When reasons to despair are everywhere, staying happy can be a challenge. Yet happiness is our natural state, and we feel best and do the most good when we stay tuned to that frequency as much as possible. Some people manage to be genuinely upbeat most of the time. Aries folks are often quite good at it.
Take singer, record producer and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams – famous for his exuberant 2013 hit, Happy. His chart has a tight conjunction between the Sun (identity), Venus (artistry) and Chiron (uniqueness) in outgoing, youthful Aries. Sun-Chiron is said to be the mark of a “wounded healer.” Whatever wounds he may have faced, Williams is known for spreading joy and healing wherever he goes.
In high school, his clique of skateboarding stoners in Virginia Beach were proud outsiders –which is also a hallmark of Chiron. “We were self-possessed but weirdos,” Williams has said. In his 20s, as his catchy music began to take off, he became a bit cocky (as some Aries can be in their youth!). And, he frittered away his wealth on cars, yachts, trinkets and chasing women.
But Williams has matured into a man who is profoundly grateful for all he’s been given. About to turn 49 on April 5, the pop star has been happily married, a father of four, and a cheerful, beloved do-gooder for many years. In 2011, he built a $35 million after-school center in his home town. And, he co-runs a competition called Black Ambition, which champions Black and Latinx entrepreneurs. Williams says he feels compelled to give back because the universe has given him so much. It will be interesting to see what he gets up to during his Chiron return this year and next. It should be a profound time of self-expression for him, as Chiron conjuncts his Sun, Venus and Chiron for the first time. (Transiting Uranus triggered his Aries placements in 2014-15, just after Happy was released – and helped propel his star into the firmament.)
I’ve spotlighted Pharrell Williams to inspire us all, as the upcoming Aries New Moon (March 31, 11:24 p.m. PDT) conjuncts humanitarian Chiron. Though this lunation will undoubtedly have bittersweet elements, we can take a hint from Williams’ attitude of gratitude that helps him stay positive. Chiron has been transiting Aries since 2018, urging us to own our sensitivities and stand up for what we believe in. The New Moon intensifies that edict, as it conjuncts outspoken Mercury in Aries. We have taken significant strides toward self-determination and justice since the #metoo movement began at that time. And it’s now more acceptable to be yourself in whatever form or gender feels best. We’re starting to realize that our uniqueness (Chiron) can work for us, rather than against us. But we still have a long way to go.
So as we enter this lunar portal of healing and new beginnings, let’s muster up the courage to break through fears or hesitations and move ahead. If you’ve been prioritizing others to your detriment, put yourself first. If you’ve been enduring a limiting situation (whether self-imposed or not) create a plan for change. Strategizing is supported by this New Moon, since its ruler, Mars, is conjunct decisive Saturn in brilliant Aquarius. Think long-term rather than expecting instant results. But with Mercury in headstrong Aries, something crucial needs to be said or done. All planets are direct until the end of April, so go after what makes you happy. And if you need some motivation, crank up Williams’ upbeat tunes, dance around, and you should soon be raring to go!