"All good things are wild and free.” - Henry David Thoreau
For me, it is the dark moon that sets the tone of the entire lunar cycle, with her irresistible mysteries and primal, untamed nature stalking me like a she-wolf in the night. The dark moon beckons us to follow her deep, deep down into the dark forest of the psyche, where words fall soundless to the ground and the stirrings of the soul, emotions and feelings reign supreme.
A time of prayer, insight, meditation and stillness, the dark moon's silent, unseen essence can help us to discover how wild we truly are. By going deep within to reveal what is hidden, unhealed and unrealized, we can recover our lost sense of freedom, and recover permission to be free...and wild. Each month, I study the dark moon's aspects, and I find that this reveals not only the hidden underpinnings of lunar wisdom, but it also becomes a powerful guide for my wild-side.
Using 'Esoteric Astrology' - which focuses upon the soul's cyclical journey of incarnations through each of the 12 zodiacal signs, and the Mansions of the Moon - which are the 28 constellations of stars that the moon appears to move through each month, we will explore the wilder, darker side of the moon and our own wild, dark side, as well.
DARK MOON IN AQUARIUS
The dark moon occurs of February 8th. On February 7th, at 5:59 am UTC the moon moves into the sign of Aquarius, the Bearer of The Waters of Life, and remains there until February 9th at 8:31 am. Calculate your current time zone here.
The oldest of the zodiac signs, the esoteric essence of Aquarius is that of the eternal light in the darkness, the light at the end of the tunnel and the light that shines to us from across the sea, guiding us to shore. It is also the waters of life that cleanse, clarify and heal us on a deep, soul level. Aquarius purifies and purifies with her light and water until all that is dark is gone. She leads us to understand the nature of how everything is connected to everything, and reveals to us the invisible fabric of love and truth that holds everything and everyone together. Aquarius says to our soul, “Water of life am I, poured forth for thirsty humanity.”
I find that an Aquarius dark moon is the perfect time to ask myself; what is my soul thirsty for? And then make preparations for my new moon wishes when I will ask for whatever it is that my soul desires. I'll do this when the light of the new moon appears. Both this sign and this phase are about leaving the realm of darkness and emerging into the light. It is a time of death and rebirth, so I will also begin preparations for releasing whatever is ready to 'die' in order to make room for whatever is ready to be 'born', in a ritual that I will perform on the full moon.
During this dark moon, which hovers over the threshold of the living and the dead, check on your connections in and to the world; how are you connected to life? Lately, I have been feeling as if I am very disconnected from the world and its rhythms, like I am floundering a bit on an open sea, in a boat without wind to fill my sails. While everything in my body tells me to go down below and curl up into a ball until this is over...the moonwild side of me says to jump overboard and swim naked in the sea with my hair trailing behind me like ribbons of seaweed.
What does this mean, really? In Aquarian terms, it means to seek the light, even in your most darkest hour and in dark moon terms it means do not go quietly into the night - do not give up your dreams so easily, flow with what is at hand and make your way through your darkness towards that first sliver of light in the night sky.
THE 26th LUNAR MANSION
The moon is now passing through a constellation of stars that are called Al Fargh al-Awwal, which signifies a time of divine, higher love, the search for all that is beautiful in the world and that seeking of which draws the soul ever towards the true Celestial, and Divine Source.
Like the sign of Aquarius, this is a time of connection, but one of the soul to The Divine, not of the soul to the world. It is a good time to elevate your search for love, raise self-esteem, and to make deeper connections in your relationships with Spirit, Source, God/Goddess and the Divine Mother/Father. The light and life waters of Aquarius flow from these Divine Essences out to all of humanity, to all of life on earth...connect to them - most especially to The Goddess so that you can connect to Her Divine radiance and magnificence - which is what fuels your wild, primal female soul.
INVOKING THE WILD
In the dark of night I stand
alone, skyclad and waiting
with only the stars as my cover,
twinkling, flickering and ancient.
In my heart I am searching
for a love that is wild, free and
burns like the light of the moon,
steady, constant and sacred.
O Great Mother, speak to me.
O Great Mother, come to me.
O Great Mother, bring to me,
Your love, Your light and Your wild Essence.
I will stand, I will wait, and I will search
For all this and more,
to speak to me, to come to me and to be brought to me.
And, so it is!
* skyclad is a Pagan term that is used to mean naked, to be as you were born, with only your skin between you and the natural world.
AQUARIUS MOON ELIXIR
Valerian root is a strong smelling, earthy, underworld herb that is used for relaxing the mind, inducing dreams, and facilitating travel between the realms. White rose is a lovely, sweet smelling and yet quite powerful flower most associated with love, protection and spirituality. I have paired it here with valerian in honor of February's association with love, and also to protect you as you travel down into the deep wild of the dark moon.
1 tsp of dried valerian root
1 tsp dried white rose petals
Raw honey, agave or maple syrup to taste
Boil 8 ounces of spring water
Add dried root and petals, cover, let steep 5 mins.
Strain out plant material
Sip slowly just before bedtime
* valerian root has an unusual taste, and some people find it too unusual...if this is true for you, please substitute lavender buds, which have similar properties, but are associated with air, rather than earth.
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I'll see you next month on the dark moon with more ways to celebrate being moonwild, but for now, please enjoy this month's Lunar Calendar. At the bottom of the calendar you'll notice a raven's wing, a bird that is symbolic of the night, the in-between, the shamanic realms and the blessings of second sight. For me this bird represents the dark moon's essence of mystery, magic and otherworldliness. And, remember.......your calendar is printable on legal size paper.
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.