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The New Moon in Astrology
A Celestial Milestone
What does it mean & why is it important?

by Rebecca Brents


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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 the bright circle of the Full Moon and then diminish gradually to a tiny sliver of light curving in the opposite direction before the process begins again.

In fact, at the moment of the New Moon, there is no light from the Moon visible in the sky at all. Reflected sunlight from the Moon is completely blocked, and everything at that source is at its darkest point. The New Moon, then, forms at the literal moment of transition from light becoming less and less to the instant when it starts increasing again.

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It happens every month

The Sun takes about a month to travel through one Zodiac sign. In roughly this same amount of time, the Moon travels through all twelve Zodiac signs. It crosses into a new sign about every two and a half days, and forms a New Moon in each Zodiac sign in turn about once every thirty days.

Obviously, the New Moon always forms in the sign that contains the Sun. Occasionally there will be two New Moons in a single sign ... one very near the beginning, and the other very near the end.

Interpreting Astrology is basically a process of deciphering the metaphors -- the "meaning" of the planetary energies regarding their placement in the circle of the Zodiac and their placement in relationship to one another.

The New Moon represents the union of Sun energy with Moon energy -- of outer, personal, extroverted, "masculine" energy with inner, subjective, introverted, "feminine" energy.

Another way to say this is ... it bonds your essential self with your emotional center. It aligns your sense of identity with your inner feelings, your personal ambitions with your heartfelt commitment. This is why astrologers recommend starting new projects and ventures "under the New Moon."

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When you and your heart align

Such efforts have a focus and solidity that can tip the odds for success in your favor. It couples both conscious and unconscious assets together in the effort.

In Astrology, the various planet placements and their meanings at the moment of the New Moon forecast the experiences, interests and themes of the coming 4+ weeks in everyone's life -- influenced, of course, by these same placements in a person's Natal Chart, the map of the sky at the time of birth.

It's like putting a transparency on a picture. You get a more dimensional idea of how current life is affecting your personality. So the placement of the New Moon in the sky and in your Natal Chart (and its impact there) will predict the general issues and directions of life in the month ahead.

The metaphor of the New Moon, this monthly "alliance" of the two most significant celestial bodies, denotes a new alignment of your personal direction and your emotional attention in successive life concerns as the year moves through the creative process from new beginnings and initiations in Aries to the dissolution and release of Pisces ... only to begin again on another level.

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More About the Moon & New Moon

We all know the Earth has a day side and a night side. All the planets do. What you may not realize is that the same is true for Earth's Moon. The Moon orbits the Earth ... meaning it revolves around it, just as the Earth revolves around the Sun.

Those changes in the Earth's position relative to the Sun are what make the days & nights longer and shorter and bring us the different seasons. These depend on where the Earth is relative to the Sun on its annual journey. So that's one kind of celestial motion.

The Earth also spins on its axis ... so that different portions of the Earth are facing the Sun throughout the day. This is what brings us day and night. Sunrise and sunset. At any given moment, it is daytime on approximately half the Earth ... and nighttime on the other side. That's another kind of celestial motion.

So, as I wrote a minute ago, the Moon also orbits the Earth. It takes the Moon 27.3 days for one complete orbit of the Earth ... or one complete trip through the Zodiac, which is how Astrologers measure this. From 0° Aries back to 0° Aries, for instance. But the average time between one New Moon and the next is 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes.

This is because the Moon forms a New Moon in the following Zodiac sign every month. (Well, almost. Occasionally we'll get a New Moon very close to the beginning of a sign ... and another very close to the end of that same sign. But it takes a while to arrange that. It's actually happening again this month ... as I write this. A New Moon on June 21, 2020 at 0° Cancer and another on July 20, 2020 at 28° Cancer.)


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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" ....


Special Moons

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 ....


More 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 ....


Even More 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 Sun & the Moon
The Components of the New Moon

The Luminaries in Astrology * -- The Sun and The Moon -- What are they ... and what's the difference? ---> The Light-givers ---> The Luminaries -- This term refers to The Sun and The Moon in a horoscope -- distinguishing them from the other common elements ... the eight known planets, excluding the Earth. The term luminary suggests The Sun and The Moon are both sources of light, and it's true they are both the brightest objects in the sky and two of the most commanding points of information in a horoscope. But, not to shave the distinction too fine, The Sun is the only one that generates its own light (and heat). The Moon is basically an enormous rock in orbit around ....


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 ) A Solar Eclipse can only happen in conjunction with a New Moon, and not every New Moon has these three bodies in proper alignment ... each at the right "altitude" for this blockage to occur.

* 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, there's still a definite ambivalence -- even among astrologers -- about this peculiar, visually stunning astronomical phenomenon. From a strictly astrological viewpoint, a Solar Eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon occupy the same degree of a Zodiac sign and are positioned in the sky so that the Moon blocks the Sun from view.

* 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. Their reach is also deeper and lasts longer -- 6 months or more -- compared to the 4 - 5 weeks of a New Moon's power and the 2 weeks of a Full Moon's sway.


The New Moon
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From EDA: The New Moon ---> From Everyday Astrology ---> Everyday Astrology September 7, 2021 Moon Energy ---> The Moon exerts a lot of influence on how you respond to life experiences. It represents your automatic feeling side, the inner self that holds the history of past events, that responds without thinking, your "gut reactions." It's that feeling of "first impressions." It doesn't come with words, but in emotions. In fact, you may have trouble describing it to someone except to say, "I just have a feeling," or "Something doesn't feel right here," or "This feels really right. I think we should go ....

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, ....


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