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Basic Stuff About the Dark of the Moon
The Science and Physics of the Phenomenon

by Serenity Chappell

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* 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.

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* 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.

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* 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.)

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* 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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* The Moon -- Ruler of Cancer ---> One of the most important components in your horoscope ---> The Moon, silvery, mysterious and reflective, is the astrological metaphor which symbolizes an individual's inner, feeling-based personality. Along with the Sun and the Ascendant (or Rising Sign -- the sign that was literally rising on the eastern horizon at the time of birth, the Moon is one of the three most significant components in a horoscope, traditionally considered ....

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More on the Dark of the Moon

* Black Moon, Dark Moon, New Moon -- Ok, let's get this sorted out ---> Three names, three things ---> You've certainly heard the term New Moon applied to that part of the Moon's cycle when a small sliver of light appears in the western sky at dusk ... and gradually begins filling in over the next two weeks to reach the glorious display of the Full Moon before diminishing down to nothing again. Moon-watchers of all ages -- and maybe you are one -- enjoy this free celestial show every month.

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Sun and Moon

* The Sun and Moon in Your Natal Chart -- Two powerful descriptions of you ---> Your two most important Inner Selves ---> Even in the more subtle, introverted signs, like Scorpio, Virgo and Pisces, The Sun's energy in your horoscope is considered powerful, masculine and demonstrative. Its expression can be overwhelmed and disguised by other factors or afflictions in the horoscope, but not easily.

* The Luminaries in Astrology -- The Sun and The Moon -- What are they ... and what's the difference? ---> The Light-givers ---> The Luminaries -- This term refers to The Sun and The Moon in a horoscope -- distinguishing them from the other common elements ... the eight known planets, excluding the Earth. The term luminary suggests The Sun and The Moon are both sources of light ....

* The Sun -- Ruler of Leo -- Symbol of Your Essential Self ---> The Sun, without which life on Earth could not exist as we know it, is the astrological metaphor which symbolizes an individual's basic personality, the underlying canvas upon which all the other colors and elements of his character are co-mingled and combined.

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The Dark of the Moon
From the Blogs, Ezines & Elsewhere

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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