After last month’s swim in the sometimes murky depths of Pisces which was confusing and emotionally tumultuous for many, the Aries New Moon of 2013 signals a very strong shift into forward motion. Joining the Sun and Moon in Aries are Venus, Uranus and sign-ruler Mars supporting, fueling, and perhaps inflaming the already impulsive nature of this “what you see is what you get and let’s get on with it right now” warrior and pioneer. The Sabian symbol imagery for each of them is potent and informing.
The Astrological Players and Playbook
The stage is set and defined with the image of the New Moon in Aries 20 :A Pugilist Enters The Ring. Here we all are stepping forward into the center of our own lives and it is time to be strong, courageous, stand for who we are, and take some action. Just thinking or talking about things isn’t enough for action-oriented Aries. Sign-ruler Mars tells us with Aries simplicity that action will involve the birth of some new part of ourselves with Aries 22: A Pregnant Woman In Light Summer Dress.
Venus, wearing her amazon of love garb is now moving away from Mars since their underworld tryst on the 7th, but still holding hands at Aries 23: Blown Inward By The Wind, The Curtains Of An Open Window Take The Shape Of A Cornucopia. Her own typically Venusian suggestion in the midst of the collective general push to outward action and bluster, is that we enter a window of opportunity by taking a moment to turn receptively inward, gather our own internal insight and truth, and reconnect with our personal values. By doing so we are rewarded with a great deal that is both valuable and nutritious.
Brilliant experimental researcher Uranus at Aries 9: A Teacher Gives New Symbolic Forms To Traditional Images advises that when change to the status quo is in order it is often inspirational to re-frame what it is we are looking at and trying to achieve.
Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto are all either harmoniously or dynamically supporting any effort made to uproot, reform, and rejuvenate the long-established though tired or dying infrastructure but Jupiter and Mercury continue to complicate the message as they caper about in their mutually reinforcing dance of hype, conflation, misdirection, delusion, skewed perspective, and outright lies. That is a dance that is going to carry a price and some sense of disillusion and deflation once it ends and they move to other signs when what we thought we knew gets adjusted to conform to what is actually true. Hopefully there won’t be a sense of deep regret for having gone into action because of bad information.
This whole concept of something important and new coming into being and the wise advice along with the complications will be an intimate inner part of each of our lives but it is also going to be reflected in the national and world outer collective. The importance is reconfirmed with the knowledge that what gets initiated during this New Moon will be strongly revisited with the Lunar eclipses of Nov 2013 and April 2014 focused in this same part of the sky shedding a bright focus on what has grown up from the seeds we planted both in the light of consciousness and hidden in the darkness of shadowy fear.
The Boxing metaphor
The Sabian images of this New Moon paint a picture of the boxer’s willing meeting with a destined encounter. Champion boxers know the path to victory is more than just being stronger, it is about combining strength and passion with skill, technique and cool-headed observation discerning just when the timing is right to strike the right place at just the right time. A champion boxer also knows how and when to pick his battles and avoids striking unless necessary. One well-aimed and timed blow is worth countless glancing and ineffective ones.
The Human Design Perspective
The Human Design chart of this New Moon also caries some essential information. Framing this time period just before and just after the Aries New Moon , from April 8 through late afternoon of April 12th, Mercury and Jupiter will “turn on” the Solar Plexus emotional center and provide access straight to manifestation in the Throat through words or deeds by activating two ends of an entire channel, Gates 35-36 which traditionally is named the Channel of Transitoriness and is about the emotional center fueling the desire for new experiences but also providing an easy energetic pathway for flying into action from pure unprocessed emotional reactivity.
