The night before a New Moon crescent when there is no moon appearing in the sky, the Balsamic phase, or Dark Moon, is a potent time for inner work, Shadow work, and powerful healing, cleansing, and purifying. A dip in the ocean or a salt bath can be magical purification. Cleansing and emptying are called for to clear heavy energies from crystals, tools, and keepsakes. Of course, powerful drains of this kind that “wipe the slate clean” will need recharged or uplifted follow-up at the New Crescent (likely the next day) and the Full Moon.
The Dark Moon energy reminds us of a “hidden phase”, which is also the external mystery. The empowering, cleansing, and uplifting illuminations of the Full Moon shows us the power of lunar reflective properties – beaming streams of delightful negative ions to us from the flip-side of the sun’s potent positive ions. The Dark Moon has no such reflection. It is the covered-over weight of the illusory material of the sun’s positively charged rays. It is the “hidden in plain sight” wisdom of the inner-knowing of the mysteries of creation and destruction entwined - birth, growth, death, rebirth.
This energy is the time of deep cleaning the residue left behind of that was. And, more importantly, the wisdom of integrating it into the whole as it is the surface which magnetizes and then reflects. If the Moon symbolizes inner knowing and inner consciousness, and thoughts and feelings and memories are the current of that stream of consciousness, then we can see the Full Moon’s illumination as the reflection of that stream bringing to fruition, fullness, and enlightenment what the vibrational current of that inner knowing and inner consciousness has magnetized. Likewise, we can see the Dark Moon’s secret mystery as the bed of the stream of consciousness, mineral-rich and magnetic, over which flows the streams of current thoughts, feelings and memories (the current of the stream of consciousness). This is where all the silt settles, where all the everything gets stirred up when we go panning for minerals, where all the votive offerings of our trinkets of power lay, where all the charms of our buried and lost powers settle.
The Dark Moon is noted as a wonderful time for cleansing & healing, storytelling, meditation, private journaling, and inward focus. It is true, that solitude and hidden alone-time is powerful to recharge. But don’t shy away from opportunities for storytelling, group meditation, a group swim in the ocean or a saltwater pool, or taking turns clearing one another’s homes.
When working by yourself at the Dark Moon, you can still bring “storytelling” as a means to focus with your own inner work and Shadow work. Often, we work with at least one other person to assist, facilitate, and help us process our Shadow work, explorations of Past Lives, or reclaiming of soul parts, etc. because they can prompt us to process and integrate or offer reassuring support or actually assist in certain techniques like hypnosis and past life regression or soul retrieval. One powerful practice that you can do on your own is to journal or write your autobiography.
It’s not necessarily for anyone to read or to publish, rather it’s an exercise in you exploring, identifying, remembering and reframing how you see the events, characters and storyline of your life, how you came to be where you are, what’s important to you, and what was influential in how you think feel and act. While it is helpful to sometimes have a mentor, advisor, or therapist to help during the process (which could take days or weeks) – especially for integration purposes and a reminder to come back to the present – this exercise can help us sift through thoughts, feelings, and memories and find a sense of cohesion, release, expression.
The key is not to just journal or diary your life story per se but, rather, to share it as if you were telling a story – essentially, telling a story of you. Perhaps imagine yourself as an elder sharing the tale of your life and times with a student, apprentice, scribe or biographer. Or, you could even think of it as the tale or drama of another character whose main life theme has been woven into a short story. In this instance, you can translate the power of your emotions and emotional memory into the drama of an objective story about “someone else” which can allow you the opportunity to cleanse resentments, heal hurts, or at least open a space for that to happen by putting a little distance between you and the thoughts, ideas, or memories. The technique of writing about yourself in third-person (and not changing names, dates, or places) is another useful way to objectify your subjective story, turning your autobiography into a biography.
The entire process, no matter which experiment you try, is a means to express to yourself that you understand and know you. It’s a way to clear the mental clutter of our perceptions about who we are, where our values came from, how they have evolved, and how we came to be here now getting ready to move forward. This process can show us our fears, limiting beliefs, deepest desires, truest values, revelations from this life or past lives, reveal habits or patterns that operate without our deliberate intention, and sometimes exorcise a heavier thought-form from our energies.
Even the writing process, the experience of a kind of “writer’s block”, or the purge of reacting to old memories with laughter or tears, or the avoidance of topics skipping over that person or that year, are facets we can roll with because they are the sign-posts showing us what’s going on – how we draw the map (what we include and omit) is as important as the route we are highlighting with the map we draw.
In the path to self-knowledge, self-mastery, and self-love… may you reveal your story to yourself and allow it to be okay. Your Akashic Records are not wrong, so write the book thus far and close the chapter on yesterday and everything before. You and the life you have lived is valuable. The Universe wants you, and the world needs you, to be okay with you – because the Universe is within you, and deep down you know that you want you to be okay too.
And, after the Dark Moon nights, with the rise of the New Crescent, you get to be refreshed, empowered, and rejuvenated. Absorbing our Shadow and giving it its assigned seat in the living-room of our compassionate heart, integrating the past and its pearls of wisdom – cleaned of all the mud from the bottom of that riverbed of consciousness – and redirecting our focus, attention, insights, and appreciation is how we move forward toward self-mastery.
Cynthia Botsko is an author of poetry, metaphysics, and channeled wisdom for the empowerment and upliftment of humanity.
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