March 27, 2017: Aries New Moon
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 especially poignant given that just three days after the New Moon we've got the second of three exact Jupiter/Pluto Squares (the last one was on Thanksgiving day). And with that, we may be reminded just how important it is to be really attuned to our motivations and the desires—whether conscious or unconscious—that guide our actions. It's bound to be an intense and transformative week with secrets bursting forth and a volcanic push to unearth that which has been hidden. Acknowledging your fears, giving them voice so that you can dialogue and find more peace with them, feels like part of the invitation of this time. Brought to the light, you may transform them from having them unconsciously run you to being able to more consciously turn to what's underneath them for trusted guidance.
This month’s New Moon falls at 8 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.
* The New Moon arrives at 7:57 pm PDT