Everything begins at the beginning, and quite often the beginning
begins when you shift your mind in a new direction. — Louie Herron

The movement of the Sun into Aries marks the beginning of the seasonal and Astrological New Year — Spring! Aries, as the first sign of the zodiac, is a powerful force. As the Sun makes its grand entrance into Aries on March 20 at 2:24 p.m. pacific time it will enter the “Aries Zero Point” (0° Aries) where it will become highly activated.

Within hours of the Equinox, on March 21 at 10:33 a.m. the Moon will join the Sun at the Aries Zero Point and kick off the New Moon lunation cycle at 0°49′ Aries.(1) That’s a lot of Aries fire! But what does it all mean? First off, Aries represents new beginnings. When the 0° is activated in any sign it emphasizes a new dynamic at play in our lives but at the 0° Aires Zero Point we are summoned to embrace a brand-new evolutionary cycle.

But that’s not all! Both the Sun and the Moon with all that Aires fire are acting as sentinel emissaries for Pluto as it prepares to make its way into Aquarius on March 23 for the first time in over 225 years. And don’t forget, Saturn just entered Pisces on March 7, which it hasn’t visited since 1996.

The impact of these planetary shifts is being felt by all of us. We each know and sense that more change is on its way. During this important Equinox–Full Moon lunation you’ll want to prioritize time to set intentions for how you can best align with these important shifts. Consider what needs to be released in your life so something new can be born. Brand new evolutionary cycles require trust in our intuitive faculties, listening to what’s being called forward, and having the strength and courage to act on those callings.

Equinox: equal balance between night and day — dark and light
The changing of the seasons are magical astronomical events celebrated the world over. The picture above captures Easter Island’s mysterious head statues as they gaze at the exact point of the setting Sun during the Spring and Fall Equinox. How did our ancestors obtain the tools and skills for such precise astronomical accuracy? What were they honoring? Could they have been marking the cycles of life? Rebirth and renewal? Balance and stability? Or was it something more?!

Astronomically, in the Northern Hemisphere both the Spring and the Fall Equinox mark the only two days that the Earth’s axis is not titled toward or away from the Sun, resulting in equal day and night throughout the world. Symbolically, equal dark and light mark a period of balance. With the New Moon occurring so close to this Equinox it is an opportune time to set new goals that create greater inner stability, equilibrium, and balance in your own life.

New Moon in Aries
As the courageous warrior archetype, an out-of-balance Aries can become ruthless, concerned only with its personal wants and desires, incapable of considering others’ needs.  When balanced, however, Aries follows its instincts and garners unlimited potential while creating the capacity to become a great leader and visionary.

Aries enjoys blazing new trails and is forever forging and initiating new beginnings. Therefore, setting New Moon intentions, which are followed up with sincere effort and action during such a potent Aries season can create real change in your life. Be careful what you wish for though, you just might get it!

 Happy Spring & New Moon in Aries intention setting!

Astrology Trivia: Did you know that Easter occurs the first Sunday following the Full Moon after the Spring Equinox? The next Full Moon will occur on Wednesday, April 5. Easter, therefore, falls on April 9.

1. Mercury, Chiron, and Jupiter are also in Aries during this New Moon.

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