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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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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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.
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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.
* 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.
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.
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 ....
* Put Dark Moon Magic to Work -- For YOU!! ---> A time to restore and strengthen your spirit -- The Dark of the Moon is considered an especially mysterious, fruitful, and flexible time of "molding" the creative experiences that will come forth in the weeks immediately ahead.
* 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 Void-of-Course Moon ---> Don't start anything important!! -- When the Moon is void-of-course in any sign, it marks a pause in Life's rhythm. Moon-void-of-course periods are a time to coast, get some extra rest, take life easy and be gentle with yourself.Don't start or schedule anything important. Just wait for life to regain its rhythm and start moving forward again.
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