Black moon

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Black moon is a reference to one of four astronomical events involving new or dark moons:

Definition Notes
1. The second occurrence of a new moon in a calendar month.[1][2][3][4][5] Cannot occur in February. Analogous to the common calendrical definition of a blue moon for months with two full moons.
2. The third new moon in a season that has four of them. Analogous to the Farmers' Almanac definition of a blue moon for seasons with four full moons.
3. The absence of a full moon in a calendar month.[1][6] Can only occur in February, thus January and March will each have a second full moon (a calendrical blue moon).
4. The absence of a new moon in a calendar month.[6] Can only occur in February, thus January and March will each have a second new moon. As shown in 2014.

Black moon dates[edit]

  • Black moon dates for 2014: A new moon on both Jan 1st, 2014 and Jan 30th, 2014 means the new moon of Jan 30th was considered a black moon. The same is true in March, a new moon on both the 1st and 30th means the second new moon is considered a black moon.[7]


In some aspects of Paganism, particularly amongst Wiccans, the black moon is considered to be a special time when any rituals, spells, or other workings are considered to be more powerful and effective.[5][8] Not all aspects hold to this belief and only consider it a normal occurrence of the dark moon. Others do not believe any rituals or workings should be conducted at these times.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Cain, Dr. Fraser. "Universe Today". Black Moon. Retrieved Nov 3, 2008. 
  2. ^ Odenwald, Sten. "Is there a name for the second New Moon in a month?". Ask the Astronomer. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  3. ^ David Harper and Lynne Marie Stockman (1 August 2002). "Two New Moons in one month". Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ Ankita Mehta (January 29, 2014). "Black Moon 2014: Year's Second Supermoon to Occur on Friday". International Business Times. 
  5. ^ a b Morrison, Dorothy (2004). Everyday Moon Magic Spells & Rituals for Abundant Living. Llewellyn Publications. p. 43. ISBN 0-7387-0249-8. 
  6. ^ a b "The Moon FAQs". Black Moon. 
  7. ^ "Lunar Calendar". 
  8. ^ "Moonlore". Wiccan Moon Lore. 
  9. ^ "Witchipedia". Black Moon.