The New Moon is a prominent feature in many cultures and religions built around the lunar calendar.
In the Chinese lunar calendar, the New Moon is the first day of the month and the Chinese New Year often falls on the New Moon closest to the start of spring.
In Jewish and Islamic tradition, the months are also based on the phases of the Moon.
Each Jewish month starts with the appearance of a Crescent Moon immediately after a New Moon phase and lasts until the next New Moon.
The Islamic calendar similarly kick starts each month with the first Waxing Crescent Moon right after the New Moon.
In parts of Northern India, the peak of a full Moon halfway through the lunar cycle marks the start of the month.
However in other parts of the country further down south, the days of the month are counted from one New Moon to the next.
Because the New Moon is the start of the lunar cycle in astronomy, many believe the lunar phase is spiritually tied to new beginnings and rebirth.
People who feel a strong spiritual or esoteric connection to the Moon might perform a number of rituals today to cleanse themselves or achieve success.
Some rituals involve writing down notes of the things you no longer want to hold onto or are burdened by in order to burn them over lit candles.
Others might carve astrological symbols into white candles and light them up one by one as they think about the significance of the New Moon.
The wafting smoke created in the ritual is meant to symbolically carry away your troubles, ailments or troublesome memories for a fresh start.
According to astrologer Jamie Partridge of AstrologyKing.com, the New Moon represents the end of one cycle and the start of another.
This means a New Moon is the right time for a fresh start and to question your old habits.
The astrologer said the first two weeks of the new lunar cycle are perfect for reinventing yourself and finding new ways to make progress towards that goal.
He said: “New Moon November 2018 will help you set goals to manifest your hopes and dreams for the future.
“Strong faith and morals mean you need not sacrifice your owns needs or level of comfort.
“Your ego will benefit from a more spiritual outlook, enabling you to work hard on achieving success.
“Your path to success can also be helped by a strong self-belief, intuition and sense of destiny.”
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