On 10th April, this coming Wednesday, we have a new moon and a very interesting new moon it should be too. New moons are the ‘dark’ part of the lunar cycle, the time when things are hidden, growing, yet to show themselves. In Earth terms it’s like the winter when all activity is going on under the earth, unseen. It can be a good time for planting seeds (literal or metaphorical), or beginning a new venture – just make sure you sow your seeds or begin your new ventures after the new moon is exact. The Vikings used to have a saying that if you set out on a voyage after the new moon then the full moon will bring you back safely – so new moons have that kind of energy, which will be worth bearing in mind as we head through the energy of the actual new moon itself.
This new moon comes after the Venus superior conjunction which highlighted our ability to build and maintain meaningful relationships, lighting up issues which will be explored in great depth over the coming months. It also comes after the Venus conjunction with Mars which initiates a new cycle in the dance of these two planets creatively complementing and challenging one another which we will see play out in our lives in a variety of ways over the coming months. This new moon takes place before the Sun perfects its conjunction with Mars beginning a new Mars cycle which will take us all the way to 2015, right through the next series of retrogrades. At the time of the new moon the Sun, Moon, Venus and Mars are all together in Aries. These four are considered to be the signifiers of relationships, male and female, yin and yang, Shiva and Shakti and so this new moon is a time when these complementary energies are all working together to achieve a balance which will affect the fruitfulness of the coming weeks and months, especially as this is the first new moon of the new zodiac cycle which begins when the Sun enters Aries. However, things are not quite in sync as we have had a full moon before this new moon – really it was that full moon which set up the conditions for this new moon and will determine how productive it is.
Looking at the Sabian symbol for the degree of the new moon we get a sense of aggression, of force, of people trying to impress and make things the way they want them to be by overpowering others and demonstrating superior strength, although not superior wisdom! This is in direct contrast to the compassion indicated by the previous Sabian symbol where Mars and Venus came together, as if with the arrival of spring (or any new kind of energy) all that is forgotten. Indeed this could well be the energy that comes from this new moon if we aren’t careful; an aggressive competitiveness that overwhelms rather than persuades and that beats into submission rather than encouraging cooperation.
A PUGILIST ENTERS THE RING.
KEYNOTE: The release and glorification of social aggressiveness.
Here we find potency glorified as muscular strength and will-to-power. Because it is potency operating at a harshly competitive level, it can and often does imply the possibility of defeat or disfiguration. In one sense the symbol translates into social terms the primordial struggle for survival of the fittest, adding to it an eagerness for social fame and social power (i.e. money). In another sense, the ring with two fighters in it can be referred to the Tai Chi symbol and the interplay between Yang and Yin. Each of the two types of energy wins in turn. Victory is always temporary in a dualistic world.
The symbol reveals man’s deeply rooted feeling of admiration and envy for whoever can generate OVERWHELMING POWER.
To make things worse this new moon is also conjunct the petulant Eris. Eris is the Greek goddess of chaos, strife and discord who started the Trojan wars by throwing a golden apple labelled ‘for the fairest’ into a wedding party and causing a fight between Hera, Aphrodite and Athena who all claimed to be fairest and demanded that Paris choose between them. So yet more troublesome, aggressive energy to go into this new moon – we are warned to watch our jealousies and insecurities for they are our weak point and can be exploited with unforeseen and unwanted consequences.
But that isn’t the whole story for this new moon and a closer look at the aspects starts to tell a different (though not necessarily less challenging) story. However, to start with the new moon doesn’t make any major aspects other than the conjunctions with Mars and Venus – so on the surface there is nothing that will help to counter this belligerent energy. Instead we have to look to less obvious aspects and points to see how the energy can be channelled in a more constructive way.
