The first new moon of spring occurs this Friday, April 5th at 4:50 a.m. EDT. This means utter and complete Aries energy as the Sun and Moon will come together at the very center of the sign, 15° to be exact. So it’s all about fire now!
However, because the purpose of this blog is to explore and share the energies and magic of Water, I still like to focus on the messages from the element of Water for the full and new moons. The Moon herself is obviously ruled by the element of Water, tugging on our planet’s tides and on our own inner seas. So the influence of Water – of emotions, intuition, spirituality, dreams, the divine feminine and so on – is always present and powerful regardless of what sign the Moon is in.
Water and Fire are partners and counterparts, both contrasting and balancing each other and interacting in fascinating harmony in nature and science as well as in magic and metaphor. As I recently learned and shared in my article explaining the true meanings of the Star card of Tarot, water actually literally comes from fire, more or less. The union of hydrogen and oxygen is little more than a homogeneous mixture of inert gases until a flame creates a very literal bang (a “big bang”, even…coincidence?) and turns the gas mixture into liquid water.
So this new moon can be thought of as Water in Fire and as representing the first creations of water and fire together as it is in the first sign of the zodiac and therefore the start of the astrological year. Beginnings, changes, rebirth, spark, ignition, initiation…these are the buzzwords for this very energetic time. Birth and rebirth are amazing and magical but also difficult and painful processes that often come only after death and destruction and/or a dark, quiet gestation.
Aries is the warrior, the leader, the pioneer, the initiator, the fearless explorer plunging into the unknown and leading the charge into battle. So this new moon allows us to plant the seeds for the rest of the year, to evaluate what we stand for and what we are attempting to grow, to assess our individual worth and power and decide just what battles we’re charging into.
Most of us are probably emerging from battles and having to dress our wounds and regroup while simultaneously entering into the next stage or a whole new battle altogether. That’s not unusual for this time of year, which is all about action, growth, newness and potential. What is newer and better almost always comes only through and after struggle and sacrifice.
For the last full moon, which occurred on the spring equinox, I used a unique intuitive oracle deck featuring the works of pre-Raphaelite painter John William Waterhouse. I assembled a 44-card deck from the possible 75 in the deck created by Seven Stars. I’ll be using that deck again for this new moon as well as for future lunations, as this suits me and the energies of Water very well. I made sure that about half of the images very directly feature water, while the rest of the artwork overall still easily represents various aspects of water.
Waterhouse most frequently painted scenes and characters from mythology and literature, as well as history and even very magical and pagan subjects attached to no particular lore, so these themes and stories lend themselves very well to an elemental deck and such intuitive readings. I highly recommend it if you enjoy his artwork and the stories, themes and people who inspired them.
So without further ado, the Water Oracle card and message for this Aries new moon is…
I think this card, and the story behind the subject, very adequately reflects things that most of us are probably going through right now. Most importantly of all, it urges us…
Don’t give up, don’t give in, don’t drown yourself in the waters of overwhelming emotion or sorrow.
Unfortunately that is exactly what Ophelia, of Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet, did. This was the direct result of Hamlet killing her father and abandoning her after playing all kinds of games with both her mind and her heart.
The imagery is very springy and Ophelia herself is very beautiful but it is in her grief and madness that she crowned and bedecked herself in flowers before drowning. Queen Gertrude tells her brother, Laertes, of her death, saying “One woe doth tread upon another’s heel, So fast they follow.” (Act IV Scene 7)
Have you felt like one woe, one challenge is hot on the heels of another? Have you scarce been able to catch your breath before some other bad or at least difficult news presents itself? I know I certainly have been experiencing this myself over the past few weeks. But it could well be precisely because such challenges and obstacles are gathering speed that resolutions and breakthroughs are fast approaching!
was amazed, as I continued reading the end of the scene where the queen
announces Ophelia’s death, to see certain coincidences and correspondences in
“There is a willow grows aslant a brook,
That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream;
There with fantastic garlands did she come
Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples
That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
But our cold maids do dead men’s fingers call them;
There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide;
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up;
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes;
As one incapable in her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element. But long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.
the synchronous reference to the willow tree. While it is not at all
traditional or authentic to Celtic lore or spirituality, Robert Graves’ still
interesting creation of a Celtic tree “horoscope” (presented in his book The White Goddess) places the willow
tree in the springtime, from April 15 – May 12, to be exact. The willow is also
associated with water and the moon, as well as poetry and femininity.
I also couldn’t help but appreciate the “mermaid-like” simile, and especially the even more synchronous description of her death in a brook. This past Monday, a good friend of mine and I went to a nearby state forest and, at one point on our hike, stopped to rest on the large flat rocks in a sparkling brook. I took the opportunity to meditate and connect with the brook, the babbling water, the trees and all the surrounding elements as my friend played a singing bowl. My intention was to receive messages and guidance from the water in preparation for doing this reading and writing this article.
clearly did not intend to commit suicide, but fell into the brook as she sang
in her woe and insanity, drowning as her soaked, heavy gown dragged her down
into the muddy waters of her tormented emotions. Are you perhaps in danger of
letting certain emotions get the better of you? Are you feeling overwhelmed in
the feelings that understandably come from the challenges and changes you’ve
This new moon asks us to instead take positive action, to be proactive rather than reactive and seize new opportunities and growth that may be disguised in moments, developments and lingering ripples of pain, loss, sorrow, anger, frustration or doubt. We are being urged to illuminate ourselves in the motivating fires of spring and Aries, to see where we are weak and take steps to insure that those weaknesses and distracted unawareness don’t drag us down or destroy us or our goals and dreams.
Laertes responds to Gertrude’s baleful soliloquy saying,
“Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia,
And therefore I forbid my tears. But yet
It is our trick; Nature her custom holds,
Let shame say what it will; when these are gone,
The woman will be out. Adieu, my lord:
I have a speech of fire, that fain would blaze,
But that this folly douts it.”
is not the time for us to have too much of water – too much emotion that
overcomes us, too much sorrow or anger that sabotages us or our best
intentions. Likewise should we still be cautious with our actions and our
words, and see that we use our abilities and communications to help, heal,
encourage and motivate.
We are all likely to have, indeed, to need, “speech of fire”, but such that is controlled and respectful, not only to others whom we have great power to hurt and discourage, but especially to ourselves. At the end of the day, we ourselves are more at our own mercy and that of our own thoughts and self-addressed words than to any other person outside of us or our experience. Yet on that same token, when we unleash certain careless words and behavior on others, as Hamlet did on Ophelia, we are still responsible for the outcome.
Use the passionate, active fire of this new moon and this beautiful spring to temper your tears, the waters of sad or discouraging emotions and fears, and decide now who you are, what you will achieve in the year to come, and what you will finally heal and learn from so that you can burst out of the darkness like a new seedling and flourish into the best and most vibrant version of yourself!
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Featured image: “Fire” by Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1566