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Aries New Moon 2023: Insights & Ritual



The New Moon in ARIES will grace the sky on April 20th reaching peak illumination at 12:12am EST.


This blog post covers all you need to know about the New Moon in Aries along with a simple ritual for you to deepen your nature spirituality practice.


In this blog post you will find:


Introduction: Moon 101


The sun and moon are in a cyclical relationship as they weave through the seasons of the zodiac. This celestial dance provides us with an intuitive road map to explore our own inner/outer journey as we too make our way through the ebb and flow of nature's seasons and come into new and ever-changing dimensions of our lives.


While the sun is ruler of the day and influences our "outer" expression in the world, it is to no surprise that as ruler of the tides and queen of the night the moon is also ruler of our emotions and "inner" felt experience. Our emotions have long been associated with representations of water and the sea: fluid, ever-changing, ebbing and flowing. As the moon pulls at the tides, we also experience this influencing force on our emotions, desires, shadow realms, fears/worries, psyche, and dreams.


Self-knowledge arises through a process of uncovering hidden layers of self through revelation and integration. This process is mirrored in the ebb and flow of the moon which is why it's something we learn to observe and track. As the light of the moon waxes, more of what lies hidden becomes revealed - our deeper motivations, mechanisms, and feelings. As the light of the moon wanes, we are given time to integrate these new learnings and discoveries.


This New Moon falls within the sign of Aries right before the Sun shifts into the sign of Taurus. Keep reading to learn how you can use this moon portal to explore new dimensions of self seeking expression in the world.



Aries Insights


Symbol: Ram


The ARIES NEW MOON supports you to nurture your soul's journey toward embodying love and authentic power in service to the conscious evolution of earth.


Charles A. Smith from the Ring of Valor, captures the essence of Aries perfectly...


"The ram, by it fire, masculinity, strength and instinctive reactions, symbolizes the procreative forces which arouse humankind and the world at large in the springtime of life and ensures that the cycle of life continues on its way again... The ram is associated with creative and decisive force. The spiral of the horn is a symbol of great creativity, a relationship given more emphasis because it is associated with the head in the case of the ram. So the ram signifies new stimulation of mental faculties, imagination, and inspiration--along with the energy to act upon it. The ram represents the power to penetrate, overcome, and achieve. It reflects the assertion of strength in creative ways to achieve a breakthrough. It is also associated with sacrifice."


The essential task of Aries is to pioneer and launch bold and original initiatives. It takes strong mental focus and a burning fire of passion to give shape to new ideas and to courageously act upon your desires. Manifesting your hearts longing is an inside job.


This New Moon is a time to balance elemental fire energy. Aries invites you to re-evaluate your relationship to the ego-self (aka. personality, attachments to identity), strengthen the virtues of the sign, while interrogating the vices.

  • VIRTUES: Assertive, Directive, Forthright, Adventurous, Courageous, Confident, Enthusiastic, Initiating

  • VICES: Impulsive, Aggressive, Impatient, Rash, Headstrong, Forceful, Undisciplined

Aries belongs to the 1st house: the domain of the self. It is home to our ascendant or rising sign and is associated with self-image, our style of initiation and how we are perceived by others.



New Moon Energy


The New Moon in Aries marks the beginning of a new lunar cycle. The previous Aries New Moon cycle ends and yet another Aries New Moon cycle begins. Since the moon is the closest "planet" to Earth, this satellite zips around the zodiac very quickly, completing its round in less than a month. Actually, the entire trip takes 29.53 days, to be exact, and is measured from one “New Moon” to the next. We call this a lunation or lunar cycle.


During a New Moon, the moon is sitting between the Earth and the Sun, hence the Sun is shining on the side of the moon we never see. Both the Moon and Sun are in the same Zodiac sign during a New Moon forming a conjunction, which means that the influencing energies are united and enhance the other. In this case, both the sun and moon are conjunct in the sign of Scorpio.


You can think of the New Moon phase as the point of beginning again or returning to the conception stage of the lunar cycle. The darkness of the new moon represents fertile ground. New moon energy is a time for introspection, heightened intuition, surrendering to the unknown, releasing what no longer serves you, opening to magic and conjuring visions. At this time, you can plant your dream seeds or set intentions by consciously focusing on the "feeling' of your hearts' desires.



What you need to know about Aries


THE CARDINAL CROSS

Illustration of the zodiac highlighting the cardinal cross and encircling the sign of Aries
Cardinal Cross highlighted in red

ARIES - LIBRA AXIS

CAPRICORN-CANCER AXIS


Initiatory energy, pushing forward, beginnings, equinoxes and solstices


Cardinal signs align with the seasonal cross points of light and dark. Aries aligns with Spring Equinox, Cancer with Summer Solstice, Libra with Fall Equinox and Capricorn with Winter solstice. The Cardinal Cross is considered a most important set of axis lines. It's the first sign of each element where things begin.


