As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries marks the astrological new year and sends us charging forth into our passion and purpose. The Aries new moon on April 15th is filled with opportunity to fulfill our greatest desires while offering a no-nonsense energy to help us go about our business. As the fiery god of war, Aries cannot be ignored and fills us with unrest if we don’t actively pursue our fullest potential. Now is the time to make a plan, put it into action, and say goodbye to anything that stands in your way. Excuses don’t fly in the face of this Aries new moon…so stop making them.
Your best ally during this time is your intuition. The new moon shares a close relationship with Uranus, who offers inspiration and insight like flashes of lightning — they come quickly and are gone just as fast, so you must pay attention. Listen for the gut feeling or the inner knowing that says, “Yes! This is the way,” and go for it. With Aries energy behind you, guided by Uranus’ insights, you are absolutely on the right path.
The only thing that may trip you up during this time is Pluto, who presents a challenge to our Aries new moon. Pluto constantly encourages us to get serious about our shadow work. Indeed, the pursuit of passion is not possible without tackling the deep wounds that stand in our way — generating fear and doubt. With so much at stake during this new moon, your pathway to purpose may be riddled with your biggest triggers…and there is no more perfect time to resolve them with deep introspection, hypnotherapy or psychotherapy, or dedicated spiritual practice.
The result is a shining start to a promising new astrological year. If you need a moment to start over, now is the time. If you need a push to get moving in the right direction, this is your chance. And, if you longed for the perfect opportunity to say “Yes!” to manifesting your highest potential, this is it!
Alchemical Ritual for the Aries New Moon:
As a cardinal fire sign, Aries is capable of lighting passions and starting the charge toward dreams that would seem impossible to anyone else. At this time, consider what lies ahead of you that the brazenness of Aries can help you develop the willpower to achieve.
Gather crystals (fire agate, aventurine, clear quartz are good choices), sage or sweet grass and find a symbol that represents what you would like to achieve under the energy of this new moon. Create your space with these items and light a candle. On a sheet of paper, write down your goal, and also a list of things that seem to stand in your way. Sit quietly in meditation on what you have written and say the following invocation:
May the Aries moon light path toward manifesting my greatest potential.
Take some time for quiet reflection. Finally, burn the paper with your goal and obstacles as you commit to letting go of what is holding you back. Cleanse yourself with sage or sweetgrass. Snuff the candle. Close the ritual with three chants of Om and a moment of gratitude.