Aries in the time of COVID-19: A Quick Interruption
Here we are again, at the beginning of the astrological year: Aries Season, the time of new beginnings, creative change, and – unfortunately – crisis situations. When it comes to Aries and its disease nature, think Red Cross: first aid, accidents, and of course, infections.
At the time of this writing, the WHO has declared a global pandemic, and my place of residence (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), has been declared to be in a state of public health emergency. We are all being asked to self-isolate, and gatherings of more than 50 people are not allowed (including weddings, funerals, and other events), and schools are closed indefinitely.
In 2019, when I wrote about Wellness Tips for Aries Season, I was looking through rose-coloured lenses. The world was healthy, and social media was awash with pictures of people dancing hand-in-hand with flowers in their hair – #Ostara! And now, well – I don’t have to tell you about now. Now is always changing, and by the time you read this, things may have escalated dramatically for you and your community.
I’ve waxed on about COVID-19 for four paragraphs already (which is four more than I would have liked), so I will end here and continue with my astrological wellness insights for the season, which now include my herbal and flower essence recommendations, in addition to my essential oil, crystal, and yoga/fitness recommendations.
The last 2 things I will say re: COVID-19:
1) Get your news from reliable sources:
World Health Organization – https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Alberta, Canada – https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
2) The virus enters the body via the eyes, nose, and mouth. An infected person must sneeze/cough/spit directly at you, and the droplets must enter your eyes, nose, and mouth, in order for you to become infected. The virus also survives on hard surfaces; if you touch such a surface, and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, you could infect yourself. THEREFORE. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and STAY AT HOME unless you absolutely must leave the house. No playdates, coffee dates, etc.
Okay, that’s it! Back to Wellness Tips for Aries Season:
Aries (March 21st – April 20th)
Spring forth! As the wheel of the Zodiac turns, we begin again in the astrological sign of Youth and New Beginnings. Aries is the “baby” sign, you could say; bursting with life and unlimited potential.
Tap into this astral energy to fuel your projects and to build your confidence. Be wary of over-excitement and blind enthusiasm – many things/people/ideas will seem attractive, but they won’t all be winners. Channel the energy of Aries into a laser focus on long-term, value-based victories. Don’t fizz out.
In the body, Aries rules the head, and a build-up of Aries-type energy can manifest in the form of headaches, as well as inflammation or irritation. And with Mars ruling Aries, there’s a propensity towards irritability and aggression.
There’s a lot of potential in the air with Aries . . . Best to be aware of it and channel the energy appropriately! The following wellness tips will help you stay balanced, graceful, and cool.
Yoga & Fitness for Aries Season
Priority: Since Aries rules the head, poses that release the neck and shoulders are beneficial.
Depending on how this energy makes you feel, your physical practice can go one of two ways:
If you’re loving the strong, fiery Aries vibe (especially if you tend to reside in the mutable energetic sphere), this might be a great time to really work on your alignment and endurance in Vinyasa Flow-type classes, as well as to experiment with fusion Yoga classes that incorporate Pilates, Barre, or even HIIT (a la Sadie Nardini!).
However, if Aries Season has you over-stimulated and stressed to the max, a Hatha, Iyengar practice will help you keep your head on. Heck, if there was ever a time to take up Yin Yoga, it’s now! No hot rooms for you 😉
Herbs for Aries Season
Aries brings a lot of heat and intensity, which when left unchecked can manifest as anxiety, stress, and weak immune system. The following herbs, taken as nourishing herbal infusions or teas, can help to support your mind and body, enabling you to take on the big tasks ahead:
Stinging Nettle – I drink this daily! I make 2 pots of stinging nettle infusion, and I steep and drink it throughout the day. Delicious hot or cold.
Lavender – A key ingredient in any calming tea blend. Drink it as you wind down for the day, or right before bed.
Essential Oils for Aries Season
Rosemary – According to Patricia Davis, author of Astrological Aromatherapy, Rosemary is resonates most with Aries. With a strong and direct aroma, the scent of Rosemary will dominate over any other oil it is blended with. It’s also great for alleviating headaches.
Peppermint – This is another great oil for soothing headaches and easing general tension. Aries is a very hot and fiery sign, and Peppermint can help you energetically chill out. It’s also great for keeping maintaining alertness and focus.
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Flower Essences for Aries Season
Flower essences are for the heart and mind, bringing you back into a state of balance. The Bach Flower Remedy, Impatiens, which helps to soothe anxiety and help you to slow down, can soothe overactive Aries energy. FES also makes a beautiful blend in the form of a spray, called Fear-Less, which is a great complement and support for that Aries fire.
Crystals for Aries Season
Bloodstone – Resonates strongly with the robust energy of Aries. Use this to connect or activate this sign’s positive attributes in your life.
Clear Quartz – To help you amplify and focus on your goals. Use this to help you get clear on your intentions for the Aries Season.
Moonstone – Too much spicy Aries? Suffering from inflammation? Use this stone to cool your jets and add some Yin to the Yang.
Wishing you all the love, blessings, and care that the Universe can muster,