2023-04-20  Aries New Moon – Northern Hemisphere

Editor: Robin Armstrong


Aries New Moon

Northern Hemisphere

The New Moon

When your feelings about the past, memories, and your sense of security

conjunct or meet up with

Your confidence,  purposefulness, and your hopes for the future

A profound impression is made.

A note on the harp of the soul.

A seed moment in celestial manifestation.

The Horoscope for the New Moon is for the exact moment of the New Moon.

There are no houses in this chart because the Moon is in all 12 houses at the same time when viewed globally. So this is the true New Moon chart for anywhere on earth. You can add the houses to it according to where you live.

Most computer printouts will draw the horoscope with the houses as appropriate for where you are on the planet. This was not done here in order to focus on things valid for everyone on the planet.

New Moons are the peak  points of subjective impressionability in the month.

Receptivity to core insights and to God, are accentuated.

Chanting (or even drumming) on a New Moon will give an extra vitality to your efforts over the following month,

until the next New Moon.

A holy  environment and spiritual companions are a great blessing.

The New Moon accumulates and reflects on all of the experiences of the past month. On the New Moon the conglomerate of experiences past, creates a high tide of intuitive impressions. At the moment the Moon meets the Sun, light is  shone on these impressions creating a new sense of purpose. It is the Sun than effects the Moon.

From our worldly consciousness we cannot see the combination or aggregate of memories, but we can certainly feel it.

Unfortunately our habit patterns are too gross or physical to allow us to attune to this phenomenon consciously, but we certainly can feel it.

Only the initiate or one established in spiritual disciplines can clearly witness the New Moon within.

Zodiac Pattern Types


All the planets on one side of a chart, within an opposition. One half to almost two thirds of the chart is empty.

The Bowl Type has a deep sense of being separated from one half of existence. Half seems to be with you and the other half not. Because this pattern is based on the op­position there is an inherent awareness of duality. You will embrace your concerns strongly. You will also be powerfully aware of what does not concern you. You clearly see who you are, and who you are not! You tend to champion causes and will usually go out of your way to give to others on one level or another. Your sensitivity to duality will find you questioning the purpose of existence.


45° – 0°, 3 1/2 to 0 days before the New Moon.

            This is the last phase of the lunar cycle before the new moon. It is often called the balsamic moon phase and it lasts for three and one half days from the crescent to the new moon. The light finally disappears into the mystery of silence and darkness. Completion becomes important. Your own projections seem to disappear in the vastness of all that is happening around you.

            You are searching for something new but are unsure of how to end the old attachments. Your awareness of others begins to lose relevance as you approach renewal. Try to understand what needs to be left behind. This should be a daily meditation. You have the uncanny ability to know when anything is ending or about to fall apart. Unfortunately it is not usually wise to tell others about it. They would probably consider you to be too negative. You need to learn why things come to an end. It is important for you to mind your own business or you will keep seeing everything that is going to collapse on everyone. Learn to look within for the new vision. Trust silence. Take steps to move towards your vision. Be very selective. Listen and wait.

            Often people will not appreciate you until you have gone. Try to insure that your influence is a positive one. Watch what you say. Often you will seem overwhelmed by useless or futile commitments. Do not try to save face. Be honest and let go.

            The quality of ending will directly effect the nature of the new beginning just about to come. So be wise. No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. It may not make sense to others but if you trust your conscience, you will see the way. Hold on to your principles. Do not make promises that you cannot keep, especially long term promises.

            You have the tendency to lose yourself in others only to be left very insecure when they do not have the answers. You want to become completely involved with someone. You will constantly search for or wonder about the ultimate love of your life. Often you will feel that what you have is not enough, and then you will wonder why you bother to stay within it.

            You are looking for completion and fulfillment and are not likely to embrace freedom comfortably. You want to burn your past for future goals. It is amazing though how long you can procrastinate and wait. You want to help but often do not know what to do. You will probably not bother until somebody else cares.

            A little encouragement can have profound effects. To attract positive feedback you must be positive towards others. If you must end a situation, it is important for the reason to be correct, otherwise your problems will reoccur in the new arena.


