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Why the New Moon is the best time for new starts

March 15, 2018
New Moon, New You

Why the New Moon is the best time for new starts

Keeping on track of goals by checking your progress regularly is a sure way to achieve what you want.  However, I’ve never thought to equate progress tracking with a New Moon.  I recently met Jo Tracey through blogging and met her in real life at a Christmas lunch. Jo is delightful with a gorgeous, open smile and a fun personality.  It wasn’t until I met her though, that I learned she was a psychic plus a travel and fiction writer.

Jo has a very different approach to keeping track of her goals and progress and I asked her to share her method with my readers.  Although, I don’t know much about astrology (except I’m born on the cusp of Leo and Virgo which is a bit of a nightmare for my husband to cope with!) I found Jo’s method fascinating and I’m sure you will too.

You can find out how to connect with Jo at the end of her article.

New Moon, New You

New Moon, New You

A few weeks ago I was reading a post on Sue’s fabulous blog about checking in on goals and why it’s a good idea. I agree with all the points that she made in that post, however instead of checking in on them all at one time; I check in on a different part of my life each month – at the New Moon; the best time of the month for new starts.

Astrology and the houses of the chart

The birth chart is divided up into 12 slices that we call “houses”. If you’re interested, you can get a copy of your birth chart for free – the instructions are in the FAQ section of my website. Don’t worry if you don’t want to go to this effort – you don’t need your actual chart to do this monthly check-in.

Anyways, each of these houses is responsible for a part of life:


1Health, vitality, self-esteem, appearance, style.
2Budgets and finances
3Daily routines, siblings, communication
4Home, family, history
5Creativity, children, pleasure, love affairs.
6Health, exercise, nutrition
8Financial (and estate) planning, debts and investments.
9Travel, spirituality, higher education.
10Career, work
11Friends, hopes, dreams and goals.
12Rest and self-sabotage.


New Moon Wishing

At the New Moon, the Sun and the Moon are joined together at the same degree of the same sign in the zodiac.  With the energy that’s focused on that particular area of life, it’s the ideal time to look at how that part of life makes you feel – and how you’d like to feel about it. If there’s a gap between the two – how you feel and how you want to feel – the New Moon is the time to set some intentions to do something about changing that.

On the surface, this isn’t life-changing stuff. It’s just a few short-term goals that can be achievable in the next four weeks before the next new Moon.  Over the course of a year, however, you’ll have addressed the condition of every single part of your life – and done something, no matter how small, about making that part of your life different.

Setting intentions

I use a journal for this. Each month I write down something about how this part of life makes me feel and set my plans. For me, it helps with tracking the changes through the chart and provides perspective when, twelve months later, the New Moon again falls in that part of the chart. It’s quite cool to see just how far you’ve come – especially if you’ve felt as though you’ve made no progress at all.

Here’s how I do it.

Step 1 – Where is the New Moon falling in your birth chart?

If you don’t know your birth time, or you want to keep things beautifully simple, you can use a solar chart. A solar chart assumes that your Sun and your Ascendant are in the same sign. This is the first house. Moving anticlockwise around the chart, the next sign will be your second house and so on.

I’ve popped a grid on the website to help you with this – plus a more extensive table of what each house means. You’ll find it at New Moon New You.

Step 2 – How satisfied are you with this part of life – and how would you like it to be?

Don’t just think about what you think is wrong with this part of life, also consider what’s right. As an example, thinking about the 2nd house and money, on the plus side, you could say that your income is healthy and secure, but on the downside, you’re finding it difficult to save and don’t know where your money is going.

Step 3 – Set your intentions

I’ve popped some ideas on the website to help you with this. You’ll find it at New Moon New You.

In our example of the 2nd house New Moon, the intentions you set might be:

·         Monitor spending for one week.

·         Analyse that spend.

·         Draw up a budget

·         What can you do differently?

By the end of this month, you’ll understand your spending and know what changes you’re prepared to make to this.  You’ll have a better idea of what is important to you and what you can live without or where you can compromise. You might decide that you can’t do without your Saturday morning breakfast out, but you are prepared to get up ten minutes earlier each day to prepare your lunch during the working week.

Get the idea?

At a broader level, your goal is to look back at the affairs of this house next time the New Moon is here and see just how far you’ve come.

Why not give it a go for yourself?


