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Defining the Dark of the Moon

by Celeste L. Walker

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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.

New Moons form when the Moon and the Sun occupy the same degree and minute of arc in the circle of the Zodiac. At that phase of its cycle the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun. This is what it looks like to an Astrologer. The two most important celestial citizens in a horoscope are lined up together perfectly in the chart.

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The New Moon is characterized in everyday life as the thin sliver of light in the night sky that appears just after sunrise in the morning or just before sunset at night, when the Moon is virtually linked to the Sun as it crosses either horizon. The New Moon is able to display its trademark crescent of light because it has moved far enough away from the Sun to reflect some sunlight.

This is necessary for there to be any moonlight at all. The Moon itself does not generate light. It reflects sunlight. But when the Moon is still too close to the sun, it's not in a position to do that and still be seen from our vantage point on earth. It will certainly be reflecting light on the other side of the Moon -- the side that faces the Sun ... the side that is always facing away from us. But that doesn't give us anything to look at at all -- obviously.

At that time, the Moon appears to be dark to us. There is no reflected light -- no moonlight ... nothing to see in the sky. For about 3 1/2 days every month, the Moon is so close to the Sun that it's lost in the Sun's glare in the daytime -- and it's not in a position to reflect anything from the Sun at night. Astrologers, pagans and others who care about the Moon in its various phases and what these mean refer to this time every month as the Dark of the Moon.

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During the Dark of the Moon, to an Astrologer, the Moon would be somewhere in this area relative to the Sun ...

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Just as the different, more familiar moon phases highlight special moods and interests, the Dark of the Moon has its unique concerns, too. These deal with recuperation, rest, inner reflection, learning from the past and setting intentions for the future. The energy from the Dark Moon will facilitate this ... and add its own subtle dimensions to living a more conscious life.

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* The Dark of the Moon -- A time of magic and creation ---> A time of mystery and magic ---> The Dark of the Moon is considered an especially mysterious, fruitful, and flexible time of "molding" the creative experiences that will come forth in the weeks immediately ahead. It is said that wishes made as the last sliver of the Moon's light fades on the left, and affirmed through the Dark of the Moon period until the first sliver of new light appears again on the right, have special support -- special empowerment -- to come true.

* Put Dark Moon Magic to Work -- For YOU!! ---> A time to restore and strengthen your spirit ---> The Dark of the Moon is considered an especially mysterious, fruitful, and flexible time of "molding" the creative experiences that will come forth in the weeks immediately ahead. It is said that wishes made as the last sliver of the Moon's light fades on the left, and affirmed through the Dark of the Moon until the first sliver of new light appears again on the right, have special support -- special empowerment -- to come true.

* Feeling and Healing -- in the Dark of the Moon ---> Welcome to The Dark of the Moon ---> We all know the shifting shapes and different phases of the Moon as it travels through the sky every month -- from the sickle-shape of the Crescent Moon to the full round dinner plate magnificence of the Full Moon. Those of us deeply aligned with the metaphysical world often wait deliberately for the arrival of the New Moon every month before we begin new projects -- to let the right kind of support and energy assemble.

* 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 Moon, if you can see it at all -- it's way too close to the Sun, appears black and dead in the sky, and, of course, the nights themselves, with no moonlight at all, are especially dark and still.

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