The January full moon, 2023's first, will be serene and calming—especially for these zodiac signs

'It's about finding relaxation within what you are doing day to day,' astrologer Patrick Price says of the lunation

january full moon 2023 feature image; sunset blue and red sky with a full moon on the left and right, and the silhouette of a woman holding the moon in the middle
(Image credit: Future)

The January full moon, 2023's first, will usher in a serene vibe. What better way to welcome the new year?

After the chaos of the holidays, we can unwind and recharge before taking on the next 12 months with vigor. (Psst: if you haven't read your 2023 horoscope, now's the time.) 

"This full moon will bring us a lot of calming, peaceful energy and the focus will mainly be on family and home," says Nebula's astrologer Patrick Price (opens in new tab). "This could manifest in many different ways, but expect home life to take center stage around the full moon."

Considering the tail end of 2022 brought us a bit of chaos with eclipse season, the next full moon is a welcome one. Plus, it'll be beneficial. 

"Using the energy of this full moon correctly is going to fill you with the stamina you need to start the year on a positive note and begin as you mean to carry on," Price says. "Many of you will feel tired moving into January after a long year, so this full moon is coming at the perfect time."

november 2022 full moon feature image; a bright white full moon on a black starry sky

(Image credit: Javier Zayas Photography/Getty Images)

January full moon 2023—what to know

  • When: January 6, 2023

The Wolf Moon is not as menacing as it sounds, in fact, it's all about bringing in balance and recharging before starting the next 12 months. Perhaps taking a hint from Capricorn season, this particular lunation wants to kickstart things on a practical note. 

"It is more about finding relaxation within what you are doing day to day and finding a space within your own life where you can really slow down and listen to your inner emotional workings," Price says. 

Speaking of what's ahead, there will be a few challenges throughout the year, understandably so, but this full moon is the calm we need before the whirlwind of cosmic energy is bestowed upon us.

"The outlook is very positive, but there will be lots of ups and downs as well as plenty of challenges being sent our way," Price adds. "The Cancer full moon is the calm before the storm, so to speak, and 2023 won't be a storm in negative terms, but it is a wild ride."

astrologer patrick price
Meet the expert: Patrick Price

Patrick is Nebula: Horoscope and Astrology App’s expert specializing in tarot, angel readings and Western astrology. Patrick is a queer man who comes from a gypsy family. Tarot is deeply rooted in his family’s culture. He’s been doing tarot for the past eight years and astrological readings for the last three years. Patrick specializes in coaching through starts and finding purpose in life. You can always connect with him in Nebula.

Who will be most affected by the full moon?

The water signs—Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces—are likely to resonate with this full moon and feel its energy deeply, even if they have different hurdles to climb throughout the moon phase

How will the January full moon affect each sign?

In his monthly astrology gift to readers, Price breaks down how each member of the zodiac will be affected by the full moon. 

Aries

Even if you don't have the answers you're seeking, this full moon will help you feel at ease. 

"This is not about action, it is about connecting with a serene, calm and hopeful part of yourself, and this will shine some light into your life," Price says. "You may find tension in your body melts away but also be aware that it will offer you mental comfort and clarity. You will feel hopeful, and for many of you, it will be the first time in a long time."

Taurus

Expect to connect to those around you, Taurus, but don't pick up negativity in the process. 

"Being selective about which energies are in your life at that time will offer you a real sense of healing," Price says. "It will bring feelings of belonging and fulfillment to the surface, and this is what you need right now. For you, Taurus, it will be vital to spend some time with the people who offer you peace and comfort during the full moon."

While you're embracing meaningful connections, Price also suggests to tap into creative areas that speak to you. 

"Enjoy some music or art that brings you comfort, too, and really strive to make time to fill your emotions well," he says. "Remember—you cannot pour from an empty cup."

Gemini

Take a step back, Gemini—you can't do it all. 

"This full moon is a reminder that you have been spinning too many plates," Price says. "Take some time to tune in emotionally on these areas of your life and figure out where you feel you are being drained. The awareness that this critical thinking offers will be worth its weight in gold eventually." 

