Tonight is the new Moon . . . and that means the night sky will be at its darkest all month.

The new Moon, which marks the end of one lunar cycle and the beginning of the next, is essentially the opposite of a full Moon. During a full Moon, we see the side of the Moon that is being illuminated by the Sun, making the Moon glow brightly. During a new Moon, however, we see the side of the Moon that is not being illuminated by the Sun, which makes the Moon blend in with the night sky, appearing as just a sliver of light.

If you follow the lunar phases, you may have noticed that you feel a lower energy level during the new Moon. It can be a time when you feel more tired or contemplative. You may find you crave more rest. The new Moon is a perfect time for quiet reflection, and the prime time for setting personal intentions.

Try to set aside some time for yourself today . . . for meditation or journaling or just some other quiet activity (knitting or walking, for example) . . . and tune in to your own thoughts. Pay attention to any little “seeds” that emerge. They may help you craft intentions for the coming year.

Allow the energies of the new Moon . . . to open your heart to new adventures!

And just like the moon,
you shall go through phases
of light
of dark
and of everything in between.
And though
you may not always appear
with the same brightness,
you are always

@wheresmollie, Adventuring Within

Today’s poem is another one I “scrolled” across on Instagram. The author is a young woman named Mollie who is a breathwork and spirituality coach. You can read more about her and her work on her website.


If you’re wondering what this “advent calendar” is all about, you can read my “intro” post here.