The phases of the moon are one of the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and a deeply rich source of thought and interpretation for Astrology. Among the 8 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, and Waning Crescent – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention. This article will look at the current New Moon and suggest a “creative activity” associated with the sign of this New Moon, based on the work of the late astrologer Jan Spiller from her book: New Moon Astrology: The Secret of Astrological Timing to Make All Your Dreams Come True.
New Moon – Let’s Start Something!
The New Moon for April will occur on the 5th of this month at 15 degrees and 17 minutes in the sign of Aries; in my Eastern Standard Time zone it will happen at 4:50 am. It takes 29.5 days from one new moon to the next, spending approximately 2 and ½ days in a sign. Just before the New Moon begins, the last 3 days of the previous moon phase (Waning Crescent) is known as the Balsamic Moon. Those days are ideal for meditating, reflecting, and releasing; all in preparation for the New Moon.
The first 12 to 24 hours after the New Moon begins is an ideal time to initiate energy. We will explore specifically each New Moon in a sign using Jan Spiller’s concepts and suggested actions later in this article to see how best to take advantage of this period of inspiration and inception. New Moon energy is ideal for a first date, trying something you have not done before, going somewhere for the first time, creating with art or words. Each month, if you keep track of the New Moon, you should endeavor to do something new or begin something by aligning with the “newness” of the Moon as energy of “right timing”. You may even go back and look at some of the most recent New Moons and see how those days or that period of time reflected some “newness” for you.
When I look back to March 6th on my google calendar, the previous New Moon, I had a consultation with a web client to go over how to post her first blog using the WordPress site I designed for her. She wanted to know how she could get clients to sign up to her blog. When trying to do something with your phone, you look for an app (“there’s an app for that”). In WordPress, it is a plugin you want to use. For some time, I had been using a particular plugin that was recently updated and, well, made worse. While working with my client, I decided to start looking for a NEW plugin that would perform the service the “new version of the old one” no longer performed as well. The day after the previous New Moon (February 4), and well within New Moon energy, I worked with a brand-new client on the following day (February 5).
New Moon in Aries
The “beginning” energy of the New Moon is amplified every time a New Moon in Aries comes around since Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and known as an initiator. It is the “I am” energy of the Zodiac. This New Moon will occur between the 15th and 16th degree of Aries, making its Sabian symbol, “Brownies (nature spirits) dancing in the summer sun.” Jones says, “This is a symbol of the essentially friendly relationships which exist between man [and woman] as a person and the totally impersonal forces of nature.” (164) The key word is invigoration.
Of all the New Moons, this one is the “charge forth!” version. If there is a risk to take, an adventure to start, a new idea to express, and fearless action to take, then this is the New Moon for that energy. From 4/5 to 4/7 the energy of the New Moon will be its strongest. If you get to read this article ahead of those days, you can think about what you want to start, what leap you want to make, what experience you want to try. You can use the balsamic moon from 4/2 to 4/5 to reflect and meditate on how you most want to take advantage of the New Moon in Aries. As with all things astrological, timing is everything, so it’s important to know the time of the new moon in your time zone. I will be looking to take my leap or start my new endeavor after 4:50 am EST. Even if you do not have a specific new task, this could be considered the “Yes!” New Moon; in other words, be prepared to say “Yes!” on the New Moon and the two days after.
New Moon Wishing (A Tribute to Jan Spiller’s Work)
I enjoy practical uses of astrology, and there are many. Quite a lot of my professional work involves looking at the astrocartography of my clients, a Fancy Nancy term for location, relocation, and travel astrology. It is a very testable form of astrology, so I was immensely pleased when I came across Spiller’s book: New Moon Astrology: The Secret of Astrological Timing to Make All Your Dreams Come True. In it, she details the process for “making wishes”, which is what I like to call a “grabby phrase” to get non-astrology people to peer inside her book. More seriously, it is Law of Attraction intention setting using astrological timing in the high energy just after the New Moon.
Spiller says, “Wishing is really a matter of deciding what we WANT to create and getting clear on our intention.” (2) This technique is an act of conscious responsibility, not a lazy entitlement. There is actual work to do. This work involves knowing the time of the New Moon in your time zone and preparing to act within the first 8 hours AFTER the New Moon has activated. The strength of the New Moon is at its optimum within the first 24 hours after the transition out of the balsamic phase of the Waning Crescent Moon. Once the New Moon is active, you need to get a note card or a piece of paper to write your wishes down. I know we all have a notes option on our cell phones, but handwriting the wishes/intentions is part of the energy ritual.
Spiller recommends making up to 10 wishes, but no more because too many requests will disperse energy; I generally do around 5, sometimes less (3-4) or more (6-7) depending on which New Moon it is and what is going with my life at the time. One constraint that helps the wishing/intention process is making statements in line with the New Moon in the sign of the day you write your wishes/intentions. This month you will want to write Aries “flavored” wishes/intentions.
Wishes/Intentions in Aries
Knowing your chart will actually help you understand which New Moons will be stronger while others may be weaker. I am a Sun sign, Aries, with Chiron, Venus, Mercury, Eris, Vulcan, Saturn, and the North Node also in Aries. This is a powerful New Moon for me. Not only are all those points in Aries, but my Vulcan and Saturn are at 16 degrees and my North Node is at 18 degrees, and the New Moon will take place at 15 degrees, so it will be active and activating very close to these three points. As well Aries rules my 6th House of Service and my day-to-day skills and work, so wishes/intentions directed at this area in my life will align best with the energy of the New Moon.
So, here’s the “nuts and bolts”. Sit down somewhere comfortably, or where you exert energy to work, like the desk you might use at home to work on your monthly bills or the desk at your work. Get your favorite pen and prepare to write your wishes/intentions. The wording is very important and Spiller suggests starting each sentence with, “I want …”. Here’s what she says to wish for when the New Moon is in Aries: new beginnings, self-focus, innocence/authenticity, self-discovery, independence, courage, and disengaging self-absorption (49).
And here are three examples of the types of wishes/intentions I will write about the morning of 4/5 (probably around 8 am or 9 am):
- I want to easily find myself initiating action in regard to connecting with new clients.
- I want to easily find myself behaving in ways that allow the people who meet me to see who I am and respect me.
- I want to be filled with strength and boldness in my approach to writing articles for a public audience.
Once you have them written down put them somewhere you can store them and go back and review them after time has passed. I have a nice wooden box I keep mine in that is in my office. Another good place is a box in your bedroom or a nightstand by your bed. Keep in mind that the quality of the paper, the pen, and the storage location all matter. Being intentional in all aspects of the process matters.
And lastly, consider getting Spiller’s book; this is just a primer article; if you want to find out how deep the well is and how fresh the source, then there is no substitute for reading all 312 pages of her book!
Happy New Moon Wishing!