The new moon tonight is in Aries. This is quite an energetic step change as Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and signifies the beginning of the ‘natural year’ (rather than the ‘calendar’ year). So this new moon is particularly potent as it starts a new astrological cycle. It’s an exciting time – all about new, fresh energy as we leave the hardship and stagnation of Winter behind and enter a time of action.
And Aries loves action. Connected to Mars – the planet of War – Aries, the ram, thrives on having a higher purpose, a life calling. This is the time to consider what your 2018 mission is – where do you want to direct this Aries power? Make some time to really think about what you want to achieve as the full force of this new moon will really deepen your intention and help you move forward towards your goal.
Physically Aries is connected to the head so any imbalance is likely to show up here – whether it’s a headache, your sinuses feeling congested or tension around the eyes. It’s often connected to the feeling of impatience – the need to move forward. If you are feeling restrained and held back then try and get outside today and reconnect with nature – walking barefoot is particularly helpful ahelps clear the top heavy Aries energy and ground your energetic field.
Any movement today is particularly beneficial. Whether it’s in the physical realm such as a vigorous walk or whether you choose to take an emotional or spiritual action. It’s time to step out of your comfort zone and address anything that you’ve been avoiding or holding yourself back from. Aries is the natural warrior and with this role has much bravery – there is an abundance of courage available to tap into today- most the most of it.
So in summary this is the time to take action! Be clear with where you want to go. Aries loves clarity and direction. Whatever you do to move forward will be honoured by the full power of nature.
Dream big, be brave and make that first step!
Our incoming new moon is in Pisces. This water sign is the last in the Zodiac cycle and brings with it a great deal of ancient wisdom and mysticism. The most delicate and sensitive archetype, Pisces is highly intuitive, empathetic and compassionate. All these qualities are particularly heightened around this time and you may notice that you feel more vulnerable and in touch with your feelings than usual.
While this may feel uncomfortable, this time is actually incredibly powerful as this new moon offers us the chance to look at life beyond the constrictions of everyday reality. It’s an invitation to go deeper and imagine a different future not just for ourself but for the world.
It’s no surprise that Pisces is connected to Neptune – the sea god – the planet so intertwined with spiritual aspirations and artistic inspiration. Yet this time comes with a caveat. While we can embrace the magical potential, we need to be aware that Pisces is connection to illusion and delusion. The two fishes which represent this sign are swimming in different directions for a reason. They show the different pulls that Pisces often struggles with – one fish swimming upwards towards divine connection the other fish swimming downwards towards self sabotage and emotional overwhelm.
This is a time to stay true to yourself. While the Pisces energy may feel like it is pushing and pulling you, it’s important to stay connected to your bigger life purpose. To focus on your dreams and how you can manifest the upward swimming fish’s deepest and most heartfelt desires.
As with all new moons; any new behaviours are fortified and strengthened by the full power of the lunar cycle. This is a powerful opportunity to imagine all that you wish life to be. Creative visualisation was made for a Pisces new moon as were all the mystical arts such as yoga, meditation and chanting.
Physically Pisces is connected to the feet so any ailments, tension or imbalances can be felt more acutely at this time. Anything that you can do to nurture and care for your feet will be particularly beneficial and have much longer lasting benefits. Whether it is a pedicure, reflexology treatment or just warm foot bath in a washing up bowl.
Melissa is the signature oil for Pisces. This watery plant is highly regarded as an antidepressant, (important for our downward swimming fish). Melissa lifts negative thoughts and emotional burdens by inviting you to participate in the higher realms of living and dreaming.
And really that is what the Pisces new moon is all about. Taking time to imagine life ‘outside of the box’ and connecting to that magical unseen life force that surrounds each and every one of us.
As well as it being a new moon tomorrow (Thursday 15th February) in Aquarius, it is also a solar eclipse – a time when the sun is obscured by the moon. An eclipse is always noteworthy as feelings are often heightened during this ‘shadow’ time. So if you find that your emotions are running amok right now, it may very well be connected to the eclipse and the new moon – conspiring together to help you release old toxic ways so that you can make way for the new.
