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New Moon in Aries
March 30, 2014

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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.

New Moon square Jupiter and Pluto:
Egos and emotions are pumped and ready for action. Challenges include concerns about financial security, and rivalries over who is in command. Underlying feelings of discontentment with what you have or where you are in life, along with frustrations from the need to compromise can lead to recklessness.

Mars sesquare Neptune:
Emotional surges and a vague sense of restlessness or anxiety cause delays and derailment from purpose. Possibility of disappointment due to someone's actions, or a harmonious exchange of ideas becomes an inspiration.

Jupiter square Uranus:
Tensions that arose last month, between the desire for personal freedom and the public's or family's attachment to traditional values, are up for final resolution. Changes continue to be surprising.

Uranus square Pluto:
Unexpected obstacles to cooperative unity are exacerbated by a struggle between the ideals of democracy and plutocracy. It is a conflict between the individual's need for independence and freedom of expression versus the governing powers' need to maintain control. Restructuring is necessary, but the methods are in argument. At the worst it is a battle of wills. More optimistically, it is a crisis of consciousness leading to an exciting transformation of collective ideals.

This is the fifth square in a series of seven. It is a slow-moving long-term aspect that will continue as a theme through the first half of 2015.

Philip Sedgwick gives the following advice about working with this aspect:

Find the zone in which you perfectly function as a complete free-thinking spirit. No need to be roped in by social rules that fail to fit your nature. No need to be so rebellious that you become revolting. Avoid Plutocratic urges and invoke the generosity of Pluto. Reach out to those who intend to make things better on the planet while following that path yourself. Those who get shaken out of the Tower (a la the Tarot) are those clinging to structures, situations and concepts that do not further [humanitarian goals].

Darkstar Astrology provides an in-depth look at the Uranus-Pluto square.

Our advice for this cycle:
This lunation cycle kicks off the astrological new year with a bang.
Be accountable for your actions. Be patient. Refrain from issuing ultimatums, they will backfire. Realize the need for compromise. Practice moderation. Consider the differences between self-determination and selfishness, leadership and aggression, passion and infatuation. Creative solutions result from taking practical action. The high energy of this cycle can be used to gather information and gain penetrating insights into the direction you are choosing to take as this new year begins.

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. Who are you now and who are you becoming?

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 act with awareness

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:
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other"
~ John F. Kennedy (1917 -1963) American politician and 35th President

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.

Find more on the nature of this lunation cycle in our What's Up Guide. There is also information about Mars Retrograde (March 1 - May 19).

Visit our free on-line Moon Phase Calendar, where you'll find moon phase and sign information in your choice of 8 time zones. 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.

Donna Drozda's LifeCycle Forecast gives us an overview of the year 2014, which she calls the YEAR OF THE VISION QUEST: Emerge and See.

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:

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

This month's post NEW MOON IN ARIES: THE TAMING at Big Sky Astrology provides an excellent understanding of the energies of this lunation cycle, along with ideas for working with them. The essay this month mirrors the feelings we're experiencing at Zodiac Arts.

Stephanie Gailing offers her astrological insights regularly. You can visit her blog or receive her weekly entries in your mailbox via an e-mail subscription. We also recommend you buy her book, Planetary Apothecary. Read her insights on the Aries New Moon and information about maintaining wellness during this cycle.

Christina Rodenbeck at The Oxford Astrologer always has interesting articles. Many of them focus on art, and we love her monthly horoscopes. Check out your Horoscope.

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