This truly is the New Moon of new beginnings; a blank slate for us to write whatever we like on! Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and this is the first New Moon since the Spring Equinox, so it represents new life and is an opportunity to start afresh. It reminds me of the Fool in the Tarot, Card 0 in the Major Arcana, who is starting his journey, full of unlimited potential and the spirit of adventure. He carries with him the wisdom of the gods and the innocence of a child. The Fool is shown jumping off the cliff with a big smile on his face, full of faith and trust that he will be guided along the way. This is the energy of this New Moon – we have an opportunity to really be brave and enter into uncharted territory, letting go of the old and outworn and trusting that we will somehow be held and supported as we jump off the proverbial cliff! To truly live up to our true potential we must be willing to take a risk or two and this is definitely the Moon to do it! This Moon represents the end of the Eclipse season, throughout which many of us have had some quite intense experiences that have enabled us to shift and move forward on an energetic level. Now it is time to start fresh, as if we have been reborn.
The Sun and Moon are joining together in the heavens in the courageous, energetic, boisterous sign of Aries. Aries is a Cardinal Fire sign and represents bold action and pioneering spirit. He has a tendency to act first and think later, which can help or hinder, depending on the circumstances! He acts though pure instinct and this is the kind of energy we need to harness during this Moon. This is a time to be brave and be willing to move past our fears and into the light! Aries energy doesn’t dwell on the past, but rather it encourages us to live very much in the moment. It represents birth and new life and offers us an opportunity to look upon life with new eyes and a fresh, unjaded perspective. Aries literally invites us to spring into action, full of enthusiasm, courage and passion! He is the leader, the pioneer, who boldly goes where nobody has ever dared to go before, venturing into new, uncharted territory with the trust and innocence of a child. Aries doesn’t hold back and this is our opportunity to stand firm, assert ourselves and be the brave warriors we are all capable of being! Aries also knows how to look after his own needs and is the master of self-love and self-care.
Mars, the ruler of Aries, is also a big part of the picture during this moon. Mars is currently in Taurus, reminding us that while we should be brave and not be afraid to take a risk or two; we don’t have to rush into things too quickly. Taurus likes to chew the cud and take her sweet time; she is patient and has both feet fully planted on the ground. Taurus will ensure that whatever changes we make now have a good chance of taking root, as her energy is strong, solid and able to really fix things in place. So, while Aries is very impulsive and quite rash, Taurus is much more stable and hesitant to upset the status quo. Security is important to her. We are definitely being asked to be brave during this Moon, but are also urged to be somewhat sensible and grounded about it!
Mars is also building up to a conjunction with Mercury in Taurus, which adds to the sense of us needing to consider what we are doing before we leap! Mercury is the planet of the mind and communication, while Mars is the planet of energy and action, so when you put the two together we have the potential to put our thoughts into action and to be able to really listen to our gut. Mars is very instinctive and decisive, while Mercury likes to rationalise and think things through, so combination should help us let go of the monkey mind chatter and just do it! Mars and Mercury could also help us to assert ourselves and speak our truth. If there is something that needs to be said that until now we have been afraid to voice, this could help us find the courage to express ourselves without holding back. This really is a good time to speak our minds, though sometimes the truth can hurt! Mars and Mercury will complete their merger on the 23rd of April, but the energy of the conjunction will be felt during this Moon
Mars is making aspects to two other planets during this Moon – Jupiter and Pluto. The aspect to Jupiter is a challenging one, which could give us quite a kick up the bum and inject us with a big burst of enthusiasm, optimism and confidence. We just have to be careful we don’t think that we are superheroes and over extend ourselves, thinking we are capable of more than we are. We may also have to watch we are not too overzealous about our beliefs. This will give us a lot of energy and the faith that whatever we do will work out alright, but we just may have to be careful we don’t overdo it or over exert ourselves.
Mars and Pluto together make a very intense combination and luckily these two powerful and forceful planets are forming a harmonious connection with each other during this Moon. Pluto represents the soul, transformation and power and really gets to the nitty gritty of things, revealing the truth that we may prefer to hide in the shadows. His energy is extremely strong at the moment because he turns retrograde on Thursday 16th and is closest to Earth right now. Mars is the ambassador of the soul and acts out our deepest desires. This combination brings with it the possibility of deep personal transformation and empowerment, as well as allowing us to act from a place deep within us. Mars and Pluto together could give us superhuman strength and the ability to really take charge of our lives. During this time we will be much more willing and able to face our shadows and also to act from a place of emotional truth. There is amazing potential for empowerment and transformation here. It is a perfect opportunity for actively purging anything from our lives that is no longer necessary or serving us. It really cuts through to the bare, naked truth of the matter! This aspect is exact on Wednesday the 22nd of April, so the energy will peak then.
Neptune in Pisces is forming a harmonious aspect to Mercury, which will help us use our imaginations and align our thoughts and words with our higher selves. It gives us a good balance of logical and intuitive thought. This aspect will help us to see the bigger picture and understand the hidden, more subtle meaning underlying whatever is happening to us. This is a great aspect for meditation and will help us to understand our dreams. As New Moons are a time for setting intentions, we are helped here to envision what we want for ourselves. The Aries/Mars energy can make it happen, but Neptune is the one who dreams and fantasises and comes up with the vision! This combination will also help us to think and communicate with compassion for ourselves and others as well as an awareness that we are all in this together. We could have some quite gentle, heartfelt, empathetic interactions during this time, even with people we have never met. It should be easier to connect with others on a deeper level. This aspect will be strong on Saturday and will peak on Sunday.
Neptune is also forming a challenging aspect with Venus, which means that we could suffer from some disillusionment in our relationships during this time. It may be difficult to see them clearly, as we may be looking at our partners though rose tinted spectacles rather than in a realistic light, or vice versa. We should be aware that things might not be as they seem and that mixed signals are possible. Neptune makes us overly idealistic towards our loved ones and also could mean that someone feels like they are the victim or the scapegoat. This aspect also brings the possibility of over indulging in drugs or alcohol as a form of escapism.
It is time to be brave and try something new on for size. New Moons are a time to set intentions for the month ahead and there is a sense with this one that we are starting fresh, approaching life from a new perspective, as if we are seeing everything with new eyes. Having just experienced a big shift in our energy systems during eclipse season, it is time to make a leap forward into the light with the courageous enthusiasm of Aries. If we don’t take a risk in life then we prevent ourselves from growing and blossoming into our full potential. We only get so far by playing it safe. During this Moon it could be good to meditate on what we really, truly want for ourselves, even if it involves taking a giant step outside of our comfort zones. Like the Fool, we are standing on the edge of the cliff right now, full of infinite potential. All we have to do is take one step and everything could be completely different. It is amazing how difficult that one step can be sometimes! It is only fear that holds us back. F.E.A.R – False Energies Appearing Real. It’s all in our mind.
Picture – The Fool from the Osho tarot deck.