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We will be having a New Moon in Aries on Saturday, April 18th at 2:57pm (ET). New Moons are the beginning of the 29.5 day moon cycle and signal a fresh start for the following month. This is when there is no light on the Moon, but then the light slowly starts to increase again, becoming visible over the following days. This is known as the beginning of the waxing phase, which lasts until the Full Moon and is associated with growth and expansion.

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New Moons are a great time to plant seeds, set intentions, or perform actions in relation to what you would like to grow or manifest over the upcoming cycle. It is best to do this as close to the minute of the New Moon as possible, but it can also be done over the following 24 hours. As the moon’s light grows and expands, your intentions and actions could continue to develop further. How everything unfolds for each person also depends on how one is being individually influenced by the astrology.

ariesAries: Initiating and Courageous

We have been in the month of Aries since March 20th, however, during this New Moon period its energy will be much stronger. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and it is pioneering, leading, initiating, active, inspiring, fast, independent, and very “individual orientated.” Aries gives us more willpower and courage. It is a great energy for initiating anything new. It is about pushing forward and can also be impulsive. Mars is the ruler of Aries and it is in Taurus aligned with Mercury. This energy assists with a more practical, tangible, and thoughtful approach to how we assert ourselves.

This New Moon is also aligned with the midpoints of Mercury-Uranus and Jupiter-Pluto. These influences assist us in initiating anything new with an inventive or revolutionary way of thinking. We may also find ourselves with a new sense of perception and potentially with a new and improved cognition. Extraordinary mental powers are a potential. Personal growth and inward transformations can also help us achieve better self-identity.

Mars is in Taurus Interacting with Jupiter and Pluto

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Mars is square Jupiter in Leo and trine Pluto in Capricorn. Jupiter has just finished its retrograde, which represented a time of finding your inner truth in regards to your self-expression, either creatively or in your love life. It is also a time of exploring what is  fun and enjoyable for you. As Jupiter is now moving forward, this represents a time where we can again grow in these ways. However, Jupiter in Leo is making a tough angle with Mars in Taurus, so therefore the Aries willpower has the potential to materialize in ways that are overindulgent or lazy. Another potential manifestation of this is that we may find ourselves defending our values over other people’s beliefs. However, Mars in Taurus is also great for giving us strength, stability, and endurance if we persist and stick to our goals.

Pluto in Capricorn just went into retrograde motion which could signal a time where we start to re-think how we use our power. It can also help us to look at both our shadows and desires. This process can assist Mars in helping us assert ourselves with a more cautious approach and in a way that truly reflects our values. Pluto in Capricorn themes include desire for power, social status, authority, and success. This can be a time where we inwardly reassess these themes in our lives and consider if they are in accordance with our true values.

i_am_victoriousMotto for Aries: “I Am”

Remember that Aries is about self-identity. This a time to really get in touch with yourself and what it is that you aim to be. Your intentions for this New Moon should reflect this. You can repeat it out loud – “I am _______!” – or you can write it down, or draw a picture. The main thing is that you want to do some kind of intention setting that reflects how you truly want to define yourself. If you are not sure, then you can use this period to intend to become more aligned with your true self identity, which can develop for you over the coming month.


To get a personalized reading with astrologer Carmen Di Luccio, or for more information, visit his website here.

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