Dark Moon Formula Perfected


Claudia Cardinale with cats and spaghetti

Here are the Dark Moon Rules. Do you have to follow them? No. But they work. You can see the Dark Moons for your timezone on the Moon Calendar here.

The Dark Moon is a couple of days in a Moon cycle right before the Moon is New. The New Moon is a conjunction of the Sun and Moon that represents a fresh cycle, it’s when you get extra galactic oomph and chutzpah behind your goals. It often feels like a revitalized sensibility.

But the Dark Moon can be a real low. Some are stronger than others and some people are more Moon sensitive. Dark Moons anywhere near Saturn or Chiron can be gloom pits. But they are also a time when intuition is stronger and any restorative action is far more potent.

Dark Moon Rules Are Not Compulsory But They Are Effective

Ideally, we’d all be able to take Dark Moon leave and just chill, meditate, wander the wilderness, binge-watch television or read in bed. But Pluto is in Capricorn and we all have crowded agendas. If you think about it, we all worked less ferociously when Pluto was in Sagittarius.

So here are the Dark Moon Rules and if in the Horoscopes or Daily Mystic email, it says to follow them, now you know what it means!

Don’t try to make yourself go out and be fabulous on a Dark Moon unless you are really feeling it.

Unless it is your job to be absolutely abreast with breaking news/current affairs, go on a news fast during the Dark Moon.

Schedule decluttering benders in for the Dark Moon – the act of literally discarding objects no longer required at this time seems to clear one’s mind and inspire new concepts. Plus it’s just the best time to let go of anything.

Intuition Is High – Resolve Is Low

If you want to reduce something – fat, debt, mooning over a person you don’t even want to think about – start the reduction plan ON the Dark Moon. It’s all about the decrease.

Eat well but not junk food – yes comfort sustenance and chill but make it gourmet & sensual, not something that could make you feel crappy after.

If you’re going to go full Cat Lady (or Dog Lady, Man, whatever) do it properly – honor your familiar – they get the gourmet Dark Moon comfort vibe also.

It’s generally a more Yin and nurturing time so brilliant for low-key connecting with anyone vulnerable or who needs your wisdom and strength.

Consider A Media/News Fast To Rebalance Your Psyche

The general restorative energy of the Dark Moon means it is the best time of the month to up your sleep hygiene and recommit to it as – like the ancients said – your best medicine.

Journal writing, the quieter forms of yoga, podcasts that soothe rather than send you into a Mars-Yang crescendo fuq it escalation of just-do-it and therapy are all super potent during the Dark Moon

The More you chill at this time, the more what you need to know or feel floats up to you.

Be on extra high alert against Qi Vampires during a Dark Moon as you could unintentionally be more open to them.

Some Dark Moons are more spooky than others but the veils between realms are absolutely gossamer thing at these times…remember that if you’re a sixth sensory or strongly Neptunian type. It’s not a good idea to do alcohol or drugs on a Dark Moon.


Image: Claudia Cardinale

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InvictaMM Member

Digestive issues sorted. Been doing gaps intro stage one for a few weeks now. It’s not for everyone I know but it’s helped me so so so much. It’s different for people who can digest raw vegetables and so on but having been on it for a week or two, after the dreadful detox die off symptoms lifted I began experiencing digestion maybe for the first time in my life. I honestly have never experienced it that way before. It’s brilliant and I don’t want to lose it now. The calmness of having the B vitamins and all the good… Read more »



R(Aqua/Tauri)MM Member

Feeling zingy right now and my writers block finally cleared! Yay new moon in Gemini

NightMM Member

I was born on a dark moon in Taurus and have been having the best day today. Relaxed and alert, tasks going smoothly and quickly.. I think I always love dark moons but this one feels especially natural. Is that common to be at your best with your natal moon phase (not to mention when it’s in the same sign?)

