Sunday, March 14, 2010

New Moon Tonight!

We all have heard folklore and “facts” regarding the full moon, but since tonight’s sky will carry the new moon I thought I’d do a little research to find what is said about the dark moon. Here’s what I found after a quick Google.

Facts
The most dramatic tides occur at new Moon and full Moon, when the Sun, Moon and Earth fall in line with each other and there is a strong focus to their gravitational force.

The Chinese New Year is celebrated on the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice.

The Honey Moon is the closest new moon to the beginning of summer. The Harvest Moon is the closest new moon to the beginning of autumn.
Weather
A few days after full or new moon, changes of weather are thought more probable than at any other time. –Scotland

Observations collected from 1,544 weather stations in North America from 1900 to 1949 reveal that heavy rain occurs most frequently on the days immediately following the full and new Moon.

If the new moon appear with the points of the crescent turned up, the month will be dry. If the points are turned down, it will be wet.

New moons can also indicate bad weather. Sometimes, when a new moon occurs on a clear night, a faint, golden outline of the full moon can be seen as a continuation of the bright crescent. Traditional folklore refers to this as the 'Old Moon in the New Moon's arms', a phenomenon created by earthshine — the reflection of light from the Earth back onto the surface of the moon. Old customs take this to be the sign of a storm or misfortune; as one old ballad goes:

Late, Late yester' ev'n I saw the new Moon
wi' the old Moon in her arm
and I fear, I fear, my dear master
that we shall come to harm.
Another omen claims that if the new Moon is high in Northern latitude, it brings cold or unpleasant weather, but if far south, it presages a period of fair weather.

Add the date of the first snow and the number of days past the new moon to get the number of snows for the winter.
Fortune
Almost every culture believed that if the new moon came on a Monday, it was a sign of good weather and good luck.

The new moon in Cancer spurs you on to do renovations in the home. Changes are positive and your home will look much improved.

Disappointments in love may occur during the new moon and the best way around them is to put yourself in someone else's shoes.

Upon seeing the new moon, bow to her and turn over the coins in your pocket. This will bring you luck in all your affairs.

The English had a saying: that if a member of the family died at the time of the new moon, three deaths would follow.

It is lucky to see the first sliver of a new Moon "clear of the brush," or unencumbered by foliage.

It is lucky to move into a new house during the new Moon; prosperity will increase as the Moon waxes.

It is unlucky to see the first sliver of a new Moon through a window; you'll break a dish.

It is unlucky to point at the new Moon or view any Moon over your shoulder.
Magic
BANISHING   Releasing the old, removing unwanted negative energies, wisdom, psychic abilities, scrying, reversing circumstances.

NEW BEGINNINGS   Weight loss, goal setting, planning, cleaning, personal cleansing, starting new ventures, new beginnings, love, romance, health, or job hunting.

OTHER   Beauty, health, and self-improvement; farms and gardens

Dark moon occurs either side of the new moon. The new moon is between the last of the waning moon and the beginning of the waxing moon. The new moon has the power of in-between, a time which is not a time, similar to midday, midnight etc. If doing a Dark Moon rite, the active part of the ritual should be a good 45 minutes out from the actual new moon as the energies can be erratic. In addition, the waning moon allows you to calm down and tune out.
Miscellaneous
Wood cut at the new moon is hard to split. If it is cut at the full moon it is easy to split.
Lunacy grows worse at full and new Moon — taught the famous 16th century physician, Paracelsus, referring to a disease that had been recognized since Classical times, and which became official under British Law in the mid-nineteenth century.
So, a little bit of fun for everyone. For myself, I like the part where it signals cleaning and planning. I’ve been doing both today and I’m feeling pretty darn good about it, too.