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New Moon Report by Mystic Sandwich: 
What is Courage?

The New Moon in Aries is on Monday March 27th at 7:57pm PST. As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries signals new beginnings and new life after the cold and dark of winter. Aries is full of energy and enthusiasm, and bursts forth through the frosted ground, ready for anything. Aries’ great gift is courage. Courage doesn’t mean being fearless; it means going ahead despite fear. This New Moon lends us the courage to stand more fully in our truth, to live our lives true to ourselves regardless of what others think or say.

Not only are the Sun and Moon in Aries, but so are Mercury, Venus, Uranus, and the asteroid Eris. With Saturn in Sagittarius as well, that’s a lot of fire! Fire is energy, it helps us initiate new projects and assert ourselves. Fire signs are enthusiastic, inspired, and optimistic. That said, all the planets in Aries are ruled by Mars in slow-going Taurus. So there is energy but it’s not moving anywhere very fast. This kind of fire is not explosive; it’s a carefully guarded flame that will burn for many days. It can help us work slowly and patiently. With Venus retrograde, this energy is just as conducive to review as it is to new beginnings.

If we struggle against this slow, reflective fire, we may find ourselves frustrated. It may feel like taking two steps forward, one step back. This energy is best used, not to fly forward (which might mean flying into a wall), but to clarify and then act on our values. What is truly important to you and why? What are your needs and desires? What do you actually want? These questions can seem so simple that we don’t always take the time to answer them. But unless we slow down and get really clear on what we want, we aren’t likely to actually achieve it. Clarifying our wants, needs, and desires can help us to communicate them as well.