The term ‘supermoon’ refers to a new or full moon which occurs on (or near) the point on the moon’s orbit closest to the earth. There are usually between four and six supermoons a year. The new moon supermoons, on October 16, 2020, and will present the closest new moon supermoon of 2020. When the moon is new the sun and moon are in the same degree of the zodiac, working together in harmony. Like peas in a pod, they support and reflect each other, bringing the instinctive, feeling self (moon) into alignment with the conscious, intentional self (sun). This is why new moons are traditionally a time to go within, because, unlike at a full moon when we navigate the world of opposites, at the new moon internal coherence arises more readily and we can rest in our center.
On a new supermoon both the sun and moon are conjunct Priapus, the place of rampant desire and impotence, bringing us face to face with craving and yearning, lust and longing. We covet what we lack, and envy can be rife. The traditional peace of a new moon can be blown apart by a psyche under siege, beholden to self-imposed demands which it cannot fulfil. Unrequited love can feel especially bitter at a super new moon, as can missed opportunities or past decisions that failed to deliver as planned. At this new moon we’re consumed by a lack of influence over the world around us and the course of our own lives. We may feel compelled to act and yet powerless to bring about the changes we desire. Until, that is, we bring ourselves into alignment with the deeper current of sacred becoming in our life, adopting its rhythm as our own.
Action is less of an issue at a super new moon, but the inner journey is vital if we want to recalibrate desire to better reflect our core essence. This is a time of insight and understanding, of penetrating our desire nature to better perceive what motivates the choices we make. Responding is for another day. Here we sow the seeds of a new way of living, planted in the sacred ground of our being and watered with awareness.