O°- 45°, 0 to 3 1/2 days after the New Moon.

This is the beginning of the lunar cycle and lasts for three and one half days. The light is emerging gently. From the depths of the darkest moment up to the first slim crescent of light, and a little farther until the crescent is smiling brightly.

            This is a highly intuitive time filled with deep impressions and new beginnings. This is a time of seed moments and powerful insights. There is a predominant undercurrent of anxious anticipation. A new moon cycle is born.

            Born under this phase you need to feel that your life is just beginning to open up. The challenge is subjective: are you prepared to advance your own cause? You should readily adjust your lifestyle to support any new sense of direction that you feel is emerging within you. You will be constantly having to make new starts in life. You will be sensitive to new beginnings and uncertain about your present surroundings. You are inclined to leave old attachments and memories behind. You want to move forward towards your goals and will be frustrated by any setbacks.

            When you begin a project it is important to advance with care and gentleness. Make sure that you nurture and protect the germinating seed; ie. the new you. It is usually easier for you to do things than to talk about them. Remember that you do not have to achieve everything right away, but it is important for you to feel that you are advancing toward your goals.

            You are the kind of person who plants ideas in the minds of others. You will reach out and impress others subtly. You will always be able to sense the new path that should be taken. As long as you are moving along this path you will feel relatively secure. Worries and problems will surface when you crystallize or stop growing. Do not look back or hold on to the past. Nurture the light within. Protect your own development and do not throw your good ideas out to fools who will not appreciate them. Neither should you follow the dreams of others. Trust your own inner sense of direction. Whenever you can make the effort to be creative, you should. Do not try to explain the process, just do it! Consistent effort will accumulate. Reach out. Rely on your instincts. Grow. Break out of old patterns. Move on. Move on. New beginnings always seem small against the vastness of life around you, none-the-less every journey starts with one small step. Try to find friends who will support and acknowledge your efforts. Always be cautious about what you say. Words can come back to haunt you.

            You will always be trying to start something. Make certain that you take time to water the flowers and plants in your garden of hopes and dreams. The end does not always justify the means so make your daily life creative. Take time to smell the flowers along your path. You will be able to draw encouragement and inspiration by listening to birds singing.

MORE DAYLIGHT THAN DARKNESS  =           Individuality predominates.

CARDINAL                             =       Makes things happen

FIRE                                         =       Needs to burn energy, enthusiastic, proud.

MASCULINE                          =       Projective

RULED BY                              =       MARS: Desire for experience/courage

KEYNOTE:                              =       “I am”

PART OF BODY                     =       Head, muscles, & male sexual organs

COLOUR                                 =       Red

GEMS                                       =       Jasper, bloodstone, and malachite


METALS                                  =       Iron

HERBS                                     =       Garlic, hops, nettles, gentian, cayenne,

                                                          broom  tea, honey suckle, blessed thistle, rosemary and horse radish.

Some Aries Considerations:

Aries is a Cardinal Sign, the first sign of Spring.

It’s nature is assertive and impulsive.

There is a tendency to instigate or initiate things.

There is also a lack of patience.

One is ready to start anything. It is better than being bored.

There is a tendency to not finish what one starts.

Aries is ruled by Mars the planet of strength and power.

There is a strong desire to gain experience, often regardless of consequences.

One is inclined to use force and take action impulsively.

There is courage but not much forethought.

The challenge is to find a good outlet for one’s energy.

What you put out will come back!

What you don’t put out will also have consequences.

Strength can help or it can hurt.

Choose well.

This is the trigram of the Joyous Lake.

Light gains victory over darkness and light continues to increase.

This is the power and the passion of Spring.

Impulse to action prevails.

Independence takes precedence over responsibility.

One wants to enjoy the growing light.

It is easy to do things. It is difficult to be patient.

Fools rush in!

This is the Eightfold Path of Right Livelihood.

One should not work at a profession that brings harm to others;

Such as, the arms trade, intoxicating drinks, poisons,

Killing animals, cheating, etc.

One should live by a profession that is honourable, blameless

And innocent of harm to others.


