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Everyday Astrology
July 2, 2019
Thoughts on the Dark of the Moon

The Dark of the Moon is the segment of time that covers the three days surrounding the monthly appearance of the New Moon. At the Dark of the Moon, the Moon has moved into a position so close to the Sun it's no longer able to reflect sunlight -- and the Moon appears to be totally gone from the sky.

Being so closely aligned with the Sun, the Moon is totally lost in the glare as these two primary celestial bodies travel across the sky together. There's no way to see it, of course ... and no way to photograph it from Earth. Of course, the other side of the Moon is totally "full" at this point -- reflecting sunlight from the side we never can see ... otherwise, logically, know as the Dark Side of the Moon.

Until photographs from space became possible, the far side of the moon ... the "other side," the dark side ... remained one of astronomy's intriguing mysteries. But the Dark of the Moon and the dark side of the moon are two different things. Ancient humans, of course, were very familiar with this part of the moon's cycle -- almost certainly more than we are today.

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Everyday Astrology
July 1, 2019
The Dark of the Moon

The Dark of the Moon refers to that phase in the Moon's monthly cycle when the Sun and Moon are so closely aligned there is no reflected light from the Sun available to shine from the Moon's surface.

The Moon, if you can see it at all -- it's way too close to the Sun, appears black and dead in the sky, and, of course, the nights themselves, with no moonlight at all, are especially dark and still.

The Dark Moon lasts about three days, from the time when the crescent of the old moon disappears completely until the crescent of the new moon appears ... and begins to grow.

In Astrology, the new moon arrives at the moment of the Sun / Moon conjunction. In Wicca and the earth religions, the dark moon phase lasts until visible light from the new moon appears.

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Everyday Astrology
June 2, 2019
The Dark of the Moon

The 3 1/2 days surrounding the New Moon every month, is a period Astrologers and others call the Dark of the Moon. The Dark of the Moon begins about 2 1/2 days before the conjunction of the Moon with the Sun -- which officially marks the New Moon's arrival. It lasts about 24 hours after this conjunction -- until the Moon is in position to reflect sunlight again.

Cultures that use a lunar-based calendar actually watch the evening sky for this crescent of light to appear every month. This formally begins their new lunar month. Some customs and religious practices link with this schedule.

When the Moon is too closely aligned with the Sun -- which happens during the Dark of the Moon -- it's either lost in the Sun's glare in the daytime, on the other side of the world (along with the Sun) at night, or in no position to reflect visible sunlight to our vantage point on Earth. For all appearances, the Moon literally "goes dark" -- hence its descriptive name.

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The Dark of the Moon
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Defining the Dark of the Moon
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Working with the Dark of the Moon
The Mystery and Meaning of The Dark of the Moon 1
The Mystery and Meaning of the Dark of the Moon 2

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