The new moon is a crucial time for witches to establish their intentions for the month, to begin afresh with new objectives in mind, and to cast a spell or perform a ritual that clears the slate. The dark moon only accentuates this purifying energy, bringing your deepest talents and goals to the fore. It is a time when we can truly release what is holding us back from having an open mind and heart.
The term "black moon" comes from the appearance of these bodies on the lunar surface: When full, they are completely black. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth's shadow falls over it. But even if you cannot see the Moon, there is still a Black Moon. These are the times when the Moon is either entirely within or completely outside the Earth's shadow.
Total lunar eclipses are visible on half of Earth. Where it is night, the eclipse will be visible as a red-colored Moon. Where it is the day, the eclipse won't be visible. Because all direct sunlight is blocked from directly reaching the Moon, only light from the Sun as refracted through Earth's atmosphere reaches it. This has two important results: first, because all its direct light is obscured, the Moon will appear dimmer from Earth than otherwise; second, a certain part of Earth's surface - that facing towards the Moon - must at least partly be sunlit during an eclipse.
According to famous witch Skye Alexander, the black moon is also an excellent time to accelerate the manifestation of your charms and aspirations. She says that when the new moon is black, it's like turning on a light switch; whatever is needed, is needed. This energy can be used for good or for evil purposes; you must decide what you want to attract.
The black moon also represents endings, whether they be physical, emotional, or spiritual. It's important to release anything from our lives before moving forward. If there are relationships holding you back, let them go. If there are habits preventing you from reaching your full potential, break them. Accepting these things about yourself and others will help you grow into who you really are.
The black moon is associated with magic, witchcraft, and occult practices. It is believed that when the new moon is black, so is the old one, making every month a "black moon" period. However, this isn't true; only some months have both a white and black moon.
People use the black moon to explain events that happen at the end of each month, such as Halloween and New Year's Eve.
While a "Black Moon" is not an astronomical word, it is honored by individuals who value nature and spirituality (Pagans, Witches, etc.). The spiritual symbolism of a Black Moon is related with wealth and good fortune. Because they occur less frequently, Black Moons are a special and wonderful period. They can bring success in business or love relationships.
The origin of the term "black moon" is unclear. Some say it comes from the color of the lunar eclipse, which is often described as "black." Others believe it's because these moons appear in the night sky with no accompanying crescent moon to light them.
There are two types of Black Moons: a Lunar Eclipse and a Supermoon. A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth gets between the Sun and the Moon. This causes the shadow of the Earth to fall on the Moon during a lunar eclipse. Because only part of the Moon is in darkness, only part of it will darken from sunset to sunrise. The other parts will be illuminated by sunlight reflected off of the Earth. These areas will look red or orange instead of blueish-white.
Lunar eclipses usually happen around full moon but can also happen around new or half moons. They can cause problems for people with vision issues such as cataracts or cloudsed lenses. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth's atmosphere refracts light from the Sun that reaches and enters its shadow.