Black Moon – yes or no?
As I type this in late July 2019, just before a delicious Leo New Moon, I’m thinking about the whole interwebz-going-crazy phenomenon about a Black Moon.
Long story short – from an astrological viewpoint, there may be no such thing.
It all depends on which definition of Black Moon you’re using.
Black Moon may refer to:
- the absence of a Full Moon or a New Moon in a calendar month (which can only happen in February)
- a season, as measured by the Solstices and Equinoxes, that has four New Moons in it
- an additional New Moon which occurs in a single Gregorian calendar month (it’s counterpart, a “Blue Moon”, usually refers to the second FULL Moon in a single calendar month)
The 2019 New Moon in Leo is this last type…. and it has no additional astrological significance beyond the usual Leo New Moon good stuff (fresh beginnings, initiating something, starting with a clean slate, all pointed at your most radiant self-expression).
That’s because anything defined according to a calendar is a purely human construct, and has no meaning to the stars or to Moon herself.
For folks in Northern America, the 2019 New Moon in Leo takes place on 31 July at 11:12 PM.
For much of the rest of the world, that New Moon is on 1 August, because of our respective time zones (another purely human construct, though definitely a handy one!).
Some astrologers work with the assumption that it still counts, because it’s at the start of the new month.
But here’s the problem with that approach – it completely ignores the enormous numbers of people who don’t use the Western, Euro-centric Gregorian calendar, introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582.
Millions of humans use a different calendar – Hijiri, Hebrew, Chinese and Persian, plus many variations on Hindu, and several African calendars.
It’s true that when a large number of humans put meaning into marking the rituals of a certain day, such as New Year in the West, there is an energetic effect we can choose to surf.
And of course, we do use our calendars to note when astrological events occur, because that’s what allows us to know when they’ll happen or when they have happened. That means we can then calculate what was happening in the sky at that moment, e.g. a birth, a marriage, etc.
But here’s why I don’t pay much attention to the so-called Black (or Blue) Moon from a purely astrological perspective.
The stars and planets (which includes Moon, in astrology) – they don’t care a jot about one popular but completely arbitrary human calendar.
You might have a magic or other ritual you like to use to celebrate a Black or a Blue Moon, and that’s totally cool. Go for it!
But don’t let astrology memes tell you that Black or Blue Moons have any special astrological significance, because they don’t.
After all, just being a New Moon or a Full Moon is special enough, all on its own!