This year, the New Moon in Aries (Sun conjunct Moon in Aries) occurs on 16th April. Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, is ruled by Mars, planet named after the Roman god of war, associated with confidence, energy, strength, ambition and impulsiveness. Those born under this sign usually are fearless, having strong opinions and also a strong sense of leadership.
Astronomically speaking, a New Moon is the time when the Moon is not visible from the Earth, because it has the same ecliptical longitude with the Sun. In astrology, the New Moon is considered the perfect time for new beginnings, because both the both luminaries (the Sun and the Moon) are aligned in the same zodiac sign, so that the concentrated energies of the sign (in this case, Aries) help us to initiate projects, to make resolutions, to bring changes in our life.
So, 16 April 2018 is a good day to take action, to innovate, to bring something new to our life. Maybe what we need most is a new perspective and a new way of thinking, braver than before. But first, we need to get rid of old and unhealthy thought patterns. This is why we propose you, as a preparation for this New Moon, a short, but meaningful Zen story, having the title Empty Your Cup. (the famous actor and martial artist Bruce Lee, referring to this short story, resumed it in just one phrase: „Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality!“.
A Zen Story for the New Moon in Aries
A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s cup to the brim, and then kept pouring.
The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself.
„It’s overfull! No more will go in!“ the professor blurted.
„You are like this cup“, the master replied, „How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?“
New Moon in Aries for Each Zodiac Sign
ARIES: it is important to think how you present yourself to others.
TAURUS: you need solitude and time for yourself.
GEMINI: focus on making new friends and on group activities!
CANCER: it is a good time to develop new professional goals and business plans.
LEO: get out of your box, open yourself to new experiences!
VIRGO: you already have mind power; think about new possibilities to use it!
LIBRA: it is a good time to begin a new relationship or to re-define an old one.
SCORPIO: bring healthier habits in your life! And give up the old, bad ones!
SAGITTARIUS: it’s time for love and romance. Express your positive feelings!
CAPRICORN: take care of your home! And spend more time with your family!
AQUARIUS: it is a good time to learn something new and to use your communication skills.
PISCES: think of new ways to earn money!
The next New Moon will be on May 15th – a New Moon in Taurus (Sun conjunct Moon in Taurus).
Until then, on April 30th, it will be a Full Moon in Scorpio (Sun in Taurus opposite Moon in Scorpio).
Moon Phases in 2018: New Moon Calendar