New Moon in Aries: Grapes of Wrath

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by April Elliott Kent

One day, driving back from an otherwise uneventful trip to Trader Joe’s, I became so angry at a fellow motorist that I screamed – and it felt so good that I screamed some more. I screamed so enthusiastically that my husband, over in the passenger’s seat, started to get kind of concerned. He later told me that my screaming and anger had made him feel “as though someone was standing on my chest.”

Oh, dear. I know that feeling. I’ve been on the other end plenty of times, watching otherwise rational people rage out of control in a way that makes me fear for their safety and their sanity. I feel that way at family gatherings when talk turns to politics and controversy quickly ensues, and when I don’t click past the cable news shows fast enough while channel-surfing. I feel that way reading the e-newsletters from the astrological organizations I belong to, when an astrologer starts spouting anger toward an astrologer with a differing approach or perspective.

It’s worth noting, at the New Moon in Aries – ruled by Mars, the god of war – that anger has its place in the vast scheme of things. It’s a warning sign that something or someone is being threatened, and acts as a motivator to remove the threat. And in my defense, I will say that although I overreacted, my fellow motorist had jumped his turn at a four-way stop and nearly rammed his SUV into the side of my tiny Toyota. I was, indeed, threatened. Except that I can’t see that anger really helped me in that situation. And in fact, it probably harmed me, stoking up my blood pressure and upsetting my sweetie as well.

My over-the-top reaction to a minor traffic incident got me thinking, and it dawned on me that earlier that morning, I’d had my feelings deeply hurt by someone who I felt hadn’t recognized and appreciated some things that I’d done. I had swallowed those feelings whole, because they embarrassed me; but they were still there, festering, until an inattentive motorist “overlooked” me and triggered my little emotion bomb.

No matter how old we get or how confident we may seem, there’s a vulnerable, newborn Aries baby inside all of us who wants to come first. And when it doesn’t we scream bloody murder, like an infant who hasn’t been fed quickly enough.

The emotion of last resort

Anger is the emotion of last resort, which kicks in only when other warning signs have failed to get our attention. When someone crosses the line with you, a quick and assertive response is in order. We need to stand up for ourselves, and when fear, good manners, or pride keep us from doing so, anger is the natural result. But anger is the nuclear weapon of the relationship arsenal – its only power lies in its ability to intimidate or frighten others. Anger stamps a vintage from the grapes of normal, healthy, Aries wrath, bottles it up and places it in a dark cellar for months. What results might be a great wine – but will more likely turn to vinegar, corrosive and sour.

These days, it seems that anger has moved from being the emotion of last resort to the first line of defense. There’s plenty of righteous anger to go around, and also quite a bit of misguided wrath. More and more, we’re seeing angry, organized groups take to the streets in a sense of empowered outrage. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of people who are cultivating anger as way of life without much self-reflection. They’re screaming, screaming, screaming behind the wheel of a car, and it doesn’t seem to be doing much good.

I can’t help but wonder how much of this anger is misdirected embarrassment about other matters altogether. It’s difficult to admit, even to yourself, that you’ve made mistakes. It’s even hard to admit when you’re in difficult circumstances despite doing everything “right.” Maybe you can look back and see where you were duped or could have done things differently; that’s a hard pill to swallow. But at some point, swallow it we must, and then move on.

The Aries New Moon demands action and courage, not anger or blame. The most effective Aries people I’ve known are people of action. They are not saints – they have tempers, and don’t always exercise the best judgment; but neither do they blame the world for their problems, or meekly accept their helplessness at the hands of fate. Even if it’s something as simple as marching in a demonstration, writing a letter to the editor, volunteering for a charitable organization, cutting down on their gasoline consumption – they do something. And if they have a beef with you, they come right out and tell you instead of letting their resentment fester.

First, make a plan

The path to action is not so straightforward at this New Moon, though. Mars – Aries’ ruling planet – is moving retrograde in Virgo and opposed Neptune. Virgo’s ruling planet, Mercury, is in impatient Aries and conjoined restless Uranus, both flanking the Sun and Moon in Aries. We’re eager to leap forward and conquer new worlds, but it seems every step we take toward action leads us back to square one or mired in a fog of confusion. The resulting frustration can lead you to want to scream, again and again.

Fortunately, Mars is also in a close trine to powerful Pluto in Capricorn at this New Moon. Hidden deep beneath the frustration and anger, you’ll find Capricorn’s cool, restraining voice of reason. “Go ahead and take action,” Pluto in Capricorn advises, “But first, cool off and make a plan.”

Look to the house of your chart where the New Moon falls, at 2.22 Aries – it tells you where you’re ready to take much-needed action in your life. The true source of any anger that emerges around this New Moon can be found in the house where Mars falls at 6.55 Virgo. And in the house containing Pluto at 9.28 degrees of Capricorn, you will find a strategic plan for holding your emotions in check and getting what you really need. Need help finding where these fall in your chart? Click here.

Aries isn’t partial to strategy; it’s the part of us that prefers to shoot first and ask questions later. But while temper tantrums and name-calling may temporarily feel satisfying, this New Moon’s most effective warriors will be those who are disciplined and organized. Don’t get angry – get effective.

