December 21 was the longest night of the year (in the Northern hemisphere) and it was also the start of the dark moon. It is the time of celebration and reflection; a time to come to terms with your strengths and weaknesses and see what you must accept and what you can change. There is nothing wrong with darkness. It is a symbol of creation. It’s the womb; the subconscious mind. The deepest reaches of the Universe where interstellar matter coalesce into stars and planets. The Darkness is life. So, remember when you light your candles or holiday lights, that the Darkness is beautiful, just like you.
There’s a little bit of love goin’ on in the Current Position and the Querrant cards, but … dag, I ain’t feeling it right now. Very intrigued by the parallel sevens in the “inner influences” positions, and the parallel knights in the final outcomes.
A few weeks ago we celebrated the autumn equinox, the time of the year when the night and day are exactly equal in length.
Now, with the moon barely new above us, a mere glimmer of light in the darkness, we find ourselves fully in a season of deepening, darkened nights. It’s a time for turning inward, of quieting down from long summer days with appointment planners and to-do lists that stretch for miles.
Where I live, in the San Francisco Bay, this is the time of pumpkin spice lattes for some and pumpkin chia smoothies for others, carrot cake (possibly gluten free), newly-planted kale in the ground and reddening leaves on the trees, chilly nights and warm afternoons finally free of fog.
I may be a summer baby, born in June, but cozy-sweater-and-hot-cocoa autumn has always been my favorite season.
I work with two primary goddesses, Brigid and Morrigan. In my work, they form a complementary pairing. Brigid usually takes the creative and healing roles, while the Morrigan is the goddess I turn to when I need to work through more difficult situations, such as engaging my shadows. As we turn towards this dark moon after Imbolc, I am reminded of the ways both of them are necessary and important parts of my work.
Do you tend to turn to different powers or deities in different situations? Do you have a dark moon goddess?
Some folks call February 2014 a Black Moon month because it has no new moon. Our lovely Selene hides her face. This situation can only occur in the short month of February. However, a Black Moon also refers to the second new moon in a calendar month, and January and March are both Black Moon months by that definition. The Black Moon on January 30 was especially auspicious, since the date also ushered in the Chinese new year, the Year of the Horse.
The Moon-goddess Selene accompanied by the Dioscuri, or Phosphoros (the Morning Star) and Hesperos (the Evening Star). Marble altar, Roman artwork, 2nd century CE. From Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Just so you’ll know, Black Moon also refers to a calendar month with no full moon, another situation that can only occur in the short month of February and results in January and March having two full moons…
Because I was sick, I completely missed the Black Moon in January. For those of us who aren’t in the know (including myself), a black moon is two dark moons in a month. It’s opposite a blue moon, which most know is two full moons in month. I say dark moon because most pagans see the new moon as a dark moon and new moon to us is about 3 days after the dark moon, when a sliver of crescent is visible starting the waxing moon phase. I hinted at the Dark Moon phase on a previous post but I neglected to go into detail because, honestly, I didn’t know about the Black Moon. I’m still learning. Whether it’s relevant or not is up to the practitioner, but I think it’s a very significant phenomenon. But, fortunately March is another Black Moon month, the 1st and 31st are both dark moons. The next black/blue moon is July 2015 when there will be blue moon. You can get dates and times here. Some will choose to work on banishing negativity as is the usual ritual on a dark moon. Or you can do nothing. It’s really up to you. Do whatever your spirit moves you to do. BTW, anytime is a great time to banish negativity from your life. But, with such a divine stage coming into play with these lunar energies lining up, I think a lot of fellow pagans will take full advantage of the opportunity.
I realized that the New Year is beginning on a dark moon. I think that’s great way of starting off the year off by removing old energies and as the new moon approaches bring in prosperity. I got the Moon Phase Pro on my phone and now I can better gauge the moon so I can do more effective work on my spells.