Get ready for a springtime reset on Tuesday, March 21, when the Aries new moon rocks the skies. This lunar lift is like a ribbon-cutting ceremony for your freshest, most out-of-the-box ideas.
If you’ve been bowing to trends or people-pleasing to keep the peace, the Aries new moon says, stop! Recommit to living life by your own design. Not sure what that looks like? Here’s your prompt to start figuring out what it really means to “do you.”
Trot out your ideas and see what kind of response you get from the public. Concept testing can bring all kinds of breakthrough ideas this week.
And this is just the beginning!
On April 20, we get a rare sequel: a second Aries new moon, which is also an intensifying solar eclipse (the first solar eclipse in Aries since April 2015). Yeah, it’s a very big deal. This double-header lunation provides a bonus shot of adrenaline for anything you want to initiate this spring.
However, a solar eclipse comes with a warning label. During a solar eclipse, the light of the creative, expressive Sun is blocked out by the sensitive moon. Which means our emotions can get the best of us, clouding our ability to see the bright possibilities ahead. We are prone to making rash decisions or being reactive in bridge-burning ways.
That’s good reason to get a running start on your initiatives with the March 21 Aries new moon. Get into action and put a few key pieces in place. That way, when the April 20 new moon solar eclipse in Aries rolls around, you won’t get thrown off your game.
Maximize the firepower of the March 21 Aries new moon before the April 20 solar eclipse
8 ideas to try!
1. Get mad!
Be honest… what makes you want to rage? Anger in and of itself is not a negative—it’s how we use it that determines whether it’s constructive or destructive. As the Aries new moon in summons your inner warrior, think of your anger as a battle cry to pay attention to your boundaries—and your passions. If you’ve been letting someone push you around, it’s time to address the unworkable behavior and create a new way of interacting.
2. Fight the good fight
The Aries new moon can awaken your slumbering activism, or further rev up your existing commitment to humanity.
Founding feminist Gloria Steinem was born under the sign of the Ram, as was civil rights and labor activist Cesar Chavez. Gun control activist David Hogg, who survived the high school shootings at Stoneman Douglas is an outspoken Aries, and Women’s March co-chair Linda Sarsour was born on the Pisces-Aries cusp, March 19. Their confident, courageous world-changing impact is an example of harnessing this “fire ire” to start a revolution.
We all have the power within us to shape the world. Rather than venting frustration on social media, the Aries new moon inspires constructive change. How can you the good fight for your beliefs?
Maybe you won’t go undercover as a Playboy bunny or organize a march on the capitol this week, but then again, maybe you will. Micro-moves can also bring seismic shifts, like saying no to a degrading offer or daring to express an unpopular (but enlightened) idea in the face of extreme opposition.
3. It’s okay to walk away
Then there are moments when it’s smart to throw in the towel. You’re done, and the energy you expend is never going to pay off. In that case, it might be quitting time.
But other times, fear of the unknown is why you suddenly have that migraine, cancel plans, pick a fight with loved ones, crave another candy bar/ cigarette/ drink. Take inventory and see where you’ve given up too soon. Assess your strategy: What would you do differently this next time around? Then hoist yourself up and get back on the mat.
4. Selfish isn’t a bad word
Nakedly honest and unapologetic, Aries energy can stun us with its entitlement. It can also inspire us to rise to unprecedented heights. Aries is unafraid to want more, to desire—and this can be the basis for prosperity.
In our amateur Kabbalah studies, we learned an interesting principle; Kabbalah teaches that there are two kinds of desire: the desire to receive in order to share, or the desire to receive for the self, alone.
When we want just for ourselves, we burn out fast. When we desire an abundant crop to feed the village, the universe is happy to give us more and more. During the Aries new moon, how can you personally prosper to share your gains?
5. Tune your passion-o-meter to E (for excitement)
When was the last time you felt genuine excitement or joy about something? The Aries new moon prompts you to awaken that molecule-swirling, spine-tingling feeling. Let the hot blood pump through your veins, springing you into action. Oh, and that screenplay that’s been sitting in an untouched file on your computer? Open it up and give it a review!