18 Responses to “New Moon in Aries: Grapes of Wrath”

  1. Amy Herring

    I’m glad you pushed through your lack of enthusiasm to write this article, it’s poetic, authentic, and I believe accurate, as usual. I really enjoyed it.

    Appreciations and hugs to you :)
    Amy

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  2. April

    Not easy, my friend. Having no planets in Aries and a pretty subdued Mars, I’m not terribly conversant in Aries! Many thanks for your kind words, which I find very reassuring. :)

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  3. Anne

    Thanks for your words every month! I have a question though. When looking at your house of charts where the new moon falls, am I looking at my birth chart to determine the areas in my life to take action? I’m new to interpreting the stars and planets. Thanks again for your words of encouragement and the feeling that I’m not alone :)

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  4. Dipika

    Your article is very good to say the very least and helpful in understanding Mars and Aries energy. When you talk about the houses that offer the opportunities for change, do we interpret the degrees of the New Moon, Mars and Saturn via Sabian symbols? My houses are 2nd, 1st and 7th in that order. Please could you throw some light.

    Dipika

    Regards

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  5. LB

    I so relate to this – thanks. It’s good to know I’m not alone in what I’m experiencing. The escalating aggressiveness of others (via our neighbors) is setting off my own frustration and (inner) rage. And I agree our anger can serve as a guide, although occasionally even my most diplomatic efforts at gentle assertiveness (lots of Libra placements exactly opposite lots of Aries placements) only make matters worse (transiting Mars through my 12th, setting off my natal 12th house Pluto/ 9th house Mars square).

    Even when well-intended, Aries can sometimes be so naive in its directness, especially when dealing with people who don’t share the same values and restraints. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but there are times when the wisest (and safest) course of action is to remain silent and quietly remove oneself. Or even harder to do – make plans while patiently waiting for the right time.

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  6. yvonne

    What to do when one’s Mars is in Cancer and another’s Mars is in Aquarius? Need to know how to get one’s point across in way that is not perceived as ‘threatening’…any feedback welcome, especially when it comes to issues that affect outside relationships that seem to conflict with fidelity. Thanks!

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  7. helen

    From a 3planetsinAriesbod: I dunno, i mean i have gone through decades of New Moons in Aries.. i have not felt like screaming at people until now…and i have been screaming! so me thinks maybe the Uranus in Aries? also solar flares? I feel like my screaming is like a reaction to being burned.
    Then you go mention Mars Rx in Virgo.. well, Mars Rx is old home week feeling, and Virgo, yes i am cleaning my room already… And then Pluto too? sitting on top of my Chiron in Cappy? does this mean i am going to die? blow up? i don’t even pretend to understand astrology anymore. All i know is this Aries is sayin “enough already, i am not going to put up and shut up anymore.” For some reason Carrie Underwood’s Good Girl song says it all about me.. marshmallow Aries..time to kick some butt, definitely enough already.

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  8. Caryl

    Yes, I also listened to Jonah Lehrer today on Terri Gross. Interesting program. How can you write and listen at the same time? I could never do it but it seems to work for you.

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    • April

      Oh, normally I can’t listen to *anything* with voices while I’m writing! I started writing at the tail end of the interview, though. :)

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      • Marly

        Me neither. The best I can do is listen to classical or instrumental jazz, but if I’m having a really hard time, I have to shut it off.

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  9. Marly

    Making a plan and not taking action is hard because I need to make a huge decision very soon or I’m going to be in a lot of trouble. I’m really up against the wall, and those retrogrades aren’t helping at all.

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      • Marly

        That was a perfect podcast for someone like me. Thanks! I have soooo many regrets, most of them due to my Moon/Venus/Pluto t-square behavior. The podcast explains, by the way, why I write comedy.

        The decision is financial, as a matter of fact, which is why Mercury and Mars retrogrades are making me want to cry. I worry that I’m making a horrible mistake, but I have no choice.

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  10. Nancy

    So exquisitely put, April. I agree with much you’ve written, and always endorse the style. My wording is a little different. I don’t see the problem as anger, but rage. Rage comes from the inability to express anger appropriately.

    My theory is that somewhere there’s an anger elite that hang out with the intuitive eaters and spontaneous exercisers in groovy retreat/spas. I envision wooden beams, mountainous settings and a shitload of batakas.

    http://www.backjack-bodenstuhl.de/bataka.php

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  11. Mary Hu

    My natal moon is at the 0 degree of Aries in the seventh house, opposing Jupiter and Uranus in Libra in the first house. A major manifestation of this in my life has been indignation when I encounter injustice. As a pragmatic Capricorn Sun, I usually channel this anger productively into social activism, but when Uranus transited over my natal moon, I did have a public meltdown at a group gathering. A harmful situation had been brewing for a while within the group, and there was a lot of backbiting gossip going onabout the perpetrator; needless to say, this drove me nuts! I tried to confront the perpetrator calmly, but after being ignored for a few minutes I completely lost it. I still regret my extreme reaction (I’m going to check out the don’t regret regret ted talk), but the situation was resolved, that group is healthier now, and the perpetrator has moved on; the Cappy in me is glad that the crisis wasn’t wasted. The incident also helped me to reflect and realize that I have never been as hurt by an angry, honest encounter with someone as I have been by premeditated, cool cruelty; perhaps that preference is another manifestation of my Aries moon. This lunar cycle finds me prepared to be kind, honest, and pro-active.

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