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By Allie Kesler

The Orb of Dynamic Balance

I wanted to share a little about the new moon and my philosophy around this phase of la luna. In popular astrology it’s become known as a time of setting new intentions and a time of renewal as it moves into it’s darkest phase and toward growth in reflected light.

I see astrology just a little differently than typical—in seasonal progressions—which I believe provides helpful perspective to navigate this nebulous system filled with optics and dimensions.

When we think about the new moon on its own, it’s darkness feels equivalent to a time of rebirth, of receiving a fresh slate to make new intentions upon. And while this is true in many ways, there’s much more complexity to it.

If you step back to look at other cyclical patterns of darkness, you can see that there are many layers to unravel.

Each season and progression wants to reach for its polar opposite in some way. For example, the earth is constantly shifting its overheated areas to coolness, and vice versa, through seasons. We can apply this natural way of constantly creating dynamic balance to astrology.

At Winter Solstice we reach the longest night with the sun in its own pattern of sitting in its darkest pit, reborn as light begins to grow after that point—similar to a new moon. But if you think about winter (when we make our New Year resolutions at January 1) this doesn’t feel like a rebirth moment, as in growing vitality. It feels testing. It holds the season of Capricorn in its darkest, earliest stages when the sun’s opposition is summer solstice, indicating the greatest and steepest vertical line it needs to tow. It calls for integrity to stay on that long, steep path. It calls for slow and plodding planning, caution, and aspirational goals. It brings the greatest tests to our authority and sense of responsibility. It is a solidifying or eroding pressure.

If we think about the progression of our 24-hour day, the darkest point, when our own piece of the earth has fully turned from the sun and begins its trek back toward the sun, is around midnight to 1am. It’s technically a new day, but it feels far from new energy and a blank slate. I’d say being its opposite, we may begin to think about what we need to do in order to to reach the next midday point. Less steep than yearly goals, but the line for intention and integrity still comes into play.

Playing off of this, I feel, and have watched my and the outer world’s rhythms, that a new moon is a time to push into the pressures of the outer world, to test our authority and stand tall as these pressures will solidify things in us as well as tell us about the new intentions needed. We see the biggest outer world headlines and inner world tests. But it’s also the time that we should begin to detach from life. It’s a time to move toward a sleepier week, following the two days of the dark moon pressure point—shedding bark like the trees in winter do (or a uterine lining), and to rest in order to lighten our load for a new spring, dawn, or 1st quarter moon around the corner.

Between the new and first quarter moon, similar to late winter or pre-dawn, the waning crescent moon phase helps us shed the prior phase like our longest REM dreams do. Our seeds/intentions enter into the softest, dreamiest, manifestation state. Broken down after a long winter, month, or night, our intentions start to feed of what’s been shed and new composition can be found—representative of nearing, but not quite to, the first blades of grass poking through at equinox or the first rays of sun to make it over the horizon line. This timing holds magic and illusion. This is the space of new DNA forming, of dream shedding and blending the last of an old cycle while feeding on the intentions from the darkest hours.

As we wake to a new dawn, 1st quarter moon, or spring, synthesis has taken place if we’ve allowed natural progression to do its job, and clarity for action sets in.

By the time we reach the full moon, of the same new moon sign, six months later, roots are in a deep feeding cycle, finding growth and maturity in our lives.

In Summary:

Winter, midnight, and the new moon = pressure on the integrity of the last cycle, new intentions, detachment, endings, and shedding.

Spring, dawn, and 1st quarter moon = re-brith and clearly seeing how to step into what winter’s endings and seed intentions have synthesized for a fresh start.

Summer, midday, and full moon = nurturing, growing roots, and maturity.

Autumn, sunset, and last quarter moon = having our harvest weighed, measured, valued, and exchanged in the world.

 

Every new moon will fall in the astrological sign of the current solar season. It’s when the sun and moon align in zodiacal degree. Even if the new moon in not in your sun or rising sign, everyone has every sign in their chart. Our charts are broken up into 12 sections, and each section is ruled by one of the 12 signs. One or more areas of your life is always under the rulership of a new moon. Here are some ways that each new moon may place pressure on us, triggering new intentions and a step toward detachment:

Aries New Moon: This new moon wants to test the integrity of our identity, personal assertion, and personal desires. Stand up to tests that come in this area and let the result help you recognize the new aspirations that you need to focus of for this theme (end of March or in April).

Taurus New Moon: This new moon wants to test the integrity of our self-worth, voice, and ability to find material pleasure in life. Stand up to tests that come in this area and let the result help you recognize the new aspirations that you need to focus of for this theme (end of April or in May).

Gemini New Moon: This new moon wants to test the integrity of our ability to communicate, connect, and pollinate our lives with community, words, and ideas. Stand up to tests that come in this area and let the result help you recognize the new aspirations that you need to focus of for this theme (end of May or in June).

Cancer New Moon: This new moon wants to test the integrity of our ability to create security out of insecurity, to grow depth, soulfulness, intuition, nurturing, family, and home: our private foundations. Stand up to tests that come in this area and let the result help you recognize the new aspirations that you need to focus of for this theme (end of June or in July).

Leo New Moon: This new moon wants to test the integrity of our ability to lead, accept the spotlight, command with presence, be warm and generous, as well and enjoy life through our inner child. Stand up to tests that come in this area and let the result help you recognize the new aspirations that you need to focus of for this theme (end of July or in August).

Virgo New Moon: This new moon wants to test the integrity of our ability to give rhythm, systems, and processes to our mundane, our work, lifestyle, and routines, resulting in skill, wholeness, and usefulness. Stand up to tests that come in this area and let the result help you recognize the new aspirations that you need to focus of for this theme (end of August or in September).

Libra New Moon: This new moon wants to test the integrity of our ability to cooperate, compromise, harmonize, and equalize the give and take in our lives. Stand up to tests that come in this area and let the result help you recognize the new aspirations that you need to focus of for this theme (end of September or in October).

Scorpio New Moon: This new moon wants to test the integrity of our ability to share resources, uproot blocks, and empower our lives and the lives around us. Stand up to tests that come in this area and let the result help you recognize the new aspirations that you need to focus of for this theme (end of October or in November).

Sagittarius New Moon: This new moon wants to test the integrity of our ability to find visionary aim, push our boundaries, and share perspective in order to broaden our and other’s perspective. Stand up to tests that come in this area and let the result help you recognize the new aspirations that you need to focus of for this theme (end of November or in December).

Capricorn New Moon: This new moon wants to test the integrity of our ability to hold responsibility in the world, focus, build authority, and master integrity in general. Stand up to tests that come in this area and let the result help you recognize the new aspirations that you need to focus of for this theme (end of December or in January).

Aquarius New Moon: This new moon wants to test the integrity of our ability to contribute to the world and groups, be a good and detached friend, collaborate, co-create, and help innovate for humane progress. Stand up to tests that come in this area and let the result help you recognize the new aspirations that you need to focus of for this theme (end of January or in February).

Pisces New Moon: This new moon wants to test the integrity of our ability to recognize our boundaries, fantasies, or illusion, to let go of baggage, surrender into the flow of cosmic and spiritual tides, and transcend for deep healing. Stand up to tests that come in this area and let the result help you recognize the new aspirations that you need to focus of for this theme (end of February or in March).

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