Tonight we have a special and quite rare celestial event. The moon will be new for the second time this month, making it a “black” moon (as opposed to the “blue” moon which is the second full moon of the same month.) In addition, the moon will be marginally closer to the earth, making it appear larger to the human eye and hence a “super” moon.
I am particularly fond of new moons. They can symbolise potential, new beginnings, growth that is yet to happen, the stirrings of change and the planting of new seeds. The new moon, or dark moon, also relates to the subconscious, to the deepest and furthest reaches of our soul. As is often the case with the mysterious and the unknown, people may project their fears onto this moon, associating it with “dark forces” and negativity. The new moon is indeed dark, but it is the dark of the great mystery of sleep, the subconscious and of things yet to be revealed.
We can pay attention to how our dreams change as the cycles of the moon change – are they more reflective and introspective at the new moon, and more expansive and celebratory at the full moon?
But we can go further than that and align ourselves with the cycles of nature by attending to our inner work in harmony with the cycles of the moon. At the new moon, this may mean taking time to reflect and journey within, perhaps through meditation, writing, active imagination or shamanic spirit questing. We can also prime our dreaming mind to provide a specific dream for us. This is a good time to incubate dreams to solve long held problems, for insight how to let go of ideas or behaviours that we have outgrown, or to seek advice on starting a new project or creative endeavour.
If you feel so inclined, this a great time to add rituals to your dreaming practice. You may wish to try lighting a candle and focusing on the flame as you clear your mind ready to receive dreams, or as you formulate a request for a specific dream. You can write your dream wish on paper or cloth and tuck it beneath your pillow. The new moon is associated with black, but also white – this encompasses the ambiguous nature of creation that comes from “nothing” into “something.” The new moon is also associated with the number one, with bells (or gongs), and herbs wormwood and vervain (herbs that can help relax and take us to deeper parts of the psyche!) so you may wish to incorporate these into your dream preparations.
The new moon is like the dark universal womb where new life can be created and new growth begins. From this dark and sacred space our secret, awesome magical selves can arise and reveal themselves in the light of the waxing moon, until we grow into fullness. With a black moon, this energy is enhanced and the creative forces even more powerful within us.
Tonight, your dreams may reveal more than you had expected. Focus inwards, pay attention. Your dreams may help you achieve your most deeply held hopes and visions, they may help you move past obstacles, and they may even heal you. Tomorrow will be a brand new day…