Pentans are five degree divisions of the Zodiac in which the zodiac repeats itself creating a sub-level  of meaning. Sub-pentans divide each 10 degrees of the zodiac into 12 sub-sub-signs adding a third level of meaning. The Zodiac sign is the Main Theme, The Pentan is the Special Focus and the Sub-Pentan is the Intimate Detail.

To Understand Pentans watch this video: (Click on the title Pentans)

Zodiac Faces

Today we see

the Face of Magnification

Aries:   People will magnify and read into every little thing that you do. This should not slow you down but rather be incentive to increase your effectiveness. Direct action will cut through complications.

Taurus: By helping others you will reap magnified benefits yourself. If you can stay calm and focus on improving difficult situations, then you will sail through the day with abundant opportunities arising spontaneously. Go with the flow!

Gemini: Today you will run into problems of perception. Your faults will be magnified and the criticism you attract will seem out of proportion. If you argue you will say things you will regret. Drive carefully.

Cancer: Your sensitivities will be in full bloom today. You will tend to magnify every feeling. Fortunately you will be well received. Focus on what is healthy and how you can nurture those less fortunate than yourself.

Leo: The opinions and comments of others are likely to draw you off course today. The challenge is to keep active. Be direct and don’t get pulled into  frivolous or moralistic conversations. Stick to the task at hand.

Virgo: You are inclined to exaggerate and over-estimate things today. This is not a good day for investment decisions. If you  run into misunderstanding, don’t make matters worse by arguing your point. Let it go! Not everyone will see it your way. Try to adapt!

Libra: Evasive action will only magnify your difficulties. Indecision will allow others to walk over you. This is a good day to take care of chores that you really don’t want to do. Make the effort. Get it done and over with.

Scorpio: The more helpful you are, the more the subsequent benefits will be magnified. This will be an effective and smooth flowing day. Your ideas will meet with approval. Your initiatives will be understood. Reach out. Don’t hold back!

Sagittarius: Keep your opinions to yourself today. You will run into criticism. You are inclined to magnify the importance of your own ideas at the expense of others. Your own pride and arrogance will arouse aversion in others.

Capricorn: Both the good and bad qualities of the people around you will be magnified today. Remember that you are seeing the caricature of someone and not the whole picture. Be understanding. A charitable outlook will work in your favour.

Aquarius: People’s interests will appear exaggerated and out of proportion. You are not likely to be impressed by anything short of physical strength or effectiveness. Talk is cheap! One action is worth a thousand words.

Pisces: This has the potential of being a very successful day. The main challenge is to be sure that you do not blatantly try to magnify your influence. Let others draw their own conclusions. If you try to preach or tell others how to think, then you will lose!

Hexagram Degrees

29 Aries 50

Main Theme:

ARI  29°-30° (IC)  THE MARRYING MAIDEN: W.54, Line 6: Passive.

          Special Focus:

29° 50’-29° 60’  Ari (Vi  IC-lvl2)  THE ARMY:W.7, Line 1: Yielding.

     Intimate Detail:

29° 50’ 00”-29° 51’ 40” Ari (Pi IC-lvl3)  FELLOWSHIP WITH MEN: W.13, Line 6: Projective.

Main Theme

54. THE MARRYING MAIDEN (Alternative Name: Shocking Indulgence)


Zodiac:……….24° – 30° Aries

Calendar:…….Northern Hemisphere: Apr 14 to Apr 20 approx.

……………….Southern Hemisphere: Oct 17 to Oct 23 approx.

House 12:……114° – 120° rising from IC

Time of day:…07:36 to 08:00 AM (Local Mean Time or Sun Dial time)

Aspect:………..114° – 120° Waxing (Trine – applying)

Moon Phase:…Waxing Half Moon Phase (90° – 135°)

……………………(7 to 10 ½ days after the New Moon).


Thunder above, the lake below.

Amidst all the fun there will be dangerous warnings.

Excitement above and pleasure below.

Enjoyment that will have shocking consequences.


Thunder on the lake.

It is dangerous to be on the water.

