Everything You Need To Know About Tonight's New Moon In Aries
On Sunday, April 15, 2018, the new moon in fiery, passionate Aries restarts the lunar clock and refreshes the worldwide perspective on—well—pretty much everything. Time to leave the past in the past! Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, known for being daring and impulsive.
Aries puts our focus on fresh starts, creative opportunities, and new beginnings. This is one of the most fertile times of the year for planting seeds. How fitting is it that Aries season and the spring equinox coincide on the same day each year! Ruled by red-hot Mars, Aries energy fires up our most heartfelt passions and gives us the courage to compete, even fight for our wildest dreams. Aries is symbolized by the stubborn-yet-persistent Ram, so this new moon is an opportunity to truly grab life by the horns and fearlessly venture into the unknown.
The best part? After three signal-jamming weeks, messenger Mercury finally snaps out of a retrograde in aggro Aries. Sweet relief! Since March 22, the communication planet has been backing up through fiery Aries, which brought deep bouts of self-reflection and some aggressively stormy misunderstandings. If you lost your temper on the ones you love, it's time to make amends as needed!
The Aries new moon is also an ideal time to begin a new solo project or strike out on an independent path. Ready to achieve a real milestone? Any efforts that get initiated this week are sure to blossom by the fall. Circle September 24—the date of the corresponding full moon in Aries—to achieve any personal milestones that you begin reaching for at this lunation. But for the time being, think "limitless possibilities!" Here’s how to maximize the mojo of the zodiac’s Ram:
1. Channel anger into drive.
Be honest: What upsets you to no end? Anger in and of itself is not a negative—it’s how we use it (constructively or destructively) that determines everything. The new moon in Aries calls forth our inner warriors. The things that make us fume are often the pointers to our passions. The Aries new moon could even awaken our slumbering activism. Founding feminist Gloria Steinem is born under the sign of the Ram, as was civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. Their confident, courageous world-changing impact is a prime example of harnessing Aries ire to start a revolutionary fire.
We all have the power within us to shape the world. Rather than raging randomly when we’re feeling frustrated, we can create constructive change, fighting the good fight for our beliefs. In some cases, this can be as basic as saying "no" to a degrading offer or daring to express an unpopular (but enlightened) idea in the face of extreme opposition.
2. Stand up for your rights.
Sometimes it’s smart to throw in the towel. You’re done, and the energy you expend is never gonna pay off. In that case, it might be quitting time. But other times, fear of the unknown is why you suddenly have that migraine, cancel plans, pick a fight with your loved ones, crave another candy bar/cigarette/drink. Take inventory today and see where you’ve given up too soon. Then summon the courage to try again.
3. Practice selflessness.
Nakedly honest and unapologetic, Aries energy can stun us with its entitlement. But it can also inspire us! Aries is unafraid to want more, to desire—and this can be the basis for prosperity. In our amateur Kabbalah studies, we learned an interesting principle: Kabbalah teaches that there are two kinds of desire: the desire to receive in order to share, or the desire to receive for the self alone. When we want just for ourselves, we burn out fast. When we desire an abundant crop to feed the village, the universe is happy to give us more and more. (For more on this, check out Yehuda Berg’s easy-to-digest book The Power of Kabbalah.)
4. Live with passion.
When was the last time you felt genuine excitement or joy about something? The Aries new moon prompts us to awaken that molecule-swirling, spine-tingling feeling. Let the hot blood pump through your veins and spur you into action. As it turns out, passion is an essential element of living a fulfilled life, and the Aries new moon serves up a healthy reminder of just that. As we’ve heard it said, emotions are E-motion—energy in motion. When we can FEEL something, we can move it. So let joy and passion help you get unstuck.
5. Check your head.
With all the daring Aries energy swirling around, there’s bound to be a good deal of stress that accompanies it. As the "head" of the zodiac, Aries rules the cranium and this new moon turns our healing focus there. 101 tip: Dehydration is often a major cause of headaches. Keep a pitcher of filtered H2O (with slices of lemon or cucumber perhaps) close at hand. Refill your glass regularly while you plan your world takeover. Go for a scalp massage or a rubdown of your neck and shoulders, which are often the cause of cranial agony. You could also try this home reflexology remedy: use one thumb to rub the fleshy part of your hand between your forefinger and thumb, and be sure to read these self-care strategies for Aries season too.
Want to get a little more ethereal? Nurture your noggin with a ritual that balances your crown chakra energy. This will ensure that you don’t fall prey to tension headaches—or ego trips—both signs of a crown chakra gone awry. You can also try these yoga poses tailored specifically to egocentric Aries season, or chill out with this guided meditation to harness your courage. Work with crystals that boost white and violet light energy, which are the colors of this chakra. Moonstone, clear quartz, opal, amethyst, and yes, diamonds are all gemstones that can level us out. Hold them in your hand, place them in your line of vision, or wear them as jewelry. Inhaling essential oils can also bring us back to our "crowning glory." Try jasmine, sandalwood, chamomile, or lemongrass. Ah, sweet relief.
Check out what's in store for the rest of April here.