The new moon shows itself once a month. It is the same side that we see when the moon is full. We’d have to be space traveller to actually see the other side of the rock that doesn’t spin in space just hanging in Earth’s gravity. it has been attributed with all kinds of magic and mystery through centuries of wondering. The one I like the best is that it is the time for setting intentions.
Most people talk about the moon in their days when it is full and bright and seemingly encourages all kinds of wild and weird behaviour. Often it is the time when folk who believe so write lists of things they want to remove from their life and burn it in the night. It’s a good thing to know what no longer serves a good purpose in our lives but removing it is only part of the process for change. Those things had roles in our lives, they fulfilled patterns of behaviour or thought that we relied on. To change is a good thing, it is the purpose of living, to adapt and cause evolution of our beings in response to a world that always changes.
Like New Year’s resolution that trigger change for a day, a week or a month and then are forgotten, if only forgotten. Resolutions which are lamented are the breaking of which is mourned as failure. The don’t work because there is no intention of new behaviour in the place of the things we want to put down. The natural flow of water and life on this planet is for the void to become full.
New Moon is this time, when we know it is in the sky but we can’t see it without sunlight. The time for setting intentions and building from where we are. As gravity bound bodies it is perfectly sensible to build from where we stand rather than try and fill a void that might encompass us. Dark Moon is about hope and gratitude for what has been and what might be. The passing through ritual to allow ‘next’ to appear.
Ritual should allow us to consider what has been and where we are most positively. It is from where we are that we can build or move. If we are aiming for the void/unknown we still need the ability to know how to get there. Stating intention is only the beginning but it is the permission we need to allow ‘next’ or ‘other’ to begin to ‘become’ in our lives.
In reality it doesn’t matter what day you choose to make a resolution for something to be different in your life. Remember though if there is something you want to leave behind replace it with a new behaviour or thought to fill the void it will leave. Be prepared for the conscious effort it might take to make your intended goal to become a reality in your world. Choose your moment of New Moon in the dark of its presence and walk toward beginning with gratitude.