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On Saturday the 18th of November 2017 at 6:42 am EST, the New/Dark Moon in Scorpio arrives in my neighborhood. However, your mileage may vary – be sure to check for your local time HERE. What does this mean for you? Here’s some information I’ve put together to help shine some light on this lightless event.
If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, some of this info will be a repeat – if you want to skip to the new stuff, click HERE.
Why do you say New/Dark moon? Is there a difference between the two?
My preference is “Dark” but since so many people refer to it as “New”, I include both. I wrote about this a couple years back, but essentially, this is the clarification that feels right to me.
From Lady Althaea‘s website –
The Dark Moon
Astronomically, this refers to the period when the Moon is not visible in the sky. This lasts between 1-3 days, depending upon your location. This is the period between the end of the Waning Moon up to and including the very start of the Waxing Moon, when the Moon is again illuminated by the Sun.
Astrologically and magickally, this refers to the period when the Moon is not illuminated in any way, it is the period between the end of the Waning Moon and the start of the Waxing Moon.
The New Moon
Astronomically, this refers to the Midpoint of the Dark Moon, the time of which the Moon is exactly between phases, i.e. Waxing and Waning, as such, all times given for the New Moon on calendars, and even on the NASA website, are the Midpoint, the peak of, the Dark Moon.
Astrologically and magickally, this refers to the very beginning of the Waxing Moon, when the Moon is again illuminated by the Sun; that very first Crescent of Moon in the Sky.
Magical Dark Moon Facts
Other Dark Moon facts that come in handy when considering ritual, magickal workings, and meditations:
- The Dark Moon rises and sets with the Sun, therefore it is not visible in the night sky
- As the Dark Moon aligns with the path of the Sun, it is at its highest apex in the sky at noon
- The energy of the Dark Moon is as powerful a time as any other in the lunar cycle, and can be accessed during the height of day or dark of night
- Chthonic aspects correspond to the Dark Moon
- Dark Moon magick is best suited to introspection, banishing negativity, or transformational and ancestral work
- The goddess Hecate is associated with the Dark Moon
- Labradorite is the gemstone associated to the Dark Moon
- Dark Moon magick is often practiced widdershins (counter-clockwise direction)
The New/Dark Moon in Scorpio
Whilst Googling for reference articles, I stumbled upon this new-ish site, and fell in love with Rosebud Baker‘s take on this celestial event. I mean, how could I not adore someone who uses Giphy to illustrate a post? Here’s a snippet, but be sure to click over to November’s New Moon In Scorpio 2017 Is The Perfect Opportunity To Explore Your “Dark Side” to find more details about the four ways “to do the work on yourself that the Scorpio moon calls you to do.”
If you haven’t already been channeling your dark side, this November new moon in Scorpio is coming around the corner to help you out. November 2017 new moon in Scorpio gives us all the chance to get in touch with our shadow selves, the parts of us that we keep hidden not just from the public eye but from ourselves. That’s the energy of Scorpio: digging deep underneath the surface to draw up the grimy sludge of the upside down, and to inspect that sludge, burn that sludge, and ultimately rise from its dust like a phoenix.
A new moon is the moment in the lunar cycle when we are called to put our goals into actions, and when the new moon is in Scorpio, it calls on us to transform our actions in order to transform ourselves, and our external lives. It’s a time to take a leap into the unknown, to do what you are most afraid of, and to face the consequences of your actions head on. Here are some of the ways to do the work on yourself that the Scorpio moon calls you to do, from the personal to the material. You can do it, just be brave.
New/Dark Moon Rituals
New/Dark Moon in Scorpio Infographic
Finally, here’s the graphic I created for the occasion, using one of my shots of the Full Wolf Moon in January, darkened with a filter, since it’s tough to snap shots of something that’s “invisible against the backdrop of the Sun in the sky.” Be sure to shout out in the comments with how you’ll be celebrating this magical time. Bright New/Dark Moon in Scorpio blessings!