On Friday, April 5, 2019 (1:50am PST and 4:50am EST) the Moon begins a new cycle in the fiery and passionate sign of Aries. The sign that thirsts for life, is full of energy, and has the drive of a warrior.Her greatest strength is her determination. She’s tenacious, she’s bold, she’s daring, and when she’s told “no,” she only hears “find another way.” If you haven’t already figured it out, Aries knows what it means to push through and she has the ability to do this no matter what the cost. Let’s just say patience isn’t her most natural virtue. She’s wired for battleand underneath her skin she instinctively knows she’s either going to be the hunter or the prey.We might see her shadow creep in when her energy isn’t dispersed in a constructive or helpful way. You’ll immediately know because she’ll appear like a loose cannon in everything she says or does. Translation: she has a flair for finding crisis or maybe we could say that it naturally finds her.Either way, there’s a good chance that if you stumble across her path while she’s caught in her shadow, you’ll need to be prepared to defend yourself. Does that sound a bit intense? Well, newsflash: she is.
So what does all this mean for this New Moon?
Well, first let me address that this New Moon arrives about a week after Mercury moved out of retrograde – we're not 100% in the clear as it’s still gaining it’s speed, but the potency for disruptions has certainly lessened. Many of you might be letting out a huge sigh of relief after dealing with a few detours or set backs that appeared along your path. Keep in mind that some of those obstacles or glitches you encountered were attached to a larger purpose.Sometimes we just need to wait and let time play out so we can see the bigger picture. The good news is that this New Moon’s arrival is filled with energy that is ready to help us spring ahead. But just because we can jump doesn’t mean we “should.” If we utilize this Aries energy in its highest potential, we might be able to confront those fears that have prevented us from taking that leap, that risk, or that chance for creating something new.The biggest piece of caution I can give is to try not rush the process.Aries can sometimes make rash decisions that end up causing more problems in the long run.
If we look to the ruler of Aries, we find Mars hanging out in Gemini ready to fill us up with new insights, new thoughts, new perceptions, and new possibilities.The key word for Mars while it’s here in Gemini is curiosity. One thing to keep in mind is that on April 20th Mars will move “out of bounds” and stay there until June 19th. This simply means that Mars will be outside the influence of the Sun – in other words, it’s gone rogue and it is now acting on its own desires without any accountability.On the high end we can expect intense and powerful creativity bursting forth most likely through taking daring risks and following the adventures. And on the other extreme its reckless behavior might spark impatience, anger, self- centeredness or even acts of violence.
What we really need to pay attention to is Pluto, the South Node, and Saturn all in Capricorn and making a challenging aspect to this New Moon. The South Node pulls us into our past karmic influences, those patterns that we feel destined to repeat, and that bring our wounds up to the surface.Saturn forces us to take a hard look at the reality that stands before us limits and all, and Pluto is challenging us to shed our skinand claim our power. We can’t do that without first looking into the mirror. Ultimately this placement challenges you to face the reality of your past decisions and to take responsibility for who and where you are today.So dig in deep and see what needs your attention.
A few questions you might want to ask yourself: Is there anything that I need to take greater responsibility for in my life? Where might I need more self- discipline? Where do I want to control the outcome? What’s the pattern I keep repeating?
Jupiter’s connection to this New Moon adds a bit of optimism and faith to the mix. You might experience this through feeling the excitement and energy to take on new risks. Again, just remember to be careful about biting off more than you can chew. Keep in mind that Aries has all the energy in the world to start something, but follow through isn’t always her strong suit. If possible utilize Saturn’s energy for strategic planning and for creating something that can withstand the test of time.
While everything in you might be itching to move forward with your goals make sure you take some time to consider all the possibilities before you plow full speed ahead.After all, if you jump the gun at the start of a race, you’ll be disqualified and what’s the fun in that. So do your best to stay patient because forcing a beginning will likely leave you feeling disappointed and discouraged.
While we all might feel the passion and intensity of this New Moon, we will each experience this lunar energy differently depending on where Aries is located in your chart or if you have a natal planet associated with it. If you would be interested in a more personalized reading, I’d love to set up a session with you.
[*Note* The ABOVE contains a personification of the sign Aries. The sign is not gendered and the SHE could just as easily be used as HE.]