The Sabian Symbol pertaining to the zodiacal degree highlighted by the Aries New Moon states:
“A man succeeds in expressing himself simultaneously in two realms. Keynote: The first realization of the dual nature of man and of the possibilities it implies – Living two separate lives.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and Its 360 Symbolic Phases”, Page 54)
A significant feature of the Aries New Moon chart is a retrograde Venus in close conjunction with the lunation, only one day and one degree away from the inferior conjunction of the Sun and Venus, the point at which a new Venus cycle begins. Over the last few days has Venus Rx cast a series of semi-squares to the stellium in Aquarius, consisting of Chiron, Neptune and Juno, and lastly one to Vesta in Taurus. This could have prompted a rather harsh awakening, resulting in an inner struggle, which could have forced us to re-envision our future and to push for rearrangements, matching our security needs according to this altered version. That constitutes the ‘stuff’ we’re taking with us into the next cycle. It is not only contained in the seed impulse of the Aries New Moon, but will also be integrated in the new Venus cycle. Thus, as we’re preparing ourselves for a fresh start and a new life in a different future, while having to contend with the current circumstances, we’ll be living two separate lives.
Moreover, Aries’ theme is the emergence and forward thrust of life, whereas a retrograde Venus turns the desire nature inwardly. Therefore, the energy is directed outward and inward simultaneously and the primary urge of action for action’s sake associated with the sign Aries is counterbalanced by refined intentions based on the re-evaluation of our motives. The impetus provided by these joined energies and overlapping cycles refers to what we really want and need to do for our Self-fulfillment.
Another aspect that will perfect with this New Moon is the square between Vesta in Taurus and Chiron in Aquarius. Vesta traversing Taurus (Venus’ sign) relates to us building up the spirit to sustain our commitment for the things we’re dedicated toward. Chiron, the wounded healer who is half animal and half man, is the astrological symbol for the dual nature in man, mentioned above. In Aquarius, this refers to us being an individual and at the same time part of the larger collective. Their square indicates that these two paths are at cross purpose as the situation shows us stuck in a rut and committed to the same, repetitive pattern, while we’re aching for change and wish we could break free in order to pursue our true calling and a more authentic lifestyle.
Most likely were the latest developments quite disappointing as well as eye-opening, especially in the event of Chiron catching up with Neptune, whereby a pattern of sorrow could have become transparent, enabling us to disconnect from it, make the transition over our emotional treshold and shift shape with the events. Because Juno transited both, this affected our principle of relating and in particular our expectations of others or theirs of us, which might have led to the realization that they were projections at best. Consequently, we might have been grappling with a futile situation, seemingly defeated by the odds until the insight struck that we had enough and won’t proceed in this manner any longer. Therefore, a decision making process could have ensued, which could now come to a satisfying conclusion as Pallas in Gemini trines the Aquarian stellium. Chances are that we recognized the true source of our problems together with the need for collaboration and by being fair to all parties concerned we might have invoked the team spirit and streamlined the choices into a cohesive picture.
A new quality of desire and purpose will be impressed upon our value system in synch with the inferior conjunction of Venus and the Sun in Aries with the potential to fill us with love for ourselves and for life. As Mercury in Aries participates in the Jupiter-Pluto semi-square a lesser octile triangle configuration is formed that elicits commitment based on Self-determination with the focus on long-term perspectives. Resoluteness is called for to strengthen our will and to follow through systematically with our sight firmly set on our goals. Realism and directness have to be applied and at the same time must we be accepting of our limitations. The complexity of the situation demands a mature and professional handling. Therefore, it’ll be critical to take the high road in all our dealings. When Mercury will arrive at the New Moon degree and bond with Venus Rx in Aries we might have comprehended that the logical thing for us to do is to negotiate better circumstances for ourselves.
March 29 will see the perfection of Vesta’s square to Neptune in Aquarius in addition to a semi-square between the Sun in Aries and Chiron in Aquarius, repeated by Mercury in close succession, which is suggesting the use of foresight. Before we initiate a certain course of action we need to assure us of the risks as well as what this will entail to avoid falling into the same old patterns that caused our problems in the first place. But we also can’t continue any longer to indulge in false pretenses. On the day of Mercury’s superior conjunction with the Sun in Aries, March 30th, will both also cast a semi-square to Neptune. This is the culmination of the Mercury cycle that started on January 20th (at 00:44 Aquarius), whose seed message can now be seen in the light of meaning, which could turn out to be an illuminating experience that allows us a glimpse into the future. From there on will our mental faculty operate in a more objective and deliberate manner, detached from subjective idealization. Their semi-squares to Vesta in Taurus on the next day could sharpen our focus considerably and stim us persistent in our endeavors.
