New moon – the opposite of full moon!

The new moon is the opposite pole to the full moon, being the time when the Moon is not visible in the sky to us people. Maybe this is why we pay less attention to it, because what you don’t see is less prevalent in our awareness.

However, there is one aspect, which continues to lend significance and fascination to the new moon. It is the word »new« and the described moment of renewal and of a new beginning. This word can be found in different languages:

• »new moon« (English)
• »Neumond« (German)
• »nouvelle lune« (French)
• »luna nueva« (Spanish)
• »lua nova« (Portuguese)
• »luna nuova« (Italian)

So it is obvious to accredit relevance to the new moon, for everything that will start over. If this effect actually stems from the Moon or the mind and the believe of people, remains to be seen. There certainly appears to lie a lot of power in this idea, which finds expression in many cultures. In the Islamic calendar, for example, the beginning of the month is determined by the first lunar crescent visibility, meaning, the moment when the moon crescent becomes visible again just after the new moon. Also in the Hindu moon calendar does the new moon play a central role, just like for specific Buddhist holidays or for a number of Native American tribes.

From an astronomical point of view, the new moon describes the position of the Moon between the Sun and the Earth. It rises and sets together with the Sun and can neither be seen at night (because it has already set in the darkness), nor during the day (because it is outshined by the sunlight). The only exception when we are able to see the new moon, is during a solar eclipse. Then, the Sun, the Moon and the Earth are on a straight line and the Moon can push itself directly in front of the Sun, for the observer from Earth. Solar eclipses, by the way, take place exclusively at the new moon, just like a lunar eclipse solely takes place at the full moon.

We would like to wish all readers a good fresh start and the fulfilment of wishes that each and everyone carries in their hearts. The new moon is a good point in time for us to believe in that!

The new moon pages

Here you find the new moon pages with the new moon calendar and the new moon memo, the free reminder via e-mail shortly before the new moon:

Here you can subscribe to the free new moon memo:


  1. Anonymous | 17 November 2014

    I have no comment,I just like to know when the there is going to be a full moon

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  3. J willie | 8 November 2014

    I really enjoy the site and look forward to the monthly email. I pass it on to others who also enjoy it. As the expression go “the more the merrier” so any info you want to add please do so.

  4. Melanie | 7 November 2014

    Agree that it would be nice to have a quickie blurb on what this full moon and what this new moon are called and what it means to us. Not in a flaky sort of why but rather scientific like this moon relates to harvests or this moon gives us longer days etc. love your emails…of course would want both.

  5. Anonymous | 7 November 2014

    Full Moon. New Moon. I’m all starry eyed!!! “YES TO BOTH”

  6. Derrek | 6 November 2014

    Why should the full moon have all the glory 🙂

  7. Cin | 6 November 2014

    Yes, that would be wonderful! I love your site as is, but having more info in regards to moon would be even better

  8. Jeannie Saunders | 6 November 2014

    I might be interested in the Full Moon information.

  9. Ann Marie | 6 November 2014

    Wonderful idea. I am in Arizona (USA) which follows Mountain Standard Time ALL year long…AZ does not observe daylight saving time, therefore in winter months it is the same time as Mountain Standard Time & in summer months it is same time as Pacific Daylight Time I am always amazed at the full moon & new moon & how it effects the entire environment. Love your site & all the information you supply. Always brings about peace to ones soul. Best moon wishes to all. Thank you for all you do. It is much appreciated.

  10. Anonymous | 6 November 2014

    Thank you for all you do. Your notes are thought-
    provoking And meaningful We would be better people if
    we could all connect to the cosmos. Todd S, Oviedo Florida

  11. jeru | 6 November 2014

    I forward the memo for the full moon each month. I have ritual activity which coincides with the phases. I would love to get a new moon memo. I see the vote results reflect the support for your doing so for us lunar calendar people. THANKS!!!

  12. Thomas | 5 November 2014

    New Moon awareness is as spiritually important as full moon….In fact on each new moon I attend a chanting/worship ceremony for mother /female goddess Kali…Durga…Lakshmi. .Parvati..etc. Her various forms..

  13. Karen | 5 November 2014

    Just love your thoughts & ideas in a big fan of the moon! My son wants to know why we can only see parts of the moon leading up to the full moon! We’re in London UK

  14. Singh lall | 5 November 2014

    Yes that would be wonderful. Thank u

  15. Stormy | 5 November 2014

    Fabulous idea…both of my children were born on a NEW MOON..Keeping up with the great moon has always been very interesting and informative. There is a message up there each and every time.

