New Moon and Solar Eclipse
(Sunday, July 11, 2010)
By Kate Braun / The Rag Blog / July 5, 2010
[I have been researching, gathering data, putting the data in some sense of order, and pondering the moon’s affect on Planet Earth and its inhabitants for some time. The result is a collection of lore, facts, suggestions, and recommendations that come to you under the title “Moon Musings.” I trust you will find these messages interesting and informative. If you have any moon lore you would like to share with me, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
A new moon is a time of beginnings, making plans, and setting forces in motion with the goal of achieving your purpose by the next new moon. Eclipses, whether solar or lunar, represent a perfect union of sun and moon (also masculine and feminine energies).
We can also see balance in the combination of day (Sunday, the Sun’s day, much masculine fire and action) and astrological sign (Cancer, a water sign, with feminine characteristics of nurturing and caring). It is good to think of each new moon as a time to start making things happen!
Focus your attention on security, affection, family, and children, positive growth in all aspects of the word “growth.” Part of this focus is recognizing the things in our lives that are no longer needed or useful. This can be as simple as cleaning out a closet or as complicated as deciding to change patterns of behavior.
Since this moon phase acts as a doorway between our past and future, it can be helpful to ritualize the clearing out and the bringing in. Invite close friends to help you celebrate; you do not need to emulate the Cherokee women who dance from the first sighting of the New Moon until it sets to have a magickal time.
New Moons always rise at sunrise, so anytime during the day is good for action. Just be sure to finish your activities by sunset. Start with what you choose to eliminate; finish with what you want to bring in.
Some examples of what you might choose to release: unhealthy eating and drinking patterns, putting off until tomorrow what you could have done today, buying new before using up the old. Some examples of what you might choose to start: an exercise program, enrolling in a class or seminar, reorganizing kitchen drawers and cabinets.
If you are a recent parent, consider holding your newborn child up to the light of the new moon as you give thanks for the new life you are now blessed with. Lore says this is a ritual that brings luck and long life to the child. Other Lore says it is considered lucky to move into a new home during a New Moon as prosperity will increase as the moon waxes. This does not mean complete the move in one day; New Moon energy may be utilized for 3½ days after the first appearance of the New Moon.
Edgar Cayce said “Mind is the builder.” This is another way to say that things begin with ideas. Each New Moon brings you the opportunity to turn an idea into an action. Your ideas can make a powerful impact on your life, if you choose to let them.