New Moon In Aries: Taking Bold Action

We are having a New Moon in Aries during the later hours of April 11th in the Americas and on the 12th everywhere else in the world. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned throughout this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Scorpio on April 26th/27th.

Aries season began at the Equinox (on March 20th globally this year) as it always does, as per the framework of the Tropical Zodiac. Being the first of twelve signs, and initiator of a transitional season, it begins the Astrological New Year. However with this New Moon actually occurring in Aries as well, it will crank up the energies of this sign even more so in comparison to the previous weeks that were initiated by a New Moon in Pisces.

Aries is the domain of self, independence, and individual needs. As a Cardinal Fire sign ruled by Mars, it is assertive, courageous, direct, pioneering, and leading. It is initiating, quick, bold, energetic, and warrior-like. Negatively, this energy can be inconsiderate, selfish,  hot tempered, combative, restless, impatient, aggressive, and overly competitive. Aries lacks thoroughness due to its quick forward energy. .

New Moon Conjunct Mercury & Venus In Aries

This New Moon is close to both Mercury and Venus. This can reflect a period in which our social interactions and engagement with others can be more lively. Both Mercury and Aries have a busy moving type of energy and we may feel more active, physically and/or mentally, as a result.

The conjunction of both of these planets with this New Moon also means it is tied into cycles that each of those planets have with the Sun. Venus recently joined the Sun in the last week of March and it is now travelling ahead of it in zodiacal position.

In recent weeks this has been a time in which we experienced shifts, developments, endings, beginnings, or more clarity around Venus areas of friends, love, social dynamics, values, worth, or financial matters in some cases. This New Moon and the weeks following can continue this process, especially when it comes to beginnings or newer ways of expressing ourselves in these areas.

Mercury is now approaching the Sun as they will make their conjunction on April 18th/19th. At that time we may experience developments, which may be significant, connected to what has transpired during its previous retrograde in February and how things have unfolded since then. From there, these things may develop further with a better perception, or circumstances may indicate lack of sufficiency, not what was anticipated, or that something needs to change.

Planets In Aries Square Pluto & Sextile Mars Trine Jupiter

This New Moon, along with Venus and Mercury, are in a square with Pluto and sextile with Mars and Jupiter. Pluto combined with Aries and Mars energy can reflect a period of intensity. However, it can also play out as issues around power, control, manipulation, jealousy, insubordination, or subversion.  It can also be revealing, psychological, compulsive, transforming, and purging.

The sextile with Mars in Gemini adds to the lively, assertive, instinctual, and energetic expressions of Aries. The Aries’ planets sextile to Jupiter, which is also trine Mars, can be good for applying ourselves in a way that is expansive, optimistic, educational, philosophical, explorative, freedom seeking, or centered around beliefs. New doors may open up and it can even be lucky for some people.

Uranus square Saturn (mentioned here in a previous article) is still in the backdrop as it will be throughout the year. Although it’s not in one of its strong periods, themes of ‘freedom/rebellion/revolution being at odds restrictions/limitations/traditions are still playing out. This may get activated in different ways by this new lunar cycle and the Aries energy that has already been present over the previous weeks following the Astrological New Year.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

How would you like to grow and expand and what do you need to change to get there? In what areas do you need to be more bold or courageous? What have your relationships shown you in recent weeks? What is important for your individuality? What are your personal needs? What do you stand for and should you be fighting for it? Do you need to be a leader in any aspects of your life? Are there any new things that you want to explore?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 2:31am Universal Time on April 12th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Pisces: Heightened Sensitivity

We are having a New Moon in Pisces on March 13th throughout the world. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned throughout this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Aries on March 28th/29th.

Pisces season began on February 18th/19th and will last until the March 19th/20th Equinox when the Sun enters Aries as per the Tropical Zodiac. Even though this New Moon occurs during the last week of Pisces season, some of its themes will carry on into the following month due to this lunar cycle initiating in this sign along with Mercury going in there.

