The New Moon is coming up this week taking place on the 31st of July. It is the second New Moon this month and is considered a Black Moon!
A black moon is similar to a blue moon… and like the blue moon, the definitions can get a little confusing. A black moon is typically seen as the fourth new moon in a season, (normally there are three) or when there are two new moons in one month, like what is happening this month!
This New Moon is also a Super Moon! This means that the moon is closer to the Earth than normal and the lunar effects on the water, tides and our emotions are amplified even though we can’t see her.
This New Moon also marks the end of the Summer Eclipse season, helping us to integrate the major karmic lessons of the month prior.
This last month presented us with many opportunities to find lessons through the chaos, but thankfully much of that chaotic energy will settle as Mercury goes direct shortly after the New Moon.
We are also celebrating the Sabbat of Lammas around this time too! This is the celebration of the first harvest and marks another turn in the Wheel of the year.
In the second half of the month, Mars, Venus, the Sun and Mercury all enter Virgo. This will help us see things a bit more clearly. The shifts this month will help clear up some of that chaotic and darker energy that was stirred up in July. We will be able to move forward and claim our true power with clear intent this month.
In many ways, this New Moon will be helping the dust settle around us so that we can step forward and fully integrate the lessons that came up during this Eclipse season ahead.
The 1st of August is also Lammas or Lughnassadh the sabbat celebrating the first harvest. The word ‘Lammas’ is derived from ‘loaf mass’ showing us the importance of the harvest, honoring cycles, and the turn of the wheel. It is also this time that the veil between realms begins to thin.
Last year we had a ritual making corn dollies. This year the sabbat falls closer to the New Moon where we focus on intentions and divination.
It’s still a good idea to celebrate this sabbat! Head over to last years blog to read about making your own corn dolly! Or make some homemade bread topped with herbs from your garden. Setting up a set up an altar welcoming in the last months of summer is also a great way to honor this sabbat!