|The Man on fire at the annual Burning Man Festival; photo|
by Aaron Logan, 2004.
New Moon @ 28 Aries 25'
2:57 PM Eastern
11:57 AM Pacific
This month the New Moon plants its seeds in the tropical sign of Aries. We have made it through the recent eclipse passageway, and we’re likely on some new or altered course. What was revealed to you with the past lunar cycle? Who have you met? How have the people around you changed your perspective? This New Moon occurs at the 28th degree—considered an anaretic degree, the place where energy is building and working its way toward a new experience.
There may be some restlessness or excitement about a new adventure. Aries craves challenge, risk, and stimulation. You may feel the need for something new with this lunation, as the collective energy supports confidence and a kind of pioneering spirit. Mars, the ruler of this New Moon, is currently moving through Taurus, a sign that traditional astrology would label as an unfavorable place for Mars to be.
Taurus is not Mars’ preferred territory—that much is certain. However, when looked at from an evolutionary perspective, we can see that what makes us uncomfortable is sometimes good for us, sometimes efficacious for soul growth. So, whatever you decide to jump into during this lunation, just remember that it may be a little awkward, and it may feel like you’re slightly out of your element, but with wisdom you may realize that to grow, you sometimes have to put yourself into environments that challenge your usual ways of being.
The primary goal of the modern, astrological perspective is to attain a sense of balance and integration within ourselves. Exposing ourselves to foreign environments or people often helps to balance us out; we take on qualities that can temper our extreme positions and viewpoints. While Aries and Mars usually prefer to jump right in and make things happen, Taurus favors the slow and steady route. So, there may be the prospect of an adventure, but things will be a lot easier if you’re mindful of the need to take your time.
With Venus square Neptune, there is a need to take our time to listen—really slow down and listen, or we might miss some important cues from our environment. The collective psyche is heating up with potential and anticipation, but it would be very wise to emphasize the moment—really take a look around. Notice the people in your life, and make the effort to really connect, share and experience what it is that’s right before you.
In a world so saturated with technology, we often forget the power and beauty of genuine human connection—touching, talking and sharing. We certainly can’t stop the world from changing, but we can preserve those intimate moments and make it a point to set them aside. The end result, the climax, is never really what we’re really after; it’s always the experience and how it changed our soul. So remember that as you move forward this New Moon.
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