"Cardinal signs are the initiating aspects of whichever element they represent. Like fire, they reach out and make direct contact with reality. They know where they are going. Geometrically, they correspond to straight line." - Vicki Noble, Motherpeace


Aries is the cardinal fire sign (circled in the diagram), opposing it is the cardinal air sign of Libra which creates one axis of the Cardinal Cross. The two feminine elements (Water and Earth) always create an axis and the two masculine elements (Air and Fire) create the other axis. Each cross contains each of the four elements. In this case the cardinal signs are represented by: Capricorn (Earth), Cancer (Water), Aries (Fire), Libra (Air).



ELEMENT: FIRE


FIRE: ENERGY & PASSION

SAGITTARIUS, LEO, ARIES


Fire is the element of transformation, death and rebirth, destruction and creation, purification, passion and life force energy.


"Fire is also associated with light, as it often serves as a beacon in the darkness. Fire only exists in the destruction of other materials; therefore it is known as both a creator and destroyer. We often use phrases such as the ‘spark of an idea’ or the ‘flame of desire’, because fire is connected to the vitality of our life force. And when that flame is ignited within us, it gives us fuel to move forward." - Kayla White


Fire signs feel at home in the creative zone of action and initiation as well as the realm of community leadership. They are highly adaptive and flexible in social environments that require team work and problem solving. As strong visionaries they are natural leaders and inspire others toward action.



RULING PLANET: MARS


Qualities: assertive, directed, forthright, adventurous


Mars is the planet of energy, action, and desire. Mars is the push that gets us out of bed in the morning, our drive and desire nature, and our active energy. Our sexual desires come under the rule of Mars. With Mars, there is no contemplation before action. The drive associated with Mars differs from that of the Sun in that it is self-assertion rather than the assertion of the will; it is raw energy rather than creative energy.



CONSTELLATION


Aries the Ram is a constellation of the zodiac, which means that it lies on the ecliptic, or path of the sun and planets through our sky. Currently, Uranies lies within the constellation’s borders.


According to EarthSky:


The best time to behold the Mighty Ram is when the Earth is on the other side of the sun from the constellation. November and December are especially good months for viewing Aries the Ram in all his starlit majesty, for this constellation shines above the eastern horizon at nightfall and stays out for most of the night. Aries culminates – reaches its highest point in the sky – at about 10 p.m. local time (the time in all time zones) in late November, 8 p.m. local time in late December and 6 p.m. local time in late January. Aries is not a particularly prominent constellation, so a dark country sky absent of moonlight is most desirable for viewing the Ram at its finest. (Source)



Ritual Elements

A chart offering elements for the sign of Capricorn to be incorporated into the ritual


Aries New Moon Ritual


What You'll Need


1. Elements for your altar. Drawing on the Aries Ritual Elements above, consider what you might want to bring to your altar. Start simple. There is absolutely no need to go out and "buy" altar items. This is something that we encourage you to unlearn. Everything we need is within us and can be found around us. A simple candle will do, or a yellow flower for example.


2. Candle & lighter for the eco-somatic practice


3. Journal & something to write with for the journaling portion.



Important Considerations & Prep


1. RIGHT RELATIONSHIP: being in right relationship with your spiritual practice means approaching each aspect with humility, curiosity and reverence. This includes checking yourself on the nature of how you relate to "objects" as things and the process itself.

  • For example, if you feel called to stones as part of your ritual, consider WHY first. Then contemplate the impact of whatever action comes next. For example, instead of mindlessly purchasing cheap precious stones from somewhere like amazon (which have more than likely been harmfully mined/extracted and then shipped across the world as part of the consumer machine that's destroying our planet), perhaps part of your spiritual practice is to resist such a prompting and instead take the time to go for a mindful walk in your backyard, or a nearby stream and see if the right stone presents itself to you.


2. CLEANSE & PURIFY YOUR SPACE: Cleansing, also known as purification, is the practice of clearing out and releasing negative energy from your space, as well as energy that’s just old, stale, stagnant, or no longer serving you. Here are a few different methods:

  • Physical cleaning: dusting, vacuuming, opening windows for fresh air

  • Salt: a common element used for purification and protection in many different cultures. To use, simply sprinkle salt along doorways and windowsills to protect them from negative energy entering or just keep a small bowl of salt on your altar or nearby surface.

