Ravi/ Sūrya (Surya)/ the Sun, the magnificent king of the solar system though in a friendly sign of the Gurū (Guru)/ Jupiter is also in the 12th Bhāva of the natural zodiac and certain readers will recall that the 12th Bhāva is the Maraṇa Kāraka Sthāna (Marana Karaka Sthana) of Ravi. Here the Sun does not blaze through and direct the course of affairs but works at the level of the soul or the Ātman/ Atman merging with the Paramātman/ Paramatman after crossing the ocean of existence-Mīna/ Meena is the last Rāśi/ Rashi, the last sojourn of the Sun. These are the reasons why we have felt somewhat listless and devoid of fire.
Śukra/ Shukra also, while exalted may work for some through pleasures of the bed and things of that nature but in truth the exaltation of Venus in Pisces is a final sublimation of all carnal desire. Raunchy things transpire when Venus falls and not when Venus is exalted. In Uccha Rāśi (Rashi) or the sign of its exaltation. In the latter, which incidentally is the sign of Gurū/ Guru, which planet attains its Maraṇa Kāraka Sthāna (Marana Karaka Sthana) in copulation and the preceptor actually feels as if he is dying when asked to copulate. In such a sign what can we expect from Venus? We can expect romantic love of a higher sort, which actually aims to transcend the element of romance and simply become love. A sort of universal selfless love, like that of Bhakti Mārga or the path of devotion. People on this path can fall if Venus falls from this high standard and then sordid tales can emerge from places which are otherwise meant for meditation and transcendence.
For certain nativities the presence of Mars can make for passionate times but generally speaking we can predict contemplative times for the people at large especially those who are otherwise going through Kārmic/ Karmic, Jala Tṛkoṇa/ Jala Trikona kind of times.
Aries is the Ram, battering ram more like. It is here that the created world begins to manifest. This is the first sign, full of fire and ambition and to ram the head into any obstacle like a mountain goat-tenacious, boiling over with sheer energy and this is where Ravi creates His magnificent resources for the world and living beings. It is here that Ravi is exalted. At this time a glance at the transit chart, say for 14th April, 2013 would be useful. This chart is reproduced below for ready reference-