Have you ever wondered what the spiritual meaning of the march full worm moon 2023 is and how you can celebrate it with ritual?
We currently live on a solar calendar, with 12 “man-made” months and 365-ish days in a year. But long before we got here, the ancient native people used to live on a lunar calendar, in moons rather than months.
Because the full moon is a big, bright sphere of light that illuminates the night sky, it was an easy way to track time. With each full moon that came, another “moon” had passed, and a new one had begun. Each of those full moons was given a different name depending on the season and what was happening in nature. This is why there are many names for each of the moons.
The term “worm moon” applies to the entire length of the moon cycle, from this full moon to the next, which is approximately 29 days.
Here are the common names for all the full moons throughout the year:
- January full wolf moon
- February full snow moon
- March full worm moon
- April full pink moon
- May full flower moon
- June full strawberry moon
- July full buck moon
- August full sturgeon moon
- September full harvest moon
- October full hunter moon
- November full beaver moon
- December full cold moon
Keep reading to learn more about the March full worm moon 2023 and what it symbolizes.
What is the march full worm moon?
The March full worm moon is a gentle reminder that spring is almost here, and with it comes a rebirth of life, energy, and abundance on Earth. Flowers start to shoot up and bloom, bringing vibrant pops of color to gardens and public spaces. Birds sing their songs in the morning, and the sun is waking. The dark time of the year is drawing to a close, and with it, we gradually wave goodbye to the cold winter and hello to longer, (slightly) warmer days.
As the Earth begins to literally thaw, worms start to wriggle through the soil underground, creating space and recycling waste so that plants have the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. Birds will also pluck worms and other grubs from the ground to nourish themselves. This is why March’s full moon is known as the full worm moon. Another theory is that beetle larvae start to emerge from the thawing of bark trees and other places.
The March full worm moon is sometimes known as the eagle moon, the goose moon, the crow moon, the sugar moon, the full crust moon, the melting moon, and the death moon.
When is the full worm moon in 2023?
LA, United States: March 7th at 04:40
London, United Kingdom: March 7th at 12:40
Sydney, Australia: March 7th at 23:40
Click here for the exact time of the full worm moon 2023 where you live.
What sign is the full worm moon 2023 in?
The zodiac sign that the moon is in will always affect its energy and flavor, as will the other planetary placements in the solar system (including the sun). I love using astrology to guide me when planning a full moon ritual, choosing which crystals to work with, and decorating my altar.
So the March full worm moon 2023 will be woven with the energy of Virgo and Pisces.
The spiritual meaning of a worm moon
1. Change begins beneath the surface
If there’s one key spiritual meaning of the full worm moon, it’s the idea that all the hard work worms do to create change in the ecosystem and feed the plants happens underground, meaning we can’t see it, yet it’s happening. And this is true when it comes to creating change in our lives. It always begins within, and no one can see it, but you will feel it.
So the full worm moon is a reminder that change is here and asks you to embrace it. But this has to happen internally before you see the fruits of that change in your external world.
And change is often uncomfortable because it requires us to get out of our comfort zone and do something we’ve never done before. But this is how we grow and evolve.
Virgo is a very health-oriented sign. If you want to change your diet and exercise routine or explore some holistic health practices, now is the perfect time to plant these seeds of change within.
2. Allow things to thaw & shift
As a world, we have gotten out of living seasonally, but nature offers us great insight into how to live more in flow with the Earth. As the world literally thaws and we move out of winter, think about how you can let go and allow things to thaw within you. This makes space for new ideas, people, opportunities, and emotions to be revealed and embraced.
But you’ll have to ground into the Earth and be prepared to get a little dirty if you want to fully tap into this spiritual meaning of the March full worm moon.
3. Time for a spring clean
The past couple of moons have been ripe for clearing the old and making space for the new. But the March full moon, in particular, is an apt time to have a physical, mental, and energetic declutter because we are right on the cusp of the spring equinox (also called Ostara).
Have you accumulated any objects, patterns, or behaviors that no longer serve you? Think about your physical and digital spaces (your computer and cloud storage). Every time I have a clear-out like this, I love to burn some herbs to cleanse and purify the stagnant, negative energy from my space.
You can think of this like weeding a garden. This is essential because it clears valuable space so that you can plant new seeds.
What the worm moon means for us in march 2023
The same day of the full moon in Virgo, Saturn moves into Pisces (where the sun currently is) and will begin his almost three-year stint in this dreamy, intuitive sign. If you were born with your Saturn in Pisces, welcome to your Saturn return, which happens once every 29.5 years.
Saturn is the taskmaster of the zodiac and brings rules, discipline, and structure with him wherever he goes. His energy affects us all even if you’re not in your Saturn return. Expect anything that doesn’t truly align with you and your soul path to slowly crumble and fall away over the next moon.
Virgo creates a push-pull dynamic with head-in-the-clouds Pisces and will want as much detail as possible. Why is this happening? What did I do to deserve this? How can I improve and be better? How can I prevent this from happening again? What is the best path forward?
Pluto is also on the cusp of ending its long stay in Capricorn, and it will move into Aquarius later this month. As the most outer planet in our solar system, it takes between 12 and 30 years to change signs. This means that having Pluto in Aquarius will be a brand new energetic experience for anyone alive on Earth right now. This, coupled with Saturn’s big move, means that it’s kind of the end of an era, and you may feel this during the March full worm moon.
The full moon in Virgo is also a wonderful time to give and/or receive closure. If a person, situation, or relationship robbed you of this, now is the time to grant it to yourself. Closure is healing; it helps us firmly end a chapter and move forward fully. Break those ties and addictions and make healthier choices this moon.
How to work with the full worm moon
I love to celebrate the full moon with a ritual. As mentioned, I use the zodiac and the spiritual meaning of each moon to inspire my sacred ceremony. Some things you’ll want to do every full moon, like meditate, take a full moon bath, moon bathe, charge your crystals, make moon water, do a tarot reading, etc. But you can infuse each of those practices with the energetic vibe of the full moon.
For example, you might add a crystal into your bath water that helps you work with Virgo’s vibration or journal what you’d like to release (particularly habits and people negatively affecting your health and wellness).
Here are some march 2023 full worm moon rituals to try at home:
- A spring clean ritual (use your guidance with this, there is no right or wrong)
- Light a scented candle, burn some incense, put on a diffuser, or boil some lemon and rosemary on the stove to fill your home with a fresh, spring-like aroma
- Take a full moon bath (and make your own bath tea)
- Make some seed bombs (place in your garden or give them as gifts)
- Sit outdoors and “earth” into the ground
- Moonbathe (yes, it’s the same as sunbathing, but you swap the sun for the moon and let her light nourish you!)
Celebrate the march full worm moon
Tell me how you will celebrate the March full worm moon 2023? Does it feel like spring has sprung where you live? Are you enjoying the slightly longer and warmer days? What changes would you like to make as we move into the light phase of the year?
And if you have a question about the worm moon, its spiritual meaning, or anything else, drop it in the comments below!