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The recurring theme of starting over is inevitable during the new moon. After all, this lunar phase is not only responsible for kicking off a brand-new lunar cycle, but also the one time both the sun and the moon join forces via the exact same degree of a zodiac sign. Despite whether or not you’ve become familiarized with the significance of the new moon, its mystical symbolism and potency shouldn’t be overlooked. As you know, the moon is a symbol of your innermost feelings and emotional foundations, while the sun represents everything from your ego to your physical identity, and soul purpose on the planet. Needless to say, when both of these ever-glowing luminaries come together, anything is possible.
With that being said, let’s take a closer look at the upcoming new moon in Aries, considering it is just as powerful as it is remarkably fertile. For instance, this year’s spring equinox (often referred to as Ostara, which is the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere) will take place on March 20 at 5:24 p.m. EST. For reference: the spring equinox not only marks the beginning of Aries season, but also what is considered to be the *astrological new year.* Look at it this way—Aries’ cardinal fire is the first spark of life after the sun transits through all 12 zodiac signs, which is why this time of year is ideal for planting seeds of intention, and experiencing new beginnings in general. Now that you’ve got the gist of springing forward, let’s talk about this year’s new moon in Aries. On your mark, get set, go!
Vanishing into the sky on March 21 at exactly 1:23 p.m. EST—just hours after the equinox portal opens—the sun will join the moon at zero degrees of Mars-ruled Aries. For the record, *zero* is considered a critical degree in astrology; whether natally or in terms of a specific transit like this new moon, planets activating the zero degree represent a starting point. This is where energy is birthed and manifested. Keep in mind, when referring to a cardinal fire sign like Aries—a zodiac sign inspired by its carnal instincts and desire for victory—the pure adrenaline surrounding this lunation is like no other. Aries is the initial phase of life, which is why it’s so important for us to trust ourselves and our inner knowing, without overthinking it. What is being birthed was always meant to be, so let your passions and intuitive instincts be your guide.
One should always be intentional with their energy, but when considering the magnitude of this lunation’s fertility, I highly suggest you get clear on what you’re trying to create and manifest moving forward. Aries represents the magic and possibility behind every creation, but there’s more. As if a new moon at the zero degree of Aries just hours after the spring equinox wasn’t enough, it’s important to remember that this new moon is happening within a few days of Pluto concluding its journey through Capricorn. (This is huge energy, you guys.) For reference, think back to 2008 which is when Pluto first entered Capricorn. Where does Capricorn live in your birth chart? This is the area of life where you’ve deeply transformed and regenerated. With Pluto approaching its ingress into Aquarius on March 24… it’s safe to say, we are being led by something greater than we realize.
This could feel like an inner calling or a whisper from the depths of your soul—honor this desire. You are the architect of your life-journey, and you are more than capable of turning it into a masterpiece. On another note, it’s important to consider the influence of Mars in Gemini, (transiting this mutable air sign since October 30, where it was also retrograde for quite some time) as it is the ruler of this new moon. A representation of our mental process, communication style and immediate surroundings, this is where we’re being encouraged to reflect on the duality of sacred masculine and divine feminine energies. What have you mastered in this area of life? How has this healed and/or activated your throat chakra? Have you learned how to silence the side noise that might’ve stifled your muse, once upon a time?
Moreover, Venus—planet of love, relationships, pleasure and value systems—will not only be transiting its sign of rulership, Taurus, where it naturally thrives and is comfortable, but also sitting together with the North Node. The beauty of this is, in addition to having the celestial support of both Venus and the Nodes of Destiny—specifically when in regards to your personal values, relationships, money-making abilities, and sense of security—Venus will also be in harmony with Saturn in Pisces. This supportive synergy reminds us that we are being divinely guided when in regards to our self-mastery. Be sure to reflect on your long term dreams and ideals, because the cosmos are paving the way for you, and this newly found spiritual bliss.
Read below for what to expect during this year's new moon in Aries, along with an affirmation that could with the energy up ahead:
To say that a new chapter awaits would a *literal* understatement, Aries. Truth be told, this new beginning and equinox portal is far more potent than you may realize at first, but the key is to dream BIG. In addition to the sun and the moon joining forces in your fiery territory, your celestial ruler, Mars, is soon concluding its journey through Gemini, where you have done the work and mastered a newly found sense of mindfulness. Moreover, Pluto is also wrapping up a 15-year-cycle through Capricorn, where you transformed your sense of authority and reconnected with your power in the process. The Lord of the Underworld will soon ingress into Aquarius, which will not only serve as a catalyst (when in regards to your future visions and sense of belonging in the world) but also regenerate everything from your community affairs to your hopes, wishes and dreams. New Moon Affirmation: I affirm my power and strength; I have everything I need to move forward.
