The New Year’s New Moon

New Year 2014 New Moon Eucalyptus

A new moon on new year’s day! I can’t remember such synchronicity but then, I haven’t always followed the moon as closely as I do now. The merging of these two calendars, the lunar and the solar, seems auspicious. Beginning the year in complete lunar darkness creates an especially good time for the long view, and the deep view,  for divination and for reflection.

New Year 2014 New Moon

When I walked out at the twilight hour last night, the barest sliver of the new young moon glinted through the eucalyptus trees. I rarely see this earliest phase of the waxing moon, but I caught her just as she was setting. The earth light on the face of the moon’s sphere became more defined as the sky darkened. I narrowed my camera’s focus more and more as the sky grew violet and the sun’s reflected glow began to pulse in the darkness.

This seems as good an omen as any for my new year. Feeling the cycle of the moon’s waxing and waning as a mirror of the greater waxing and waning of our sun makes me feel more connected to our mother the Earth. I will be following the lunations on my wall calendar this year, thirteen of them, as we move around the solar wheel of the year, thinking in cycles and circles, the mandalas that enfold us in the great celestial mystery.

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  • Cassandra 01/03/2014, 9:43 am

    You’ve captured what I’ve been feeling for this new year with such elegance that I’ve finally been able to figure out the facets of my feelings for the new year. Thank you! I’m for the first time celebrating and setting myself again on a new course at the new year and I feel so fired up and full of possibilities. Gorgeous presentation!

  • Sarah 01/03/2014, 10:35 am

    I’ve never thought of the moon and sun as mandalas – what a lovely concept! I look forward to thinking more about it and seeing where it leads in my writing…

  • christina schneck 01/03/2014, 5:23 pm

    Amazing photos that match your reflections on the New Year.

  • Maryam 01/03/2014, 6:46 pm

    It is, indeed, beautiful to see the new moon and the new year at the same time. Good writing Cari.

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