Today, March 20, is the vernal equinox, which means the length of day and night are now equal—so the dark, sad (and SAD) winter days are over. Another reason to celebrate is the (astrological) new year. Aries season begins today, and the sign of the ram is the first in the zodiac cycle. If you want to partake in the merriment, the time to yell out “Happy New Year!” is 5:58 p.m. ET. Don’t worry, the astro-sophisticated people near you will get it (and there are more of them than ever).
Four hours after you cheers to new beginnings, there’s a “super worm equinox moon.” What’s that? Don’t be alarmed by the “worm” thing. It’s just the traditional nickname for March’s full moon, a time when the ground is warming up and worms are coming back to the surface for spring. The “supermoon” refers to a full moon at what’s known as its perigee, when it’s closest to Earth in its egg-shaped orbit, reports National Geographic.
Translation: The sky will be extra-bright tonight. And according to astrologers, your full-moon fever could be extra-intense, too. (Fun science fact: It’s the first supermoon to occur on the vernal equinox in 19 years, according to astronomy website EarthSky—and it won’t happen again until 2030.)
This full moon happens in Libra, the sign of justice, and will stay in that zodiac zone until Friday—and in the current alignment, we’ll feel the impact most in our relationships.
“Supermoons mean that the full moon is particularly close to the earth, amplifying the moon’s gravitational pull and often exasperating emotions, too,” astrologer Jennifer Racioppi writes in her Well+Good column, Cosmic Health. “Pay close attention to how you feel. This full moon’s impact will likely help you become incredibly clear about the next steps you need to take.”
Racioppi also notes that this full moon happens in Libra, the sign of justice, and will stay in that zodiac zone until Friday—and in the current alignment, we’ll feel the impact most in our relationships. “If there are issues that need to surface, let them,” she says. So embrace your inner Judge Judy and hear your S.O. out.
For more astro advice beyond this week: Here are the Spring Break destinations that are made for your sign and how one writer fared when she used the cosmos to help her find a date.
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