Are you ready to leave the past where it belongs, Taurus? With your solar season not to far off, and both the sun and moon joining forces in your 12th house of closure... it's safe to say, this lunation has everything to do with surrendering. Although, with the ruler of this lunation (Mars) transiting through Gemini and your second house of money, comfort and value systems since October, this act of surrender could revolve around a mindset that no longer serves your highest truth. Ironically enough, your celestial ruler, Venus, will be sitting alongside the North Node in your sign, which continues to highlight themes pertaining to your personal comforts, and sensual pleasures. Something in your personal life is coming full circle, and it more than likely revolves around a life-experience that shaped your perception. New Moon Affirmation: It is safe for me to let go of the past; I trust the divine timing of my life.
After a 15-year-cycle based around transforming and regenerating everything from your joint ventures to your shared contributions, you're finally seeing a light of hope over the horizon, Gemini. And though this new moon will touch down on your 11th house of associations, community affairs and individual freedom, it's ruler (Mars) has been transiting through your sign since October, making you a main character nonetheless. With that said, it's important to reflect on the duality of your connections, friendships and visions of the future. What have you mastered these past couple of months? Venus will also be sitting alongside the North Node in Taurus—via your 12th house of rest, healing and unconscious patterns—where you are gaining clarity on what your soul deeply craves for the future ahead. New Moon Affirmation: I am worthy of loyal connections and friendships; I am a magnet for abundance and prosperity.
Are you ready to take the lead, Cancer? The last 15 years have taught you *a lot* about the dynamic of your interpersonal connections, leaving you with no choice but to transform and regenerate. Having said that, the beginning of this new cycle starts during this year's spring equinox, followed by a new moon via your 10th house of authority, notoriety, and reputation in the world. Happening at zero degrees Aries—while its ruler (Mars) concludes its journey through Gemini and your 12th house of inhibitions, closure and unconscious patterns—you are presented with the opportunity to embark on a brand-new journey in this area of life, now that you've mastered the inner workings of your subconscious. You're unstoppable, and your new chapter starts now. New Moon Affirmation: I embrace what teaches and empowers me to move forward; I am free to create the life I desire.
Whatever tomorrow brings, you've got this, Leo. After all, whether you look at it in terms of your health habits and/or daily routines, the last 15 years (of Pluto in Capricorn) have helped you regenerate, and transform your lifestyle for the better. Pluto's ingress into Aquarius, however, is bringing emphasis to your relationships, and interpersonal connections. How this influences the energy of the new moon? Well, given that it will light up your ninth house of self-discovery—while its ruler (Mars) continues to activate your 11th house of associations, community affairs and individual freedom—you're not only gaining awareness when in regards to your connections, but also reconnecting with your power simultaneously. What's on your bucket list? What belief systems are you ready to surrender vs. integrate into your reality? New Moon Affirmation: I embrace this new journey with love, courage and optimism; my soul family believes in me.
Despite knowing a thing or two about getting your ducks in a row, your day-to-day lifestyle will begin to improve in more ways than you realize, Virgo. Moreover, in addition to Pluto's ingress into Aquarius (your sixth house of mindfulness and due diligence, the new moon in Aries will bring fertility and new beginnings to your eighth house of intimate unions, shared resources and personal exchanges. Keep in mind, this will occur while its ruler (Mars) begins to conclude its journey through your 10th house of authority, reputation and public persona. What new identity are you ready to incorporate, when in regards to your joint ventures? If you were reluctant to committing and/or investing into something, this lunation is urging you to take the lead without fears, doubts or hesitations. Venus conjunct the North Node is also validating your newly found value systems. New Moon Affirmation: I trust myself and honor the lessons in my experiences; I am responsible for my personal investments.
The dynamic of your one-on-one connections is a reflection of your authenticity, Libra. That being said, amidst the moon renewing itself in Aries via your committed seventh house of agreements, compromise and significant others, its ruler (Mars) will begin to conclude its journey through Gemini, and your ninth house of expansion, belief systems and self-discovery. What have you learned about yourself and your relationships since October 2022? What newly found belief system are you ready to integrate into your connections moving forward? Keep in mind, you're being encouraged to reflect on your growth and transformation since 2008, especially when in regards to your family unit and sense of security. How did your upbringing influence the foundation of your partnerships? With Pluto now entering Aquarius, and your fifth house of authentic expression, you are stepping into a brand-new chapter where your individual freedom will reign. New Moon Affirmation: I honor and love myself; I will be nothing less than completely authentic in my relationships.
