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New Moon in Aries
March 21, 10:23 am PT
March 21, 10:23 am PT (Your time)
Perhaps the recent Oscar-winning film, “Everything, Everywhere, All At Once,” describes this fiery New Moon best. Bringing the heat at 0 degrees of Aries, there’s a powerful convergence of multiple time fractals—the Equinox which brings a new season, the Aries Point which denotes the beginning of the astrological new year, and the New Moon, our trusty lunar cycle. Taking place within two days, this cardinal trifecta ushers in a driving desire to initiate new actions, though the path ahead is tethered to the tattered remnants of the past.
To learn more about the Equinox and the Aries Point and what it foretells about the year, read Saffron Dennis’s new article “Ostara: A Cross Quarter Day.”
In the quiet darkness of the New Moon, Luna vigilantly lays paper and kindling in the fire circle that lives almost, but not quite, at the center of everything. Careful not to pile on large pieces of wood that can smother nascent flames, our Lady of Activation works quickly to build a fire that will light the way forward. A parting wind from her host Mars in Gemini, brings a heightened sense of urgency. Life’s pulsating rhythm is in a state of palpable transmutation. Tending the fire with intense dedication, patience may be difficult to harness as the fire grows ever hotter.
Orange and gold speckled licks foretell the shape of things to come as Mercury blows smoke rings alongside the Sun and Moon. Joined by Jupiter, Hermes touts grandiose messages and zealous advancement of battle tactics. The impulse to go big or go home sends sparks high into the night sky. Grabbing the horns of the Ram, we can’t help but buck and sway with wild confidence and courageous acts. With new vigor and hope, anything seems possible.
Be wary about saying a big “YES” to multiple conflicting offers without solid intel. Onboarding before you have a complete picture may not end well, especially at a precipice moment like this.
Lurking at the edges of fire-glow, you can hear the bated breath of Pluto and Mars who await their leap into new zodiacal signs. It’s a big deal. Leaving an indelible imprint at the final degrees of Capricorn and Gemini, respectively, they demand attention. Are there unresolved issues that could get in your way? Are you carrying resistance or hidden motivations that could hinder pioneering acts? Are the lines of reality still somewhat blurred? Tap into the wisdom of Sankofa, a mythical bird from the Akan tribe in Ghana. With feet firmly planted forward and head turned backward, it is known that the past guides the future and must never be forgotten.
Pluto boldly steps into Aquarius after 15 years in Capricorn. It’s a gradual but powerful transition in three chapters. Starting March 23, Pluto will enter Aquarius and linger at 0 degrees until June 11 then returning to Aquarius on January 21, 2024 for two and a half months. Finally, on November 19, 2024, Pluto will enter Aquarius for the next 20 years. The Lord of the Underworld tears at the membrane between old structures and new systems of innovations, a dance from earth to sky in Saturn’s kingdom. Pay attention to these next three months both on the world stage and in your personal life. The genesis of a planet’s ingress has secrets to tell.
A weary mind-mapped Mars bids farewell to Gemini on March 25. After seven long months battling windmills, the exhausted warrior moves into his fall in Cancer. On the one hand, it’s a relief to leave the hustle and bustle of confusing mutable air currents behind. On the other hand, the Crab’s home can take the wind out of Mars’s sails. Making a whole sign square to independent Aries, the best laid plans for conquering the world may be waylaid by the impulse to protect and nurture others first. With a swift trine to Saturn in Pisces and a sextile to Venus and the North Node in Taurus, Mars’s willpower becomes a competition of sacred sacrifice. With perseverance to spare, caring for others may just be the medicine we need to heal our own lingering wounds.
Along with major planetary shifts, this New Moon in Aries is a harbinger for the Solar Eclipse in Aries on April 20 at 29 degrees. It marks a preview to the series of eclipses on the Aries/Libra axis. Check your natal chart. Though the Nodes don’t shift until mid-July, seeds of change planted at this time will blossom in the houses and house topics stimulated by this New Moon and Aries ingress.
And, there’s another, larger cycle to consider, if you dare. In February 2026, Saturn and Neptune will form an exact conjunction at 0 degrees of Aries; the start of a new 36-year cycle. When these two planets meet, it portends a “struggle between idealistic and materialistic tendencies,” according to astrologer Reinhold Ebertin. Could it be that deeply seeded ideas planted now will reach a greater level of significance in 2026?