From the “Moon Lovers” series by Dana Gerhardt
It’s an Aries Moon. My son sets up his army men in front of the fireplace for a big war: Dinosaurs against tank-driving, gun-toting men. My boy makes the sound of machine guns and helicopters crashing to the ground. This morning I dreamed I was driving in an airport terminal and charging into posts. A sensation of butting my head against things. I feel my aggression today. Is the moon moving me? Or is it showing me how I move? In another Aries dream I consulted a Viking oracle. She told me to meet her at the shore. She arrived in warrior dress, with an iron helmet, a large battle-ax. Wordlessly, she marched into the waves, raised the ax over her head, then struck the water with mighty force. It surged and whipped around her. Like fire. She returned with a message: “You make a habit of hitting life too hard. You make thoughtless moves, pushing without reason. You must find your devotion first. Then your actions will make sense.” She took off her helmet and looked into the distance. “Aries moon today. We should all eat our protein.” She put the axe on her shoulder. “My garden waits: It’s time to dig, hoe and weed.” She sniffed the air, then smiled. “When your head is straight, Aries is a good moon to start something new. Can’t you feel the energy? Someone who’s been afraid will find their adventuring spirit today.”
Daily Planner for Today’s Moon in Aries
by April Elliott Kent
Today’s Mood: Impatient
Today’s Question: “Who Am I?”
Today’s Gods: Mars, the god of war
Today’s Guides: soldiers, martial artists, metal workers, athletes, race car drivers, percussionists, hawks, stinging insects, lifeguards, rascals, rams
Today’s Wardrobe: New, stylish, eye-catching
Today’s assignments: Start things. Confront people. Do stuff that you’ve
been putting off.
More Aries Strategies
by Simone Butler
The key to accomplishing things under an Aries Moon is to pace yourself. Work hard in spurts and then take a break to do some stretches or meet a friend for lunch. Keep things fun, maybe by playing your favorite music as you work, so you’re less likely to lose interest in the task at hand. If you still have excess energy or frustrations by the day’s end, put them to good use by attacking that dirty floor or going for a run. For more lunar wisdom, see Simone’s book, Moon Power: Lunar Rituals for Connecting with your Inner Goddess.
It’s one thing to read about the Moon, but another to tune into her with energetic sensitivity. The first method is mental; the second is sensuous and intuitive (which is of course the preferred way to grasp the Moon). Lunar intuition is a natural ability that can be developed with practice. Developing mine, I was inspired by a friend’s report of spending an idyllic summer in the forest. Nestled in nature, without the chaos of the competing mechanical rhythms, her sensitivity became so refined, she felt it whenever the Moon changed signs.
Nature is everywhere. Even in our concrete and cyber jungles, we can sense her influence. At least once with the Moon in this sign, give yourself a 15-minute luxury of stillness. Quiet your thoughts. Observe the energy—how are things moving? Tune into the texture of the atmosphere floating around you. Feel its sensation on your skin. Describe what you feel, even if it’s so subtle you think you’re making it up. Over time your sensitivity and discernment will increase. In a month, you sense this sign again.
A fire sign Moon, key qualities for Aries are hot and dry. Periodically repeat the phrase “hot and dry.” This will help to lead your awareness to the right sensory cues—perhaps your lips feel dry, or there’s a raspy, burning sensation in your throat, moisturizer doesn’t absorb into your skin so quickly, or the leaves of your houseplants may seem brittle. What else do you notice? Repeat the “hot/dry” mantra and record your observations; test them at the next fire sign Moon.
“When the moon is in Aries, dreams may be about new beginnings, new rules, new limits to test, or new understandings of old ideas.Aries dreams reveal the dreamer’s new relationship to ancient cycles. The ‘mascot’ of Aries is the ram—he who bangs his head. Aries dreams, therefore, may be about the head: headaches, new ways of thinking, or a new focus..”~Connie Cockrell Kaplan