April 16th , 2015

Dear Friends,

The New Moon in Aries ushers in the Astrological year. It is time to SET YOUR INTENTIONS for this New Moon and also for what you want to accomplish the next 12 months.

The sign of the pioneer and new beginnings. Springtime. Fire signs are goal oriented, and concerned with future opportunities. Inspirational! fire signs, more than all others, show where you need goals. Aries never forgets the fact that they were born to lead the way. This sign represents the need to become a more well defined individual. The house Aries is on in your chart shows where You find the experiences that help you develop you identity.

Each sign is divided into three ten degree sections called decanates. This New Moon is in the Sagittarius decanate of the sign Aries. Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the zodiac. It is a fire sign, and it is mutable. The experiences that this sign brings breeds wisdom. The Sagittarius house in your chart is where you are open to new experiences which bring a philosophical and open-minded outlook. An understanding of cultural differences at multi-levels is also important here. While water signs show where you tend to live in the past, the houses ruled by the fire signs describe where you live for the future. You need to know that there is always something to look forward to. Understand people and situations that are different from you. Expand, but know your limits.

Each sign is divided into 12 2½ degree sections called dwads. This New Moon is in the Pisces dwad of Aries. Here is where total commitment must be made to proceed with what has been a vision that could eventually become a reality. In Pisces, you are encouraged to walk into the unknown, even though there is no proof that what you seek could, or ever will, exist. The experiences met in the house of Pisces are often considered to be “karmic”, in the sense that you are confronted with your past. Willingness to help when help is needed is the nature of Pisces. Idealistic, spiritual, sensitive, giving, compassionate are all attributes of the sign.

The rulers of this New Moon are Mars because it rules Aries, Jupiter because it rules the decanate of this New Moon, and Neptune because it rules the dwad of this New Moon. It is the New Moon in Aries once a year that we set our intentions for the year. We plant seeds, thoughts, and ideas that will manifest during the year. This New Moon in Aries is ruled by Mars and Mars is in Taurus. This slows Mars down a bit as it has to work through the fixed earth sign Taurus. Mars builds in Taurus and is interested in security not speed. Mercury is in Taurus with Mars so our thinking is in line with building and planting what leads to a more secure life. Uranus is in Aries helping with inventiveness and Jupiter is in Leo bringing the warmth of heart and creativity. Jupiter and Uranus are trine. There are three Planets in fire signs plus the Sun and the Moon. Lots of enthusiasm with all that fire and is grounded by Mercury and Mars in earthy Taurus. Venus is in Gemini offering variety and with her square to Neptune a little fantasy and dream work. You can wish for what you have always dreamed of and if you are willing to do the work you can make things happen.

This is a symbol of man's capacity to make himself an immortal instrument for the enduring visions and aspirations which have created and now hallow the world in which he lives. There are overtones here which transform every lesser aspect of experience, calling on the individual to give a spiritual dramatization to his daily living for himself and his fellows within every range of his powers and skills. The keyword is VENERATION. When positive, the degree is a gift for the effective articulation or manifestation of those eternal realities through which all people find themselves at one, and when negative, self-deception and an acceptance of every fantasy which will flatter the ego. “Sabian Symbols” Marc Edmund Jones.

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