New Moon in Aries, Mercury Retrograde, and a Need for Cautious Restraint
REMINDER: New Moons & Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.
Information taken from:
- Anne’s interpretations
- The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
NEW MOON IN ARIES
This is a New Moon at 14º of Aries
Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 7:33 a.m. PDT
Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 10:33 a.m. EST
Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 2:33 p.m. GMT
This month’s New Moon finds both the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0º) at 14º of Aries. To further clarify how this New Moon in Aries will impact you on a personal level, locate 14º of Aries in your birth/natal chart. The issues associated with that house are going to be most affected by this New Moon’s presence.
All New Moons symbolize new beginnings, and the New Moon in Aries, which is the first sign of the zodiac, is usually more powerful than most. However, the power of this New Moon is greatly increased and greatly complicated due to a number of planetary alignments and placements in powerful signs.
Aries signifies new frontiers. With the New Moon in Aries, everything seems possible. However, in addition to the Sun and Moon in Aries, four other planets are in Aries at this time – Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus. All of this Aries energy can feel like we are being pushed to make a quantum leap. Even security-seeking individuals may feel an urge to take risks and “boldly go where no one has gone before!”
This feeling is intensified a few hours after the New Moon when Mars (the planet of action and courage) and Jupiter (the planet of expansion and optimism) make an exact conjunction (0º) in Aries. This joining can increase self-confidence. We are likely to feel courageous and unstoppable, but we also need to be sure to use good judgment – because that exciting future that we foresee requires a solid plan. Start any new project by collecting facts and laying the proper foundation before taking off. The big ideas spurred by boundless Jupiter need to be balanced against external conditions.
Luckily, Saturn is almost exactly opposite (180º) this New Moon. Saturn’s presence will help us consider the effects of our actions, particularly the impact it will have on others. Saturn in Libra provides us with a physical reality check regarding our level of fairness and honesty in our personal and professional dealings. If we don’t slow down, then Saturn may slow us down in the form of delays or lack of support from others. But this does not mean that it’s time to give up . . . it means that it’s time to strategize.
On Monday, March 28, The Sun squared (90º) Pluto. The influence and aftereffects of this challenging alignment is still being felt by many who are reading this today. This planetary connection can dredge up issues from the past, incite power struggles, undermine self-confidence, and weaken trust in others. We must take responsibility for ourselves – not necessarily for the conditions we’re in but for our attitudes, which is where our true power lies. Now is a time to grow by letting go, and this may require facing some of the more shadowy aspects of ourselves. Yet, when we recognize what we desire and fear most, we are better equipped to take control of our lives.
That same day, the final of three oppositions (180º) occurs between Jupiter and Saturn. These planets express our aspirations and commitments, which in turn often shape our careers and defining our place in the community. Given all the aspects occurring now, producing a desirable outcome is more likely if we take a long-term perspective and resist the urge to act impulsively.
This recommendation regarding moving slowly is further supported by Mercury’s retrograde motion, which began on Wednesday, March 30. The retrograde motion will end on April 23. There are several things to take into consideration right now:
- Mercury in Aries means that minds want to move quickly, rely on instinct and intuition, and resist orderly thinking. With Uranus and Jupiter also in Aries, our heads may be filled with far-out concepts that may be ingenious but are likely to take more time than expected to successfully execute.
- However, whenever Mercury is in retrograde, this means it is a time period when our mental focus turns inward. It’s important to double check (and even triple check) all written documents and travel plans. Mistakes are more common now due to the inward mental focus that we all have right now. This is a period of time when any word beginning with “re” will apply . . . revise, reconsider, repair, reformat, revamp, retrace, etc. You may also encounter problems with mechanical or technological devices, so be sure to do things like having your car serviced before leaving on a trip.
- But during this Mercury retrograde period, we may find that the hustle and bustle of the last few weeks diminishes a bit. This is a good time for reflection and review. Tie up loose ends and complete old business. This is will clear the way for new directions.
Mercury retrograde can be annoying on both personal and business levels, but this is a time when we all need to turn inward and reconnect with ourselves. Yes, be alert regarding details, and also be patient with others because everyone is going through this together (and is impacted by it together). But realize that this is an important time when we don’t need to talk as much and we can enjoy non-verbal activities, like listening to music. We need to give attention to our inner life, which many of us neglect due to busy lifestyles.
But there will continue to be that Aries energy pulling on us to take action. For example, on Friday, April 1, Mars moves into Aries, which will make us feel like we should take action . . . any action . . . and now! Two days later, on the day of the New Moon, Mars conjuncts Uranus, the planet of change and unexpected events. Lightning bolts of originality are possible, but so are reckless behaviors and rebelliousness. Our urge to leave the past behind allows us to take bold steps forward. However, due to Mercury in retrograde, there is good reason to double-check details before making a major move.
On Monday, April 4, Neptune enters its home sign of Pisces. It will remain there until August 4, when it turns retrograde and moves back into Aquarius for about 7 months. For some, this may bring a breath of fresh air to all the Aries energy in the form of increased feelings of peace and faith. Neptune represents the mysteries of non-linear time and space – the power of intuition, imagination, and ideals. As the ruler of Pisces, Neptune dissolves our preconceptions and illusions, revealing realities far beyond those comprehensible by our rational mind and our ego.
Then on Friday, April 8, Pluto begins its yearly 5-month retrograde period, which will end on September 16. Retrograde movement in outer planets (e.g., Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) greatly intensifies the energy of that planet. For Pluto, it forces us to deal with what has been hidden or suppressed. It redirects us to transform or eliminate what is holding us back. It may not be easy to do this type of self-analysis, but we may find hidden riches of talent that could empower any endeavor.
Overall, this New Moon offers opportunities for new beginnings that can be based on inspiration and strokes of genius. However, given the influence of so many planets in sometimes impulsive and/or impatient Aries, including Mercury in retrograde, our new beginnings will only be actual new beginnings if we take time to carefully evaluate them and consult with experienced and trusted individuals about the efficacy and viability of our plans. The waves of change are breaking hard and fast for us on a personal and societal level, but even the most brilliant idea can crash and burn if hurried now.