Working with the Dark Moon

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Many witches, wiccans, pagans, followers of the old ways, work with the moon cycles and are familiar with the turn of the wheel, the seasons and the symbolism behind each of them.

During the week of a new moon, I get more excited about the time that comes just before the new moon.

One to three days before the new moon, when the moon isn’t visible in the night sky, is known as the “dark of the moon” or “Dark Moon.”

Keep in mind, this shouldn’t be confused with a “black moon” which is two new moons within the same calendar month.

Decades ago, when I was first learning about the moon cycles in my beginner books, most authors advised that during the time just before the new moon, no spells or magickal work was to be done.

It was said to be a time for rest and contemplation, that it could mean bad luck. 

I would read in books that spells could turn on you, energy too unpredictable, and all sorts of stuff that, when just learning, can make you turn the other way.

However, as I got older and studied further beyond the introductory basics, I learned that there’s a lot more to the belief and understanding what the dark moon represents.

Knowing why some practitioners avoid or work with the dark moon and how it works can help further your understanding and practice.

Working with the Dark Moon can be a time for working with or on, for example:

  • spirits
  • divination
  • mediumship
  • cursing, curse-breaking
  • hexing
  • banishing
  • exorcisms
  • shadow work
  • removing fears /addictions / bad habits
  • honouring underworld deities such as Hecate (the Dark Moon is also known as Hecate’s Night), Cerridwen, The Morrighan, Osiris
  • honouring your ancestors; and
  • working with the Crone aspect.


In the same tone or atmosphere as the Dark Moon, Hallowe’en / Samhain / All Hallow’s Eve / Day of the Dead are a time to honour loved ones in spirit, our ancestors, reflect on the shadows, spirits, death and darkness that is around us.

We reserve at the end of October / early November (in Northern Hemisphere), a special day to remember our departed and ancestors, leave food for them, honour them, do divination and more.

However, we have this opportunity each month, not just once a year.

Each Dark Moon is an opportunity to honour our ancestors, pay special respects to them, ask for protection and blessings, remove bad luck, bad habits and fears, to name a few.

Working with the Dark Moon can take some experience, study and practice to work with, which not everyone works with this energy or feels the need to.




If you’re interested in working with the Dark Moon, there can be simple ways to honour ancestors to begin with or to work with your own shadow side.

If you have a special place to honour deity and/or ancestors or your altar, you can light a candle or make an offering of drink, food or incense during the Dark Moon and say a simple prayer or perform spell work suited to the Dark Moon.

A word of caution: Dark God/Goddess energies can be intense, straightforward and hold no punches.

If you’re new to working with dark goddesses/gods, I’d advise to wait until more experienced in your own studies/practice and are familiar with the deity, before working with deities such as Hecate or The Morrighan, for example.

If you feel inclined to get to know them, research their stories and mythologies, read more about them and start by getting to know what you feel your impression is of them.

Each moon phase and cycle has a specific purpose and meaning, which we can use in our individual practices to meet our needs.

The new moon and full moon receive a lot of attention every month; however, the dark moon can also be significant to work with as well.

Cast off the old each month, honour the Crone, your ancestors and the departed during the dark moon; then welcome the new and beginnings to come with the new moon.


Stacey & the Tarot Pugs

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Weekly Reading: June 19 – 25 2017

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This week is the summer solstice (or winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere) on June 21 marking the longest (or shortest) day of the year.

The past six months have been working up to this day, which afterwards we’ll slowly turn towards longer nights (or longer days).

Cards for this week are from The Wild Unknown Tarot by Kim Krans and Arcana of Astrology by Black and the Moon.


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Monday / Tuesday:
The Magician


As we start the week, we may have all the tools necessary to do what we need or want to do.

If you’ve been learning something new lately or rehearsing something, now may be the time to put what you know into practice.

These two days in the beginning of the week will be about taking action, not sitting idly by.

If you know what you need to do or what you should do, then now will be the time to do something about it.

Show others what you can do.

Certain procedures may come into questioning, whether a new policy or procedure can be put into effect that may be more proficient or cost-effective.

If you can find ways to improve something at home or work, now may be the time to step up and give your input and insight.

We may build upon what we already know and expand our knowledge about what we’re able to do.

We may need to stretch our knowledge and abilities and apply to them to a different practice or expertise, but logic and linear thinking may help us in that aspect.

You may have enough background knowledge in one area to apply it to a different field, or simply using common knowledge or sense to work out a dilemma or problem during these two days.

Let’s make some magic happen.


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Wednesday / Thursday:
Temperance Reversed


During the middle of the week, we may feel a bit “out of balance,” especially if we feel that we may have a short fuse when it comes to dealing with certain people and/or situations.

Caution should be made to not let tempers get out of hand, whether yours or someone else’s.

