New Moon in Aries: Taking Dangerous Risks to Satisfy Your Desires

April 8, 2021

On April 11, 2021 (7:31 PM Pacific Daylight Time), there will be a new moon at 22°25’ of Aries.

You can’t start a fire without a spark. Fortunately, sparks are flying at this new moon! And as the moon and sun spark off in cardinal-fire Aries, they’re lighting a fire under us as well. If we’ve been eager to make a new beginning, there’s truly no time like the present.

Ruled by go-getter Mars, Aries is all about action. But with Mars currently in intellectual Gemini, we’re putting just as much energy into mental activities as physical ones right now. The Aries moon’s sextile with Mars encourages informed risk-taking: Make an effort to get all the facts, before rushing headfirst into something new.

What Does the New Moon in Aries Mean

The moon and Mars also harmonize with Jupiter in Aquarius, making it easy to keep a positive and open-minded attitude. With the universe’s support, we can believe in ourselves—and have faith that there are plenty of good things to go around. Of course, a little friendly competition can be fun. But at this new moon, it doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game.
Adding some extra fuel to this lunation’s fire, the sun and moon are joined by four other planets and asteroids in Aries:

Chiron in Aries touches upon our insecurities, and any fears of rejection we’re still carrying from the past.  This isn’t to cause more pain, but to help us heal and rebuild self-confidence. By facing our fears and risking vulnerability, we can prove to ourselves how brave and bold we really are.
Mercury helps us to speak our truth in a way that gets straight to the point. But this rapid-fire communication style can backfire if we aren’t careful. Before blurting out your new-moon intention—or anything else, for that matter—make sure you’ve really thought it through. Right now, our words and ideas pack an extra-powerful punch.

With Ceres in Aries, our primary concern is taking care of our own survival needs. But we’re also fired up to be fearless advocates for the health and safety of others—especially those more vulnerable and at-risk than ourselves.

Venus encourages us to be unapologetic about who we are and what we want. Still, her square with Pluto (exact an hour after this new moon) challenges our ability to satisfy our heart’s desires. Venus in Aries knows what she wants—and she wants it now. But with Pluto in Capricorn, wishes are fulfilled on spirit’s timetable, not our own. Our burning desires in the heat of the moment may not be aligned with our long-term best interests. So delaying gratification, at least for a day or two, might end up working in our favor.

By April 14, when Venus settles into stable, earthy Taurus, we’ll have a better sense of what we really want. So check in with yourself in a few days’ time, and circle back to your original new-moon intentions. Do they still light your fire? If the answer is an enthusiastic, full-bodied “Yes!”, then it’s time to name it and claim it.

Read on for your sun and rising signs to learn more about what this new moon means for you.

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Horoscopes for the New Moon in Aries


New moon, new you! Aries, this lunation is about loving who you are, while evolving into the person you were born to become. Life may be throwing some challenges your way right now, but you’re confident enough to roll with the punches. Surround yourself with positive people to keep your spirits up.


When it comes to your spiritual path, Taurus, you’ve often taken the road less traveled. And at this new moon, you might be inspired to blaze another new trail. It’s time to listen to your heart, trust your conscience, and follow your own inner compass—even if that feels a little risky.

Who’s calling the shots, Gemini? At this new moon, you want to be the one in charge. And with your energy, enthusiasm, and inspirational attitude, others will be happy to follow your lead. Make sure, though, that you’re taking them in a positive direction—not just taking them along on a power trip.


Yes you can, Cancer! At this new moon, you’re eager to push forward with personal and professional goals. First, though, you’ll have to push past whatever insecurities have been holding you back until now. It’s time to prove to yourself once and for all that yes, you do have what it takes.


Take a leap of faith, Leo! This new moon invites you to blaze new trails and explore exciting new horizons. But it takes a basic trust in life, and in other people, to venture confidently out into the unknown. Remember, there are no “strangers” in the world—just friends you haven’t met yet.


Who gave you permission, Virgo? While you’re known for being careful and conscientious, this new moon finds you throwing caution to the wind. As risky as it feels to act on your impulses and desires, it can also be extremely liberating. Shed your inhibitions in whatever way feels safe and appropriate for you.


Spring has sprung, Libra—and with it, new possibilities are springing up in your love life. Whether you’re feeling sparks with a new flame, or reigniting an old one, this new moon gives you the confidence to follow your heart. But first, you must be ready to put the past behind.


Ready for a reboot, Scorpio? Then this new moon is the perfect time to hit the reset button. Whether you’re looking to revitalize your work or your health, setting positive habits in motion now can give you a new lease on life. Remember, though, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.


Life isn’t all fun and games, Sag. But after a somber and serious start to the year, this new moon says it’s time to enjoy yourself again! Just remember, you don’t have to go from zero to 60 all at once. Give yourself some time to get back up to speed.


Wipe the slate clean, Capricorn! At this new moon, it’s time for some serious spring cleaning—not only in your physical environment, but also your psychic space. Doing a clean sweep now to remove unwanted energies from your life will create space for a new and better life to be born.


Let’s cut to the chase, Aquarius: Right now is no time to hold back or hide what you’re really thinking and feeling. At this new moon, it’s better to be honest and direct. As long as you’re communicating in good faith, most people will be willing give you the benefit of the doubt.


There are plenty of good things in life for everyone, Pisces—and that includes you. Still, it takes a lot of confidence to claim what’s rightfully yours. This new moon is all about owning your desires, knowing your own worth, and refusing to settle for anything less than you deserve.

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