Lunar Cycles and the New Moon

Written by Sherrie Locke, on 9 Batz, June 2014

This is the first of a four-part series on lunar cycles and how to optimize these cycles.


As I write this article, we have a #NewMoon approaching on Friday, June 27, at 5 degrees Cancer 37 minutes. The new moon occurs at 4:08 AM EST in the United States.

There are some things we can do at this juncture to ensure our progress on this next very powerful lunar phase.

We have three new moons each element or season. There is actually an extra one every year, since we actually have thirteen lunar cycles in one year: 3 x 4 = 12 + 1 = 13.

The first new moon after the shift of an element, as in the one we are about to experience, is the “commencement” of said elemental energy. There is also the influence of the zodiacal sign in which each new moon occurs. For instance, a new moon in Aries may feel more energetic than a new moon in Pisces. That is a sweeping generalization, due to the fact that each may affect a certain person much differently depending on their natal chart. Just presenting an example.

The Root Element

Also occurring in each season is the “root” element, which is also represented by the Aces in the Tarot deck. In this case, the Air of Air, the Fire of Fire, the Water of Water and the Earth of Earth, are Energies that we call the “root of the powers of AIR, FIRE, WATER and EARTH,” which appear at certain intervals and are very significant.

They happen at the Sun/Moon conjunction in the sign that is also the element of that season. The Air of Air, for example, will occur in an AIR sign in the element of Air, so it will be on the new moon in Gemini, the first air sign of the zodiac. The Fire of Fire will occur after the Summer solstice (in the northern hemisphere) and on the new moon of the first Fire sign, Leo, and so on, north or south of the equator. You can take this and expand as far as you like, all the way to planetary and elemental days and hours.

The New Moon

Each new moon occurs when the sun and moon are conjunct (close in the same sign).

This upcoming new moon in Cancer (in Western tropical house astrology), we are sure to have emotions (Cancer) rise to the surface for review and clearing. The more you can clear prior to the new moon, the less amplification (drama) you will need for clarity and clearing, or to get the point, so to speak. The waning moon, (where we are at the time I write this post) end of the lunar cycle is super productive for letting go, so use this time before the new moon to let go and clear as much as possible in preparation for the next step forward.

To effect change that is upon us, we can go with the flow or swim against the current (which is exhausting), your choice. It is not for one to float aimlessly down the river, but to set a goal and trajectory and ride both the calm and the rapids with the skill of a kayaker aiming for the outcome rather than the individual challenges. Be prepared for challenges, but steer around the boulders and through the passage as quickly and easily as possible. Like shooting the rapids, know where you want or intend to end up at the end of this run.

For those of you in the northern hemisphere, don’t get agitated (Fire element), and for you folks in the southern hemisphere, don’t let the weight (Earth) of the tasks hold you down. We have a three-month cycle that is about to begin in earnest, so do your best.

The new moon does not appear in the sky until about three days into the lunar phase. In indigenous traditions, commencement also relates to visibility.

The last three days of the lunar phase, the shift to new moon and a day or so in, is considered to be the dark of the moon. A time of being still (hopefully after letting go of what no longer serves you). It’s like General MacArthur or Ghengis Khan the night before implementing “the plan,” which I might add has been reviewed, reconsidered and is ready to rock, on the first moonrise.

In closing, I urge you to recapitulate and let go of what no longer serves your highest good and the highest good of all concerned. When you free yourself of fear and self-condemnation and let go of drama (yours or others), you are then free to move forward with correct action toward your goals and dreams. You have room in your life to “receive” what you truly desire. I am most certain you do not desire more drama and setbacks.

Re-adjust, let go.

Re-align, aim high.

Go forth on this new moon and bring your dreams into manifestation!
Remember… “Always Forward”…

~ SL 2014


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