The New Moon on March 21 is enlivening Aries permeated energy, in a month punctuated by all kinds of newness. The Sun moves into Aries on the 20th, marking the Spring equinox ( in the Northern hemisphere) and the beginning of the astrological New Year. Less than 20 hours later, the moon conjoins the Sun at 0° Aries 49’, co-mingling with Mercury, Chiron and Jupiter. This is the first of 2 Aries New Moons this year, with the next one occurring on April 19 when the Sun and Moon meet at 29° Aries 50’.
As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries represents the beginning of a new cycle, the start of a fresh experience, and activation of untested desires. Its cardinal fire ignites action and is fueled by getting out there, asserting ones will, doing the next thing, confronting obstacles, and taking the lead. If you have been wanting or waiting for a fresh start, this New Moon provides ample, trailblazing astronomical spark.
Aries is the pioneering sign of initiation, drive and untamed impulse. It’s courageous, explosive, daring, inaugural, cutting, primal, confronting, impatient, fearless, single minded, instinctual, bold, and independent. Aries correlates with the essential self. Self-identity, self assertion, self esteem, self interest, self motivation, and basic urges to become/know self are Aries characterized affairs.
One of the key themes of the New Moon in Aries is independence. Aries is a sign that values freedom and individuality, and during this time, we may feel a strong desire to break free from anything that is holding us back. This could include unhealthy habits, limiting beliefs, or relationships that no longer serve us.
The Moon in Aries establishes a raw emotional connection to self determined desires. Feelings are intensified -be it anger, love or annoyance. While this looks different for everyone, a New Moon in Aries can flame burning passions, get lost in the heat of a moment, or set ones personal world on fire. With Mercury, Jupiter, and Chiron also in Aries at this lunation, personal illuminations could be significant. This Aries New Moon asks each of us to summon the courage to answer our own call to action.
Mars rules this New Moon, (and all current planets transiting Aries). Mars is the knife that cuts through all things, bites the bullet and seizes opportunity. It’s at 28° Gemini, and Square to Neptune. Both Mars and Aries have mythological associations with with Gods of War, emphasizing varied warrior dynamics at this time. Mars is finishing up its Gemini mission that began in August 2022, and separating from Neptunes obscuring influence.
The Mars square Neptune influence is fading, yet a lingering sense of internal conflict about which direction to take, decision making struggles or generalized overwhelm could still be at play. Use all the Aries fire available at this time to make your way through any remaining fog by tapping into your creative and intuitive abilities-then take bold action! While recklessness is not advised, if you wait until everything is crystal clear, the opportunity for the momentum offered at this time could be lost. The message here is to trust those instinctual desires and start before you’re ready.
Mars is inconjunct Pluto at this New Moon which indicates the possibility of conflict between the aggressive, assertive energy of Mars and the deep, transformative energy of Pluto. Power struggles, manipulation, and control issues might come up for you at this time. However, this aspect can also be a source of strength and resilience, as Mars and Pluto conversations invite transformation through channeling powerful energy and drive towards making significant change.
Saturn is forming a trine to the South Node in Scorpio, providing harmonious stability, structure, and discipline that supports breaking free from old habits and limitations. Saturn's presence in Pisces encourages a more serious and disciplined approach to our emotional well-being, while the South Node in Scorpio reminds us of past traumas and issues that we may have buried or repressed. This combination of energies can be intense and challenging, but it also offers us an opportunity to confront and release old patterns that may be holding us back. This aspect encourages a more responsible and mature approach to achieving our goals, and to use past experiences as a foundation for building a solid future.
Venus is Conjunct North Node in Taurus, emphasizing the desire to create a sense of stable security in life and harmony in relationships. This placement can bring opportunities to manifest abundance and financial prosperity through artistic or creative pursuits, as well as through cultivating a strong sense of self-worth and valuing your own talents and abilities. However, there may also be a tendency to become overly attached to material possessions or to seek comfort and pleasure at the expense of personal growth and spiritual development. Balancing the desire for material success with a deeper sense of purpose and connection to the larger universe is key to making the most of this placement.
This New Moon offers plenty of fiery energy, courage and bravery that encourages blasting outside of comfort zones and taking charge of your life. It’s a time to set intentions, make plans, and take bold action towards goals. Explore your unique talents, passions, and desires and find ways to express them in the world. Consider what areas of your life could use a fresh start, and take time to connect with your inner fire-feeling the passion and enthusiasm that comes with it. it's important to be mindful of impulsive or reckless behavior, as the energy of Aries can sometimes lead to a lack of patience or consideration for others. Use this powerful energy to focus on what you want to achieve, but also be sure to take a thoughtful and intentional approach to your actions.