Friday, April 5, 2019

New Moon in Aries: Get Your Motor Running

Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way.
~ Steppenwolf, “Born to Be Wild” (1969)
Ready for blast-off? Today we welcome the New Moon in Aries, cardinal fire sign of the Ram. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, the supersonic seed that bursts through the ground, proclaiming new life. While all new moons are ‘seed planting times’ for the next lunar cycle, April’s new moon packs extra punch. Think, bursting life, fresh DNA uncoiling out of the seed coat as it erupts into the soil. Think, raw potential, kinetic energy, creative life force. This. Is. Your. Life.

Get ready for a seed idea to be revealed, or your life to take up a new course in the area of your birth chart that Aries lights up. It is bound to be noticeable! This New Moon in Aries is about: risk, courage, and the reward of experiencing something ENTIRELY new and unknown. 


At this New Moon-time, we are called – nay, make that provoked – to be even more authentically ourselves, and to make that self even more known to the Other, to the world. If we try to hang on the bench, cling to the sidelines, then we’re bound to feel stifled, to crumple, to cave in. This could cause resentment, irritability, and – in the deepest cases of entrenchment – even illness.

And if we have this fore-knowledge, we can use it. That’s the gift of astrology. So, where are you holding back? Where are you playing it safe? Where are you afraid to ‘make yourself known’ to the world?
Like a true nature's child
We were born, born to be wild
We can climb so high
I never wanna die

This is important. We can pay attention to the temptation to lull for years at a stretch, to chunks of time where we may be trying to rest on our laurels, chilling out, cruising through life comfortably. But if we listen closely, we realize something is nagging. Something is pricking. We can’t sleep at night. We know we have more to offer, we know there's more to learn, to develop, to bring to the surface. This is indeed that Aries seed, poking through the soil. Your calling. It’s time to burst forth and climb higher. Is this the moment to actualize your potential? You must, for it is Who You Are.


The competitive, driven, and willful tone of “Just Do It!” Aries urges us to get going NOW on new projects. We are spurred to initiate fresh ventures and embark on journeys of great significance. Something new wants to burst forth in our life; most of us already know what that “Something” is, for it’s been rumbling under the surface for several months.

Sun and New Moon in impatient, achievement-oriented Aries are urging us to keep our eyes on the prize, to go for the mighty goal that makes us quiver in our boots.  Aries provides us a phenomenal amount of courage. Aries hates boredom and stagnation, turning to adventure, risk, and change to keep life perpetually interesting.

You know you need to make that move, take that leap, quit that job, start that project – and even if you’re spooked, you know the adrenalin rush will carry you through. If you have doubts because facing the unknown is just plain scary, take comfort in one of my favorite quotes from William Hutchison Murray (oft attributed to Goethe): 

What you can do, or dream you can, begin it,
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

That’s the way! So tap into your courage reserves, inhale a big breath of life-giving oxygen, and start climbing, steady as she goes. At this New Moon in Aries, bolstered by the raw energy of your wild man or woman spirit, you really can move those mountains.
Yeah Darlin' go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

Go make it happen!

Erin Reese is an author, spiritual guide, astrologer, and modern psychic reader based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works with clients all over the world. For readings and spiritual counseling by Skype, phone or email, contact her directly. She can be reached at

Friday, March 22, 2019

Cosmic Update: Love and War in the time of Aries

Aries/The Rebel, Osho Zen Tarot
This week, we have experienced two potent astro-whammies: the Sun entered fiery Aries on the Vernal Equinox, and we had a 0 degree Full Moon in Libra, the cardinal air sign of justice, contracts, partnerships. Both of these events continue to reverberate through our systems and will continue to permeate the next weeks.

The Sun in Aries, ruled by Mars (war) and Moon in Libra, ruled by Venus (love), have had a face-off. All is fair in Love and War, so the saying goes. Sometimes it gets bloody before it gets better. Meaning, a final nail must go in the coffin. A culmination, ending something outdated. A personal or professional contract that has become harmful to our souls.

Burning Old Contracts

The stronger the bond, the harder it can be to break it. But what happens when our relationship with a depleting career path, a narcissistic parent, unconscious ex, or abusive boss/coworker has been clearly exposed as toxic and dangerous to our well-being? We must come out of denial. The scales must begin to fall from our eyes, one-by-one. It can be a long, slow, painful process that takes years. Or, it can happen in one radical swoop of revelation and vivid knowing.

 Venus-ruled Libra tends to focus on the Other: what does he want/need? How may I serve her? Will they be okay, happy, pleased? No. The poles are shifting. Keep the focus on yourself, it is Aries' time. Are you afraid of being selfish? If you are asking yourself that question, more than likely you’re not in danger of being a narcissist.

What is more likely is that you are a creative, sensitive, empathic human being who tends to over-give, over-love, and over-extend. (Yes, there are some exceptions. Hard-wired narcissism can hijack any situation to make it suit his or her self-interest! You can survey your trusted long-term friends to check yourself. Ask if you’re being unreasonable or are actually taking good care of self. Make sure they’re honest and not scared of you or pleasing you!)


No More: Cutting Cords
A simple exercise: Get a new candle. Surround with symbols and allies: stones, deities, power objects, feathers, pictures, oils, potions, natural items – you will know. Burn sage, incense, palo santo, or ring a bell, to cleanse the space and your own energy field. Write down what you need to remove from your energy field, whether that is a person, situation, contract, or fear.

Take a symbolic cord – piece of string, yarn, thread – whatever you have. Hold it taut by tying it or weighing it down with something strong enough, and holding the other end in your hand. Visualize that “Other” at the other end. Use a lighter, match, or scissors to sever the cord. Lay the remnants at your altar. Let the candle burn down over a period of hours or days. Let the Divine take it, handle it, transform it. So that You May Be Free.

In order to plunge into the fierce, positive potential of this beautiful spring Aries rebirth, filled with creativity and abundance, we must do the final cut. Will there be tears? Likely. Will it be painful? Possibly.

What’s the anesthetic? Courage. And prayer. And support from those who love YOU and support YOU and believe in YOU. In order to flourish, to establish new bonds with healthy partners and creative allies and nourishing dreams, we must be willing to kill, destroy, let whimper and die the draining, parasitic demon that has been feeding off of your soul for too long.

At this time of the Spring Equinox, as the Sun bursts fresh and awake over the Aries line, we are asked to face some difficult truths about our relationships with persons, places, situations. Burn up the outdated contracts. This is because Life wants us to step into the Truth of our Existence, which is not suffering, not indebtedness, and not being controlled by others who are harmful to us, mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually.

Aries is the Warrior/Warrioress. The Amazon Goddess, like Wonder Woman. When necessary: Ares, god of war comes forth and She channels the battle energy with the power of Love. And in this case, we must LOVE OURSELVES enough to cut the cords.


Erin Reese is an author, spiritual guide, astrologer, and modern psychic reader based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works with clients all over the world. For readings and spiritual counseling by Skype, phone or email, contact her directly. She can be reached at

Pop Postscript: The Two-Letter Magic Word

Remember the B word. Boundaries.
Followed by the two-letter magic word: NO.

Think of Meghan Trainor, in all her pop-wisdom glory, belting her song, "NO." Listen here.


 My name is no
 My sign is no
 My number is no
 You need to let it go You need to let it go
 Need to let it go
 Nah to the ah to the, no, no, no