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The New Moon Defined
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by Rebecca Brents


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The New Moon
What's this?

The New Moon occurs in a new Zodiac sign every month. It's the union of the Sun & the Moon in real time. The Sun travels through the succession of signs in a year & changes signs once a month. The speed-demon Moon travels through all the signs every month, spending about 2 1/2 days in each one. Obviously at some point every month the Sun & Moon will be in the same sign.

Somewhere during those magical 2 1/2 days, they will line up exactly -- same sign, same degree, same minute of arc. Then the Moon moves past the Sun & starts running the circle again. It's that instant of alignment -- same sign, same place, same time, etc. -- that defines the arrival of the New Moon. You can learn a lot about the New Moon as a phenomenon in articles on the site.

Here, for example. ---> * The New Moon
And here ---> Basic Stuff about the New Moon
And here ---> Quick Notes on the New Moon

And here's what the New Moon looks like to an Astrologer.


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It depends

Each sign of the Zodiac highlights a segment of the Creative Process. It starts with the dynamic, get-up-&-go ambition of Aries & ends with the summing up, closing down, time-to-rest climate of Pisces. Each sign -- start, finish & each one in between -- brings a set of new interests to work on & new attitudes designed to move that work forward.

The transiting Sun sets your approach to this new agenda. (Think of it as a "required course" you have to take to get your diploma or certificate at the end of the year.) And (naturally!) it can be pretty complicated. It can depend on how you feel about these particular matters. (Sixth House issues drive me berserk, for example!!)

It can depend on how compatible the "required attitudes" are with those of your natural self (your Natal Sun Sign.) It can depend on aspects that form with other natal planets. (Do you have natural help for this curriculum, or does it cause trouble?)

It can depend on the position & state of the other transiting planets. (Is life in the outer world on board with what's happening now ... or are there problems you'll have to solve / social or political matters that will get in the way?)

The transiting Moon brings your history, personal experiences, background & emotions into the mix. Since the Sun & the Moon -- whether in your horoscope or in the present-day sky -- are the two most significant celestial citizens in Astrology, the New Moon -- which unites the two in a common cause with a common focus -- doubles down on the experiences you need to take from the next four weeks.


Like a game

This is why the New Moon is such a big deal in Astrology -- especially in what amounts to forecasting the "road ahead & immediate weather conditions." In one tightly wrapped package, it includes "what you're working on now," the prevailing attitudes, whether or not this interests you, how you feel about it, how well equipped you are to deal with it, & what's happening in real time that may or may not help.

It's like one of those role-playing games where you're handed a new character to learn & portray, a back-story, a quest to accomplish or a task to perform, a set of familiar friends & frenemies (you've known your whole life), a set of possible allies & possible / likely opponents you'll have to meet, work with, work around (whatever!!) ... & a ticking clock.

Sometimes I look at the charts & think, "Just shoot me now. Get it over with." Other times I manage to tell myself, "This is why you learned Astrology. To be a tour-guide for yourself & a tour-guide for others." Because you can either flounder around in the dark, without a clue about what's happening or why.

Or you can know what you're working with, know what's coming up, judge the job you're doing & figure out what you need to do to improve ... or know you can relax, enjoy the scenery, coast, order in snacks, fire up some music ... 'cause you've got the world by the tail -- for the moment.

(Yes, occasionally this happens. But you've usually got enough problems erupting in some corner to keep you busy, on your toes, & mopping up. Life is never just a spectator sport for anyone.)


A new game every month

That's the New Moon. A new game every month. Exciting. Challenging. Hair-raising. Guaranteed. And the story's the same for any other aspect that puts energy in motion. No wonder they call life The Heroic Journey. Lord, I can't imagine trying to cope with it blind without a map. But that's the way most people take it. (Sigh.)


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New Moon, Full Moon, Dark Moon

* Black Moon, Dark Moon, New Moon -- Ok, let's get this sorted out ---> Three names, three things ---> You've certainly heard the term New Moon applied to that part of the Moon's cycle when a small sliver of light appears in the western sky at dusk ... and gradually begins filling in over the next two weeks to reach the glorious display of the Full Moon before diminishing down to nothing again. Moon-watchers of all ages -- and maybe you are one -- enjoy this free celestial show every month. If you've hung around much in metaphysical circles, maybe you've come across a couple of other terms that seem somehow hooked up with the New Moon in people's ....

Dark Moon / New Moon ---> Moon phases ---> Moon phases. We all know they exist. Most people ignore them, except for an occasional glance to the sky. Some people know some of the names. New Moon, Crescent Moon, Half Moon, Gibbous Moon, Full Moon. Some fewer of us even know what they mean and how they bring a kind of natural order and regulation to life on Earth. Others are just proud they know as much as they do and can rattle off some of those phases to make it sound like they know a whole lot more than they do. Some cultures, religions and spiritual traditions follow the Moon and her ....

Full Moon / New Moon? Or New Moon / Full Moon? * -- Variations on the rhythms of life ---> Different rhythms ---> It's a subtle difference, I admit, but it's there nevertheless. Life's psychological rhythm has a different sequence, depending on whether the New Moon in a particular sign forms first, followed about two weeks later by the Full Moon in the opposite sign ... or whether the Full Moon forms first, followed then by the New Moon lining up with the Sun in its sign. Knowing where to put your attention and when simply helps you navigate your way through life's currents, eddies and slipstreams more easily. So, this is a situation where "details count" ... and so do ....


