Aries New Moon: Igniting The Fire of Intention
On March 27th 2017, just one week after the spring equinox, we celebrate a new moon in Aries. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and brings with it a sense of exuberance and courage. Qualities that we can tap into in order to empower ourselves as we step forward into the creative cycle of the year. With both the sun and the moon in this fiery sign the new moon is a potent opportunity in which to ignite our own inner fire so that we may bring our intentions into action.
I have long held a personal practice of new moon intention setting. When the moon is new only her dark side faces the earth and her reflective light is absent from the night sky. I have always found this to be a time when my inner gaze becomes more refined and my ability to “see in the dark” is increased. I use this sensitivity to feel into what is arising in the present moment- in my heart, in my mind, in the natural world around me- and then I set intentions regarding my personal sadhana for the next month. Intentions that will support me in nourishing what needs to be fed, releasing what needs to be let go of, and empowering that which needs my attention.
I call this lunation (cycle from one new moon to the next) the Spring Fire Moon, as it offers a double dose of fire right at its start and will carry us into the warmth of the spring season. It is a time in which I place my focus on building the energy of fire within me by waking up my senses, moving in the direction of my passions, and bringing my creative projects into manifestation. In my physical practices of yoga I will bring in more dynamism and heat, and in my meditation practice I will work with fire mantras to increase focus.
In the tarot the suit of wands represents the element of fire, and so the wand cards offer us teachings on creativity, desire, spirit, energy, passion, movement, personal growth, and the value of initiating action. As tarot teacher Mary Greer says, “Wands indicate the desire for self-growth and creativity. They want to expand awareness, as well as set everything on fire with their enthusiasm.” After the deep sleep of the winter season this burst of fire can support us in getting going and moving boldly in the direction of our desires.
If you want to tap into the power of this new moon and awaken the spring fire within you, take some time in the next day or so to do a short practice to help you focus (asana, meditation, pranayama etc), and then open up your journal and work with some of the following inquiry questions to help you refine your intentions for the next month.
- what does my heart desire?
- what lights me up in body and mind?
- which sparks of intention to I want to breathe life into?
- what do I need to burn up and move through in order to awaken into this season?
- what are some action steps I can take in the next month to bring intention into manifestation?
Creating your own new moon rituals is a beautiful way to connect to the larger rhythms of the world around you. It also offers an opportunity to check in monthly, deepen your inner awareness, and reflect on the ways in which these larger rhythms affect you as an individual. I offer this article in the hopes of inspiring you to create practices and rituals that are meaningful to you.
Bright and radiant blessings from my heart to yours.