When is the next new moon? Your 2023 celestial calendar has arrived

Plus, astrologers fill you in on everything you need to know about each lunar phase

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When is the next new moon? Allow us to give you the scoop on what's ahead in 2023. 

Although we're always curious about the next full moon—which hogs the spotlight both literally and figuratively—its crescent counterpart is incredibly important for setting intentions and beginning anew, so don't disregard it!

Now is the time to push the "reset" button and welcome changes. Ahead of the cosmic happening, find your favorite crystals and jot down wellness reminders in a journal (perfect astrology gifts for the zodiac obsessed, by the way). Though the new moon be but little, it is fierce, and you'll want to prepare accordingly!

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When is the next new moon?

  • When: January 21, 2023

The new moon, January 2023's reflective lunation, is the perfect time to get rocking and rolling with your resolutions, especially considering both Mars direct and Mercury direct are making us feel more energetic. But before you put that energy to good use, there are a few things to note first.

"For the first new moon of the year, make sure you release anything which may be holding you back before you plant intentions for the new year," says astrologer Noush (opens in new tab)

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Meet the expert: Noush

A western tropical Astrologer and creative at heart, Noush believes in the combination of Astrology and spiritual energy work to bring us closer to soul alignment and divine love. Learn how to reach your souls purpose during an astrology reading with her (opens in new tab) or go on a self-directed journey of divine manifestation using the 2023 Zodiac Calendars available now! (opens in new tab) 

Overall this particular moon phase is rather easy to work with, and the energy will be all about putting things into action.

"The new moon is rather cool in Aquarius, but the sextile with fiery Jupiter could spark unexpected optimism for the next chapter," says astrologer Liz Simmons (opens in new tab). "You can also utilize this new moon as an opportunity to set the intention to be more socially active, to support a humanitarian cause and to use the tech we have, like social media, to your advantage."

The January full moon, 2023's calming transit perfectly set the stage for what to expect during this new moon.

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Meet the expert: Liz Simmons

Liz Simmons is a freelance writer, astrologer, and tarot reader based in Salem, MA. She views astrology and tarot as another tool in our arsenal to understand the cosmic interplay in our lives. Currently, Liz contributes astrological articles and horoscopes to StyleCaster, POPSUGAR and Astrology.com. She is also the resident astrologer at ASCEND Get Lifted. Check out Liz’s Instagram @the__crone (opens in new tab) and her website, the-crone.com. (opens in new tab) 

What are the new moon dates in 2023?

The 2023 new moon calendar is as follows:

  • January 21, 2023
  • February 20, 2023
  • March 21, 2023
  • April 20, 2023
  • May 19, 2023
  • June 18, 2023
  • July 17, 2023
  • August 16, 2023
  • September 14, 2023
  • October 14, 2023
  • November 13, 2023
  • December 12, 2023

What is a new moon?

In astrological terms, the new moon is a time for planting the seeds of intention, conceiving new ideas and starting new projects, according to astrologer Narayana Montúfar.

In astronomic terms, this is when the moon moves between Earth and the sun, and the side of the moon facing us does not receive direct sunlight.

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Meet the expert: Narayana Montúfar

Narayana Montúfar is an astrologer and an expert in the astrological studies of the Moon and the author of Moon Signs: Unlock Your Inner Luminary Power. (opens in new tab) She was one of Medium.com’s Authority Magazine 2020’s Strong Female Leaders (opens in new tab) and one of Vogue’s 13 Astrologers to Follow in 2021. (opens in new tab)

What is the new moon spiritual meaning?

New moons offer the opportunity to restart, regardless of the area of your life that needs a little sprucing up—relationships, career, home and so on. What's more is that this lunation also offers the perfect time for deep reflection.

"There's a calmness that comes with this lunar event that we don't usually see, making it an excellent time to meditate and reconnect with yourself," astrologer Renée Watt (opens in new tab) says. 

Mee the expert: Renée Watt

Astrologer Renée Watt has offered her expertise for a variety of publications, including CosmoInStyle, Girlboss and more. She hosts a weekly podcast called "The Glitter Cast" and is a cohost of the occult livestream  “Betwixt The Shadows.”

What are some new moon rituals?

According to Nebula's astrologer Patrick Price (opens in new tab), we should all be cleansing during the new moon.

"The most important time of the month is the new moon because it’s the start of the new cycle and [you need to] create a warm, neutral energy," he says. 

All you need is a fresh lemon from the grocery store. Cut it into pieces and place it in each corner of the room where you're planning on spending a good chunk of time. Though it seems a bit gross, let the negativity get soaked up in the fruit instead of your day-to-day. (Yes, you'll be able to see the results.) 

"It’s worth the effects of sucking all negative energy out of that space and collecting it inside the lemon," Price says.

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Meet the expert: Patrick Price

Patrick is Nebula: Horoscope and Astrology App’s (opens in new tab) 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. 

Similarly, crystals for protection can function the same way, particularly black tourmaline. 

"It’s the ultimate protection crystal that creates a shield around you and your space by absorbing negative, toxic, harmful or draining energies, and repelling psychic attacks," Anubha Charan, luxury beauty expert and creator of The Beauty Gypsy (opens in new tab) previously told My Imperfect Life. 

Meet the expert: Anubha Charan

Anubha Charan, luxury beauty expert and creator of The Beauty Gypsy (opens in new tab), is a former Marie Claire beauty director and her work has appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan.

Ready for the new moon now? You have all your bases covered! 

If you're curious what's ahead, have a look at your 2023 horoscope and uncover the luckiest zodiac sign of 2023 and the luckiest star sign in love in 2023

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!)