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Moon Cycles with Danielle Beinstein: New Moon in Aries

Savannah King


APRIL 7, 2016 filed under: MIND & BODYWELLNESS tagged with: danielle beinsteinnew moon

 It’s amazing what we can learn from each new moon cycle if we open ourselves to its lessons. This time, sharing her knowledge on the matter is astrologer, meditation guide and spiritual advisor Danielle Beinstein. I met Danielle—who also cofounded New Moon Circle—through a friend and as I’ve come to know her I’ve realized how passionate she is about her work. 

Danielle leads women’s circles and regularly shares her understanding of both new moons and full moons on her Instagram. She’s done my chart and also my kids’, and they were incredibly informative, especially when paired with her thoughtful explanations. I was thrilled she was willing to share her wisdom on New Moons with Rip & Tan. Here, Danielle guides us through the New Moon in Aries, which calls us to discover ourselves and take steps forward. I hope you find it inspiring! XXJKE 


Danielle Beinstein: New Moons occur once every 28 days, when the sun and moon meet at the exact same degree. Whereas Full Moons are about illumination and release, New Moons offer us profound opportunities to set intentions and begin anew. They call us forward. This New Moon in Aries is no different, beckoning us to venture into the unknown. Aries is the go-getter, the self-starter, inspiring others with its enterprising, no-holds-barred manner. Aries is where we leap into the unknown and discover ourselves in the process. It’s brave and bold, concerned only with what will advance its cause. 

This New Moon conjunct liberator Uranus, trine belief-restructuring Saturn Retrograde in Sagittarius and square profoundly transformative Pluto in Capricorn, is the burst forward we’ve been anticipating these past couple of months. We may experience the unexpected as we are moved to experiment outside of our comfort zone. We may feel called to ask ourselves where in our lives we are ready to make a radical change. Where can we birth ourselves anew? What actions are we willing to commit to, right here and right now, to liberate ourselves from the muck that has been holding us back? And where are we willing to embrace beginner’s mind, knowing that the wisest among us are always those willing to play the fool? 

Truth is, we don’t need to know our exact destination in order to begin a new journey. It may sound strange, but it’s not the destination that matters, it’s how we show up for each step. Trust is essential. We will collect all the things we need along the way. It’s the stepping that matters, that progresses us in a new direction, even if that step is committing to a new belief system. It’s our ideas about the world, after all, that shape our lens, our experience of it. 

When I took the leap from media to spiritual counseling and writing, I had no idea how it would pan out. I only knew I needed to listen to my heart and communicate my truth. The more I leaned into that awareness, the clearer things became. Opportunities appeared on my path seemingly out of the blue. Doors opened up. Conversely, when I tried to orchestrate a certain outcome, it backfired. This New Moon is a great reminder to have faith in our own inspired action, to jump in, no matter where it leads. How else are we to discover ourselves? 


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