If you followed the Moon through the 12 Houses of the zodiac, you may want to follow the 8 Lunar Phases as I blog my way through those over this next 8-phase cycle in the next 30 days. It’s a good time to start this journey–the Moon is just entering the NEW PHASE.
NEW MOON [in LIBRA] lunar phase starts early tomorrow, September 24th, 2014, around 2 AM EASTERN. But this information is applicable to any New Moon in any month as far as learning more about the New Moon itself.
It is time to plant new seeds for the new lunar cycle. There are 8 lunar phases; therefore each phase lasts about 3 to 4 days.
The quality of the seeds of the mind and heart today and tomorrow set up mood for the month….. especially with regard to relating to others [Libra] since this (September 2014) New Moon is in the sign of Libra.
Understanding where we’ve been to know where we’re going
As the New Moon relates to ‘the psychic’ and doing readings, etc., it is good to remember that when there’s a New Moon, our psyche has just exited the Balsamic phase. What does that mean? Well, I just posted about the 12th house Moon transit and so that gives the idea because the 12th house of the zodiac is like the balsamic phase of the Moon. [Familiar territory for me for another reason: my Moon is Balsamic to my Sun in my natal chart, indicating my whole life is like one big ole' 12th house/balsamic phase.] But before I digress further, back to the topic. The New Moon phase follows the Balsamic. In order to understand the New Moon properly, the Balsamic Moon from which it births needs to be understood a bit. The Sun and Moon merge during the balsamic phase and there is an opening to spirit world at that time.
From the Balsamic Phase to the New Phase
The balsamic lunar phase, where the Moon is just exiting, began with a very deep psychic sensitivity where alternate realities make themselves known to the psychic in the process of divination. Ghosts show up in this phase; its like Halloween the veils have been thin. Balsamic is the phase most associated with mediumship.
Communication from loved ones on the other side, spirit guides and angels are more common for everyone during this lunar phase but more so for the psychic. Imagination and visions are at their peak. The archetype here is one of merging with Divine Will, surrender and a willingness to go into the abyss. More than any other time of the month, the psychic in the balsamic phase wants to withdraw from life. Those, like myself, who were born when the Moon is in the Balsamic Phase, as mentioned above, may grapple with these feelings their entire life.
In the balsamic phase there is a search for ultimate meaning and the desire is strong to turn ones back to the physical world. We are more willing, when the Moon is in the balsamic phase, more than at any other time to ask questions like, “What is the nature of reality?”, “What is the nature of the mind?” Or “Where do we go when we die?”
We recognize the illusion of time and physical matter much more easily when the Moon is balsamic. A psychic who is comfortable in this realm already is able to, very lovingly, go so deeply that they enter into “the universes of spirit world” and experience a liberation and freedom as well as wisdom that… well, that helps one keep going through the next lunar cycle starting again with the New Moon.
Now the New Phase — The Dark of the Moon, also known as the New Phase 0 to 45°
This time of the month the doors to the other worlds still are open (see Balsamic Phase above). The Moon is starting to separate from the Sun and the impulse is to bring ‘that’ something divine which the merging of Sun and Moon created into the world. Things are conceived in the dark of the balsamic and new phase.
It is a good time to trust the heart over reason. The psychic work in this phase should be permitted to be instinctual. Dane Rudhyar says, in describing the energy of this phase, that we see an impulse for action, challenging the old with an eagerness to overcome obstacles
The mood may be one of initiation–a desire to initiate something new,give it a try, see how it works. Something was born in the last few days as the moon was balsamic and now the emotional desire is to initiate something new in some way. And we have the clue of Libra since this month’s new Moon occurs here–we have partnerships or other people in some way which will likely be part of a new idea or the emotional birthing… like a baby taking it’s early first steps.
If you would like to read more about the LUNAR PHASES, HERE IS A LINK to the newsletter that I wrote in which I describe each of the Lunar Phases as it applies to doing psychic-type work:
[On a personal note, I've been feeling the intensity of the 12th house very acutely lately. I didn't realize until this moment that not only was the Moon transiting my 12th house but it has been in the balsamic phase which relates acutely with 12th house energy. No wonder I feel a huge emotional shift right now. The Moon moved out of the 12th house and out of the balsamic phase and into the New Moon phase.]