SyrenaMM Member

I had a strange sort of feeling yesterday, like I wanted to shut myself in a cabinet. (This is something I did as a child a few times, not for any negative reason but because I was a bit of a claustrophile.) It came with what I can only describe as a pleasant melancholy, the inexpressible desire to just be surrounded by dark and quiet. Something I’ve felt before, but never had a word for. Also, my nutrition situation – which was SO GOOD last week and Monday – collapsed entirely. God, to think not even three months ago, I… Read more »

InvictaMM Member

A pleasant melancholy.
I like that, brings Kurt Cobain to mind and some of his lyrics.
I may be thinking of him more with Chris Cornell’s passing.
There’s something soothing about the locking myself in a cupboard idea. The image just resonated. Maybe it’s my moon and mars square Saturn or something…it sounds odd even to me when I think about it logically but perhaps because being able to shut the door, having that sense of control and the boundaries around me was something I wanted badly as a kid I tend to luxuriate in solitude now.

PiMM Member

Not sure if this will sound weird but if you’re into philosophy, there is a book called ‘the poetics of space’ by Gaston bachelard – a Katakan of course 🙂 – mid 20th c writer… I am fairly sure one of the chapters is about drawers or cupboards.. could be interesting 🙂

Dark Moon Muse
Dark Moon Muse

Just thinking about Chronos associations ref prestige and time. Links to

‘ crown ‘ and the reverence accorded to the wise .and the old. Those who

wear crowns have power. . Also the word ‘ krone ‘ as in a currency or

something that is valued.. Alchemy of time / Saturn into gold.


love the protocol! i’m usually super chill with dark moons. this one made me SUPER grrrrrrrrrrrrr …. no tolerance for any phuquery. everyone on my last nerve. i’ll be glad to be past this before i alienate everyone i hold near and dear.


oh and insomnia and ravenous appetite. eat ALL the spaghetti. those cats cat get their own! lmao!


I woke up feeling sad. Walked my dog and decided to go back to sleep hoping I would wake up more vibrant. Forced myself up 2 hours later because of a crazy nightmare. Still felt sad, teared up a little and literally did nothing until I had to get ready for work. I just wanted to be so far away from everything today. Hopefully this will change tomorrow…noticed the New Moon is sitting on my progressed Sun, so Im currently at work googling that to pass the time.

Lux Interior Is My Co-PilotMM Member
Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot

OMG yes yes yes to all of these!

Totally feeling the chill/restore vibe.

Dark moons are also good for mending and fixing things I think!

And Ceres=digestion hell yes! Totally feeling that re: today’s Daily Mystic.

Scorpio_RisingMM Member

watching Twin Peaks, while working on new art. I love Dark Moons.

GemyogiMM Member

So excited for new Twin Peaks. I rewatched the old 90s series in prepration. <3


Ah, thanks for the reminders, MM! Yeah, like others have said, I wasn’t expecting this past week to be so ‘dark side’, what with the unexpected passing of Chris Cornell and the massacre in Manchester. Where in hell did those awful events come from, astrologically? I felt broadsided… 🙁 I received some healing body work today, which felt very self-care for the dark moon, and I also FINALLY got to hang out in person with ‘third time is a charm’ Katakan/Sagg rising millennial guy who has come and gone and come back… it was a good re-group, and we really… Read more »

ladyofliladorMM Member

This Cancerian usually loves a Dark Moon, but whoa! This current one really feels like a punish. Qi Vampires abound and I’m tired and fuzzy in my thoughts and my resolve. I got up to get ready for work this morning and by the time I got out of the shower I decided that I was going to stay home today. I called work, then I made tea and got back into my pajamas and I’ll be napping and relaxing all day. My usual meditation routine has been out of whack too – and I’m looking around at my already… Read more »

InvictaMM Member

Cleaning my oven this evening was incredibly satisfying
I laughed because I used to hate cleaning and its become a hobby
There something so satisfying about a sparkling floor, more so on a dark moon perhaps but either way its a great excuse to honour the much maligned Virgo energy.


Does being born on a dark moon make you more inclined to do all of this all the time? I’m definitely more chill, yin, and lol sure “spooky” regardless of the moon’s daily position.

AleMM Member

Mystic, Thank you so much for this! I know about the dark moon, but don’t know what to do during this time. Now I know!


