* The Dark of the Moon is a well-known & much celebrated part of the Lunar Cycle -- the complete monthly circle of the Moon through its different phases. But the Dark of the Moon isn't an official "moon phase." It's a period of time that straddles part of the Balsamic phase (the final phase) & part of the New Moon phase (the start of a new lunar cycle.)
* The Dark of the Moon is the period of about 3 1/2 days surrounding the New Moon (the conjunction of the Moon & the Sun) when the Moon is so close to the Sun it's unable to reflect sunlight back to us from our vantage point on Earth.
* Technically, there is no such thing as "moonlight." The Moon doesn't shine or generate its own light. Moonlight is actually reflected Sunlight, & during the Dark of the Moon -- as the designation implies, there's none of that at all to be seen by eyes on Earth.
* The "Dark of the Moon" officially begins as the final sliver of light from the Moon fades on the left -- and officially ends either at the conjunction of the Moon and the Sun (in some practices) or when the first sliver of light from the New Moon is visible -- about 24 hours after the conjunction (according to other practices.) I say take the extra time -- just to be sure & become you deserve it.
* The Dark is the Moon is called by some the "dead moon" -- but it's actually the incubation phase of creation's cycle, so it's hardly "dead" at all in the sense of being lifeless, but its energy is very, very quiet ... in the sense of being still, calm & virtually dormant ... motionless.
* The Moon is "dark" during this time because all the sunlight striking it is on the side that constantly faces away from Earth -- the area known in popular culture as the Dark Side of the Moon. (The Dark of the Moon and the Dark Side of the Moon are two different things.)
* Likewise the Dark of the Moon and the New Moon are two different things -- although I've seen some writers who seem to mash them both together. (And as I said, the time of the two do intersect & overlap.) The Dark of the Moon is a time of rest, quiet & contemplation. The New Moon is a time of setting intentions & launching actions.
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