10 Things You Should NOT do During a New Moon (what to avoid!)

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The magic of the Moon has always held a special significance in the heart of many cultures, and the New moon is one of her most important phases.

This is because when the Sun and Moon align, and la Luna is hidden from view, a mysterious portal is ushered forth. We know this phase as a time of new beginnings and the opportunity to initiate change. This is when the Moon starts a brand new cycle, and life is not what it was…

What kind of energy does a new Moon bring?

New Moons bring the energy of fresh starts and new beginnings. They feel like a clean slate and that anything is possible!  

The New Moon phase is a really great time to set an intention and commit to a new way of being. To start a new routine, healthy habits, or even a spiritual practice.

This is because the new Moon phase is generally considered to be the beginning of the lunar cycle.

At this point, astrologically, the Sun and Moon align. Although the Moon is dark, she is not to be confused with the Dark Moon phase, which holds a slightly different energy.

At the new Moon, a sliver of light just beginning to emerge from the darkness. Over the next 29.5 days, the light reflected across the la Luna’s surface will increase until she’s Full (you know how THIS phase appears, right?!) Then light will gradually decrease until her face is again shrouded in darkness.

Mystical woman under New Moon in Scorpio 2023

10 Things NOT to do during the New Moon

  1. Interact with negative people
  2. Ignore your creativity
  3. Turn down a great opportunity (because it scares you!)
  4. Avoid difficult conversations
  5. Decline an unexpected invitation
  6. Miss out on meeting new people
  7. Have major surgery or an invasive medical procedure
  8. Travel long distances
  9. Giving something up
  10. Get caught up in the past

1. Don’t interact with negative people

During the New Moon, it’s crucial NOT to spend time with negative people and energy vampires! Instead, surround yourself with positive energy, and people who love and support you.

Because the new Moon phase is a time of sowing seeds, you want to ensure those seeds (aka intentions) get the very best start in life. From this point onward, you will be building, growing, creating, and manifesting new things into your life.

So at this delicate time of beginnings, avoid engaging with negative people or attending events where you expect to encounter toxic influences.

Remember, the people you associate with can greatly influence your mood, mindset, and progress.

2. Don’t ignore your creativity

Creativity flourishes during the New Moon, so don’t suppress your creative instincts, as this will have a detrimental effect on the entire lunar cycle!

Whether it’s writing, painting, or exploring a new hobby, give yourself permission to follow your creative flow.

If it helps, you could further nurture your creativity by joining in with group activities, engaging with like-minded individuals, and exploring brand new avenues of artistic expression.

Remember, by tapping into your creative side, you invite growth and change into your life.

Also read: 10 Exquisite Effects of New Moon Energy (to be grateful for!)

3. Don’t turn down a great opportunity (because it scares you!)

At the new Moon phase, try not to avoid saying “yes” to a new opportunity, just because it scares you. New Moon is a gentle and introspective time, so we often avoid trying new things or venturing into uncharted territory.

Yet taking a risk and pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone could be exactly what you need, to kickstart a new level of personal growth.

Look for the potential in every situation. And if you are offered an opening, but you’re feeling the fear, listen in close – what is the whisper of your intuition telling you?

    Dark feminine woman with black paint on her fingers

    4. Don’t avoid a difficult conversation

    During the new Moon phase, it can be tempting to avoid difficult conversations or confrontations. However, this is actually a good time to tackle tough issues head-on.

    As a time of new beginnings and fresh starts, The new Moon is an ideal time to clear the air and resolve conflicts.

    By having the courage to address difficult topics, you can release negative energy and create space for positive growth and change. Avoiding a difficult conversation may only prolong the issue and prevent you from moving forward.

    5. Don’t decline an unexpected invitation

    It’s important to stay open to new experiences and opportunities at the new Moon, especially if they come unexpectedly. While the low ebb of this lunar phase may make it tempting to decline an unexpected invitation, doing this could mean missing out on a valuable experience or connection.

    While an unexpected event can feel like it’s derailing your plans, or causing distractions, remember that the universe works in mysterious ways! This could turn out to be the start of exactly what you’re looking for…

    6. Don’t miss out on meeting new people

    During the new moon, it’s important to stay open to meeting new people and expanding your social circle. That’s not to say you need to be out partying every night (this is a dark lunar phase, after all). But it can be an ideal time to connect honestly and openly with others and form new relationships.

    It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and stick to the same social circle, but stepping out of your comfort zone and meeting new people can be incredibly rewarding. You could discover new perspectives, ideas, and opportunities that you wouldn’t have encountered otherwise.

    Be open and curious, and see where your new connections take you…

    Surgeons all looking down in a circle at the New Moon phase

    7. Don’t have major surgery or invasive medical procedures

    It is generally advised to avoid having major surgery or invasive medical procedures during the new Moon. The reason for this is that the Moon affects blood flow (as it affects the flow of all fluids on Earth).

    It’s much better to schedule surgery when the Moon is waning, as this is when bruising, swelling, and excessive blood flow will all be reduced.

    The new Moon phase also tends to be a time of heightened emotion and internal tension, making medical procedures more risky and prone to things going wrong.

    But, if a medical emergency arises during the new Moon phase, it’s really important to follow the advice of medical professionals and do what’s necessary to avoid further damage. So if a procedure is unavoidable, make sure you don’t avoid it!

    If this makes you curious or concerned, consult a medical astrologer.

    8. Don’t travel long distances

    During the new moon, try not to travel long distances, especially if it involves air travel.

    As a phase of both low energy and heightened emotions, travel can be muchmore stressful and exhausting during the new Moon.

    You may also find it harder to navigate unfamiliar places, and get easily frustrated with delays, wrong turns and unexpected detours.

    It’s important to prioritize rest and self-care during the new moon phase, and traveling long distances can disrupt your sleep patterns and leave you feeling drained.

    However, if travel is absolutely necessary during the new moon, it’s important to plan ahead, stay organized, and take steps to mitigate stress and exhaustion.

    9. Don’t give something up

    The new Moon is not a good time to give something up, especially if it’s something that’s important to you, or difficult to let go of.

    The new Moon is a time of new beginnings and fresh starts, so this energy is all about setting new goals and intentions! Giving something up during this time may feel like a setback or a defeat, and actually prevent you from moving forward.

    Instead of giving something up, consider reframing your perspective and finding new ways to approach the situation.

    Use the new moon’s energy to set new goals, make positive changes, and move forward with renewed purpose and motivation.

    10. Don’t get caught up in the past

    During the new moon, it’s really important not to get caught up in the past.

    The dark and reflective energy of this phase can lead some people into nostalgia and reminiscing. Yet the new Moon brings a time to look forward and imagine the possibility of new horizons.

    Dwelling on the past can prevent you from moving forward and embracing new opportunities.

    Let go of old grudges, forgive past mistakes, and focus on the present moment. You don’t need to relive the past to heal it. You simply need to BE in the present moment, and deal with what IS.

    Embrace the present moment and look forward to what the future holds!

    While there are no hard and fast rules about what to do or not do during this time, some cultures and traditions advise against certain activities. It’s important to stay open to new experiences and opportunities, while also being mindful of your energy levels and emotional state.

    By avoiding certain activities during the new Moon, you can set yourself up for success and make the most of this powerful time.

    Remember to prioritize rest, self-care, and positivity, and use the new Moon’s energy to set new goals and intentions for the future.

    Be patient with yourself.

    Changing habits can be challenging, and it’s essential to approach this process with a kind and understanding mindset. Embrace your progress, however small it may seem, and remember that each step you take towards change is a step closer to achieving your goals!

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