At 3:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on June 3rd 2019, the moon reached the new moon phase of her cycle.
We can find tons of information online on how to apply this new moon in Gemini to our lives. Gemini is the ruler of communication and partnerships, while the new moon is a time for setting intentions. Astrology has increased in interest, appreciation, and reach in recent years and we can find new astrologers blogging on the daily.
But what exactly is a new moon?
And why is it a good time for setting intentions?
I find that digging deeper into the moon’s cycle can give us much greater understanding of how she impacts our lives and much greater power to align our lives with her phases.
First things first.
At 3:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, the moon didn’t actually reach her new moon phase. What happened at that exact time is that she plunged deep into her depth of darkness. That time is when she is scientifically and physically the most hidden from sight due to her position relative to the sun. This is the opposite of when she reaches her peak of brightness at the time we call the full moon.
Though many people in our culture call this depth of darkness the new moon phase, we’ve overlooked and forgotten arguably the most important moon phase, the dark moon phase.
In the ancient goddess cultures of the Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic Ages of humankind, the moon was revered as much more than master of the ocean tides. She represented the fundamental death and rebirth cycles in nature. She taught us how death is required to feed new life.
This understanding coincided with the invention of agriculture, using the composting of waste and death to feed the ground and grow new life in the form of plants and food.
Our modern day culture often fears death. And we’re not just talking about the actual death of a person’s life.
Our lives contain many little deaths that many of us are conditioned to feel shame over: the ending of a romantic relationship, leaving a career, dropping a dream, dropping a belief or belief system, ending a project prior to its completion, dropping out of school, ending a friendship, losing a material object, moving out of a home, or ending a family dynamic.
It is completely normal to feel sadness, regret, and even anger over any of these deaths. But often, we’re ashamed of them, and we try and hide our feelings and move on from these little deaths without knowing how to process them.
Recognizing the dark moon phase gives us an opportunity to honor the little deaths. To feel the depths of darkness before the death is then used as fuel, as energetic compost, for a rebirth.
My favorite representation of the dark moon is fire.