Aries New Moon: Unleashing our inner Rebel

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This evening at 6:57 PT, we welcome the New Moon in Aries. We have reason to feel celebratory about welcoming this new chapter. Over the past 4-6 weeks we have experienced several ups and downs with several challenges in our path. We have worked extremely hard to keep up with the pace. And if you kept up with the fast pace, all the while keeping your health and well being in check, you deserve a little celebration!

Mercury has been retrograde for several weeks and turns direct today, the very day of the New Moon. During these retrograde periods we often re-visit old lessons and experience old challenges in new ways. Mercury retrograde gets a bad reputation, but there is a purpose behind this planet of communication. During retrograde periods we get another chance to get things right and improve ourselves in deeply healing ways. Mercury is actually retrograde in my natal chart, so I tend to think that I have a kind of respect for these necessary periods of retraction. 

Directly after my return from a vacation in Thailand this early March, Mercury began its retrograde cycle. It was a tad difficult coming back to 'real life'with multiple demanding deadlines, and all the while combating jet lag and missing the glorious sunshine. What I've learned over the past few weeks is I don't have to come back to my 'old self'. I need to continue to develop ways of working and living my life that are healthier and more productive. I've tapped into some practices that are allowing me to be more in flow with myself and with my work. This is Mercury providing its medicine. 

The New Moon in Aries marks our true beginning to the Astrological new year, and it sits conjunct Uranus. What does that tell us? What we are beginning now feels fresh, creative and very alive! Uranus is a peculiar planet and does not like to adhere by the rules, which further stokes the fires of rebellious Aries. We may feel a burning fire within us, calling on us to move outside of our usual boundaries. Perhaps outside of the boundaries that society and good manners dictates. One of my favorite archetypes for Aries is in fact 'The Rebel'. 

Saturn, Mars and Pluto are all residing in steady Capricorn, and thus squaring this New Moon energy. This conflict in energies shows that in order to break free and express ourselves authentically, we will perhaps need to upset the status quo.  Most likely there will be an ongoing process in dismantling old ways and behaviors. There is a new and more authentic you working its way through to be made free. 

On this New Moon day, take a moment to reflect on the lessons over the past Mercury Retrograde cycle. See what new tools can serve you in moving forward in this new lunar cycle. And if it serves you, don't be afraid to embrace your inner rebel as you look towards achieving your newest goals. Let the Aries fire inspire you! 



Aries New Moon : Finding Inspiration

article, astrologySuzy Olsen

At about 8:00pm tomorrow, the New Moon occurs in the fiery hot sign of Aries at 7 degrees. Since the first day of Spring, I've been anticipating this moment. New Moons always indicate a fresh new cycle, but Aries absolutely amplifies this urgency for new beginnings. 

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and indicates a time of rebirth and creative inspiration for all things new. Aries people tend to be eager, positive, youthful, hyper and often impatient. I've certainly noticed people's excitement around me lately, and a yearning to connect with what truly makes them happy. I have also witnessed those who have been forced out of unhappy circumstances, through the loss of a job or relationship. At this time, we are right in the middle of a big transition period. It may be painful at times getting through, but sunnier skies are on the horizon. 

The Aries New Moon conjuncts the loving planet Venus. This aspect is particularly interesting because Venus is currently in a retrograde cycle. Before we embark on our exciting new adventures, we are being called to first go within. New beginnings first start from within -- when we feel inspired. With Venus here, there is a message of self love. What nourishes us and heals us? Whatever actions we take under the New Moon, they should be done based on love. Most importantly, for love of ourselves. 

We may also feel inspired to work out old problems with a fresh new perspective. How do we breath new life into 'old' ideas? By just updating or 'upgrading' our beliefs and values, we have the ability to greatly transform our lives. 

Soon to follow, on April 9th, Mercury will station retrograde and will remain retrograde for the entire month. I think this will be an interesting time, but possibly a frustrating time. We have five planets in energetic Aries wanting to go full steam ahead, but Mercury will be forcing us to sloooooow down and pump the brakes a bit. During Mercury retrograde we should not rush to make final decisions or sign important contracts. We may need to renegotiate a deal or work out some necessary details. We are called to be patient and remain flexible till perhaps we have more clarity on a situation. 

I've pulled a couple Tarot cards for inspiration on how to best move through the Mercury Retrograde cycle. We have the Four of Wands and the Six of Cups. Right away I get a sense that immersing yourself in what brings you joy is important. Spend time with good friends and have some fun. Make sure to make time for social gatherings and parties. Our relationships will keep us steady and keep us sane!  

Returning to the New Moon -- this is a key time to plant some seeds to be bloomed this Spring. Take a moment to jot down some inspiring ideas for what you would like to birth over the next few months. Focus on the heart as you do this, and only good things will come to you. 

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