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
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:
|1||Health, vitality, self-esteem, appearance, style.|
|2||Budgets and finances|
|3||Daily routines, siblings, communication|
|4||Home, family, history|
|5||Creativity, children, pleasure, love affairs.|
|6||Health, exercise, nutrition|
|8||Financial (and estate) planning, debts and investments.|
|9||Travel, spirituality, higher education.|
|11||Friends, hopes, dreams and goals.|
|12||Rest 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.
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?
If you want further information feel free to email Jo at email@example.com. 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.
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