WANING DARK MOON IN GEMINI
- Waning Dark Moon: July 7th – July 9th
- Sign: Gemini
- Element: Air
- Modality: Mutable
- Planetary Ruler: Mercury
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 PHASE AFTER ECLIPSE SEASON
Eclipse Season & Mercury Retrograde has come to an end, but here we arrive at the last day of the Mercury shadow while the Moon will conjunct it in Gemini, the sign of the last Solar Eclipse. Therefore, this lunation will take us back to the themes of this past turbulent season that was characterized for being extremely foggy and the energy of this Waning Dark Moon will be similar. This is because on July 6th, Mercury will be perfecting its third and last square to Neptune, the planet of illusion, and so this means that the Moon will also be making this tense aspect while it merges with the planet of communication.
These energies will pull us to reexamine the illusions in our lives and solve the riddles in our psyche, for as this is the last period we meet this mystifying energy, clarity will come after the lunar cycle restarts. On June 9th, we have the New Moon in Cancer and Mercury will finally be out of its retrograde zone while it separates from its square to Neptune. Therefore, confusion and uncertainty will no longer reign in our minds in this new start.
THE COSMIC SKY: PLANETARY ALIGNMENTS
However, since the beginning of this month, the energies have continued to be intense and haywire, for we have had Mars, the planet of action, anger and war, getting in the middle of the Saturn-Uranus square, creating a T-square in the cosmos as it opposes Saturn and squares off with Uranus.
On the days of this lunar phase, we have Venus in Leo joining these alignments and it will be making the same ones as Mars. Thus, the planet of desire and relationships will also be clashing with these planets.
This makes this Waning Dark Moon in Gemini energy a tad wild, fierce (Mars/Venus in Leo), scattered, tricky and out of control (square to Uranus). Hence, not a great time for confrontations, arguments or risk taking, especially with the haywire and frenzied characteristica of the Moon.
JULY 7TH: MOON IN GEMINI CONJUNCT MERCURY & SQUARE TO NEPTUNE IN PISCES
On July 7th, the Moon will be approaching its square to Neptune in the evening and its conjunction with Mercury that perfects at midnight, the first hour of the 8th. Therefore, this highlights that this Waning Dark Moon time will have the most deceptive energy. Vague suspicions, coming to false conclusions and seeing what it’s not there is more likely. However, this is the first day of Mercury out of its shadow zone and although we have this neptunian energy, it’s the first day it’s happening with a new understanding. So although the fog is there, we have certainty that it will dissipate.
JULY 8TH: WANING DARK MOON ENTERS CANCER
On July 8th, the Moon enters Cancer, the sign of the next day’s New Moon, bringing a much lighter and positive energy to the ambience and preparing us for the Cancerian new start. Here, the energies orient us to nurture our needs or take care of others, to spend time with our loved ones and/or just indulge in comfort. Thus, we may definitely feel called to rest and to retreat from the noise and turbulence of the outside world and the cosmic sky.
WANING DARK MOON ACTIVITIES & RITUALS
While the Moon is in Gemini and aligns with Neptune, the energetic backdrop will also be very psychic as the other veils may be lifted. We may have very vivid dreams, making it excellent to explore them or for lucid dreaming. If you’re a medium or practice spiritism, connecting with spirits may become easier, but also trickier, best to not believe anything that rises or see dreams as prophetic.
This Waning Dark Moon time is ideal for meditation and journaling, for reading fiction novels and/or watching a movie marathon as we will very much enjoy it while the mind rests from fabricating false narratives. When the Moon enters Cancer we might feel encouraged to retreat and stay home, making it also perfect for these activities. Also, as we’re preparing for a Cancerian new start it’s perfect for cleansing our house energetically and externally, for releasing and banishing all we want out before the New Moon perfects on the 9th.