Excess brings danger and misfortune.

The arousal of joy has great consequences.

The force of happiness cannot be stopped.

It is important to strive for appropriateness.


Movement without, pleasure within.

Impulsive desire is rarely worthy.

The more one wants, the more one does.

If one does not question what one wants

One will attract what is intolerable.

Attractions comes first, repulsion will follow.

The end does not justify the means.

This is a difficult lesson.

Inconsiderate and selfish movement will have shocking consequences.

One who behaves in this manner will be a difficult companion.

Where is the patience? Where is the restraint? Where is the tolerance?

The more one forces issues, the less contentment one will have.

If one lives by the sword, one is likely to die by the sword.


The third daughter to the first son

If the third daughter gets in trouble,

The first son will get her out of it.

She acts to have fun.

He will react quickly.

She likes excitement.

He sees danger in her behaviour.

She does what she wants.

He sees what is appropriate and what is not.

He will be undermined by her actions

And repulsed by her desires.


24-30 AR: 54. The Marrying Maiden

Carried away by a sense of self importance,

One takes the lead without listening.

One looks for helpers,

But good help is hard to find.

Criticism and impatience will make matters worse.

One would be wiser to keep busy

And improve oneself!


Six in the sixth place: (29° – 30° Aries)

One realizes one’s mistakes after the fact.

No one cares.

Deeper reflection is needed.

…..The sixth place: 29° – 30° Aries:  7. The Army

…..One reflects on the difficulties.

…..A wrong move will increase the danger.

…..One must resolve to repair the damage

…..And take a step in the right direction.

……….Six in the sixth place:

……….One senses impropriety

……….But cannot stop what has already been set in motion.


……….To accept the consequences of one’s actions without complaint

……….Would be wise.

Technical Considerations of Line 6:

Broken in an even place

Appropriate receptivity

Yielding at the right time

(Astrological note: This place concerns the affairs of Houses 11 and 12)

No Holding Together

No Correspondence

Trigrams of Influence:

Upper Primary       

Zodiac Considerations (Sub-Pentans) for the Sixth Place:

Special Focus

7. THE ARMY (DUTY) (Alternative Name: Preparation


The earth above, the abyss below.

Yielding without and critical within.

A little movement can lead to a big collapse.

Receptive to criticism and danger.

There is much that can be improved.

One must work with others to fix the little things.


Ears wide open!

Receptive to danger.

Ready to act.

The odds are against you.

Do not under-estimate adversity.

Take care of small things at the beginning.

This is not the time to be critical of others.

You are bound together in danger.

Don’t complain.

Strive to make improvements.

No room for grand gestures.

It’s the little things that matter.


Can one maintain virtue when no one else is?

Can one maintain integrity when no one else does?

Insecurity within will find no support without.

Strength within will find no support without.

In such situations one must hold on to duty.

If one is healthy and no one else is

One must face the danger and help.

If one is capable and no one else is,

One must get involved.

To accept inertia will lead to failure and guilt.

Strength of character is essential.

If one does not hold onto what is right,

One will deserve what one gets.


The second son to the mother.

He is discriminating. She is accepting.

He withdraws. She understands.

He wants to help. She will let him.

Even though he is fussy, she will look after his needs.

When he is threatened, she will protect him.

He will hide behind her in the face of the older brother.

He can at times be too critical of her.

She has her own understanding.

He must fix the little things

Before he voices criticism over bigger issues.

If she keeps him busy, he will steadily improve.

He needs to learn to do things for himself.

In this way there will be no one to criticize.


24-30 VI: 7. The Army

Rapidly increasing darkness.

Increasing obligations.

One cannot help everyone.

If one does what one can

There will be no blame.

Take care of the little things

And the big things will take care of themselves.

Be considerate. Work for the team.

Help others when they need it.

A little kindness goes a long way.

Try to solve problems before they happen.


Six in the first place: (29° – 30° Virgo)

Humble duties.

One must be content to take care of the little things.

Small improvements will make a difference.

Do not complain.

…..The first place: 29° – 30° Virgo:  13. Fellowship with Men

…..Strong fellowship.

