This is an unusual New Moon, in what is certainly the most unusual of times. Not only is it the first New Moon of the Western New Year, and only one week away from the awakening energy of Imbolc, it is the New Moon that heralds the Chinese New Year, which will be the Year of the Earth Ox.
But wait! There’s more! Tonight’s New Moon is also bringing the first of no less than six eclipses this year. This solar eclipse (occurring at 2:55am Monday, Eastern time, 11:55pm, Pacific time) will primarily be visible from the Indian Ocean, but as you probably know, visible or not, eclipses are powerful energizers and we will all be feeling this one for a long time.
With a number of auspicious planets also contributing their energy, this might be thought of as the New Moon of radical, visionary change!
Astrologer Simone Butler tells us, “This mid-winter jolt of excitement and hope reflects the Sun’s recent shift from earthy, traditional Capricorn to airy, techno-savvy Aquarius…At a solar eclipse, the feminine, connective power of the Moon trumps the masculine, assertive power of the Sun. Aquarius favors connecting with a higher purpose that benefits the collective, and millions are embracing the timely message, ‘We’re in this together.’”
She notes that with the fresh, new energy that is flooding our country, a literal or symbolic cleansing of our homes may also be in order. Suggestions include all manner ways to disperse any old, stagnant energies. Ring bells, burn sweetgrass or sage, spray magical or essential oil mists in the air, or simply clap your hands to shake up the old, stuck vibes and call in the new.
In addition, astrologer Pythia Peay suggests that it would be smart to give special attention to the Helpful People sector of your home during this time. According to Western Feng Shui, this “gua” can be determined by standing at your front door facing into the house, and finding the near right corner of your house.
The Helpful People you can seek aid from can include the living, or those who dwell in the Other worlds. Simply write down your requests for the specific help you would like to receive, or ask to be shown how best to receive their help. Then, place the written affirmations in a (preferably silver) box in your Helpful People gua.
Other suggestions for working with this powerful energy come from astrologer Starweaver who posts:
Theme: The Reality Playground
There’s a lot of interesting energy at work for this Dark Moon. Sun and Moon are closely conjunct with Jupiter, offering an ebullient boost to everything we learn or sense at this time.
The other planets are all having a lovefest now too, with Mars and Mercury teaming up in Capricorn to support Saturn, and a dreamy and sentimental Venus in Pisces serving as their muse. This all makes it a natural time for reinventing your personal reality in a novel and creative way: the daydreams might actually take root and sprout!
To top it off, this dark moon is also a solar eclipse, visible from the Indian Ocean.
Divination tonight can be grand and fanciful. Shoot for the stars! Ask for a brand new picture of the world and your place in it. Ask for several. Let them bubble around inside for the next two weeks, and see how it feels to see in new and different ways.
Questions for this Moon:
If the gods invited me to help make a new world, what would I suggest?
What is my version of Utopia?
I move to a parallel universe; who is there and what are they up to?
If I could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
May your rituals and Moon Journeys be most deeply blessed!