The new moon is forming a septile (1/7th of a circle) aspect with Jupiter. Septiles link us into the non-rational – this is because in our number system a circle divided by 7 can never reach a complete number, there is always something left over or overlapping. Similarly with the septile aspect there is a ‘gap’, the circle cannot be completely closed and so other possibilities and opportunities have a way to get in. So between the new moon and Jupiter there is a gap through which can creep the unusual, inspirational, magical or downright weird. To make this energy even more potent the midpoint (and so the focus) between the Jupiter and the new moon is at 16+ Taurus, smack bang on the South Node and the haunting presence of past karma – whether this new moon likes it or not his relationship with Jupiter means his past actions are making him uncomfortable. Translated into our own lives the more aggressive we get, the more we kick off at things the more we will find unexpected and unlooked for consequences coming from social organisations such as religious or legal bodies, that make us remember how we have behaved in the past and may just help to make us a little less cocky and gung-ho.
Looking at the Sabian symbols for this relationship makes things even clearer – Jupiter is concerned with understanding the unity behind duality and multiplicity – he is interested in the whole, the society, the group as opposed to Mars’s focus on the individual and the self:
BRIDGING PHYSICAL SPACE AND SOCIAL DISTINCTIONS, TWO MEN COMMUNICATE TELEPATHICALLY.
KEYNOTE: The capacity to transcend the limitations of bodily existence.
In order to function in the world of material entities man needs to focus the energies of life in a limited organism and an ego-mind that is formed by the pressures of a particular culture and family background. Yet a time comes when the individual can still transcend the limiting boundaries of culture and ego. An effort should then be made to enter a realm of consciousness in which the communication from mind to mind can take a more direct form, because the minds then operate within the One Mind of humanity. It is then as if two cells in a human body were communicating to each other, perhaps through some kind of invisible nerve channels, or, as it were, from nucleus to nucleus by means of vibratory resonance.
At this fourth stage of the five-fold sequence we see the potentiality of a new technique to be used in the “newly opened lands” confronting the pioneers in human evolution. It is a TECHNIQUE OF TRANSCENDENCE. It evidently can also bring confusion and many failures, as well as illusory claims and self-deceit
Meanwhile the South Node, the focus at which point the energies of the two come together channels this tension into a symbolic battlefield:
A SYMBOLICAL BATTLE BETWEEN “SWORDS” AND “TORCHES.”
KEYNOTE: Refusing to depend upon the past, the seeker turns warrior, fighting anew the eternal “Great War. “
When Gautama, having sought in vain for the answers to his questions among the teachers of tradition, sat under the Bodhi Tree, he had to fight his own battle in his own way, even though it is an eternal fight. The spiritual light within the greater Soul must struggle against the ego-will that only knows how to use the powers of this material and intellectual world. There is no possibility of escape; it is the energy that arises out of the present moment — the inescapable NOW— that the daring individual has to use in the struggle.
This second stage symbol suggests that salvation is attained through the emergent individual’s readiness to face all issues as if there were only two opposed sides. So teaches the Bhagavad-Gita. This is the dharma of this stage of human evolution: a stage of POLARIZATION OF VALUES.
It seems there is no getting away from it then, this new moon means war, of one kind or another (hopefully a symbolic battle of words rather than a physical war of worlds – are you listening world ‘leaders’?). What is clear is that one way or another we will be battling with demons from the past and are determined to overcome them and make way for a new start – maybe in such an instance the power and aggression of this new moon will come in very handy, just provided it understands what the real demons are!
And that’s not all! The quadruple conjunction of Moon, Sun, Venus and Mars is forming a sextile to Mean Lilith who is sitting, very significantly, on the 23rd degree of Gemini. I say it’s significant because 23+ Gemini is a degree that is being repeatedly emphasised in numerous ways over a period of years. First we had Mars station Rx in square to it. Then Venus stationed Rx on it. Soon Venus and Jupiter will form a conjunction on it and at the end of the 2013-2015 Mars cycle Sun and Mars will form a conjunction on it. And right now Lilith is there, at an important juncture in the heavens and with very heavy symbolism. It is Lilith who was cruelly dealt with if we look back into the myths of the past. She was done a disservice, but she refused to back down and submit. In our personal lives Lilith is an urge for equality, respect, authenticity – not in a nicey nicey kind of way but in a vehement ‘I would rather go to hell than have you treat me like that’ kind of way. She can get pretty damned angry if she needs to and she isn’t afraid to do so. In less personal terms Lilith represents the dispossessed, the marginalised, the outcast – so we may see more activity from such peoples making their voices heard around the time of this new moon (after all, Lilith is in Gemini and she is determined to speak and be heard!) In global terms Lilith is the natural, the earth and all that belongs to her. She is the wild and untamed, furiously fertile and disturbingly uncivilised. In fact, Lilith shows us how brutalising civilization can be. So this is the energy that is making a creative sextile to the new moon, at a potent point in the chart.
