Despite what might’ve seemed like the longest winter in history — let alone the most intimidating given the effects of what is now considered a “pandemic” — a powerful new beginning awaits you. Pisces season felt bittersweet; Neptune dissolves all boundaries and this naturally played a role in the COVID-19 outbreak but as always, there is a silver lining. Just days after the full moon in scrupulous Virgo, people all over the world took to social media to remind others to wash their hands via Corona-inspired memes, TikToks, and campaigns like the #HandwashingHeroes, thanks to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Granted, it doesn’t get more Virgoan than this, but it goes much deeper, actually. The Sun conjunct Neptune in Pisces inspired a sense of compassion and universal oneness. While some people shared infographics with illustrations showing the world how to “properly” wash their hands, others took to Instagram to share videos of themselves serenading their neighbors with opera, piano, and the saxophone, amidst “social distancing.” Needless to say, if there’s one thing these pieces of content — which just so happen to be very “matter-of-fact” with the zodiac archetypes mentioned above — have in common is, they both inspire a collective consciousness and that is progress.
Fast forward to the Spring Equinox on March 19, when the sun moves north across the celestial equator and the days begin getting longer. Mother nature can do no wrong which is why the earth’s cycle around the sun is a divine symbol of the light, the dark, and death. Also known as the Vernal Equinox, or Ostara, the sun’s shift into Mars-ruled Aries is an ancient symbol of new beginnings, seeds, and paths. Truth is, kicking off the spring season only means one thing: You survived another winter and that deserves a pat on the back. Colorful, and blooming with growth, it’s no wonder so many cultures around the world welcome the spring with celebratory rituals and fertility magic. This season is about “springing forward” in every sense of the word, as it comes with a sweet energy boost and fresh perspective from the heavens. Take a deep breath and inhale new life. Aries season is here to ignite the cardinal fire in our hearts, so you can already imagine the effects of the upcoming new moon in the same sign. Sitting at exactly four degrees Aries, the sun and the moon come together to meet at the same degree of this fire sign once every year.
On March 24 — at exactly 5:28 a.m. ET — both of these ever-glowing luminaries will join forces and, in turn, bless the collective with a highly spirited new beginning. With that being said, if you had no choice but to surrender to the universe throughout Pisces season, consider this your celestial cue to start again and with full force. Governed by hot-headed Mars, the essence of Aries is assertive, confident, vigorous, passionate, and full of stamina; its cardinal fires epitomize the meaning of “new beginnings,” as it is the first spark of life we collectively experience after our journey to the divine. Sitting in a charming sextile with structured Saturn, this lunation is providing as much enthusiasm as it is instilling structure and self-control. Meanwhile, with Mars (Aries’ planetary ruler) in a powerful conjunction with Jupiter-Pluto in Capricorn, the collective is being blessed with enough courage, strength, faith, and power to move forward, and break free. Venus will also be in harmony with this powerhouse conjunction, and this will create a magical synergy of manifestation and abundance. Keep in mind, this lunation will also be conjunct Chiron (the wounded healer) which, in turn, asks us to invoke our inner warrior and invest in our well being.
Be gentle with yourself. Find the courage to move forward and start again. You can do this.
Read your new moon horoscope and mantra below:
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Be the warrior you were born to be, Aries. Despite what may seem like an intimidating and chaotic solar return, the universe has a bigger plan for you and the rest of the collective. Have no fear. This supercharged new moon has your name on it and it’s swirling with positivity. So, whether you’re entertaining the idea of doing something bold in your professional life, or perhaps looking to be acknowledged and/or valued for your hard work and unique talents, there are a number of heavenly bodies on your side. Telling you that anything’s possible would be an understatement right now, but this couldn’t be more true. Dream big and don’t stop reaching for the stars. New Moon Mantra: My personal and professional success is a reflection of my warrior heart.
