No matter what your personal astrological story holds, the Aries energy is universally present in all of us and in the relationships, homes, projects, groups, teams, communities, belief systems, and nations we create, defend and extend.
The first New Moon of Spring (Sunday, April 15 at 7:58 pm MST) is always a powerful one, infused with the Aries energy of self-discovery, vision, innovation, movement, trial-and-error, protection, and transformation.
The tribe of Aries archetypes includes the Angel, the Divine Fool, the Innocent, the Innovator, the General, the Defender, the Strategist, the Lawyer, the Activist, the Soldier, the Warrior Goddess, the Huntress, the Samurai, the Hero, the Heroine, the Athlete, and the Player of the Game.
When Aries energy rises above petty ego needs and begins to serve many, we’ve seen these iconic Warrior-types in our lives and throughout history compelled to act on behalf of the collective based on a philosophy, a religion, a code, a set of values, a collection of beliefs that have become outdated or have been violated (often violating) for much too long.
Personally, we might see the Warrior energy rise up within us or others as a result of an illness, an accident, a death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a personal attack, a betrayal, a divorce, or a natural disaster.
Sometimes we have to stare death in the face in one of its many literal or symbolic forms before we make a critical choice to leave behind the life we have lived and move towards building the life that is yet to be born.
It is through these times of loss, abuse, repression, injustice, limitation, or violation that the inner evolutionary impulse is often activated at the very core of our beings.
“I will just say this: We bloomed in Spring.” ~St. Teresa of Avila
We may shout out a battle-cry such as “no more” or “time’s up” depending on the space and place we find ourselves in as well as how far we’ve been pushed and pulled, but under intense pressure, the decision is the same—we must change.
And as we move forward in a passionate and purposeful manner, it is vital to ask what beliefs, codes, standards, expectations, values or principles are guiding us explicitly and perhaps even more importantly—implicitly. For it is in the subconscious, that 80% (typically higher) of those beliefs, values, prejudices, thoughts and emotions lie.
Aries, the element of fire, has the potential to destroy as much as it has to create. A passionate, driven often impulsive energy, it can activate the Disturber, the Daredevil and the Rebel (without a cause) who crave the adrenaline rush of the next spontaneous adventure rather than the deep fulfillment of carrying out a passionate and purposeful plan.
And if we don’t know why we believe in what or in whom we do or if we are unsure what Truth is or what our core beliefs are, the Shadow Warrior can become activated within or projected in our relationships, groups, organizations, corporations, and governments as those lovers, leaders, politicians, spiritual teachers, instructors, managers, mentors or gurus who are manipulative, dishonest, seductive, shaming, power-hungry, reckless, greedy, angry, arrogant, selfish, prideful, or abusive.
So how do we know which version of these Aries archetypes is coming up with our grand new vision, our next big move? How do we fall in line with the energies of a compassionate Warrior?
Capax universi, capable of the universe are your arms
when they move with love.
And I know it is true that your feet are never more alive
when they are in defense of a good cause.
I want to fund your efforts: Stay near beauty,
for she will always strengthen you.”
~St Thomas Aquinas
Having been through countless battles, a mature Aries knows the honour it is to lead and serve, so He or She learns to read the field of all possibilities and chooses pathways on fire with beauty, joy, wisdom and love.
He practices discernment. She spends time in contemplation. He identifies core values. She surveys her strengths and ways to improve upon them.
He takes personal inventory, so when he feels the instinct to move, he has already gathered up the inner and outer resources aligned with his personal truth, higher love and compassionate wisdom.
A mature Aries knows who she is and feels free to express herself and her vision, realizing that she does not need to alienate herself in the process or go it alone.
An Aries on fire is aligned to the will of her most sacred Self so that her decisions are made from a higher vantage point seeing the field of all possibilities.
Although our birth charts will show us areas of evolutionary specialization (e.g. your Sun in Capricorn, her Moon in Aries, his Mars in Libra, etc.), every time we ask for help, say no to an abusive pattern, overcome resistance or doubt, end a relationship, quit a job, start a new course, or move to a new city, we have activated a version of the Warrior who gives us the courage and the strength to move as we need to.
To ensure we are not unnecessarily burning bridges or prematurely escaping a relationship or situation that is here to help us grow, we must ask these questions of our own Inner Warrior to see at which level He or She is operating.
TAKE A MOMENT TO CONSIDER your values, your morals, your beliefs–why do you believe what or whom you believe?
What are you creating, protecting, advancing in the name of Love? The Aries archetypes of the Pioneer and the Innovator in you will constantly call you to new evolutionary frontiers, so where are you hearing or feeling the call right now?
How are you moving and shaking up your inner and outer world for Love?
An exalted Aries evolutionary path knows that the new choices we make must be significant and must happen now. Aries does not wait for our friends to tag along, our boss to recognize us or our friends and our lovers to give us their blessing.
Sometimes tough decisions need to be made and we may feel like we’re going forward alone, but the Aries knows a deeper call is at play, There is work to do, an adventure to be on—and the time is now.
Doubt, resistance, fear and procrastination rarely make it along for the ride as a lit-up Aries knows these freeloaders are slayers of dreams.
To arrive at your new port of call, is your Inner Compass in good working order? Do you need new training or new types of support? Do you have the skills or inner and outer resources to be on this new adventure with ease and grace?
If you are someone like me who sets intentions on the New Moon, consider framing your intentions for the support and resources you need to take your next great leap.
Ask for the inner qualities that will help you turn the mission of the Warrior to the Sacred Warrior who is unapologetically all in for Love.
Know where you typically self-sabotage, who your inner adversaries are or what your selling-out points tend to be (we all have the Shadow Prostitute archetype to contend with). Ask for the endurance, the genius, the focus, and the discipline to pay loving attention to your cause, your plan, your vision.
Ask to see through the illusions, the beliefs and limitations, both collective and personal, standing in the way of your own Sacred Uprising whether it be in your finances, your health, your relationships, your career, or your service work here on this planet.
Ask for fresh eyes to see new possibilities.
“In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”
~Zen Master Suzuki Roshi
In your New Moon ceremony (which by the way you can do at any time since our souls do not adhere to human inventions of linear time and space), ask to have passion for your new vision rooted in you so deeply that you’ll never go back to the old ways that have kept you smaller and more closed-off than you know you’re here to be.
Call on these dynamic, living energies of the archetypes through your intentions, your prayers, your affirmations, your meditations, your mantras—out loud, so you can be heard.
The Warrior or any other archetype from the Aries tribe must be called upon for Him or Her to show up in your life in a way that you can see, feel, hear, know—the courage, the inspiration, the innovative idea, the battle-cry. What do you need from the Warrior energy that’ll create the space for some type of extraordinary shift in a part of your life that’s been stagnant for too long?
At our essence, we are all Brave-hearts and Love Warriors rising strong and rising now. We are being asked, even implored, to open our hearts and our minds so we can move to different states and stations, grounded in joy and wisdom and the grace and ease we deserve on this fantastic adventure we call our Life.