new moon aries

collage by Emily

Intense emotions stirring, shadow material surfacing, feeling pulled into the depths of darkness? Pluto, God/Goddess of the Underworld, is stationing – standing still as it prepares to turn Retrograde on Thursday (8:54 pm Pacific) – and we’re getting a strong dose of Kali-style medicine.

Pluto Retrograde asks: What in your life is out of alignment with your integrity and authenticity? What wants to die, and what wants to be reborn?

We’ve been in this Plutonian vibe for at least the past week, and it will continue to reverberate through the New Moon in Aries on Saturday (11:57am Pacific). The Aries New Moon is the first New Moon of the astrological year, which started at Spring Equinox on March 20, making it a super-potent time to catalyze new beginnings and fire up your passion, creativity and vitality.

The co-incidence of Pluto’s station with the Aries New Moon ideally inspires a purge (emotional, material, mental…) that frees up energy for the powerful New Moon beginning. What needs to be released so that more of your true self can emerge? What’s the “deadwood” in your life that’s holding you back from acting on your deepest desires? Where are you stifling or suppressing your creative energy because you’re following someone else’s rules?

mars in taurusMars, ruler of Aries and presiding deity of this New Moon, is in Taurus (March 31-May 11), and forms a close trine – 120-degree angle of harmony and support – to Pluto in Capricorn. While Mars signifies desire, Pluto, the “higher octave” of Mars, represents the soul’s desire. The Mars-Pluto trine supports releasing cravings for comfort, security, stability and safety that get in the way of stepping into our power, authenticity and authority. With Mars and Pluto both in Earth signs, the element of manifestation, their cooperation also empowers steady, step-by-step progress toward long-term goals.

Mercury the Magician – planet of perception and communication – is also in Taurus (April 14-April 30), forming a loose conjunction with Mars (which will be in effect for the next week, and exact on April 22). The Mercury-Mars combo empowers our minds, for better or worse, revealing whether we’re directing our thoughts and words in productive or destructive ways. The trine to Pluto can help us release thought patterns and “self-talk” that undermine our (Taurus-ruled) self-love and self-worth, and redirect that energy toward acting on our deepest values and priorities.

Venus, ruler of Taurus, is now in Mercury-ruled Gemini (April 11-May 7) – a “mutual reception,” whereby each planet occupies the other’s sign. The Mercury-Venus mutual reception amplifies the power of both planets, in this case stimulating much social activity and connection. Most appropriately, when I consulted The Faeries’ Oracle for insight into this New Moon, I got the Singer of Connection:

singer-of-connectionThe Singer supports all connections, the web of light between all beings, all particles, and between past, present, and future. It brings wholeness to apparent duality and combines all energies, uniting all that was, is, or could be. When we lose awareness of this connection in our lives, we feel isolated, lonely, bereft. Yet the energy is there. We only need to be open to it…. This Singer indicates the connection of things, especially reconnecting those that have been sundered. It is unifying and reunifying. ” (Brian Froud’s The Faeries’ Oracle)

According to esoteric astrology, Gemini the Twins, the sign of duality, is ruled by Venus, “the goddess of love whose primary purpose is to unite all opposites in bonds of harmonious matrimony.” (Alan Oken) High-vibration Venus in Gemini dissolves all “apparent duality,” perceived opposites and the illusion of separation in the heart, with unconditional love, acceptance and compassion.

Echoing this theme, the New Moon activates Alrisha, the fixed star located in the knot of the cord that binds the two Fishes of the constellation Pisces. The two Fishes represent the duality of spirit and matter, the divine paradox of living in a body while simultaneously existing as an infinite soul. What would our Aries new beginnings look like if we were rooted in unity and oneness, if we knew ourselves as embodied infinite souls, inherently connected with Source and with all life?

AlrishaThe optimal period for tuning into this New Moon energy, making wishes and setting intentions is from Saturday, April 18 at 2:31pm to Sunday, April 19 at 4:07pm (Pacific time). For more insight into what this New Moon means for you, find the house in your birth chart that contains 28 degrees Aries. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to: connect with your instincts and identify your deepest desires, needs and values; take the risk of initiating a brave new direction; reignite your connection with Source and your passion for life.

For more insight into what Pluto Retrograde means for you, find the house in your birth chart that contains 15 degrees Capricorn. The areas of life represented by that house are where you are being called/compelled to: look beneath the surface to uncover what’s been hidden, repressed or denied; let go of what no longer feels in alignment with your authentic self; and move through fear and stand in your power.

– Emily Trinkaus

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