The new moon is always ruled by the same astrological sign that's ruling the sun at that time. In this case, the new moon/sun was ruled by the cardinal fire sign of Aries. And this New fire moon is the beginning of the astrological year. When it's possible to burn brush on that day, we do so. It activates a kind of elevated, hyper-reality vibe out in the field and I've come to the conclusion that's a perceptual skew aided and abetted by the fact that we both have an Aries ascendant. A lot of sympathetic magic seems to compound itself as a result. Elemental pieces come together in a flowing effortless way if we're outside doing this particular activity in sequence with the lunar cycle.
Normally it's raining, or sleeting, or snowing, or hailing on that particular day of the year. But this year we burned less than a day before the new Aries moon rose. And the special, hushed sense of pending release that many are able to experience on New Year's Eve, or Samhain, or the timeframe signifying the last few hours before they were born, each year on their birthday -- all of that same incredible energy was there in the field's atmosphere. I wandered around rattling, weeding, clearing away spent branches, and such. As I was moving I was also considering the Pam Gregory video I watched about this new moon cycle, and the idea of setting intentions/seeding our consciousness with the coming year in mind. I felt called to seek out a stone from the general landscape. Something to represent my amped-up commitment to the land and our gardening endeavors.
As regular readers are aware - I'm currently immersed in a really wonderful class with Deb Soule. It's been an astonishingly grounded and grounding experience which has also elevated my sense of virtually endless possibilities related to both soul and spirit nourishment, as well as caring more mindfully and in a deeper sense of shifting balance with the four primary elements as well as the year's lunar cycles. Am positive that raised and upgraded awareness is a large part of why this particular Aries moon felt as sacred and elevated as I've ever felt on that day since my mid-to-late 30's.
but there was a lot more BIG tree magic fueling my sense of vibrational upgrade:
The red maple tree flowers hit peak. Their brilliant, ruby red energy field was vibrating everywhere around the property, and that omnipresence felt like a wonderful enhancement of the Aries Sun & Moon energy. For five days the sky and landscape was flooded with sunlight and mild-temperatures while these wonderful hardy trees brought the first sustained burst of flowering life (including masses of pollen) to our locality. Oftentimes the maples bloom in cold and inhospitable weather. But this year the flowers where plump and fluffy.
Many people do not enjoy working with indigo, particularly if they skew towards certain forms of depression - especially seasonal affect disorder. If this is you, try adding a little red to the blue and work with deep purple instead. It's actually a much better color-ray choice if you want to get some depth-within-depth perception going.
stones you might like for this month: Tektite, sodalite, grape jelly amethyst, azurite. Hematite is also nice as a grounding and protective agent. Something about its mirror-like properties of protection are a really good fit for Mind.
what to expect: at some point this month you're going to be invited to know yourself in a new way. it might be something familiar and recurring that needs to be seen from a different calibration arc, or it might be something previously unsuspected.
How to stay grounded: eat high quality root vegetables a few times a week. Cook with Garlic and Ginger. Add a slice or two of burdock root to your spring broths and soups. practice alternate nostril breathing. it makes such a difference. Try it for the rest of this month and see if you don't agree.
Then I wandered all over for a couple of hours while J. burned brush and I got better acquainted with my projected roles in this year's various gardens.
What do you want YOUR wheel/house to be?
and follow through