The first new moon of 2023 is here and it’s in Aquarius

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New Moons are a time for rejuvenation and manifestation, and if you have a lack in your life, then this is the time the collective will work to fill it. Whether through a new experience, person, or object, we must make room for beginnings and foolish behavior during New Moons. Mind you, we’re all fools when we start something new, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

For newbies, a New Moon is when the Moon and Sun meet in what astrologers call a conjunction. As a practitioner of astrology, I am interested in precision because it is possible to cut diamonds. New Moons are for setting intentions and goals to manifest. Take the theme of each New Moon as inspiration to bring out the best version of yourself!

In recent years, many of us have come together over a shared need to be patient, optimistic, and understanding. Plans have had to change, and some dreams have been postponed. Restrictions have created new limits or reinforced existing limitations, which can be frustrating for free spirits and rebels alike. The New Moon in Aquarius on January 21, 2023 marks a moment to take a stand for what you believe. Believe it or not, although progress seems like a slow turning of a dial, each tick-tock of the clock creates significant and lasting change. Around 4 pm EST, she tries to spend time and space journaling about the change she wants to see in her world.

Filmmaker and activist Tourmaline teaches the concept of freedom dreaming, the process of asking questions about what freedom is. Tourmaline suggests taking the time to ask and answer the same question repeatedly, ideally allowing your mind to get deeper answers each time. With the New Moon in Aquarius, you could focus on the question: “Who can I foster the space with to feel free?” For some of you, the first answer might be: “With people I feel safe with.” Ask yourself again and offer yourself a new solution: “I can foster the space with people who are willing to let me be myself when I’m with them.” Then maybe ask yourself three more times and see what answer comes up; for me it is, “with people who don’t lead wanting to fix me, judge me or criticize me. Instead, they accept me and embrace me as I am.”

Mercury retrograde is finally over and Mars and Jupiter are making harmonious New Moon connections, which means you could find Nobel Peace Prize-worthy solutions to real-world problems. Be brave and dream out loud!

Read your horoscopes based on your Sun, Moon and Ascendant signs. Read for your Sun Sign for insights based on the version of yourself you’re maturing into, your Rising Sign to reflect on your current state, and your Moon Sign’s guidance on nurturing your inner child.

Your horoscope for the New Moon in Aquarius:


You are a treasure trove of knowledge, Aries. The more you share about yourself, through transparent stories or abstractions from your experience, the more your message will resonate with those around you. What captivates you is your ability to share authentically. Being you is enough. A little courage and self-pity can go a long way.


Even if you feel like you’re in unfamiliar territory, there’s nothing new under the sun. Grant yourself much grace and confidence in your ability to intuitively navigate life. You may have a hard time trusting the unknown. However, this New Moon is an excellent reminder that luck begins when you believe you are worthy of it. You know more than you can give yourself credit for.


Be your own reason to fight for more. This New Moon challenges you to advance in your education and personal development. Your purpose requires you to develop new skills and certifications. As time passes beyond the Mercury Retro-shade, take the time to clarify the small goals necessary to achieve your long-term goals.


Every day is a new beginning and a new opportunity to get out of your past. You may not know exactly what new phase you are entering or what responsibilities it will entail. Trust that after months, even years, of tirelessly working toward your purpose, your feet will guide you in the right direction without much thought. Believe in your flow, Cancer.


This New Moon illuminates the relationship sector of your natal chart. You may have to deal with unspoken frustrations regarding your work life. What goes in your favor is your knowledge and accessibility to knowledge. If you have any questions, take the time to visit your local library and you’ll be surprised at what you find. The answers to your questions are a book away!


A new work project speaks to your soul in a way that can boost your career. He tries to trust the process and let go of his concerns. You don’t need to know how you will do something, so trust that the answers will reveal themselves, step by step.


One of your strengths is your decision about who you decide to share the space with. Within your inner circle are trailblazers, trailblazers, and idealists who can offer you new and helpful ways to allow more joy into your life. Take a pen and a journal and ask them, “How do I let more pleasure into my life?” Be sure to ask questions and listen, not talk about them.


House it’s an idea you’ve worked on, thought about and processed, and maybe now you can put into words what home means to you. Oddly enough, you don’t have to limit yourself to a real address. It may be in memory. Change can also follow displacement; For some, a home may not exist as they remember it. That’s why memories are essential, so you can take what makes you feel at home and keep it close to where you spend most of your time.


An evolution of you is emerging. Can you feel your old skin slipping away as you head out on untouched trails? Fortunately, you are not a baby, and this new beginning joins the lessons that you have successfully solved. Humor, laughter, joy, and confidence in the experimentation process are qualities that will benefit you during this new lunar cycle. When you communicate, do so with tact, kindness, and humorous grace.


Time spent in your space, in your home, has a way of helping to raise awareness of what you value and what you believe in. Sometimes it can be difficult to answer people when they ask, “What are your values, standards, and interests?” To you, the answer may seem like common sense. Remember that we are all different, and when in doubt, the answers exist in your home, in the titles of books, and inside your closet.


Happy solar return, dear Aquarius. You came to someone else’s New Year; maturity suits you. As you feel yourself leveling up, take some time to appreciate some of the experiences that got you to this point. You have reached a new age through mishaps, mistakes, shame, triumph, misunderstandings, and achievements. Take growth with a little sweetness and you’ll find wisdom dripping from your lips. I bet it tastes like lavender honey.


For you, Pisces, this New Moon is above all intuitive. Enjoy the process of being within your comfort zone. For now, that’s enough. When questions, queries, and curiosities arise, dig deeper and welcome new insights. Fill your mind with lessons and highlights until your brain decides you’ve had enough.


Monisha “Six” Holmes is an astrologer and Master of Social Work (MSW) covering love, relationships and wellness. She earned her MSW from Columbia University, where she majored in contemporary social issues. In addition to writing, Ella Monisha is the founder of Black Women Being, a media platform aimed at promoting wellness, spirituality, and justice.
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