New Moon in Aries, March 21, 2023

The New Moon is on March 21st. The New Moon falls just one day after the start of spring (spring equinox) and the Astrological New Year. The equinox, astrological new year and the new moon are all at 0 degrees of Aries!

Zero Aries is also what is called the Aries point and is a world point. Meaning that what happens and how we respond on this New Moon will be very significant and important both personally and for the world. Remember, New Moons are times for intention setting, so be careful and constructive with the intentions that you put out at this time.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is A woman has risen out of the ocean, a seal is embracing her. At the O degrees of Aries, we have just emerged from the unconscious waters of Pisces. Like the woman rising out of the water, we bring with us attachments from those waters. We can survive on land, but the attachments we bring, like the seal, cannot. It’s not that they are bad. In fact, they may be lovable and endearing. It’s just that we have now entered a new realm. For us to survive, and for them to survive, we need to let go, move forward and commit to our new adventure!

Having committed to it, what is this new adventure? It may be a new enterprise (a business), exploration, or foray into some form of uncharted territory. Aries is about courage, self-reliance, freedom, bravery and personal power. Anything requiring risk, initiative, potential and new beginnings is the realm of Aries. At this New moon, we will need all of these Aries gifts. And maybe even an Aries swiss army knife! Aries rules weapons!

In many ways Aries tests who we are. There is one hint as to who we are at this time. The new moon is conjunct Manwe. Manwe is not a planet or an asteroid, but a dwarf planet (much like Pluto). Manwe was discovered in 2003 and was named after the High God in the mythologies outlined in the J.R.R. Tolkien books. Manwe is described as having no thought of his power. He is not jealous and rules with an emphasis on peace. Manwe loves poetry and the ‘song of words is his delight’. He has a sapphire sceptre and his colour is blue. Manwe doesn’t truly understand evil. He has a considerable amount of compassion and mercy and easily forgives. This causes him at times to get duped and taken advantage of by his brother, the dark fallen god. The new moon conjunct Manwe suggests that projects and endeavours that call on our leadership, desire for peace, and for the coming together or the building up of sacred unions will be highlighted.

Sacred unions you say? Well, Perhapses one of the most interesting aspects of Manwe is his relationship with his wife Varda. The two represent the sacred union of god and goddess, king and queen. In their mythology, they are seldom apart. In fact, Manwe does much better with Varda at his side. If Varda is beside him, he sees farther than all other eyes, through mist and darkness, and over a league of seas. He also hears farther when she is beside him, hearing into valleys and dark corners and beyond. In summary, Varda brings out the best in Manwe!

Varda is the goddess of light and she creates stars. This is interesting as currently, dwarf planet Varda is at 27 degrees of Sagittarius which is the galactic centre. The galactic centre is a hot spot of activity; it’s the centre of the milky way, where billions of stars swirl around a very large black hole. Many of them new!

Astrologically, the galactic centre is a point where information from other galaxies comes into our galaxy. Information that challenges old beliefs, restructures paradigms and is often channelled through anyone with a point or a planet at this degree. Varda, at the galactic center, is gathering light and information and she is sending it off to her husband Manwe. In terms of signs, the two are in a trine, both of them being in fire signs. But in terms of degrees, they are square. Manwe at the beginning of Aries and Varda at the end of Saggitarius. There is no question their relationship is solid, but the information coming through Varda is challenging Manwe and the New Moon. Remember Varda helps Manwe to see far, but the friction comes as he cannot unsee what he has seen. She helps him to hear father… more than he could without her, but friction comes because he cannot un-hear what he has heard. This New Moon in Aires is calling out all sacred warriors as well as all sacred unions (including business partners)! It’s asking us to take in new and uncomfortable information and it’s asking us to work together and courageously move forward.

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The New Moon and Manwe are also opposite Ceres in Libra. Ceres in Libra provides the motivation to move forward. Ceres in Libra feels nourished when things are in balance, fair and conflict-free. Ceres pokes the New Moon and Manwe and says things are out of balance… “we need to bring back peace”. This is speaking Manwe’s language!

Finally, the New Moon and Manwe are making a sextile to pluto. This is again an out-of-sign aspect. This time though the degrees make an easy-going sextile, yet the signs are not compatible. Aries and Capricorns don’t normally get along. What this means is that Pluto is making it possible for us to step into our power, but it is likely coming from challenging circumstances. For instance, the banks might be failing (which some have) and though that causes us fear and friction, we are empowered to create solutions that liberate us.

Finally, The New Moon and Manwe in Aries are ruled by Mars. Mars makes an aspect to everyone; the New Moon, Varda and Manwe. We will have no choice but to act! Supporting this is Mercury in Aries widely conjunct the new moon. Mercury is helping us to gather information quickly and to make up our minds at lightning speed. As we do so, we may also have flashes of insight or new ideas on how to move forward. We are not likely to second-guess ourselves!

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Happy New Moon in Aries, Spring Equinox and Astrological New Year!