The New Moon in Aries on April 5th, at 15°, marks the beginning of a new cycle and is especially ripe with opportunity for new beginnings. The square to Saturn means you have to try hard and really want it. There can be no short cuts to success with this new moon. This new moon will help you identify any sadness, fears, or inhibitions that stand in your way of professional success or companionship.
One of the traditional rules of interpreting new and full moons is to analyze the ruler of the sun in the new moon, or the moon in the full moon. For the Aries new moon, first, we go to the ruler of Aries, which is, Mars in Gemini. Multi-tasking is the first key to success. Then we look to Mercury, as Mars is in Gemini and is ruled by Mercury. Mercury is in Pisces; therefore, bring your imagination when pondering the how-to of any situation. Last, we look towards Jupiter in Sagittarius (The traditional ruler of Pisces is Sagittarius). Confidence and faith, along with moving outside of your comfort zone and expanding your knowledge, are the other components to manifesting this new moon cycle.
Consider acting on a constructive impulse and following a hunch, or taking a risk. It’s time to take action. Try something new and innovative, and go at it with enthusiasm and confidence. Be assertive without being abrasive, taking charge of our lives. Start a brand new project, and discover our courage. Aries learns through experience and action so that we might treat ourselves to a little adventure.
During this time we learn how to discriminate between what seems essential, and what is actually necessary. Through potent Aries energy, we re-evaluate our relationship to ourselves as we have the chance to make powerful changes in our lives. This is an excellent opportunity to re-examine the truth of how we’re living, what our intentions have been, and where they need to change, or remain the same. If something seems urgent, it doesn’t mean it is important. Make solid, yet, realistic plans to set the stage for reaping the rewards from our new beginnings, as little or big as they may be.
We can also discover the benefits of expressing ourselves with authenticity, expressing as we are, without putting on airs. We might even find ways to learn how to rely on ourselves and to be happy about doing so. It will go a long way towards finding inner happiness when we know that we can be self-sufficient without blaming others for not helping us out. It’s a time to revitalize ourselves through the experiences that dissolve routine and involve doing something different. The new moon in Aries is about taking a risk in something that you’ve wanted to try or do.
Mars is in Gemini, and that relates to communication with the other. Whether that’s through conversation, networking, adventures, taking pictures, or creating art together, this is the perfect time of connection. Neptune (spiritual divine love) is in Venus (earthly love), and both of these elements combine beautifully.
It is a first-quarter square to the planets of Saturn and Pluto. These two planets have a big reputation of pushing through obstacles and demanding that we let go of what no longer serves us. Aries is square (self-assertion) to Cancer (family) and Capricorn (professional life), and it’s opposite Mars in Gemini (partnership). These aspects of the Aries new moon can also challenge our relationship dynamic with family, partnerships, and career. You might find the need to create healthy boundaries for time and space this weekend, even though initially it may be hard to speak up for yourself.
Our other aspect is the moon square to Saturn. With this, there may be some roadblocks surrounding our new beginnings. Our visions may not get off the ground as quickly as we’d like. It could be an external authority figure, overbearing partner, a boss, kids, parents, a police officer, etc. that wants to rain on your parade. You can relax knowing that it’s just the old school patriarchal system at play that says, you have to do this, think this way, and you cannot have your way. This will pass as we are in a rare window when none of the major planets/bodies are retrograde, and things may very well swim along after this check-in with reality.
You will see that it’s a dance of push and pull with the north node of the moon in Cancer saying, I need to have my own rules, boundaries, space, and time. The energy of Capricorn in the south node of the moon says, I have to do what someone else wants, what someone else says, and complete prior commitments.
To bring some release, Mars in Gemini is the right place to speak your truth and have that awkward conversation. Be clear in knowing yourself, trust your instincts, and honor the direction you are being called. It could be a time of breaking old traditions, commitments, contracts, jobs, laws, rules, and to make new commitments, jobs, laws, regulations that have more room for your creative self-expression of who you are now.
You may find that April is very busy in your world and to be productive, you need to choose what is most meaningful to do with the time and energy that you have now. Aries is a cardinal sign, and that means to put yourself first. Be sure the initiatives you start now are in alignment with who you sincerely are, and with your sense of integrity.
As we give and take we mold and shape a new reality. It doesn’t just fall into our laps, but it’s up to us to assert, trust, speak, listen, and cooperate. Mars in Gemini is where we figure out what we want and can do for others, but also learning how to say no with kindness. Aries is asking us to trust our instinct by connection to our solar plexus chakra through right action, intention, self-identity, and vitality. Sabian Symbol (words that correspond with each of the 360 degrees of the wheel of the zodiac) for the 16th degree of Aries: Nature Spirits are seen at work in the light of sunset.
Keynote: Attunement to the potency of invisible forces of nature. In the light of personal fulfillment (symbol of sunset and wisdom), man may be able to establish a life-giving contact with natural forces. When this Sabian symbol reaches into the consciousness of a man seeking meaning, it should be seen as an invitation to open his mind to the possibility of approaching life in a holistic and non-rational, intuitive manner. This is the first stage of the fourth five-fold sequence of cyclic phases. It implies a call to repotentialization. What this means is, the process of, becoming like a little child. Protect the inner child so that it stays open to the magical mystery.
Be conscious and aware of becoming familiar with your frequency. Check in with yourself throughout the day and reset when you need. See if you can raise it by thinking of something that makes you happy, look at the sky, trees, a person, or love an animal. By choosing love we not only evolve individually, but collectively and this is where we’re going, but we have to be very conscious about it. Remember the inner child as you set your intentions this day.
Happy new moon!
By Danielle Hicks
Danielle Hicks is an adventurer, writer, creator, and explorer of the unknown. RYT-200hr and longtime yoga practitioner, she came to Ashtanga Yoga right before embarking on a year-long van-life journey two years ago. Danielle is on cloud nine as she is an apprentice, assisting, and guiding others in their Mysore style practice at The Yoga Shala in Orlando, Florida. A zany magnetic off-beat intuitive Danielle is learning to share and embrace her side of the inner world. Cultivation of her fruits will be gifts to share as she is on the verge of something new. To read more about Danielle’s journey go here: elfeatheryoga.com @el.feather.yoga