- Waning Dark Moon: From Sagittarius to Capricorn
- Begins: January 10th-13TH
- Element: Fire-Earth
- Modality: Mutable-Cardinal
- Planetary Ruler: Jupiter-Saturn
ABOUT THE DARK/ BALSAMIC PHASE
The Waning Dark Moon is the phase when it’s still displaying a thin silver line, at the verge of becoming invisible in the night sky as it approaches the Sun. Symbolically, it represents the declining phase of the cycle of life, beginning two nights before the New Moon, which is when it has lost all of its illumination. Thus, this phase prepares us for the rebirth and new beginning that comes after the exact conjunction of the two luminaries.
RETURNING TO THE CAVE
The Waning Dark Moon represents the time when we’re heading back to the cave, when we return from our journey through the outside and head towards our inner/underworld. As the energies decay, we are invited to rest, recharge, put an end to negative cycles and habits, break old patterns, release from energetic or body toxins, banish what we want out or cut the cords that attach us to the past. It’s when we enter the Crone phase, commune with the Dark Goddess and meet with our shadow side.
THE WANING DARK MOON AFTER THE FULL MOON IN CANCER
On December 28th we had a Full Moon in Cancer that culminated a long karmic cycle that began with the eclipses of 2018. Also, because the luminaries were squaring Chiron, the wounded healer, it also surfaced emotions that were deep within the unhealed wounds in our subconscious. Therefore, the days after this lunar climax may have been emotionally intense, with the past, unresolved resentments and suppressed pain returning to our consciousness. However, this Full Moon took us to this Waning Dark Moon that promises a new dawn after it’s reborn with the new lunar phase. This makes these moonless nights the most potent for emotional healing, to purge the toxic emotions from your emotional body and restore and purify your soul to prepare for the New Moon conjunct Pluto that will rise us from the ashes.
WANING DARK MOON IN SAGITTARIUS
The Waning Dark Moon begins three nights before the New Moon, and by that time, the Moon will be in Sagittarius conjunct the South Node, the point of dissolution, while squaring Neptune in Pisces, the planet that dissolves. Thus, here we see the conflicting combination of the water (Pisces) and fire (Sagittarius) element, making this time extra powerful for releasing, banishing and dissolving all that burns within by discharging it, especially as it’s the energy that initiates this dark waning phase. Thus, this will be the ashes we will be rising from with the New Moon.
THE COSMIC SKY DURING THE WANING DARK MOON: MERCURY CONJUNCTS SATURN AND JUPITER AND SQUARES MARS
The key is to liberate the fiery emotions because these days Mercury, the planet of communication, will be merging with the restrictive and expansive energies of Saturn and Jupiter while clashing with warrior Mars, making it quite toxic for the soul to keep your feelings locked within. Further, this synthesized with the Sagittarius Moon conjunct the South Node, encourages us to break free from the limits of our own mind and of one’s self restrictions that come from our subconscious beliefs. Therefore, this Moon is excellent for rewiring or reprogramming the subconscious for the New Moon in Capricorn and to begin climbing towards your goals.
WANING DARK MOON ENTERS CAPRICORN
From January 11th to the 13th at midnight, the Waning Dark Moon will be in Capricorn as the New Moon will happen at the 23 degrees of this sign. Therefore, from the 0-23 degree, it’s not ideal to begin anything new or to set intentions, as we will be deep into the death phase of the Moon. Thus, some souls may be in the dark night, deep into the void waiting for the new dawn that comes with the New Moon. However, as this lunation will conjunct Pluto, it brings both an ending and a new beginning, creation after the destruction.
DEEP INTO THE DEATH PHASE OF A NEGATIVE CYCLE THAT INITIATED ON JANUARY 2019: PREPARING FOR THE TRANSFORMATIVE NEW MOON
This will be the first New Moon in Capricorn that’s not an eclipse since the first month of 2019. Therefore, all the structures that were set to be teared, already collapsed and this lunar event will be all about rebuilding from the ground up and alchemizing fear and pain into power and strength. This Waning Dark Moon prepares us for the conclusion of a negative cycle of endings that began with the Capricorn eclipses and so it’s an ideal time to declare to let go a situation or something specific behind, to release the fears that may have kept you in a perpetuate cycle and to finally set yourself free from the past. A ritual to for letting go, banishing something or someone and for healing or protection will be perfect as it will have this powerful energy to support it. Have a restorative Waning Moon, many blessings!