The phases of the moon are among the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and deeply rich sources of thought and interpretation in Astrology. Among the 9 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, Waning Crescent, and Balsamic – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention.
This article will look at the current New Moon and suggest a “creation activity” associated with the sign of this New Moon, based on the work of the late astrologer Jan Spiller from her book, New Moon Astrology: The Secret of Astrological Timing to Make All Your Dreams Come True.
New Moon – Let’s Start Something!
The Aries New Moon will occur on April 11th at 22 degrees and 24 minutes; in my Eastern Standard Time zone, it will happen at 10:31 pm.
It takes 29.5 days from one New Moon to the next, spending approximately 2 and ½ days in a sign. Just before the New Moon begins, the last period (3 days) of the previous moon phase (Waning Crescent) is known as the Balsamic Moon. That period is ideal for meditating, reflecting, and releasing; all in preparation for the New Moon.
The first 12 to 24 hours after the New Moon begins is an ideal time to initiate energy. We will explore, specifically, each New Moon in a sign using Jan Spiller’s suggested actions further down in this article to see how best to take advantage of this period of inspiration and inception.
New Moon energy is ideal for a first date, trying something you have not done before, going somewhere for the first time, or creating with art and words. Each month, if you keep track of the New Moon, you should endeavor to do something new or begin something by aligning with the “newness” of the Moon as the energy of “right timing”.
New Moon in Aries
Since Aries is fire energy, this New Moon is ideal for speaking honestly, doing something daring, and taking a leap of faith. Aries is the “I act” energy of the Zodiac. Who, or what situation, needs you to act, speak up, challenge, or assert yourself? What do you need to do, right now!?
This New Moon will occur at 22d24m of Aries, making its Sabian symbol 23 Aries, “A woman in pastel colors carrying a heavy and valuable but veiled load”. Jones says, “This is a symbol of the soul’s basic anchorage in the privacy of its own functioning, and of the centering of real personality in the elements of its own particular genius.” (The Sabian Symbols, 172). The keyword is: RETICENCE.
Known as the Infant’s Moon, Raven Kaldera states, “The New Moon in Aries is the most primal of all beginnings. First of the first, Aries in this phase is the tiny Infant freshly come into the world, squalling and hungry, greedy for love and experience and happiness” (Moon Phase Astrology, 25). During this Moon, we need to envision what we need to survive, be free, and enjoy life.
The Numbers of This New Moon
This New Moon will occur on 04/11/2021, so the number for this day is 11, a master number, which reduces to a 2. According to Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker in Numerology and the Divine Triangle, the number 2 represents “harmony, cooperation, mediation, and passivity” (41). Further, they identify this number with the 2nd card of the Major Arcana in the Tarot, the High Priestess. “The High Priestess symbolizes the subconscious mind, the receptive, reproductive, and form-building power within the human organism” (128).
The number for the day of this New Moon is 11. In his book Modern Numerology, Morris Goodman does not reduce the days of the month. Instead, he provides an interpretation for each day. The 11th day reflects “intuition that is highly developed and inspired by high ideals” (34). We must appreciate the give and take of life.
New Moon Wishing (A Tribute to Jan Spiller’s Work)
I enjoy practical uses of astrology, and there are many. So, I was immensely pleased when I came across Spiller’s book: New Moon Astrology: The Secret of Astrological Timing to Make All Your Dreams Come True.
Spiller writes, “Wishing is really a matter of deciding what we WANT to create and getting clear on our intention.” (New Moon Astrology, 2) This technique is an act of conscious responsibility, not a lazy entitlement. There is actual work to do. This work involves knowing the time of the New Moon in your time zone and preparing to act within the first 8 to 24 hours AFTER the New Moon has activated.
Once the New Moon is active, you need to get a notecard or a piece of paper to write your wishes down or invest in and use a nice leather-bound journal. I know we all have a notes option on our cell phones, but handwriting the wishes/intentions is part of the energy ritual.
Spiller recommends making up to 10 wishes, but no more because too many requests will disperse energy; I generally do around 5, sometimes less (3-4) or more (6-7) depending on which New Moon it is and what is going with my life at the time. One constraint that helps the wishing/intention process is making statements in line with the New Moon in the sign of the day you write your wishes/intentions.
Wishes/Intentions in Aries
Knowing your chart will help you understand which New Moons will be stronger while others may be weaker. So, here’s the “nuts and bolts”. Sit down somewhere you can be comfortable, get your favorite pen, and write your wishes/intentions. Wording is very important, and Spiller suggests starting each sentence with, “I want …”.
Here’s what she says to wish for when the New Moon is in Aries: new beginnings, self-focus, innocence/authenticity, self-discovery, independence, courage, and disengaging self-absorption (49). And here are three examples of the types of wishes/intentions I will write about:
- I want to easily find myself initiating action when necessary.
- I want to easily find myself behaving authentically so I can earn other people’s respect.
- I want to be filled with boldness when it is time for me assert myself professionally.
Once you have them written down, put them somewhere you can store them and go back and review them after time has passed. A good place for a journal, or box, to put wishes in would be in your bedroom in a nightstand by your bed. Keep in mind that the quality of the paper, the pen, and the storage location all matter. Being intentional in all aspects of the process is important.
And lastly, consider getting Spiller’s book; this is just a primer article; if you want to find out how deep the well is and how fresh the source, then there is no substitute for reading all 312 pages of her book!
Happy New Moon Wishing!