Here’s the chart for the Aries New Moon:
New Moon in Aries
April 7, 2016
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The sign of Aries is associated with personal initiative, assertiveness and leadership. The house holding Aries in the natal chart shows an area of life where one can be impulsive, impatient and aggressive as well as independent, pioneering and decisive. Aries is a Fire sign, ruled by Mars, with an emphasis on excitement and adventure. Issues involving political or industrial leaders, the military, exploration and feats of courage become accentuated during Aries
Sabian Symbol for 19º Aries:
“The ‘Magic Carpet’ of Oriental Imagery.” This degree symbolizes the use of creative imagination to develop a new way of seeing.
Highlights of the New Moon at 18º Aries 04″:
With six planets in Fire signs there is a strong drive for action, yet the major news this cycle is Mars, Pluto, and Mercury stationing retrograde on April 17, 18, and 28 respectively, suggesting that things aren’t going to move forward as quickly as everyone wants. The Aries New Moon is also a Super Moon, heightening emotions for those sensitive to lunar fluctuations.
Sun and Moon trine Saturn, square Pluto:
These two aspects actually occurred less than three hours before the New Moon indicating that the cycle begins with feelings of success in dealing with limitations and high tension around issues of control. A sense of excitement builds from the 7th to the 9th when the Sun meets Uranus and a surprising action for change is taken.
Aries symbol: Ram
The sits in the East on the Medicine Wheel.
Aries correlates to Clarity, the first step on the Eastern pathway of Sun Bear’s Medicine Wheel. The releasing and merging process of the Pisces cycle leads to purity of vision and the ability to begin anew with a fresh vision of who you are and another journey around the wheel.
Our advice for this 29.6-day cycle:
This Aries lunation cycle calls for reflective action. Although the urge to get going is strong, the action this cycle revolves around establishing one’s identity and is best used by spending time alone in self examination. Now is the time to see yourself clearly. Consider who and what ignites your anger and puts you on a destructive course? It takes honesty and courage to face one’s shadow, and embrace it with compassionate love. Think about who or what stimulates your energy and encourages you to take the initiative? What aspects of your life are in need of rejuvenation? Visualize the various actions you might take that would transform your life and provide a brand new beginning.
The key phrase for Aries is “I Am”.
Get to know yourself. Do mirror work, draw self-portraits, meditate on the phrase “I AM”. Spend as much time as you can picturing yourself as a Spiritual Warrior. Think about the roles you’ve played in life and how you have identified with them. Who are you now and who are you becoming?
Questions you might explore for personal insight include:
- How and where could you be more independent, innovative and courageous?
- What situations motivate you to take the lead and why?
- What kind of a leader are you?
- Do you look ahead and plan for the consequences of your actions?
- How well do you share power with others?
- Where and with whom would life be easier if you were a little less self-serving?
- When are you most likely to leap before looking?
- What leadership qualities do you admire in others?
- Consider the changes you foresee in your future. Do they fill you with apprehension, excitement, enthusiasm?
- How do you express and maintain your identity while honoring your duty to others?
Affirm: I Identify with New Beginnings.
Attune to the qualities of Aries with 3-minute tarot meditation on The Emperor.
Ruled by Mars, Aries and The Emperor teach us to be pioneering and to wield our power with compassion. The Emperor is about structure, form and order. Carol Bridges calls this card “Command” and says, “Command is not power over the force, but working with the force. It is taking advantage of a flow already strongly going.”
Confer with The Emperor for clarity, insight and self-discovery.
Quote for this cycle:
“”The birds they sing at break of day, ‘Start again…’ I hear them say.””
~ Leonard Cohen (1934 -) Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, and novelist
A Mandala is a powerful meditation device for creating sacred intentions. We encourage you to create and color your own mandala or print the 2016 Aries New Moon Mandala to Color.
You are invited to send your mandalas to us for placement in our Mandala Gallery.
Please check out Lynn Keefer’s Mandala Journal, where Lynn shares the mandala she colors every month, along with her meditative process. Click on the link above to see her latest New Moon Mandala and read about her experience with the exercise. The energy flows in beautifully from one cycle into the next.
Artist, author, educator, and dear friend, Donna Iona Drozda uses solar, lunar and numerological cycles as a blueprint for living the life of a “Heartist.” Keep up with her Lifecycle offerings and updates on her Lifecycle Blog, and be sure to subscribe to her Luna See email newsletter.
CJ Wright at Auntie Moon offers daily insights and other good lunar tidings at her website. She also has an excellent video: Moon Phases and New Moon Intentions.
Margaret Koolman’s New Moon insights can be found at her website, SoulAstrology.com. Margaret writes beautifully and offers excellent counsel.
Jessica Shepherd at Moonkissd.com has an excellent article titled Aries New Moon: Waking Up.
April Elliott Kent at Big Sky Astrology is adept at putting the current cosmic conditions into personally identifiable terms. Her post Aries New Moon: The One We Feed is highly recommended.
Stephanie Gailing, another of our favorites, offers her insights and apothecary suggestions in her post on the Aries New Moon. Her book, Planetary Apothecary: An astrologicl apporach to health and wellness, has tips on health-supporting foods, spa and wellness therapies, relaxation practices, yoga poses, aromatherapy, natural remedies, and flower essences customized for each Zodiac sign.
Always on the lookout for fresh astrological talent, we’ve recently discovered two more talented writers and encourage you to explore their work.
Canadian astrologer Nadia Gilchrist at Ruby Slippers Astrology has a post titled New Moon in Aries: Compulsive.
Australian astrologer Jodie Lewin at Braveheart Astrology blogs about the New Moon in Aries – A Bid for Freedom.
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