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What about a Dark Moon?


Finally, a name is used to describe the last slither of light that illuminates the Moon’s surface.

This is referred to as the Dark Moon; although it is a name for the cycle’s ending, it is not commonly used in the eight-phase cycle and by astrologers.

This moon occurs on day 29.5, the last day of the cycle before the New Moon appears.

The dark moon is the waning crescent moon right before the new moon. "It's also called the balsamic phase of the new moon," explain mbg's resident astrologists, the AstroTwins. It's referred to ask "dark" because it's barely visible and not reflecting much light at all back to Earth—plus it's a time many of us will be feeling dark as well.

The ancient Greeks and Babylonians divided the lunar cycle into 30 segments, and Indians still do today. The last phase or segment is the dark moon, and the Greeks associated it with Hecate, a goddess of dark places. Hecate was often associated with ghosts and sorcery.

The dark moon in India is associated with the goddess Kali, thought to be the most terrifying goddess. She is the goddess of time, doomsday, and death—which makes sense, given this phase is the last of the lunar cycle

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