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 “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 September 28th at 5 degrees and 20 minutes; in my Eastern Standard Time zone, it will happen at 2:26 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 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, 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 an air energy, and the sign Venus rules, this New Moon is ideal for starting a new friendship, romantic relationship, or joining a new group. Libra is the “I relate” energy of the Zodiac. What is something you need to initiate with regard to your relationships, to get or keep your life in balance, or to help others in your life who are in need of support?
This New Moon will occur between the 5th and 6th degree of Libra, making its Sabian symbol 6 Libra, “The ideals of a man abundantly crystallized”. Jones says, “This is a symbol of experience as the practical or everyday substantiation of inner insight and conscious understanding.” (The Sabian Symbols, 306). The keyword is PERSONIFICATION. Who do you need to become at this time in your life?
From 9/28 to 9/30 the energy of the New Moon will be at its strongest. If you get to read this article ahead of those days, you can think about who you want to connect with, how your start new relationships (we all have patterns), and who needs your emotional help. You can use the Balsamic Moon from 9/25 to 9/27 to reflect and meditate on all your relationships and assess “where they stand”. 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 address my relationship concerns after 2:26 pm EST.
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. 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.” (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 hours AFTER the New Moon has activated, which is best if you can do them that quickly, but within 24 hours for sure.
The strength of the New Moon is at its strongest 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 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 actually help you understand which New Moons will be stronger while others may be weaker. I have two extremely key points in Libra – my Moon and the South Node – in my 12th House of Spirituality. This New Moon will be exact in the same sign as my Moon and South Node, but the Moon itself will not pass over these points until the following day, still very much within the totality New Moon phase.
So, here’s the “nuts and bolts”. Sit down somewhere you can be comfortable, or where you exert energy to work, like the desk you might use at home to do 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 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 9/28:
- I want to enjoy new experiences that will make wonderful memories with my wife.
- I want to easily understand others and how I can best help them.
- I want to find myself easily working with others towards common goals that bring us all success.
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 just started using last month that is 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!