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Aries New Moon: April 3, 2011

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riding a horse of green air.

Soul becomes pure in the body,

Purer, we move inside love and stand next to Shams,

Our shoulders touching in the infinite house.

Rumi: The Big Red Book, Coleman Barks

Sunrise by Anonymous

This Aries New Moon is a new dawn, the beginning of the moon cycle of the year. As Rumi so eloquently puts it, each day we rise, we have the possibility "to shine like grains in the light' -- to let our truth shine into our world.   In dark times, the world needs light.   It's time to shine.

The best way to do this is to "rise up to the stars'; the times call on us to let go of our old story and find a "big' mythic story to help us discover a new identity. (Uranus is now in Aries for the next seven years, awakening us to his archetypal starry realm where we can entertain different "identity' possibilities.)  

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This Aries new Moon is the time to plant those seeds of new beginnings, which originate in a new sense of identity. At new Moons, we are neither "wet nor dry' -- so we are still unformed.   We get to create a new form each new Moon.   The best way to connect to that new form is to tell ourselves a story about what we want it to be.

We are creatures of story.   Our unconscious mind speaks in imagery, and is constantly playing out stories which frame how we see the world.   If you want to change, you need to take charge of what stories you tell yourself.   And then you need to engage your imagination in those stories and let their symbolic wisdom guide you to a new sense of yourself.

In a changing world (Pluto in Capricorn is squaring this new Moon, challenging us to personally do something about the decay in our society) we need to find our security within ourselves and our sense of purpose.   This is when we begin -- in Aries we search for that sense of purpose by identifying what makes us passionate, interested, excited and assertive.   We might not know exactly what it is, but when we get there, and feel it, we'll know that's the One.   We'll sense the fit.  

This Aries New Moon, traveling along with Mars, Uranus, Jupiter and Mercury in Aries, is a particularly potent time with this dynamic mix of energies to find the deeper archetypal pattern -- the DNA - of your soul.   Mars and Uranus team up to blast you away from your past and into a sense of adventure.   Jupiter opens you to big possibilities while Mercury has just stopped to go back and make sure it's got the plans right.   When you know what the energies are doing, you can name what's going on inside yourself and work with the energies, rather than having the energies work you over.   

One way to do this is to look at a bigger story and let it be the mirror of who you want to be.   Aries is always on the lookout for a new story -- until he finds the right one.   Finding our unique identity is Aries' prime directive.  

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Aries are the pioneers of the zodiac.   With so much cosmic energy concentrated right now in Aries, this new Moon is the time to invoke this pioneering spirit and journey to the outer reaches of your possibilities.   It is time to become the New You!

There is great beauty and cosmic justice at work here, because all that Aries' exuberance, daring, anger, assertiveness and courage is forced to balance its self-interest with Saturn in Libra's sense of justice and fairness and the value of partnership.   As Rumi sees it "We move to the center of the fighting, this circle of bewildered lovers."  

We can use our Aries warrior spirit to "move to the center of the fighting' for those "bewildered lovers' and put a stop to the fighting by measuring our words (Mercury is retrograde in Aries as of March 30th -- putting a hold on its usual sharp-witted tongue), sharpening our vision (Uranus and Jupiter in Aries give us big surprising visions while Saturn in Libra gets us to hone them and share them), and sharing in community (Neptune in Aquarius).

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Cathy Pagano is the author of a new book, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. G. Jung Institut-Zurich in dream interpretation, then got her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Feminine Spirituality, and along the way became a certified Life Coach. As an astrologer and storyteller, she weaves the Cosmic Stories written in the stars and from The Bard's Grove, comments on emerging archetypal themes in movies. Cathy works with the tools of the imagination - dreams, alchemy, myths, astrology, symbolic language, storytelling, ritual - to awaken the Soul's wisdom.

I believe that Americans are called to a higher consciousness at this point in our history. We are called on to live up to our ideals and create the country our forefathers imagined. Inner consciousness needs to be acted upon for social justice.

Cathy believes that our writers and artists must take up our responsibility to create art that inspires, teaches and heals our humanity.

Cathy writes about political, psychological/spiritual, and cultural issues.

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With six planets in Aries - Sun, Moon, Mars, Uranu... by Cathy Lynn Pagano on Wednesday, Mar 30, 2011 at 4:00:44 PM
I am an Aries and can feel a surge of energy. Tha... by Philip Pease on Friday, Apr 1, 2011 at 9:43:52 AM