--- ARIES ---
February 20 through March 21

Password = " I AM "
Message = " Wake Up and Live!"

Key Word = Will Power
Element = Fire
Quality = Cardinal Sign

Ruling Planet = Mars
The command of Mars = " Do It Now! "

Sheep Magic

Enter the sheep - Ram and Ewe! It is unfortunate that the common connotation of "acting like sheep" refers only to the herd instinct. The people of Aries have rather more to them than that.

As we move from Pisces into the Spring Equinox, some of us remember that until September 14, 1752, we Americans still celebrated the New Year of the Old Religion on March 21st. In 1752 the Gregorian Chant of Days was adopted by King George III, and we began to think the year began in January. The members of the Old Religion, the Wise Ones, know better. Aries begins with the Vernal Equinox, the New Year of Nature. This is the time to witness the return of Mother Herta to her season of fecundity and rebirth. Let us dance and sing together as we celebrate the ritual of spring while the world is born again.

Aries is the time to discover once again that we are alive! The divine Password is "I AM". This may also be considered as : "I LIVE". In Aries, reincarnation is self-evident as all the world is reborn. And each year we feel in ourselves this re-affirmation: "I AM". All nature teaches reincarnation as everything comes to life once again.

Rene Descartes, a Wise Man of the early 17th Century, began his great philosophical system with the assertion: "Cogito ergo sum". "I think, therefore, I AM!" A simpler statement of wisdom cannot be imagined. He surely must have been aware that our mere ability to utter the first Password "I AM" proves not only that we think, but that we ARE. We are -- because we think; and because we think -- we are. There is no more basic assertion in philosophy that "I AM". Because the Father and Mother thought of us, creatively, here we are! We too, are free to think, even as They did. And as we think, so it will be. This process of creativity through thought is the basic premise of all magical practice. The Wise Ones know that it begins with the realization - "I AM".

The Key Word of Aries is: WILL POWER. Aries people are noted for their will power. Too often we come to think of will power as the thing which grandmother said we didn't have. Then we continued to hear her tell us that we could do anything IF we just had the will power. Perhaps everyone's grandmother was an Aries Person. Aries people are noted for their will power. In a way, of course, she was right, for the human will is indomitable. "Where there is a will, there is a way," goes an old wisdom saying. Will Power is the power of desire. The psychologist talks of it as motivation, but simply, when the desire is there, we see the power of the will.

The Message of Aries cries out: "Wake Up and Live! Enjoy life! Be Happy!" People are that they might have Joy. The real meaning of Aries is the message of reincarnation - Wake up and live!

Most folks are not aware. They are not aware that they dwell in a waking dream state, passing in a stupor past the multitude of images and shadows that they perceive as life. "BE AWARE" - says Aries - be an active force in the creative processes that recreate the world each moment of each day. Emerson says that if you would have the power, DO THE THING. Aries says to us that if we want to do something - just do it!

The ruler of Aries is Mars, the planet of action. Mars, with his penchant for action and for doing, is what gives Aries people all their will power. The command of Mars is, "DO IT NOW!" He tells us that if you want to be happy, you need to get happy now. Those who are Aware know that all Real Life exists only in the present. This is to say that Life is right now, and DOING IT NOW is the happy way to live. You may have been happy before but that moment is gone. You can't be happy in the future, for the future is not here yet. The only time to be happy is the only time in which you can possibly be -- NOW. Make up your mind to simply "DO IT NOW" and be happy doing it. Then Mars will smile upon you. You will have gotten His message.

Each astrological sign is approximately 30 degrees in width and is divided into three portions called decans. Each decan is assigned a Code Word which further defines the sign and the influences we all feel during that ten day portion of the astrological month.

Decan One : Code Word - " INITIATIVE "

Without initiative, nothing begins. Initiative is the ability to start, to begin - and then to push it through. In Magic, an initiation is necessary for success in achieving the goals we set. Initiative demands ACTION. Let us say to ourselves, as Aries begins, "Let us start". We then need to keep the initiative going. See every action through to its conclusion on anything you begin.

Decan Two : Code Word - " COURAGE "

Courage follows initiative like a ram follows an ewe. Courage comes directly from the power of the will, stemming directly from initiative. That is to say that desire powers the will and initiative gives one courage. Courage is the capacity to carry what you have started through to final completion. DOING gives courage, and sees it through.

Decan Three : Code Word - " ACTION "

All thought desires to express itself in action. We hear the command of Mars and try to make all of our thoughts materialize, through Action, into reality. Thought has force. Build your thoughts with purpose. Direct them with Initiative, Courage, and Action so that they transform your goals into reality. Thoughts without action only produce mental confusion. Therefore, take a lesson from the sheep - direct your thoughts and exercise your will. DO IT NOW! ACT! Take the initiative - Get it rolling and have the courage to keep it rolling.

Spring is a the time for new growth and beginning a new phase in your life. Be ever mindful this month to the influence of the red planet. If you want to achieve your goals, Mars tells you to "DO IT NOW"!

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