For those of us who live in Sydney Australia, this April new moon occurs at 12:30pm on Monday 12 April 2021. Readers from other time zones need to adjust the time – you can check out your time zone here https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/
The zodiac year begins with Aries and this next new moon is the first one of the new zodiac year so it carries with it strong energy for new beginnings. It will occur at 22 degrees of Aries and is joined with a stellium of planets, asteroids and dwarf planets in Aries – we have Sun and Moon, Venus (Love), Eris (Goddess of strife and discord), Ceres (Goddess of Agriculture), Mercury (Communicator) and Chiron (wounded healer).
Aries is action orientated, passionate, impulsive and spontaneous and loves adventure and new conquests. It can also be very combative if thwarted. This new moon packs a punch with lots of energy and passion for new beginnings but an extra cautionary warning to be careful what you wish for as there is quite a lot at stake because of the influences coming into this new moon energy from a number of areas.
This year we continue with the challenging hard aspects between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. Saturn in Aquarius wants to maintain traditional social values and is averse to new radical ideas that naturally birth in Aquarius; Uranus in Taurus wants to innovate agriculture, the finance and banking systems and earth-based practices such as building and gardening. We see this challenge between tradition and evolution playing out in the conflict between those who desire to maintain the status quo of social and economic norms “we can’t wait for life to return to normal” and who thereby agree to the increasingly oppressive rules and mandates coming from Governments and Advisory organisations, contrasting radically with the unexpected and disruptive rebellious forces of those seeking transformation of outdated unworkable social, economic and agricultural systems and a yearning to live in harmony and balance with Nature whilst evolving and developing creatively.
Adding fuel to this ongoing chaos and division within society is the fact that Pluto is still in Capricorn – continuing the ongoing exposure of the lies, deceptions, betrayals and power struggles that have been infesting governments, organisations and business for a very long time. And now Pluto is making hard aspects to Ceres and Eris and the new moon in Aries.
Ceres is not only the Goddess of Agriculture, she is also the archetype of the nurturing, protective Mother. In Aries she is very passionate and fierce, if you know the myth, she made barren the ground so no seed would grow when her daughter, Proserpine was taken by Pluto to live as his wife in the Underworld. The Gods had to intervene and negotiate with Pluto and Ceres for a workable compromise because without food there can be no life. Ceres’ daughter Proserpine spends half her time above ground (spring and summer) and the other half below ground with her husband (autumn and winter). Ceres, representing nurturing, protective, mothering energy takes care of the seeds of our creative endeavours so that they can grow and flourish – in what ways are we jeopardising our creative endeavours so they are not flourishing? How are we not honouring our own mother and paying our respects to her? In what ways are we not honouring the Earth – who provides our food, water, building materials, clothing etc?
Eris is wild, passionate and free and, as the Goddess of Strife and Discord, she rises up with purpose and challenges those whose actions are oppressing, excluding, subjugating and disempowering of others. She stands for truth, fairness and inclusiveness with absolute conviction and strength even in the face of being outnumbered. In the sign of Aries she is a force to be reckoned with and will not back down even if there is complete destruction as a result. We can avoid the destruction by taking assertive and relevant action in our own lives to recognise and change our own behaviours that may be exclusive, superior, inconsiderate, prideful and self serving at the expense of others.
As I wrote in the earlier new moon in Pisces article, Neptune is still in Pisces and, as ruler of this sign, is very potent here, offering us the opportunity to open to experience the Oneness of all creation and connect with others intuitively with ease and compassion but, unless we are doing the inner work on ourselves and addressing our own shadows, we are at risk of being taken for a ride by those whose motives are for personal gain and power over us. Neptune is making a difficult aspect to Mars who is in Gemini during this new moon. In Gemini, Mars is excited by ideas and wants to communicate with wit and enthusiasm to anyone who will listen but lacks the stability to dive deeper and test the truth of the ideas. We can see how the media does this with sensationalising so called facts. Luckily, Jupiter in Aquarius is providing a supportive beneficial influence to some of the ideas that may catch Mar’s attention. Ideas that are grand and may spiritually benefit the collective – such as innovative social and technological ideas that may lead to more equitable, fairer social systems. However, Neptune is also at play here and we are all at risk of being fooled by a grand deception that will look like it is designed for the benefit of humanity, but ultimately could cause great loss of personal sovereignty and freedom.
As most of you know, our individual wishes impact on the collective and as we are living in times of great tension and discord, we need to be very mindful that our personal wishes are in alignment with creating a new, healthier way of living in harmony and balance with Nature and each other.
Aries New Moon Intentions – Frame your intentions around these themes/areas:
- Self assertion
- Acting upon creative impulses
- Honesty and straightforwardness
- New beginnings
- Self sufficiency
- Courage and boldness
- Self-absorption and selfishness
Setting your intention
Optimal timing of setting your new moon intentions is in the 8 hour period immediately following the time of the new moon. Your window of opportunity to set your intentions for this Aries new Moon (in Sydney) is from 12:30pm to 8:30pm, Monday 12 April. (Note for readers from other regions – check your optimal times here https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/)
To set your intentions it is important to handwrite your intentions on paper – there is something profound about the act of handwriting because your energy and intention flows through your hand and onto the page via the pen. Notice how your handwriting style may change according to your mood, so it reflects more of your inner feelings than typing on a keyboard.
It is recommended to create at least 3 intentions and a maximum of 10. Any more will dilute the energy. Intentions are phrased as wants/wishes and it is important that you write them in a way that activates your feelings so you are emotionally involved with the intention. Write them down as if they have already manifested. Note that this is important!
Examples of intentions for this Aries new moon
- I easily find myself taking action to bring my creative ideas into reality
- I assert myself with courage in non-combative ways
- I direct my energy to accomplish my goals with patience and optimism
- I am forthright and honest in my dealings with others
- I get up when I’m knocked down and learn new techniques to help me accomplish my goals
- I use my feelings of anger as fuel to empower me to stand up for what I perceive to be true even against those who claim authority
The new moon intentions hold more power if you know which area of life they affecting in your life. For example, if the New Moon is occuring in your 5th House – you would frame your intentions around what is happening in this area of your life – your self expression, creativity and your relationship with your children (if you have them).
If you would like guidance on how to frame your new moon intentions so they are in alignment with what is going on for you astrologically, you can email me your request for a New Moon Astro Session, HERE.