Guest astrologer and wellness alchemist, Stephanie Gailing, MS, shares her wisdom for staying healthy during every solar season!
From March 20 – April 19, the Sun sizzles through firecracker Aries helping us tap into the determined, enterprising and assertive qualities this star sign represents. This month-long cycle may infuse our lives with more courage, energy and a pioneering spirit. Use the following self-care strategies to fine-tune your wellbeing, foster vitality and reduce stress!
Aries Wellness Mantras:
- I have strength to battle any challenge.
- Nothing can stop me.
- If it’s interesting and beneficial, I won’t hesitate to try it!
Aries Stress-Reducing Allies:
- Ability to take action
- Movement and exercise
In wellness astrology, aspects of our anatomy and physiology accord with the twelve zodiac signs. Those that are associated with Aries include the head, face, and brain, as well as the muscular and circulatory systems.
Mind Your Head
The Ram is the totem symbol of Aries, known to be headstrong and use its horns to butt up against others in assertion of their will. It’s no surprise then that Aries rules the head, a part of the body important to pay attention to during this time, so you’ll want to avoid having stress settle in there as much as possible. As dehydration is a leading cause of headaches, make sure you’re drinking adequate amounts of water now. If headaches are your regular thing, keep tabs on your diet to see if there are any patterns you can find between what you eat and how you’re feeling; some people have noted a connection between food sensitivities and the advent of headaches. And of course, you can try to stem the stress that stimulates the headache in the first place by doing what you can to relax, staying cool and centered during this hot and steamy season. This guided meditation for Aries season should also do the trick!
Flex Your Muscles
With Aries’ planetary ruler Mars governing the muscular system, this is another good arena of health to focus on during this time. If you’re prone to muscle cramps after exercising, consider increasing your intake of magnesium-rich foods, such as green vegetables, seeds and fish. If you want to build up extra muscle after your fitness regimen, it’s thought that eating a protein-rich food within 30 minutes of working out can be beneficial. Taking the time to stretch—something that seems readily easy to do, but which we may overlook during this rush-head-first time—is vitally important to help reduce the chance and strains and sprains. Try these Aries-themed yoga poses to help you de-stress and tame your ego during this cosmic phase. And, should your quick movements results in a bruise-inspiring mishaps, homeopathic arnica (in cream or sublingual form) may be helpful.
We’re on the fly during Aries season, running out of the gates and trying to avoid any obstacles that slow us down. Even if you want to get a jumpstart on the daily grind, skipping breakfast isn’t a good strategy. Breakfast gets our engines revved up, giving us both physical and mental energy to productively start our day. Even if time is limited, you can still enjoy a nutritious small meal; a hard-boiled egg, whole grain crackers and cheese, or muesli mixed with raisins and nuts are some ideas. Add protein to your plate and avoid a carb-laden breakfast—or your blood sugar could take a 1-2 punch, zapping your vitality later in the day.
This fiery time may have us craving foods that are hot and spicy. And while zesty fare can stoke our fire, too much heat—according to Ayurvedic traditions—may cause irritability, rashes and other challenges. When it comes to spicy foods, the key may be moderation, something we may not necessarily be so inclined to during Aries season, but which is something important to practice. If you’re pulled toward hot foods, try balancing them out with cooling fare such as basmati rice, sweet fruits, sprouts and watery vegetables like lettuce and cucumbers.
Foods To Consider
Garlic has been long associated with Mars, the planetary ruler of Aries. And like the mythic Mars, garlic too is a warrior, with research studies noting its ability to fight off foes such as bacteria and viruses. It’s also a powerhouse when it comes to sulfur-containing phytonutrients that can battle inflammation and oxidative stress. In research, garlic has also been shown to improve metabolism of iron (a Mars-ruled compound). Since the stinking rose (as garlic is often affectionately called) is a prized ingredient in so many cuisines, it’s easy to find garlic-laden dishes and recipes that you’ll like. Fend off the do-it-now impulse of Aries and let garlic sit for five-to-ten minutes after chopping it, and before using it in a recipe. This allows for the allicin to be released, one of garlic’s health-supportive compounds.
