à la Linda
The Moon is the
emotional, ever-changing feminine symbol of the zodiac, going through her
phases each month to mark our days. Sun Signs author Linda Goodman,
a volatile woman herself, believed a New Moon would make its presence known.
The Sun moves only
one zodiac sign each month, while the Moon makes a full circuit of all 12
signs in the same amount of time. Each monthly Moon cycle begins when the
Moon reaches the same degree in space as the Sun. During that conjunction,
we Earthlings cant see the Suns light reflecting from the lunar
surface, and so there is no visible Moon. This is the lunation, our New Moon.
The days surrounding
each monthly lunation are traditionally a time for new beginnings, a
seed-planting time in the cycle of the Moon - a cycle that reaches
a swift, symbolic harvest a couple of weeks later when the Moon is halfway
around the sky and full. In astrological symbolism, the conjunction of Father
Sun and Mother Moon at the time of the New Moon poetically suggests conception,
the early, invisible creation process that grows to fruition with the proper
The seeds planted
in tune with the New Moon influence will, of course, need to mature in their
own time, and results wont necessarily show at the very next Full Moon!
But if you want your hair to grow long quickly, Linda recommended the traditional
wisdom that you get a trim at the time of a New Moon. If you would rather
have it grow more slowly, get it cut under when the Moon is full.
A New Moon affects
everyone pretty much the same way, except that Moon-ruled Cancer natives
are affected more deeply at every New and Full Moon than any other sign,
Linda wrote in an astrological calendar she published for 1990. The influence
of each New Moon can be felt for two to three days before the exact lunation
and for two to three days afterward, she wrote. The kind of influence each
lunation will have depends upon the sign it occurs in, which each month will
be the same sign as the one the Sun is in.
of this New Cycle of the Zodiac
In April, when
the Aries Sun marks a new beginning and a new astrological year, its
a good time to make note of the timing and character of the lunations of
the next 12 months - and ponder how best to tune in with their energy. The
time of each exact lunation is in Universal Time, which is Greenwich Mean
Time expressed in the 24-hour clock format. The interpretations are
of each New Moon.
April 1, 2003, at 19:19 UT
Aries New Moon is a favorable period for tossing away no longer useful situations
and initiating new beginnings, a time for strong positive action and speech
(I said strong and positive, not impulsive!) - for improving the appearance
of face and body, wishing on stars and aggressively pursuing goals and ideals.
May 1, 2003, at 12:15 UT
Taurus New Moon is a favorable period for making plans to purchase real estate,
improving the home, becoming involved in musical projects, spending time
in the country and working on the removal of stubbornness from the personality,
in other words, attempting to become more flexible. Its also a period
when patience will have successful results.
May 31, 2003, at 4:20 UT
Gemini New Moon is a favorable time for initiating or completing writing
projects, hiring agents or representatives, considering the signing of
agreements, making plans for short trips, purchasing a car and talking socially
with friends, neighbors and siblings. A Gemini New Moon also brings with
it a warning to avoid arguments about lying or deception and
to be on guard against fast talkers who misrepresent matters.
A good time for salesmanship of all kinds.
June 29, 2003, at 18:39
A Cancer New Moon is a favorable time for planning travel, contacting parents
or children, adopting or planning a baby, making plans for establishing savings
accounts, dining out with family or friends, solidifying cash assets and
making repairs to the residence.
July 29, 2003, at 6:53 UT
Leo New Moon is a favorable period for generous giving of gifts, time or
money to those in need, for contacting someone deeply loved or initiating
a warm and loving relationship with one of the opposite sex, reaching out
toward a new or an old love, becoming involved in television, film or the
theatre and dealing with children or young people.
August 27, 2003, at 17:26 UT
Virgo New Moon is a favorable period for adopting pets, all activities connected
with hospitals, healing and nursing, for hiring employees and purchasing
new clothing - an excellent time to analyze various aspects of your life
with a critical eye for improvement - but stifle any urges to be super-critical
of others. Live and let live. Respect habits and behavior different from
your own and remember that the recognition and tolerance of imperfection
is perfection. This is not always, but frequently, a favorable time
to apply for salaried employment.
September 26, 2003, at 3:09
A New Moon in Libra is a favorable period for reconciling differences between
two people, making marriage or business partnership plans and dealing with
the police or the public.
October 25, 2003, at 12:50 UT
effect of a New Moon in Scorpio is mysterious and occasionally profound.
The matters emphasized during this four-to-six-day period of a Scorpio New
Moon will be one or more of the following: religion, drugs or alcohol,
hypnosis, reincarnation, regeneration, situations symbolized by the phoenix
rising from its own ashes, extreme loyalty to or from friends, lovers or
relatives, birth and death affairs, wills, inheritance, money belonging to
the mate or business partner, deep meditation, silence and an urge to draw
within, a temptation to seek revenge, which should be resisted, and a desire
to solve major or minor mysteries, to probe into secrets on either a mundane
earth level or a mystical level. A favorable period for playing Sherlock
November 23, 2003, at 22:59
A Sagittarius New Moon is a favorable time to make plans for higher learning,
overseas travel, contacts with those of foreign birth, legal agreements or
contracts and publishing matters.
December 23, 2003, at 9:43 UT
Capricorn New Moon is a favorable period for dealing with older or more
conventional people, for making stable plans for financial security, handling
government matters and initiating contact with the father or employer.
January 21, 2004, at 21:05
An Aquarian New Moon is a favorable period for shopping for antiques, renewing
old friendships or making new ones, initiating plans for important changes
too long postponed, applying for honors and recognition of ones
achievements (or receiving them), studying scientific subjects and inventing
new and unique ideas and concepts.
February 20, 2004, at 9:18 UT
Pisces New Moon is a favorable period for spiritual meditation, healing
ones own self or others from illness, making plans involving entertainment,
especially singing, dancing or poetry
and making miracles!
Moons of the Next 12 Months
When the Moon is
full, Linda said in the calendar, people who are Sun Sign natives of the
sign where the Full Moon appears will find themselves particularly full of
the type of mental, emotional and physical energy that characterizes their
sign. An Aries will feel very Arian in the four to six days around an Aries
Full Moon. A Pisces will feel very Piscean when the Full Moon is in her sign.
The Full Moons of this turn of the wheel are as follows:
2003, at 19:36 UT in Libra.
2003, at 3:36 UT in Scorpio.
2003, at 11:16 UT in Sagittarius.
2003, at 19:21 UT in Capricorn.
2003, at 4:48 UT in Aquarius.
10, 2003, at 16:36 UT in Pisces.
10, 2003, at 7:27 UT in Aries.
9, 2003, at 1:13 UT in Taurus.
8, 2003, at 20:37 UT in Gemini.
7, 2004, at 15:40 UT in Cancer.
6, 2004, at 8:47 UT in Leo.
2004, at 23:14 UT in Virgo.
Of all the heavenly
bodies considered in astrology, the Moon is the only one whose changes are
obvious, night after night, to our unaided eyesight. Keeping an eye on the
Moons phases, and noticing when she has turned out her light to merge
and recharge within the circle of the Sun, can remind us to try something
new each month, to dream up a new dream and plant some seeds.