Each phase of the lunar cycle is important in astrology, but it’s perhaps the New Moon which many of us look forward to most optimistically.
Traditionally viewed as a time of new beginnings, the New Moon is a time to supercharge goals and aspirations and to set intentions for the month ahead.
Astrologically speaking, a New Moon is a Sun-Moon conjunction; the Moon lies between the earth and the Sun in such a manner that the Sun illuminates the side of the Moon facing away from earth, so that from earth, the Moon appears dark.
Technically, at the very moment of a New Moon, the Moon is not visible at all, although most of us tend to think of a New Moon as being the very first crescent of the Moon which emerges a short while after the true New Moon.
It tends to be a blessing for those who are in love or who are seeking new love, and it’s also very fortunate for people working in the creative industries.
Lunar energies associated with the Libra New Moon are gentle, courteous, and well-balanced, seeking harmony rather than discord, and peace rather than conflict. This New Moon brings us the tools we need to defuse difficult situations or to make a fresh start where we’ve fallen out with someone.
Libra can be the most people-pleasing sign of the zodiac, however, and it’s important not to be insincere during a Libra New Moon.
Starting something new or agreeing to something simply to please others is not the way to go. In order to manifest something successfully during this New Moon, it must be something that you personally sincerely desire.
Libra is a cardinal sign, for all its gentleness, so this New Moon is a very good time for taking positive action or indeed for taking the lead in something.
Because Libra is an air sign, new ideas and inspiration are especially well blessed at this time – but of course, brilliant new ideas are not much use if they’re not followed up with practical action.
This New Moon in Libra is conjunct Mercury retrograde and action planet Mars. This means our minds fly far faster than our other organs can keep up with. Our fingers speed over the keyboard and our tongues trip over the words that we’re trying to get out way too fast. We’re easily excited, particularly about new ideas, which we absorb and analyze at record speed. Jumping to conclusions is the greatest danger with this influence; the mind is stimulated, too impatient to wait for all the details to fall into place. We think independently and resist being told what to do. Creating a plan of personal action is a wonderful way to use this influence effectively. Nervous energy runs high for the few days of this transit and exercise is a necessary outlet -- particularly fast exercise such as running, biking or brisk aerobics or any type of games such as trivial pursuit. This will help divert impatience and avoid any inclinations toward being argumentative with our partner. Focus is intense now; we dive headfirst into projects and emerge hours later, having forgotten everything else.
The Libra New Moon for Each of the Sun Signs
The energy of the Libra New Moon is subtly different for each of the Sun signs, so for each sign there are different ways of making the most of what Libra brings us.
Aries Zodiac Sign (Aries Dates: March 20 – April 19) During the Libra New Moon
The New Moon activates your love zone, Aries, making this potentially a brilliant time for dating or starting a new relationship, or indeed making a fresh start within an existing one.
The energy is very subtle however, so be careful not come across too strong or forthright when you’re meeting someone new. Less is more.
Taurus Zodiac Sign (Taurus Dates: April 20 – May 20) During the Libra New Moon
Get creative with your schedule, Taurus. You can fit much more into your day if you look into time management techniques or try to stop wasting time on pointless stuff.
The energy from this New Moon is quite relaxed and laid back, however, so don’t schedule yourself into the ground. Look for things you don’t have to do, and don’t really want to do, and cut those.
Gemini Zodiac Sign (Gemini Dates: May 21 – June 20) During the Libra New Moon
The New Moon in your fellow air sign Libra appeals to your playful, youthful side. It’s a lovely time for aiming high with your hobbies or for learning a new creative skill or craft.
Try to be careful with money, however, as this New Moon also brings out your shopaholic tendencies – watch your budget!
Cancer Zodiac Sign (Cancer Dates: June 21 – July 21) During the Libra New Moon
You are a homebody at heart, Cancer, and this Libra New Moon is focused on the home, so very much to your liking. It’s the ideal time to clear out your clutter, or to redecorate your home.
There should be good news too if you’re hoping to move, or perhaps very happy news regarding a new addition to the family.
Leo Zodiac Sign (Leo Dates: July 22 – August 22) During the Libra New Moon
Learn something new. Stretch your mind. Go back to school. Teach or mentor others. However you choose to use it, the energy of this New Moon is very intellectual for you, Leo.
Don’t think that whatever you learn must have some purpose to it. There’s nothing wrong with learning simply for pleasure—go for it!
Virgo Zodiac Sign (Virgo Dates: August 23 – September 22) During the Libra New Moon
This New Moon occurs in your money zone, Virgo, and could well bring good financial news. At the very least, it brings you fresh impetus to make the most of your income potential, perhaps by starting a side hustle or asking for a raise.
Have confidence in what you have to offer and expect to receive the good things you deserve.
Libra Zodiac Sign (Libra Dates: September 23 – October 22) During the Libra New Moon
A New Moon in your own sign is the perfect opportunity to reinvent yourself, Libra. Get a makeover or resolve to change the way you approach people. Get some confidence coaching or seek therapy for fears and phobias.
Work on yourself so that you can present your best foot forwards for all that this New Moon has to offer.
Scorpio Zodiac Sign (Scorpio Dates: October 23 – November 21) During the Libra New Moon
The New Moon falls in the most mysterious zone of your chart and is perfect for your love of all things spiritual, mystical and weird. Don’t be afraid to show off your quirky side during this energy.
You’ll love paranormal investigations, psychic games and dream journaling now – make the most of the spiritual energy around you.
Sagittarius Zodiac Sign (Sagittarius Dates: November 22 – December 20) During the Libra New Moon
With the New Moon activating your social zone, there’s no excuse not to get out there and have plenty of fun! New friends and new connections are on the horizon, so make a point of mixing with as many different kinds of people as you can.
Someone new who comes into your life around this time may have a profound influence on you in years to come.
Capricorn Zodiac Sign (Capricorn Dates: December 21 – January 19) During the Libra New Moon
The New Moon falls in your career zone and is perfect for seeking promotion or indeed looking for a new job. You make an excellent impression on those in authority and you could be about to get the recognition you deserve.
Set your sights high during this New Moon. Whatever you believe you can achieve is yours for the taking.
Aquarius Zodiac Sign (Aquarius Dates: January 20 – February 17) During the Libra New Moon
Itchy feet? This New Moon underlines your desire to travel and to see new things in life. If you’re stuck at home, try some mental exploration instead, perhaps via higher education of some kind.
Alternatively, join a club or society where you can debate and explore ethical and moral issues. You’ll be in your element in local politics right now.
Pisces Zodiac Sign (Pisces Dates: February 18 – March 19) During the Libra New Moon
Falling as it does in the most psychologically sensitive area of your chart, this New Moon is good for seeking any kind of therapy or mental health intervention that you may need.
It’s also good for dragging your fears and phobias out in the light so that you can confront them once and for all. Deal with whatever is holding you back.