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Aligning Yourself with the Dark of the Moon
Your private soul-journey through the lunar cycle

by Rebecca Brents

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What's this about?

Among astrologers, there's some discussion about when the Dark of the Moon begins & ends, but no controversy over the fact this energy, this special part of the Moon's cycle exists. Some want to start so that it covers the whole balsamic phase of the Lunar cycle -- the last 45° before it meets up with the Sun -- bringing the next New Moon onstage in a new sign, ready to tackle new projects & interests.

Personally, I like to confine the Dark of the Moon time to the final 30°, when the waning Moon enters the 12th House of the Solar Chart -- with the Sun constantly defining the Ascendant and the Moon moving steadily at 1° every two hours to make it to their inevitable meeting. This celestial clock starts then about 2 1/2 days before each New Moon. It's easy to find & it tightens the time-frame.

Then I extend the Dark Moon time out beyond the occurrence of the New Moon ... until the Moon is more than 10° ahead of the Sun. It takes the Moon about another day to cover that distance -- so in all, the 3 1/2 days that surround the New Moon each month are designated Dark of the Moon time for my purposes.

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How long does it last?

Other Astrologers want to end Dark Moon time at the moment of the New Moon's arrival -- like Cinderella's glass coach turning back into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight. Others want to wait that extra day & mark the end of the Dark Moon phase when the New Moon's razor thin crescent shows itself following the Sun down below the horizon at twilight. At that point there's no doubt the Moon is no longer dark.

If you choose to keep track of this to do ritual work or simply mark the New Moon's appearance each month as it fades into darkness & then reappears in light, you can choose any range, any definition that "feels right" to you. Intuition is a terrific tool to help you figure that out -- especially since intuition itself is "Moon territory." It's one of the things the Moon rules in your horoscope, so use it by all means!!

Me? I just follow the math. It works; it covers all bases. It's easy to find with my computer software. I don't have to scramble around to catch sight of the actual Moon in the sky on a particular day at a particular time. It's a decision that works for me, but you get to choose another, if you like. Your values / your rules. I'm fine with it. With that settled, let's move on.

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How do you know it when you see it?

As the Moon goes dark, the rhythm of Life itself, the mood & the emotional tone that underscores your everyday business, also changes. It becomes quieter, softer, more subtle. It's hard to describe. There's no specific word for it. It's simply a feeling of being more insular, focused inward, more aware of the ebb & flow of energy in your own emotional landscape -- & more willing to settle & just be there.

Sensitive people -- introverts, mystics, psychics, artists, nature-lovers, spiritual seekers -- seem more naturally attuned to this, better able to feel the shift as it happens & align themselves & their actions to just "go with it." For others, it may take some awareness & practice -- & access to a handy astrological calendar -- to learn how this feels. But it's a natural pulse & my guess is ... it's easy to find.

After a while, you learn to anticipate it & be alert to the changes that are so endemic to the Lunar cycles themselves. Just as you can learn to recognize the driftiness & mild fatigue that comes with the Moon void-of course, you learn to sense the Balsamic Moon phase & it's special healing climate & the soul invitations that come with it.

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What do you do with it?

Contemplation, reflection, musing, introspection, fantasy-work, journeying, dreams & visions -- all are so much a part of the Dark Moon's ambiance you're almost automatically absorbed by this business -- if you're paying any attention to your inner self at all. It's a place of shadows, memories, private thoughts, seclusion & mystical moods. It's a natural time to rest, heal & restore the integrity of your inner space.

You may find you actually crave some down-time, time to nap, to indulge your waking visions, time to just be alone & away from the press of everyday life & the demands of other people, time to collect your thoughts, gather yourself & just "be" for a while. A kind of drowsy fatigue is part of this time ... so give yourself the space & freedom to let it happen & not have to fight it.

Usually that means solitude, or at the least the gentle, loving presence of people who are with you on this journey to the innerworld, who feel the quiet, are aligned with its purpose & respect its power for you & for themselves.

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What good is it?

Psychic energy is strong during the Dark Moon phase. You can feel messages, lessons & intentions forming, stirring, growing & gaining strength. You're more in touch with your soul & its longings. You live serenely in the spiritual realms as a spiritual presence. The vibes are a lot different there.

The Dark of the Moon has been likened to an experience of death & resurrection. On the surface that may sound a little extreme, but it's easy to see how the analogy holds. Again, you need time, space, quiet & permission to occupy it without the threat of constant intrusion & demands from an outer world too absorbed by its own pressures & problems to step into the stillness.

New beginnings require preparation, awareness & maybe a witness. In the Dark of the Moon, that becomes your job for a while.

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From EDA: The Dark of the Moon ---> 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.

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Learn more about The Moon in Astrology
These are the index pages to all our articles
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The Moon in Astrology -- Articles Index
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The Full Moon in Astrology -- Articles Index
The Dark Moon in Astrology -- Articles Index
The Void-of-Course Moon in Astrology -- Articles Index

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