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Dark of the Moon

The Dark of the 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.  The phrase can also be applied (in terms of roughly 2600 years) to the last portions of The Great Cycle, when the 25,920 year Precessional Cycle is completed, and the Age of Pisces gives way to the Age of Aquarius. [1]  

Demetra George [2] has noted that in the earliest mythologies and traditions, night was given precedence over day, and the Moon was revered over the lesser Sun.  Immanuel Velikovsky in Deification of the Planets, has noted the greater lunar influence, as well -- an apparent suggestion that Lunatics and practitioners of Wicca may know something of which the much vaunted science has no clue.  

Unfortunately, with the upswing of male-dominated Paradigms, the sun became more important than the Moon (as reflected in the change from an Astrology According to the Goddess to a male Sun over female Moon scenario).  Day became more noteworthy than night, and in fact the “mysterious Goddess of Night became diminished, neglected, and consequently feared.” “To the patriarchal solar consciousness of the ancient world, Night was a source of evil; while to the mystic consciousness of the Orphics, Night was a depth of love (Eros) and of light (Phanes).” [2]   

Adding insult to injury, the intense effort to illuminate the night sky by a so-called modern civilization removed the awe-inspiring, astronomically majestic beauty of a star filled sky on an otherwise dark night -- i.e., particularly during the Dark Days of the Moon.  People can no longer easily lay on a grassy knoll and gaze at the wonderment and magnificent of stars and occasional streaks of light during meteor showers.  [The good news is that on a house boat on Lake Powell, with all the lights out, the starry show is still playing.]  

Cycles and rhythms effect everything, and the lunar rhythm is no exception -- beginning a cycle of creation (the new moon), followed by growth (to full moon), and a diminution (the waning moon), and finally death (the three moonless nights, i.e., the dark moon).  

George [2] 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.  [Emphasis added]  

“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.” [2]  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.” [2]           

“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.” [2]  

“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.” [2]  

Accordingly, it might be worthy of considering the ramifications of the ending of The Great Cycle, the possible beginning of an even larger 40,000 year cycle, and a collapsing patriarchy.  For the Return of the Goddess -- if Inanna is her name -- may be preceded by her handmaiden, Lilith, one of the more noteworthy aspects of the Dark Goddess.  


The Goddess Within         Sacred Orgasm

The Great Cycle         The Great Goddess          Gods and Goddesses

Forward to:

Lilith         Return of the Goddess         Inanna



[1]  The Ages move in reverse order due to the precession of the Earth’s axis.

[2]  Demetra George, Mysteries of the Dark Moon, The Healing Power of the Dark Goddess, Harper San Francisco, 1992.



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