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New Moon in Aries ~ March 22, 2012

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Spring already! Say buh-bye to winter (for us above the equator anyway :) It's a new moon in Aries on March 22nd at 7:37 a.m. Pacific / 10:37 a.m. Eastern. 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 currently retrograde (reflective/contemplative) in sign of Virgo (analytical/deliberate). In Aries, the Moon is raw, passionate, instinctive, impatient and ready for action...movement. The year's Aries-New Moon (blending of heart & soul) joins forces with retrograde-Mercury (communication/thought) and Uranus (radical change/unconventionality).

The Aquarius-new moon in January gave us the opportunity to get unstuck with its friendly link to Jupiter (expansion/opportunities). Last month's Pisces-new moon reminded us that the answer/changes we seek may be found or started from within. This month's New Moon in Aries offers us a new moon phase for smart changes (Mercury) and well-planned action items (Mars) that follow the objectives set forth by a longer term set of goals to give us the much needed/wanted relief or changes (Uranus) in our personal world.

Is it a big move? A career change? A lifestyle change? Finally breaking free from an unhealthy situation? However this new moon plays out in your world, remember that you have the power to change the course of your life and that clarity, more often than not, resides within the self. Learn to listen to your inner voice. Make use of celestial energies to benefit your personal growth. It won't be easy...for anything worthwhile is usually gained through work, determination and sometimes, a little luck :) And with Uranus involved, expect the unexpected -- help from the most unusual sources, unique solutions even for the most common issues, brilliant ideas that seem totally "out there", inspiration when there seems none to have ...

This new moon occurs at 3° of Aries, which is around the same degree as the Aquarius-new moon a couple of months back. Those born within 3 days of March 23 or September 25; or have planets/house angles around 3° of cardinal signs; and those who palpably experienced the Aquarius-new moon's energy in January may feel the effects of this new moon stronger than most.

For me, this New Moon squares my natal Sun (potential/will) and opposes my natal Uranus (eagerness for change); and falls in my natal 7th house of others/relationships (as a Virgo-rising) and solar 10th house of career/future goals (as a Cancer-Sun). Transiting Uranus is also currently square my Sun and oppose my Uranus, creating an intense cardinal square that squeezes my Sun :( which, btw, I am totally feeling! Something has needed to change for quite sometime. It's getting to that critical point where push becomes a shove. Let's see how this unfolds ...

How might this new moon manifest in your life? 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 3° 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 March 22nd at 7:37 a.m. Pacific / 10:37 a.m. Eastern and will be void of course March 24th at 10:17 a.m. Pacific / 1:17 p.m. Eastern. Click here for Jan Spiller's article, briefly explaining new moon wishes. (opens a new window)

Related article ~ New Moon in Natal Houses

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