Happy New Moon in Aries! Ready for a powerful new beginning? Aries is not only the first sign of the zodiac, but the sign that teaches us about fresh starts, revitalization, leadership, bravery, action, and assertiveness. Take note — this is not your usual new moon. Clocking in at 2:44 pm EDT on March 30, 2014 at 9 degrees Aries, it has the dubious honor of falling right on the ongoing Uranus/Pluto square. What does this mean? Let’s take a look.

Since 2012, the planets Uranus and Pluto have been in an ongoing square formation, which is to say that they are 90 degrees apart from each other in the sky. In astrology, a square is considered a stressful relationship between to planets, each having their own agenda that doesn’t mesh. A square is friction. The last few years, as a result, have been overly turbulent as additional planets connect and pull away from this formation.

We’re about to enter a month, April 2014, that has the potential for numerous eruptions as the planets Mars and Jupiter align with Uranus and Pluto, which will make for a volatile cosmic brew. All it takes is a new or full moon to set the mixture off and lucky for us this Aries New Moon is the catalyst.

Only a few degrees away from a conjunction to Uranus, the Aries New Moon will create a powerful new beginning that may come out of the blue. Uranus is inherently hard to predict. It’s the wild card, the planet that awakens and shakes us out of complacency, upending the old order. We may enter April feeling like we’ve had our proverbial bell rung or that we’re now on a completely new cosmic playing field.

What’s interesting about this new moon is Mars Retrograde all the way over in Libra, the sign opposite Aries. This isn’t a run away chain reaction of chemicals, but a process internalized and contained. Libra is the sign of cooperation, relationship, and diplomacy. Any actions we take during this new moon will need a partner. And Mars is Libra is a reminder that we can’t go it alone — we can’t push through our own agenda without considering others. Curiously, recent international news headlines have been about diplomacy as if on cue. Mars is also trine Venus, but Venus is square Saturn. Easy does it.

In addition, the new moon squares both Jupiter and Pluto. We’re in the middle of an intense evolutionary process purposely designed to push us to the edge. Through this cosmic build up of pressure, we will transform in ways never imagined. Over the next few weeks, be kind to yourself. Be present with the emotions that bubble to the surface. Be conscious of when you need help and don’t be afraid to ask for it. Make a choice about how you’re going to use this energy. Co-create. Face your fears. Step out of old patterns. Breakthrough instead of breakdown. We’re about to go on the ride of our lives.

Would you like to actively work with the energy of the Aries New Moon? I’ve teamed up with Bevin Branlandingham of Queer Fat Femme to create an exercise timed for the full moon. You can download it here. Want to get further insight into April? Our forecast and self development worksheet is now live.

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