On Saturday, March 17th, a New Moon occurs at 6:12am PST in the mutable water sign of Pisces, helping to usher in the first signs of Spring.

What is a New Moon?

A New Moon occurs when the Moon and the Sun share the same path and the Moon is casted in shadow, it’s face hidden from view. This creates a dark sky and is the commencement of a new lunar cycle.

What does the New Moon represent?

The New Moon is the first phase in the Lunar Cycle. As this phase ushers in a new path for the moon, it also ushers in fresh energy for us to work through challenges old and new.

How can I work with the New Moon?

Acknowledging and honoring the darkness of the Moon as a time to clear out and reassess better equips us to accept new opportunities with open arms. When we can acknowledge what needs to be changed or emptied, we can refill according to what makes us feel whole, our decisions then can become products of deep self-awareness instead of anxiety or fear.

What does this Pisces New Moon have to offer?

As we savor the last few days of the season of the last sign of the Zodiac, the New Moon in Pisces helps to set the tone for an expansive Spring season.

The sign of Pisces is a fluid sign, offering infinite room for development and integration. The Full Moon in Virgo, which opened this month, pushed us to let go of our rigidity in how we see and position ourselves in the world. We have now had time to apply that lesson, and allow it to really sink in. Now, with all of the strict boundaries and confinement in a state of dissolution, it is time to dream.

Ruled by planets Neptune and Jupiter, Pisces pushes the boundaries between “right and wrong,” “real and fake,” and “possible and impossible” to their breaking point and frees us to define where we draw the line for ourselves.

New Moons are an incredible time for manifestation, a practice that requires the belief in all possibility, and Pisces is our best ally at this time. To utilize this Piscean lunar event to the fullest is to create a list of “what if's" and then pick a few to really commit to seeing bloom as Spring unfolds. Allow yourself to suspend any beliefs around what is or is not possible, and instead, opt for a “show me what you’ve got” attitude towards the universe. Allow it to meet you halfway in offering fertile ground for your wildest dreams to take root.

How You Should Celebrate:

Modern life is full of stress and setbacks as it is. Allow yourself some space this moon-time to just flow into and entertain the prospect of getting everything that you desire with ease. Because this is a water moon, you may want to begin with your journal, freeing your mind of all negative or self-restricting thoughts. Then, a bath or candlelit meditation may be a soft transition into a more dream-like space from which you can feel safe to imagine and project. Use the space of this New Moon not only to fantasize, but to get lost in those fantasies. Create an immersive and free space for yourself to see what it would be like to leave the stress of having to prove or disprove what can be and instead just be, if only for a night.

Jaliessa Sipress is a life-path Astrologer, writer and artist dedicated to making Astrology an accessible tool for navigation and healing. You can find out more about her work or book a private session at obsidianmoonastrology.com.