Aries – Characteristics & Personality Traits
Shoots do not consider before sprouting. They obey an imperative with little forethought for consequence. The softest mushrooms make their way through thin asphalt; tender seedlings appear in sidewalks. Leaves begin to bud before even the last frost is past. Only emergence is important.
Aries begins with the Spring Equinox, the birth of a new cycle. Newborns are the most willful of creatures, regardless of species. They are also the most vulnerable, and they do not yet know their vulnerability. Nor are they acquainted with consequence. Aries behaves as if its welcome were assured. It withers again if arrives in a place without warmth or moisture.
Like the dawning Sun, Aries knows no boundaries. Dawn lights everything, lovely or unlovely, including debris only recently hidden under snow. But spring and Aries and dawn prefer loveliness and go to great length to create it, adorning even wretched landscapes with pink and golden clouds, unclogging rivers with spring runoff. Aries scoffs at obstacles, and and concerns itself little with the notion of appropriateness.
Were this not so, how would seeds dare sending up tender shoots in the least life-sustaining places? How would there be anything new under the sun?
Spring rains erode rocks and make canyons, and seedlings reclaim monuments, without apology. It’s easy to criticize Aries, in retrospect, for lack of forethought or empathy and for too little care. And being vulnerable, Aries feels deeply the sting of criticism, which comes always as a shock, regardless of what it has invaded, jarred, imposed upon. Arriving, manifesting self, being are Aries’ job; the newborn needs love just because it is.
At the Aries phase of a cycle we are challenged to penetrate boundaries and express ourselves, regardless of what might be disrupted, and to do so without any guarantee.
Taurus – Characteristics & Personality Traits
By late spring, the weather has become accommodating to life, during most years. It’s easy, in this season, to develop a delicious complacency, or a loud complaint.
The Taurus phase of life is the one most dependent upon circumstance. Seedlings which sprouted in early spring begin to feel the effects of location and environment. An infant becomes aware of dependency on its mother.
Put another way, this is the phase when one’s own efforts are little required. If all goes well, necessities are provided; satisfaction and growth come of their own accord. At least this is how things should be. Rapid growth is necessary now if the organism is to thrive. Every day light increases; progress is implicit.
There’s an urge to secure sources of nurture and claim them as one’s own. The infant learns the word “mine” long before discovering “yours.” He learns how to elicit necessary attention, one way or another. In the orchard, apple trees blossom and attract bees. In the cradle, the infant learns to smile. If charm fails, a temper tantrum may accomplish the outcome desired.
Late spring weather is conducive to the greatest sensual pleasure. Taurus is the baby at its mother’s breast, the bundle of joy beginning to notice and enjoy the fact of being physical. At this age, pleasant physical sensation is a birthright, or should be. The bundle of joy becomes most unjoyous if this is not so.
During the Taurus phase of any cycle, the challenge is to ingest what’s offered with relish and use it for what’s being growth, to suspend notions of obligation and reciprocity, and certainly to set aside beliefs about earning what we receive. Our expressed pleasure is payment enough to our benefactors.
Gemini – Characteristics & Personality Traits
Gemini is a time of gaiety in nature, pure play. In the human life, the toddler has become mobile and can now defeat once impenetrable limits. She can climb over the crib rails and fall on the floor. She can follow the thread of her own curiosity, and, more important, can go get what she fancies, or at least try. She feels invincible, and everything is a potential plaything.
Empathy has not yet occurred. “What happens if I poke here?” is an innocent question. Fences are to be peered around or penetrated. Gemini is the discoverer. The world lies out there just waiting to have its secrets known. Facts are everywhere, if one just knows where to look. The task is to learn about everything and make sense of it all, but the penetration is not too deep yet, for so much has to be arranged in some kind of order.
Whatever is the fastest moving, most changing thing around is most interesting. What’s round the next corner is interesting. The attention span may not be too long, but the scope is wide indeed. Boredom is intolerable.
In nature, insects teem; the world is noisy and colorful. The temperature is conducive to wandering and wondering.
In human life, a toddler learns language and, at this age, can understand a great deal more than she can easily express, but listening is difficult; it’s so much more fun to vocalize. Gemini learns to ask “How come?”
This is a stage of interacting, flowers with bees, children with both. Moods come and go quickly. (Even the bee sting is quickly forgotten.) Enchantments come and go quickly too. With spring’s clear agenda past now, there’s a restlessness to find what’s next. There’s an immanence about the season so near the top of the year. One learns, however grudgingly, about time and patience, and even more grudgingly about limits.
Gemini takes its lumps, usually with equanimity. As the season progresses and the bumps and bruises accumulate, one begins to develop a sense of pattern and consequence. There’s more to this adventure than simply acting one’s own internal impulses; and what is this more?
During the Gemini phase of a cycle, we are enjoined to obey curiosity, test apparent obstacles, and enlarge possibilities. The task is to expand, experiment, enlarge our scope, and increase our knowledge of new territory.
Self-consciousness is not appropriate now, or much self-criticism. We learn now from our successes and errors, for everything is experimental. Lots of mistakes will be made now. For this phase to be effective, errors must be readily forgiven. Even so, it is Gemini’s task to become acquainted with consequence and to do so without incurring lasting harm.