  16. Michele | 5 November 2014

    Being able to connect with the phases of the MOON is awesome!! I teach 2nd Grade and every night on our HOMEWORK CHECKLIST, I have “MOON WATCH” as an activity which the students do with their parents!! It has been amazing from year-to-year! Then, to add to that excitement you have THIS WEBSITE!! ….and NOW you are thinking of adding NEW MOON to the FULL MOON info!! How FABULOUS!! Thank you so much!!!

  17. Barbara | 5 November 2014

    First, let me thank you both for all the work you do to get this info out to us. Your blog is intersting and very thought provoking month after month. I am a Cancer and I know how influential the moon and all it’s phases are on us. It would be fantastic to receive the new moon information along with the full moon memo…sign me up!!

  18. Sarah | 5 November 2014

    Would love New moon info, great idea, thank you

  19. Randy Reist | 5 November 2014


    Ibid all of the other positive comments viz. a heads-up email!!

  20. Durzo | 5 November 2014

    We do not practice ashtanga yoga on full and new moon days, so it would be great to receive a notification as well for the new moon days.
    Thanks for your efforts, appreciated.

  21. Lunaticus | 5 November 2014

    Yes, it is a useful piece of information to have.

    And could you please ALSO include (for Full and New moon) date and time in UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) or Zulu time. It will be, for me at least, very useful (more than cities and coordinates).

    Thank you for a great service … best things are free indeed!!!!

  22. dc chambers | 5 November 2014

    I hope you receive joy for the work publishing your blog. I feel in a way, I know you, and consider you a friend, for the information I get. The full moon to me is a great lunar celebration. The new, a more somber, introspective period. Knowing the exact moment these events occur is very satisfying. I am a clock repairman by trade.

  23. Anonymous | 5 November 2014

    new moons are like power surges for me. would love to keep track of them better

  24. Anonymous | 5 November 2014

    Over the past couple of years my being affected by the moon has changed from Full to New, with many inner shifts, up to a 3 day period. So would be appreciative of New Moon newsletter. Most interesting. Thank you!

  25. Lorri C | 5 November 2014

    I voted yes in favor of having the New Moon information sent to us. It could prove to be very beneficial in our lives.

  26. | 5 November 2014

    Would enjoy the new moon postings very much. I do hair. I plan the clients hair cuts by the moon. Hair grows best when the moon is getting full. Slowest when it is waning. Have enjoyed the full moon alerts very much. THANKS!!

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  28. Anonymous | 5 November 2014

    I enjoy reading your full moon emails. Very interesting. Thank you

  29. Cheryl Ann Dameron | 5 November 2014

    I have paid attention to the moon and its phases all of my life. Thank you for posting exact times, really appreciated! And, of course I would also like to have the new moon information. Thank you for taking a vote on this. It looks like most people are interested too!

  30. Susan | 5 November 2014

    Just look at all the positive comments from so many people in this world…..Moon, important ? , YES, in all our lives. Thanks, again, for all the work you do and I also agree……yes, to the new Moon!

  31. Anonymous | 5 November 2014

    Yes. I feel a shift with the new moon. It would be great !!

  32. Diane | 5 November 2014

    Love planting specific things for moon phases also like to be aware of how the full moon and days leading up to it affect our moods.

  33. Margherita Masters, St. Pete. FLorida | 5 November 2014

    Yes, please continue your writings – I learn so much from them.

  34. Margherita Masters, St. Pete. FLorida | 5 November 2014

    Very interesting and learn so much from your writings….please continue!

  35. Oscar | 5 November 2014

    It’s nice to know the exact date and time of a new moon. There is an amateur astronomer’s challenge to see how soon after the new moon you can spot the thin, thin sliver of the moon waxing moon. Sometimes the sliver is so thin you have to use binoculars to spot it. It’s called the “youngest moon” and is amazing when you spot an especially young moon.

    A new photographic record was set on July 8, 2013 by Thierry Legault (France).

    The earliest “visual” spotting of the youngest moon was in 1990 by Jame O’Meara. He spotted the youngest moon 15 hours and 32 minutes after new moon.

  36. pd. | 5 November 2014

    I always share it with my granddaughter….we enjoy not only seeing it together, but it spawns talking about other “science” stuff too….thanks!

  37. sylvia | 5 November 2014

    i have always prefered the new moon time. the full moon time is filled with stress…. babies being born, accidents, fights on the psych wards. after retiring form nursing after 40 yrs, i am happy not to be working on the FULL MOON.
    I am looking forward to the New moon info.

  38. Mick Chamberlain | 5 November 2014

    Great idea for star/moon lovers and, if possible, throw in high/low tides.

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