Marking the beginning of the monthly lunar cycle, a new moon occurs when the moon aligns neatly between the Earth and the sun, appearing in an almost entirely dark silhouette (as the Earth casts its shadow upon it). The new moon’s all but invisible appearance reflects a fresh start, as it prepares to grow ever more illuminated each night until the full moon. And by the same token, it allows us to turn over a new leaf, or as astrologer Angel Dawn puts it, “[It’s] a cosmic blank canvas inviting us to set intentions and plant the seeds to be harvested at the full moon.”
“The new moon is a cosmic blank canvas inviting us to set intentions and plant the seeds to be harvested at the full moon.” —Angel Dawn, astrologer
Because birthdays are naturally full of potential, offering a chance to start fresh each year, the additional optimism of a new moon can make a new moon birthday combo feel especially intense, like you’re on the brink of total transformation. In a way, it’s like the cosmos is aligning in favor of your growth: When your birthday falls on a new moon, both the sun and the moon will be in your zodiac sign, a conjunction that can nudge you toward your hopes and dreams.
Not only is a new moon on your birthday a chance to completely rebrand or step into your next chapter or era, but also, it’s a great time to fully embrace everything that makes you you. “A new moon birthday ultimately begins a year of massive personal empowerment where you start to put your best foot forward and make more conscious choices,” says astrologer Ryan Marquardt. In turn, it can revamp the direction of your life and the control you wield over it.
How to make the most of the transformational energy if your birthday falls on a new moon
Regardless of how you feel about your birthday, racking up another year of experience and wisdom is noble. In that sense, your birthday can be a time for thinking back on the hard-earned lessons of the past year—and when paired with the energy of a new moon, it’s also a potent time for making resolutions for the coming year of your life.
Indeed, reflecting on the previous year can help clarify what you need to leave behind in order to flourish in a new direction, says Marquardt. “A [new moon] is the best moon phase for taking ownership of your life journey and moving closer to your true purpose,” he says. To that end, carving out your new moon intentions and jotting down your birthday manifestations can open a portal of exciting and fated opportunities.
“A [new moon] is the best moon phase for taking ownership of your life journey and moving closer to your true purpose.” —Ryan Marquardt, astrologer
You can also leverage the supportive energy of a new moon falling on your birthday by doing something closely related to your sun sign, adds Marquardt. For example, “a Sagittarius might want to spend their birthday checking off an item on their bucket list,” says Marquardt, and thus setting off their next year of life on an adventurous, spontaneous note. An artsy Libra, on the other hand, might appreciate spending their new moon birthday marveling at the masterpieces in a museum or hosting an aesthetically designed tea party with their closest friends.
Zodiac signs aside, having your solar return during a new moon is all about fully embracing your personal interests and passions. Channeling your inner wisdom á la your favorite form of creative expression, for instance, is a powerful ritual for this day. “Incorporating personal elements—such as specific music, candles, essential oils, or sacred items—is an effective way to amplify the energy in this singular moment in time,” says Dawn.
Ultimately, a birthday on a new moon is overflowing with hope. It’s an invitation to plan, prepare, and set new goals and intentions that—just like the alignment of the moon and the sun during a new moon—will align you more closely with the person whom you’re destined to become.