New Moon In Aquarius 2023: Choose Your Vibe & Manifest
The Aquarius new moon 2023 is on the horizon, but what does this energy shift bring us, and how can you celebrate the new moon with ritual?
Ruled by the planet Uranus (and formerly Saturn), Aquarius is the visionary, out-of-the-box rebel of the zodiac who is happy to break the rules to create new ones that better serve our planet and future. Often confused as a water sign (because it’s symbolized by the water bearer), this air sign is ruled by the head.
But what other planetary movements and alignments are influencing the energy washing over us on this new moon?
The energy of a new moon
A new moon occurs when the sun and moon are aligned in the sky, creating complete darkness at night. A new moon occurs roughly every 29 days and is one of the most high-energy phases of the moon cycle (along with the full moon), which is why new and full moon rituals are very popular.
In ancient times, the world lived on a lunar calendar rather than a solar calendar. Instead of months, we lived in moons.
The essence of a new moon is one of beginnings, fresh starts, and new seeds being planted. It’s a reset, a time to start anew and set new intentions for the coming moon cycle and beyond. The energy of this phase is inward, reflective, and quiet. It’s linked to the bleeding phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle and the crone archetype.
Every new and full moon falls in one of the 12 zodiac signs, and this transforms the energy of that moon phase. Understanding this specific energy can help us fully harness it and know where to place our attention.
When is the new moon in aquarius 2023?
LA, United States: January 21st at 12:53
London, United Kingdom: January 21st at 20:53
Sydney, Australia: January 22nd at 07:53
Click here to find out the exact time of the new moon in Aquarius 2023 where you live.
The new moon phase lasts between 2-3 days, so you can plan to do a new moon ritual on any of these days while her energy is still strong.
What is the new moon in aquarius 2023 about?
Reflect on and make peace with the past
The new moon in Aquarius 2023 sits close to Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto is the planet of death and transformation. It brings up pain, trauma, and wounds from our past, which still lurk in our shadows. Typically, a full moon is about shining a light on our darkness and meeting what’s there. But Pluto brings this energy to the new moon.
Too many of us allow our past to dictate our present. More often than not, we aren’t even aware of it. But this stunts our life force and prevents us from experiencing the full joy and beauty of the now.
Is there anything from your past that colors your present and lowers your vibration?
What can you do to heal and move forward from it?
While we cannot change the past, we can control how it affects us today.
Push past your comfort zone
Aquarius is the innovative, progressive change-maker of the zodiac who is not afraid to push the boundaries and get outside its comfort zone.
So on this new moon in Aquarius, think about how you would like to use your privilege in this world to stand up for what you believe in, challenge the status quo and create an impact on your inner community but also the wider world.
Just be sure that you are standing up and speaking out for reasons of ethics and values rather than just to make a scene. Aquarius is not about being a rebel for the sake of it but for good cause and reason.
Connect with community
Aquarius is a social sign and easily forms new connections with people from all walks of life. So as the new moon shifts into Aquarius, take some time to reflect on your inner circle. Do you feel seen, welcomed, and inspired by your tribe or drained and unappreciated?
If it’s the former, pick up the phone, make plans, and be with the people who lift you up. If it’s the latter, now is the time to set clear boundaries and communicate them to protect your energy.
Choose your energetic frequency
The new moon in Aquarius 2023 is an energetic one, which means it’s the perfect time to work on your energetic body and vibration.
You’ve likely come across the idea that what we radiate out into the world is what we attract—this is the law of attraction, and it’s based on energy. Everything begins with you.
We often learn and inherit patterns, beliefs, and ways of being that we think are our own but do not belong to us. The energy of this new moon allows us to get clear on what is ours and what is not so that we can journey back to our true selves.
Does your inner frequency reflect the woman you want to be and the life you wish to live?
If not, feel into the pure essence of you. What vibration radiates through your heart? It could be love, joy, abundance, or positivity.
Sit with the energy that feels like home.
What disturbs this vibration?
Once you’ve chosen your energetic vibration, get clear on what lowers it. It could be being with a pacific person or group of people. It could be an automatic pattern in which you focus on the negative or tell yourself a limiting story.
Naturally, life cannot be an endless stream of sunshine and rainbows; this is not what this earth experience is about. But sitting in negative thoughts and allowing them to control our actions is not conducive to fulfilling our potential and living our best, most vibrant life.
