This encourages us to develop Aries qualities such as strength, passion, independence, and zeal. It is a good time to make a plan and put some energy into starting something new. If you have been waiting for the right time to begin a project, pursue a goal, or get serious about your spiritual practice, now is the time! Avoid the warring side of Aries by honing any “battle plans” to structure your next moves and soften any fiery energy with a cooling practice, such as meditation or yoga nidra.
The only thing not advisable to start at this time is a new relationship. The moon is next to Venus, which is currently retrograde. This means that now is a good time to reflect upon current relationships and take stock. Keep a lid on any new lustful energy generated by Aries over the next few weeks, though! Rather, use this opportunity for some introspection around any intimacy that is already in place.
Spend your energy making big plans for what is next, because if you use this time wisely, what’s next could be big!
Alchemical Ritual for the Aries New Moon:
As a cardinal fire sign, Aries is capable of lighting passions and starting the charge toward obstacles that would seem insurmountable to anyone else. At this time, consider what lies ahead of you that the brazenness of Aries can help you develop the willpower to achieve.
Gather crystals (fire agate, aventurine, clear quartz are good choices), sage or sweet grass and find a symbol that represents what you would like to achieve under the energy of this new moon. Create your space with these items and light a candle. On a sheet of paper, write down your goal, and also a list of things that seem to stand in your way. Sit quietly in meditation on what you have written and say the following invocation:
Mars & the Moon, light the path of the spiritual warrior so that I may manifest my greatest achievement.
Take some time for quiet reflection. Finally, burn the paper with your goal and obstacles as you commit to letting go of what is holding you back. Cleanse yourself with sage or sweetgrass. Snuff the candle. Close the ritual with three chants of Om and a moment of gratitude.
By Alanna Kaivalya
Alanna believes Yoga is for everyone and each student can develop the self-empowerment needed to embark on a personal journey to meaningful transformation. On this principle she founded The Kaivalya Yoga Method, a fresh take on yoga emphasizing the individual path while honoring tradition. Teaching students since 2001, teachers since 2003, Alanna has written and developed teacher trainings worldwide for top studios and independently. In January she debuted a comprehensive 200hr-online teacher training with YogaDownload. She holds a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, has authored numerous articles and two books: Myths of the Asanas, an accessible practitioner’s guide to stories behind beloved poses; Sacred Sound, a yoga “hymnal,” illustrating the role of chant and mantra in modern practice. Look for her third book, Yoga Beyond the Mat, in Autumn 2016.She lives in New York City with Roxy the Wonderdog.
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