…..Great momentum.

…..Do not overestimate your own importance.

…..Take care of the little things

…..And the big things will take care of themselves.

……….Six in the first place:

……….One feels inadequate

……….And hesitates in the face of danger.

……….One must find worthiness within.

……….And hold together

……….With one who is dutiful and true.

Technical Considerations of Line 1:

Broken in an odd place

Inappropriate receptivity

Yielding at the wrong time

(Astrological note: This place concerns the affairs of Houses 1 and 2)

Holding Together with inappropriate energy above.

(Astrological note: Inappropriate reinforcement from Houses 3 and 4)

No Correspondence

Trigrams of Influence:

Lower Primary

Zodiac Considerations (Sub-Pentans) for the First Place:

Intimate Detail

13: FELLOWSHIP WITH MEN (Alternative:Visions of Freedom) 


Heaven above, Fire below.

Great clarity that reaches to heaven.

Simple words of insight will have a powerful effect.

Secure your associations before you ask for anything.

Do not make promises that you cannot fulfill.


Many footsteps.

Abundant opportunities.

One who hesitates loses.

If you are sincere

You will make great progress.


Strength without, clarity within.

One believes in oneself.

One acts on one’s conscience.

Great activity. Great change.

It furthers one to be sincere

And to follow through on what one starts.

One must know who to align with

To insure continuity and success,

And one must not compromise one’s principles.


The second daughter to her father.

She goes out of her way to win his attention.

He is strong. He likes to play and laugh, but he is not sensitive.

She will usually get what she wants.

He is the magnet. She is the nail.

She sees what she must do and will actively pursue it.

Sometimes she will do more than she should.

It is important that she take the right approach.


24-30PI: 13. Fellowship with Men

Great change in the light.

The dark will soon lose its grip.

One runs through the water.

Social obligations are weakening.

One rushes towards freedom.

One should be considerate of those who cannot rush

And of those who are not free.

The light of kindness will lead to greatness.


Nine in the sixth place: (24° – 25° Pisces)

One misuses one’s position

And goes against what is right.

One is up to no good.

One howls at the moon and is chased away.

…..The sixth place: 24° – 25° Pisces:  63. After Completion

…..The challenge is to be appropriate.

…..To accomplish this

…..One must be aware of the needs of others

……….Nine in the sixth place:

……….Many steps. Many directions.

……….One follows through on what has been started.

……….There is no time for special consideration.

……….Not everyone will be pleased.

Technical Considerations of Line 6:

Solid in an even place

Inappropriate action

Firmness at the wrong time

(Astrological note: This place concerns the affairs of Houses 11 and 12)

No Holding Together

No Correspondence

Trigrams of Influence:

Upper Primary

Zodiac Considerations (Sub-Pentans) for the Sixth Place:

Aspect Hexagrams

Stars By Degree

Earth Zodiac

Light of  Qabalah in this Degree

Light of  Qabalah in this Degree

Light of  Qabalah in this Degree

Ancestors by Degree

Movement by Degree

Drumming by Degree

Drumming by Degree

This hexagram reveals the drum rhythm by degree.  Play this  on your own or in a drum circle for the New Moon. Tune into the seed moment of the month. The Base at the red dot should be played louder!

Melodies (Scales) by Degree

Each degree has a very special melody or scale. You can play this with any instrument and tune into the feelings of this New Moon.

Watch the video:

ARI  29°-30° (IC)  THE MARRYING MAIDEN: W.54, Line 6: Passive.

Chanting by Degrees

Chanting on the New Moon evokes a very special presence.

It is one of the most powerful and sensitive times to chant.

Chanting by Degrees

This is the Chant for the New Moon in Aries at 00Ari50.  By chanting you will tune into the essence of this New Moon in Aries.

——— 5 minutes of call and response chanting

——— 1 minute of continuous chanting

Watch the video:

ARI  29°-30° (IC)  THE MARRYING MAIDEN: W.54, Line 6: Passive.

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How to use your horoscope to access the I Ching. The 64 Hexagrams as a Zodiac of 64 divisions.


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