Everything’s Coming Up Aries…A New Moon & 5-Planet Stellium

Our calendar year begins on January 1st. Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of a new year on the lunisolar Chinese calendar. In astrology Ostara, or the Spring Equinox, begins the Astrological New Year which happens every year on March 20th (or March 21st in some years). This date also marks the time the sun moves into Aries, the sign of the Ram. Is it any surprise then, that when Spring arrives we feel a spring in our step, as well? After all, the presence of Aries is dynamic and energizing.

I’ve talked about how a New Moon always sparks beginnings, but when it occurs in the first sign of the zodiac the desire to begin anew is even stronger. To add “fuel to the Fire”, today’s New Moon (Aries 22°) is joined by four other planets in Aries:  Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Chiron – forming an Aries Stellium.

courtesy Astrodienst

Last week I suddenly developed this urgent need to create a new version of myself. This is Mars’ potent life force at work and will be felt by Aries-born (like myself) most strongly.

In keeping with the notion of “reinventing yourself” AND in honor of today being National Pet Day, I’ve asked Ramses to give us some “words of feline wisdom”:

This is SO appropriate as Aries is the “newborn” of the zodiac. Babies are naturally curious, as everything is new to them.

In addition to the enthusiastic, optimistic, and passionate energy of this Aries New Moon/Stellium, all planets are in forward motion! Every other 2021 New Moon will have at least one planet in retrograde. The Universe is giving us all a BIG GREEN LIGHT. All systems go and full speed ahead (for Aries is all about ACTION)! Are you ready for a re-birth? Start by digging deep and assessing who it is you truly wish to be. Ask yourself:  “Why am I here?”, “Why am I doing what I’m doing?”, “What brings me the most joy?”, and “What am I really passionate about?” One can maintain their inner identity and still re-invent one’s self. This is what Ramses meant by “Let curiosity guide your life.” It’s time to exhibit curiosity about the world around you AND the world within you.

From Cultivating Delight: A natural history of my garden (Diane Ackerman)

Most animals have strong life forces and will fight to survive. But humans also struggle to grow in understanding and fulfillment, sometimes making great sacrifices. Not always rewarded by happiness or pleasure, this growth is a pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, a quest for insights with no need to exploit them.

The Tarot card for this New Moon is the 3 of Wands – a card of vision, new beginnings, and hope. Hope Springs Eternal

I am sitting here burning Dragon’s Blood, a resin which has a connection to Mars, and leafing through Annie’s Annuals and Perennials‘ 2021 Summer catalog making note of which plants might do well in my Concrete Jungle. It’s Spring and I’m in the mood to re-invent myself AND my garden! I had my eye on a beautiful brugmansia relative, Iochroma cyanea ‘Royal Blue’, but I see it’s out of stock. DAMN! The early bird gets the worm…guess I got up too late.

The unexamined life is not worth living.
– Socrates

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