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New Moon in Aries ~ April 3, 2011

Spittin Fire at the Moon by viverelibero via flickr

The New Moon in Aries occurs on April 3 at 7:32 a.m. PDT / 10:32 a.m. EDT. New Moons signify rebirth, beginnings, a clean slate, the start of a new cycle. This new moon highlights Aries qualities (enterprising, independent, confident, assertive) and 1st house themes (the self, our potential, conscious will).

Aries is natively ruled by Mars (action/aggression), who is also currently transiting Aries. In Aries, the Moon is raw, passionate, instinctive, impatient, and ready for action...movement. This year's New Moon in Aries joins a host of celestial bodies also transiting the sign of Aries, saturating this new moon phase with even more energy that is bold, ready for action, and easily enthused with the notion of new ventures. This New Moon phase is action-oriented. Is there something that you'd like initiated? A new project? A new relationship or re-igniting an old one? A new sense of personal freedom? Re-inventing the self?

The Aries-New Moon (blending of heart & soul) blends energies with Jupiter (expansion/abundance) while all three are oppose Saturn (reality/restrictions), which triggers the Jupiter-Saturn opposition several days before. As we forge ahead with renewed vigor (New Moon in Aries), there's a boatload of excitement at what may be possible, optimism at might be round around the corner. In the same token, there could also just as easily be fearfulness of what's to come, especially if changes seem inevitable and/or are unexpected. Perhaps, realities overwhelm and it's difficult to believe, dream or have faith. Jupiter multiplies what's already there. So, make sure it's not anxiety, frustration or aggression but hope, light and love that are made abundant in each of our personal lives. The opposition between Sun/Moon/Jupiter with Saturn requires balance between what is and what can be; between what limits and what excites; between what we aspire and what we can be realized.

Along with Mars and Jupiter, this year's New Moon in Aries is also joined by Mercury (thought/communication) and Uranus (radical change/unconventionality) who are also transiting Aries. In fact, Mars and Uranus are also blending energies while during the new moon. Mercury, who recently began his retrograde cycle, is more introspective than usual while in Aries. Although we can all benefit/be influenced by this Aries-New Moon, for Aries-Suns/Risings and fellow fire Suns/Risings, this new moon phase could be an excellent time to 'seed' future plans.

This new moon occurs at 14 degrees of Aries. Those born within 3 days of April 3 or October 6; or have planets/house angles around 14 degrees of cardinal signs may experience the effects of this new moon stronger than most.

For me as a Cancer-Sun, this New Moon falls in my 10th house of career and future goals. And it's just perfect timing. I've made some decisions that brings a big change into what I had originally planned as the year began. I've recently allowed myself to be okay with the need to adjust my plans/expectations to fit the world I now find myself in. It isn't necessarily a negative thing but it is different, and as a Virgo-rising, I can't stand it when I deviate from the plan ... which I do often, by the way. That's probably partly because my Mercury is in Gemini and also squares my Ascendant. But I digress :)

How might this new moon manifest in your world? Look to the natal house this new moon will occupy in your birth chart. Match the sign and degree to the sign on the house cusp. Use the list below to identify the Aries zodiac sign then click here to read about the New Moon in Houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and Rising signs below then click here for an explanation of New Moon illuminating those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries Rising ~ 1st House
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 12th House
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 11th House
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 10th House
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 9th House
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 8th House
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 7th House
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 6th House
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 5th House
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 4th House
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 3rd House
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 2nd House
Unsure if you have natal planets/house angles on or around 14 degrees of cardinal signs? Cast your own birth chart at for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required.

For those doing the new moon wishes ritual, the moon will be new on 7:32 a.m. PDT / 10:32 a.m. EDT and will be void of course the following morning at 3:04 a.m. PDT / 6:04 a.m. EDT. Here are two articles on New Moon Wishes - Jan Spiller's article, briefly explaining new moon wishes and from Jennifer Shelton of FemCentral speaking specifically of the wishes during an Aries-New Moon.

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"Spittin' Fire at the Moon" - Image credit and copyright to viverelibero via flickr.

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