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New Moon in Aries
April 18, 2015

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Here's the chart for the Aries New Moon..

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The sign of Aries is associated with personal initiative, assertiveness and leadership. The house holding Aries in the natal chart shows an area of life where one can be impulsive, impatient and aggressive as well as independent, pioneering and decisive. Aries is a Fire sign, ruled by Mars, with an emphasis on excitement and adventure. Issues involving political or industrial leaders, the military, exploration and feats of courage become accentuated during Aries.

Sabian Symbol for 29 degrees Aries - "Music of the Spheres."
Attunement to cosmic order. Recognizing the inner voice as it sings in harmony with the Voice of the Whole.

New Moon at 28 degrees Aries 25 minutes:
The Moon moves into Taurus less than 3 hours after the New Moon and the Sun follows less than 2 days later. Therefore, we can expect the qualities of Taurus to be as prevalent as those of Aries throughout this cycle. Taurus is associated with the material or physical world, personal assets, and sensuality. There is an emphasis on practicality, dependability, loyalty, and comfort. Issues involving natural resources, resource management, conservation, and productivity become accentuated with the Sun in Taurus.

Mercury semi-sextile Venus, tri-septile Saturn, sextile Neptune:
Social communications are fun and informative. However, the information is incomplete and likely to be exaggerated or dramatized.

Venus septile Uranus, square Neptune, and bi-quintile Pluto
Unexpected events produce a confusing variety of emotional conflicts. Creative solutions involve exploring the depths of personal integrity and responsibility.

The key phrase for Aries is "I AM":
Spend some time during the Aries lunation cycle getting to know yourself. Do mirror work, draw self-portraits, meditate on the phrase "I AM". Think about the roles you've played in life and how you have identified with them.

The Aries Solar cycle, as well as the New Phase of any cycle, is an excellent time to make a Vision Board or Treasure Map. Tracy Cook, a sister astrologer dedicated to the phase-work, tells her story about Treasure Mapping and has posted an explanation for the importance of creating a Treasure Map at this Aries New Moon.

In line with the "I AMness" of Aries, there's a short and worthwhile essay, "You are / whatever you say / you are", by Sarah Peck, who writes at www.itstartswith.com.

Our advice for this cycle:
Get in touch with who you are and what your vision is. Envision yourself abundantly fulfilled. Focus on feelings of gratitude. Imagine those feelings taking tangible form. Integrity is essential for cohesion. Consider the differences between self-determination and selfishness, leadership and aggression, passion and infatuation. Creative solutions result from taking practical action. Use this cycle to gain clarity on the direction you are choosing to take as this new year begins.

Additional questions you might explore for personal insight include:

  • How and where could you be more independent, innovative and courageous?
  • What situations motivate you to take the lead and why?
  • What kind of a leader are you?
  • Do you look ahead and plan for the consequences of your actions?
  • How well do you share power with others?
  • Where and with whom would life be easier if you were a little less self-serving?
  • When are you most likely to leap before looking?
  • What leadership qualities do you admire in others?
  • Consider the changes you foresee in your future. Do they fill you with apprehension, excitement, enthusiasm?
  • How do you express and maintain your identity while honoring your duty to others?

Affirm: I lead with clarity, integrity, and love.

Attune to the qualities of Aries with 3-minute tarot meditation on The Emperor.

image of #4The Emperor  tarot card

Ruled by Mars, Aries and The Emperor teach us to be pioneering and to wield our power with compassion. The Emperor is about structure, form and order. Carol Bridges calls this card "Command" and says "Command is not power over the force, but working with the force. It is taking advantage of a flow already strongly going."

Confer with The Emperor for clarity, insight and self-discovery.

Quote for this cycle:
"Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there."
~ John P. Kotter (1947 - ) American author, educator, management consultant, scholar

A Mandala is a powerful meditational devise for creating sacred intentions. We encourage you to create and color your own mandala or color the Aries Mandala for this cycle.

You are invited to send your mandalas to us for placement in our Mandala Gallery.

Please check out Lynn Keefer's Mandala Journal, where Lynn shares the mandala she colors every month, along with her meditative process. Click on the mandala below or the link above to see a larger version of the Pisces New Moon Mandala she colored last month and read about her experience with the exercise. The energy flows in beautifully from one cycle into the next.

Read more on the nature of this lunation cycle, along with how it relates to your Sun sign.

Visit our free on-line Moon Phase Calendar, where you'll find moon phase and sign information in your choice of 15 time zones. We are pleased to add 3 new editions: Eastern Europe, New Zealand, and Western Australia (also good for China, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore).

If you use and like our calendar, please click on the Facebook icon in the upper left corner of the time zone you use. Speaking of Facebook, we invite you to visit our page facebook.com/ZodiacArtsLunarPhases, which is updated at each of the 8 phases with information on how to work effectively with the current phase.

In addition to what you can find at our web site, there are some outstanding astrology resources on the web in the form of blogs. We encourage you to visit and/or subscribe to the ones listed below:

Artist, author, educator, and dear friend, Donna Drozda follows solar, lunar and numerological cycles. Keep up with her updates on her blog, Following The Moon, and be sure to subscribe to her Luna See email newsletter.

CJ Wright at Auntie Moon has a Cheat Sheet for Aries and other good lunar tidings at her website. She also has an excellent video: Moon Phases and New Moon Intentions.

Margaret Koolman's New Moon insights can be found at her web site, SoulAstrology.com. Margaret writes beautifully and offers excellent counsel.

We love Cathy Pagano's cosmic story of the 2015 Aries New Moon.

Jessica Shepherd at Moonkissd.com has a perceptive article about this month's New Moon titled: Aries New Moon: Me First.

April Elliott Kent at Big Sky Astrology is excellent at putting the current cosmic conditions into relatable, practical terms. We recommend her latest, New Moon in Aries: SHARKS.

Stephanie Gailing is another of our favorites. You can visit her blog or receive her weekly entries in your mailbox via an e-mail subscription. She usually shares her insights on the new and full moons. We also recommend her book, Planetary Apothecary. Here's her post on the Aries New Moon.

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