Artwork: Joshua Mays
May your hearts burst open
Like the swelling spring buds
Beyond space and time
Does her heart song go
Her fragrance swept
Through every universe
It’s ok to heal. It’s ok to do better, feel better, live better and better each day. It’s ok to keep climbing, playing, striving, and desiring. It’s ok to wish for something more, greater and that has never before been seen. The luminous planet of Mars is our sacred will, our sacred desire, our sacred calling that keeps us striving to stay alive, like the heart strives to beat another beat.
An Aries New Moon is cause to celebrate. It gives us the passion for living. It ignites our spirit and minds with life force, just as the Earth’s life-force begins to pulse, ever louder at this time in the Northern Hemisphere, and begins to dive deep into the Earth in the Southern. The veil is thin in these weeks leading up to Beltane. Good thing the Ram’s energy is here to ignite our senses once again.
Being alive. This is the essence of Mars. It is the spark of life, the prima vitae, the secret fire, the great will and the freedom to seek and continue to seek your truth, your destiny, your essence of being. Into the dark of this Moon plunges the Ram in search of our path at all costs. For what is life if we don’t have risk? It is our mortality that creates our sense of aliveness. This is the season where the first little baby birds break through their tough shell and awaken to a whole new life awaiting ripe with possibility. This is when the blossom had courage enough to break open.
The beauty of challenging ourselves is alive in this New Moon, with a beautiful essence of Mercury and Venus to make sure it’s still sweet, tender and teaching us something. Sun and Venus square Pluto so there is even more shamanic initiation afoot. Be ready to learn something new, love something newly and hopefully love yourself in ways you never dreamed imaginable. Mars, ruler of this lunation is applying to a trine with Jupiter in Aquarius- meaning that we can expand beyond previously held beliefs and borders created by the mind to categorize and analyze. These can be stretched open and new space to breathe is found.
Squaring Neptune, Mars must learn to keep his focus amidst the mystical realms. Deep dreaming and visioning are heightened if we can keep focus and intention upon that which we are seeking. The ancestors are calling to us to remember them, and to realize that when we choose to work on ourselves, we do it for our entire lineage, the entire collective of the species and all of consciousness, everywhere. So whatever we are ‘working on” within ourselves, we are working to heal for all beings.
Both this New Moon and the culminating Full Moon in two weeks are ruled by Mars. This one being Mars’s day sign of Aries, and the Full Moon being in Mars’s feminine sign of Scorpio. The shamanic energy of Mars is the power to move through old or stuck energy and seek fresh life force one again. It is the power of renewal through life, death and rebirth. It is the source of vitality. It is the Phoenix that rises again and again. It is the young sprout, ready to take on the world. It is the joy of living. Go enjoy being alive.
Colm Holland wrote, “‘When we connect with our innermost passion we possess the secret fire to create the change for good that we seek.’ The Secret Fire of the alchemists, or kundalini energy takes the form of the Serpent for Scorpio, and the Ram for Aries. The serpent is traditionally associated with kundalini energy that slithers up the spine and activates all of the chakra systems which are actually found to be clusters of neurons where information is organized to be applied somewhere and in some way. In Aries it takes the form of the horns, spiraling consciousness up towards the heavens, spiraling in the golden ratio that channels life force into life itself.
It was the addition of the mental principle, or mind that allows us to form judgements about good and evil into the human being that tipped the balance of our stay along the plane of the great garden of Eden, creating the dreaded “fall”. But what if it’s just the next phase of our evolution? The mind creates our ability to judge our experience, therefore creating experience. We are creatures capable of being both one with our environment, a pure being of the senses, and a thinking, discerning consciousness. Aries is about the merging of these forces- the animal and the mind, as represented by the horns of the ram that spiral up towards the heavens, and inward to regenerate, rebirth and renew the self along the journey of life.
Mercury- is with the Sun, Moon and Ceres during this New Moon. How are we telling the story to ourselves about who we are and where we are going? Is it with a passion for life? Purpose? What we are passionate about is our guide along the spiritual path. What lights us up ignites the secret fire within, with which we can direct mind, life and our experience. Let this moon guide you in how to direct your life force energy more divinely inspired to create yourself anew this spring, in your highest and best experience of life.
May the swelling of spring buds soon burst forth in all of our hearts as a beautiful song.