You won’t find the moon in the sky tonight. This is because today is the New Moon. The New Moon is the first phase of the moon cycle where the moon and the Sun are on the same side of the Earth. The moon “appears” black, rather, it’s invisible since none of the Sun’s light is reflecting on the side of the moon that we can see from Earth.
The New Moon carries more significance than being dark and the title of one of the “Twilight” book/movie trilogy. The New Moon is the beginning of the lunar calendar. The Chinese calendar, which is lunar-based, uses the New Moon as the first day of month. Chinese Buddhists typically do not eat meat on the New Moon as part of cleansing. In many traditions and beliefs this signifies a new beginning, rebirth. In the Hindu tradition, observers wait till the New Moon to start new projects. There’s fifteen new moons in a calendar year, so that’s fifteen projects per year if you believe in that.
Even if you don’t care for the astrological significance, it’s still a nice marker to start something new. We’re very focused on milestones to start things. How often do we wait for January 1st to apply a resolution? Instead of waiting 7 months for a big resolution, you can try starting something new this month. It’s much easier to apply a lifestyle change for a lunar cycle. Twenty-eight days is much less daunting. What habit would you like to pick up this month? What project would you like to start?
Adding a small improvement every cycle can lead to a significantly improved life over time. We improve best using incremental changes. Next post we’ll go over the power of habit. Decide to improve something this moon cycle. At the very least, you can let the moon cycle have a meaning for you.