To Be As Aries as a Sunflower

Ariesby Dominique Jones

One of the most reliable methods to align ourselves with a high spiritual vibration is through the energy of appreciation. Nature’s treasures sustain us and surround us daily, providing a deep and grounding energy, and if we meditate on their beauty, we find our hearts and spirits expanding in passionate and fulfilling ways.

One of the ways to grow during our journeys is to recognize the relationship between astrology and nourishment. You will find a correlation between a sign and a food in this article and methods you can use to attune your energy.

Aries is the beginning in astrology. It is potential at the moment of its unleashing, passion no longer held back, the moment when the spark of a match makes its sound and you know the fire is coming. The Aries energy moves, interrupts, engages, plants, leads, and loves.

There is no time for games or complexity of motivation, so it’s hard for energy rooted in Aries to understand anything other than the truth. It is also OK if the truth changes, and change and growth are perfectly acceptable to anything attached to Aries energy. They may put one thing down and pick up another, letting the first thing go dormant or ignored. Stopping and starting without a second thought is an Aries quality. They would only view it as starting again, however. From the Aries approach, they have been loyal all along.

Sometimes, the season of spring (which is kicked off by the sign of Aries) exhibits the same quality. We think the weather has warmed for good and we can plant our gardens, but then a snow storm suddenly moves in and everything stops again. And then things melt, the atmosphere warms and spring starts all over again as if nothing had happened and all the delicate flowers we planted in our gardens had no frost bite!

That is one of the beautiful outcomes of observing nature, however. We see we are linked to everything. Even the trees make little buds early, anticipating the warmth of spring and summer. How could we humans do anything different as we move through the seasons?

Optimism is another quality of the Aries energy that has been a saving grace to many situations. Without hope and optimism, progress would stall. That’s one reason change is almost always sanctioned by Aries—because with the next change comes the next opportunity for a better situation or outcome. It is so illuminating and relaxing to be surrounded by optimistic vibes, that Aries people and Aries energy and times are always welcome in my book.

If you are interested in bringing forth more Aries energy in your life, you can use two methods. The first method is through nourishment and the second method is through a guided meditation. If you combine the two, you have even more manifestation energy.

You can manifest Aries energy if you want to increase your ability in any or all of the following areas of your life:

  • Physical activity
  • Ability to initiate or “get started”
  • Optimism or positive attitude
  • Ability to advocate for oneself or others
  • Healthy self-care
  • Flexibility (especially with change)
  • Innovation
  • Sexuality
  • Anything new (relationship, job, new home, etc)


Method 1: Nourishment

Aries is a powerhouse of energy, and so are raw nuts and seeds! If you want to nourish the kind of energy that embodies Aries’ innovation and optimism, make sure to include raw walnuts or almonds and flax seed in your diet. Ground flax seed (or flax seed meal) is best (uncooked), according to Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Once cooked, flax seed loses most of its nutritional benefits. Include a tablespoon in a smoothie or salad dressing once a day, and include an ounce or two of raw nuts and seeds each day as well. When you cook with oil, chose sunflower oil.

Flax is so healthy and is an ancient food. It is an annual plant. Flax fibers have been found in prehistoric Georgia dating back 30,000 years. In ancient Egypt, it was used to make linen. We humans have a long and interesting relationship with the flax plant. It is especially heart-healthy, since flax seed contains omega-3 fatty acids as well as lignans, iron, calcium, and potassium.

Sunflower oil is one of the best oils to use because it is the lowest in saturated fat and therefore is also correlated with Aries, because it is made from a seed. Aries is an efficient sign, the seed-point of the zodiac. Sunflower seeds are a great snack and addition to salads and other recipes. They provide a dose of B-vitamins and vitamin E. The sunflower originally grew wild in North America, and made an interesting evolution through Europe and Russia (where many new breeds were formed) before returning here in a different form.

Nutritionally, it’s best to eat nuts raw. Raw almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios—all are great options. A daily dose of a few ounces is highly recommended. Walnuts contain magnesium, potassium, iron, phytosterols, and healthy fats. Almonds can help with constipation—help to get you “moving” in other words (especially mixed with fruit)!

Like Aries, often called the warrior, these foods are not easily perishable. Nuts and seeds provide a burst of energy straight from the earth. For a powerful and healthy feeling in your being, these are important daily diet elements.


Method 2: Guided Meditation

This guided meditation is full of images and thoughts that are very grounding. You can use the following guided meditation in a few ways. The first is to read it silently, slowly to yourself, letting the images wash over your imagination. The second is to visit online and listen to my recordings. Let yourself take a few minutes during your day for yourself, close your eyes, and be led in a meditation that is cleansing and deeply relaxing.

Aries Sunflower Guided Visualization

On a sunny autumn day, everything is about to change. After a season of growing amidst the blossom of your parent plant, something entirely new begins to enter your awareness. You feel the space around you loosen. What holds onto you gives way.

Gravity takes you, and you fall into the unknown. You are a sunflower seed. The tiniest and the most potent of creatures all at once.

The awareness of falling is nearly timeless. There is a wind that delays your landing and feels like hands placing you where nature wants you. The sun feels too rich for you at this time in your development. The blur of landing in soil is a warm cloak that blankets you in silence.

With all your courage, you quickly reach further down, grounding, nestling deeply. Resting as naturally as a seed, you feel all your potential waiting to be unlocked.

In darkness and winter, you sleep.

But when the sun melts the snow, a music within you stirs. You feel yourself gathering the elements from the soil around you, absorbing water into your little self—until with a high note you were not even sure you could sing, you burst into more than a seed.

You reach out to touch the sun and the crisp air above the soil. You reach down to secure yourself to the bedrock of everything. Millimeter by millimeter, you grow from seedling into a plant with layers of leaves like a lion’s mane. Something in you knows to become taller.

Like a sentinel, you grow taller and taller each day. Your self-awareness increases with your height. Your leaves are numerous, lush, and deepest green.

Evenly and steadily, as you mature, there is a center where two flowers begin to form. You become aware of a life’s purpose that at first you protect and cover with the green leaves that you are familiar with growing and know how to form so well.

Tenderly, your blossoms begin to open. You reach for the sun in a new way. You feel a deep confidence move through you as the sun answers back with a resounding yes, yes, yes. You feel everything in you expand and your golden yellow outer flower emerges as the symphony of your life.

Your deep blossom is a blessing to yourself and the atmosphere around you. You are vibrant and open. It is a frame for the entire landscape, the open sky, the flying creatures that visit the garden. You stand tall and mature, glad to be offering beauty to the world.

Next, the inner flower forms, with all your child seeds to be pollinated nestled within it. You see the cycle complete and are reminded of the timelessness of new beginnings—from the seed to the seed bearer.

Dominique Jones is an internationally known astrologer, psychic, and writer. She is the author of the upcoming book “Nourishing Astrology,” a compendium of correlations between astrological elements and foods, along with recipes for manifesting astrological energies. As a professional metaphysical consultant at Kajama, you can visit her for readings and more at