The New Moon

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.

2019-2020 New Moons

Date USA
Eastern time
Zodiac sign
Oct 27 2019 11:38 p.m. Scorpio: sex, investments, taxes, insurance, wills and legacies
Nov 26 2019 10:05 a.m. Sagittarius: travel, education, adventure, gambling
Dec 26 2019
Solar Eclipse
12:12 a.m. Capricorn: schedules, structures, business, achievement, personal boundaries
Jan 24 2020 4:41 p.m. Aquarius : friendship, groups, humanitarian goals, innovative ideas, technology
Feb 23 2020 10:31 a.m.  Pisces: spirituality, psychic attunement, art, music
Mar 24 2020 5:28 a.m.  Aries: new starts, exercise, sports
Apr 22 2020 10:25 p.m.  Taurus: money, priorities, nature, gardening, art
May 22 2020 1:38 p.m.  Gemini: letters, written projects, travel, machines
Jun 21 2020
Solar Eclipse
3:12 p.m.  Gemini (again): letters, written projects, travel, machines
Jul 20 2020 1:32 p.m.  Cancer: house and home, family, nurturing, cooking, nesting
Aug 18 2020 10:41 p.m.  Leo: fun, romance, parties, gatherings, creativity, performance, pride
Sep 17 2020 7:00 a.m.  Virgo: work, employees, organizing, scheduling, health
Oct 16 2020 3:30 p.m.  Libra: relationships, art, beauty, contracts

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