Welcome. This is part of a series of articles on the Zodiac, written with tarot readers in mind. (I’ve also created a handy reference chart here to show the associations between the zodiac signs and the Major Arcana, which you can get here.)
In this first article we’re exploring the astrological pairing of Aries and Libra…
So maybe you’re a Libra. Or have an Aries Moon. Or your sister’s an Aries rising. Maybe you don’t have a clue who’s who in the zoo.
Beginner’s mind is kinda what we’re after right now.
So for the purpose of this series, I want you to forget who you are.
Well, any astrological labels that is.
It’s super tempting to immediately want to associate with this material. To try and apply it and figure out what it means for me.
I want to help you form stronger associations with all of the signs and round out your understanding. So this is why I’m asking you to forget. So we can rebuild you 🙂
Like I mentioned in the last post where I introduced this series, we’re going to be working through the zodiac and looking at pairs of opposite signs.
In each article I’ll paint a picture of the two signs. I’ll talk about what it looks like when there is a lack of harmony and provide some exercises and examples so you can connect with the material.
Without further ado… May I introduce our first lovely pair…
Aries and Libra
Aries is considered the first sign of the zodiac. It’s the will to life and impulse towards having an identity. It’s fiery activity as a way of proving existence. Aries is the part of you that says – WOW I’m alive! Watch out, World! This is me and this is who I am. Booya!
Aries is ruled by Mars, bringing the qualities of assertion and will power. At worst it’s a narcissistic tyrant. At best it’s bravery, bold action and passion fueled spontaneity.
The opposite sign of Libra affirms identity in a different way. Through concepts and interpersonal relationships
Aries is the Self. Libra is about Otherness. Venus is the ruler of Libra and brings her qualities of grace through consensus building and an appreciation of beauty.
Aries brings the energy to get the project off the ground, Libra brings the tact, making sure that everyone has what they need . Too much Aries and we have an out of control inconsiderate ego-maniac. Too much Libra and we have an indecisive people-pleasing sycophant overly-anxious about “doing the right thing”.
In order to reconcile the Aries thrusting ego, we need the diplomatic and harmonising qualities of Libra. In order to counterbalance the indecisive tendencies of Libra, we need Aries’ assertiveness.
We want to find the sweet spot between them. To assert our own will, and relate to others as equals.
We reconcile Aries and Libra when we make space to be individuals in our relationships. When we don’t manipulate people out of their identities. And don’t sacrifice our own trying to be what we think others want us to be.
Ares and Aphrodite and their children
Ares and Aphrodite are the Greek Gods of War and Love respectively. They are basically the equivalent of the Roman Mars and Venus.
They were never married to each other but they were passionately in love. And they managed to pop out a few kids through their illicit union.
Their love was considered pretty misguided overall and most of their children represent a gnarly aspect of passion.
The Erotes (including Eros/Cupid) represented different aspects of love – requited and unrequited, sexual desire and yearning. They are also the parents of Phobos and Deibos, who would accompany Ares into battle and brought fear, panic and a fear of loss with them..
Their most chill offspring was Harmonia – the goddess of concord. who presided over happy marriages, artfulness in war and cosmic harmony.
The Warrior Princess
Xena: Warrior Princess was a cult show throughout the late 90s. A cocktail of sex appeal and action set in a fantasy world in the time of gods and heroes… what’s not to love, really? It’s a role that with the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Saturn and the North Node all in Aries, that Lucy Lawless was born to play.
She is gorgeous, too, and in her we see a reconciliation of strength and grace. She played the fierce and beautiful “Warrior Princess” without apology and helped to create what is arguably a feminist icon. And I’m willing to bet that at times she absolutely loved it.
Looking at the show now… it’s pretty cringeworthy if I’m honest, especially being that it’s almost 20 years old. But I don’t think it was ever meant to be taken super seriously anyway! This clip is worth watching just for the incredible stunts alone….
Lucy Lawless being interviewed. Absolutely hilarious to me as a New Zealander. Not the most tactful person on the planet, but with all that Aries I should have been expecting that dry sense of humour!
Make it real
For this pair I think it’ll be useful to look at the associated Major Arcana cards. As per the cheat sheet, the associated cards for Aries and Libra are The Emperor and Justice.
The planets associated with the Aries and Libra are Mars and Venus. Mars and Venus correspond with the Tower and the Empress in the Major Arcana.
Get those four cards out of your tarot deck and pair them up…
1 -The Emperor
3 – The Tower
4 – The Empress
The Emperor and Justice are the most significant cards here. Consider The Tower and The Empress as modifying the meaning of the other cards.
Take some time to journal with these pairs of cards. Or if you don’t have time/space to write, just consider these questions:
What do the The Emperor and The Tower have to teach me about how to masterfully assert myself?
What do Justice and the Empress have to teach me about how to form harmonious relationships?
What do The Emperor and The Tower have to teach me about relationship?
What do Justice and the Empress have to teach me about asserting myself?
If you’re a bit more advanced with tarot, take one card at a time and reverse it. How do you think this would affect the dynamic? What would be emphasised?
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