2023 New Moon Solar Eclipse 29° Aries 50′ :: Measure twice, cut once

April 19, 2023, 10:12 PM Central—The Aries part of our charts is buzzing with potential at the moment. Jupiter has been fertilizing the field of Aries since January. Jupiter visits a sign every twelve years bringing forth his significations of expansion, opportunity, optimism and meaning to whatever house Aries falls in for us personally. Jupiter first visited Aries from May to October of last year. He’ll leave Aries mid May. This final month of Jupiter through the sign of the Ram will see some of us cultivating new starts in a potentiated field that promises new purpose in at least one part of our lives.

Spotlight on Aries

The Sun is winding up its annual tour through Aries as well. The Sun brings focus to the house it travels through. One of the significations of the Sun is healing. The Sun transiting Aries can show us how we might begin to repair our relationship with the topics of our Aries house in a way that brings us back into alignment with how we want to express ourselves in the world.

When the Sun first entered Aries, we experienced a New Moon on March 21st. Now as the Sun prepares to enter Taurus, the Moon joins the Sun to renew herself again at 29° Aries 50′. Two New Moons in one sign doesn’t happen often—this occurs every 2.5 to 3 years. It is like seeding the same section of a field twice. In addition, when the second of these lunations is an eclipse, we are sowing super-seeds: powerful new beginnings that will catalyze significant change when they begin to break ground.

A new set of themes

The New Moon Solar Eclipse in Aries is the first in a series that will bring about major change in the Aries-Libra axis of our charts. Eclipses occur when there is a New or Full Moon within 18° of the Nodes, which happens about every 6 months. These are times of acceleration where we must make decisions around certain people, events or commitments in our lives that will alter our current course. In modern astrology, the Nodes are associated with destiny. We can look at these times as shaping our future. Traditional astrology points more towards a hungry striving (North Node) and surrender or release (South Node).  This traditional perspective highlights the wisdom gained in knowing when to assert ourselves with a full-steam ahead mentality balanced with mature self-restraint and letting go.

Wednesday’s/Thursday’s (depending where you live) New Moon Solar Eclipse initiates a new set of topics related to the Aries-Libra axis in our natal charts. The last eclipse along this axis occurs in March of 2025. Yet until October of 2023, the eclipses will activate both the Taurus-Scorpio axis and the Aries-Libra axis. So we’re wrapping up changes brought from the last two years as we accelerate into new territory.

Driven by emotions

The New Moon in Aries is ruled by Mars currently in a sign said to be his “Fall”. Mars can struggle in Cancer because rather than making a straight line from point A to point B as is his preference, he has to consider other people, their feelings and potential fallout. This can feel like walking on eggshells or being hypervigilant of trauma triggers. This makes it challenging for Mars who just wants to do-the-thing. Cancer has a long memory and Mars in this sign is motivated by emotions. Like Aries, Cancer is a Cardinal sign. Cardinal signs can be a bit impatient as they don’t want to wait and see what happens; they prefer to initiate action.  So movement forward now is responsive but cautiously protective, keeping a watchful eye on the emotional barometer.

Adding to the intensity is a square to Pluto. As the ruler of the underworld, Pluto ushers in themes of obsession, compulsion and rumination. It also offers empowerment when we understand the roots of a situation and where our energy might be bound in power struggles. Pluto symbolizes the death-rebirth process, where like a snake shedding its skin, brings renewal. This square to the New Moon is a Rubik’s Cube that with time and patience, can reinvigorate pieces of self to bring ourselves and our relationships back into alignment.

Vesta makes a guest appearance as well. Conjunct the Sun and Moon in the second degree of Taurus, she signifies where we focus our energy, time and resources.  Like the hearth of a home, Vesta symbolizes what brings us together, gives focus and captures our attention. In this New Moon, there is a component of revitalizing ourselves through work, commitment and even devotion, but in the steady and slow style of Taurus.

Take a look at the chart below where Aries falls for you:


  • Aries Rising—1st House
  • Taurus Rising—12th House
  • Gemini Rising—11th House
  • Cancer Rising—10th House
  • Leo Rising—9th House
  • Virgo Rising—8th House
  • Libra Rising—7th House
  • Scorpio Rising—6th House
  • Sagittarius Rising—5th House
  • Capricorn Rising—4th House
  • Aquarius Rising—3rd House
  • Pisces Rising—2nd House


With Jupiter fertilizing the field of Aries since January, two powerful new moons in the sign of the Ram and the kick-off to eclipse season highlighting the Aries-Libra axis, this is a time to be conscious of how we want to show up for ourselves and others. From little things, big things grow. In this case, patient and purposeful action will be key to making progress in the Aries part of our lives.


  • Illustrations made by me in Midjourney
  • Houses Chart photocopied from Demetra George’s workbook Astrology for Yourself: How to Understand And Interpret Your Own Birth Chart