Other Special Moons

So what IS a Black Moon? ---> A black moon. Ever hear of it? ---> Sure most people have heard of a "blue moon" ... as in "once in a blue moon." Not so many can give you even one of the several definitions for that, though. They know it means a long time -- except for those who think it means something that never comes along at all. There is such a thing as a Blue Moon, though. The second full moon in a calendar month is commonly called a Blue Moon ... and this happens once every 2 3/4 years. Then I heard about something called a "black moon."

What is a Blood Moon? ---> It's a total Lunar eclipse. That's it. Every once in a while, weathermen on television and other media types get all hyped about something they call a Blood Moon. They act like it's something really rare and mysterious. It's not. Mostly they're capitalizing on the description, because that sounds strange and worrisome. And it does, doesn't it? A Blood Moon occurs during a total lunar eclipse, and it's called that because the phenomenon turns the night's spectacular Full Moon a dark reddish color for a few hours. Once you realize what's happening and why, the term Blood Moon ....

* What is a Blue Moon? ---> One term, three definitions ---> As if to prove something can never just be easy, there are three definitions of a Blue Moon. All describe an unusual type of Full Moon. Once upon a time -- as in "traditionally" -- a Blue Moon was the third Full Moon in a season. Weird, right? I mean, who on earth has time to figure that out. Somebody, apparently. 'Cause that definition lasted a while. So, because I have the internet now and can research this stuff, I've found that the second definition of a Blue Moon -- the one most people use, since it's easy and sensible -- and who can resist ....


More about Special Moons

* What is the Dark of the Moon? -- When the Night's Moon Fades to Black ---> When the night brings no moonlight at all ---> The Dark of the Moon refers to that phase in the Moon's monthly cycle when the Sun and Moon are so closely aligned there is no reflected light from the Sun available to shine from the Moon's surface. The Moon, if you can see it at all -- it's way too close to the Sun, appears black and dead in the sky, and, of course, the nights themselves, with no moonlight at all, are especially dark and still. The Dark Moon lasts about three days, from the time when the crescent of the old moon disappears ....

* So ... What IS the Void-of-Course Moon? -- When life slows to a stop ---> What's this all about? ---> The Moon circles through all twelve signs of the Zodiac about every 28 days, spending about 2 1/2 days in each sign. As it moves through each sign, the Moon forms angles -- called aspects -- with the Sun and planets. These lunar aspects and the changes they mark describe the ebb and flow of moods and attitudes throughout the day. But the time between the last lunar aspect in a sign ... and when the Moon enters the next sign ... is special. Astrologers call this time the void-of-course Moon. These time periods come at the end of every ....


The New Moon
From the Blogs, Ezines
and Elsewhere

From EDA: The New Moon ---> Everyday Astrology December 15, 2020 The New Moon ---> New Moons are special -- from the energy that accompanies them, to their spiritual & symbolic meaning, to its visual appearance. That last is kind of tongue-in-cheek. The New Moon forms when the Moon & Sun align in the sky, in the same degree & minute of arc of the Zodiac.. Or, as astronomers phrase it, when the Sun & Moon have the same ecliptic longitude. (When the Sun, Moon & Earth line up on the Plane of the Ecliptic.) The irony part is that at the moment of the New Moon every month, the night sky is totally ....

From EDA: Transiting Sun Conjunct Moon -- The New Moon -- From Everyday Astrology ---> Everyday Astrology September 30, 2019 Sun Conjunct Moon ---> The New Moon in Libra formed early Saturday afternoon, starting both another Lunar cycle ... and the serious focus on relationships and other people -- the general, underlying theme of the last six Zodiac signs. The first six signs are about individual development while the last six signs deal with how you merge your talents, interests, personality and assets with others. But the New Moon moment is always kind of special despite its frequent appearance, so since we don't have a specific aspect to describe today ....

No Lunar Aspects -- From Everyday Astrology ---> Everyday Astrology September 11, 2019 No Lunar Aspects ---> First things first ---> There are days -- or long periods in a day -- when the Moon is not technically void-of-course, but it sure as heck feels like it!! Your motivation is shot. Your energy levels register near empty. You have a hard time concentrating. Your mind and focus just seem to drift every which way -- except where you'd really like them to stay. Your mood is kind of blah. Not really depressed -- but headed that way. Not real cheery either ... and it could take some work to push it there.


A Moon-related Phenomenon

* What's the Difference Between -- A Solar and a Lunar Eclipse? -- Different Issues ... Different Requests for Your Attention ---> The physics of it ---> A Solar Eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, blocking the sunlight from view for a short time. ( Earth ---> Moon ---> Sun ) A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun blocking sunlight so that it cannot reflect off the surface of the Moon. (Moon Earth Sun )

* Eclipses -- Special Alignments between -- The Sun, The Moon and The Earth -- for those who like their Astrology straight-up and hard core ---> An eclipse -- why it happens ---> In ancient times, eclipses were viewed with fear and wariness -- since they were imperfectly understood. But even today, when we fully understand the cause of eclipses ... and can predict their appearances years in advance ....

* Eclipses: A Celestial Show in Light and Shadow -- The User-Friendly Version ---> A celestial sensation ---> Eclipses have long been viewed with wariness and caution. They are, for certain, visually impressive events. If you ever have the chance to see one, it's worth the effort. But if you missed the latest one, never fear. There will be others! Eclipses also seem to foretell changes and developments far more momentous than those predicted by an ordinary lunation.


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