The Moon is now in Aries along with Mercury which entered that fiery sign yesterday, and Venus is retrograding back through Aries so we have a strong Aries focus right now.  Mars-ruled Aries is well known for being the sign that is most adept at expressing anger due to its rulership by the god of war.

I like to say that Mars rules the way we feel about the things we want.  When we don’t get what we want, we get angry.  If we don’t speak up for ourselves, we get angry.  If we don’t set good boundaries and someone violates them, we get angry.  There are levels of anger that are useful, and then there is the anger that comes when we have not honored ourselves and what we need.  “I shouldn’t feel that way.”  “That shouldn’t bother me.”  We tell ourselves these things, and then the anger erupts anyway.

April Elliot Kent writes about Aries:

Anger is the emotion of last resort, which kicks in only when other warning signs have failed to get our attention. When someone crosses the line with you, a quick and assertive response is in order. We need to stand up for ourselves, and when fear, good manners, or pride keep us from doing so, anger is the natural result. But anger is the nuclear weapon of the relationship arsenal – its only power lies in its ability to intimidate or frighten others. Anger stamps a vintage from the grapes of normal, healthy, Aries wrath, bottles it up and places it in a dark cellar for months. What results might be a great wine – but will more likely turn to vinegar, corrosive and sour.

Aries isn’t all about anger and boundaries though – it is also about simplicity and idealism.  Aries sees the world through a lens in which might should be right, and noble ideals prevail.  There is an innocence to Aries that is often overlooked.  Like the infant human, the infant of the zodiac sees life through a simple prism of needs.  When the needs aren’t met, the anger is expressed.  There’s no hidden agendas – no long-lasting grudges.

The New Moon in Aries occurs at 12:06 pm EDT on Thursday, and forms a square to Pluto.  Pluto will intensify the question “What do we need, and how are we going about ensuring that those needs are met.”  Pluto suggests that those needs are life and death matters, and may devise elaborate power plays in which we play out the drama of our needs and who meets them and who does not, and how we respond when thwarted.

Pluto takes the Aries simplicity and convolutes it.  Where Aries gets angry and has forgottten it the next minute, Pluto holds on.  Pluto also forms a square to Mercury in the New Moon which can enhance our discussions with an intense and argumentative flavor.  Who has the power? is another question that is asked under this New Moon.

Aries also brings courage.  Aries is virtually fearless, and the innocence and blind trust of Aries in That Which Is Right can help to defuse any lingering fear that has taken over our consciousness in the current climate of economic anxiety.  Under the influence of Aries we are more easily able to summon the courage that will assist us in our Quest.

As the Moon moves towards its conjunction with the Sun that signals the new lunar cycle, it will form a square to Pluto at around 7 am EDT, bringing the first hint of intensity.  Remember that this New Moon is a beautiful time for awakening our inner sense of personal power and further developing our own personal identity in a way that takes care of all of our needs while maintaining a healthy balance in our relationships.  The Pluto factor will show us if there are any areas where we still feel weak and unable to protect ourselves, but it will also show us the way to improve that circumstance.

The intensity will soften in the afternoon as the Moon transits Venus which is retrograding back towards a conjunction with the Sun.  Venus is about our values and our relationships, and the presence of Venus will want to ensure that the Aries energy for conquest does not leave our relationships behind in the process.  Moderation and balance will be called for once the New Moon culminates at around noon EDT.

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