“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” – e.e. cummings

aries new moonSunday’s New Moon in Aries (11:46 am Pacific) activates your inner Warrior, Pioneer, Innovator, and initiates a new cycle of desire and self-discovery. What do you feel passionate about? What motivates you into action? What do you want, and do you have the courage to go after it?

This New Moon is super-charged – at 10 degrees Aries, it closely conjoins with Uranus (12 Aries), stirring up the desire for more freedom, creativity and authenticity. Where do you feel limited by old beliefs about who you are or who you think you should be? Where are you suppressing or resisting your true desires and true self? Uranus the Great Awakener opens the channel to higher sources of information, intuitively inspired cosmic downloads – so tune in!

Uranus is part of an ongoing t-square with Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Cancer, which will peak in late April, when Mars in Libra moves into alignment and forms a rare and high-pressure Grand Cross (strongest April 20-23). Embracing and acting on these revolutionary, evolutionary insights about who you are and what you want – really stepping into your power as a creator in service to the collective – means confronting and breaking free from the trance of fear-based, disempowering stories about who you are, where you come from, and why you’re here.

solar eclipseIncreasing the intensity, the Grand Cross is sandwiched between two emotionally-charged Eclipses – the Libra Lunar Eclipse on April 15 and the Taurus Solar Eclipse on April 28. Eclipse Season, which begins with this New Moon, is a 6-week period of accelerated growth and change, typically featuring dramatic endings and beginnings. Changes that have been brewing behind the scenes are catalyzed into motion, and you get pulled into that mysterious, dark, often chaotic and uncomfortable space of the unknown, between the old and new.

As we prepare to enter the most amped-up astrology of 2014, the Aries New Moon wants you to get right with yourself. Whose life are you living? How much excitement, passion, aliveness do you feel on a daily basis? (More e.e. cummings [Libra Sun, Aries Moon]: “unbeingdead isn’t beingalive.”) Where are you holding back, afraid to take a risk?

Mars, the ruler of Aries, is Retrograde (March 1 to May 20), regenerating and reconnecting you with an old, long-buried desire, a part of yourself you’ve been afraid to see and embrace. Mars Retro in Libra asks you to rethink what you want in your relationships, and helps you find the hidden or shadow parts of yourself through the mirror of “the other.” What triggers you about another’s behavior holds useful information about what you don’t allow yourself to express, who you don’t allow yourself to be.

For more insight into what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 10 degrees Aries. The areas of life signified by that house are where you are: getting a wake-up call about who you are and what you really want; freeing yourself from life-juice-draining old patterns and activities; regenerating the courage to take a risk and follow your passion. The optimal time for tuning into this New Moon energy, making wishes and setting intentions is from Sunday, 11:45 am to Monday, 1:07 pm (Pacific Time).

– Emily Trinkaus