New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Aries – Time to Turn a Page with Courage, Boldness, and Independence

April 15, 2023

When I mapped all the important astrological events of 2023, I checked and verified this info again and again. Yes, we have a second new moon in Aries. The last one was on March 21.

This new moon is accompanied with a rare solar eclipse.

Solar eclipses always happen on new moons. They serve as strong catalyzers for new beginnings. This is especially strong when the new moon and solar eclipse are in Aries, the sign of new beginnings.

Next Friday, I am going to travel to Boulder, CO, for a special, exciting workshop with my dear teacher, Debra Silverman. I am going to meet some of my collogues, that I have never met in person before.

I have many dear friends in Boulder, and I initially thought it would be a great opportunity to meet them. As the workshop got closer, I realized that what I was really craving was some alone time.

During most of my thirties, I was a single woman, after being a serial monogamist during my twenties. When I went through my second divorce, I felt miserable to be on my own. It took me many years to learn to value and appreciate my alone time.

Being married to my husband and being a mother to my son are two of my greatest joys in life. With that, I rarely have time alone. This is only my second time traveling on my own since I had my son.

One of the reasons I avoid traveling alone is fear.

I suffer from a freeway phobia. Before I met my husband, I was always ready to deal with my fear. In 2012, I rented a car in Albuquerque NM, where I took an Ayurveda workshop at Dr. Vasant Lad’s school. Then I drove all the way to Boulder, CO, to take Richard Freeman’s yoga teacher training.

It was a long drive of about nine hours, all of which on the freeway. It was raining most of the time. Nevertheless, it was one of the most memorable, significant, powerful experiences of my life.

Until today, I can’t forget feeling the vastness all around me. The mountains rose high and solid on the horizon. Dark clouds hovered above them, contrasted with sunset colors and blue sky. Lightning shone bright in the distance.

The expansive view expanded within me. I felt connected to everything around me. I felt so small in comparison to miles and miles of openness surrounding me. With that, I felt enormous, coping with my phobia, driving such a long distance on my own.

This journey brought me to a clear realization of how intense and crowded was my life in Israel. My tiny homeland lacks vastness and spaciousness. This generates aggression. You constantly feel that you need to fight for your space. Even the concept of personal space was not in the Israeli vocabulary until COVID showed up.

Since I met my man, and we got together, he has been driving us around. He is a much better driver than I am and feels much more comfortable behind the wheel. As convenient as it has been, this has weakened me. I have rarely been forced to deal with my freeway phobia and became more and more dependent on him.

As I am going to travel to Boulder, I found myself dreading the drive to and from the airport. My fears have occupied me to a point where I considered not renting a car at all and sticking to Ubers. But I also crave time alone. For that, I would need my independence. I would need a car.

Eventually I decided that I was going to cope with my fear and rent a damn car. The new moon and solar eclipse are going to support me on that.

The themes of this new moon and solar eclipse are courage, boldness, confidence, independence, individualism, pioneering, initiating, and fighting for justice.

On this weekend I am going to get back to being the me of ten years ago. Bold, and brave to go on the road and deal with my fear. I am going to be individualistic and independent, getting on my own.

When I envision my success, I see that part of my path will include traveling. I don’t want my fear to limit me or stand in my way.

I wrote about working with fears in my previous blog post, remember? Now it’s my time to work with mine. Pluto squaring the sun during the new moon and solar eclipse asks that we go through transformation and healing to initiate our new path.

This new moon occurs when both the sun and the moon are in the last degree of Aries. This indicates that our new beginnings will have to come through endings. There might be something we need to let go of, so that we can start anew.

As Jupiter conjuncts the sun, it enables us to expand and grow through our new beginnings. Jupiter enforces us with the protection of good luck on our new path.

On Friday, April 21, Mercury will start retrograding. We might feel the pre shadow effect strongly this week. I remind you that Mercury retrograde is not a bad thing. Like all other cosmic influences, it is here to support our growth. I will elaborate on that more on the next post.

To get ready for this new moon and solar eclipse in Aries, ask yourself:

  1. What do I need to do that requires courage, confidence, and boldness? Can I find the strength in me to go ahead and do it this week?
  2. In which aspects of my life am I codependent on others in ways that hold me back from thriving? What is required of me to be more independent in these areas? Can I find my strength to implement these changes this week?
  3. What am I called to start, pioneer, or initiate? Can I be bold enough and take my first step this week?
  4. What do you need to end, to let go of, to heal or transform so that I can turn a page?

More Details on the Astrological Events of the Week:

  • Aspects of the week: Jupiter conjunct sun, Pluto square sun
  • Sunday, April 16, sun and Jupiter in Aries, moon, Saturn and Neptune in Pisces, Mercury and Uranus in Taurus, Venus in Gemini, Mars in Cancer.
  • Monday, April 17, moon enters Aries.
  • Wednesday, April 20, new moon and solar eclipse in Aries, sun and moon enter Taurus.
  • Friday, April 21, Mercury start retrograding in Taurus.
  • Saturday, April 22, moon enters Gemini.

Wishing you a wonderful week,

With love,


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