The Dark Moon holds an interesting place within witchcraft. Far more poetic and filled with mystery, just the name alone conjures thoughts of the unknown and makes it seem more plausible that truly nefarious acts are being done beneath its shadow than at any other point in the Lunar cycle. After all, just the name Dark Moon means that this night belongs to those of a more misunderstood bent, those who more comfortably dwell in night, alone, with naught but starlight and candle flame to light their way, right?
Not so much. While it may seem tempting to buy into ideas that dark and light have some sort of actual meaning within witchcraft, they don’t. Especially when you look at witchcraft from a historical and/or modern Pagan approach. Dark and light with any sort of implied connotation of good and evil is childish at best, and purposely ignorant at worst. The Dark Moon is just one of eight points within the Lunar cycle and there is nothing intrinsically good, bad, or adhering to a misunderstood teenage witchcraft aesthetic about it or any other Lunar phase.
But, Dark Moon magick is a different sort of beast than that of Full Moon magick. The energy of the Dark Moon has a different effect upon us, pulling us deep within ourselves. And what lays inside can be scary.
A shadow slips across the land, slowly, so that, to some, it goes unnoticed; the assuming darkness thought to've always been there, and in some cases, this is correct. But to those with eyes to see, this change is noticed, contemplated, and compared to previous times. Patterns emerge. Remembrance of how events played out in the past, of how they are wanted to play out in the future; plans were made and carried out accordingly.
A tap on the shoulder, a glance from the Moon, shivers up the spine as palms blaze with fire. There is only one outcome acceptable.
Key in hand, the threshold is crossed, Gods and Ancestors alike are greeted, petitioned, honored, evoked.
There is only one outcome acceptable.
As the Sun gently slips beneath the Western horizon, a Full, pregnant Moon slowly climbs up out of the East. The energy of this Moon has been building determinedly. Joined now, auspiciously, by Jupiter and Uranus, the night is full of promise and opportunity.
The tingling in the air is unmistakable, the possibilities endless.
Embrace the cold of the Winter night, call to the Lady, and make your request.
The Winter Solstice is literally just around the corner and oh, so auspiciously occurring within hours of not just a Full Moon, but a Total Lunar Eclipse, visible to most of the planet. So, while this all sounds terribly exciting and momentous, what does it actually mean to the magickally inclined?
I can't help but feel as if there some indication for improvement in the general standings of things coming. This last Dark Moon has affected me quite strongly and quite differently than usual. I've been unable to sleep the last few night, easy enough to blame on pregnancy derived comfort issues, but that hasn't been the case at all; I lay in bed, comfy, exhausted, and wide awake.
The Moon, as we are all aware, asserts Her influence most heavily upon the water; the ocean levels rise and fall upon the beach at Her command. Interestingly, the earth and the human body have about the same percentage of water volume. Is it any wonder then, as water bodied wonders ourselves, that the Moon should have just as strong an effect on us?
Throwing the Bones
Whether you're struggling with something spiritually or in everyday life, bone divination can highlight areas where focus is needed and identify alternative ways forward.
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