‘Basic Yogi 101’: What’s the Deal With the New Moon?
‘Basic Yogi 101’ is a new section of Bad Yogi Magazine, where our goal is to provide you with information, on the most basic level, about various topics in yoga that might seem a bit more confusing than we think. Have a request? Let us know and we’re happy to break it down for you!
Depending on where you live on the Northern Hemisphere, Thursday July 12th or early Friday, July 13 (technically July 13th at 02:48 UTC) marks a new moon in the lunar cycle.
Now, if you’re anything like me, your inner critic may have just blurted out, “Blah blah blah, here we go again with yogis talking about things that don’t make any sense to me.” Don’t worry, we’re here to break it down for you in the simplest way that we can.
In short, the moon is crazy powerful. It signifies wisdom, intuition, birth, death, reincarnation, and a spiritual connection.
New moons represent an ‘auspicious’* time where many yogis will turn inwards to reflect and spend a bit more time with our innermost feelings. This is a time to set intentions, and provide ourselves the chance to begin again. If we could sum up the significance of the new moon in just two sentences, that’d be it.
This is the time to wrap up old projects, get rid of what no longer need in our lives to make space for what we want, and to set goals for the next cycle. Think of it this way- the new moon is your monthly opportunity for quiet self-care to reflect upon what YOU want in your life, and who you want to be.
But then there’s astrology…
If you follow our Zodiac Yoga series, we can make this whole new moon even more complicated by adding in astrological significance. Cancers are known for being intuitive, emotional and super trusting. We can also be a bit moody. All of this combined, things could get a BIT more intense than usual.
In other words: Emotional sensitivity might be turned up a couple notches these next few days. But have no fear- we don’t need to schedule a sappy movie night with wine and ice cream (sorry!) as there are ways that we can tap into productive ways that this new moon in Cancer can provide.
For example, Cancer is generally connected to maternal and familial matters, so this new moon could be the perfect time to call a family member or caregiver. Sure, you can just call to catch up BUT, in true new moon form, we’re nudged to dig a little bit deeper. You know, that whole introspect and reflect thing.
Want to do something similar, but for yourself? If you keep a journal (and even if you don’t), consider writing yourself a letter about your latest triumph, or a positive intention or something you’re grateful for. Go ahead and stick it to your bathroom mirror as a reminder of how amazing you are, or what you love about yourself or your life.
- This new moon is the closest new moon of 2018 – a supermoon. You won’t see it, but Earth’s oceans will feel it. Two weeks later (July 27), we have the year’s farthest full moon.
- With the moon being so close, the combination of the gravitational pull of the sun will give rise to tides that are extra high and extra low for the next few days.
- There are even a few people in Earth’s Southern Hemisphere who will be able to glimpse this new moon, or its silhouette, as there is a partial solar eclipse in the Southern Hemisphere.
* During my yoga teacher trainings, my mentor ALWAYS used the word ‘auspicious’. I never knew exactly what it meant until I looked it up on my own, and still think she might be abusing the use of the word just a smidge.
Did this quick little breakdown help you understand why yogis get all excited over the moon cycles? What questions do you have that we didn’t cover? Do you use the new moon as your chance to set an intention that you’ll focus on throughout the lunar cycle?