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The Dark of the Moon
From Everyday Astrology
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by Rebecca Brents

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dark night sky and stars

Everyday Astrology
June 9, 2021
The Dark of the Moon

The Dark of the Moon. It sounds appropriately spooky, secretive & mysterious, doesn't it? You can almost hear an old folk-story teller raise a finger & croak, "Strange things happen when the Moon is dark." And as a shiver runs down your spine, you wouldn't think to question it. In fact, the Dark of the Moon can be all of those things ... is all of those things ... & so much more besides.

The energy of the Dark Moon is special. When you learn what it feels like, there's no mistaking it. It brings a time of rituals, heightened intuition, psychic visions, meaningful memories & spidey-sense. Your mind, your Inner Self & your psyche turn inward, reach deeper & operate on more intense & profound levels of awareness ... when the Moon goes dark.

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Everyday Astrology
May 9, 2021
Dark of the Moon

Between the end of the current lunar cycle & the start of the next when the New Moon arrives, there is a time of complete darkness. The Moon is no longer visible at all day or night. It's still in the sky, obviously, but from Earth we can't see it. It's too close to the Sun, lost in the glare. This time is appropriately known as the Dark of the Moon.

It's not just a time of darkness. It's a space of psychological pause, stillness, waiting, listening, healing. So much happening in the inner world while the outer world seems becalmed. Lowered energy. Lowered motivation. Watchfulness, waiting, stillness. Waiting for the arrival of ... something else. Both somnolent & intense. That's part of the paradox.

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Everyday Astrology
September 14, 2020
The Dark of the Moon

Have you hear people say, the older you get the faster time moves? There must be something to it. As years are numbered & days grow short, time may speed up -- but people spend a lot of time looking back. Reminiscing. Remembering.

Memories long forgotten surface. Other memories you can't escape. There's a search for meaning. A search for answers. A search for whatever it takes to lay something to rest. Death is itself a mystery. A place of darkness? A time of rebirth? A step from one reality across a threshold into another?

As in life, things merge & shift. Pictures distort. Facts fade. Feelings change. So do perspectives. Life itself seems like a chaos of clutter, images, time out of sequence. Time keeps moving. Carrying us onward. No one really knows where. Is it a paradise? The Summerlands? Is it a place of waiting & Limbo ... where the newly dead mingle with the unborn? Is change ... so constant here ... also there?

You'd think for all our science & technology, curiosity & questions, we'd have better answers. Goodness knows we've had plenty of time to investigate. But what happens after the inevitable passing? We have to rely on mystics, visions, spiritual teachers, religious dogma. Ultimately we have to rely on faith.

At the end of life, in the deep of winter, in time of bitter shock & grief, we turn to faith, searching for the way back to the light & Life. It's a separate place of transition & hope, illusions, imagination, strange fantasies & craziness. Of course, these are all times of darkness, when time is altered, the energy is poignant & mysterious ... as life moves you relentlessly into "something else."

It's also the energy of the Dark of the Moon. Every month.

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Everyday Astrology
August 16, 2020
Dark of the Moon

The Dark of the Moon has come again as we settle into our various healing rituals & routines & await the arrival of the proud & powerful New Moon in Leo. The altered energy that accompanies the Dark of the Moon each month is notable for its mysterious aura of secrets & magic. With practice, you can learn to feel its presence as clearly as any other physical sensation -- and its approach as it moves into place.

There's a definite sense of turning inward, gazing at the territory of your psyche & inner landscape as feeling become stronger, visions more prevalent & the allure of new creations & possibilities tug insistently at your imagination. The Dark of the Moon is a time of great power, for when "anything is possible." creativity becomes a true force to reckon with. The mandate to use it responsibly is always part of the moment.

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Everyday Astrology
July 20, 2020
Dark of the Moon

We've just come through the Dark of the Moon for the second New Moon in Cancer 2020. The fact that there are two New Moons in Cancer this year makes this one the book end on a month of especially sober reflection on the issues of protection, safety, emotional support & home & family matters. The reason is become the Moon rules Cancer, so we've doubled-down yet again on this energy.

And if you don't have these interests bearing down hard on you from the outer culture, maybe you're just not paying attention. Believe me they're there. Life has become challenging for almost everyone on almost every front. Needing a place of safety & sanctuary where you can retreat, rest & restore yourself has become essential.

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fog and twilight

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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The Dark of the Moon

* 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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clouded moon
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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the Dark of the Moon

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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