  • Smoke cleansing: light incense or burn a bundle of dried herbs such as rosemary, cedar, or mugwort. Choose plants that you have grown yourself or that grow abundantly wild nearby, plants that you have ancestral tied to or just those that have been grown and harvested ethically.

NOTE: If you do not have meaningful/authentic relationships to Indigenous culture and customs, "smudging" with white sage cultural appropriation and is dishonoring to Indigenous nations across Turtle island. It is important to understand that smudging is not just about burning sage to purify the negative energy from your space but is a sacred ritual that is culturally specific to tribes such as the Lakota Sioux, Comanche, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Navajo. If you have been gifted sage by an Indigenous friend, use to your discretion in how to engage with this medicine. This sacred plant is being abused, exploited and mass-harvested for commercial and consumer use which perpetuates the violence of white supremacy and settler colonialism. Take some time to locate yourself within a settler-colonial context interwoven with the land you currently occupy. Check out Native Land to learn the name and more about the territories you occupy.


3. CLEANSE & PURIFY YOUR BODY-MIND

  • Take a shower our bath; visualize any negative energy that has accumulated in your auric field to be washed away as the water goes down the drain.

  • Meditate, center and take some time to ground in stillness and embodied presence.

  • Write or speak your intentions for your ritual out loud


4. BE MINDFUL & STRIVE FOR INTEGRITY ALWAYS.



Altar Creation


Creating an altar is optional. Altar tending is a beautiful practice, especially if you have a designated area in your home that you can tend to over the course of each moon and seasonal cycle.


Tending to an altar is an intentional practice that supports your exploration of nature spirituality and carries the potential to deepen your relationship to the energetic archetypes of the unfolding seasonal & moon cycles.


To set up your altar, simply play with any number of the ritual elements offered above in the chart by using symbols, colors, precious gemstones, symbolism, etc.


There is no right or wrong way to go about creating, tending or being with your altar, however we do not condone cultural appropriation or theft of any kind.



Eco-Somatic Practice: Dance of the Inner Flame


For this eco-somatic we will be drawing on the element of FIRE since Aries is a fire sign. To amplify grounded connection, perform this part of the ritual outside, under the open sky (if it's not too windy) or next to a window.


MATERIALS: match or lighter, and candle (preferably one that is visible like a tea light).


STEPS:

  • Begin by finding a comfortable sitting posture that allows you to gaze into the flame without straining your body or neck in any way. Allow your face muscles to soften as you gaze into the candle flame in silence.

  • As you gaze into the flame, allow your breath to be natural as you inhale and exhale, noticing the rise and fall of your breath as the candle flame gently moves in accordance with the atmosphere. Notice how you move with your breath simultaneously.

  • Then bring your gaze to the base of the candle where the wick meets the flame. Take a moment to contemplate the relationship that fire has with earth and the ground. Then begin to sense the grounding contact you're making with the earth. Allow yourself to sense the stability that earth provides and your relationship to gravity as you gaze at the base of the flame.

  • Now allow your gaze to penetrate the heart of the flame where it is most dense. As you do this, sense the source of your own inner light within your heart space. Take a moment to contemplate light as the source of life, the sun and your own heart. Breathe into your heart as you do.

  • Notice the way the flame moves and dances as it interacts with the surrounding atmosphere. Tune into the beating of your heart, the subtle pulse of blood pumping through your veins, and the vibration of life force energy flowing through all your inner channels. Ride the waves of your inner flame.

  • Speak to your inner flame and ask this part of you for clarity and wisdom pertaining to a question your holding. Notice any sensations, feelings or images arise. Stay with and follow whatever inner experience or impulse emerges. Be like the movement of the flame. Responsive and adaptive to what arises. Here are sample questions you might wish to ask:

    • What do I need to integrate into my life to keep the inner flame burning bright?

    • Where am I resisting change? What fears might be there?

    • How can I further align what inspires me with the path I'm walking?

  • When you feel complete with flame gazing, allow your gaze to shift to the darkness of night or close your eyes to sense and be with the movement of your own inner flame. Simply breath and be here for as long as you desire. Thank your inner flame's wisdom.


Journaling

A goat stands on the rock face of a mountain with green light emanating from the head. Words overlay the image reading: "Capricorn New Moon: Moon 101, Astral Insights, Eco-Somatic Ritual"

What came up for you during the eco-somatic practice? Take some time to reflect on anything you'd like to hold onto.


You may also feel called to finishing the following sentences:

  • A habits of thought or behavior that I am releasing is....

  • A new practice that I would like to incorporate into my routine is...

  • Something that I am letting go of is...

  • Something I am welcoming in is...


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