In the midnight hour when the sky is dark
And the moon has hidden Her face,
A moment is given for us to pause,
Silence and rest a warm embrace.
– Megan Black
What’s a Dark Moon?
The Dark Moon is the time in the sky at night when there is absolutely no moonlight. We can’t see the moon and there is 0% illumination. Many people consider the period of the Dark moon to be the same as the New Moon. This is fine. Your practice is going to be your own, but for me, the Dark Moon is just as important as the Full Moon and is different than the New Moon. This is probably just a witchcraft thing because even my Moon Phase app calls the period of 0% illumination the New Moon but I digress.
The difference for me is that the Dark Moon has 0% illumination whereas the New Moon is just what it sounds like. This is the time in the sky when we can just start to see the moon. In terms of illumination percentages, I would say the New Moon is that period in the sky where the moon is illuminated just 1-2%. It is the time of beginnings.
So what’s the point of the Dark Moon?
As I mentioned above, I view the Dark Moon differently than the New Moon. For me, the Dark Moon is a period of rest and reflection and I normally do not do any spellwork. When I work with the phases of the moon, which does not always happen, I try very hard to not do any sort of magick or spellwork during the Dark Moon.
Even nature needs to take a break and we can’t expect the energy of the Moon to always be available to us. She can’t go through the cycles of Her phases and always be ready for us magickal people to take advantage of Her energy. She needs a time of rest and reflection just like we do.
For me, the energy of the Dark Moon is not conducive to spellwork. She has turned away from us and given us a forced moment of rest and reflection. For me, this is an important part of my practice both magickally and spiritually. If I’m constantly moving, going from one task to the next, consantly wondering what I can do to stay busy? Well, then I miss the things going on around me on a smaller scale. When you miss the small things in life, you can end up missing the bigger picture.
What do I do, then?
During the Dark Moon, I spend more time meditating. I spend more time journaling. I spend more time in reflection. These are all things that I try to do regularly, but being attuned to the natural cycles of the world around me also means taking the time to really focus on the reflection because, if I’m being honest, I’m always moving and always trying to stay busy.
This is the nature of someone trying to make a living as a freelancer anyway but still…
If you have kids, you can use Lady Althaea’s Dark Moon Meditation for Children.
Meditation is a means of quieting the conscious mind, allowing the subconscious to come forth and enabling us to connect with our Higher Self, as well as any Spirit Guides, and even our Gods. It can foster greater relaxation and helps in dealing with stress, even if only done for a few minutes.
The Seasonal Soul has journal prompts for the Dark Moon
It is a very beautiful & powerful practice to begin answering these questions with every Dark Moon. When you engage in this journaling practice monthly, you begin to see more clearly the path you’re walking in life. You can see what the focus is for you each month, the lessons you’re learning, and wisdom gained with each moon cycle.
And I have a guided meditation for Self-Compassion through Difficult Times
However you decide to honor and celebrate the New Moon or Dark Moon, I wish you the best during the time of darkness.
And remember, a seed is planted in darkness. Growth happens in the dirt and muck where no one can see the first tremblings of life. Darkness is not something to be feared, and you can grow an exponential amount when you realize that reflection during the darkness is just as important as the growth in the light.
Continuing the discussion from Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE- Magick in the Dark: