New Moon in Aries 2020 – New healing cycle starting


New Moon in Aries  Tues 24 March 2020, exact at 7.28pm Queensland time (AEST) at 4 degrees Aries

 Supermoon Full Moon in Libra  Wed 8 April 2020, exact at 12.34pm Queensland time (AEST) at 18 degrees Libra

Skywatching  Four planets are visible in the early morning sky at present: Mars the red planet is high in the eastern sky before sunrise, with Jupiter and Saturn either side of Mars, Jupiter the higher of the two.  Mercury is visible low on the eastern horizon shortly before sunrise.

At night, Venus can be seen as the Evening Star twinkling in the western sky after sunset.


What extraordinary times we’re living in!  The intense lockdowns (however necessary) are one manifestation of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction that occurred at the start of this year, now bringing in this new era of authoritarian control. This exercise of extreme power by governments world-wide is likely to continue throughout 2020 with the Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions we’ll be experiencing three times, starting this lunar month.  The Astrology of the pandemic is absolutely fascinating and I’ve shared some in-depth analyses on my Chirone Shakti-Stargazer Astrology Facebook page, so head over there if you want to find out more!


The New Moon on Tues 24 March falls in Aries, bringing the opportunity for a bold and exciting new start.  Aries’ natural approach to life is to take action, breaking new ground in a pioneering or even crusading venture, or taking up a cause that’s worth fighting for. 

As a Fire sign, Aries is full of enthusiasm and focused on the future.  Aries tends to act first and think later, hence its reputation for being impulsive, so take a moment to weigh your options before jumping in feet first!

In its positive manifestation, Aries is pioneering, boldly going where no–one has gone before, carving out a new, independent path and leading the way.  Aries tends to be fearless, the kind of leader who says “Follow me!” as they race ahead.  They’re also naturally competitive and like to be first. 

When manifesting negatively however, Aries can be impatient, impulsive and aggressive, often with a quick temper.  Mars, the ruler of Aries, was after all the god of War.  Aries can also be very direct, hence its reputation for foot-in-mouth bluntness.

This New Moon is closely configured with Chiron, the archetype of the Wounded Healer, suggesting that this New Moon represents the beginning of a new cycle in our healing journey.  This gives an interesting added dimension to the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently escalating so rapidly, and maybe this will mark the beginning of a new phase in some way, perhaps signalling a new pioneering treatment for the COVID-19 virus.  The placement in Aries could also indicate a new cycle in dealing with toxic masculinity, after all the #MeToo revelations and the recent sentencing of Harvey Weinstein. Keep an eye on the news to see how this may play out!

Crisis chineseThe New Moon with Chiron is also an opportunity for Mother Earth to heal – just witness satellite photos of clean air in China, and fish and even dolphins returning to the now-clear waters of Venice canals.  I’ve already written about a crisis representing both danger and opportunity – if you’ve missed that blog it’s here.

If your birthday falls close to this date (within a day either side), this is the beginning of a significant new cycle in your life, particularly with regard to your sense of identity and purpose in life. The influence of Chiron means that this could be a significant new cycle in your own healing, or perhaps you’re at the stage where you can now bring healing into your work in some way.

This New Moon falls at 4 degrees Aries.  If you have points in your birth chart close to this degree (within one degree) expect the part of your life associated with that planet (eg relationships for Venus) to begin a significant new cycle. 

Wherever you have 4 degrees of Aries in your chart is the area of your life that will be affected by this New Moon – for example, if it falls in your 10th house, this signifies the beginning of a new cycle in your career or professional life.

The New Moon is exact at 7.28pm  AEST.  Remember to set your New Moon intentions in the following 24 hrs. 


A note to all you stargazers out there – the day of this New Moon Tues 24 March is a fantastic opportunity to see Mercury and Venus (and a few days either side will be good too).  You’ll be able to see Mercury as a Morning Star in the east just before sunrise, quite low on the horizon, and Venus as an Evening Star in the west just after sunset, about 45 degrees from the horizon.  And then a few days after New Moon, you’ll see the Moon as a slim crescent close to Venus in the early evening sky, a truly beautiful sight – they’ll be closest on Sat 28 March.


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The healing power of Chiron

I love the picture of Jacinda Ardern lighting up the world’s tallest building (see my post on FaceBook if you haven’t seen the photo), especially when you realise that the building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE 

The Astrology of the last few days reflects the healing that has been happening after the horrific events of the Christchurch mosque massacre last Friday – with the Sun coming to join Chiron in Aries just as Jacinda Ardern announced the ban on semi-automatic weapons.

Chiron is the archetype of the wounded healer – often a wounding has to happen, or be re-opened, in order for the healing to take place – so it can be a very painful process, but one that ultimately results in healing. The weapons ban came right on the Equinox, just as the Sun went into Aries (the sign associated with warfare and violence, in its negative manifestations) and approached the healing energy of Chiron at 1 degree Aries.

Then the following day, Friday, the Moslem holy day and exactly a week after the massacre, the Sun joined with Chiron – and what an amazing display of compassion and solidarity was shown not just in NZ but all around the world 

So much healing has come from this nightmare 


Chiron into Aries 2019

chiron vase paintingChiron moves into Aries on Mon 18 Feb 2019, bringing its healing energy to the issues that have been uncovered by Uranus journeying through this sign over the last 7 years.  These issues that are now prime for the healing energy of Chiron relate to the negative side of Aries and its ruler Mars such as wars and conflicts, violence (family violence especially), and toxic masculinity – with all that is included in that term. 

Chiron is the archetype of the wounded healer.  We all have Chiron in our birth chart, representing a wounding that we carry, usually from childhood.  When we acknowledge that wounding and transform it, we can then step into our own ability to bring healing to others.

The potential for healing here is to transform the toxic masculinity that is rampant in our culture, affecting men as well as women, and bring about a collective shift into the conscious masculine warrior energy of Aries, where respect and protection for all are naturally given.  

I also feel that under Chiron in Aries, non-violence will increasingly be used as an alternative to warfare to bring about conflict resolution.  It’s currently being used to great effect by the Extinction Rebellion movement in the UK, using civil disobedience as a way to protest against government inaction on climate change.

Chiron is in Aries till 2026-27, so it’s not going away any time soon! 

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Chiron into Aries

chiron vase painting


Chiron moves into Aries on Tues 17 April.  Chiron is the archetype of the wounded healer, bringing awareness to our wounding at a collective level and offering the possibility of healing.

To get an idea of the effect of Chiron through a sign, let’s look back at Chiron in its previous sign, Pisces.   From 2010 Chiron was in Pisces, the sign associated with the oceans and water generally.  As soon as Chiron went into Pisces, the Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, spilling oil into the ocean there and causing widespread pollution and devastation. Following that came the Fukushima nuclear disaster, spilling radioactive waste water into the Pacific Ocean, killing its marine life.  More recently we have become keenly aware of the devastating effects of plastic pollution in the oceans, and even the microplastics now in our drinking water.  These are all examples of the many ways that we have contaminated the precious waters of this planet.

There has been a healing side to Chiron in Pisces though, through the projects that have been launched to address these issues, often by young people.  One outstanding example is the Ocean Clean-Up project launched in 2013 by the young Dutch inventor/entrepreneur Boyan Slat when he was just 19.  His TEDx talk on the subject went viral and he was able to raise sufficient funds through crowd-funding to launch his project in earnest. This project provides an intelligent and simple, energy-efficient way of removing plastics from the ocean and transforming them into a new resource, in this way funding their project and making the whole enterprise self-financing.

Chiron in Pisces can also describe the collective journey of addressing the issue of child sexual abuse within the Christian church, which has really come to a head during Chiron’s time in Pisces. Pisces is the sign of the fish, the early symbol of the Christians in Rome. Pisces has deep associations with martyrdom and redemption, the central themes of Christianity, and sexual abuse has been a deep wounding within the Christian church for a very long time – bearing in mind that cycles of Chiron are around 50 years.  Finally there is a healing of sorts, as victims can tell their stories and be heard, and the old paradigm falls away and is relegated to history, as a new consciousness emerges.  There are many astrological players in this, from Uranus in Aries changing our attitudes to sexuality, to Saturn’s recent entrance into Capricorn coinciding with the launch of the TimesUp campaign, all against the background of Pluto in Capricorn, changing forever the way that power works (or is abused) within the establishment.


So what will Chiron moving into Aries mean for us?

As Chiron moves into Aries, Uranus reaches the end of its 7-year journey through Aries.  Uranus is the Great Awakener, and its passage through Aries has seen a massive awakening of sexuality, from Tantric sex moving from the fringes to a much more mainstream presence, and the prevalence of pornography easily accessible through the internet.  As Chiron moves into Aries, I feel that we will become more aware of the collective wounding that has taken place through (for example) young people viewing pornography online and taking this essentially as their sex-education, with all the distortions of human relating that encompasses.  The healing side of Chiron in Aries could be provided by the transformation brought about by embracing sacred sexuality (especially with Uranus about to go into sensuous Taurus).

Other possibilities for Chiron through Aries include a growing awareness of the collective wounding brought about through wars, and from this, bringing the potential for healing of that primitive impulse that sparks wars.