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Everyday Astrology
May 20, 2020
The Dark of the Moon

The Dark of the Moon is a monthly event, almost a Lunar celebration that lasts about 3 1/2 days. It straddles the arrival of the New Moon each time it forms, and while I called it a celebration, it's actually quiet. In fact, that's the purpose of the Dark of the Moon. Its energy invites you to pause, breathe and center yourself until you can feel the stillness and rhythm of your inner being again.

It's like a deep sigh at the end of a month's long run of stress, hustle, worry and whatever other business you've crammed into the last 30 days ... or whatever got dropped in your lap. Life, you know. It's full of surprises. But ultimately, in the midst of it all, the stream slows. The energy shifts and you get to pause a bit. Even if you're not done with whatever's going on, you get a break. You get to breathe.

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Everyday Astrology
April 21, 2020
The Dark of the Moon

The Dark of the Moon is the 2 1/2 day period that comes every month before the arrival of the New Moon ... for that Zodiac sign. Some Astrologers call it the "dead" Moon. Ok, that may be descriptive, but it sure sounds ominous -- and hardly poetic. Whereas the Dark of the Moon sounds ... well, mysterious and intriguing. IMO. But maybe that's me. Anyway ... the two terms are the same, so pick one. Or, use both. Hey, I'm easy.

During the Dark of the Moon, the Moon is lining up directly with the Sun in the sky. If visible, it would be visible only in the daytime. (Don't try to find it!! Don't try this at home!!) But it's not visible, because the Moon is tiny, the Sun is immense, and when the two align -- which is the literal definition of what the New Moon IS ... the Moon gets totally lost in the Sun's overpowering glare.

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* What is the Dark of the Moon? -- When the Night's Moon Fades to Black ---> When the night brings no moonlight at all -- 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 Dark of the Moon -- A time of magic and creation ---> All things begin in mind. Everything in the world originated in the nebulous intellectual energy of an idea, a dream, a desire. These next few days are the time to be setting those into motion in your life ... in the realm of thought where all creation happens.

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I know. It's not the Dark of the Moon,
but it does look appropriately spooky.

Everyday Astrology
March 21, 2020
Dark of the Moon

As the Moon nears the threshold of Pisces where it will enter its dark phase in a few hours, the mood -- and the whole country -- has reached a place of solitude, waiting and watching. It's the week-end, fortunately, although maybe for some that means a few days & nights of wild parties & close socializing. This time though, they might want to think twice. Illness and death walk the land, relentless & quiet.

It gets your attention.

The Dark Moon in Pisces preparing for the New Moon in Aries have got to be the most yin days of the year. The Dark Moon is already a time of stillness & reflection, & Pisces is feminine, mutable, water. It doesn't get more receptive than that. In its wisdom the Cosmos has arranged for this to be a time to stay home, consult your intuition ... and take care of yourself.

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Defining the Dark of the Moon ---> Around the time of the New Moon ... ---> People know the difference between the New Moon and the Full Moon. We get one of each every month. They are part of everyday life. Some know those funny in-between stages have names and meanings, too. Less well known is something known as the Dark Moon -- or the Dark of the Moon -- which also happens every month in the 3 1/2 days surrounding the New Moon.

In the Dark of the Moon -- Where it all begins ---> Yeah, I know it's not the Dark of the Moon but do you know how boring those pictures are? ---> Make a note ---> 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.

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