New Moon 2021: when is the New Moon in March, its connection to Pisces and date of the next one
The Earth's only natural satellite, the Moon, takes on many different appearances in the night sky as it moves through the eight phases of its lunar cycle.
The Moon takes approximately 29.5 days to complete one orbit of the Earth, completing one lunar cycle and starting another with a the phase known as a New Moon.
The date of each month's New Moon changes as our Gregorian calendar varies in length, while each New Moon has a different meaning under a different star sign.
What is a New Moon?
The Moon is the Earth's one and only natural satellite which is only visible due to the Sun's rays bouncing off the Moon's light surface.
The Moon goes through eight different phases during one lunar cycle as it orbits the Earth, which takes just over 27 days to complete.
Though it requires another two days to get to the place it was at the start of the lunar cycle, due to the Earth's orbit of the Sun.
Every month the Moon travels between Earth and the Sun, which means sunlight hits the other side of the Moon not visible from Earth.
“Following the night of each full Moon, as the moon orbits around Earth, we start to see less of the Moon lit by the Sun," says NASA.
“Eventually, the Moon reaches a point in its orbit when we don't see any of the Moon illuminated. At that point, the far side of the Moon is facing the Sun.”
What does a New Moon signify?
A New Moon signifies the start of the Chinese and Jewish calendar months, while the day after a New Moon signifies the start of the Hindu and Islamic calendar months.
Each New Moon has a connection to the signs of the Zodiac - and are a source of guidance for many - with March's New Moon falling under the starsign Pisces.
What is the New Moon in Pisces?
Be prepared to be more aware of your surroundings as the moon in Pisces strikes a chord with your sensitive side, developing a perceptiveness of the people around you.
Feelings of insecurity are common but stand firm and wait to see how things work out before taking a wrong turn. Explore your creative side and benefit from great imagination.
The Pisces moon is also said to have influence over certain organs - including feet and toes - which will become more sensitive during this time, and require extra care.
It is also recommended that surgical operations do not take place during the New Moon, though always consult your doctor.
What are the eight Moon phases?
The moons eight phases can be catagorised in order as a New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter, and Waning Crescent.
Once it completes its New Moon phase, a slither of the moon will be visible from Earth for a few days before it continues on its orbit through the different phases.
When is the New Moon in March?
The New Moon in March will take place at 10.21pm on Saturday 13 March 2021.
From 11.44pm the New Moon will pass through to Aries as it continues its cycle, representing a Waxing Crescent image, as more of the Moon become visible to us on Earth.
The First Quarter will take place on 21 March before the Moon enters the Waxing Gibbous phase, which sees an increasingly fuller Moon face in the lead up to a Full Moon on 28 March.
When is the next New Moon?
After the New Moon in Pisces, the next New Moon takes place in the early hours of Monday 12 April 2021.