Honoring the dark of the moon in addition to "new moon"
Tonight the moon will be dark, halfway between the two full moons of October–on October 1 and on Halloween! And we are also moving into the dark time of the year. As the nights are lengthening, the upcoming Halloween holiday will mark the halfway point between autumn equinox and winter solstice. Each year I look forward to this change of the seasons and the call to focus inward. Do you feel the pull too?
In the Wise Woman Tradition we embrace the spiral of both dark and light. The dark moon and the dark season of the year invite us to go inward, to rest, and to reflect. I savor the long dark nights of winter, gazing at starry skies, and cozying up under blankets.
So often, today's cultural bias toward the light precludes honoring the darkness. We even subconsciously may try to skip over the dark moon by calling it the "new moon."
At the dark moon we are invited to pause and set aside the voices asking us to give more, produce more or create more. The darkness allows us to dream, to receive messages and to incubate ideas.
And then, we can welcome the new moon. I wait the three nights around the dark moon when she is not visible. After that, I will often look for her new crescent sliver in the sky around sunset.
The new moon is a time for new beginnings, so I like to write out positive, heartfelt intentions at this time–I invite you to join me in doing so this weekend.
And in the meantime, enjoy the darkness!~
Corinna Wood, teacher of the Wise Woman Tradition for 30 years–from herbs to self love
"I became an herbalist in the Wise Woman Tradition at the tender age of 22, initiated by Susun Weed and a beloved patch of nettles. Today, I support women with earth-based, woman-centered tools to ground you in your own innate wisdom, needs and desires. My teachings draw on earth wisdom of our foremothers–the shoulders on which we stand–to navigate the challenges we face as women in the world today."