Tense conditions will prevail and continue throughout the First Quarter Phase. Now that the direction seems to be clear, we might feel as though things aren’t moving fast enough and thus could be pushing our agenda with willful intent in order to meet our objectives. The waxing square of the Cancer Moon to the Aries Sun is a test in patience; this “crisis in action” demands from us to give things time to grow, instead of rushing them. To be successful in our activities we need to tread carefully, one step at a time, thereby weighing our options and concentrating on special problems or other sensitive issues. During this process of re-examining and selecting among possibilities we have to uphold our own values and worth. Venus’ second square to Pluto stresses the proper evaluation of our resources for the measure of our real influence in that matter. We might have to agree to a few compromises in order to secure our survival in a more self-sufficient milieu that guarantees us the gain of more personal independence by increasing our options regarding our Self-unfoldment.
With Pluto turning retrograde we might find it easier to access the power that lies within. Mars in Pisces’ opposition to Saturn Rx in Virgo instructs us to rely on our inner strength during encounters, to use gentle persuasion, though without appearing weak, and to carry out our intentions from an intuitive level. Juno’s Pisces ingress in tandem with the Mars-Saturn opposition can assist us to be sympathetic toward others, while retaining our integrity and boundaries. This way we won’t give away our authority, but demonstrate a stronger sense of Self. On April 6 will Juno in Pisces oppose Ceres Rx in Virgo, confronting us with the task to work out a unifying vision derived from our highest ideals and to integrate this into our principle of relating.
Pallas’ Cancer ingress in accordance with this attitude adjustment permits us to take care of our self-interests, while Mercury’s aspects encourage self-respect in the context of social awareness to orient us along a truly individualized line of thought that is also considerate of others. A square between Pallas in Cancer and Venus Rx in Aries on the 8th could challenge us to be as supportive and dependable as we would wish to be treated by others. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is the mantra with the Aries Point involvement, where “the personal becomes political” and as the prelude to the Libra Full Moon.
Love&Peace – Verena Donath. All rights reserved. @
Daily Aspect Calendar April 2009
April 1st: Moon ingress into Cancer at 12:30 pm EDT, Mercury in Aries semi-square Juno in Aquarius (13+/28+), Mercury in Aries semi-sextile Mars in Pisces (14+/14+), Venus Rx in Aries semi-square Jupiter in Aquarius (04+/19+)
April 2nd: First Quarter Moon at 12:59 Cancer/Aries at 10:33 am EDT, Mercury in Aries sesqui-quadrate Ceres Rx in Virgo (15+/00+), Mercury in Aries quincunx Saturn Rx in Virgo (16+/16+)
April 3rd: Venus Rx in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn (03+/03+), Moon ingress into Leo at 03:32 pm EDT
April 4th: Sun in Aries semi-square Juno in Aquarius (14+/29+), Mercury in Aries sextile Jupiter in Aquarius (19+/19+), Pluto turns retrograde at 03:18:02 Capricorn at 01:35 pm EDT, Juno ingress into Pisces at 03:57 pm EDT, Mars in Pisces opposite Saturn Rx in Virgo (16+/16+)
April 5th: Sun in Aries sesqui-quadrate Ceres Rx in Virgo (15+/00+), Mercury conjunct Eris in Aries (21+), Moon ingress into Virgo at 07:01 pm EDT, Sun in Aries quincunx Saturn Rx in Virgo (16+/16+)
April 6th: Juno in Pisces opposite Ceres Rx in Virgo (00+/00+), Pallas ingress into Cancer at 02:26 am EDT, Mercury in Aries semi-sextile Uranus in Pisces (24+/24+), Mercury in Aries sextile Chiron in Aquarius (24+/24+)
April 7th: Pallas in Cancer sextile Ceres Rx in Virgo (00+/00+), Mercury in Aries sextile Neptune in Aquarius (25+/25+), Venus Rx in Aries semi-sextile Juno in Pisces (01+/01+), Moon ingress into Libra at 11:21 pm EDT
April 8th: Venus Rx in Aries square Pallas in Cancer (00+/00+)
