(Article changed on April 8, 2013 at 18:56)
The Cosmic Story: Aries New Moon 2013: A New Birth
The Goddess always works in threes.
Astrologers hold that the new year starts not only at Spring Equinox each year when the Sun moves over the equator from Pisces into Aries, but also at the first full Moon in Libra/Aries, which marks religious celebrations around the world; and most especially it begins at the Aries New Moon, since the new Moon initiates timing rhythms for earthly cycles. This Aries New Moon 2013 is special though, because it is the doorway to the future. So mark it well.
The Triple Goddess by Wendy Andrew, artist
Just as with the Goddess in her triune form of Maiden, Mother & Crone, there are three steps to this dance: Spring Equinox marks the physical experience of taking in equal amounts of light and dark, offering us a new balance, a new potential to work with on an instinctual level. The Full Moon marks a shedding of skin and a new birth, a sacrifice and a resurrection, because now the new Aries energy of Self encounters its need for the Other, a Partner, a bonding with the world. This first New Moon of the year, choose to plant the seeds of the wisdom of your heart, which knows what needs to be created this year. And so on this New Moon, we plant the seeds of the future. Our future.
We've just come through an intense few weeks since the Libra Full Moon on March 27th. How did your weeks go? (It's always informative to go back over the last newsletter to give some structure to your experience.) The Sun, Venus and Mars connected with the ongoing, revolutionary & evolutionary Uranus/Pluto square energy, helping us create a new story about our lives, a story that entails both the height of spiritual possibilities and the depths of our longings. The Cosmic Story said, "It's important to understand (Sun) what you've uncovered (Uranus/Pluto) about what you really love (Venus) so you can shift your desires (Mars) to attain those new goals."
The old operating system of patriarchy cannot resolve our complex problems and so it needs to be replaced by a new, more powerful operating system, one that includes the feminine Imagination and results in Wisdom. This new paradigm of life begins with you and those people you connect with. This is a group endeavor, but it requires each of us to bring our gifts to the Round Table of Life.
Venus/Mars Conjunction on April 6th
On Saturday, April 6th, we get the chance to unite our heart's desire with the power to manifest it. Venus and Mars, those two archetypal lovers, are engaging in the sacred marriage this night. Once every two years, Venus and Mars join together in the sky to unite their energies of love and desire. After this past full Moon in Libra and Aries, we have a gift that can help us both be for ourselves and be there for others. If we balanced those energies within us at the full Moon, which was ruled by Mars (the Sun in Aries) and Venus (the Moon in Libra), Saturday's sacred union might be interesting. On any and all levels, creative sparks are in order.
Venus and Mars by Sandro Botticelli
This year, their bridal chamber is within the bright blaze of the Sun' light, which happens only every 32 years. Venus and Mars share in the power of the Sun's primal fires of life, returning now to shine upon the land. There is something glorious about that image, isn't there? Remember when Venus went across the face of the Sun on June 5, 2012? Now with Venus and Mars beginning their new relationship cycle in Aries, it feels like the return of the strong masculine, the return of the King. This sacred marriage in the sky is en-lightened by its proximity to the Sun, hidden and yet bathed in the Sun's glow. Isn't this another part of the cosmic story which promises us the possibilities of a new beginning?
Venus is the power of attraction, connection, bonding, cohesion. Like attracts like! It is a blessed gift that here on Earth, we have transformed this primal root energy of creation/destruction into the beauty, power and comfort of Love. Venus leads us to what we naturally connect to: beauty, art, sex, love, wisdom, Life. The truth of ancient symbolism affirms that since Venus/Aphrodite is a goddess, she embodies Feminine Spirit and symbolizes women. Aphrodite is the goddess of Spirit incarnated in the Body, making the body holy.
Aphrodite Arising by Kerstin Zettmar
Our bodies tell the tale of who we are this incarnation. When we reject our differences, we stay stuck in patriarchal thinking. The old system has taken over. Our bodies are different: they look different, they function differently. Instead of ignoring the differences, perhaps we need to explore the knowledge and wisdom they might contain. It doesn't mean that there is only one way for a woman or a man to live. It does mean that women and men have different gifts to contribute to our world. As Venus/Aphrodite is a female goddess, her blessed gift to women is Wisdom.
Mars/Eros is the power of desire, of striving, of attaining, of action and results. We have been blessed with the power to grow, to change, to achieve and to sacrifice. Mars is the warrior, the protector, the individuality of the ego, the male of the species. But he is also the ancient force of Eros, the power of desire. Which masculine archetype calls to you? What kind of warrior are you? How do you handle your desires? What is your Mars up to? What do you desire?