The moon sits in alignment between the Earth and the Sun during the New Moon. The side of the moon that receives the light from the sun faces away from us, and so the moon is not visible to us during this phase of the moon cycle. The new moon marks the beginning of the lunar cycle and so, it is an opportunity to participate in its energetic gift of initiating the new. Ideas and intentions that are set during the new moon will germinate and take root so that they can bloom at the full moon in two week’s time.
The moon is our most visible reminder of the on-going process of giving birth to ourselves.
~ Rhea Wolf
I love the potential, possibilities, and invitation of the New Moon. While the Full Moon is about completion, the new moon is about beginnings. Its energy is like that of a ripe, empty womb calling for a new seed to be planted. This fertile welcoming energy invites us to plant our intention so that the greater life can work with us to manifest. When we seed our environment with our intentions during this time, they develop through the coming days and weeks and culminate at the full moon, and find completion.
The Sun and the Moon are both in the same sign at the time of the New Moon. So it is beneficial to attend to the energy that the astrological sign is expressing to understand how this is reflected in our environment. The tides are at their nadir and peak, so the pull on our emotional bodies can be felt more acutely.
A Fresh Beginning
The New Moon is symbolic of beginnings or a second chance. We can use this time to reflect on what we have been holding and find renewal. During this time we can remember that today, we are new, fresh, full of new ideas and that we dare to bring them life. In the words of Anne of Green Gables, “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”. The New Moon is our tomorrow – with no mistakes.
Holding intention as a way to ground and anchor the very purpose of our being and allow for the universe to act through us, in partnership. An intention is based on trust, and it leaves us open to possibilities larger than our imagination. Here is a simple ritual you can perform to help you ground and remember your intention.
- Smudge your house with sage or cedar or light a candle.
- Meditate. Imagine yourself surrounded by white light. Reflect on what is completed and what is wanting to manifest. Create your intention in your mind.
- Write it down. Make sure that frame your intention positively. State what you want.
- Place your written intention on your altar.
- Walk through your house or apartment and find objects that support your intention. Place them on your altar as a reminder of your intention for the coming days.
Use the New Moon in Virgo to call in the energy of simplicity, to create living conditions and workspaces that are in touch with your personal preferences and inner needs. Virgo is the sign of the Servant and Priestess, which means using our talents and skills to serve others in meaningful ways.
Leo New Moon ~ Leo is the sign of the lion: proud dramatic, and playful. It is ruled by the Sun, and so signifies the radiant energy of life that shines its warmth down on the Earth. The Sun is our will and our fire: it is what we came here to do. Using the energy of this New Moon, we can set intentions to direct our efforts into areas that empower and revitalize rather than drain our energy. If there are activities that create a spirit of enthusiasm within you, the Leo New Moon invites you to participate.
Using the energy of this New Moon we call in the power to take responsibility for our own feelings and to help others feel more comfortable with their own emotional states.
Gemini is the sign of the twins and is inquisitive, social, and flexible by nature. With Gemini, we seek to branch out and discover new ways of perceiving the world. Use the energy of this New Moon to call more curiosity into your life and to see the connections between different ideas, people, or places. Perhaps there are connections to discover within you as well.
The new moon this month occurs in the sign of Taurus this month. Let's use the natural energy and qualities of Taurus to celebrate the moon cycle and manifest. Here are some suggested ideas to align with the energy of Taurus during this new moon:
This month the new moon occurs in the sign of Aries. Experience the energetic flow by focusing on Arian themes as we celebrate this new moon. Aries is active, fiery, and forward moving.