Pisces, being the last of 12 signs, is highly attuned to spiritual realms and the oneness of all. It is the least compatible with the physical mundane world which is a reflection of its place in the zodiacal evolution.

Pisces is a flowy sign oriented around emotion, compassion, sensitivity, spirituality, imagination, and dreams. This energy is highly intuitive and even psychic, sometimes unknowingly. Pisces can be divinely inspired, idealistic, healing, tranquil, empathic, mystical, psychedelic, musical, poetic, and overall creative. It is forgiving, self-effacing, and elusive.?

Negative qualities of Pisces can be delusion, deception, confusion, escapism, addiction, intoxication, flakiness, evasiveness, and issues with boundaries. It can lack rationality, mental acuity, and orderliness. Under the influence of Piscean energy, things can be blurry when it comes to boundaries, perception, good and evil, the line between fantasy and reality, and in other ways as well.

New Moon Conjunct Venus & Neptune, Sextile Pluto

This New Moon is close to Venus and Neptune which are moving towards an exact conjunction in the sixteen hours following the start of this Lunar cycle. Neptune is associated with Pisces and is viewed as a modern ruler of that sign by some. They have the same themes/qualities and therefore Neptune’s close proximity to this New Moon (and Venus) amplifies those shared energies.

Venus areas of life that come up such as our social life, matters of love, values, art, or beauty, can be magical, soothing, compassionate, and spiritual.  However in some cases it can also reflect confusion, delusion, deception,  illusion, or lack of boundaries around our relationships or finances. The Venus-Neptune conjunction accentuates the creative and artistic qualities of Pisces. This energy can also play out with developments around gems/crystals, glamour, video games, and escaping through pleasures. For some people it can be highly romantic and/or reflect soulmate types of experiences.

Venus is trailing the Sun and will gradually be getting closer to it until last week of March when they will be in their ‘Superior Conjunction.’ Some of the things that have been playing out recently and in the coming weeks can be connected to endings and/or upcoming beginnings around friends, lovers, values, financial matters, aesthetic/artistic pursuits, or things we do for fun and pleasure. For many people this could have been felt in the first week of March as Venus was square the Lunar Nodes along with the Sun.

Both the New Moon and Venus are moving towards a sextile with Pluto. Although this isn’t a strong aspect, it can be renewing, empowering, revealing, purging, deep, and good for getting to the bottom of things. For some people, this can reflect financial benefit. This energy is mostly present in the hours following the New Moon as well as March 16th/17th, and then affecting Venus areas on the 18th/19th.

Mars Sextile Chiron, Trine Saturn, & Moving Towards North Node

Mars in the versatile sign of Gemini is moving towards a sextile with Chiron in Aries which peaks March 17th-18th/19th. This can be good for applying ourselves in a way that is healing, problem solving, bridging, or helps with our personal development and growth. Coming up with solutions, taking unorthodox approaches, or holistically oriented activities are different examples of the potentialities of this aspect.

Mars then moves towards a trine with Saturn in Aquarius which will be exact March 21st-22nd/23rd. This is supportive for asserting ourselves in a disciplined, responsible, cautious, structured, orderly, steady, protective, solidifying, and stabilizing way. It can also be a good time to initiate building something with hope/intention of it having longevity. It is also possible that there may be positive developments connected to efforts initiated last spring or perhaps other periods in the past.

Following this, Mars moves towards a conjunction to the Lunar North Node which will be exact from March 25th-27th. This is a time for actions that are future minded and/or can be beneficial for growth and moving forward in new ways. This can also be a time of developments connected to how we work with Mars energy that can be very supportive for us. Mars has to do with our drive and it rules physical activity, muscles, masculinity, heat, competitiveness and sex. In some cases, this can also be good for positive and constructive outlets/solutions for aggressiveness.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What can you do to bring more zen or magic into your life? Are there any spiritual or holistic modalities that you’d like to explore? Do you have any artistic inclinations that want to be expressed? What are your dreams telling you? What has been coming up for you around friendships or matters of love and what changes do you need to make? Do you need to take a more compassionate or gentle approach?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 10:21am Universal Time on March 13th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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