Because Aquarius is all about the new. Underlying it’s cool and sometimes aloof persona, this sign is often ahead of it’s time, challenging the status quo and pioneering social change. Ruled by Uranus – the planet of the unconventional and the unexpected, Aquarius can appear eccentric and non conformist. However underneath this detachment and dislike of expressing emotions, Aquarius is deeply concerned with humanitarian issues and helping their fellow humans beings reach their highest potential. They thrive on social interaction and care greatly about the welfare of the group.
Physically Aquarius is connected to the lower legs, particularly the ankles. It’s worth giving these areas more attention around this new moon as any effort that you put in is greatly magnified and will have longer lasting benefits.
Problems in these areas can also arise at this time so be aware that varicose veins, ankle sprains and calf cramps may arise. Lying down with your feet elevated will help release tension especially if you can use some vertivert or cypress essential oil. These essential oils (used in a carrier oil) are particularly good for circulation and ankle tension. Also using your own salvia is one of the best things for getting the circulation moving.
The essential oil Neroli is the signature oil for Aquarius. This revered oil is great for meditation and calming the active mind. It’s also really good for insomnia which can blight Aquarius as it’s mind is alway thinking ahead and planning the future.
As a new moon is all about new beginnings. This is a powerful opportunity to bring ‘new-ness’ into our life. Aquarius loves new ideas, new technologies or anything unusual or unorthodox so this is a great time to explore new things in your life. This sign is also strongly connected to friendship and the transformational power that a tribe/friendship group can create when coming together.
Take some time to look at your current friendships and consider how they enhance or detract from your life. Aquarius wants us to think bigger and look at our lives from a different view point and the people that we surround ourselves are key in how we live now as well as the future that we wish to create.
The new moon tonight (Thursday 29th) is in Capricorn – the sign represented by the hard working, conscientious sea goat. This mythical creature – half goat with the hind body of a fish is the deepest of all the earth signs. Determined to reach the top of the mountain, whatever the terrain, the sea goat has a tenacity to succeed.
As with all new moons this is a potent time to start afresh and begin a new chapter in your life. It’s an opportunity to harness this Capricorn power and transition from the energetic imbalance of Christmas to a more structured and logical way of being. This is a great time to plan your long term goals, especially around your career as this new lunar cycle offers us a chance to reconnect with our more grounded and traditional part of ourselves.
Capricorn is closely connected to Saturn, the planet of time, responsibilities and boundaries. The sea goat takes it’s responsibilities very seriously; especially in the work place. Taking some time out today (and for the next three days when the lunar energy is at it’s peak) to look at your career goals would be really beneficial. This moon really welcomes structure and any new behaviours that you put in place will be greatly supported and boosted by this Capricorn lunar cycle.
Physically Capricorn is connected to the skeletal system – which is not surprising as this is our own internal structure – in particular the knees. You may notice that these areas make their presence known around this time; whether it’s stiffness or pain in one or both knees. Keeping them warm will ease this and massaging them in circular, clockwise directions will help. It is best to avoid over exerting yourself physically as your knees will benefit in the long term if you allow them to rest during these three days.
Vertivert is the signature essential oil for Capricorn and it’s earthy, smoky aroma feels like it is more connected to an animal than a plant. It’s particularly good for rheumatic and arthritic pain (put some in a carrier oil and make a massage blend to help release tightness in your knees). The Far East call vertivert the oil of Tranquility; this is particularly helpful for all of our inner sea goats especially if you find that your duty to work overwhelms your duty to yourself.
Our next lunar cycle starts on Monday with the new moon in Sagittarius. This sign is home to the wanderers of the zodiac; the seekers of truth and is represented by the archer. However this is not just any archer, this is a centaur – half human, half horse – creatures which were always regarded as the intellectuals of ancient Roman mythology.
And this very much reflects the incoming energy available to us. Sagittarius is a strong, optimistic and energetic sign; connected to Jupiter, the largest and most jovial planet in the solar system. It’s fire energy can really support us to break away from old stagnating behaviours that confine us to routine and apathy.
Sagittarius is passionate about travelling and exploring – any ways that we can move forward to learn and grow from different worlds, cultures and people. This is an incredibly potent time to let go of limiting beliefs as this new moon wants us to progress onwards and see a wider perspective. It’s a great time to plan an adventure, book some traveling or even just explore the world that’s on our doorstep.
