New Moon in Aries
On Wednesday, April 10, just before the dawning, at 5:35 AM, EST, the Sun and Moon will unite in this powerful initiatory constellation of Aries. As you remember, the Sun entered this constellation on the spring equinox on Wednesday, March 20th at 7:02 AM. The Moon at that time was in the constellation of Cancer. The Sun and the Moon were courting one another, knowing they would unite but resisting overtures until they could hide in the darkness of the Moon in her newness.
This is a powerful Moon to begin the cycles of your soul's urgings. What is it that your heart dreams of? Well, this is the Moon to ceremonially plant the seed of your essential self; from your head to your heart.
The last new moon in Aries was in March, of 2012, close to the equinox, and full of seeds. What were you initiating then? Do you remember? And, was the cycle completed? If not, this may be a good time to affirm its completion. Will it take another year of cyclical time? Uncompleted tasks can become shadows and hide in the underworld. They can skirt the surface of dreaming, playing in the twilight of the psyche, waiting for full acceptance.
So here is your opportunity to either begin again, or affirm completion. If you can affirm completion, then, now it is the moment to expand the garden of the heart.
Aries rules the head. Most specifically, the top of the head to the nose. I would like to introduce an old idea. When the Sun goes into Aries on the equinox, and when the Sun and Moon align during their newness, it is an excellent time to nurture your head; That is, your hair and your face; the eyes, ears, nose and mouth; the top and back, as well. The ancients considered the head to be connected to the soul as it aligned with the heart. Whatever way you think to nurture the top of your body with herbs, water and affirmations that support the well-being of your head is important now. This sounds funny, really, because we are not always accustomed to thinking in these terms. Nor are we accustomed to nurturing our head. Maybe our feet and our hands but not our head.
Conversely, this is not a good period to have surgery on any of the parts of the head previously mentioned Stay away, if possible from any burden or strain to the top of the head, the eyes, the ears and the nose. this is not to create fear but to act skillfully with these body parts at this time
This is a good time to take actions to relieve recurring headaches, eye strain and sinus issues.
Another practice to coordinate the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and the body as a whole is to practice the ancient Vedic art of Nadi Shodana. Our ancestors, and by ancestors I mean to say, all of our human progenitors not just our particular ethnic inheritance, believed the left nostril is under the influence of the moon and the right, by the Sun. The new moon in Aries is an excellent time to initiate this practice in order to attune to this cycle. It is helpful to perform this practice during the new moon but it is a practice of communion and alignment with the cosmic cycles that is known as svara yoga. This is a complete science of attunement to the greater and lesser cycles but we will begin with Nadi Shodana.
Take the thumb of your right hand and close the right nostril. The thumb is not really a finger but the repository of divine will and logic. Breath in through the left nostril of the moon. Then, release the thumb from the right nostril and press the left nostril closed with the "ring" finger and the pinky. The last phalanx of the pinky is ruled by Aries (appropriate here) and the ring finger by Cancer. Exhale through the right nostril. Repeat the process. If this seems difficult to accomplish for various reasons, then you can try, Anuloma Viloma, which is visualizing, as you breathe the life-giving prana, flowing up the left nostril, to the third eye area and then down through the right nostril. And then, reverse. Whether one accomplishes this through visualization or through physical manipulation of the nostrils, the effect is the same. The nose is an instrument for altering cortical activity and aligning the microcosm and the macrocosm.
Thus, we breathe with the Sun and the Moon and create balance and harmony.
An excellent herb to drink at this time is Stinging Nettle (Urtica spp.). Nettles is ruled by Mars. Mars is the planetary ruler of Aries. This new Moon arrives at the time when Spring is approaching in the temperate climates of the North. After the inner journey of Winter, the Sun begins her journey Northward. The energy of Spring shape-shifts our body's into an emergence from the underground into the glorious hands of the Sun. Nettles is one of the plants that can assist us with this transition from Winters stormy darkness into the sap flowing wonders of this season. Nettles is beginning to show herself, as she peeks out from the damp, cold earth. Her tender green leaves miraculously lifting their fingers up toward the Sun. So, it may not be time to pick her, just yet. For this you may need to use last years' left overs. To drink last years dried nettle leaves is an excellent way to transition to her young fresh leaves when they are ready to be offered in the next few weeks. Nettles cleanses, purifies and moves the energy outward as an herb ruled by Mars can do. Because most living beings slow down in the winter months, at least for humans, nutrient absorption is lessened. There is more congestion and constriction. The muscles, glands and organs lapse into a mood of slowness and restfulness. But then, when SPRING springs, the atmosphere of the body lifts in delight to the awakening and warmth inherent in the season. Nettles, again is the herb of choice.
Nettles can be used, also, externally as a large tea for whole body or hand and foot baths and as a rinse for the head; Hair rinse, eye and mouth rinse.
To prepare nettle tea, take 1/4 cup of dried nettle leaves and place into a glass quart jar. Cover with almost boiled water, cover and then let the tea steep over night. Drink the well steeped tea in the morning; cold or warm. As a cold tea it has more of an affinity for cleansing the kidneys by diuresis. For a full bath, add the nettle tea to your bath water and bathe in her emerald luxury.
The Aries new moon brings an aliveness, a richness, a warmth of spirit. A period to uncover your nurturing plans for the year as the Moon moves through and embraces all of the constellations. One after another, touching every part, loving all places in your heart, and the heart of the cosmos.
Stay tuned for the next new moon in Taurus. That moon will be a solar eclipse on May 9th. May this moonth (month) carry you sweetly. May you begin to dream your hearts desires into the colorful buds of Spring.
Kwah Wa'Adabisha ThD
Astrologer, Herbalist, Therapist
Herbalist, Biodynamic Farmer, Author