Monday night we experience the Aries New Moon, the latest of a series of conjunctions in the energetic first sign of the zodiac. Late last week was the Venus-Sun conjunction; Sunday Mercury passed by the Uranus-Eris conjunction; and now the Moon and the Sun will form their first conjunction of the astrological year.
Aries is about initiation; that is, beginnings. It’s the ignition of the zodiac, the start of the astrological year, and the Sun in this sign arrives with the surge of energy that pushes life up out of the ground during the Northern Hemisphere spring. Now this is being fully activated by the Aries New Moon.
The world around us is restless, and you may be feeling that within yourself. This is well-described by the Uranus-Eris conjunction, the beginning of a new 90-year cycle that’s just begun.
There’s a sensation of rising chaos, and the sense that we live in revolutionary times. The question is, whose revolution? A revolution of what? Much of the strangeness and even chaos that we’re seeing, feeling and experiencing is the result of having our identities and self-concept up-ended by the onslaught of digital technology that’s come on like a hurricane. But it’s so pervasive we can barely see it for what it is.
Consider this, though. The internet is an external factor. Aries and everything happening there points to each of us as individuals. Uranus conjunct Eris in Aries is really about the revolution within.
If you follow this underneath appearances, and into the feeling of what it means to be alive, you might notice that you really do have an inner life. This is described by the many planets still in Pisces: Chiron, Neptune, Nessus, Pallas Athene, and soon-to-be Venus.
As the sign of “I am,” Aries comes with the assignment to identify ourselves; that is, choosing who we are and what we want to do with our time on Earth. For some, this is about tapping into their original instructions. For others, it’s about taking hold of their free will and making choices.
Both potentials, and many in between, imply taking up the power of decision and implementing that in your actual life. The ability to make decisions is the one actual freedom that you have available at all times. Mental paralaysis always involves some kind of block to one’s ability to decide. You can practice overcoming this in ways large and small. Every single decision counts; the more consciously made, the better.
It’s one thing to plot and scheme. It’s another thing to feel your need to grow and make changes, and to guide your life that way. Yes, with all of the uncertainty of the world, that seems especially risky now. It’s possible to tap into the uncertainty factor as a source of energy, motivation and strength.
All of the activity in Aries points to Mars, the Aries ruling planet, which is now in Taurus, a sign that describes physical reality. This indicates beautifully one useful way we can get out of all this disorientation: by orienting consciousness on your physical body.
I am aware of the spiritual traditions that say the key to enlightenment is to push your consciousness out of your body. That, however, is being taken care of for us by the internet, which has induced a society-wide astral experience. We were promised an ascension in 2012, and we got it: to the astral-internet plane. The fantasy world induced, created and cultivated by the internet may seem appealing, as a source of hyperstimulation seemingly without risk.
Consider that one of the actual risks and greatest fears of the internet is identity theft. People are having their supposedly secure data stolen all the time. Yet the internet, by its very existence, has already stolen our identity — not on the level of one’s credit rating, but spiritually. Borrowing a line from Bono, you can steal yourself back.
It’s unlikely that there will be some mass movement to reclaim who we are. That would be great — though events seem to be moving in the other direction. You, however, can claim who you are. You assign your purpose to yourself and to your life. You decide what your mind is for, and what your body is for.
Monday’s Aries New Moon, exact at 10:47 pm EDT (02:47 UTC) is a bold invitation to do just that.