NEW MOON IN ARIES – Let the fireworks begin! (March 30, 2014)
In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 11:44 a.m. on Sunday, March 30. This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 10° of Aries. To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 10° of Aries in your birth/natal chart. The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.
New Moons always signal a time when we get to start fresh emotionally and set new intentions, particularly in areas related to the sign involved. Aries, which is a cardinal fire sign, is the first sign of the zodiac. It represents the energy of initiation, the breaking of new ground, and the birthing of new forms. During an Aries New Moon, it would be wise to ask yourself, “What is my vision for the future?”, “What do I want to create now?”, and “What needs to change in my life in order for that to manifest?” All are valid and important questions that deserve some time and attention.
But this is not your typical New Moon in Aries. As we have been discussing, Uranus and Pluto will form a series of seven exact squares (90°) between 2012 and 2015. In about three weeks, the fifth of their seven squares will occur. Between April 20-23, Mars and Jupiter will join with Uranus and Pluto to form what is called a cardinal grand cross (also known as a grand square). This happened before back between December 25-30, 2013, and will occur again between June 14-25, 2014. However, this April, the aspects between Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto are incredibly tight, and the effects will be felt for several weeks before and after the actual event. The aspects are so close that this is considered to be a very rare (and extremely powerful) event, and we will, of course, talk much more about this in the next Moon Update.
But we may not need to wait until April 20-23 to feel the initial shock waves. This New Moon represents the start of what are bound to be some pretty spectacular fireworks! The Sun and Moon come into immediate contact with the ongoing cardinal t-square between Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto by being conjunct (0°) Uranus, which means that they are also squaring (90°) both Jupiter and Pluto. This is a potentially volatile, exciting, unnerving, enlightening, and generally transformational set of aspects that will very likely shake up individuals, institutions, and society as a whole. And many of the aspects become exact in the days following the New Moon, so the fireworks are just beginning.
The alignments that happen during the time of the New Moon could produce many possible outcomes. For example, we could experience sudden, unexpected events (Uranus) that result in exaggerated (Jupiter) emotions (Moon), which may lead to transformational experiences (Pluto) that redefine our sense of self (Sun). Overall, there is a greater than usual chance that both internal and external power struggles will be present. And with Uranus in this mix (see next paragraph), we may find that we either need to consciously dive into our future or be unconsciously bowled over by it. Radical change in our lives and in society is imminent, and it’s our choice how we navigate the seas of change.
All this cardinal energy is telling us to get ready for the next big step on our path. Because Uranus, which is referred to as the Great Awakener, is conjunct (0°) both the Sun and the Moon at the time of the New Moon, we are being asked to question the status quo so we can move forward toward new and more evolved goals and ideals. Uranus represents our higher mind, our humanitarian perspective, and our ability to be an agent of change. Its conjunction to the Sun and Moon brings originality, innovation, restlessness, and perhaps even rebellion. It also means that this is another period of time when we can either choose to change or be changed. Flexibility and the ability to adapt in the midst of stormy conditions are needed in order to make headway in any new direction.
On Tuesday, April 1, the Sun forms an exact square (90°) to Jupiter. This could intensify any feelings of restlessness. We may feel increasingly discontent with our present life and dream about something grander. The risk here is to overestimate what we can achieve because we may be unrealistically enthusiastic due to the involvement of Jupiter. It is important to make sure that our dreams are based in reality. It is also important not to over-promise more than we can deliver now; but when used effectively, this energy can provide great creative power.
In the morning on Wednesday, April 2, the Sun forms an exact conjunction (0°) to Uranus, which will add innovative energy. Personal breakthroughs are possible. However, it could also lead to restlessness and impulsive behavior. We need to avoid speaking impulsively or taking action unless they are both solidly rooted in reality. We want freedom, and routine tasks or anything that feels controlling will be harder to deal with now. We need to be open to new ways of seeing ourselves and the world around us. Clearer thinking and corrective conversations may be possible later in the day when Mercury forms a wonderful trine (120°) with Saturn.
Then on Thursday, April 3, the Sun forms an exact square (90°) to Pluto. This could incite suspicion or power struggles because we may feel driven to try to control life through manipulation. A better use of this energy is to dive deep inside our own psyches to discover hidden resources and to recognize what needs to be eliminated before we can use those gifts. We may find that we need to make some changes at a psychological level in order to get what we want in life.
Venus moves out of emotionally distant Aquarius and into tender Pisces on Saturday, April 5, where it will remain until May 4. We will have a hard time seeing the world in black-and-white now. When the goddess of love (Venus) is in all-embracing Pisces, everything is a rainbow and shades of grey. We are more able to understand and forgive, and we are more able to show compassion to our partners and those we love. The only caution is to avoid being deluded, victimized, or overly longing for something that is hard to define and even harder to satisfy.
On Monday, April 7, Mercury moves out of Pisces and into energetic and pioneering Aries, and it will remain in this sign until April 24. Mercury in Aries often means that we are less concerned with objective viewpoints and explanations. We become more concerned with making a decision . . . quickly! New ideas may spring forth from nowhere! Our thoughts and ideas may be pioneering, but we do need to be careful because these new ideas haven’t yet passed the tests of time and reality. We are more assertive when Mercury is in Aries, and the only caution is to be sure you are being assertive when dealing with others and not veering into aggression. Yes, Mercury in Aries means you will want to express your ideas passionately, but remember that others have feelings that need to be taken into consideration.
That same day (Monday, April 7), Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto all form hard aspects (i.e., squares, oppositions) to the Sun and Moon, which could bring issues to a head. However, Saturn is trining (120°) the Moon at this time, which may help remind us to set priorities and chunk down larger projects so they are more manageable. If we have a clear sense of purpose, this will help us determine where to begin, create sound plans, and even see where we need to simplify our lives in order to reach a greater goal.
Then on Friday, April 11, a beautiful conjunction (0°) between Venus and Neptune will create a day or two of compassion, romance, escapism, imagination, and fantasy. Feelings will be more important than facts during this annual meeting between personal (Venus) and spiritual (Neptune) love. Amidst this otherwise high-strung month, this conjunction brings tenderness, faith, and forgiveness. The inspiration of this aspect is so strong that we may find that we are more willing than usual to make whatever adjustments are needed to enjoy what our heart desires.
Overall, this New Moon in Aries may be one of the most powerful New Moons of 2014. We are being asked (pushed) to look both inward and outward and to ask tough questions, such as “Where in my life am I ready to take a quantum leap?” Given this New Moon is connected to the ongoing cardinal t-square through its conjunction (0°) with Uranus, we will very likely see that this is the start of a 5-6 week period of fireworks that in retrospect may rock our personal world and even society as a whole. Given Uranus is so intimately involved, our goal is to move with and adapt to the changes that are presented to us rather than fight against them. When we resist Uranian energy, it often results in change against our will. Therefore, remember that, “When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.” (Dean Jackson)
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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY
- Anne Reith, Ph.D. (www.AnneReith.com)
INFORMATION TAKEN FROM
- The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
- Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)
- New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.
New Moon at 10° of Aries
- Sunday, March 30, 2014, 11:44 a.m. PDT
- Sunday, March 30, 2014, 2:44 p.m. EDT
- Sunday, March 30, 2014, 6:44 p.m. GMT