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Quick Notes on the New Moon
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by Serenity Chappell

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New Moon

The Solar / Lunar alignment

* In astrology, the celestial phenomenon known as the New Moon occurs at the exact moment the Sun and the Moon occupy precisely the same point in the sky-map of the Zodiac -- the same degree and minute of arc in a particular sign. This alignment is known as a conjunction.

* In astronomy and physical reality, the New Moon forms when the Moon aligns between the Sun and the Earth so the side facing us reflects no light.

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On a regular schedule

* The New Moon forms every 29.53 days. (It is therefore possible for there to be no New Moon in February. It's rare, but it does happen. Or not happen ... as the case may be.)

* There will, however, be at least one New Moon in every sign of the Zodiac in succession as the year passes. Sometimes there will be two New Moons in a sign -- one very near the beginning and another very near the end.

* Obviously, the New Moon always forms in the sign that contains the Sun. (That's how it happens. The Moon and The Sun in the exact degree and minute of arc in the same sign in the Zodiac -- or the Moon aligned exactly with the Sun in the sky. That's what forms the New Moon whenever it happens.)

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Uniting personal & emotional power

* In Astrology, the metaphor of the New Moon aligns your sense of self and ego with your emotional focus and commitment.

* This personal power is what gives the New Moon in general its reputation for being a great place from which to launch new projects.

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Learn more about the New Moon
Cultural context of the New Moon

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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 activities a lot closer than most people in the U.S. who aren't farmers, fishermen, gardeners, astrologers or public health and safety workers.

Looking at that list makes me think maybe there are quite a few folks hidden from prying eyes who might know more about the Moon than just the fact that it hangs out in the sky. Constantly.

Dark Moon / New Moon

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Basic Stuff About the Moon
and various Moon Topics

Basic Stuff about the New Moon ---> What you see is what you get ---> * The Moon is the Earth's only natural satellite. It orbits the Earth in such a way that the same side of the Moon always faces us -- which has given rise to the notion of there being a "dark side of the moon" when, in reality, there is a far side of the moon which is lit with reflected sunlight when we have a New Moon ... and is deprived of sunlight when we experience a Full Moon. * The Moon gives off no light of its own. What we romantically call "moonlight" is really reflected light from the Sun. Still, the Sun and the Moon are both known in ....

Basic Stuff About the Dark of the Moon -- The Science and Physics of the Phenomenon ---> Closing down ---> * The Dark of the Moon is a well-known & much celebrated part of the Lunar Cycle -- the complete monthly circle of the Moon through its different phases. But the Dark of the Moon isn't an official "moon phase." It's a period of time that straddles part of the Balsamic phase (the final phase) & part of the New Moon phase (the start of a new lunar cycle.) * The Dark of the Moon is the period of about 3 1/2 days surrounding the New Moon (the conjunction of the Moon & the Sun) when the Moon is so close to the Sun it's unable to reflect sunlight back to us from our ....

Basic Stuff About the Full Moon in Astrology ---> At least one Full Moon in every sign ---> * There will be at least one Full Moon in every Zodiac sign -- but not necessarily one every month. Sometimes -- rarely, but sometimes -- February gets skipped. Also sometimes -- rarely, but sometimes -- there will be two Full Moons in a Zodiac sign -- one very near the beginning and the other very near the end. * Full Moons form when the Moon is directly opposite the Sun in the sky. As one rises in the East, the other sets in the West, because at the Full Moon the Sun and Moon are on opposite horizons. (That's what an "opposition" means.

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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 ....

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 ....

The New Moon * -- A Celestial Milestone ---> When The Moon joins The Sun in the sky ---> In astrology, the celestial phenomenon known as the New Moon occurs at the exact moment the Sun and the Moon occupy precisely the same point in the sky-map of the Zodiac -- the same degree and minute of arc in a particular sign. This alignment is known as a conjunction. In astronomy and physical reality, the New Moon forms when the Moon aligns between the Sun and the Earth so the side facing us reflects no light. We often call the New Moon that tiny sliver of light in the night sky that will progress over the next month to create ....

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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 ....

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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 ....

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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.

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The Moon in Astrology -- Articles Index
The New Moon in Astrology -- Articles Index
The Full Moon in Astrology -- Articles Index
The Dark Moon in Astrology -- Articles Index
The Void-of-Course Moon in Astrology -- Articles Index

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