"I'm one with the Goddess
and open to Her Wisdom."
29th Day of the 8th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hecate
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Coll/Hazel
29th Day of Betz (Days of Fire) Cycle
Moon Phase: Balsamic/Dark
Moon rises: 6:38AM EDST
Moon sets: 6:36PM EDST
Moon in the Mutable Earth
Sign of Virgo
Ceridwen's Cycle of the Moon
The First Year of Branwen's Cycle
Lunar Meditation: The dimensions
of the Universe.
Sun in Virgo
Sunrise: 7:02AM EDST
Sunset: 7:26PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "Which
of your skills needs to be honed at
Lughnasadh (Gwyl Awst) Quarter
of the Year
September 17th, 2009
I am interested in the Dark Moon phase, which a lot of people refer to as being the New Moon phase. I place a difference between them even neither phase is really visible to most of
us in the skies. The New Moon to me is when the Moon 'turns the corner' to becoming a waxing moon and while this is also done at a time when we cannot see the Moon, I do sense there is
a difference in the energies coming from the Moon. This article below is from a book I have, "Mysteries of Dark Moon" by Demetra George, and it gives us some thoughts to be having on
this time of the cycle. There is another book focused on the Dark Moon time, and is one by Gail Wood, "Sisters of the Dark Moon". It is another one I have I in the past I have used it to do
Dark Moon rituals. I believe there is an updated version out now.
Dark of the Moon - The Dark of the Moon (or Dark Moon) is traditionally the last three days of the Lunar cycle, immediately preceding the New Moon, and the time when the night sky is notably absent the presence of the Moon. George  notes that: “The earliest peoples understood that the power of life lay in the darkness of the moon.” “The purpose of the dark phase of any cycle is that of transition between the death of the old and the birth of the new. The dark time is a time of retreat, of healing, and of dreaming of the future.” i.e. the fallow times preceding outbursts of creativity and growth.
“Most of us do not realize we all have many dark phase times in our lives, and that these are naturally occurring periods in any life cycle. We fail to understand that endings are the precursors to new beginnings; thus when our life rhythms move us into and through these dark phases, we are ignorant of what is actually happening.”  It is the grandeur of Death and Rebirth, not merely an ending with the proverbial ride off into the sunset.
“The dark phase of the cyclical process is a phase of healing and renewal rather than one of fear and unknowing; a time of mystery, wisdom, and healing power -- all gifts of the Dark Moon Goddess.” 
“There is less energy available for outer activities and meeting the expectations of others, because the purpose of the dark phase is for focusing on the inner dimensions of our bodies and minds. If we can learn to attune ourselves to the natural rhythms of ebb and flow in our lives, we can use the intrinsic function of the dark times for healing and renewal. When we resist this inward motion in our psyche, then anxiety, stress, and fear are more likely to take hold of our emotions.” 
“The Triple Moon Goddess, in her new, full, and dark phases, was a model for the feminine nature in her entirety as maiden, mother, and crone. In her original worship the Dark Goddess, as the third aspect of this lunar trilogy, was honored, loved, and accepted for her wisdom and for her mystery teachings of renewal.” 
Spells: Healing, renewal, psychic spells. A good time to meditate on the inner self.
 Demetra George, Mysteries of the Dark Moon, The Healing Power of the Dark Goddess, Harper San Francisco, 1992.
And here is a website on the Dark Moon time: