The Moon is now waxing (increasing in light) and 0% to 25% illuminated. This phase
lasts about 3.5 days following New Moon; it will be about 14.75 days until Full Moon
(from the beginning of this phase). This is the first in the 8 phases of the Lunar
month. The New Moon phase begins with the day of New Moon itself, when the Sun/Moon
angle is zero degrees. It continues until the Sun/Moon angle reaches 45 degrees (when
the Crescent Moon Phase will begin). This is the first half of the New Moon Quarter.
During this phase the Moon goes from not visible at all, to a thin sliver of a crescent
shape in the early evening western sky. The New Moon rises and sets with the Sun.
The name New Moon is used in both astrology/magick and astronomy.
HOW IT EFFECTS YOUR LIFE
This is the very beginning of the brand new lunar cycle, and that is the feeling
it brings. Now is when we turn our attention to what is fresh and new, there is a
feeling of excitement and apprehension. We are looking at a blank canvas, immersed
in the possibilities of what may fill it. This is the time for vision, passion, and
action. New ideas abound, inner desires surface, the vision is vivid, yet not quite
defined. There is a bit of hesitation, as instinct warns that once the first step
is made, the direction of the path is set. Yet the enthusiasm of the universe overcomes
this hesitation, and we not only take the first step, but dive right in - impulsively,
New Moon is the phase of new beginnings. You may not be aware you are beginning anything
at all, in fact this is often a time with little conscious awareness of direction.
This is a time of emotion, desire, and spontaneity. We are forming goals and intentions,
not cohesive plans and rational ideas. We are in tune with ourselves, what we want
and what we need; this self-knowledge is not filtered and subdued by the ' rational'
facts - if, where, and how it fits into our plans. This is the phase of the visionary,
we have a vision of where we are going, and a keen insight toward what is within.
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THIS PHASE
Remember, all is new, the possibilities are endless. Ask yourself: "What do I want?"
"What do I need?" "Where do I want to go?" Don't ask the hows and whys; shoulds and
shouldn'ts. Not right now. This is a time to form your goal, your intent, and your
vision. These things often happen spontaneously, on an almost subconscious level.
Focus on it, and form a clear picture, develop awareness. Have a vision, a goal that
is emotionally satisfying, and answers what your inner self is telling you.
We will form our intentions and act on them, whether deliberate or unknowingly. That's
what this phase is about. It's not about the plans and details that go with goals.
It has been said that a dream is a goal without a plan. Then this is the time to
see, develop, and nurture the dream - as it must come before the plan. We need trust
and faith in ourselves, and our ability to manifest this dream. As the Lunar Cycle
progresses, we will develop the plans, work out the details, acquire the resources,
gather the information - adapting and evolving the vision we now hold as it becomes
necessary. But first, the intention needs to be clear - you decide where you want
to go, before looking at a map and planning the route or else the coarse of least
resistance is liable to take you where you don't want to be.
IN DAILY LIFE
There is a very common theme in everything relating to the New Moon Phase, which
is very simply new. It's the beginning of the Lunar Cycle, the beginning of new goals
and dreams, the beginning of a new level of self awareness. This is also the time
for any other sort of new beginning. Start new projects, make positive changes, form
new routines, get a new perspective on an old problem, or commit to a new and better
attitude. This is a fresh start. Begin a new step or phase of a long-term project.
Start reading a new book. Meet new people. Try a new recipe.
The cycle of life follows the Lunar Cycle. During this phase, she is not building
and increasing, she is beginning. Although this is an appropriate and quite productive
time for continued growth and building on what you've previously began, that's not
the very most productive use of the energy. Following the Moon, mirroring her actions
with your own you fall in perfect rhythm with the natural flow. And the natural energy
flow right now is taking what did not visibly exist and growing it into full, bright,
beautiful manifestation. The Moon is, or course, never gone or non-existent. Lunar
power and energy is extremely strong on the day of New Moon. But it is power of darkness,
what is unseen, what is before and between manifestations. By the end of this phase
we can catch a brilliant shimmering glimpse of what is beginning to manifest into
the visible world. This is the time to begin putting into action what has existed
in your thoughts, ideas, emotions or soul that has not yet began to manifest into
the visible world.
IN THE LONG RUN
Are you looking for the perfect time to launch an important project or event? Although
any phase during the waxing portion of the lunar cycle is good for beginning things,
the New Moon Phase adds it's own energy and force. With the entire cycle ahead, this
phase is full of promise, enthusiasm and room for growth. This may be the perfect
time for beginning things that need a lot of momentum, and have a long way to go.
Things that are began during the New Moon have a tendency to perpetually evolve,
sometimes lacking clear planning or structure. There is a vivid and inspirational
quality, often attracting attention. This is a good time for endeavors of a creative,
or spiritual nature, where perpetual und unforeseen evolution is a benefit. It's
also a good time for things you want publicity, or public attention.
It is also well-suited (in fact often better suited) for taking the next big step
in an ongoing project. The lunar cycle is short, and most important undertakings
span several cycles. The New Moon Phase is the beginning of the next cycle the end
of the last cycle. It is something brand new, yet just another step in an ongoing
spiral. When you find yourself at that point, of beginning something new that is
a new beginning within an existing cycle, the New Moon phase May be the perfect time.