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New Moon in Aries | Crown of Fire

New Moon in Aries | Crown of Fire

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On Friday, April 5th, the New Moon in Aries arrives. Resting conjunct the Sun at 15°, the New Moon in Aries is here to help us cultivate a fresh sense of self. The particular astrology of this lunation is asking us to do more than just revamp our self-image, though. We’re being asked to find what’s rotting beneath the floorboards of our hearts and minds, and pull it out into the open. Banishment through acknowledgement. From there, we can follow the ram’s lead and forge ahead. 

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and as such, it is about the birth of the individual. Aries governs the first astrological house, and this is where important things like individuation, the will to power, the cultivation of ego sense. Without these things, we’d not be ourselves. Aries is ruled by Mars, the planet of conquest, war, sexual aggression, and all kinds of action. Aries says I AM. It is the “uprushing fountain of life. Fire of the head. The untamed fire of impulse.” 

New Moons are always a time of intention setting. Each month provides us a new opportunity to consider ourselves in terms of our relationship to our astrology, our relationships, our philosophies and behaviors. There is much to be gained from digging into the sense of newness that the dark moon brings. 

With the Moon New in Aries, this signals to us that the intentions we set now should be themed around the recultivation of “self.” Who the hell are you, dear reader? Do you know? Do you have ideas of yourself you wish to implement? Are your patterns of being helpful or harmful? So much of living this life entails conversing and compromising with people in our world. Which is definitely healthy and necessary. But it is also quite easy to wind up dissolving yourself into other people, to merge with them without realizing that you, in fact, are yourself, a unique entity with your own values, needs, and spirit. 

The New Moon in Aries is an invitation to fully engage that vision you have of yourself. To grasp it firmly in your hands and set it on your altar. Astrology is about time. This New Moon cycle will find its manifestation in October 2019, when the Full Moon in Aries brings to light the progress you’ve made in this area. I like to remind us all of this as a way of saying that these things take time. Magic takes time. Transformation of self equals time spent getting right with yourself about who you really want to be. I believe this is certainly time well spent. 

With the Sun and Moon in Aries, we’ll find our heads and hearts aligned in the fiery cardinal energy of the sign. We’re pushing forward, my dears. At the same time, Mercury, Venus, and Neptune are all still in Pisces, floating through the realm of shadow, healing, depth, and dream. The way we express and articulate ourselves, the way we feel, and what we feel we need to heal are all still oriented toward this watery sign’s values, so keep this in mind as you move through the day. 

Rather than this simply being a lunation of “fresh start,” I believe this is an intense and potent moment of recalibration, as the Sun and Moon square off with Saturn, planet of self-mastery, and Pluto, planet of power struggle, obsession, and revolution. Squares are difficult aspects, they bring tension, pressure, discomfort that spurs us to take action. 

With Sun/Moon squaring Saturn/Pluto, we here are pushed to an emotional and intellectual extreme. Saturn and Pluto bear down on us on this day, demanding answers about our relationship to power, to force, and to our sense of maturity. It’s best to heed this call by a response that seeks to elevate our sense of self. To rise to the next level or to the occasion presented by this astrological energy. 

At the same time, the Sun and Moon will trine Jupiter, letting us expand our vision, and find support for those future selves. This combination of contraction (Pluto/Saturn) and expansion (Jupiter) is here to show us the way forward. Under the banner of Aries we cultivate a sense of new, brave, fiery self-worth. We demolish our dead weight, and bring new light to our crown. 

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Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. Christina Farella operates Eighth House Astrology, where she creates astrological portraits for Seekers. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. She hangs myrtle above her bed.
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Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. Christina Farella operates Eighth House Astrology, where she creates astrological portraits for Seekers. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. She hangs myrtle above her bed.

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