NEW MOON in ARIES – APRIL 18, 2015

If you ask me what was this new moon in Aries like for me, I will tell you that it was the reason why I could not write about it before. I caught a virus that left me without energy and without being able to eat for the past three days, which in a way was good for a bit detox. I must also add that this lunation coincided exactly, by square with my Sun-Moon angular opposition. But, of course, watching the news from the confort of my sofa, I see that a boat with more than 700 people sank in the Mediterranean sea and only 20 odd people, have been rescued, which automatically cancelled my pathetic attempt to feel the victim of the forces of the Universe.
Even so, although late, I couldn’t let this one pass and not write about this important event of the year, because the lunations in Aries are definitely the major force and the initiation of the modality of the astrological year. Aries reminds me of the first card of the Tarot, the Fool. The beginning of the journey, the innocence of the first attempt, and my mind disobediently goes back to the story about those immigrants, who after paying more than 5 or 6 thousand euros to cross the ocean, in the worst possible conditions, end up at the bottom of the it. The most unbearable and puzzling feeling in this story, apart from the ruthless lucrative action of those who benefit financially from such a journey, is that rush to go in search of their dreams, on the other side of the Mediterranean sea, knowing that these shipwrecks occur almost weekly, and that it is possible that they will never reach the other side. And this is what speaks of Aries and the card of the Fool. I don’t speak here of unconsciousness, or irresponsibility of those who travel with their families, knowing that they may all perish in the attempt, because that would be to analyse the situation from a European point of view, but that impulse to action, to start something better, something that will remove them from lethargic despair, which are trying to escape from. And this is Aries, too. That energy that leads to action, to survival at all costs. No matter the mistakes that you might make, just “go for it”, says Aries. If you make a mistake is good, because it means that you have tried, which is infinitely better than not trying at all. Lethargy is not an Aries trait.
Mars, the ruler of Aries, is the archetype of the Warrior, he who goes to war, knowing that he may die, and at the moment is in Taurus forming a square to Jupiter in Leo, which also explains the thinking with excessive optimism, without measuring the consequences correctly. For this lunation it also coincided with Pluto and Pallas, by trine. Mars in Taurus, acts in an unusual way in this sign, since Taurus is quite slow. But this contact,however, leads us to the reflection of what happens when we do not have our normal energy level, either by illness, fatigue, excess of partying, etc. Venus in Gemini also is in a square to Neptune in PISCES, exact yesterday, at the same time that Mercury in Taurus, contacted it by sextile, which leads us to pay more attention to pleasure, creativity, romance and to party. Absolutely brilliant, if the weekend was just to relax and have fun, but copiously less gratifying, if you should be alert and active. Saturn from Sagittarius opposed this lunation, therefore the frustration in one form or another, will have been felt in our daily routine, during this past weekend. Something we had planned to do, may not have happened as expected, or forces beyond our control, thwarted our efforts to arrive to good end.
Neptune and Vesta are in exact conjunction today, therefore, the desire for recovery, regeneration and reaching for purification are evident on this day. We yield to the force of the feminine, the healer. Order and everyday responsibility calls, while the Moon moves into Gemini tonight, opposing Saturn and Mercury will reach the square with Jupiter. As we have seen on many occasions, this huge planet, the largestof our little solar system, can be very beneficial and also “greatly” negative, if we give in to its sense of grandiosity and excess, discounting Saturn to help us keep our feet on the ground.
Today my soul weeps for all those souls at the bottom of the Mediterranean, some of them, little babies that common sense tells us that they could not have chosen such end. The question for this first Monday after the New Moon in Aries is: what is your resolution for this month or this year? whatever you do, don’t put it off.

Full Moon in Aries – October 22-23, 2010

Here were are again in an Aries Full Moon, like last month. How come?

On September 23, the Moon was at 0º of Aries, this time at 29º.

The aspects to it from the rest of the planets are not the same, either. They never are. Things keep moving and changing in the Universe and also inside of us, even if we insist in remaining the same.

Although Aries represents beginnings, the first step, pioneering action, the 29º, is about finishing up, making sure we understand completely what we are about to leave behind, in order to start a new chapter, having learnt the lessons of the present one.

It’s a bit like bringing the flag down to prepare for the next day when we will raise a new flag.

Whatever we have initiated around October 7th for the New Moon, now comes to a closure.

Since this Full Moon is in the angle of Aries-Libra, we must find the balance between what and who we are as opposed to who we are in relation to the other.

The cardinal signs and especially Aries-Libra have been hit quite a lot recently and it isn’t over just yet. Cancer and Capricorn too.

The Sun contacts Neptune and Chiron shining a lights in the areas we must find some healing for in ourselves and in the relationship. What do we have to take care of before we can relate in a healthy manner.

For those relationships coming to an end, the message is that of healing and acceptance. The compassion of Neptune and Chiron should not apply only to others, but also to ourselves.

The understanding of what it is that the “other” represents in our lives and what qualities are those that we seem to benefit from by being with the other, is a clear message of what we need to integrate in our lives.

On the other hand, the Moon contacts Pluto, as if we were to be reminded that in order to feel empowered and complete, we must confront our dark side. There is no freedom or happiness without going through the dark areas of our psyche first.

It is normally through a relationship that we encounter the inner beast, through jealousy, envy, possessiveness.

If we don’t do the journey through Pluto and our inner Underworld and confront the beast, it will for ever lurk from the darkness, victimizing us.

The Sun is 4º away from Mercury in Scorpio, so this is the ideal time to speak up, to dare to open your heart and say what you feel, without fear, with resolution.

If we never say how we really feel, the result is loneliness and isolation.

Pluto is in line with the Moon Nodes, rendering a kind of inevitability to the events of this week end.

Something feels extremely karmic and fated about what we are experiencing.

The Myth of Persefone comes to mind, and the initial powerlessness she felt, until she found her place within her Fate.

One thing is for sure, we cannot make someone love us, we cannot make them do what they do not want to do. But we can definitely re-direct our lives and take decisions to change.

A relationship ends when one of its members stops growing. A kind of stagnation comes before the decision is taken to end it.

The understanding of the limitations of our Free Will is in there somewhere.

Stephen Hawking says in his new book “The grand design”: that Free Will is an illusion.

Jung says: “Free will is the ability to do gladly, that which we must do”

Becoming aware of our limitations is a step forward.

The lesson of this Full Moon perhaps, is then the idea, that we must transcend the little war within the relationship and try to find a balance between Aries and Libra. Between I and YOU.

Stephen Hawking also says in his book: that according to quantum physics we cannot observe a phenomena without being affected by it.

It makes me wonder what that does to Astronomers who deny Astrology.

USe this time around the Full Moon to ponder about these issues.