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  • Writer's picturePamela McDonough

🌙 January 21 New Moon 🌚 Vedic Astrology Forecast 💫

The new year and the new Moon begins with some major planetary shifts! Saturn just changed signs, and Mercury turned direct this week, too. Read the *Saturn in sidereal Aquarius forecast by rising sign here,* in case you missed it.

To top things off the first new Moon of the year is extremely powerful! Get a head start on your new year resolutions and take advantage of this fantastic new Moon energy.

Find out what's in store for you for 2023! Schedule your reading for the year ahead here.

Happy new Moon! Let's get on with the forecast!


New Year, New Moon!
The first new Moon of 2023 occurs Saturday, January 21, at 12:53pm PT, in the zodiac sign Capricorn, within the nakshatra of Uttara Ashadha.

Powerful Pluto is very close to the new Moon degree and can indicate a metaphorical death and rebirth or transformation and regeneration, much like the new Moon as it transitions from darkness into light.

Pluto, being the planet of transformation and power, adds another layer of intensity and impetus for change. This can be a powerful time for letting go of the past and facing deep-seated issues in order to move forward and make important changes in one's life.

The next section of this blog will share which areas of life) by rising sign) are emphasized and are ready for transformation during this new Moon.

New Moon Forecast by Rising Sign
If you know your rising sign you can better understand which life experiences the new Moon energy supports. See the details below for each rising sign.

These are the areas of life that function best with the new Moon energies and new beginnings. If you do not know your rising sign you can get it for free on my site here.

Aries: 10th house - Career and public reputation. Taurus: 9th house - Spirituality, philosophy, higher learning, dharma, foreign travels. Gemini: 8th house - Transformation, partners assets, inheritance, longevity. Cancer: 7th house - Committed partnerships (personal and business). Leo: 6th house - Work, service, daily routine, health and personal habits. Virgo: 5th house - Children, creativity, fun and games, speculation. Libra: 4th house - Home, happiness, mother, land and vehicles.

Scorpio: 3rd house - .Short distance travels, courage, communication and younger siblings. Sagittarius: 2nd house - Family, savings and speech. Capricorn: 1st house - Self, perspective and health. Aquarius: 12th house - Subconscious, dreams, foreign lands, meditation, sleep, feet and places of confinement. Pisces: 11th house - Earnings from work, social and career networking and older siblings.

NEXT UP: Read all about Uttara Ashadha nakshatra below and why this is such a powerful new Moon for personal transformation.

New Moon in Uttara Ashadha Nakshatra: What does it support?
New Moon in Uttara Ashadha nakshatra is a marvelous nakshatra for new beginnings!

Uttara Ashadha nakshatra is supportive of: * Anything related to new beginnings in business * Starting a new spiritual practice * Negotiations with the government and other authorities * Building a house or moving into a new residence * Getting married * Signing legal contracts

If you are in the main or sub planetary periods of Sun or Moon, this will be an especially significant new Moon for you.

UTTARA ASHADHA “LATTER VICTORY” Deity: Vishvadevas Symbol: Elephant Tusk or Planks of a Bed Shakti: The Power to Give Unstoppable Victory Quality: Fixed VD Planetary Period Lord: Sun

The Vishvadevas is the universe personified as god. Sri Aurobindo describes them as the universal collective of divine powers, and they are the presiding deities of Uttara Ashadha. This nakshatra is filled with the divine energy of the Vishvadevas and gives an individual the ability to focus on the needs of others and to support and uplift others spiritually, including society at large. Much like the planks of the bed, they are the foundation or support for the mattress (and not meant to be rested upon, unlike the bed symbolized in Purva Phalguni and Uttara Phalguni).

The influence of Uttara Ashadha can greatly motivate a person who is capable of ignoring their own needs for the needs of others and enable them to accomplish a great deal in life. This nakshatra is one of the final nine nakshatras that are more concerned with spiritual development than physical comforts. The strength of the Vishvadevas gives one the power of unstoppable victory, and this nakshatra is often associated with those fighting for the greater good.

Best Times for New Beginnings

Wait until the Moon waxes before starting new ventures!

BEST TIME FOR NEW BEGINNINGS: January 21, 12:53pm PT until 4:59pm PT. BEST TIMING FOR ENDINGS: January 21, 2:00am until 12:50pm PT.

Before You Go!

Have you read the January monthly astrology forecast? If not, you can find it on my blog here. Dates for new and full Moon's, key transits, nakshatra and sign ingress and more!
Do you know Saturn just changed signs? Read the forecast for your rising sign and the focus of Saturn in Aquarius through early 2025.

Sidereal Forecasts! This is just a reminder for those who are new to my new and full Moon \forecasts and other articles -- my forecasts are created using the sidereal system calculations. Your rising sign, and other planets in your birth chart will usually (but not 100% of the time) shift signs from your tropically calculated horoscope. Sidereal calculations are about 24 degrees different (less than) from tropical calculations.


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