Dear Aries, this can be a year of deep reflection and inner growth with some measure of stress or the need to deal with a crisis within or outside of your relationship. You may spend a great deal of time alone listening to your internal voice to find your own truth. Some of what you believe about love is deeply rooted, yet there are lingering questions for which you seek answers and understanding. It’s quite likely that you don’t know what you so confidently think you do, or at the very least, you’re missing some of the pieces to the puzzle.
If you’ve recently ended a relationship, perhaps you’re still in need of healing and a bit of soul-searching before you jump into the next one. In some cases, a relationship is not your first priority. Instead, you’re choosing singledom for the purpose of a goal that’s important to you–educational pursuits, a creative project requiring focus, or spiritual growth. It might be that you’re cognizant of the need for greater solitude in support of your general health and overall well being, both physically, mentally, and emotionally.
If you’re in a relationship or looking for one, you could be gathering information, sizing up potential partners, or reviewing a current union. This process has the potential to bring important issues to light that prove significant. You’ll learn so much more by accurately listening and observing. Perhaps you discover that either of you are just biding your time until something better arrives. Maybe you need more space or time apart or maybe what’s really required is more quiet time together as a couple. You’re becoming wiser about your expectations and some of these considerations may take into account age, experience, or wisdom as part of the ongoing evaluation for a connection. Your ideal may be based on the attraction to partners who are reliable, mature, and self-possessed or you may find yourself playing the role of mentor or guide in the relationship.
Truth and trust will be important factors and any discrepancies between words and actions, yours or others, will be scrutinized. Misalignment between the two can provoke confrontation or battles of intellectual or moral superiority that, more often than not, find you on the losing end. So why bother? Rather than rely solely on what you’re told, this is a year to make objective decisions that serve your own best interests, and for this reason, you may decide to keep certain types of individuals at arms length.
However, facing the more difficult aspects of yourself is also part of the equation to finding or sustaining love. If you’re currently coupled, you may sense that something is lacking and either of you may feel lonely because of it. On the other hand, a reclusive lifestyle or preference for your own company might actually be the fearful response to intimacy or giving up personal freedom. This can also manifest as a period of celibacy, temporary withdrawal from sexual activity, or the habit of self-denial in favor of a partner.
In the positive, your union is spiritual in nature and the focus together is beyond concern for the financial or material. You or your partner may be well-educated or earn a living from study, teaching, or metaphysical pursuits.
If you’re single and/or lonely despite a desire for companionship, the period of flying solo could be nearing an end. Remarkably, it’s a philosophical outlook on life and the ability to detach from emotions in viewing the past, present, and future that enables you to make sound decisions. The Universe actually does have your back. You’re finally addressing matters you’ve been avoiding and wrapping up the last loose ends of a situation where withdrawing from others served to bring you closer to yourself. A Virgo person (sun, moon, or rising) may play a pivotal role in events.
Card Deck: The Dreamkeepers Tarot, Liz Huston, U.S. Games Systems, Inc.