The dark moon is an often neglected (but incredibly important) phase of the lunar cycle…
Sitting between the waning Moon phase, and New Moon, the Dark Moon phase isn’t quite either of these, despite often being bundled in together with them. Astrologers sometimes refer to the Dark Moon as the “Balsamic Moon” But in truth our dark lunar Mistress holds a different kind of quality, one that’s unique, mysterious and exceptionally powerful…
Suppression of the Dark Moon phase
I’m not going to beat around the bush.
Just like the spell of collective amnesia cloaking Divine Feminine wisdom, that humanity has been under for centuries, our “forgetfulness” around the Dark Moon didn’t happen by chance…
Knowledge of the dark Moon phase and her mysteries have been suppressed.
It’s been systematically stifled and silenced along with the wise women who held her secrets…
The dark Moon and the Dark feminine
Maybe this sounds a little far fetched? That information around a phase of the Moon could be removed from the collective consciousness?
But this is exactly what has happened! It happened because the Dark Moon is connected spiritually, symbolically, energetically and mythologically connected to the Dark Feminine. And the Dark Feminine is an aspect of the Divine Feminine (or Sacred Feminine), that contains her most transformational and fearsome potential…
But before we go there, let’s take a look at the rest of the lunar cycle
The lunar phases (you probably already know about)
One lunar cycle takes 29.5 days to complete. (It only actually takes the Moon 27.3 days to orbit the Earth, but as we have moved along on our own orbit around the Sun, the Moon needs to travel for almost a couple more days to reach her relative New Moon position once again).
Each day, the Moon moves eastwards by about 12 degrees. This means she rises about 50 minutes later every day, staggering further and further behind the rising Sun. This gentle dance is what creates the changing play of visible light across her surface.
The “new” lunar phase comes when la Luna is just visible as the sliver of an emerging crescent Moon in the daytime sky.
Waxing crescent Moon
Rising with us during the daytime and setting in the evening, in this phase she is a more obvious waxing crescent shape
Forming an astrological square with the Sun, this phase is revealed as a clear “half Moon” shape. Light will expand, overtaking the dark quarter.
Waxing gibbous Moon
Closer now to her Full phase, than new, the Moon appears in this waxing gibbous phase as a more bulbous, blossoming disc.
We all know this phase! Directly opposing her twin luminary, the Sun, she is fully illuminated. Rising when the Sun sets, setting when he rises.
Waning gibbous Moon
Having tipped over the edge of the cycles’ climax, the Moon is almost a mirror image of her waxing gibbous phase – she is still a swollen round disc but ebbing from on edge.
Forming another astrological square with the Sun, this phase is also revealed as a clear “half Moon” shape. This time, though, dark will overtake light.
Waning crescent Moon
Closer now to the next New Moon, than to this cycle’s full Moon phase, this is a more fragile, disappearing Moon that is again, a daytime companion.
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What we are here for…
Between one and three days (and nights) where the Moon is invisible. She is actually rising with the Sun. So she is there in the sky with us during the day, awake when we are… But bleached out by sunlight, not visible. And absent completely from the night sky.
What is Dark Moon Energy?
Consider the nature of a cycle.
There is movement from creation (or birth) to growth, to some kind of peak. Then dissemination and decay come next, leading to death (actual, metaphorical or ego death). Then the cycle begins again, as the ending time leads to re-birth, and the flow continues.
What happens in those moments between death and re-birth?
What is the mysterious process occurring there?
What IS that space?
That space is the Dark Moon phase.
It’s a place of mysterious, transformational, and regenerative energy. It’s beyond death… and beyond birth too. The dark Moon phase is liminal, other, unknown, and unknowable. But it’s there. We know it’s there, because the cycle continues….
Death leads to rebirth. And *something* makes that so.
That *something* is the dark Feminine. SHE lives in the dark Moon phase, and the dark Moon phase lives in her.
Yet this phase, and her energy are mysteries that are beyond mental understanding. Trying to figure this out isn’t the point. Instead, we can get to know how this energy feels and invite it into our lives, by submerging ourselves in it. Body, mind and spirit.
The mysteries of the dark Moon phase are an intrinsic part of ALL cycles of nature
And if you think about it… it’s the only part that man cannot control.
We can speed up growth cycles…
We can remove, compost and decay…
But we can’t harness the unknowable, transformational, regenerative power of that liminal phase of any cycle. The dark Moon phase remains wild, out of bounds and untamed.
Like the bleeding times of women, the dark Moon phase has been rejected because of it’s strange, still, chaotic and unfathomable nature…
Yet without it, life can’t exist.
How does the dark Moon phase affect us?
We are mirrors for the Moon.
So you may imagine how it feels, when all of this energy moves through YOU (and your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies) at this dark lunar phase.
↠ You may feel tired, have low energy, and feel sensitive to the outside world.
↠ A lot of internal processing, integration, and healing are likely happening and this can be really taxing, without you necessarily knowing why.
↠ You may need to sleep more, but end up tossing and turning a lot, and having strange dreams.
↠ Shadows can rise from the unconscious, catalyzing self-reflection and some deep introspection.
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What you can do at the dark Moon phase
Tuning in to your own needs above all else is a good rule of thumb at the dark Moon phase. Also:
- Turn off the media – tune into your inner world
- Also, TRUST what the world beyond is showing you – in the liminal (which is what the dark Moon phase is) signs, symbols and synchronicities take on extra meaning
- Tap into your intuition for guidance
- Let emotions flow – if you’re angry, go there. Let yourself feel what’s real.
- Commune with trusted spirit guides
- Invite in the dark Goddess
- Do crafts or make art with repetitive actions – weaving, knitting, drumming. NOt to be “creative” but to lull yourself into liminal, trance states to receive insights.
You can read about my personal Dark Moon practices here.
But most of all the Dark Moon is about YOUR experience of this energy, and what it’s bringing to your life at this time.
We are all perpetually moving through personal cycles of ebb and flow, growth and decay. The Moon brings us her medicine, but it’s up to you to see how it moves through your own body of work (which is your life, your art, and your experience).
She is returning.