Belief Is Not Required 

I am a spiritual being having physical experiences. I am that I am. After all, it is spring. Persephone returns to her mother, Demeter.

In the spirit (fire sign of Aries, the first of the spirit signs), the name of this column has been changed to Belief Is Not Required. Beliefs are subjective and conditioned by early childhood. How many times do you knock on wood? No matter how much money you have saved, how do you still keep reacting selfishly when you know others have less?

Aries is the most headstrong time of year. Learn from my mistake of overlooking a deficient spirit for far too long (just had to deal with an adolescent mean-girl bully). She appears genuine (Aries rising, meaning that she looks likes a direct and confident Aries), but underneath the mask, there's much to do about nothing, a hollow and insecure soul. Current planetary placements demand our taking a new tack on old frequencies. Aries rules the head, so think before you react. Fortunately, this less-than-smart mean girl needs to use her fire to inspire, not to beat up on those closest to her.

It is easy, given where the planets are now, to stay in unhealthy partnerships. Why not instead return to the loving arms of fruitful Demeter? She's the mother of grain (Ceres, goddess of agriculture in Roman myths, root word for "cereal"). Demeter did not allow anything to grow when her daughter was abducted and taken to the underworld by Pluto. Refuse to relive the mythology (oops, victimology) like a grieving parent of Persephone getting snatched into an underworld. It was time for Persephone to separate from her mother. After all, a major goal of parental love is separation. She grew into being an equal consort and wife to Pluto as Queen of the Underworld. Therefore, whatever losses you must endure, a gain follows each one. That's one of the lessons that each fire sign (Aries, Leo and Sag) teaches.

Myths as real-life tragedy

Trayvon Martin (Persephone), whose mother, Sybrina Fulton (Ceres), is not eating, was shot by George Zimmerman (Pluto). Ceres only drank barley water while grieving. How much is food offered and made at the time of someone's death? And how is Trayvon's death to be feared in the very real terms of exacting justice and bringing attention to violence against and/or perpetrated by black males? Will the Million Hoodie March keep this peaceful?

Fire Element

We get fired up! We describe someone as hot! Being on fire, you get to burn away the gummy guck of what keeps us from expressing what keeps us from making our dreams (or visions) come true. Aries begins the personal orientation, aka ego greets world. Leo starts the interpersonal orientation, aka ego peers with others. Sagittarius creates adventures of a spontaneous variety, aka ego traverses the universes.

Aries, March 20-April 19, initiating spiritual (fire, visionary)

Happy Birthday! Your strength resides in your ability to play the role of the child in the fable "The Emperor's New Clothes." What is trendy matters in direct proportion to your insecurities. When you are confident in what you do and how you live, you care little about what we think or believe. These next five weeks require that you begin to strategize how to find your deep pocket. Who's really liable when you've been damaged? Know that this New Moon in your sign on March 22 @ 9:38am CDT expressly means that you use your considerable spirit to aid the less fortunate instead of dominating and destroying the bit of goodwill you've accrued in your relationships. Being guileless is one of your major strengths. Moving from a calculated motive does not usually work for you. And, even more when Mars is in retrograde (until April 13), there are even more reasons to play the role of child and not emperor in the aforementioned fable. Courageously speak your perception of truth while simultaneously letting go of your need to be acknowledged as right.

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