Physically Sagittarius is connected to the hips and thighs. Parts of our body so important in moving forward. These areas may feel more uncomfortable around this time and sciatica can be quite common around a Sagittarian new moon. If you notice that these areas are coming up for you, it’s worth looking at how you may be holding yourself back. If you are stagnating on any level the body will tell you through tightness, tension or additional weight.
Essential oils are a great way to support and care for our bodies especially around a new moon. Black pepper is the signature oil for Sagittarius. It helps relieve fatigue (one of the issues for this sign as they have the tendency to burn out from overdoing) and is great for warming and toning the muscles. Massaging with carrier oil would really be beneficial – especially if you focus on the hips and thighs.
As with all new moons, this is a chance to start a new chapter. Right now is all about new beginnings and starting afresh. Sagittarius offers us an opportunity to really think about where we want to aim our arrows.
This is the ideal time to connect with our inner archer to visualise our target board and see what goal is in the centre. Anything that we aim for has the pure infinite power of nature behind it! Exciting times await!
The new moon on Saturday is in Scorpio; the deepest and darkest of all the zodiac signs. It’s no coincidence that this moon follows closely behind the mystical customs of Halloween (31st October) and the Mexican Day of the Dead (2nd November). With the evenings closing in and the temperatures dropping, this more introverted time of the year has long been connected to death and the afterlife. Our Celt ancestors saw this as a time of great spiritual potency as the veil between our world and the spirit world is at it’s thinnest.
And yet while Scorpio is indeed closely intertwined with death, this sign is more interested in the transformation that death brings. This time is all about allowing the parts that no longer serve us to die. Because this moon wants personal transformation for each and every one of us. And Scorpio allows us to do this by embracing the dark. By looking at the areas in our lives which we would prefer to ignore or keep hidden.
Yet this sign knows that is it only by exposing our deepest, darkest fears that we can overcome these self imposed barriers and limitations that can cause such pain and constriction in our lives. So whether we are being held prisoner by a substance, a relationship, an attribute, fear or false hope, this Scorpio moon creates a oppotunity to release this.
And yet it’s not always easy to look at our skeletons hiding in the closet – perhaps that is why this sign is so closely connected to the firey planet of Mars. We need the power of this war God to fight and ultimately destroy our inner demons.
Whatever our secrets are, this new lunar cycle offer us the strength to lift the veil and face our deepest fears. This moon is intense – jealously and possessiveness can, if unchecked abound. Yet if we can go underneath these traits there is a stillness and acceptance waiting for us. The chance to accept the whole of who we are – the dark and the light which we need both of in this world to thrive.
The new moon today is in Libra – the peacekeeper and diplomat of the zodiac. Represented by the scales – this sign is all about justice and balance. As the new moon is a time of new beginnings and setting our goals and intentions for the next cycle; this particular moon asks us to look at the areas in our life which are out of sync.
Whether it’s work, family or health. This is a great opportunity to look at what things are out of alignment so that we truly appreciate and see the beauty in our lives. Because while Libra is ruled by Venus and connected to the more harmonious aspects of life; she also understands how difficult it can be to stay balanced in an unbalanced world. As we move into the more introverted and darker half of the year – this moon illuminates ways in which we can live our lives differently, choices that we can make that allow us to stay connected to ourselves, undeterred by circumstances around us.
And yes while this sign can be indecisive and sometimes hindered by always seeing both sides of an issue, Libra is also very charming and well liked. So if you are needing help from others – the Libra moon with her natural grace and eloquence means that reaching out to others is much easier right now.
Physically Libra resides over the the kidneys, hips and bladder so if we’re out of balance physically and emotionally these areas may show up. When our bodies want to get our attention (and previous attempts are ignored) then it will often turn up the heat and grab our attention through pain as this is usually the quickest way that we implement changes.
Geranium the oil of love and trust, is the signature essential oil for Libra. Regarded as a powerful healer by ancient civilisations – this oil helps us to reconnect to our hearts. Geranium heals the pain of disconnection created when we we stop trusting ourselves, it brings us back into balance so that we can embody the natural harmony that nature and this new lunar cycle provides.
