The New Moon
In astronomy, the new moon is the first lunar phase, when the Moon and Sun have the same ecliptic longitude. At this phase, the lunar disk is not visible to the unaided eye, except when silhouetted during a solar eclipse. Daylight outshines the earthlight that dimly illuminates the dark side of the new Moon. The actual phase is usually a very thin crescent because the Moon rarely passes directly in front of the Sun, except in a solar eclipse.[note 1]
The original meaning of the term new moon, which is still sometimes used in non-astronomical contexts, was the first visible crescent of the Moon, after conjunction with the Sun. This crescent Moon is briefly visible when low above the western horizon shortly after sunset and before moonset.
A lunation or synodic month is the average time from one new moon to the next. In the J2000.0 epoch, the average length of a lunation is 29.530588 days (or 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, and 2.8 seconds). However, the length of any one synodic month can vary from 29.26 to 29.80 days due to the perturbing effects of the Sun’s gravity on the Moon’s eccentric orbit. In a lunar calendar, each month corresponds to a lunation. Each lunar cycle can be assigned a unique lunation number to identify it. ( Meeus, Jean (1991). Astronomical Algorithms. Willmann-Bell. ISBN 0-943396-35-2. Jump up “new moon”. Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
So Octobers New Moon is in the sign of Libra. Well, what does that mean? We could all find ourselves seeking a little extra harmony in our relationships during Libra season. Make it your personal mission to compromise, since the Libra new moon could initiate pleasant negotiations or sweet heart-to-hearts. These amicable moonbeams will help keep discussions neutral for all. Libra is the first autumn zodiac sign, marking the start of fall and harvest season. Take stock of what you’ve been working on, and of where you’ve put your energy since the spring. Do you like what’s growing in your metaphorical garden? If not, plant different seeds. Libra energy can tempt us to deflect and shift “blame.” For example, maybe you were hoping for apples and you got squash. Retrace your steps. There’s a good chance it was you who planted those squash seeds. Or maybe you just weren’t on top of what was being planted at all. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Identify where the U-turn happened, deal with it, and then course-correct. If you’ve kept a calendar or journal, review it to see where you’ve been spending your time and energy. Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of art, beauty, and sensuality, which began a six-week retrograde backspin on October 5. The Libra new moon reminds us that taking time to adorn yourself can be pleasurable, even a ritual escape from all the intense, achievement-focused energy of the day. It may seem frivolous when you’re driving kids to practice, cramming for finals, or hammering away at a massive deadline. But this Libra new moon insists that you’re worth the extra time! But are time challenges making you style-strained? Consider creating a “uniform”—a simple, go-to combo—to cut down stress when you face your closet. Like: structured top, jeans, boots…GO! Or: scoop-neck shirt, leggings, flats, colorful bag, DONE. Libra rules the zodiac’s seventh house of committed partnerships. It’s all about balancing between “me” and “we,” and finding terms that work for everyone. The Libra new moon gifts us with diplomacy, so we can truly step in the other person’s shoes to understand his/her needs. During these ever-polarizing political times, we may not be able to do this, especially when the news headlines leave us feeling more upset, enraged and helpless by the hour. How can we move through grief and outrage with grace? That will be the Libra lunar challenge we could all face. The Libra new moon brings a cosmic reboot to the realm of relationships. Even the single-and-loving-it types may feel a sudden urge to merge, or at least to find a little more companionship in their lives. Couples: Lay down your swords and put a stop to the lovers’ quarrels. This new moon helps us to compromise, cooperate and co-create. This may require some outside support like a mediator, coach or couple’s therapist, but finding that middle ground is the name of the game. Are we effectively sending out signals when we want our partners to pay attention to us? Libra, the ultimate love goddess and aesthete, prompts you to beautify something, even if it’s the tiniest touch. Buy flowers for your dining room table and bedroom. Invest in the nicer bottle of wine. Buy that turquoise ring from a street vendor. Paint an accent wall in your home. Arrange an eye-pleasing tablescape on your desk. Pretty takes you far now—and fends off some of the ugliness of Venus retrograde, which can be a time when all the cracks, flaws, grime and grit really starts to show up. When your mind is all over the map, use your body to bring back the balance. Do a few sun salutations or head to a class where you can work it all out on the mat. (http://astrostyle.com/libra-new-moon-2018/, Astro Style)