Happiness Project: An Astrologer’s Version

Today is an Aries New Moon – a good time for a new beginning.

I’ve been wanting to begin an astrologer’s version of the happiness project for a while, and this is a good time. If you like this kind of thing, I invite you to play along with me.

What to do: For each New Moon we’ll make a few resolutions that fits with the archetype of the sign where the New Moon occurs. Throughout the month we’ll be conscious of working with the resolutions, and then will review the result after 1 month.

The benefit of this is that we become more conscious of the improvements we want to make in our lives, and hopefully will acquire a few good habits by the end of the month.

Here are two resolutions I made:

1) Be More Physical: All too easily I spend my whole day in front of a computer. Being cerebral to begin with, I could feel like a disembodied spirit if I don’t take time to be in, and enjoy, my physical body. I go to taichi class 1~2 times a week, which is a joy, but I wanted to do more.

Walking more: We often hear that walking 10,000 steps a day helps us to remain mentally alert & physically healthy. When I became conscious of how little I walk each working day, I started taking more short and long walks, to my pleasure (I usually am a regular walker, but this long & hard winter really kept me in. Now Florida is finally warm.)

Even during working hours, I could go take a mini 5 minute walk around the block every 90 minutes or so – which will add up to about 30 minutes of walk daily – not a bad idea.

2) Bite My Tongue: Anger is technically a Mars subject, which rules Aries. As my natal Scorpio Mars is squared by Saturn, it calls for learning wisdom and restraint where expression of anger is concerned (the measurement does have a positive side, but here we’re talking about making small improvements…)

I heard Caroline Casey say Scorpio Mars has a black belt in tongue karate. While I manage to be quite civil in most occasions (Mercury in Libra), under duress I’m capable of lashing out at people before I can stop myself. I find this to be especially true when someone else is angry at me – I have the temptation to respond in kind, and to do it too sharply. Whether in speech or email, this kind of indulgence never leads to good things.

Lately I’ve been careful not to be harsh or critical even when I find someone else’s behaviors frustrating, and whenever I manage to do this, I really feel good – and the quality of my relationships is maintained or even improved by my exercise in restraint. I want such wisdom to be second nature, so will be working with it for the next month.

Aries Keywords to Help With Your Brainstorming
Here are some Aries keywords that might help you form a meaningful resolution:

  • Courage: This keyword brings things up such as “being willing to risk more failures or rejection” if that’s relevant to your current goals.
  • Physical body: Other than exercising, another area might be to take care of your physical energy through going to sleep early for 1 month (I’m debating whether to take this on myself, but am not sure if I can.)
  • Independence: This may entail resolutions such as “do not worry what others say or think about me” or “to not depend on my spouse to make me happy” etc.
  • New Beginning: This may entail starting on that new project you’ve been wanting to do for a while.
  • Self Assertion: This may mean taking a lead in a group project that you know you’ll be great at, and will help everyone involved. Or it may mean planning & initiating fun new activities with your loved ones.

I feel that more practical the resolution is, the better – in other words, it’ll be good if the resolution is something you can act on each day. For me “being physical” and “bite my tongue” are great reminders that I’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice.

As 2010 promises to bring radical changes for everyone who seeks it, this kind of mindful exercise should help a lot. If you have your own monthly resolutions that you want to share, please feel free to email me or leave comments.

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

You can contact Hiroki via email at: Hiroki@hniizato.com or Phone: 727-470-4056 to ask a question or schedule a consultation.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Hiroki,

    I want to take part in your Happiness Project. I think it's a great idea to have an astrologer lead us in the best way to use new moon energy. I need to keep it simple though. So for the Aries new moon I am going to start working out with weights 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes. I already do a lot of cardio. I will start today!


  2. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Hi Marianne!

    Thanks for joining in the fun! A few others wrote to tell me about their new beginnings for the month – We'll review our experience in a month.

    Best wishes,

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