As it turns out, passion is an essential element of living a fulfilled life, and the Aries new moon serves up a reminder. As we’ve heard it said, emotions are E-motion—energy in motion. When we can FEEL something, we can move it. So let joy and passion help you get unstuck.
Trippy but truthful spirit medium Darryl Anka, who channels an entity called Bashar, speaks about “finding your highest excitement.” While you might get a giggle out of Bashar’s inflections if you watch his videos, we love his directive: always do the thing that you find most exciting FIRST. As he says, “Following the excitement is actually the shortest, fastest, straightest path.” Excitement leads to synchronicities—which tell us that we’re plugged into a higher field of consciousness and attraction. So the next time you’re stuck in “analysis paralysis,” just look for the next exciting thing you can take action on—and do it.
6. Embrace your inner fame monster
Daring, in-your-face Aries is the zodiac’s superstar, so it’s no surprise that self-professed “fame monster” Lady Gaga was born this way. She’s in good company: Diana Ross, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Mariah Carey are also Aries divas. Younger Rams like Halle Bailey and TikTok chanteuse Loren Gray are also sizzling with Aries originality.
Under the spell of the Aries new moon, we could all tear a sequined swatch from their playbooks. Commit to developing a talent this week; one that could potentially catapult you into the public eye. Singing, dancing, acting, writing, design, photography, debate, engineering, urban farming: what’s your metier?
The Aries new moon wants you to pursue your passions and awaken your gifts. Who knows? You could see your names in lights near the Aries full moon six months from now, on September 29. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, so take it now. Whether that’s a teensy baby step or a confident stride in precariously high heels is up to you.
7. But don’t let it go to your head…
With all the daring Aries energy swirling around, there’s bound to be a good deal of stress that accompanies it. Hello, migraines—ouch! As the “head” of the zodiac, Aries rules the cranium and this new moon turns your healing focus there. Pro tip: Dehydration is often a major cause of headaches. Keep a pitcher of filtered H2O (with decadent slices of lemon or cucumber perhaps?) close at hand. Refill your glass regularly while you plan world domination.
Go for a scalp massage or a rubdown of your neck and shoulders, which are often the cause of cranial agony. You could also try this home reflexology remedy: use one thumb to rub the fleshy part of your hand between your forefinger and thumb. Want to get a little more ethereal? Nurture your noggin with a ritual that balances your crown chakra energy. This will ensure that you don’t fall prey to tension headaches—or ego trips—both signs of a crown chakra gone awry.
8. Wear a crystal crown
Work with crystals that boost white and violet light energy, which are the colors of the crown chakra. Moonstone, clear quartz, opal, amethyst, and yes, diamonds are all gemstones that can level us out. Hold them in your hand, place them in your line of vision, or wear them as jewelry. (See our Crystal Horoscope: Healing Gemstones for Aries Season for more recommendations.)
Inhaling essential oils can also bring you back to your “crowning glory.” Try jasmine, sandalwood, chamomile or lemongrass. Ah, sweet relief.
You could also try our Aries New Moon Ritual Ideas>
Want more Aries new moon astrology? Read on!
When is the Aries new moon 2023?
The Aries new moon arrives at 1:23 PM ET on Tuesday, March 21, one day after the spring equinox and the start of Aries season.
What does a new moon mean in astrology?
Because new moons reset the monthly lunar cycle, astrologers treat these occurrences as ultra powerful moments to set intentions, start fresh and begin projects anew.
Be patient with the process! You may not see results until the corresponding full moon which occurs six months later in the same zodiac sign. But since the “ground: is especially fertile during new moons the seeds you plant on the days of new moons bring greater promise of producing a bumper crops. Two weeks after each new moon comes a full moon (in a different zodiac sign). Early sprouts may already pop up through the metaphoric soil by then.
Themes of an Aries new moon include: recognition, independence, personal identity.
The 2023 Aries full moon is on September 29.