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The Cosmic Story: Aries New Moon 2014

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Before he makes each one of us, God speaks.   Then, without speaking, he takes each one out of the darkness.   And these are the cloudy words God speaks before each of us begins:

"You have been sent out by your senses. Go to the farthest edge of desire, and give me clothing: burn like a great fire so that the stretched-out shadows of the things of the world cover me completely.   Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. You must just go--no feeling is the farthest you can go. Don't let yourself be separated from me. The country called life is close.   By its seriousness, you will know it. Give me your hand."      Before He Makes Each One    ~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

With both the Sun and Moon in Aries, we really begin the new astrological year.   At the Aries New Moon, we set the seeds we planted last Winter Solstice into motion. That's what Aries is all about in some ways--motion.   Where to go?   What to do?   The internal and eternal quest for "Who am I?'   Aries' primal fire and passion move us into life.   Aries sets us off on a quest as soon as we arrive at the Spring Equinox.   We just intuitively know that ideas and goals we've been mulling over are about to move into the world.   The sap rises as the spring sun warms the Earth.   Life which was dormant over the winter is waking up!   Aries has arrived.

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All of us have Aries somewhere in our natal charts.   We all have an Aries side to us; all the planetary energies are available to us.   Aries is an archetypal pattern of life we share in.   But how we specifically meet and use our Aries experiences will differ.  

It is the energy of Mars, who astrologers consider Aries' "ruler' (the planetary energy which best exemplifies a zodiacal sign), who shapes Aries' purpose for our use.   Mars is the archetypal Warrior, and each of you will have your own unique brand of warrior depending on where your natal Mars is.

Aries is supported by the Warrior archetype, because the truth is, life itself is often a battle.   We no longer live the easy life of the Garden of Eden, although we could begin to create our own earthly version if we evolve out of childish self-concern and fear into conscious community and vision.   We're smart enough, but are we emotionally mature enough?   Only time will tell.

So how do we use this archetypal warrior energy that moves through all of us?   At their best and brightest, warriors are the protectors and defenders of the tribe, the land and the city.   Roman Mars was just that--he grappled with the problems facing communal life and defended his people when needed.   We must each find our courage--an Aries trait--to become the people we are meant to evolve into.   And to bring our ideas, our love and our purpose to help the larger community as we go through our collective transformation.

Aries New Moon 2014

The Aries New Moon occurs on Sunday March 30th at 11:44am PDT/ 2:44pm EDT/ 6:44pm GMT. 

This New Moon is truly a new birth.   It is energetically connected to the on-going Pluto-Uranus square, the womb of evolution that is presently shaking and re-shaping our planetary life.   We are living in such important times--times where not only people, but the Earth herself needs defending.   We all are being called upon to take an active role in shaping our future.  

As Pluto pulls down the decaying structures of patriarchal society (and corporations becoming "people' is the ultimate sociopathic attempt by patriarchy to hold onto power), we need new ideas, new leaders and new structures that reflect true democracy around the world to fill the void left by Pluto's destruction.   And that includes equality not only between women and men, but between feminine intuition/feeling and masculine rationality/facts.   We need both sides of our brains to help solve our problems and create a more caring, open and free society.

Pluto in Capricorn is showing us that the Emperor has no clothes on.   Our patriarchal emperor (Money is Power, Might makes Right) is being exposed for the fraud he is.   The Emperor in the Tarot is ruled by Aries.   He's the pioneer, the discoverer, the leader, the initiator, the innovator.   He has an urge for action, a sense of adventure and looks for new beginnings.   While patriarchy has certainly exhibited these qualities in the past, it has become caught up in a power complex that is leading us into the dark side of the force.  

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Cathy Pagano is a spiritual advisor and Jungian psychotherapist, storyteller, author and teacher. She is the author of a book on the return of the Goddess, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. (more...)

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