by Stacia Secretariat
Happy astrological new year! The spring equinox on March 21 marks the first day of a new zodiacal year when we welcome Aries season, the first sign of the zodiac. Aries amplifies our energy and gets us dreaming of the outdoors and starting new endeavors. What better time to start something fresh with your pet? New outdoor adventures, rigorous playtime and diversifying your routines are the themes of this Aries season.
KIT OF THE SEASON:
ADVENTURE DOG KIT
Exploration Takes Center Stage
Venus, the planet of love, pleasure and beauty will be following the sun through Aries between March 21 and April 19. This lends a sweet nature to the season that is wonderful for connecting and trying new things with your pets. Venus in Aries loves a little friendly competition, whether it’s playing games together, long sprints at the park or spicy wrestling matches in the living room. Any chance to release physical activity will be extra enjoyable for you and your pet this Aries season.
Meanwhile, Mars, the planet of physical stamina, activity and energy will be moving through curious Gemini. This means that your pet may become bored with the same old routines, and want to try new ventures, new snacks or new activities. Mars in Gemini exudes a flavor of exploration. It’s a signature that can make us easily bored and cause us to get into a bit of trouble trying to find new forms of entertainment. Preemptively satisfy this impulse by adding in some new activities, toys and interactions into your typical routines.
Mars gets a boost from disciplined and grounded Saturn all month as well, helping you reinforce new routines or break bad habits. Gemini is also a sign of communication and language, so this is a fantastic period to introduce new training commands or to learn new tricks. Try new things this Aries season and see what your pet responds best to.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
It’s your pet’s birthday month and it’s time to celebrate! Embrace your four-legged friend’s penchant for adventure and independence by giving them extra room to roam. They should be raring to get outside or explore something new, so give them plenty of healthy distractions and outlets for playful energy. Mercury, the planet of communication, moves through Aries during April 5-19. Expect your furry friend to get extra chatty during this time, and keep their mind occupied with fun games or new training regimens.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
This season starts off with dreamy warm snuggles from your furry friend and transitions to a more active zest for activity toward the end of the month. Indulge and enjoy lush, relaxing home vibes while they last, and be prepared for renewed energy to spring forward as we enter April. Your typically stubborn and routine-driven pet may have a greater capacity for changing bad habits or learning new tricks with the help of Mars in Gemini. Games that require coordination skills such as fetch or jumping for string toys might be particularly enjoyable during this time.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Your inquisitive and intelligent pet is getting an energy boost this season, which makes this a great time to explore new activities for spring. A new window perch for kitty will keep her observational skills sharp, while your pup may enjoy trying a new off-leash park or scenic trail. Also, be mindful of occasional accidents in the house or hyperactivity as a result of not getting enough stimulation. Safeguard your month with some extra time outdoors or new activities to channel your pet’s energy in healthy ways.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Your sweet fur-friend may show new enthusiasm for attention this season as Venus in Aries emboldens your pet to claim the spotlight. Shower extra affection on your feline, or organize a neighborhood fashion show for your dog with other pups on your block. This is a month for trying new things with your animal, and you’ll have the most success if you anticipate their need for activity instead of letting them find trouble on their own. Encourage their curiosity with lots of activity during the day so that you can enjoy uninterrupted snuggly slumbers every night.
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
This season has your pet feeling themselves even more than usual! Your gorgeous animal companion is getting a boost of self-serving limelight this month, so encourage them to shine by taking extra care of their skin and coats. They may particularly enjoy being brushed this month, especially if their grooming session comes after an energetic day outside getting down and dirty. Make sure you’re providing plenty of opportunities for your pets to recreate and be social this month, whether it’s at a dog park or at home luxuriating in undivided playtime attention from you.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Your intelligent and sometimes nervous bestie should feel like pushing boundaries this month, so encourage their active minds with opportunities for training, not trouble. Try something new, like click-training your cat with treat rewards or teaching your dog a new command in another language. The more you can satisfy their need for movement and diversity in healthy outlets, the happier your furry friend will be.
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
The sun is in your pet’s opposite sign, which may encourage them to try out unexpected new personality quirks this season. Maybe they get a bit bolder and more curious about what’s outside the front door, or perhaps they show a little sass. This is just your best friend’s way of exploring new options and pushing outside their typical comfort zones. Encourage them to stay safe by introducing new distracting toys or training them with a new trick in exchange for a delicious treat.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
This season highlights your pet’s need for independence and athletic outlets. Perhaps your cat needs a scratching pad on top of a bookshelf where she can sharpen her claws from up high while surveying her domain. Maybe your dog would enjoy a new puzzle toy that activates all of the senses. Expand on your best friend’s regular routines by giving them unexpected new opportunities to entertain themselves, and watch them blossom.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Your typically jovial and outgoing pet may be a bit moodier than usual this season as Mars travels through their opposite sign. Help expand their horizons by showing them something new. Download a game for cats to your iPad or introduce a puzzle treat toy your dog has never seen before. Shaking up routines may typically cause your pet stress, but instead will be a welcome distraction this month.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
This is a wonderful month to get healthy with your pet and establish new but sustainable wellness routines. If your furry friend is bored with their food, try a new product with more supplements or a richer blend of nutrients. Also, focus on some form of daily exercise and play. Habits are easier for you both to establish this month, so use Aries season as a starting point to a healthy new year together.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
Your pet is getting a fresh infusion of inquisitive energy this season, which is a perfect opportunity to explore new avenues together. Take your dog along for rides in the car while you run errands or see how your kitty responds to wearing a harness. (Indoors only at first!) No matter what you try, it’s a good month for thinking outside the box and exploring what gets your pet excited.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Your sensitive lovebug may be extra clingy and cuddly through April 4th as the messenger planet Mercury helps them express their needs for comfort. Then things shift into a higher gear starting on the 5th when your typically chill pet gets a bit more spunky. This is a good month for focusing on your best friend’s overall wellness and making sure they have enough outlets to express any nervous energy. Spend this month fine-tuning their routines, from healthy supplements to calming spots for them to rest and recharge.
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Stacia is a full-time professional astrologer and self-described soul cheerleader. She presides as President of the Oregon Astrological Association and teaches at the Portland School of Astrology. She is also a trained energy healer and has completed two years of study in chakra energy clearing, manifestation and clairvoyance.