Your philosophy is one-of-a-kind, Taurus. Perhaps it’s your stubborn nature or your insatiable need for stability, but you exude certainty and reliability— that is your superpower. The universe works in mysterious ways and thanks to these past few months, you know this for a fact. Your faith and philosophy went through a profound metamorphosis this year, but you’re just getting started. This lunation is blessing you with a powerful new beginning but more importantly, it’s providing you with the opportunity to embrace your fierce individuality. A delightful sense of abundance awaits you but before you materialize your sweet dreams and long-term goals, you need to believe in yourself before anything else. New Moon Mantra: My destiny isn’t a matter of chance, it is a product of my infinite passion.
You’re looking for your ride-or-die tribe, Gemini. However, before you can find a group of like-minded individuals you can wholeheartedly trust and spill your guts to, you need to find the strength to do so first. Whether it be your emotionally inhibited nature or your lack thereof, everything starts with authenticity. Your unique individuality is something those around you find incredibly admirable and for whatever reason, you’re yet to notice. May this astrological new year and new moon bless you with the courage and validation you seek. Surrender to your red-hot passions, and don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. Strength lies in your ability to merge with another mind, body, and soul. New Moon Mantra: I’m a soldier to my vulnerability & a muse to my passions.
You’re on top of the world, Cancer. This may or may not be your favorite place to be right now but you have to admit, you’re slowly getting addicted to the rush of adrenaline that comes with stepping outside your comfort zone. You’ve done this several times already which, in turn, brought you both professional success, and business partnerships that will last a lifetime. What’s next? What else feels too risky of a challenge in your professional life? The last thing you have is time to lose; open your mind and heart to the possibilities. Remember who you are and make sure to surround yourself with people who inspire you, personally and professionally. New Moon Mantra: Following the courage in my heart will bring me closer to my individual truth.
Dare to go where no one’s gone before, Leo? Your long-term goals and perspective on life are in the midst of a powerful transformation, which makes sense given the current events. However, your genuine desire to be of service to others in times of need combined with your spirited enthusiasm is something the world desperately needs, especially during times like these. Being a warrior means something different to everyone. What does it mean for you? What is your definition of victory? You’re always winning, even when you don’t realize, Leo. Consider this an opportunity from the heavens to market yourself, and share your divine message with the rest of the world. Remember, there’s no such thing as productivity if you’re not being mindful of your well being. Take care of yourself. New Moon Mantra: Challenging myself to maintain a healthy & productive lifestyle is a reflection of my character.
Intensity feels like home right now, Virgo. Don’t resist it; you are evolving and challenging yourself to be the best you can be. Your smoldering desires might seem overpowering, but you’re in the midst of a daring transformation. Whether it be with a romantic partner or a passion project, you’re craving the experience as much as you’re dreading the uncertainty of it all. Don’t lose momentum; tap into your inner warrior and dance in the cardinal fires. You’re courageous enough to explore the unknown and powerful enough to make it look effortless. Make amends with your demons; there is nothing to be afraid of. Themes revolving around transactions, taxes, loans, and your intimate unions are likely during this time. New Moon Mantra: When I confront my darkness, fearlessly & unapologetically, I embrace my individuality.
Your ancestors are rooting for you, Libra. Everything from your sense of security to the relationships you have with your relatives seems challenging as of late— for the past couple of years, actually. However, it’s time to spring forward and start again, especially in terms of your one-on-one partnerships. If you genuinely trust yourself then you’ll have no problem trusting others, but this is still a prominent theme in your emotional world. With that being said, this Mars-ruled lunation is providing you with the energy and courage to move forward, willingly and fearlessly. The wounds in your heart are ready to fade away, but it’s up to you to allow yourself to heal. Remember, you’re a child of Aphrodite; you’re a mirror and a reflection of the people you’ve let in your heart. Let the love in. New Moon Mantra: When I put down my guard & surrender, my ancestors & I find freedom.