It's a new day, and you're being encouraged to take the lead, Scorpio. The moon will not only renew itself via the first sign of the zodiac but also via zero degrees of Aries, activating your sixth house of health, daily routines and acts of service. Moreover, with its ruler (Mars) soon to conclude its journey through Gemini, and your intimate eighth house of shared contributions and joint ventures, you're gaining clarity on the duality of your investments and energy exchanges. Whether personally or professionally, you're likely discerning between your intuition and logical mind, as well as what is no longer worthy of your investment. How have your unions influenced the foundation of your well being? What new venture are you curious to explore? An opportunity is nigh, but the real question is, do you trust it? Venus will also be sitting alongside the North Node in Taurus in your relationship sector, so you are equally as divinely guided as you are supportive. New Moon Affirmation: I am engaged in the present moment; I choose to invest in what is best for me moving forward.
Your heart's desires are worth fight for, Sagittarius. And when considering the astrology that's up ahead, there's no better time than now to start working towards these goals. In the meantime, the moon will renew itself at zero degrees of Aries and via your fifth house of love, passion, pleasure and self-expression. Keep in mind, the moon's ruler (Mars) will be igniting your relationship sector in the process—and since October 2022—where it is highlighting everything from a pending conversation to a mindset you've integrated in your personal life, specifically when regarding your one-on-one relationships. It's also important to consider Pluto's transit through Capricorn and your stability-seeking second house since 2008, as you are wrapping up an important cycle in this area of life. Are you ready to embark on this new chapter? New Moon Affirmation: The happiness I seek already exists within me; I release the blocks keeping me from tapping into my fullest expression.
What reminds you of home, Capricorn? Reflect on what brings you genuine comfort, especially when in regards to the way you feel and how you honor your individual freedom. With the moon joining forces with the sun in Aries—via your fourth house of home, family dynamics and emotional foundations—you're being presented with an opportunity to start again, and create the living space you've always dreamt of having. Keep in mind, the moon's celestial ruler (Mars) has been transiting through Gemini, and your sixth house of day-to-day routines since October 2022. What have you discovered about the duality in your daily life? Have you integrated new solutions in this area of life? It's also important to consider the last 15 years, as Pluto will soon conclude its journey through your sign, before entering Aquarius and your stability-seeking second house of value systems. New Moon Affirmation: I am safe in my own thoughts and beliefs; my freedom to choose is my freedom to change.
Take the lead, and speak your truth, Aquarius. The moon is renewing itself at zero degrees Aries, bringing fertility and new beginnings to your third house of communication, thought process and immediate surroundings. Keep in mind, its ruler (Mars) has been transiting through Gemini, and your fifth house of love, passion, pleasure and self-expression since October 2022, which is where you're being encouraged to reflect on everything from the duality of your self-expression to that of your heart's desires. Have you been open to communication this with your friends, and love ones? This lunation is all about honoring these parts of your identity moving forward, especially with Pluto entering your sign in the next few weeks. In the meantime, reflect on what you've purged and transformed these last 15 years. A new era awaits you. New Moon Affirmation: I am free to discover my own truth; I am constantly generating brilliant ideas.
Remember who you are, and don't give up without a fight, Pisces. After all, with Pluto concluding a journey through your 11th house of associations, community affairs and individual freedom that started back 2008, you're not only leveling up but also recognizing the areas of life where you've deeply regenerated. This is especially significant when considering themes of friendship, community and your visions of the future, but there's more. In addition to have Saturn in your sign now, supporting your longterm goals and dreams, the moon will be renewing itself in Aries via your stability-seeking second house of comfort, money, talents and value systems. Rebooting in this area of your chart at zero degrees of a cardinal fire sign—while its ruler (Mars) wraps up a journey that began back in October 2022—you are being encouraged to reflect on the duality of your inner workings, and that of your sense of security. New Moon Affirmation: My authenticity is both admirable and valuable; I am safe to invest my energy into what truly fulfills me.
Valerie is an astrologer, writer & visual storyteller. She writes horoscopes for PopSugar, StyleCaster, Elite Daily and more. For more of her work, check out valeriemesa.com or follow her on Instagram @valeriemesa.