April 9th: Mercury in Aries semi-sextile Vesta in Taurus (29+/29+), Mercury ingress into Taurus at 10:21 am EDT, Full Moon at 19:53 Libra/Aries at 10:55 am EDT, Mercury in Taurus trine Ceres Rx in Virgo (00+/00+), Sun in Aries semi-sextile Mars in Pisces (20+/20+), Mercury in Taurus semi-sextile Venus Rx in Aries (00+/00+), Vesta ingress into Gemini at 07:19 pm EDT, Venus Rx in Aries quincunx Ceres Rx in Virgo (00+/00+), Mercury in Taurus sesqui-quadrate Saturn Rx in Virgo (01+/16+)
April 10th: Moon ingress into Scorpio at 05:23 am EDT, Sun in Aries sextile Jupiter in Aquarius (20+/20+), Venus Rx in Aries sextile Vesta in Gemini (00+/00+), Mercury in Taurus sextile Pallas in Cancer (02+/02+), Mercury in Taurus sextile Juno in Pisces (02+/02+), Mars in Pisces semi-sextile Jupiter in Aquarius (20+/20+), Vesta in Gemini square Ceres Rx in Virgo (00+/00+), Sun conjunct Eris in Aries (21+)
April 11th: Mercury in Taurus trine Pluto Rx in Capricorn (03+/03+), Mars in Pisces semi-sextile Eris in Aries (21+/21+), Venus regress into Pisces at 08:46 am EDT
April 12th: Pallas in Cancer trine Juno in Pisces (03+/03+), Ceres stations direct at 00:24 Virgo at 01:42 pm EDT, Moon ingress into Sagittarius at 02:00 pm EDT, Pallas in Cancer opposite Pluto Rx in Capricorn (03+/03+), Juno in Pisces sextile Pluto Rx in Capricorn (03+/03+)
April 13th: Mercury in Taurus semi-square Mars in Pisces (08+/23+), Jupiter in Aquarius sextile Eris in Aries (21+/21+)
April 14th: Sun in Aries semi-sextile Uranus in Pisces (24+/24+), Mercury in Taurus semi-square Uranus in Pisces (09+/24+), Sun in Aries sextile Chiron in Aquarius (25+/25+)
April 15th: Moon ingress into Capricorn at 01:27 am EDT, Mars conjunct Uranus in Pisces (24+), Sun in Aries sextile Neptune in Aquarius (25+/25+)
April 16th: Mars in Pisces semi-sextile Chiron in Aquarius (25+/25+)
April 17th: Mercury in Taurus semi-square Venus Rx in Pisces (14+/29+), Mars in Pisces semi-sextile Neptune in Aquarius (25+/25+), Third Quarter Moon at 27:40 Capricorn/Aries at 09:36 am EDT, Moon ingress into Aquarius at 02:19 pm EDT, Venus stations direct at 29:11:56 Pisces at 03:24 pm EDT, Vesta in Gemini quincunx Pluto Rx in Capricorn (03+/03+), Mercury in Taurus trine Saturn Rx in Virgo (15+/15+)
April 18th: Sun in Aries semi-sextile Venus in Pisces (29+/29+)
April 19th: Mercury in Taurus sesqui-quadrate Pluto Rx in Capricorn (18+/03+), Sun ingress into Taurus at 06:44 pm EDT
April 20th: Moon ingress into Pisces at 01:55 am EDT, Sun in Taurus sesqui-quadrate Saturn Rx in Virgo (00+/15+), Sun in Taurus trine Ceres in Virgo (00+/00+)
April 21st: Juno in Pisces semi-square Eris in Aries (06+/21+), Pallas in Cancer sesqui-quadrate Jupiter in Aquarius (07+/22+), Venus conjunct Mars in Pisces (29+), Mercury in Taurus semi-sextile Eris in Aries (21+/21+)
April 22nd: Mars ingress into Aries at 09:44 am EDT, Moon ingress into Aries at 10:08 am EDT, Mercury in Taurus square Jupiter in Aquarius (22+/22+)
April 23rd: Sun in Taurus trine Pluto Rx in Capricorn (03+/03+), Mars in Aries quincunx Ceres in Virgo (00+/00+), Mercury in Taurus semi-square Pallas in Cancer (23+/08+)
April 24th: Venus ingress into Aries at 03:18 am EDT, Moon ingress into Taurus at 02:46 pm EDT, Mercury in Taurus sextile Uranus in Pisces (24+/24+), New Moon at 05:03 Taurus at 11:22 pm EDT
April 25th: Mercury in Taurus square Chiron in Aquarius (25+/25+), Vesta in Gemini semi-square Eris in Aries (06+/21+), Mercury in Taurus square Neptune in Aquarius (26+/26+)
April 26th: Mars in Aries square Pluto Rx in Capricorn (03+/03+), Moon ingress into Gemini at 05:02 pm EDT
April 27th: Sun in Taurus semi-sextile Vesta in Gemini (07+/07+), Pallas in Cancer sesqui-quadrate Chiron in Aquarius (10+/25+)
April 28th: Venus in Aries quincunx Ceres in Virgo (01+/01+), Pallas in Cancer sesqui-quadrate Neptune in Aquarius (11+/26+), Moon ingress into Cancer at 06:37 pm EDT
April 29th: Sun in Taurus sextile Juno in Pisces (09+/09+)
April 30th: Sun in Taurus semi-square Uranus in Pisces (10+/25+), Mercury ingress into Gemini at 06:29 pm EDT, Moon ingress into Leo at 08:55 pm EDT