Want to know what Eris in Aries means? Try tuning into now. Eris (aka Underworld Queen Persephone) is in sync to Venus and Rebel Lilith. To be born with Eris in Aries is not a specific astrological thing. Eris is extremely slow-moving. She has been in Aries since 1926 and will be until 2048. But where Eris does pack some thwack is when she is in close aspect (conjunction, square, opposition or trine) to an inner planet or point of yours.
She puts herself on a level of intransigence and perfection; she has a taste for the definitive and absolute: if she cannot control the future, she wants to attain the eternal.
— Simone de Beauvoir
If that’s you, you’re infused with Eris energy, ready or not. Eris is inviolate and anti-fragile. She was originally named Persephone, being a planet hidden in the shadows next to Pluto, and larger than him. The only reason astronomers changed it to Eris is that there was already an asteroid Persephone. To me, she is Persephone, the maiden who went willingly or not (stories vary) into the underworld, forming an uneasy alliance with its denizens, mapping its labyrinth, conquering demons and emerging empowered.
Everyone alive now has Eris in Aries but if she is alignment to – say – the Sun, Moon, Ascendant or Venus, you’re more attuned to the Queen of the Shadows. Her energy is not isolationist like Lilith, though she can self-exile when required. Eris represents strength and wisdom gained in dark places. She is the transmutation of shame or trauma into power, sharp instincts, and unshakable serenity.
But like Lilith, however, Eris is a feminist force, now beginning a lengthy catalyst of a square with Pluto.
Image: Tamara De Lempicka
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