When a negative thought or emotion arises, acknowledge it, then gently guide yourself back to your chosen vibration. Much in life will be out of our control, but each moment we have a choice to return to the vibration we want to live in. The more you do this, the more automatic this response will become.
Set new moon intentions that help you adjust your frequency
As I mentioned, a new moon is a time to set new intentions for the coming moon cycle and beyond. Plus, this new moon in Aquarius symbolizes the start of a new lunar year, which makes it even more ripe for setting intentions.
Focus your intentions on the core frequency that you wish to embody. For example, if one of your core frequencies is love, then think about what makes you feel love and loved?
You could commit to one small act of self-love each day, such as writing yourself a love letter, unblocking your heart chakra, or repeating positive affirmations out loud in front of a mirror.
Believe in your potential & move boldly toward your dreams
As we move away from the heaviness, structure, and discipline of Capricorn season, there’s a noticeable shift around us. With Mercury and Mars both stationing direct now after retrograding for some time and Jupiter close by the sun and moon, expansion and manifestation are in the air.
Now is the time to feel into your energetic potential and embody the law of attraction, which states that our outer world is created by our inner world. If you feel abundant, expansive, and lucky, then your life will expand, feel more abundant, and you will experience more good fortune.
This energy is exactly what we need to fuel our big goals and dreams for 2023 and move boldly toward them without fear or hesitation.
A new moon in aquarius ritual for 2023
The new moon lasts between 2-3 days, and the best time to perform your ritual is on one of these nights.
- A cleansing tool (herb bundles, essential oil spray, sound bowls)
- A white candle (+ something to light it with)
- 3 x sticks (foraged outdoors or palo santo)
- 1 x piece of string or ribbon
- 3 x small pieces of paper
- A pen
- A journal
- An oracle or tarot deck (optional)
- Anything else you would like (crystals, incense, an altar cloth, etc.)
1. Cleanse your space & aura
To start your new moon ritual (or any ritual), I recommend you cleanse your space and your self, physically and energetically. Tidy up any clutter. Then using your tool of choice, do an energetic cleanse of the room and your body. I like to burn some herbs, but you can also use a room spray (really simple to make at home) or cleanse using sound.
As you do this, visualize negative, stagnant energy evaporating and positive energy flowing in.
2. Breathe & feel into your heart
Next, light your candle, get comfy, place your hand on your heart and breathe. Sit in stillness for a few minutes. Thank yourself for this moment and everything that has brought you here. It could be nice to think of something you’re proud of and acknowledge this out loud to yourself.
3. Choose your frequency
This new moon in Aquarius is all about choosing your energetic frequency and doing things that help you remain in this high-vibe state.
So on the first piece of paper, write down three words that describe how you wish to feel when you wake up. On the second piece of paper, write down how you wish to feel when you’re in bed right before you go to sleep.
When you’re done, wrap each piece of paper around a stick.
4. Declare what you wish to manifest
On your third and final piece of paper, write down your big goal or dream that you want to manifest over the coming moon cycle and beyond. It’s okay if your big goal will take many moons to achieve—not everything has to be completed within one cycle.
When you’re done, wrap your strip of paper around the third stick. Tie all three sticks together using the piece of string.
5. Commune with the earth, moon, sun & stars
Hold your bundle of sticks in your hand, close your eyes, and take a few deep, meditative breaths again. Connect to grandmamma moon, mamma earth below, and the sun and the stars above.
You might wish to recite a prayer or affirmation—anything that supports stepping into your chosen frequency and manifesting your soul’s desires.
6. Do a tarot or oracle reading
The next step for your new moon in the Aquarius ritual is to take your chosen tarot or oracle deck and do a reading. Click here for tarot spread ideas. Make time to journal on the cards you draw and any symbols or whispers that come to you.
7. Bury or burn your sticks
The final step of the ritual is to place your sticks on your altar or another safe place for the next three nights. After this time, bury them somewhere outside. If you’re using palo santo as your sticks, you can burn them gradually over the coming months.
8. Close your ritual
Close your ritual any way you feel called to. Meditate, say a prayer, or give thanks to the Universe. Blow out your candle when you’re done.
Ready to celebrate the new moon in aquarius 2023?
How will you work with the energy of the Aquarius new moon? Share your rituals with me in the comments below!
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