NEW MOON IN ARIES-Connections between astrology and the tarot – do you have wings to fly? (April 10, 2013)

In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 2:36 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 21° of Aries.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 21° of Aries in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most affected by this New Moon’s presence.

The word “zodiac” means “wheel of life.”  For those familiar with the tarot, Aries is often associated with the Fool card.  The tarot’s Major Arcana represents the Fool’s journey through the stages of life toward enlightenment (the World card represents enlightenment).  The 12 signs of the Zodiac are perceived similarly.  Our journey begins with Aries (the Fool card) and proceeds through the stages of life toward enlightenment with Pisces (the World card).

But once we reach enlightenment, the wheel doesn’t stop turning.  Wheels are always turning, and we are always beginning anew . . . starting out on a new journey.  And as represented by the Fool card of the tarot, this new journey often begins with a feeling of stepping off familiar, solid ground and into the unknown.  However, we often find that when we take the risk to take that first step, there is actually new land under our feet . . . or we find that we have wings to fly!  The energy of Aries gives us the courage to take that first step into the unknown, when we aren’t sure if there is solid ground underneath us (or wings to support our flight).

For some astrologer’s, the new astrological year doesn’t officially begin until the time of the New Moon in Aries.  The new astrological year represents a time when we begin a new phase or cycle in our life.  All New Moons represent new beginnings.  It is a time when we can set new intentions in the areas of life associated with the sign involved.  This year, the New Moon in Aries is particularly powerful because not only are the Sun and Moon located in Aries, but so, too, are Venus, Mars, and Uranus.

As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries is a cardinal fire sign, which means we have more energy and the desire to take action.  Keywords for Aries include independent, initiating, enthusiastic, direct, energetic, confident, fun-loving, and innocent.  However, there is always the potential for higher and lower-expressions of any sign’s energy.  The lower expression of Aries can be competitiveness, impulsivity, and even aggression.  The field of astrology represents “possibilities and potentialities,” so it is up to us to use our freewill to choose how we express that sign’s energy.

The New Moon in Aries is a particularly important time to hold a “Beginner’s Mind.”  By letting go of any preconceptions or “shoulds,” we may be able to find new solutions to old problems.  The Aries energy will support us in seeing endless possibilities.  At this time, it’s important to take it one step at a time, to be willing to not know the answer, and to remember that there is no failure, only learning.

Mars is closely conjunct (0°) the New Moon in Aries.  Mars is the ruler of the sign of Aries, which adds further “punch” to the Arian qualities at this time.  Many of us will be filled with fresh ideas, plans, and projects.  We may feel like the race horse in the starting gate, ready to run as soon as the bell sounds.  However, it is important to remember that the energy of Aries is raw and can be naïve.  Given the New Moon is a time when the “light” of the Moon is being largely blocked by the Earth’s position between the Moon and the Sun, we may have a lot of hope but we may not have as much wisdom and experience to “light” the way.

Mars, though, is closely conjunct Venus in Aries, which will temper the force of Mars in Aries.  We may find ourselves more amorous or more aesthetically aware of our surroundings.  Venus in Aries is a good time to set aside routine activities, take time for contemplation, reach out to someone new, discover an unknown dream, and/or move your body and your mind.

With both Mars (Divine Masculine) and Venus (Divine Feminine) dancing so closely together, we are being asked to find healthy expressions of both qualities in our relationships and our societies.  For example, the Divine Masculine is not the warrior but the wise warrior . . . the one who protects life rather than exploiting or destroying it.  The Divine Masculine is about being courageous rather than combative, assertive rather than aggressive.  And the Divine Feminine is about nurturing others rather than smothering them or martyrdom.

On Friday, April 12, Pluto begins its annual 5-month retrograde period, which continues through September 20.  Due to the slow moving nature of Pluto, this is a subtle but powerful change.  Pluto’s retrograde phases are known for either bringing penetrating wisdom, insight, and reflection or supporting us in hiding from our fears.  Pluto is located in Capricorn, so we are being asked to review any recent changes to make sure that they are “real” and not just cosmetic.  During this time, we may feel motivated to reform or release what is not sustainable and/or what is not in the best interest of all concerned.

