Wishing all the gentle readers of my web log a Happy New Moon. The conjunction between Sun and Moon will perfect in Leo on Thursday, 28 July at 17:55 UT.
Generally speaking, the Moon signifies birth, growth and decay, which usually expresses itself as variability, change, or even inconsistency. This is expressed in detail through the lunation cycle, commonly known as the phases of the Moon.
The lunation cycle has four phases, whereby the first phase is the conjunction of the Lights, also known as New Moon. This phase lasts until the Moon, who gradually distances herself from the Sun, increasing her visibility at the same time, will perfect a square aspect, known as First Quarter.
From what was said above, we can deduct that every New Moon generally denotes the beginning of a new cycle. At the time of the July New Moon, the Lights will be in Leo, the masculine, diurnal, fixed sign of Fire. The Sun has rulership over this sign, which is characterised by positive power, radiance, and solidity. It brings out the best of the Sun, which is prudence, good judgment, magnificence and honour.
The Moon is not particularly strongly dignified in Leo, but at the time of the conjunction’s perfection, she will be Cazimi (a.k.a. in the Heart of the Sun). This will boost her characteristics of kindness and love of liberty.
We have to add that the Lights are also in a trine with Jupiter, the Greater Benefic. This benevolent aspect brings about optimism, magnanimity, self-confidence, and generosity.
All summed up, we can expect a beneficial New Moon in Leo. When used as an election, maybe for some kind of positive magical working, or for an exciting new project, the exact time of the New Moon should be used as the symbolic beginning.
Should this be the case, we have to remember the 17th Century astrologer William Ramesey, who in his Astrologia Restaurata, called for caution, stating that at the New Moon, one should:
“ … begin nothing but that thou wouldst have hidden and secret”.