2017 isn't all peaches and cream at the start, as you struggle to find your footing during the challenging Mars-Saturn square in mid-January. Fear not, though, fiery Aries, because although you have some obligations (perhaps family-related) that directly conflict with events that you've been looking forward to for what seems like forever, it's not always your way or the highway. There is definitely a middle ground, you just have to find it. Compromises can be reached under the right circumstances, so give other people the chance to make a suggestion every once in a while.
The beginning of April is a positive time of transformation thanks to the gentle Mars-Pluto trine, at which point you can really do some satisfying inner work on your self-image, and replace negative thoughts with more positive ones. If you're willing to put in the effort, that is. You aren't one to back away from a challenge, so keep your head down and do your homework.
In almost complete contrast to the mental labor and emotional exertion you put in earlier in the year, getting what you want comes easily in late December thanks to a favorable Mars-Neptune trine; in fact, getting your way might be a bit too effortless (because you love a challenge). Good things seem to land in your lap, and although you're in a fateful place where you can count on some good luck, Aries, it's important not to take good fortune for granted.
March is a key time in your romantic life, as Venus turns retrograde and puts your carefully-laid plans into a tailspin. You're used to being the aggressor and really going for what you want in life and in love, and when this passionate planet gets turned around, so do you. Now that you're at somewhat of a standstill, Aries, it wouldn't be a bad idea to reassess what -- and who -- is most important to you.
As far as starting anything new or making any major commitments, pump the brakes. Postponing or even cancelling a ceremony before it happens is much better than having to go back and admit that you were wrong to ever go through with it in the first place. Wait until at least May.
A Venus-Uranus conjunction can cause some disorder/confusion in June, but it isn't destructive commotion. It's more of a kind of 'hey, look over here, your love life needs some attention' signal coaxing you. There's some undeniably eccentric, imaginative energy now that makes you stop and wonder, 'what if' about things that you've never even considered before. Just what's going on here? You have some very interesting things running through your mind, and thus, some potentially difficult decisions to make. Consider this a test of sorts to see how well you can navigate the romantic waters you currently find yourself in, while also getting a glimpse into whether or not you can adjust to the unpredictable conditions that your love life consists of right now.
In October a Venus-Mars conjunction gives you quite an erotic charge, and let's just put it out there -- powerful sexual energy. This aspect really packs a punch, so this is an intense and exciting time in your love life. If you're a single Ram, it could be time to take a flirt-mance to the next level, especially when it comes to physical demonstrations of your feelings. You may have had a good reason for holding back this long, but there's a time and place for everything, and this is about as close as you'll get to perfect timing.
Committed Rams who feel like they've been the only one trying to create sparks in their relationship get a pleasant surprise in October as the passionate energy begins to rise. They say good things come to those who wait, and you're about to be rewarded for your virtuous patience.
Saturn turns retrograde at the start of April, and the repercussions of your past actions are coming to the surface. Maybe you've been skating by at a job you don't particularly like, or putting off looking for a new job until the market gets better? This aspect shows you the downside of avoiding your responsibilities, Aries, and it's time to face the music, so to speak.
If you've been working hard, good for you! You'll reap the benefits. But if you haven't, April can be a dicey time. Selling is one career area that's highly affected by Saturn retrograde, so if you have a sales job things could slow down considerably. Hopefully you have a 'rainy day' plan you can turn to. If sales aren't a regular part of your job, perhaps the task of selling your best business traits and your career image is in focus right now. Emphasize your assets in order to steer potential new employers away from your more negative traits (we all have them).
When mid-May rolls around, however, a Mars-Jupiter trine injects a great dose of luck and drive into your career situation, and because you also have a lot of resources at your disposal at this time, you'd almost have to try NOT to succeed. You can't plan on always being at the right place at the right time, Aries, but you can definitely make sure you're prepared for when that time comes. Take full advantage of every opportunity that's given to you in order to reach your full professional potential.
A Venus-Jupiter conjunction occurs in mid-November, and employment situations at the end of the year look extremely positive. Have you been searching for the exact job you're qualified for? Your perfect fit? Or perhaps you've been gunning for a promotion at your current place of employment? When these two planets come together, the positive effect for you reaches far and wide. And remember, Aries, you tend to get back what you project out into the world, so be sure to put your best foot forward in every career situation. The results will be impressive, and could have incredibly positive long-term effects.
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