It’s a full moon tonight. And as it’s an Aries full moon this one wants to be noticed. Aries are our natural born leaders, represented by the ram. They move through obstacles and challenges with fire and passion and this energy abounds with the incoming full moon.
And yes – for many of us, full moons feel intense. It’s no wonder that the word lunacy comes from this word as the additional lunar light illuminates our blind spots and unresolved issues. There’s no hiding at this time as our energy, emotions and feelings are all heightened. This, combined with the increase of positive icons flooding the atmosphere and constricting our blood flow, creates a sense of physical and mental tightness – like an overblown balloon waiting to pop.
And yet amidst with all these swirling currents – it’s also a time of great power. Along with our fertility being at it’s peak – so is our ability to make things happens. Spells, rituals and intentions are all supercharged. Our dreams more vivid.
It’s a time to tap into into the magic of the ram and lift up the veil of the unseen world. Right now what we want, dream and desire is at our fingertips
This week is particularly special and one that deserves our attention. Firstly we have a new moon and secondly we have the Autumn Equinox.
As always the new moon is our opportunity to start afresh with a blank sheet. Any changes we wish to implement are boosted by the magnificent power of the lunar cycle so it’s a great time to set new things in motion. This new moon is governed by the precise and organised Virgo, the sign most connected to health and work. So any changes that you wish to make in these areas will be supercharged right now as these choices will be working with the natural flow.
You may feel a distinct energy shift this week. There is a marked difference as we leave Leo, the sun god and move into the more serious and hardworking Virgo. This sign heralds a time of solitude as she urges us to get focused and back into reality after the excesses of Summer.
Lavender is the signature oil of Virgo – as well as soothing tired muscles and minds, it helps rebalance the central nervous system.
There can be a tendency for Virgo, in their pursuit of order and perfection to over extend themselves. To over give in their desire to be useful and of service. So be aware that while this time is ripe for focusing on work and health – it’s not about choices that are detrimental for your wellbeing.
Seasonal we naturally want to slow down as we head into Autumn. The light and energy of Summer is no longer available to us and we have different requirements, physically and mentally as we move into the colder, darker months.
The equinox on Friday 22nd September, meaning a time of equal day and night, is a big deal to our bodies. This seasonal shift as we move from Summer to Winter influences the photon activity resulting in a huge surge of energy.
Often our cells take advantage of this newly available energy and use it to get rid of any toxicity or stagnation in the form of a cold (or flu). While it may feel uncomfortable – this natural detox is a great boost for your immune system. If unsupressed and supported by rest, water and light foods, this detox, usually lasting three days, will set you up really well for the coming months.
This new moon is a particularly potent one. Firstly it’s another new moon in Leo – a rare opportunity to build on what we set in motion last month and secondly it’s a solar eclipse.
Physically an eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the sun and earth and blocks the sun’s rays. This means that a shadow is cast on Earth and for a short period of time the sky will become dark. How dark all depends on where we are in the world. In the UK it will be a partial eclipse
whereas our American friends will experience it much more intensely; as for the first time in 99 years 14 states will have a total eclipse and complete darkness for up to two minutes.
Eclipses are energetically very powerful and demand that we take notice. They have the all the power of a new moon thrice-fold so for us it’s like experiencing a new moon on steroids.
This time is about progression and moving forward in our lives. As with all new moons this is the start of a new chapter so now, more than ever, it’s time to take action and start afresh. Any new choices or behaviours that we make will be supercharged and have long and far reaching consequences.
Eclipses often brought great fear and terror to our ancestors who saw them as an omen of death – however a more accurate understanding is that they are an omen of what is to come. They open a portal to our future selves as they create major turning points in our lives. Events and situations are propelled forward at great speed so anything unresolved or hidden is likely to be illuminated.
Rather than fear it, this is time of great change and opportunity. To make the most of this new moon eclipse it’s important to take some time to look at what you want to achieve and create in your life.
Leo is the strongest and most powerful sign in the Zodiac, ruled by the Sun, Leo thrives on being centre stage. This is the most powerful time to connect with your Leo energy – focus on where you want to shine and take some time to really visualise your future self, shining – in all your unique, undeniable glory.