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 May will occur on the 4th of this month at 10 degrees and 14 minutes in the sign of Taurus; in my Eastern Standard Time zone, it will happen at 6:45 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, 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 the 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 April 5th on my Google calendar, the previous New Moon, I had another technological ending and beginning. On the 4th I was cleaning up some files on my website using a file transfer protocol (FTP) program. I spotted a hypertext preprocessor (PHP) file associated with the Wordfence plugin that I had deactivated and thought had been fully removed from my site (the same plugin I wrote about in the New Moon article for Aries). I deleted it … and broke my website. Long story short, I had to call tech support and get the old site restored, but it was apparent after the conversation with tech support and the restore that I actually needed to update and rebuild my site, which is what I ended up doing on April 5th and 6th. Out with the old and in with the new!
New Moon in Taurus
Since Taurus is earth energy, and really, the sign of the EARTH, planting a seed or starting to build something are ideal metaphors and actual actions of this New Moon phase. Taurus is the “I need” energy of the Zodiac. What is something you need to start to “take care of your needs”. This New Moon will occur between the 10th and 11th degree of Taurus, making its Sabian symbol 11 Taurus, “A woman sprinkling flowers.” Jones says, “This is a symbol of the soul’s determination to give a constant and tangible manifestation of its creative powers, and of its eagerness to pour itself into every potentiality of living.” (190) The key word is: care.
From 5/4 to 5/6 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 “plant”, what you want to build, what need you must take care of. You can use the Balsamic Moon from 5/1 to 5/3 to reflect and meditate on how you need to “turn the soil” or “level the ground” for your “new structure”. 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 6:45 pm EST.
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 the 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 Taurus “flavored” wishes/intentions.
Wishes/Intentions in Taurus
Knowing your chart will help you understand which New Moons will be stronger while others may be weaker. I have a few points in Taurus: Mars, Lilith, my Descendant, and my Part of Fortune. This is a powerful New Moon for me because it will fall within 1 degree of my Mars, which is at 11 degrees and 47 minutes of Taurus. Whatever I intend to start will have a tremendous “push” energy with the help of my Mars and it should be something I “really desire” (again, Mars influence) in my connections with people who can help me in the world (7th 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 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 Taurus: money, sensual pleasure, contentment, perseverance, patience, self-worth, and releasing stubbornness (56).
And here are three examples of the types of wishes/intentions I will write about the evening of 5/4 (probably around 8 pm or 9 pm):
- I want to establish and maintain business practices to keep bringing me prosperity.
- I want to easily find ways to exercise that bring me pleasure and positive results.
- I want to establish myself as a known member of the astrological community who provides readers and clients with a positive and helpful view of the many uses of astrology.
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!