What does 2018 have in store for you, powerful Aries? It looks like you can expect some instability and turbulence coupled with growth, which isn't a bad combo for a sign that's known for persevering no matter what!
Your year kicks into high gear when the sun enters your assertive sign at the end of March, and you go for what you want for the next month. Your sign rules the head, so, superficially, wearing hats and getting facials top off your downtime to-do list. Go beyond the surface, though, and you'll find your brain hard at work trying to solve a nagging problem that's been hindering your forward progress.
Forceful Mars, your power planet, turns retrograde for a couple months at the end of June, giving you a time-out with anger issues. Stay calm. Play it cool. For once, let other people stress about the things they can't change, because you've been there, done that. You may try to do more than you're capable of during a trying Mars-Jupiter square in mid-November, but once the frustration lifts you'll see the battle wasn't pointless - even if you don't emerge the winner. Seeing all struggles as potential learning opportunities is what sets you apart from the competition.
You approach love at full tilt, Aries, so when love goddess Venus joins dreamy Neptune in imaginative Pisces at the end of February, you're out of your element. But that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Because this is the only time this aspect occurs this year, give yourself some creative freedom in the bedroom. Indulge your fantasies. Role play. Trade in your usual raw, potent sexuality for dreamy, romantic scenarios filled with soft music and candlelight and see where it takes you.
A spark-producing Mars-Uranus square stirs up inner turmoil mid-May, when you may dwell on things in your love life that you can't change. It doesn't do you any good to obsess over what could have been or what you wish would be, but you can't seem to stop yourself. You don't do well when you feel powerless, which could cause you to act impulsively and, let's face it, rather desperately. This would be a good time to blow off some steam away from everyone else. Take out your romantic frustrations by joining a kickboxing class, or write down how you're feeling in a journal or anonymous blog. Try to resist the urge to lash out at others, though, especially if they don't have anything to do with your current situation.
A turbulent Venus-Mars square turns up your romantic aggression early in September, so what happens now can have long-lasting effects. You can't prevent the inevitable, but this isn't a good time to make any long-term decisions about your love life.
If you're single and looking for something that will stand the test of time, don't look for it now. Attached Rams may have sexuality issues (sexual malfunction of any kind gets a big thumbs down from your large libido), and it will be hard to separate your ego from the actual root of the problem. Try not to take everything so personally. Everyone must deal with what the universe hands them, and you're no different. It's HOW you deal with adversity that makes a difference, and in true Aries style, you won't go down without a fight.
When articulate Mercury in your competitive sign turns retrograde at the end of March, Aries, it goes against your intense nature. True mental toughness is imperative because the divide between what you're asked to do and what you're able to accomplish will probably be vast and deep. Sure, you can come up with plenty of reasons why your assignment isn't finished or why you can't complete your tasks by their deadlines, but reasons don't equal excuses. If you can't do your job to the best of your ability, you aren't happy. And an unhappy Aries in the workplace (or an unfulfilled or underappreciated Aries) is not a pretty sight.
Power-hungry Mars enters technological Aquarius in the middle of May, so technology will be in the forefront for the next six months. This can be an unpredictable combination at times, due to the Water Bearer's eccentric nature, but you can reach a lot of breakthroughs if you're willing to roll with the ups and downs. Taking the most unconventional approach to your responsibilities will work best, and thinking outside the box will be rewarded in unforeseen yet positive ways. This is a good time to be (or market yourself as) a team player, because while you like individual achievements, being less concerned with your individual contributions will net you the best results.
An encouraging Mars-Neptune conjunction in early December gives you the feeling of invincibility, and because you feel that nothing is impossible, you aren't afraid to reach for the stars. You could be impatient as you wait to hear the results of the ideas you submit, so be sure to put your downtime to good use instead of just sitting around waiting. Your creativity and imagination are excellent assets, so list them on your resume if you're job hunting. You find inspiration in the vast world around you, and you're ready to apply your knowledge and experience to the next great thing.
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