Your thoughts are a lot faster than usual, Scorpio. Although, aside from having enough hours in the day to tackle your due diligence and spruce up your workout game, you’re finally tapping into the power of the mind, which is something you’ve had in you all along. Yes, you’ve manifested everything you’ve achieved thus far. Imagine, with your psychic planetary ruler Pluto hovering over your communication sector, you can’t unsee what’s being brought to your attention, but there’s more. This lunation— fueled by your traditional ruler Mars — is activating your orderly sixth house of health, responsibilities, and your day-to-day work environment. Are you working hard or hardly working? There’s plenty of room for growth, so don’t lose momentum. New Moon Mantra: When I fight to be a better version of myself, my mind, body & spirit thrive.
You possess a number of brilliant qualities, Sagittarius. Aside from being an adventurous truth-seeker full of spirit and wisdom, you were also born with one-of-a-kind gifts that can light up a room, and bring joy to the rest of the world. What are you afraid of? Is it your ego? Your self-esteem? Needless to say, this lunation is here to bring out your inner warrior and help you find the courage to be your most authentic self. Aries governs your expressive fifth house of romance, inspiration, creativity, and your inner child; the things that make you genuinely happy will be highlighted during this time. However, knowing that you’re worthy of living your very best life while honoring your unapologetic truth is key. Remember, if it ignites a fire in you, it’s a sign to take action. New Moon Mantra: I celebrate my vibrant muse & dance with the fire in my heart.
Contrary to popular belief, you’re fiercely protective of your humble abode, Capricorn. Perhaps this is a part of you not many people can see, especially since Aries governs your domestic fourth house of home, family and emotional foundation. After all, this is below the horizon of your chart; therefore, it’s a part of you that remains hidden. Interestingly enough, the fourth house also has everything to do with your roots and ancestral lineage. Who are you, really? What inspired you to be the hardworking go-getter you are today? Speaking of inspiration, the springtime has finally arrived and this gorgeous lunation is here to energize you at a soul level. Supercharged and high-spirited, this new moon is blessing you with the courage to fight for what you desire most, and the opportunity to find freedom within yourself. New Moon Mantra: The fire within me burns through all blocks & fears.
Fighting for your individual freedom is your favorite pastime, Aquarius. Whether it be via a social campaign surrounding the current events or alongside your eclectic soul tribe, you’ve always been a true pioneer at heart. In fact, the more rebellious the cause, the more you’re into it. It’s no wonder Aries governs your chatty third house of communication and thought process, given your opinionated personality and risky interrogations. Testing the waters inspires you and this lunation is here to empower you to speak your truth, but in one condition: It’s no holds barred. What I mean by that is, there are a number of repressed emotions hovering over your mind — since you do everything in your power to squeeze the logic out of things — and it’s time for you to let go, and let God. Be gentle with yourself and learn how to hold space for your emotional well being. Release the guilt and shame. Find the courage to acknowledge the pain lingering in the depths of your psyche. Family matters may very well come up during this time, but it’s all good once you rip the bandaid. New Moon Mantra: I have enough courage & strength to end this chapter of my life.
Your hopes and dreams are waiting for you on the other side of the horizon, Pisces. Saying you’re more ambitious than usual is an understatement; the warrior inside of you has been bursting with confidence and enthusiasm, but there was still something blocking your 20/20 vision. Well, that was then and this is now. The spring has arrived and this lunation is bold, daring, and vigorously passionate. You know your worth and you’re ready to take that leap of faith, in order to be acknowledged for your talents and brilliant vision. Collaborative, mentally stimulating, and authentic, the fertility stemming from this Mars-ruled new moon is challenging you to finally own up to your self-worth. Despite whatever trauma or wound stifled you from being true to your unique individuality, you’re now realizing that you were never meant to fall in line. You’re here for a reason and your mission goes far beyond space, and time. The collective is counting on you, Pisces. New Moon Mantra: My universal truth challenges me everyday because I am destined for greatness.
Valerie is an astrologer, writer and third-generation witch. Her favorite things to write about are mysticism and sex; the Moon is her muse. For more of her work and cosmic portfolio, check out valeriemesa.com or follow her on Instagram @valeriemesa.