Courting November Dark Moon

Why is the Full Moon in November called the Dark Moon ?

In Greek, it was called the “old moon” and associated with Hecate, a goddess of dark places. Hecate was often associated with ghosts and sorcery.

In India, it is called Amavasya and associated with Kali. 

Thought to be the most terrifying goddess, she is the goddess of time, doomsday, and death, which makes sense, given this phase is also the last of the lunar cycle.

Both of these goddesses have a dark connotation, hence the term dark moon.

Many names of November 

Another name for the November Full Moon is the Beaver Moon since beavers typically build their winter homes during this time of the year. Depending on the winter solstice, the November Full Moon is also known as the Frost Moon or Mourning Moon.

Many other names for the November moon include –

the Frost Moon, Trading Moon, Snow Moon (this is also the most common name for February’s Full Moon), Oak Moon, Mourning Moon, Turkey Moon, Frosty Moon, Deer Rutting Moon, Digging/Scratching Moon, Freezing Moon, or Whitefish Moon.

In the southern hemisphere, the November Full Moon is known as the Corn Moon, Milk Moon, Flower Moon, or Hare Moon.

What is dark ?

The spiritual meaning of the November Full Moon is related to completion and fulfillment. It is time to treat ourselves since all the hard work has already been done.

It could also symbolize patience, peace, and satisfaction.

We may embrace nostalgia during this period, learn from past mistakes, and find peace within ourselves since a new year is approaching, and the last hard work of the current year is almost over.

When something’s dark, there is no light. … Dark comes from the Proto-Germanic word derkaz, which means “to hide or conceal.”

In physics an object may appear dark, but it may be bright at a frequency that humans cannot perceive.

It has been associated with death and negativity throughout history. But without black, you wouldn’t be reading this, fashion would lose its power to flatter – and there’s only one cat that’s lucky, isn’t there?

Most ancient cultures associated black with death but for the ancient Egyptians this proved a more positive link. Black was the colour of the rich soil watered by the Nile river that provided fertility and growth. And while it was also the colour of Anubis, the god of mummification and of the afterlife, he was not a negative figure or evil presence, but actually one who protected the dead against evil. 

Blue jeans might be iconic but black ones are so much more slimming – there is a reason why Chanel’s little black dresses have proved so popular since the 1920s. 

The shadows are growing longer, and darkness falls a little earlier each night. 

Look fearlessly into our shadow selves.

Time to release outworn personas, relationships and phases of our lives that are no longer serving us. 

Honor the dark, step across the threshold towards regeneration and personal rebirth, shed our old skins and begin our next chapter.

Dark Moon Spiritual Meaning and Intentions

  • Rumination
  • Introspection
  • Understanding
  • Knowledge
  • Observance
  • Self-Love
  • Clearing Out The Old
  • Stillness
  • Rest (emotionally, physically, and mentally)

Dark Moon is a sacred pause, where we’re meant to absorb and integrate everything that happened in the previous moon cycle. This is NOT a time to rush into planning the next cycle, frantically coming up with a whole new set of goals and manifestations. Instead, it’s an ideal time to let your mind wander.

Stand out under the Dark Moon & call to Hekate. Place a bowl of water under the dark sky. Release all fears & blockages to the Goddess of the Crossroads. Drop a black stone into the bowl of water & allow the ripples to send your fears out to Her to transform.

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