- Dark Moon: Virgo
- Begins: September 26th 6:53 PM EDT / 4:53 PM PDT
- Element: Earth
- Modality: Mutable
- Planetary Ruler: Mercury
ABOUT THE DARK/ BALSAMIC PHASE
The dark moon is the phase when its still displaying a thin silver line, at the verge of becoming invisible in the night sky. Symbolically, it represents the dying phase of the cycle of life. It happens three nights before the New Moon, which is when it has lost all of the illumination. Thus, this phase prepares us for the rebirth and new beginning that comes after the exact conjunction between the two luminaries.
RETURNING TO THE CAVE
Further, it always begins in the sign of the last astrological season and thus, of the last New Moon. It represents the time when we’re heading back to the cave, when we return from our journey through the outside and head towards our inner/underworld. In its growing phase we meet the outer expression of that sign during the lunation. Conversely, when it’s waning, we meet its inner expression, as the Sun is no longer in that sign. Further, it invites us to rest, recharge, release from energetic or body toxins, banish what we want out or cut the cords that attach us to the past. It’s when we enter the Crone phase, commune with the Dark Goddess and meet with our shadow side.
WANING CRESCENT IN VIRGO: CLOSING LAST SEASONS CHAPTER
On September 26th, the Moon will enter Virgo and dark moon time begins. It’s perfect to reflect on what surged during last lunation and what needs to end before beginning the new cycle. The astrological events during Virgo season invited us to begin building fertile ground for our goals and to confront reality. Illusions and anything that was hidden under the veils of illusions may have gotten revealed. Thus, it’s a moment to reflect on what needs to be released to begin Libra Season with nothing holding us back.
MOON’S ASPECTS TO PLANETS
The dark Moon will be making a harmonious aspect to electric Uranus, unblocking our suppressed emotions and thus, helping us release and heal. The next day, it will make a trine to Pluto, guiding us into our inner underworld. The trine with Saturn will help us take practical action on things that need to be let go of. Lastly, it will then be squaring Jupiter and Neptune, highlighting us again what illusions have been revealed to us and bringing our feet back on the ground.
ACTIVITIES & RITUALS
During blackmooning time, any ritual or spell should be for releasing, banishing, healing and shadow work. In the sign of Virgo, we can work with the element of Earth and connect with nature. As Autumn has begun with this waning Moon, it’s excellent to purify ourselves in mind, body and spirit. Also, if you want to decorate your home and prepare your altar for this season, this phase is perfect for cleansing and organizing the ambiance, and also for sweeping the negative away.
For a ritual meditation to do during this dark moon, go HERE!