TedtheKittyMM Member

Love this whole protocol – and I can tell its a Dark Moon. My whole physical/mental/emotion vibe today feels….exhausted & disconnected. I definitely need to take some of this protocol to heart the next few days and regenerate and recharge. The past few weeks have been insanely busy at work with big projects, late hours and stress from election year shenanigans (I work for the Municipal government in my City – talk about muggles!!!) and the passing of Chris Cornell, one of my favorite musical artists, the tragedy in Manchester…whew! Time to turn phones off in the evening, immerse in… Read more »

Unicorn SparklesMM Member
Unicorn Sparkles

I’m finding this one hitting hard. Strange feeling like the kind you get when you’re moving house… a mix of melancholy and deep sadness. It’s almost like the end of an era. People at work have been really low energy. Headaches and migraines were being endured everywhere.

I’m going with respecting the energy.
So chilling and taking time to reflect.

Virgo rising will do a meditative clean up and de clutter in the laundry tomorrow. But tonight, rest.

Calli GMM Member
Calli G

My dreams seem to be getting more intense as this dark moon approaches. I’m going to try and be better about recording them and trying to understand what messages they might be bringing.

Isabella Gaspardo
Isabella Gaspardo

I find that now that I’m in menopause dark moons keep me in synch with some sort of natural body rhythms, so it’s really helpful for me to try & plan in advance activities.

SkarabMM Member

It is one of the few joys of being post-menopausal – the freedom to roam the psychic world & flow with its rhythms without bodily discomfort.

Perhaps the reason older women were called crones (caroigne in old N.French, meaning cantankerous old woman or carrion) was to discredit the wisdom that such women can bring to society – so dangerous to the Patriarchy)

InvictaMM Member

Nothing scares the patriarchy like a woman
Especially one who can’t be enslaved:)

scorpiodawnMM Member

im approaching my ceres return…anyone?

MissDeeMM Member

I like them all but what usually feels stronger for me is the “not going out on a Dark Moon night”. I just cannot bring myself to wear nice outfits and make up.
I’ll go aqua gym tonite, which is not very Yin but to me it is because I get to stay in the water and after that plus hot shower, I get that fantastic tiredness, like every tension has left my body and I usually get good sleep.


Love MM’s dark moon protocol, such a good way to sync with cosmic rhythms. Here’s my add ons

Be kind to yourself and others.
Clear the noise in all comms – so you can hear your soul speak.
If alcohol/carbs are needed use like medicine – small dose, high quality
Listen to music that makes you feel good.

SashaBlueMM Member

Great list??


Need a Moon calendar with this printed on every monthly page!
Actually it’s been a funny old moon, lots of synchronicity, answered wishes, darknesses gently surfacing and being successfully released.

A cautious vibe, like you are aware of all the issues, triggers, shadows but picking your way around them in conversation and getting through it all.

SkarabMM Member

YES to your last sentence. I often don’t have the luxury of lying low during the New Moon because of work commitments, so dealing with people during this time can be a little like walking through emotional minefields. We seem to be emotionally & psychically bruised around this time. So i’ve learnt that the best thing to do is to simply just “listen” with both empathy and boundaries, reining in any knee-jerking desires. Personally i love Dark Moon time & just like clearing one’s house of clutter is a good thing to do, I find this time is when i… Read more »

Silver Huang
Silver Huang

I’ve noticed that Dark Moons let me know if I’m on point with my self-care in general. If I’ve designed a routine or schedule or daily work/creative practice that simply doesn’t respect my needs on any level, Dark Moons smash me. However, the more I’ve learnt to listen to my inner guidance as to what to do, what not to do, and how to do it, the less horrific Dark Moons have become. I’ve been examining my expectations of self lots these past few months and as I’ve learnt to drop more and more unrealistic (unhealthy for my needs, boundaries… Read more »


I always love Dark Moon posts! We really need a Dark Moon protocol that covers how the hell you cope when you have to work as well, though. Like ideally I’d just get under my doona or into a hammock somewhere and sleep this time away. But unfortunately I have to go to work and pretend to be productive. So here are my coping mechanisms for when the Dark Moon period rudely falls on weekdays. – Schedule as few meetings as possible, cancel or slide out of them if you can’t control your schedule that way. ‘I’m just really busy… Read more »

Ali Constable
Ali Constable

I love this!

MoonstruckMM Member

Great advice thanks!

SashaBlueMM Member

Love this!

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