Here comes 2023! With the new year comes a full moon in emotional Cancer and a new moon in forward-thinking Cancer.
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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 Cancer: January 6th 2023 (6:08PM ET/3:08PM PT)
Cancer is the sign the Moon naturally rules, so the full moon in Cancer elevates the Moon energy. This means we're much more emotional, especially with a full moon (which is emotional anyway).
The Cancer full moon might have us focused on matters of the home and family, and we can tend to issues and work to make improvements or eliminate problems. We need to be mindful of the feelings of others as we do though.
Cancer is a subjective sign, and that is heightened under a Cancer full moon. We have to work harder at being objective, but that may be missing until the Aquarius new moon.
We need to take care of emotional needs, and strengthen ourselves internally with the Cancer full moon. This can help alleviate the subjectivity and make us more emotionally secure and stable.
The full moon is sextile (beneficial aspect, two signs away) transit (moving) Uranus in Taurus, and this can help us take a different approach to taking care of our emotional needs and showing support. We may carefully consider the changes we're working on, and how we can focus on the ones that will make us feel stronger internally.
The full moon occurs at 16 degrees 22 minutes Cancer. Aspects to the full moon are:
Conjunction: 14 degrees 22 minutes - 18 degrees 22 minutes Cancer
Sextile: 14 degrees 22 minutes - 18 degrees 22 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Square: 14 degrees 22 minutes - 18 degrees 22 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 14 degrees 22 minutes - 18 degrees 22 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Opposition: 14 degrees 22 minutes - 18 degrees 22 minutes Capricorn
New Moon in Aquarius: January 21st 2023 (10:19AM ET/7:19AM PT)
Aquarius is the sign of the future, and the Aquarius new moon is likely the unofficial start to the new year (fitting it is the Chinese New Year). This is because we'll be done with Mercury, Mars, and Uranus retrograde, which all carried over from 2022 into 2023 and slowed us down.
With those over, the Aquarius new moon can get us focused on the new, and what we hope to achieve over the next year. We can be willing to take chances and push outside of our comfort zones.
Aquarius rules the different, the unconventional, and the unique, so we can embrace this and make progress this way. We can embrace our individuality, and what makes us different.
Change can be on the mind, and changes can get started or furthered or finished. This can lead to more opportunities, and more progress.
The new moon is widely sextile transit Jupiter in Aries, and Jupiter is the planet of expansion and opportunity, so that makes this new moon even better for progress and opportunity. As we embrace the Aquarius energy, and do things differently, venture outside of our comfort zone, and be objective, we can open more doors and find the way to move forward.
This is especially great because Ceres, dwarf planet ruling nourishment, will turn retrograde in early February, so we'll need to make use of this new moon energy because we might slow down again quickly!
The new moon occurs at 1 degree 33 minutes Aquarius. The aspects to the new moon are:
Conjunction: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 33 minutes Aquarius
Sextile: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 33 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Square: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 33 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 33 minutes Gemini or Libra
Opposition: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 33 minutes Leo
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations by house and aspects