Sprouts and Microgreens
Sprouts—just like Aries—reflect the initial stage of growth, the first blossoming of life from a seed. They contain concentrated amounts of nutrients, and nothing says fresh and vital like a handful of sprouts added to a dish. In addition to the ubiquitous alfalfa variety, look for sunflower, broccoli, radish and mung bean sprouts. Also, try microgreens; while they’ve dotted the plates of inventive chefs dishes for years, they are now being more widely grown and are a hot new addition to many grocery produce sections. Harvested at an early stage of a plant’s life, right after the first leaves have developed, microgreens are beautiful in shape and vibrant in color. Popular ones include arugula, kale, broccoli and mustard greens.
As you may get from the name, Impatiens is a good flower essence to help relieve impatience, one of the signature pitfalls of Aries season. So, if you find yourself running a short fuse, or being overly restless, or a bit more impetuous than you’d like, consider this elixir. It encourages a more yin-like rhythm that can have us gravitate more readily to the natural cycles of life, so that we’re in the flow of time rather than pushing up against it.
Aries season is a willful time, when we could find ourselves hell bent on pursuing our goals. And while we’re galvanized with determined focus, there’s also the possibility that with an upswing in assertiveness, we find ourselves revving with aggressiveness, not patient with others nor prizing them for their input. Check out Tiger Lily if you want to shift from a go-it-alone perspective to one that invites more coalition and instills strength in your remembrance that there is value in graceful collaboration.
An Ayurvedic healing treatment that focuses on the Aries-ruled head, Shirodhara is not only luxuriously relaxing but also quite therapeutic. During this treatment, slow-flowing warmed oil cascades onto your forehead, streaming onto your scalp and neck, which then receive an invigorating massage. The treatment is said to foster mental clarity by synchronizing the brain’s alpha waves while also helping headaches, sinusitis and allergies. No spa near you offer this sybaritic treatment? Do a DIY Shirodhara at home. The easiest (and least messy) way to do it is to lay an oil-soaked cloth over your forehead and lay down and rest for 15 minutes. You can find oils that work well no matter what your Ayurvedic constitution or dosha. Or, consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner to find out your dosha and which oil would be most therapeutic for you to use during this treatment.
Another treatment that focuses on the head is craniosacral therapy (also called cranial osteopathy). The term craniosacral refers to the head (the cranium) and the lower back (the sacrum). This very gentle form of bodywork is said to be good for reducing headaches and mental stress, and can relieve neck and back pain. In a craniosacral therapy session, the practitioner cradles and rocks your head, and may also touch your lower back, to lightly adjust the bones of the head and inspire the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid. It’s a therapy practiced by osteopaths, chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists.
The benefits of meditation are not something that we need to necessarily meditate upon as most people know the practice can instill relaxation, inner peace, and even reduce risk of some health conditions. Yet, how do you build meditation into your self-care regimen during active Aries season? Walking meditation can do just that. During this relaxation exercise, you focus your attention on your breath and/or a mantra while strolling in a predetermined path.
As a feisty fire sign, the heat is on during Aries season, so why not chill out by using fire for relaxing creativity? Take a glassblowing class and learn the ancient art that allows you to transform molten glass into array of colorful and functional art pieces. Or, if making jewelry is more your bent, consider metalworking. As Mars is related to iron—and the smith is one of the embodiments of Mars, the ruler of Aries—you could also consider blacksmithing. Check out local art schools and community colleges for classes that will teach you these emblazoned crafts.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health condition or disease and is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or healthcare provider.
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About Stephanie Gailing
As an astrologer and wellness consultant, Stephanie Gailing weaves together stellar insights, flower essence therapy, dreamwork, and compassion-based coaching. Author of Planetary Apothecary, Stephanie offers Stellar Guidance Sessions, teaches workshops, writes about holistic well-being, and crafts custom-designed flower essence elixirs. Stephanie’s new online class, Stellar Lookbook: Astrological Insights for Aquarius Season is now available. Based on Whidbey Island, outside of Seattle, she frequently travels to New York City, and works with clients all over the world.
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