About Our New Moon Actions
In many time-honored cultures, the New Moon symbolizes potential and embodies a portal for a new vision. The moon’s 28-day cycle from New Moon to Full Moon mirrors the powerful feminine energy, epitomizing the process of creation to manifestation. Working in consort with these cycles is a powerful way to realize our dreams. From this space, on a monthly basis, Pachamama Alliance offers practices and actions to realign with our values for a thriving, just, and sustainable world for all.
A Powerful Astrological Time
The New Moon is a time of new beginnings and an optimal time to plant seeds of growth and change in our lives. This month, the New Moon is on the 12th and will occur between two supermoons—full moons that occur when the moon is at its closest point to the Earth in its orbit, making it look larger and brighter than usual. Considering the unusual proximity of the moon to the Earth throughout this period, this New Moon will exert an extraordinary pull on our hearts.
Due to these forces, it can be beneficial to establish a clear vision for setting goals and intentions for the future and hold onto it tightly during the New Moon. The moon will be moving into Virgo at the time of the New Moon. This combination ensures a time of powerful inner healing and transformation.
Here are some tips for harnessing the power of the September New Moon:
- Find others who share your goals and interests, as they can strengthen your resolve and keep you on track for your achievements during the coming month, as well as providing a mirror for your own reflections.
- Seek the truth, the simplest story. You will find that you can move forward successfully when you let go of complications and over-thinking.
- Practice self-love and forgiveness. Make a definitive effort to transcend any old, habitual thought patterns that have caused you pain in the past.
- Try meditation or journaling in order to mindfully focus on your heart center and discover your true priorities at this time in your life. Then connect with the power of the New Moon and new beginnings to set clear, defined, and transformative goals.
A September Filled with Exciting Celestial Events
Another way to take advantage of the healing and transformational energy of this month’s New Moon is to spend some time connecting with the cosmos to gain perspective on your role at this moment here on Earth, and connect with something larger than yourself. There are so many celestial events to connect with this month, you should have a chance to experience at least one.
The last quarter moon will sweep past Aldebaran, the orange glowing eye of the constellation, Taurus the Bull.
View the return of Venus and Jupiter to our sky. After their spectacular conjunction in late June/early July, Venus and Jupiter disappeared below the horizon and have not been visible to us for the past month or more. In September, both planets will reappear, visible in the morning sky instead of the evening sky. Looking ahead: Venus will increase in brightness throughout September and October, and on October 26 it will converge with Jupiter and Mars, forming a planetary trio.
New Moon. This New Moon falling between two supermoons (full moons on August 29 and September 27) will be an especially powerful time for setting goals and intentions for the future.
The September Equinox marks the beginning of Fall for the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of Spring for the Southern Hemisphere. The upcoming Equinox will occur on September 23, 2015. On this date, day and night will be exactly equal in length. Both hemispheres will be receiving the sun’s light equally on the Equinox. Also on this date, the sun will rise due east and set due west, so it’s a good time to find due east and due west from your home or another favorite star gazing location.
There are a number of cosmic occurrences on these dates:
- This will be a full moon that is also a supermoon.
- It’s the moon’s closest encounter with the Earth for all of 2015 (the next time it will be this close will be in November 2016). This will bring larger than usual tides to all regions of the Earth.
- Northern Hemisphere: Harvest Moon; Southern Hemisphere: Sugar Moon
- Total eclipse of the moon, visible on the night of September 27-28 from the Americas, the Atlantic, Greenland, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The eclipse will last for 3 hours and 20 minutes from beginning to end. The Moon will be totally eclipsed for about 1 hour and 12 minutes.
- This eclipse is the fourth and last in a tetrad, or grouping of four consecutive total lunar eclipses in 2014-2015.
- It is also called a Blood Moon, a term referring to the red glow that occurs when the Earth casts its shadow upon the moon during an eclipse.
Photo Credit: Shawn Harquali