New Moon in Aquarius....

It’s Moon Day, and there is a New Moon in Aquarius today!

New Moons are great times to focus our intentions on what we want because the Sun and the Moon are conjunct or aligned within 0 degrees of each other in the sky, which means that the energetic vibrations of our two most impactful celestial bodies are combined into one!

Aquarius is an excellent time to intend for visions and revelations for the future, inventive solutions, humanitarian efforts, good humor, good friends, and especially avoiding excessive detachment, because even though it’s attachment that breeds suffering, too little attachment can breed indifference.

Let’s talk a little bit about our loyal Moon and nighttime companion.

Our Moon is Mother Earth’s only permanent satellite. She is obviously the closest celestial body to Earth, while the second is Venus. It’s interesting that Earth and her closest celestial bodies are considered feminine, while all of the others are considered male. It’s almost as if there is a “feminine zone” or “Goldilocks sweet spot” around the Sun where life can thrive.

The Moon is the largest among planetary satellites in the Solar System relative to the size of the planet it orbits, and she is the fifth-largest natural satellite in the Solar System. The Moon is the second-densest satellite in the Solar System after Jupiter's biggest satellite, Ganymede.

The Moon is thought to have formed about 4.51 billion years ago, not long after Earth, which formed around 4.54 billion years ago. The most widely accepted explanation is that the Moon formed from the debris left over after a giant impact between Earth and a Mars-sized body called Theia.

The Moon is in synchronous rotation with Earth, and thus always shows the same side to Earth, while the other side is known as the dark side of the Moon. The near side is marked by dark volcanic rock (called maria), which fills the spaces between the bright ancient crustal highlands and the prominent impact craters.

The Moon is the second-brightest regularly visible celestial object in the sky after the Sun. Its surface is actually dark, although compared to the night sky it appears very bright, with a reflectance just slightly higher than that of worn asphalt. Its gravitational influence produces the ocean tides, body tides, and the slight lengthening of the day.

The Moon's average orbital distance is 238,856 miles, about thirty times the diameter of Earth.

The Moon's apparent size in the sky is almost the same as the Sun, who is about 400 times the lunar distance and diameter. The Moon therefore covers the Sun nearly precisely during a total solar eclipse. This has not always been the case, since she used to be much closer to Mother Earth, and will also not continue in the far future because the Moon is getting farther away.

In many prehistoric and ancient cultures, the Moon was personified as a deity or other supernatural phenomenon.

In Proto-Indo-European religion, the moon was personified as a male god—the ancient Sumerians believed that the Moon was the god Nanna, the father of Inanna, the goddess of the planet Venus, and Utu, the god of the sun. Nanna was later known as Sîn, and was particularly associated with magic and sorcery.

In Greco-Roman mythology, the Sun and the Moon became represented as male and female, respectively (Helios/Sol and Selene/Luna).

The star and crescent arrangement go back to the Bronze Age, representing either the Sun and Moon, or the Moon and planet Venus.

In Mesopotamian iconography, the crescent was the primary symbol of Nanna-Sîn.

In ancient Greek art, the Moon goddess Selene was represented wearing a crescent on her headgear in an arrangement reminiscent of horns.

The Moon's regular phases make it a very convenient timepiece, and the periods of its waxing and waning form the basis of many of the oldest calendars. Notched bones dating as far back as 20–30,000 years ago, called tally sticks, are believed by some to mark the phases of the Moon.

The root of moon is derived from the root "to measure", thus indicating a functional conception of the Moon (e.g. marker of the month, measure, menstrual) and echoing the Moon's importance to many ancient cultures in measuring time.

There is evidence of a lunar or Germanic calendar among the Germanic peoples prior to the adoption of a solar calendar, although most historical calendars are lunisolar.

The 7th-century Islamic calendar is an exceptional example of a purely lunar calendar. Their months were traditionally determined by the visual sighting of the earliest crescent moon (or hilal) over the horizon.

So, our average 30-day month is an approximation of the lunar cycle, which corresponds more with the seasons. You can read all about the seasons and their signs in yesterday’s post.

But even though our modern calendar is based upon the Sun and the seasons, we can still track our Moon goddess and her cycles and tap into her power as she and the Sun god flirt, interact and dance with each other relative to our Mother Earth!

New Moon Intentions can be made up until tomorrow, February 5th at 3:59 pm, when the Moon makes her parting aspect, a sextile with Uranus.

Again, here is a list of Aquarian topics for your intending focus:

Humanitarian Ideals

Innovation

Inventions

Envisioning the Future

Friends

Out of the box thinking

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