New Moon, New You

If you want further information feel free to email Jo at jo@jotracey.com.au. You’ll find Jo’s astrology at Jo Tracey Astrology and her fiction and travel writing over at Joanne Tracey – the rambles of a Hungry Writer.


Website: www.joannetracey.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/joannetraceywriter
Twitter: @jotracey
Instagram: @jotracey


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  • Reply Donna March 15, 2018 at 08:25

    Fascinating post, Jo and Sue -I really knew nothing in this area and greatly appreciated you sharing this.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2018 at 18:52

      I agree Donna it was fascinating and I had never heard of this. Jo is such a warm, generous, lovely person and I have met her IRL at our Christmas Blogger lunch.

  • Reply Kathy Marris March 15, 2018 at 15:51

    This is really interesting. I’m not into astrology at all but I’m prepared to give this a go. Thanks Sue and Jo for sharing this. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2018 at 18:56

      I found it fascinating Kathy and I’m not really into astrology either, but there might be merit in giving it a try. Welcome home xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au March 15, 2018 at 15:57

    Well that left me completely at odds – I have no idea how to figure out my new moon etc but I still loved the idea of the 12 houses and being intentional with a different one each month. It’s so easy to let stuff slide by for years without giving it a second thought – this is a great way to drill down on a specific area at least once a year – what a great concept.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2018 at 18:56

      It is a concept I’ve never heard of Leanne so I was fascinated when Jo wrote the piece. Jo is a generous and warm person and very interesting to talk to.xx

    • Reply Jo Tracey March 15, 2018 at 19:02

      message me your birth date & I’ll give you a few hints 🙂

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit March 15, 2018 at 15:59

    That Jo is waaaaaayyyy too clever. I may need to read this again though. Went over my head. But the concept is interesting so will take another look. #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2018 at 18:57

      Yes it is a bit involved Leanne but I’m going to give it a try.

  • Reply Jo Tracey March 15, 2018 at 16:23

    Hey Sue, thanks for giving me the opportunity to share this…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2018 at 18:58

      My pleasure Jo and it is so totally different to what I normally write so I’m sure my readers will find it fascinating and hopefully give it a try. I think I was born at 10:30pm but that is about all I know.

      • Reply Jo Tracey March 15, 2018 at 19:00

        with that time & your date of birth I can tell you whether you’re a Virgo or a Leo…

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle March 15, 2018 at 18:01

    Love all this stuff Jo! I’ve got my birth chart – even knew my time of birth. I’m confused though as to how to work out where the new moon falls on my birth chart. Think I might need to read through this a few times for it to sink in! Thanks for sharing Sue & Jo! 🙂 #midlifebrain #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2018 at 18:59

      Yes Min it is quite involved but very fascinating. I was born at 10:30pm and my poor Mum had to be laid up in bed for 7 months of pregnancy in order to deliver me safely. She was a wonderful women that is for sure xx

    • Reply Jo Tracey March 15, 2018 at 19:01

      Keep it simple. This new Moon is in Pisces so for you as a Gemini, it’s your 10th house – look at how you want to be seen, what you want to be doing – your post today was perfect for that.

  • Reply Pat March 16, 2018 at 03:51

    Very intriguing and serendipitous. My yoga instructor today talked about New Moon rituals just this morning! I went over to your other post and then looked up where this week’s New Moon is to figure out what I should be focusing on this time. I’m a Leo… and also just saw you called out it’s in Pisces on last comment… so it’s Finances and Investments thinking if I figured it correctly. I like the idea of one thing to focus on each month … let’s see how many months I can do this!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 17, 2018 at 11:21

      This would be a great ‘challenge’ wouldn’t it Pat to try this each month. Have a great weekend my friend. x

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl March 16, 2018 at 07:35

    Jo and Sue, thanks for sharing about the New Moon and its astrological implications on our daily lives. Been an interesting read and something to think about.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 17, 2018 at 11:20

      I found it fascinating SSG as I had never heard of this before. I’m not really into astrology however it is worthwhile giving Jo’s idea a go. Have a great weekend x

  • Reply Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski March 20, 2018 at 04:21

    This is fun. I’m going to definitely check it out. I like that each house has a different aspect of life and that you can choose to focus on each of them depending on the new moon.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 20, 2018 at 08:41

      Yes I found it fascinating Rebecca and I’m going to try it as well. Have a great week!

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