March 2023 comes with a full moon in productive, get-things-done Virgo, and a new moon in energetic Aries, which sets off a LOT of energy. How do they impact us?
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What is a New Moon?
A new moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact same position in the Zodiac (called a conjunction). New moons are related to beginnings, have high energy, and are enthusiastic.
What is a Full Moon?
A full moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact opposite positions in the Zodiac (called an opposition). Full moons are related to endings, culminations, and are emotional energy.
Full Moon in Virgo: March 7th 2023 (8:41M ET/5:41AM PT)
With Virgo ruling work, we can become more invested in the work that we’re passionate about, and can make more progress. If we don’t enjoy the work we’re doing daily, or outright hate it, then we can hate it more and have more difficulties. We need to make sure we’re doing something each day that we enjoy in a healthy way.
Virgo is the ruler of health and stress, and Virgo full moons are notorious for how stressful they can make us feel. If there’s any frustrations you’re bottling up, anything annoying you that you’ve tried to ignore, that can blow up. If stress has been building, that can explode. This can create more anxiety, and this can lead to more physical health issues, which are usually manifestations of something emotional under Virgo full moons. Try to take care of yourself, and work on routine maintenance and checkups (which Virgo rules).
This full moon is trine (four signs away) transit (moving) Uranus in Taurus, which is a beneficial aspect. Uranus is the planet of change and the unconventional, so this aspect helps push us outside of our comfort zones a little bit to find solutions that may be different from what we’d normally attempt. This can help us get out of jams more easily, and we can find new ways of being more productive and taking care of the little things.
The full moon occurs at 16 degrees 40 minutes Virgo. Aspects to the full moon are:
Conjunction: 14 degrees 40 minutes – 18 degrees 40 minutes Virgo
Sextile: 14 degrees 40 minutes – 18 degrees 40 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Square: 14 degrees 40 minutes – 18 degrees 40 minutesGemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 14 degrees 40 minutes – 18 degrees 40 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Opposition: 14 degrees 40 minutes – 18 degrees 40 minutes Pisces
New Moon in Aries: March 21st 2023 (1:23PM ET/10:23AM PT)
This new moon occurs at 0 degrees Aries, which is the 0 degrees Aries Point, a special position in astrology. It’s a time of super high energy, and just adds to this fabulous new beginning energy we have. We’re extra motivated to take action, and to make our ideas, opportunities, and dreams something tangible, something we can hold in our hands, something we can see with our own eyes. The internal craves to become external now, and we can work on bringing this out.
This new moon is the first new moon of two consecutive new moons in Aries, and the next new moon is a solar eclipse in Aries on April 20th! Usually, two new moons in a row in the same sign mean that they link together, and we can get started with the energy with the first new moon (which is this one), and make progress, see results, finalize, or culminate with the second new moon (which is the solar eclipse). The solar eclipse is triggered in May, so this may actually not finish with the solar eclipse, but keep going for the next 2 months. So, whatever you embark on now, whatever new beginning you start, it’s one that you’ll likely be hyper focused on and excited about for the next 6-8 weeks!
The new moon is opposite transit (moving) Ceres, which is retrograde (appearing to move backward) in Libra, and gearing up to go back to Virgo on March 22nd. Ceres is a dwarf planet ruling nourishment and support, and this has been thrown off since it turned retrograde on February 3rd. In Libra, this has impacted relationships and dealings with others, and we’ve had to tackle relationship issues and confront relationship baggage. This new moon can shine a spotlight on anything that is left that we haven’t worked on thus far in the retrograde before Ceres leaves Libra. There may be a major, important development in the world regarding an alliance, partnership, resource, or money around this time as well. Make sure to mind your money!
The new moon occurs at 0 degree 50 minutes Aries. The aspects to the new moon are:
Conjunction: 0 degrees 0 minutes – 2 degrees 50 minutes Aries
Sextile: 0 degrees 0 minutes – 2 degrees 50 minutes Gemini or Aquarius
Square: 0 degrees 0 minutes – 2 degrees 50 minutes Cancer or Capricorn
Trine: 0 degrees 0 minutes – 2 degrees 50 minutes Leo or Sagittarius
Opposition: 0 degrees 0 minutes – 2 degrees 50 minutes Libra
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations by house and aspect