Following emotion to clarity
The whole world is turned on emotionally during the 4 days around the New Moon but only half the world is emotionally defined natally and a much smaller number of those people actually work with their emotional energy in a grounded and responsible way. This is a good time to observe your own inner emotional process but realize that everyone may be more emotionally reactive than usual and more prone to lashing out and to feeling hurt. Allowing yourself time to follow and process the emotion will let you come to a place of emotional clarity from which place the call to wise action can be trusted. The upside of this transit is that we all have a chance to become even more deeply aware of what is really going on in ourselves and our environment which gives a greater clarity when deciding what you want to let go of, change, or bring into being.
New Moon in Gate 51
The New Moon itself happens in the 6th and topmost line of Gate 51: which is translated as Shock/The Arousing and is made up of the trigram thunder in the top and bottom trigrams. Located in the Heart center this Gate is about using the willpower and expanding energy of the Heart center to initiate movement through shock into places that have become fixed, stuck, and unhealthy in the aim of raising consciousness. Because the Heart center is the center of willpower but also ego, competition, courage, and themes of material support or value it can just as easily be used to invoke the contracting competitive side of the Heart center for personal gain. The 6th line though has become a master of this process and the wisdom that comes with the line is worth repeating: “In times of crisis, when all those around are confused and in disorder, the use of vital willpower to not succumb to the panic and to survive it alone.”
This New Moon in Gate 51 also has a longer-term resonance in the Human Design chart of the collective as a major outer-planet transit will begin under the influence of this New Moon . This transit will begin April 28th and continues for a month. It will activate the channel from Gate 21 – Biting Through/Control in the Heart center straight up to the Throat center Gate 45 – Gathering Together defining another channel of action and manifestation traditionally named the Channel of Money which was also active for the collective in the spring months of 1929.
In that instance what was controlled was the re-evaluation of the world’s monetary system and financial markets which were under-regulated and over-inflated, bringing them back into more realistic alignment albeit in a pretty drastic and painful way. The beginnings of WWII began here with people beginning to gather together around and elect new national leaders. Later those gatherings of people were enlisted in fighting each other. This time perhaps we will all choose a different way to adjust our values and other, more life-affirming reasons to gather together, especially since we have the potential advantage of conscious awareness of a historical pattern repetition..
When outer planets activate channels in the Human Design chart big things happen in the world. The last time the Heart center was activated through an outer planet transit it was Jupiter and Uranus meeting in the Heart Gate 51 – Shock/The Arousing and Gate 25 – Innocence in the Ji-Self center activating the Channel of Initiation. When they first met in the this channel we had the tidal wave in Japan and the events at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant , repercussions of which are still ongoing today. On March 27th I was interviewed on astrologer Dena DeCastro’s Sirius Astrology Podcast about this major upcoming transit. Here is the link to access it and more pertinent information; title=”Sirius Astrology Podcast”
The Bottom Line – Your Heart’s Desire
Major changes are afoot opening the way to quantum leaps ahead for us all. Wednesday is a very potent New Moon in Aries which signals the initiation of new ways of being. May these next few days provide the insight and clarity for you each to be able to focus in on exactly what wants to be born anew into your life. It is likely that tumultuous times are ahead but the call is not to worry or panic but rather, each time you feel the fear begin to rise sparked by outside events and “news: keep returning to your inner self-guided sense of insight and direction. Setting our intentions now to what we wish to be as humans and then using the transit of late April- May giving access to discerning what is our Heart’s Desire, what we can really put our heart and willpower into for the betterment of our own lives and support the life of everyone else is the magical alchemical elixir which will disarm and render impotent those who have a stake in war, greed , and destruction and have gathered power and influence to themselves through it. Believe in yourself and your community. Understand that the heartfelt loving sharing of your true self is the greatest gift you have for the world and is at the same time a revolutionary statement. In the words of Osho:
“My whole love and respect is for the person who accepts himself totally, as he is. He has courage. He has courage to face the whole pressure of the society which is bent upon splitting him into divisions — into good and bad, into saint and sinner. He is really a brave, courageous being who stands against the whole history of man, of morality, and declares to the skies his reality, whatever it is.”
Blessings and Love!
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