Also note that you don't have to put in so much energy in places where you're not seeing a return, and that's perfectly OK. 

"There are things in your life that take and do not give back. This may be people, situations or work, but for most of you, it will be related to your home life in some way," Price adds. 

Cancer

"The full moon will be a really inspirational time for you, Cancer. This is because it is happening on your home turf," Price says. "Use this energy and assurance to focus on your goals and consider what your next move will be.''

Have a look at your 2023 money and career horoscope and start mapping out a plan to reach your goals. 

"You are on your way to success, and your levels of determination will be on fire during the full moon," Price adds. "Your naturally heightened emotional state will not feel uncomfortable or excessive but actually will begin to make perfect sense in terms of where your life is headed."

Leo

"Finding the peace and relaxation the full moon is sending will be a particular challenge for you, Leo," Price says. "You may be feeling stagnant or as though you have reached a stalemate of kinds."

Don't let this feeling discourage you. With a little TLC, you're able to take the time to decompress and proceed effectively. 

"Treat yourself and make self-care a priority over the full moon," Price suggests. "You need to feel your inner love glowing to move forward again. Things may feel blocked, but remember that emotionally you have the power to change this."

Virgo

"For you, Virgo, the full moon will feel like a big sigh of relief. This is because, suddenly, you may feel like you have been offered vivid mental clarity," Price says. "Use this clarity and vision to focus on things at home and really take in your surroundings, physically and emotionally."

There are plenty of reasons to be excited for 2023, but take the time at the start of the year to get back on the proper track. 

Libra

It's not always possible to be in control, Libra. It's OK to follow Elsa's lead and just let it go. 

"It is important to focus your energy on releasing those things you have no power over, as it is a massive waste of energy and a negative place to put your hopes," Price says. "It will only serve to remove a lot of emotional baggage from your shoulders, allowing you to move forward with more peace."

Scorpio

Now might be the time to reassess certain things, Scorpio, but to be effective, you'll have to look at things through an honest lens. 

"Be analytical about what is working for you and what isn't. You have every right to speak your truth and implement boundaries at any time. To do this, however, you must be fair in your assessment," Price says. "You can achieve this by listening to your feelings and emotions but not allowing them to make any decisions for you."

Sagittarius

"Now to really connect with your most composed, patient, and daring self," Price says. "These qualities will be needed later in the year."

You're strong, Sagittarius, but make sure to nourish that strength instead of ignoring it.

Price continues, "You have the heart of a lion, and this provides you with enormous strength and courage. However, strength is like a garden and can only thrive when watered."

Capricorn

Use the start of the new year for some TLC, Capricorn. (Self-care day ideas, anyone?)

"Use the full moon as a chance to find stillness and unburden yourself, especially mentally and emotionally," Price says. "You need rest, and you need to recharge. You feel best when you are planted like a tree, Capricorn. You know this, but it may not have stopped you from taking on too much lately."

Aquarius

Expect some growth at the start of the new year, Aquarius. 

"The full moon may make you feel giddy, excited, optimistic and hopeful. This is because it encourages you to expand," Price says. "The universe sees you for who you are and knows you are trying to improve things through hard work. The full moon will reward you for this by amplifying that expansion."

Pisces

You might feel at a crossroads, Pisces, but instead of resorting to the negative, use this as an opportunity to change the way in which you think. 

"Fight this response, and challenge yourself to take a new approach: contemplation. This will allow you to re-prioritize your emotions and worries and find that even in the darkest places, there is always some light to be experienced," Price says. "

Although there's a lot underway during this particular January astrology event, we're always looking ahead and curious to see what's next. You can expect the pace to pick up after this lunation. 

"By affording yourself some time to slow down over this full moon, you are going to allow yourself to focus on home and family, as well as take the time to get real with your emotions and give yourself a little bit of self-care," Price says. "A day or two after it ends, you should feel much more revitalized and raring to go."

Ready to tackle all that the new year has planned for you? Make sure to also check out your 2023 love horoscope and 2023 money and career horoscope.

Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.  


Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 


When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)