We’re coming up on the New Moon in Aries on March 27th/28th and I wanted to share a look at this upcoming moon cycle. Astrologically, the solar year begins when the sun enters Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. The sun entering the New Year is the first day of the Vedic New Year as well. (This year the sun entered Aries on March 21 and it will soon be followed by the New Moon in Aries on March 28th.
As the earth awakens from her long winter slumber, now is a time for new beginnings. Did your new year’s resolutions in January quickly fade away? Now is a time to re-evaluate those goals and start anew. You can look back on what didn’t work, and then breathe new life into those goals, or reframe them in a more suitable way. Then get ready to breathe new life into those goals on the New Moon of April 26th!
When the Moon is in Aries, it is a great time for magic or rituals concerning matters of the self and your personality, beginnings of things and personal empowerment. In the Tarot, Aries is embodied by The Emperor, who is a commanding authority figure with great confidence and wisdom. The New Moon in Aries is an opportunity for us to connect with our own self-mastery or find ways to take control and be a leader of our own destiny. The Emperor reflected in this New Moon can teach us to be Rulers of our own life; taking responsibility for our actions, being assertive when needed, and leading by example.
You can meditate or journal with this card or on archetypes of Aries to see what parts of your life you need to step into your power – or what areas you perhaps need to relinquish some power (A good Emperor knows he cannot control everything and everyone, but allows individual freedoms within his kingdom and delegates tasks or jobs to others). Your intentions for this New Moon should be centered around ways you can find your own courage and strength to take charge of your life in new ways and access your inner fiery Mars energy.
Moving forward with the Waxing Moon, we find the First Quarter Moon in Cancer around April 3rd. As the moon builds and grows more each night on it’s way to the full moon, our intentions from the New Moon are moving forward along with it. At the First Quarter Moon we hit a sort of waystation between New Moon and Full Moon. Here we find some balance as Cancer brings her watery and feminine energy in to temper some of that Aries fire. Moon in Cancer is a good time to focus on matters of family, home life, and maternity issues such as fertility, nurturing, creativity and fertility.
The tarot card related to Cancer is The Chariot – which interestingly has a lot of Mars type energy in it too in the sense of determination, drive, and motivation. Our chariot driver may be a warrior, but he is driven more by his emotions and instincts – rather than the hard control of the Aries Emperor. At this time it is beneficial to ask yourself how you feel about the direction you are going, and let your creative and intuitive aspects take the reigns from here to the Full Moon. You still have your goal and intention set at the New Moon, but now rather than pushing for this goal with strength and courage, you can more easily “go with the flow”. Step out of your own way, and trust in the process – remembering that the journey is just as important as the destination.
April 10th brings the Full Moon in Libra- the astrological opposition of Aries. While Aries is about Personal power and individuality, Libra is all about Partnerships and matters that involve other people. Agreements we have made with others come under scrutiny as the light of the moon is shined down upon them, particularly highlighting places that lack balance or justice. Your intentions from the New Moon will be manifesting here at the New Moon if you have worked on them and taken actions to bring them to fruition. However, the Libra Full Moon will point out any imbalance in the power structure you have created, and urges you to make sure that your goals didn’t just benefit YOU – but also the whole and the greater good. Libra is personified in the Tarot with the Justice card, who weighs the scales. If you feel you have been knocked off your horse during this full moon, take some time to honestly look at your goals and the journey from the New Moon to the Full Moon. If you stepped on anyone or upset the balance along your way, now is the time to right those wrongs. Continue with your intentions and goals of the New Moon, integrating the lessons of Libra and Justice to bring about a more sound and sustainable outcome.
As the moon wanes and approaches darkness, it is a time of letting go of that which no longer serves us. What have you learned in this moon cycle so far? Manifesting isn’t just about attracting good into our life, but also letting go of the old in order to make room for the new. On April 19th we encounter the waystation of the 4th quarter moon in Capricorn. Earthy, wise Capricorn brings a big dose of practicality to the picture. Think back to New Year and the resolutions we made at that time (The New Moon was in Capricorn just before January 1st). What happened to those resolutions? At this time with the Waning moon we can look at what has held us back and take steps to release those habits or attitudes that don’t serve us. The moon in Capricorn particularly highlights aspects of life involving work or career, work ethic, and status. Who or what is supporting us in our journey? What can we do to prop up or give a signal boost to those things or people who help us? What or who is holding us back, tripping us up, or causing us to lose our focus on the end goal? What can we do to eliminate those from our life? The World really is at our fingertips, and we need careful discernment and deliberation to decide exactly what we need and what we don’t need. The lessons of The Emperor, The Chariot, and Justice can help us in this discernment process.
Finally, April 24th and 25th, we come full circle. The Dark Moon (final stage of waning moon before the New Moon) is in Aries again. Here we can encounter the shadow aspects of The Emperor. What have we learned about power, control, and strength that made us uncomfortable? Do we feel that we were successful in manifesting our goal at the New Moon? Did you access your own inner Emperor, that Fiery Mars persona within you? Did you find aspects of your life that needed this energy? Did you find aspects of your life that resisted this energy, or needed balance and less control? These are all things to consider as your meditate or journal through the Dark Moon. Another New Moon is approaching and you will set a new goal – this new goal will be shaped by what you learned during this journey as well as the astrological influences of that coming cycle.
I hope you revisit this post often through this coming Cycle, and I look forward to hearing back from you as you process and experience this in your own way! If you want to really get in touch with Aries and Mars energy, I made these ARIES Astrological Bath Bombs! They are reddish in color, like Mars. The scent of Geranium Essential oil is both relaxing and mood lifting, promoting courage and vitality. (Geranium are red flowers associated with Aries and Mars. Inside of each bath bomb is a Carnelian gemstone which can be added to your altar or carried in your pocket to promote courage, self confidence, and vitality. ORDER HERE.