Today there is a New Moon in Aries. A New Moon is the beginning of a cycle, and Aries is both a fire sign and the first sign of the Zodiac. So a New Moon in Aries is an exceptionally good time for new beginnings.
Yesterday afternoon, as the New Moon was approaching, we lit a fire for an informal sweat lodge. An hour and a half later a friend who was tending the fire walked into the house and said, “I don’t know how to say this, but the sweat lodge is on fire!” We went out, and the lodge was an inferno. A spark had drifted through the open door unnoticed, smouldered through the blankets, and once it reached the outer canvas it roared into life. Strangely, the hose-pipe wouldn’t work (though later we found a ‘rational’ explanation for this. Phew!)
It was a strange event. My Native American friend, who was with us, had never seen anything like it in decades of sweat lodges. And everything had felt so idyllic and harmonious, up there in the Mendip Hills in the sunshine. We had begun the fire ceremonially, and I take the view that anything unusual that happens in ceremonial time means something significant.
The chart for the inferno had Sun conjunct Moon in Aries in the 8th House, in a t-square with Mars and Jupiter. A very powerful chart. As far as I’m concerned, if that fire didn’t mean something, then astrology doesn’t work! Transformative (8th House) fire (Aries) that will destroy the old and bring new beginnings (New Moon in Aries).
What it might mean specifically I don’t want to know or talk about, it’s like talking about the plot of a novel you haven’t yet written: you take away the energy and creative potential. But it certainly means something!