In astrology, all new moons herald new beginnings. But the new moon in Aries on March 21 at 1:22 p.m. EDT is bringing an extra dose of fresh-start energy: It coincides with the start of the astrological new year and the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere. What’s more? It takes place at 0 degrees of Aries, which is the first degree of the entire zodiac wheel. Translation: It’s giving cosmic New Year’s Day energy in a way that January 1 could never.
This next-level reset will be colored by intense Aries energy. As a cardinal fire sign, Aries is bursting with enthusiasm, courage, passion, and the necessary encouragement to go after our individual desires. And that’s exactly what this new moon is asking us all to do: Tune into our inner voices and filter out others’ opinions and expectations.
As we prepare to witness nature bloom once again this spring, we are also experiencing an internal rebirth.
Under these moonbeams, we may feel more emboldened to take a risk or start something new, or we could feel a wave of forward momentum in a particular area of life. As we prepare to witness nature bloom once again this spring, we are also experiencing an internal rebirth, ripe with a fresh sense of hope, warmth, and optimism.
As the new moon arrives, Mercury, the planet of communication and information, will also be in fiery Aries. This positioning (so close to the sun) makes the planet “combust,” meaning that its influence could trigger some communication snafus. In particular, there may be a tendency, around the new moon, to speak boldly the moment a thought crosses your mind. Well-intentioned comments could land as puncture wounds. While there is much to be excited about, use discernment and exercise patience before making any intense declarations.
Also, know that Aries energy is the spark but not necessarily the flame: Whatever we feel called to invest our energy in now may fizzle shortly after. But it’s still worth using the current burst of momentum to begin, while trusting that the inspiration and dedication required to see your vision through will come—probably during Taurus season, which carries the energy of the fixed sign known for its ability to commit and sustain. In the meantime, lean into that fresh-start energy. (You can always rest and recuperate once the spark of inspiration dims.)
Just how you can expect to feel this momentum depends on how the new moon in Aries interacts with your birth chart. Read on for your sun, moon, and rising signs to learn more about what you can expect and pick up a self-care practice for making the most of this energy.
What the new moon in Aries means for your zodiac sign
Now is the time to initiate, Aries. The new moon is in your sign—aka your first house of identity, self, and passion projects. This is your chance to do an internal inventory: Who do you want to be? Are you ready to change up your appearance in some major way? If you feel inspired to make a change in a particular area of your life, use this energy to take a bold step forward. You are being invited to step out from the box others may have put you in. Sink deeper into your authentic expression.
Your new moon self-care practice: Write down how your future self looks and dresses, and then embody that version of you today by playing dress up. Act as if you already are that person. And at the end of the day, journal about the experience and any feelings that may have come up.
It’s time to turn inward, Taurus. The new moon resides in your 12th house of the subconscious, healing, spirituality, and closure. This is your cosmic invitation to explore what’s lingering in your psyche. Pay attention to themes in your dreams and waking life. How do they intersect?
You may also recognize that you need more rest and solitude in your daily life. It’s the season to set boundaries and express your limits. More solo time can help you surrender and release old patterns, thoughts, or cycles that you don’t feel the need to carry with you into the next moon cycle.
Your new moon self-care practice: Start a dream journal. Keep a notepad next to your bed, and as you wake up—even if it’s in the middle of the night—jot down major themes, people, animals, and/or events that popped up in your dream state. In the morning, consider what symbolism this items might hold for you.
What does community mean to you, Gemini? This new moon in Aries illuminates your 11th house of groups and friendships, as well as your hopes and dreams for the future. Under these moonbeams, collaborative projects can lead to creative breakthroughs. You may also find yourself joining a new community that feels strongly aligned with your values or purpose. This is an exciting time for you to cultivate new friendships and new visions for your future self alike.
Your new moon self-care practice: Lean into your social side, and put yourself out there. Can you attend an industry networking event or reach out to someone on LinkedIn who also works in your field? Connecting with others could do you a wealth of good.
Your life could be changing in a major way, Cancer. The new moon activates your 10th house of career, reputation, and major life milestones, supercharging these areas with forward momentum. If you’ve been hoping for a promotion or new professional gig, take action now—and don’t be afraid to name your value. Other major events within your private and personal life may be unfolding, too (like a move or an expansion to your family). In any case, as this lunation arrives, your path forward will likely feel more grounded and clear.
Your new moon self-care practice: Acknowledge your wins and accomplishments. In what ways are you proud of yourself? Write a letter to little you, and let them in on all of the major milestones you’ve reached.
