On Monday, the very last sliver of moonlight will fade from view and we will enter into the dark moon phase on Tuesday. I must confess that even though I was born under a waxing crescent, which is a time of beginnings, expansion, opening and revealing - the dark moon, with all of its inner-ness, reflection, and going within is my absolute favorite phase. I wait for it each month, hungry for the solitude, the depth and the mystery that it brings. Perhaps because it is the very opposite of my birth moon that I am so attracted to it. Perhaps I seek its permission to rest and be tranquil, as my true lunar nature commands me to always be 'doing'. (Order your Birth Moon Forecast here)
When the Great Mother Moon goes dark, she is offering us her wisest, most mystical, most magical and most potent feminine essence. This is the moon of witches, priestesses, the crone, the wise woman and the dark goddess. It is a moon for women who run with wolves, jaguars and panthers. Spider Woman, the goddess of creation, rests from her weaving under this moon. Kore, the maiden goddess daughter of Demeter, descends quietly down into the underworld of Hades as soon as the sky goes dark, and even Kali, goddess destruction and creation, puts down her sword to walk quietly into the dark night with her necklace of skulls rattling softly against her bare breasts.
The dark moon is often called the new moon by traditional calendars, astronomy and astrology, but for magical folk and goddesses; the new moon begins when the first light is seen amongst the stars. A very short phase; usually only 1 -2 days, the dark moon is a time for deep, inner reflection, deep, inner exploration and deep, inner quietude. This is a moon of the subconscious, it is for dreaming, for prayer, for meditation and for shamanic journeys. No magic is to be performed during this time. No manifesting and no creating...this is a time of being, not doing.
The moon is going within now; she is retreating, resting, restoring and replenishing. She is seeking her own counsel, looking to her own self for answers and reflecting on her sacredness, her holiness and her mystery. If you choose to align with the moon and mirror her activities, she will gift you with so much self-awareness, help you to know yourself more intimately, she will inspire you to connect to your own sacred holiness and encourage your own self-devotion.
You will begin to feel the stirrings of active energies once the new moon is visible on Wednesday, and this waxing/expanding energy will continue until the full moon at the end of the month.
While visiting the house of Gemini on Monday, the dark moon sets the tone for the week and inspires communication, socializing and...indecisiveness, but don't worry too much about this as she moves quickly into Cancer on Tuesday, bringing with her the desire to stay home, relax, curl up with a good book and retreat. On Friday the moon visits Leo causing you to need lots of attention from others, until she visits Virgo on Sunday, when you begin to pay more attention to details than to yourself.
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June 14, 2015 05:51 PM Moon enters Gemini; perception, intuition, communication
June 16, 2015 10:51 PM Moon enters Cancer: emotions, focus, attention to self
June 19, 2015 06:22 AM Moon enters Leo: radiance, power, courage
June 21, 2015 04:59 PM Moon enters Virgo; healing, magic, being of service
LUNAR ASPECTS A time for solitude, retreat, tranquility, meditation, prayer, shamanic journeying, personal power rituals, and rituals of Goddess devotion, ceremony and magic. Remember that this is not a time of creating, or manifesting. It is a time of conceiving, potential, rest and replenishment.
LUNAR GODDESSES Hecate, the goddess of witches, is quite powerful during the dark moon. She presides over death and life's mysteries as well as being the protectress and avenger of those wrongly accused and oppressed. Working with Hecate can help you to 'destroy and create'; release and gather, through her association to birth, death and rebirth. Work with her to explore the wisdom and mystery and knowledge of the underworld and afterlife.
LUNAR MAGIC Generally speaking, no magic is to be performed during this moon, as its energies are too unstable and the veil between worlds is too thin. One can accidentally call upon unseen, negative forces when performing magic during a dark moon. That being said, you can perform dark moon rituals, and travel into the realms of the subconscious, and the collective conciousness. Sit in a darkened room during the dark moon. Play a recording of a steady, shamanic drumbeat (try this one). Set your intention to enter into the realm of the dark moon, and allow your mind to travel there with the music. Keep a journal nearby to record your experience.
LUNAR HERBS & OILS Vetiver root is a very aromatic herb that deeply grounds one to the earth is wonderful for using when going even deeper than the earth. It can inspire your psyche to release, let go and astrally travel to the other realms of existence while simultaneously staying connected to the earth and physical realm. Anoint your third eye with vetiver essential oil just before your meditation.
LUNAR BUSINESS A strange, neutral time for finances - as it is a time of stillness and non-action, but you may find that you can generate money without trying during this moon. The dark moon has a very 'yin' or feminine energy and so this is also a very receptive lunar phase so try not to spend much during the dark moon.
LUNAR BEAUTY All waning phases are wonderful for releasing/detoxing and the dark moon is an excellent time for replenishing and restoring. Use ocean based facial and body products such as dried seaweed in the bath along with sea salt and Dead Sea mud and brine water facials. I take a bath every day - but take extra long, super luxurious baths during the dark moon phase.
LUNAR LOVE If you are in an established relationship during the dark moon; practice deeper intimacy, slower love-making and Tantric meditations with your beloved. If you are in a newer relationship; spend quiet, simple time with your new love, gazing into each other's eyes and meditating together. If you are single during this phase; practice sensual self-love and hone your private meditation skills.
LUNAR CREATIVITY I find that I am highly creative - but not productive during the dark moon. I take many notes, make many sketches and have millions of ideas. I file them all away until a waxing phase when I have the energy to bring them into the world
LUNAR ABUNDANCE The dark moon is a time of potential, vision, mystery and hidden treasures. Expect plentiful, spiritual, non-physical riches and abundance at this time, such as many dreams - you may have several in one night, and they may be incredibly visual, mysterious, ancient, collective and epic.
LUNAR AFFIRMATION I close my eyes, and open my heart to the unseen, the hidden, the mysteries of life and to the realms beyond this world. I embrace stillness, tranquility and quietude with grace, with patience and with gratitude.
As always, I am wishing you Goddess blessings and lunar light!
Moonologist Renée Starr spends most of her time researching, writing and teaching ancient Goddess and lunar wisdom. Read her full bio here.