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Weekly Astrology: March 18-24, 2013

Spring is in the air: Get ready for a new life cycle!

Maria DeSimone
Weekly Astrology: March 18-24, 2013

Get ready for an energetic week, as the Sun blazes into Aries and marks the Spring Equinox. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, which means it's also Astrological New Year and time to embark upon a brand new life cycle. Rejoice, your spring renewal starts now!

See what's in store for you personally with a 30-Day Astrology Forecast, and here's the lowdown on the key cosmic events the week of March 18-24, 2013.

Wednesday, March 20: Sun in Aries and Spring Equinox

On Wednesday, we'll celebrate the first day of spring -- also known as Spring Equinox. Astronomically, this phase correlates to one of the two times per year when the Earth's axis of rotation is neither away from nor towards the Sun. Our entire planet will have equal exposure to the Sun's rays during this time. During the Spring Equinox, the Sun is above the Earth's equator, whereas at the Fall Equinox the opposite phenomenon happens.

It doesn't matter where you are on Earth, the Sun will rise due east and set due west on the days before, during and after any equinox. In the case of the Spring Equinox, the place of rising and setting will move slowly north as the northern hemisphere leans into the light. Early this week, on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, you might want to pay special attention to when the Sun rises and sets. All is balanced in the world now.

Astronomical explanation aside, the Spring Equinox has significant meaning in the world of Astrology. This day also marks the beginning of the Sun entering Aries, which happens to be the very first sign of the zodiac. Astrologers call this the Astrological New Year because it symbolizes the start of an entire new cycle around the zodiac.

The theme of rebirth and renewal is everywhere during this time, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. We tend to feel as if everything about our life and environment once again has unlimited potential to grow. It does.

Thursday, March 21: Venus in Aries

On Thursday, Venus, the planet of love, beauty and harmony, join the Sun in Aries. Venus remains here until April 15, and during these weeks you can expect nature of love to take a courageous, ardent turn.

Venus in Aries wants to be first in love, and has little patience for shy "wait and see" games. When Venus is in Aries wants you -- she wants you now! You can expect love and romance to take on a more direct approach, and as a result passion and sparks will fill the air.

Expect more flirting (both around you and by you) while Venus is in Aries. The thrill of the game is exactly what will turn you and your lover on most now. The only downside of Venus in Aries is the tendency to be selfish in matters of the heart. Now more than ever it'll be a good idea to remind yourself that love is a two-way street.

Financially, Venus in Aries has a strong entrepreneurial streak, so it'll be a good time to cultivate a new income stream. You'll have all the confidence and gusto you need now to begin a fresh start in money matters, but also do your best to avoid impetuous risks with your cash. You might regret impulsive financial decisions down the pike!

Friday, March 22: Mars conjunct Uranus in Aries

By Friday, electric currents will be everywhere, and although sparks may fly, you might also get the shock of your life. Mars and Uranus will collide in Aries on this day, and it is an accident-prone energy, so be sure to do whatever you can to remain calm and unhurried. Rushing might lead to the silliest of injuries, such as tripping on a curb as you try to run across the street or falling down the stairs because you were in a hurry to get somewhere.

Although not everyone will experience this energy in a volatile way, it's a good idea to take extra precautions just in case. If you're cooking, be extra attentive at the stove. If you're driving, be sure to buckle up and obey all traffic laws.

The good news about Mars and Uranus together is that it'll infuse you with incredible energy to take action when it comes to your most original and pioneering goals. Nothing can stop you now!

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