Full Moon comes on Oct 7th, accompanied by disruption or unexpected change. You will be made aware of the desires of feelings of others. Work with them or around them. Take the responsibilities of leadership. Bring an endeavour to completion.
Eclipses of both the Sun and the Moon often indicate the end of a cycle or a significant change in the direction or pattern of the affairs governed by the house in which the eclipse falls. Eclipses of the Sun generally affect work, direction and relations with people in authority. Eclipses of the Moon tend to affect matters of home, family and emotions as well as relations with women and
children. Both may affect your health.
Mar 14th brings a Lunar Eclipse at the Full Moon in Virgo. Watch for health issues or minor accidents. Take extra care while travelling, especially to or from work. Work-related vehicles or machines may need attention. Female co-workers may be difficult or absent.
Communications may be disrupted. A contact or connection may end or be intermittent.
Sep 7th brings a Lunar Eclipse at the Full Moon in Pisces. Health and work issues will feature. You may wonder where you're going, so focus on detail. Something you've striven for may seem out of reach. There may be some delay or unexpected interruption with a task. Be discerning with your priorities. Changes of feeling or interest with creative or spiritual concerns are awakened.
Sep 22nd brings a Solar Eclipse with the New Moon in Virgo. Prepare for changes or endings with co-workers or work practices. Tensions arise with females in the work place. New health concerns or practices will feature. A change with healthcare may affect your work situation or methods.