The phases of the moon are among the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and deeply rich sources of thought and interpretation in Astrology. Among the 9 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, Waning Crescent, and Balsamic – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention.
This article will look at the current New Moon and suggest a “creation 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 Libra New Moon will occur on October 16th at 23 degrees and 53 minutes; in my Eastern Standard Time zone, it will happen at 3:31 pm. 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 period (3 days) of the previous moon phase (Waning Crescent) is known as the Balsamic Moon. That period is 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 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, or creating with art and 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 the energy of “right timing”.
New Moon in Libra
Since Libra is air energy, this New Moon is ideal for analyzing, decision-making, and sharing thoughts. Libra is the “I relate and decide” energy of the Zodiac. Who, or what situation, needs your decisiveness? What kind of relationship work do you need to do for yourself and others?
This New Moon will occur at 23d53m of Libra, making its Sabian symbol 24 Libra, “Chanticleer” (a proud rooster). Jones says, “This is a symbol of the soul’s ultimate self-realization through basic integrity of its own insights or judgments, and of the unchallenged acceptance it is able to gain for its particular role in human affairs.” (The Sabian Symbols, 324). The keyword is FERVOR.
Known as the White Knight’s Moon, Raven Kaldera states, “The Libra New Moon dawns with the youth who is the romantic, idealist White Knight. If anything, he or she is more saturated in ideals than the Aries moon; Libra’s Venus rulership keeps him looking for the perfection in things” (Moon Phase Astrology, 43). During this Moon, we need to do what we know is right and best.
The Numbers of This New Moon
This New Moon will occur on 10/16/2020, so the number for this day is 12, which reduces to a 3. 3 is the number for creativity, artistry, and hard work, so this New Moon encourages us to think about how to express our imagination, solve problems, and show persistent effort to accomplish goals.
The number for the day of this New Moon is 16. In his book Modern Numerology, Morris Goodman does not reduce the days of the month. Instead, he provides an interpretation for each day. The 16th day promotes cleverness, clarity, and intellect. “Because of the power to penetrate walls of ignorance or abstruse problems,” we should use this New Moon to get the truth of matters and do what we know is right (36).
New Moon Wishing (A Tribute to Jan Spiller’s Work)
I enjoy practical uses of astrology, and there are many. 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.
Spiller writes, “Wishing is really a matter of deciding what we WANT to create and getting clear on our intention.” (New Moon Astrology, 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 to 24 hours AFTER the New Moon has activated.
Once the New Moon is active, you need to get a notecard or a piece of paper to write your wishes down or invest in and use a nice leather-bound journal. 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.
Wishes/Intentions in Libra
Knowing your chart will help you understand which New Moons will be stronger while others may be weaker. I have two important points in Libra – my Moon and South Node – in my 12th House of Spirituality. This New Moon will be very near both, but separating from them, when it begins. This would be a good time to break from any relationships that are not healthy (South Node) and seek new healthier relationships with people who share the same spiritual beliefs as myself (12th House).
So, here’s the “nuts and bolts”. Sit down somewhere you can be comfortable, or where you exert energy to work, as the desk you might use at home to work on your monthly bills or the desk at your office. 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 Libra: marriage, negotiation skills, harmony, teamwork, sociability/diplomacy, refinement, and healing co-dependency (New Moon Wishes, 91). And here are three examples of the types of wishes/intentions I will write about the during the day of 10/16:
- I want to reaffirm my commitment to my marriage.
- I want to provide the best guidance possible to my clients.
- I want to find myself easily enjoying my friendships and connecting with new people.
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 leather journal that I use and keep in my office. A good place for a journal, or box, to put wishes in, would be in your bedroom in 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 is important.
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!