The Moon is the fastest moving of all the astrological bodies circling the earth. She makes a complete circle around the Earth every 28 days, and catches up with the Sun every 30 days.

When she catches up with the Sun, we don’t see her (except in the instance of an eclipse). Since she is (roughly) between the Earth and the Sun, she does not reflect the Sun’s light to the Earth.

The New Moon is the darkest phase of the Moon, but it also marks the beginning of the two-week period when the Moon moves away from the Sun and increases in light. This creates favorable conditions for us to increase in our lives, put our plans into motion, plant seeds.

Since ancient times, whether they were astrologically inclined or not, farmers and gardeners have planted crops by the Moon’s cycles. The waxing Moon (increasing from New to Full) is known as a good time to plant above-ground crops such as flowers or vegetables. Because the energy is increasing, the seeds absorb this energy, and grow large and healthy.

If we take this principle and apply it to our lives, the waxing Moon is a period to plant seeds, either by taking action to launch a new idea into reality, begin a new relationship, or just admit to yourself that you want to make a change. The important thing about the New Moon is that it’s a time to take first steps.

The New Moon is a powerful time to make wishes and start new projects. The sign that the Moon is in gives you information on what types of wishes and plans are especially important that month.

2012-2013 New Moons

Date USA
Eastern time
Position
March 22, 2012 10:37 a.m. Aries: new starts, exercise, sports
April 21 3:18 a.m. Taurus: money, priorities, nature, gardening, art
May 20
Solar Eclipse
7:47 p.m. Gemini: letters, written projects, travel, machines
June 19 11:02 a.m. Gemini (again): letters, written projects, travel, machines
July 19 12:24 a.m. Cancer: house and home, family, nurturing, cooking, nesting
August 17 11:54 a.m. Leo: fun, romance, parties, gatherings, creativity, performance, pride
September 15 10:11 p.m. Virgo: work, employees, organizing, scheduling, health
October 15 8:03 a.m. Libra: relationships, art, beauty, contracts
November 13
Solar Eclipse
5:08 p.m. Scorpio: sex, investments, taxes, insurance, wills and legacies
December 13 3:42 a.m. Sagittarius: travel, education, adventure, gambling
January 11, 2013 2:44 p.m. Capricorn: schedules, structures, business, achievement, personal boundaries
February 10 2:20 a.m. Aquarius : friendship, groups, humanitarian goals, innovative ideas, technology
March 11 3:51 p.m. Pisces: spirituality, psychic attunement, art, music

For some help making those wishes and planting those seeds, please take a look at Jan Spiller’s wonderful book, New Moon Astrology.