The phases of the moon are among the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and deeply rich sources of thought and interpretation in Astrology. Among the 9 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, Waning Crescent, and Balsamic – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention.
This article will look at the current New Moon and suggest a “creation activity” associated with the sign of this New Moon, based on the work of the late astrologer Jan Spiller from her book, New Moon Astrology: The Secret of Astrological Timing to Make All Your Dreams Come True.
New Moon – Let’s Start Something!
The Aquarius New Moon will occur on February 11th at 23 degrees and 16 minutes; in my Eastern Standard Time zone it will happen at 2:05 pm.
It takes 29.5 days from one New Moon to the next, spending approximately 2 and ½ days in a sign. Just before the New Moon begins, the last period (3 days) of the previous moon phase (Waning Crescent) is known as the Balsamic Moon. That period is ideal for meditating, reflecting, and releasing; all in preparation for the New Moon.
The first 12 to 24 hours after the New Moon begins is an ideal time to initiate energy. We will explore, specifically, each New Moon in a sign using Jan Spiller’s suggested actions further down in this article to see how best to take advantage of this period of inspiration and inception.
New Moon energy is ideal for a first date, trying something you have not done before, going somewhere for the first time, or creating with art and words. Each month, if you keep track of the New Moon, you should endeavor to do something new or begin something by aligning with the “newness” of the Moon as the energy of “right timing”.
New Moon in Aquarius
Since Aquarius is air energy, this New Moon is ideal for meeting new people, thinking of new hobbies to enjoy, and trying out new technologies. Aquarius is the “I envision” energy of the Zodiac. Who, or what situation, needs you to connect with people in order to achieve a shared goal? What tribe do you need to be part of?
This New Moon will occur at 23d16m of Aquarius, making its Sabian symbol 24 Aquarius, “A man turning his back on his passions and teaching from experience”. Jones says, “This is a symbol of the complete self-obsession which human individuality may exhibit, emphasized here on the side of a sensitiveness to the word and its exactions.” (The Sabian Symbols, 293). The keyword is SERENITY.
Known as the Father’s Son Moon, Raven Kaldera states, “The Father’s Son is the Golden Boy, the Father’s heir, and hope. He has a strong feeling from his first days that he is special, and this impression is furthered by all the attention he gets.” (Moon Phase Astrology, 55). During this Moon, we need to make the proper use of the best of what others see in us.
The Numbers of This New Moon
This New Moon will occur on 02/11/2021, so the number for this day is 9. 9 is the number for compassion, counseling, and completion, so this New Moon encourages us to think about others, what they need, and how we help each other connect and form bonds that are inclusive, not exclusive. In short, seek new relationships by finding common ground and building on it form supportive bonds with your fellow men and women.
The number for the day of this New Moon is 11. In his book Modern Numerology, Morris Goodman does not reduce the days of the month. Instead, he provides an interpretation for each day. The 11th day promotes charisma and inspiration of high ideals. “The number 11 is considered a master-power number.” (34).
New Moon Wishing (A Tribute to Jan Spiller’s Work)
I enjoy practical uses of astrology, and there are many. So, I was immensely pleased when I came across Spiller’s book: New Moon Astrology: The Secret of Astrological Timing to Make All Your Dreams Come True.
Spiller writes, “Wishing is really a matter of deciding what we WANT to create and getting clear on our intention.” (New Moon Astrology, 2) This technique is an act of conscious responsibility, not a lazy entitlement. There is actual work to do. This work involves knowing the time of the New Moon in your time zone and preparing to act within the first 8 to 24 hours AFTER the New Moon has activated.
Once the New Moon is active, you need to get a notecard or a piece of paper to write your wishes down or invest in and use a nice leather-bound journal. I know we all have a notes option on our cell phones, but handwriting the wishes/intentions is part of the energy ritual.
Spiller recommends making up to 10 wishes, but no more because too many requests will disperse energy; I generally do around 5, sometimes less (3-4) or more (6-7) depending on which New Moon it is and what is going with my life at the time. One constraint that helps the wishing/intention process is making statements in line with the New Moon in the sign of the day you write your wishes/intentions.
Wishes/Intentions in Aquarius
Knowing your chart will help you understand which New Moons will be stronger while others may be weaker. I have no points in Aquarius, which rules my 4th House of Family. This New Moon will bring into focus my family, my feelings about how and where I fit in this world, and my beliefs about community, society, and the “world order”.
So, here’s the “nuts and bolts”. Sit down somewhere you can be comfortable, or where you exert energy to work, like the desk you might use at home to work on your monthly bills or the desk at your office. Get your favorite pen and prepare to write your wishes/intentions. The wording is very important, and Spiller suggests starting each sentence with, “I want …”.
Here’s what she says to wish for when the New Moon is in Aquarius: inventive solutions, seeing the future, humanitarian attitudes, revelations, humor, friends, and avoiding excessive detachment (New Moon Wishes, 119). And here are three examples of the types of wishes/intentions I will write about during the day of 2/11:
- I want to easily find myself appreciating my culture.
- I want to grow to meet new people who can become important friends.
- I want to support hope for a better present and future for all of humanity.
Once you have them written down, put them somewhere you can store them and go back and review them after time has passed. I have a nice leather journal that I use and keep in my office. A good place for a journal, or box, to put wishes in, would be in your bedroom on a nightstand by your bed. Keep in mind that the quality of the paper, the pen, and the storage location all matter. Being intentional in all aspects of the process is important.
And lastly, consider getting Spiller’s book; this is just a primer article; if you want to find out how deep the well is and how fresh the source, then there is no substitute for reading all 312 pages of her book!
Happy New Moon Wishing!