All of the above is further emphasized by a mutual reception between Saturn and Pluto (i.e., each planet is located in each other’s signs).  This will add impetus to our need to reclaim our power and use that power with integrity to make deep changes in our lives and in the world around us.  On the same day as Pluto’s change in direction (Friday, April 12), Saturn is quincunx (150°) Uranus.  We are being asked to be flexible and make adjustments between our obligations (Saturn) and our need for freedom (Uranus).  Learning how to adeptly shift between order and individualism will reduce our stress level and may reveal more effective ways to transform unconventional ideas and desires into reality.

On Saturday, April 13, Mercury moves into Aries where it will remain until May 17.  Mercury in Aries brings in increased mental activity, which will likely help us begin to make sense of all the ideas, plans, and projects that have recently come into our lives.  Mercury in Aries, though, can be more interested in making decisions than thinking things through carefully; therefore, some caution is warranted.

Then on Monday, April 15, Venus moves into Taurus for a delightful 3-week stay.  Venus is the ruler of Taurus, so it feels right at home in this earthy sign.  Relationships will come down to earth, and we may feel ready to make a commitment and settle down.  We are likely to feel drawn to seek out experiences of all kinds that feel good to the senses.  We may also find ourselves gaining clarity about what we like, and we may instinctively know where to find it.  The only downside is that some partnerships may feel bogged down by the earthy energy of Taurus, especially if that partnership is in needing change in order to grow.

On Wednesday, April 17, there is a very powerful conjunction (0°) between the Sun and Mars.  If you didn’t take advantage of the energy at the time of the New Moon in Aries a week ago, here is a second chance.  These two powerhouses will spark courage, creativity, and independent action.  Just be cautious about taking too many risks right now.  Because you don’t want to slow down, you may find yourself deciding that you would rather beg for forgiveness than ask for permission, which can have consequences.  Rather than act impulsively, which will be more comfortable for some people, it is better to use forethought and recognize that some external constraints may actually be present to help us stay on track.  Overall, because of the powerful nature of this conjunction, it is important to find healthy outlets for all of this extra (even excess) energy.  Although anger and aggression are possible with this conjunction, they become less likely if you find new forms of activity.  When used in a positive way, this powerful Sun-Mars aspect will provide you with both the passion and the energy to cut away any clutter, clear a path, burn through resistance, overcome any obstacles, and plant seeds for new activities or projects.

Luckily, the Sun moves into Taurus on Friday, April 19.  Taurus is the sign of resources, responsibility, and personal values.  The energy of this down-to-earth sign will help us all “ground” our wonderful new ideas in reality.  During the next month, all of our new initiatives will be fertilized with patience, purpose, and the materials we will need to sustain them.  We are being given the opportunity to build a firm foundation and gather the resources we need in order to ensure that our bright ideas have the means to grow strong and healthy.

The next day (Saturday, April 20) sees an intellectually active conjunction (0°) between mental Mercury and revolutionary Uranus.  Some may experience “information overload,” which can stretch nerves to the breaking point.  But if you can approach this energy with a curious mind, you may be the recipient of brilliant new ideas that lead to powerful breakthroughs.  And on this same day, Mars follows the Sun and Venus into Taurus for a 6-week stay, prompting many of us to feel an urge to make changes to our physical bodies or our physical surroundings.  We may also experience an increase in energy for business ventures, existing projects, and even sexual activities.

Overall, this New Moon in Aries on April 10 is a time when we are being provided with a great deal of energy . . . energy that can be used to come up with many new ideas and start many new projects.  Remember, though, that the Aries energy is new energy.  Take it one step at a time because our ideas and projects may need to be tinkered with before they are viable.  Luckily, the grounding energy of the Sun’s move into Taurus on April 19 will help us sort through all of our ideas and begin taking concrete steps to bring them into “reality.”  But before we get there, the New Moon in Aries is an important time to look at what you are passionate about.  You may also need to look at where in your life you need to courageously take a stand.  As put so beautifully by the actress Lily Tomlin, “I said somebody should do something about that. Then I realized I am somebody.”

REMINDER

  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

NEW MOON

  • New Moon at 21° of Aries
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 2:36 a.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 5:36 a.m. EST
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 9:36 a.m. GMT

 INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources
  • Anne’s interpretations