New Moon in Aries “Brave New World”

Aries-I Am: The fire starter, the energy of spring, the bursting forth of new life. Rushing in, I am filled with excitement, childlike, exploring a brand new world, eager to conquer, brash and brave. Vanquishing soldier, God of War, I am cloaked in dreams of valorous deeds, but do not try to tame me or hold me close; I would prefer death to the suffocation of a placid life.” JKG

“The silver thread of the waxing and waning moon can guide you subtly through the ebb and flow of life’s tides. Attuning yourself with the phases of the moon, especially as they aspect your natal chart, can provide a beautiful living meditation that can permeate your life with lunar harmony.” ©JKG

The New Moon in Aries of March 24th 2020 brings images of new beginnings, a stark departure from what went before, severance from the known and the first New Moon in the new astrological cycle. Culminating on October 1st 2020, in close conjunction with Chiron, the “Wounded Healer” this cycle talks of enforced and painful independence, being alone and through difficulty, cutting away all that is superfluous.

Ivan Bilibin CropAt this particular time, many of us are feeling isolated and disconnected from our usual routines, the world that we knew a few weeks ago has changed more than we could have imagined, and many are fearful for their lives. The background astrological signature for the entire year is that of the Saturn Pluto conjunction much anticipated by Astrologers globally, as this particular combination in Capricorn has not been seen since the 1500s!

“Looking back in history helps us to see that this conjunction often coincides with an “implosion” or an “overreaching”, that requires some kind of devolution or change in the balance of power. Different values are likely to rise up, and there is a sense of the air “clearing” as a “brave new world” begins to emerge from the rubble. The essential nature of this planetary pair is the breaking down of the old order so that something new can emerge. In Capricorn, this “breaking down” will occur in long-standing institutions, such as Government, Financial, Religious, Legal and perhaps Royal.” (taken from an earlier post regarding the astrology of 2020)

The Tarot majors associated with this New Moon, are The Two of Wands, lord of this decan, and The Tower and The Emperor, Mars & Aries, which represent the Astrological signature of The Two of Wands. I have shown examples above from the Waite Smith deck. The figure in the centre is looking at the globe, how far can he go? the world is his oyster; does this card represent the current pandemic I wonder? virulent and powerful, in its ascendancy and at its greatest force!. This “pandemic” is affecting the whole globe, breaking down many of our “safety structures” as shown in The Tower, with the two figures roughly ejected from their safety, falling helpless to the ground below, a strong representation of what is happening around the world. Economy’s are faltering, businesses are closing; our worlds are being turned upside down, leaving us much like the Emperor there, looking askance at what is happening, and trying to form some kind of cohesive strategy to implement.Ram2

The Full Moon in Aries that finishes this particular cycle, perfects on October 1st 2020, again in the first decan of Aries, and again in conjunction with Chiron. This is likely to be a painful journey with difficult lessons for many of us, as we get used to the restrictions that are likely to govern our lives for much of the year. There is perhaps the opportunity to independently forge new connections as we seek different ways to connect and to come together. Remembering the healing aspect in all this might be helpful, seeing it as the painful necessity that is perhaps required in order for the necessary change that must take place in our world. Much like the extraction of a rotten tooth, this period may be the impetus that the world needs to see that economic growth is not sustainable, and not a prerequisite for our health and happiness.

“NEW MOON BLESSING– I am the power of the bursting seed, dancing in the beckoning void, ripe with limitless potentials. A kaleidoscope of outcomes seduces, invites and tempts you, but be still in the darkness of the Moon. Sense the power of her black womb, and wait. Trust that in the stillness that I, the right “seed” for now, will find you, a vision for your soul to nurture” © JKG

The Astrologers Diary 

131_WOYS_wheel-of-year-pagan-holiday-calendar-900x900The New Moon every month offers an opportunity to sow new seeds, and as an Astrologer, I find it to be a useful exercise for myself and in working with others, to use the energy of each particular New Moon, according to the Sabian Symbol that it falls on, together with the position in which it falls in the Natal Chart. Such considerations can be invaluable in steering through ups and downs, and in becoming “easy” with the ebb and flow of what life brings.

This particular New Moon falls in my own 11th house, a place in the horoscope which is connected to friends and the social group. What little socialising I did have, has now been almost completely reduced, so this New Moon offers a clear, though perhaps rather lonely invitation to make a new and independent beginning in terms of my social group. Perhaps this means that, more than ever, I will be spending my time alone…. although I guess that in these strange times, I will not be unusual in that!!. According to traditional terms, the 11th house is generally seen as most fortunate, and in Horary Astrology is associated as follows “wom1 Friends, friendship, hope, luck, good fortune. Benefactors and helpers. Wishes, trust, ambition, confidence, release from restraint. Assistants to those in power. Wider social acquaintance. Society’s hopes, dreams and ideals.”

This all sounds rather more hopeful, so I will take these facts into consideration, and perhaps martial my energy into a new project… mmm my garden perhaps… maybe I will find that helper I have been asking the universe for!!!

For any intentions that anyone may have at this time, this particular New Moon brings an opportunity to face the pain of letting go of that which no longer serves you. It is very much a time of passing away… it is no surprise that this virus, erupting under the planetary conjunction of Saturn (old age) and Pluto (Death) is taking, for the most part, the elderly. It seems too, that the “fear” (Saturn) of Death (Pluto) is the underpinning feeling that I am getting amidst all of this. The fear of the people is palpable, and I feel that it is because of the change that is coming, rather than anything that this virus will do. Energetically we need to face the fact that it may be time to let go, to let go situations in our lives that have outlived their time span, however painful that may be for us. Honouring their departure is the task of the next six months, to make way for what is to come.

A blessed New Moon to you all, and may the Goddess watch over you. ❤  

Knowing where the New Moon falls in your own chart, and whether it is in close aspect with any planets, can be an invaluable tool, along with the wider cycle of the Progressed Moon, for discovering the secret rhythms of your daily life. 

A free natal chart wheel can be set up at 

New Moon in Aries

My name is Joanna Grant, I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives for now Black & White Compressedin the South West of Ireland. Throughout my life, I have watched as the planets have woven their stories around me, for it is a truth that my love affair with the stars has been and will be life-long. I can often be found at home, deep in arcane research, or practising some new form of divination, usually whilst trying not to burn the dinner! My long knowledge of Astrology leads and informs my practice in offering guidance across the thresholds of life experiences as defined by the outer planet transits. Through combining Astrology with Tarot and Shamanic techniques, I work with you, the client, to open the way to self-empowerment and healing, helping you to lead a more authentic and magical life. You can read more about me here.

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