In Vedic astrology the new moon falls in the area of the sky known as of Uttara Ashadha. Symbolized by an elephant’s tusk, Uttara Ashadha is connected to the Hindu elephant god, Ganesha, who is revered as the “Remover of Obstacles.”
The new moon is conjoined the planet of love – Venus. Since last month Venus has been traveling though the burning realms of her exterior combustion with the sun. Romantic relationships, friendships and other alliances may reach a turning point, as the queen of love and abundance abandons her throne in the morning sky to travel alone through the hot white fire of the sun. Next month she will reappear as evening star with a new lease on love and desire.
Combined with the transit of courageous Mars into sidereal Scorpio, this new moon supports the creation of healthy boundaries and renewed self-respect. There is a tremendous power to transform unneeded patterns of victimization and self-negation during this lunar cycle.
In India the new moon will be celebrated as Mauni Amavasya and it is considered auspicious to take a vow of silence at this time. Take a moment for silent reflection. What is your true desire? When is it safe to trust others? The new moon holds an answer in the weeks to come with lessons around openness, commitment, and equality.