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A Black Moon Month

8th February, 2018 Miscellaneous
Black Moonstone c. Michael Illas, The Crystal Companion.

Black Moonstone c. Michael Illas, The Crystal Companion.

A black moon month. Sounds depressing doesn’t it. But not so dire when tagged onto a message from a friend asking that as her birthday is in a ‘black moon month’ could we go out and have some reckless fun. Yes please!

The blue supermoon just before the eclipse.

The blue supermoon just before the eclipse.

A black moon month simply means that there will be no full moon in February. We are in a period of intense lunar activity, as we’ve just had one eclipse and two full moons in January. As I write, we are midway to the next eclipse on the new moon on 15 February. A potent moment. It’s the first black moon month in nineteen years and that’s important because nineteen years is a nodal cycle. Nodal cycle are notional points in the sky. We won’t go into the celestial geometry, but the nodes are an indication of karmic and soul purpose. The north node is your current soul purpose and the south node your past. Eclipses are always conjunct the nodes and indicate a time to let go of anything from the past that might be holding you back. When a black moon month comes around, it’s time to go deep within to discover whether you’re on your soul path – or not. Which is where Black Moonstone comes in. This stone protects you while you travel the underworld in search of your karmic gifts and deep inner wisdom.

There is a plethora of meanings available for the dark moon month:

‘According to renowned witch, Skye Alexander, the black moon is also an ideal time to manifest your spells and wishes more quickly. So if you’re itching to ask the universe for something important, the black moon is the perfect time to do it!

On the other hand, astrologers also have their own idea of what the black moon is all about. Some believe the moon will pull out our darkest feelings, our scariest skeletons, everything we keep hidden and would rather continue to avoid. It’s a time that drama might ensue, for all the negative emotions of the spectrum, like envy, hatred, and revenge, will sit at the surface of everything. It’s recommended that we remain patient during this time and to think twice before going through with a risky action. These unflattering emotions are a product of pain and if we embrace them with full-force, they will only breed more pain. However, they have to be released sometime, and the black moon is here to help with the purging process.

Some astrologers also believe that the black moon will bring out all of our opposite qualities, as described in a concept called the “anima” by Carl G. Jung. In the most basic terms, someone who normally harbors more masculine energy will be forced to embrace their more feminine centers, and vice versa. It’s bound to be a time where people will surprise each other. []

A Lilith Month

A black moon month is also known as a Lilith month. Now there’s an interesting thought! There are various Liliths in astrology: a ‘dark moon Lilith’, a black moon Lilith, and an asteroid. Some astrologers use one, or all, of them, others none:

“During my years of astrological practice, I have come to use the Dark Moon in all my chart analyses, as a complement to interpreting the Moon. It would never occur to me to neglect this influence. The Dark Moon describes our relationship to the absolute, to sacrifice as such, and shows how we let go. In transit, the Dark Moon indicates some form of castration or frustration, frequently in the areas of desire, a powerlessness of the psyche, or a general inhibition. On the other hand, it shows where we question ourselves, our lives, our jobs, and our beliefs. I feel this is important, since it gives us the opportunity to “let go” of something. The Dark Moon shows where we can let the Whole flow into our selves, without putting an “I” in the way, without putting up a wall in the form of ego. At the same time, it doesn’t indicate passivity – on the contrary – it symbolizes the firm will to be open and trusting, to let the Greater World flow through one, relying entirely on the great laws of the universe, on that which we name God. To prepare us for this opening, the Dark Moon creates a necessary void.”
Joëlle de Gravelaine in “Lilith und das Loslassen”, Astrologie Heute Nr. 23 quoted on where you will also find an astronomical explanation of the black and dark moons.

There are many equivalents to the dark goddess Lilith in mythology. Lilith is said to have been the first wife Adam, created equal from the red clay, not his rib. Refusing to submit and wanting her freedom, she flew away to live by the Red Sea, from where she is said to have tormented medieval monks in the night. If you read the beginning of Genesis very carefully you’ll find an interesting paradox. Two accounts of the creation of woman. The first is Lilith, man and woman created at the same time and from the same source:

“So God created mankind in the divine image, male and female God created them.” Genesis 1:26-27

Eve came later, created from Adam’s rib after Lilith refused to submit. Lilith has her origins much earlier in time, in the mythology of Mesopotamia and the Near East. She is very ancient indeed and has much to teach us about the power of womanhood:

Lilith teaches that we must learn to normalize the archetype of feminine power into our own psyches and our culture in order to find true harmony in the world, and the only way that this can be done is through reclaiming this power within our own selves as women, and for men to honor and respect and even embrace the wisdom of the dark feminine rather than fear it.  Lynn Hayes

I would suggest that, before men can honour the dark feminine, women too must embrance her. Astrologer Kelly Hunter has made a deep study of Lilith and her mythology and the contradictions between the acceptable and unacceptable face of woman. Echoing Dion Fortune, who said that the Virgin Mary was a reflection of Lilith, Kelly says:

The Shekinah, God’s Beloved, known as Sophia in Gnostic Christianity [is] the Wisdom principle, a feminine aspect of divinity. Later Christians came to call her the Holy Ghost. I see Lilith as the “lower” Shekinah, the root of the tree that seeks sustenance in the soil, while Sophia is the sky-reaching branches and fruits. As the Judeo-Christian religions elevated the masculine aspect of divinity, they de-spiritualized material, sensual reality. The “lower” Shekinah became unclean, unholy.’*

The unacceptable face of woman? Lilith. Collage c. Judy Hall

Lilith expresses the feminine power of the divine, creative life force. If we follow the mythological trail of these dark goddesses back in time to find the source of their darkness and negativity, we discover not only the possibility of a major shift in the collective human image of the feminine, but also some deep undercurrent of unease that needs to be acknowledged and healed in our personal lives.  Kelly Hunter

The acceptable face of woman? Shekinah/Sophia. Collage c. Judy Hall

The acceptable face of woman? Shekinah/Sophia.
Collage c. Judy Hall

The balancing ritual

So, you may be asking, why write about these two aspects now? Well, to me it seems that the balancing of the masculine and feminine energies that was signalled all last year is moving out of, rather than into, balance. As is the feminine energy itself. Light and dark, both sides of the coin, have polarised instead of integrating. The ‘Me too’ movement seems to have become an emblem of victimhood rather than empowering women. And there’s been a great deal of rampant male posturing. Between the eclipses is a perfect time for balancing your own inner masculine and feminine energies and sending that balance out to the world. The perfect stones for this ritual are the Gaia’s Blood and Milky Way Flint that Terrie Celest found on a hillside, one in each hand.

Perfect balance: Gaia’s Blood and Milky Way Flint c. Judy Hall

Perfect balance: Gaia’s Blood and Milky Way Flint
c. Judy Hall

The Ritual

  • Hold your Gaia’s Blood Flint in your left hand (or place on your left knee).
  • Hold your Milky Way Flint on your righthand (or place on your right knee).
  • Feel all the energies within your physical and subtle bodies coming into balance and alignment.
  • Check in with your soul, asking if you are on the right pathway.
  • If not, let go of the old soul purpose and consciously step onto your forward path.
  • Feel yourself totally in balance with your soul and your purpose.
  • Send that balance out into the world.

Terrie has some other useful crystal pairings too, but use your intuition and pick whatever feels right to you – Ancestralite is a pretty good balancer too.

Coming into alignment

Coming into alignment. These two will be showing themselves fully on future workshops.

*For an insightful reworking of the Lilith myth and insights into the duality of the feminine, see Kelly Hunter:




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