You’re ready for something new, Leo. The new moon falls in your ninth house of travel, expansion, education, and broadcasting. In turn, you may find yourself sharing your expertise with a wide audience or otherwise receiving some public attention.
If you’re feeling any resentment toward your routine, now is also your chance to break free. Consider planning a trip, signing up for a course, or taking a leap of faith in some other way. Inviting new experiences into your life will shift your perspective and lend valuable insight necessary for your growth and what you hope to develop and achieve in this world.
Your new moon self-care practice: Take a different route on your daily commute. Walk down different side streets, or take a different highway or bus route in order to create literal room for a perspective shift.
It’s time to reflect on your relationship with power and control, Virgo. The new moon moves through your eighth house of shared resources, intimacy, fears, and transformation. Foundational shifts could be on your horizon, as you begin to release pieces from your past that have kept you stuck in unsupportive cycles or habits. You may also be sorting through big financial matters, perhaps paying off debt or signing a contract with someone who is ready to invest in you.
Your new moon self-care practice: Write down a list of memories that you’re ready to release from your mind. Safely burn the list, and discard the ashes in the garbage outside of your home.
This new moon could mean new relationships for you, Libra. It lands in your seventh house of one-on-one partnerships, revitalizing important connections in your life or prompting new ones. Also, you could find yourself reflecting more deeply on interpersonal dynamics, your needs in relationships, and what you are willing and able to give to those around you. Now is the time to ask others for support, so don’t be afraid to reach out.
Your new moon self-care practice: Whether with a romantic interest or a friend, plan a date. Sharing your energy with others can be more energizing than normal and may lead to interesting, supportive conversations.
It’s time to pay more attention to your body, Scorpio. The new moon highlights your sixth house of habits, routines, and health. An emphasis in this area of your chart may signal a tendency to overwork or overexert yourself. You may be busier than normal, but if you truly want to reach your goals, you’re going to have to work some rest and relaxation into your schedule. Now is a great time to release stressful elements of your daily routine and replace them with soothing ones.
Your new moon self-care practice: Stretch in the morning for five minutes. There’s no need to commit to an entirely new exercise routine, but try to connect with your body through movement that feels good. This will bring you into a more present state as you move through your day.
You’re ready for more fun, Sagittarius! The new moon illuminates your fifth house of pleasure, creativity, and playfulness, making this a great time to engage in activities that light you up. This is a period of creation, so if you’re a writer, artist, or creator of any other sort, spending time with your medium of choice can be fulfilling and inspiring. Overall, you could find yourself embodying a more present sense of self and releasing the need to dwell on the past or the future. This is also a romantic period, so if you’re looking for a lover or two, now’s the time to put yourself out there (or start swiping).
Your new moon self-care practice: Throw a party. You don’t need a birthday or a particular event to center it around. Just plan an event that brings your loved ones together to celebrate life for the heck of it. This is a powerful way to cultivate more joy in a world that often feels anything but joyful.
Home is where the heart is, and you’ve been thinking about your sense of safety and comfort more than usual, Capricorn. The new moon in Aries activates your fourth house of property, living space, family, ancestry, and the past. Perhaps, you’re gearing up for a big move or remodel or feel called to redecorate or reorganize your space. Separately, new beginnings could also blossom related to your family, biological or chosen.
Your new moon self-care practice: Wash your sheets and pillows, and empty out those junk drawers. Doing a deep cleaning of your living space will feel revitalizing at this time. As you clean, visualize a subconscious scrubbing, as well. Tired, old patterns and beliefs, be gone!
Prepare to speak from your heart, Aquarius. The new moon moves through your third house of communication, self-expression, and learning, encouraging you to soften your practical mindset and share what’s been building within your heart space. Now is also a powerful time to engage in a new type of learning or commit to studying a new skill or topic. New beginnings and shifts may also take place regarding siblings, close friends, or extended family, too.
Your new moon self-care practice: Grab that book on your nightstand that you’ve sworn you were going to read for the past nine months, and dive in. Your mind is hungry for knowledge and expansion, and you have the resources to feed it.
New financial opportunities are on the horizon, Pisces. The new moon illuminates your second house of resources, comfort, and self-sufficiency. If you’re hoping for a raise or promotion, this new moon may offer some encouragement. You could also feel inspired to treat yourself to a massage or solo staycation in order to experience a new level of comfort and security. Tuning into your physical senses and needs will feel restorative.
Your new moon self-care practice: Cultivate an abundance mindset by expressing a few words of gratitude to yourself every time you make a purchase or pay a bill.