Flanking Lilith, at 23+ Taurus and 23+ Cancer we have Sedna and Varuna – small, minor planets that reside in the realms of Pluto and represent the wild power of nature. Sedna represents the oceans and Varuna the winds, rains and rivers. With each of these minor planets exactly 1/12th of a circle from Lilith they indicate that they are forces that she has available to her if she wishes to use them – that’s a pretty powerful trio of symbols of the abused, rejected and downtrodden and the natural, wild forces and emotional all combining to give Lilith some real power in her expression. The actual place of Mean Lilith in the skies is important too, because she indicates an empty point between the Earth and the Moon’s orbit and so relates to the Moon and emphasises how the energy of the Moon can manifest unconsciously (or consciously if we want to tune into it). As an ‘empty’ point the energy of Lilith also repeats the ‘gap’ found with the septile between the new moon and Jupiter – a point at which the intuitive, non-rational, other-worldly can creep in unawares.
Add to this that Mercury is just moving out of a square aspect to Lilith after his long sojourn in Pisces and you can bet that he has some pretty powerful messages for her and that she’s not going to back down and be quiet – although she may very well express herself in ways other than rational argument and heated debate – anything from tempestuous displays of anger to whipping up a storm (I’m talking actual storms here, although there could be a few metaphorical ones too) to events and encounters becoming pretty strange, unpredictable, throwing you off balance – all of these could be her preferred way of making herself heard.
Meanwhile, opposing Lilith and trining the new moon, at 23˚ Sagittarius, is the centaur Amycus. Amycus was the centaur who started the battle between the centaurs and the Lapiths by striking Celadon with a candelabra he had stolen from the innermost temple shrine. It’s difficult to tell which is the side of right and wrong looking at the myths of the centaurs and the Lapiths, there are generational grievances – but Amycus is known for finding a weak spot or anomaly and turning it to advantage. Combining this energy with the already fraught and, frankly, weird energy of the new moon indicates that something can come from left-field that throws the whole lot off balance, with unpredictable results.
That something could well be the sword of Damocles, because what do you know – at 23˚ (yes, that number again) Aquarius we have Damocles, one of a group of very left-field objects with extreme orbits that reach well beyond the realms of Pluto right into the influence of the inner planets. Thought to possibly be extinct comets (i.e. they have no tail so leave no dramatic streak of light to announce their arrival or departure) these objects indicate the ability to reach far into the realms of soul and the origins of consciousness and bring things out into the open. Damocles is a particularly renowned representative of this group – Damocles was a member of Dionysius’s court in Sicily and he happened to mention that the life of a ruler was something to be envied. Hearing this Dionysius invited Damocles to a magnificent banquet but when he looked up Damocles saw that his seat was directly under a very sharp sword which was suspended by a single thread. The message was clear – the life of a ruler might look like something to be envied, but there is imminent danger at every turn.
What more is there to say about this new moon? Trouble-making, aggression, war-mongering and danger at every turn plus the insistence on things previously ignored, ill treated, rejected or exiled having their say. This is in no way a comfortable new moon. On the positive side, Jupiter is making a constructive bi-quintile to Saturn – the energies of the yod have shifted at last and if Jupiter and Saturn can make the most of what they have learned they have the opportunity to build something of lasting value. We also have Pluto standing still, ready to turn backwards just a couple of days after the new moon, turning up the pressure in the cardinal square (oh hooray) and strengthening the sextile with Saturn – these are long term transits though, the test is how well we can weather the storm of the new moon and whether we will be in a fit state to make something constructive from the longer term energies that are coming into play.
My advice? Keep breathing, nice and deep and slow!
An excuse to re-post a song I like 🙂
Here is Darkstar astrology’s write up
And from Willow
One from Molly Hall
And Isis Moon Tarot