The moon is on her way to being new this Sunday, April 11 at 9:31 pm CST in the fiery sign of Aries. A new moon occurs every month when the sun and moon are in the same sign at the same degree. For this particular lunation the sun and moon are both at 22 degrees Aries.
Zodiac Facts: Aries
Keywords for Aries: identity, energy, beginnings, libido, courage, independence, self, impatience, presence, enthusiasm, lust, impulsive and volatile.
Aries is a fire sign meaning passion, enthusiasm and courage take center stage. There is a restlessness to the fires signs along with a passion and flair for the dramatic and theatrical. Fires signs can be quite charming and animated when expressing themselves. Fire signs can thrive on and can become addicted to excitement making them the thrill-seekers of the zodiac. The three fire signs are; Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Being the first sign of the zodiac, Aries are like the children of astrology; they want what they want when they want it. Patience is a quality every Ram has to develop as they go through life. Aries’ straight-forward nature can make them quite refreshing. Not one for subtlety Aries is really quite transparent; if a Ram doesn’t like you you’ll know, it will show on their face. Aries doesn’t believe in beating around the bush or sending out mixed messages; say what you have to say.
Every zodiac sign belongs to a modality. In astrology a modality is the nature and attitude of a sign and there are three modalities; cardinal, fixed and mutable. Aries belongs to the cardinal modality meaning it’s a sign that initiates, starts things. Cardinal signs aren’t typically ones to sit around waiting for something to happen; if something isn’t getting done the cardinal signs will get the ball rolling. The other cardinal signs are Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Aries, much like fellow cardinal sign Capricorn, can oftentimes be found in leadership and management positions.
Every sign is ruled by a planet and in the case of Aries that planetary ruler is Mars, the Roman god of war. In astrology Mars represents the masculine, active principle. Keywords associated with Mars are aggression, action, assertiveness, sex, courage, passion, war and ambition. If we didn’t have a Mars in our chart we couldn’t accomplish things. Our Mars sign is how we go about getting what we want. If we don’t embrace our Mars we have no personal power.
Every zodiac sign is associated with one of the twelve astrological houses and for Aries this is the 1st House. This is the part of our chart that contains our Ascendant also known as the Rising Sign. The 1st House is how we project ourselves out into the world and it’s how the world sees us; some astrologers call this part of our chart our social mask. Our physical presence is modified by the sign on the 1st House cups.
Every sign is represented by two Major Arcana cards from the Tarot. In the case of Aries those two cards are the Emperor and the Tower card. The Emperor represents power, leadership and the masculine principle. Like Aries, the Emperor initiates action, he is a doer, a visionary. This applies to male and female Aries alike. The Tower card is linked to Aries’ ruling planet Mars. The Tower card is the principle of destruction and renovation. After the old and outdated has been dismantled the new can been built. The Tower cards says, sometimes things must fall apart in order for things to come together.
New Moon in Aries
As stated earlier, new moons occur every month when the sun and moon are in the same sign at the same degree; in astrology this is known as a conjunction. Magically and spiritually speaking, new moons are the perfect time to set a new intention or make a wish; coupled with the fact that Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, this is probably the most potent new moon of the year.
After the ethereal, watery Pisces new moon last month the Aries new moon breaks out and craves something new. Just like spring cleaning, the Aries new moon is out with the old and in with the new. We have a line-up of planets in Aries during this lunation; besides the sun and moon Venus, Mercury and Chiron are also in the sign of the Ram. Powerful Pluto makes a square to this new moon so the desire nature is very strong. After an entire year of sitting in your house you won’t tolerate frustration now; you want results. If there is ever a new moon to make a wish on it’s this Aries new moon.
What old structures do you need to be liberated from (The Tower)? Where do you need to take action (The Emperor)? no more being passed over or overlooked; you are ready for results now. You want to be seen as someone special, someone who has something important to contribute whether it be in the work or love arena. This is not the time to play small or worry about being “too much”. We are creators is a core principle in metaphysical spirituality; if we don’t create we become static, stale and frustrated. Make a wish list of what you’d like to see happen in your life and don’t hold back. If you want to burn a candle as part of a ritual, a red candle (color or Aries and Mars) would be perfect or maybe a candle related to courage and action (keywords for Aries and Mars). Once you’ve made your wishes and set your intentions don’t forget to then get into “receiving” mode.