Dark Moon & New Moon Ritual Celebration
“The story that the Moon tells is of birth, growth, fullness, decay, disappearance, with rebirth and growth again.”
Working within the Moon phases is one of the keys to success in spell casting and rituals for witches and those who desire to work within the laws of Nature. It is wise to time your magical rites to coincide with the proper phase of the Moon. By doing this you take advantage of lunar power, stay in sympathy with the natural pull of the Universe, and combine your energy with Nature’s.
The Dark Moon and the New Moon are two different celebrations.
On the Dark Moon, when the moon it’s at her 0% illumination, we celebrate Deipnon.
And at the New Moon, which is the day after the Dark Moon, when the first sliver of the New Moon appears and the moon begins her cycle again, we celebrate Noumenia.
This month we’ll be celebrating:
Dark Moon – on 28 September 2019
New Moon – on 29 September 2019
THE DARK MOON – DEIPNON
The Dark Moon (astronomical New Moon) represents the last day of the lunar month, when there is no light reflected from the moon at all.
The time of the Dark Moon is celebrated as the Deipnon in some traditions and gives us an excellent and potent time for a ritual of introspection, healing, retreat and focus on what we want to remove from our lives.
The energy of the Dark Moon has a different effect upon us, pulling us deep within ourselves. It’s the best time to practice de-manifestation and shadow work. The purpose of the dark phase of any cycle is that of transition between the death of the old and the birth of the new.
The Dark of the Moon symbolize illumination, divination and the powers of healing.
We honor the Triple Goddess in Her Crone aspect at this time.
The Deipnon is also a time when we express our gratitude and devotion to Hekate for all her blessings in our lives.
In Greek, deipnon means “the evening meal”, usually the largest meal of the day.
You can start the ritual by purifying and cleanse your home/space, by lighting your favorite incense and decorate your altar in the name of the Goddess.
Taking a ritual bath before doing the Deipnon ritual is a powerful method of spiritual and psychological preparation. You can use salts, essential oils, herbs and crystals. The intention for such a bath is usually to clense yourself of lower energies and to open up to divine connection.
Invocations, prayers and chants dedicated to the Great Goddess are more than welcome at this time.
You can write a list with everything that no loger serves you, like unhealthy emotions, thoughts, behaviours, etc. and offer it to the fire of the Goddess. This is such a powerful exercise of cleaning and rejuvenating.
Take time to share your deepest gratitude to the Fierce Goddess.
THE NEW MOON – NOUMENIA
The Deipnon is always followed the next day by Noumenia, when the first sliver of the moon is visible and is held in honor of Selene, Hestia, Hermes, Apollon Noumenios, and the other Hellenic household Gods.
In ancient Greece, Noumenia was the day where no other rituals were held and it was known as the day of incense burning. Different resins and herbs were burned in front of the depictions of the Goddess as a sacrifice.
Noumenia is the first day of the lunar month and is considered “the holiest of days”, representing a time of initiation and new beginnings.
On the New Moon it’s the best time to plant the seeds in our sacred wombs of what we want to manifest in the month ahead and in the near future. This includes intention setting as well.
The darkness is lit with the translucent quality of transformation; and during this essential and necessary period, life is prepared to be born.
In my practice I prepare a sacred space and I invite the Great Goddess and Fire Goddesses to help me clean my womb with their sacred fires before I start the process of planting the seeds of what I want to manifest (in accordance with the Divine Will of God and only if it is for my higher purpose). I allow the fire of transformation to burn anything that no longer serves me and then I connect my womb to the Great Womb of Creation.
Then I visualize one by one the golden seeds, I set the intention for each of them and visualize it as it is already manifested. I ask for the seeds be blessed by God, Mother Gaia and the Goddesses and then I plant them, one by one, in the fertile soil of my womb.
At the end, I bow down in gratitude and accept this as done.
You can include this beautiful and sacred hymn for Noumenia’s ritual:
Orphic Hymn 9 (to Goddess Selene)
Hear, Goddess Queen (thea basileia), diffusing silver light,
bull-horned, and wandering through the gloom of night.
With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide night’s torch extending,
through the heavens you ride:
female and male, with silvery rays you shine,
and now full-orbed, now tending to decline.
Mother of ages, fruit-producing Mene (Moon),
whose amber orb makes night’s reflected noon:
lover of horses, splendid queen of night,
all-seeing power, bedecked with starry light,
lover of vigilance, the foe of strife,
in peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:
fair lamp of night, its ornament and friend,
who givest to nature’s works their destined end.
Queen of the stars, all-wise Goddess, hail!
Decked with a graceful robe and amble veil.
Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright,
with chaste and splendid light,
shine on these sacred rites with prosperous rays,
and pleased accept thy suppliants’ mystic praise.
May the plan of Love and Light forever prosper!