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11 Things to Do When the Moon is in Aries

This morning at 6:51 AM, the moon reached her fullness in Aries. If you were lucky, you were able to see the brilliant white of the full moon turn blood red in a total lunar eclipse.

What does that mean for you?

In astrology, lunar eclipses are like supercharged full moons. They bring epiphanies, sweeping changes, and completions which will affect your life for the next six months. Synchronicities abound during eclipse season, so pay attention. If you think the universe is trying to tell you something, it probably is.

Add fierce, pioneering Aries energy to the mix and you've got a recipe for fast and furious transformation!

If you want to make the most of this lunar eclipse, make sure to add these things to your to-do list this week:

Rebel.

This full moon is on top of wild card Uranus, so don't be surprised if you feel a sudden urge to shake up your usual routine. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater yet, as Mercury Retrograde may cause you to miss important details if you act now. But DO allow yourself time for small acts of rebellion, or laying the groundwork for a future coup. Be weird. Go with the flow. Let your freak flag fly!

Transform.

The full moon + Uranus is square Pluto, the planet of death and rebirth. This aspect will shake the foundations of the houses it transits in your chart, and whatever's not strong will likely fall away. Be comforted by the fact that destruction is a necessary prerequisite for creation. Something beautiful is about to be born.

Ignite.

This moon also sets off a Grand Fire Trine with Mars in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Leo. Trines are delicious aspects that act as a portal for new opportunities. With the fire energy in play, that means something's going to manifest pretty quickly. Whatever it is, it's going to expand what you believe to be possible and open you up to more generosity, both with others and yourself. Here's to that!

Loving the fiery vibe? Here are a few more ideas for your Moon in Aries checklist:

Compete. Aries rules competition, so Moon in Aries is a perfect time for some healthy competition and debate, whether physical, artistic, or intellectual.

Invent. As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries loves being the first to come up with new ideas. Moon in Aries is a great time for brainstorming!

Move your body. Aries also rules the physical body, so exercise and dance are both productive and nourishing under this moon.

Adorn your head. You guessed it! Aries rules the head too, so getting a head massage and/or a trying a new hairstyle or accessory are lovely Moon in Aries activities.

Protect yourself. Aries is warrior sign, so now is a great time to make sure you're protecting yourself in both the material and spiritual realms. Bri Saussy wrote a wonderful piece on this!

Take a stand. Aries thrives on decisive action, so the Aries moon can help you get clear on how you feel about important issues in your life.

Embrace your authority. Channel Queen Bey and let everyone else know they can "Bow down, bitches!" (Full disclosure: Flawless may be my favorite song right now.)

Finally, and most importantly, the Aries moon is calling you to Start.

Aries is the starting point for the whole zodiac. If you never start, nothing happens. If you've been mulling over a new project, stop thinking about it and take action. Starting is a powerful act. You can do it.

Happy lunar eclipse and cosmic love!

PS- Still feeling nervous about the eclipse vibe? These 3 mantras will help you stay sane.

And The Walls Came Tumbling Down: Aries New Moon 2014

The Tower (XVI)

The Tower (XVI)

What do this new moon and the battle of Jericho have in common? More than you might think.

Normally the Aries new moon would be time to embrace spring fever and charge forward with new projects, but this one is tangled up in a tricky aspect called a T-square. The sun, moon and three other planets are aligned in a triangle formation that causes a major cosmic tension. And the other three planets involved aren't just friendly inner planets. Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto are all serious change-makers. They've been laying in wait for months and now they're finally sounding their trumpets. Don't try to fight it: any walls you've built up, no matter how strong, may be about to tumble and fall.

Jupiter in Cancer is throwing a square to the new moon, which could force you into an uncomfortable stretch outside your comfort zone. Jupiter is the planet of expansion and Cancer is the sign of motherhood, so it seems to me that we're all going to be experiencing some labor pains with this moon. The spring brings new birth, but you've got to work to bring your new creation into the world. Are you being vetted for a promotion, or are you prepping for a big launch? Whatever you're working on, you're going to have to fight to bring it to life.

Pluto in no-nonsense Capricorn is also making a square aspect to the moon. Once-familiar structures crumble, and old mechanisms can no longer hold. Kiss toxic habits goodbye, whether you're ready or not. If you're caught in an unsatisfying relationship with a job or a lover, you won't be able to turn a blind eye anymore. Pluto takes away your crutches and throws the reality of your situation out into the open. The good news? Without your usual means of self-medication, you'll have to adapt.

All of that sounds very scary, and to be honest, it is. But if this moon has one saving grace, it's it's close proximity to revolutionary Uranus. Whatever changes may come with Jupiter and Pluto at odds, Uranus's presence ensures that its simply part of your evolution into the best version of yourself. This planet does come with an element of surprise, so whatever occurs may come out of the blue, but you've got what it takes to handle it.

Uranus also rules lightning, which is a symbol of enlightenment and divine inspiration. At this new moon, open yourself to wild ideas and eleventh hour insights: they may be exactly what you need to survive.

 

Still not sure how to cope? Here are a few preparation questions to ask your inner oracle:

1. What old structures do I need to let go?

2. What is being born in my life?

3. How can I evolve to embrace these changes?

 

Happy new moon & cosmic love! XX

Stars + Cards: The Emperor

The Emperor

The Emperor

It may come as a surprise that fiery Aries is The Emperor's astrological counterpart. When I think of The Emperor, the first thing that comes to mind is a sense of harsh discipline that's usually attributed to Saturn. But much like The Emperor himself, Aries is a fearless sign known for its commanding presence and desire to gain mastery over everything in his path.

Aries is the sign of initiating new projects, which is perfect for The Emperor's stable energy. After the chaos of The Fool, the idea genesis of The Magician, the reflection of The High Priestess, and the creative impulses of The Empress, The Emperor urges us to turn our newborn dreams into something real. When this card appears, it's time to manifest your master plan, seek new adventures, and apply force when necessary.

The symbol of Aries is the ram, known for their stubbornness and propensity to butt heads. This symbol appears on the Emperor's throne in most versions of the fourth trump. When you're dealing with The Emperor's vibes, make sure you're not “ramming” your head against the wall or being overly hardheaded. Instead, draw on the fire element that's present in Aries and burn through those blocks!

In Corinne Kenner's Tarot and Astrology, she points out that the ram is a sacrificial animal in many cultures. This made me think of the austerity that is so often associated with this card. When you draw The Emperor, it might be time to tighten your belt for best results. What are you willing to sacrifice in order to meet your goals? Remember that letting go of something makes space for the new, and the ardent Emperor will help you break new ground.

Cosmic love! XO