Aries New Moon: April 7, 2016 (exact at 4:24 am PDT)
Since Aries and the New Moon both symbolize the ushering in of beginnings, this lunar event may have us feeling pulled towards initiating new things. For example, if you’re looking to kick off a diet or amp up your exercise regimen, the exuberance of palpable energy that the Aries New Moon affords may be a great motivator. Also, if you’ve wanted to tackle a problem but found yourself lacking in the moxie department, the Aries New Moon may give you an infusion of courage and daring that can help you persevere.
A caveat, though. With so much initiating energy around, it may seem as if everyone wants things to happen now, or even before. Since Aries prizes immediacy, impatience and/or bursts of anger—within your self or expressed by others—may be heightened around this time. While the go-get-‘em energy instilled by this New Moon can help motivate us into a challenge, rushing can often lead to rashness, a surefire prescription for stress and accidents.
Aries energy may unleash the warrior in us, the one who will fight for our cause. Used consciously this inspires great fierceness so that we can courageously marshal our will to champion what is inherently important to us. Yet, if we are triggered by unconscious motivations that we don’t clearly identify, we may find ourselves reacting and being defensive in ways that are impetuous, derived more from “fight or flight” fear than dedicated clear aims, and which we may later regret.
This feels important to bring up, notably because this Aries New Moon connects to both Pluto and Uranus. Within that, we could possibly feel that that which we want to give birth to is something quite transformative, that which helps us to break away from patterns that keep us in a rote, and less than fully expressed, way of expressing ourselves. That’s not to say that it all feels light and easy; there may rumblings deep within us that have us connect to our fear or the self-talk that keeps us feeling small. Ask yourself how you can marshal your courage to put those voices aside right now so that they don’t constellate excess panic and frustration, the type that can take you off the playing field of creativity.
This month’s New Moon falls at 19 degrees of Aries (the location of both the Sun and Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of the New Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Aries or the other cardinal signs—Cancer, Libra, Capricorn—it may impact you more intensely.
Aries New Moon Apothecary Suggestions
Aries rules the head, muscles, and circulatory system. Pay extra attention to these parts of the body around the time of this New Moon.
Impatiens flower essence: As its name implies, Impatiens flower essence help quell impatience, one of the premier characteristics associated with Aries. So, if you find yourself being overly impetuous or running a short fuse, consider this remedy. Take a few drops several times a day until you feel the impatience lifting. (Flower essences are made from flower-infused water and work energetically to restore emotional and mental balance. You can find them in natural food stores or holistic pharmacies.)
Scalp massage: Start your New Moon morning with a scalp massage. It’s simple to do and only takes a few minutes. Just take a nourishing oil (such as coconut or avocado) and rub it into your scalp before you shampoo your hair. Start at your hairline and work backwards toward the nape of your neck, rubbing your scalp with moderate pressure in small circular motions. For additional scalp-health benefits, add some rosemary essential oil to the massage blend. Regular scalp massages—which you can even do without the oil—can help stimulate circulation, alleviate tension, and reduce flaky scalp conditions.