New moons are typically associated with renewal. If you’ve dutifully done your dark moon soul-searching then you’re promised a fresh start with the new moon’s first smile. But a Crab new moon is a little different. In the sign of the nurturer and romantic, the new and the already familiar mingle. So what do you wear on this occasion to augment the Crab in your chart?
This new moon is not about making yourself into a totally new person, but about noticing and projecting your signature charms. Well-loved and worn-in clothes that feel soft against your skin and allow free movement will lend you the expressiveness of the most charismatic Crab folk. Whatever you think of Cancer Rising Kristen Stewart’s acting ability, her consistent tousled dark locks, gamine neutral-toned outfits and moody demeanour make her stand out defiantly from Hollywood’s sea of grinning chameleons.
But of course, don’t miss the opportunity for growth. Choose one quality you want to improve and wear an item that symbolises your future developed self. If you’re looking to accentuate the highest Crab qualities: kindness and compassion, make your next purchase ethical. The ramifications of consuming fast fashion are grisly and vast. Buying a t-shirt from an environmentally conscious brand that pays its workers decent salaries or a pair of earrings from a local jeweller is a good place to start.
As it’s a new moon in the sign of the Mother, something borrowed or inherited from someone you love and respect is a must. Think back to the style advice your mother or another female relative you admire gave you. My mum, a Sagittarius with a Libra moon and Venus collects clothing and accessories from her travels, but firmly abides by the principle of harmony in her outfits. So while other kids were allowed to dress as barbarians in clashing colours and prints, as my mother’s Libra daughter I matched and harmonised tones with sickening precociousness. I’ve also inherited my mum’s penchant for dainty jewellery, and am planning to wear the gold swan ring that she gave me for the new moon- it’s as graceful and plucky she is.
NOTHING BLUE (AS IN DEATHLY-NOSTALGIC NOT AS IN SKY-COLOURED)
No dark moon hangovers please! Wearing an outfit or accessory that reminds you of a lost version of yourself or of a relationship that has run its course will obstruct renewal and promote the lowest form of Crab- the stubborn sentimentalist. According to my Scorpio dad, a keen sea-farer, real-life crabs will cling to old bait even when all the nourishment has gone, just because they are in the habit of clinging. Don’t be this kind of crustacean- think storied and fluid, but not morbidly nostalgic.
These are my thoughts, I’d love to hear yours…
Katerina Pantelides is a dress historian and writer living in London. A Libra with Neptune rising, she is interested in the relationship between fashion, beauty and the occult.
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Image: Moebius – Jean Girard