We can only really take control of our own actions and responses, so trying to stay calm, collected and in control of ourselves can make the difference.

Do what you need to do in order to give yourself enough time for yourself.

Breaks, relaxation, retreats, etc., to cool any tension within yourself or in connection with others.

A comment from someone could be taken the wrong way, so it may be better to step back and away for a while before responding.

Go for a coffee or tea break during the day (as often as you can if possible) or go for a walk to find your inner Zen moments.


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Friday / Saturday / Sunday:
9 Wands Reversed


After a long week that may have used up a lot of mental energy and strength, we may feel a little worn down and beaten from it.

The beginning of the week had “can do” energy, while the middle of the week was trying to calm those tempers and fires within ourselves.

Now that the weekend is here, we can take time to rest and recover from the week.

However, try not to let this turn into feeling defeated from the week. Do something that will make you happy this weekend as a reward.

If there’s a problem that persists from the weekend, but nothing can be done about it over the weekend, try to leave it until you can do something about it.

Stress and anxiety will only weigh heavily on your mind, depleting you of your energy and stamina for what you need to do over the weekend.

Recover yourself from any mental stress or burdens that were from the week and allow yourself to recharge before Monday comes again.

Take time for yourself this weekend to do what you want and need to do.


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Weekly Card:


The theme for this week is to transform ourselves.

From having determination at the beginning to the week to feeling overwhelmed by everything around us and imbalances within ourselves, we may have to think how we can transform ourselves, our lives, our environment to something that will work better for us, now and in the future.

We can always bounce back and start over again with a new day and a new week.

Scorpio is associated with “death” among many things, which everyone goes through metaphorical “deaths” all the time.

Death is a transformation of itself, from one form to another.

Even the laws of physics state that energy can’t be destroyed or created, it can only be transformed or changed.

To point out further, humans and animals, all living and non-living things, are comprised of energy. We go under transformations all the time, some voluntarily and others mandatory.

This week, we may need to see what and how we can transform, what we need to shed or get rid of in order to transform into something else, to transform ourselves or our lives, and to see what we hope to achieve from it.



Stacey & the Tarot Pugs


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Weekly Reading: June 12 – 18 2017

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For this week’s reading, we’ll be using the Rider Waite Tarot by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. for our weekly reading.

We’ll look at three cards for Monday/Tuesday, Wednesday/Thursday and Friday/Saturday/Sunday.

I’ve started learning Lenormand recently, which I’d thought I’d give my first public attempt for this week’s readings as a summary. 🙂

I’ve posted some Lenormand cards periodically on our Instagram page with of course, the pugs modeling them nicely. Continue reading

Tarotscopes – June 2017

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A new month, a new tarot forecast for the month ahead!

Summer has almost officially arrived or winter if you’re in the southern hemisphere and we’re about halfway through 2017.

This year has gone by so quickly, yet at the same time, so much has happened on the world stage that it’s hard to believe so much has happened in this short amount of time.

These forecasts for this month can be read for your sun, moon and rising signs. Feel free to read your forecast for each of them.

If you’re unsure about your signs, you can get a free natal chart at (just enter your birth data details).

Cards for this month are from The Wild Unknown Tarot by Kim Krans.

(A quick note: Although these cards were thoroughly shuffled, a majority of them appeared as reversed. This may indicate that we may experience more obstacles, blockages or challenges in our way for this month.)

Let’s see what June may bring. Continue reading

Weekly Reading: May 29 – June 4 2017

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This is a new format that we’re trying to do the weekly reading for this week.

This reading will be for May 29 – June 4 2017, starting on the Monday through Sunday. This will cover the work week and the weekend in one reading.

Three tarot cards will cover the week, Monday/Tuesday, Wednesday/Thursday and Friday/Saturday/Sunday with an oracle card to summarize the week.

Cards for this week will be from The Wild Unknown Tarot by Kim Krans and Arcana of Astrology by Black and the Moon.


Weekly Reading – May 29 – June 4 2017

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Monday / Tuesday:
The World reversed

The World card seems to be a common theme in our weekly readings that has appeared in the last few readings, which can symbolise that something isn’t over just yet and it is likely to continue.

This is likely a message worth repeating as tarot keeps brining it up for us.

The cycle that we’re currently going through isn’t finished or there’s something that’s left unfinished for now.

It may mean that we have some unfinished business to attend to or something that hasn’t received closure or a conclusion.

We may be in the middle of something, a transition, phase or project or perhaps during these two days of the week, we may have work in progress that is continued from the previous week(s).

Although the week is just getting started, we may be continuing something from last week or from previous weeks.

Most likely this won’t be concluded just yet as more work or collaborations may be needed to see this through to the end.


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Wednesday / Thursday:
Father of Pentacles reversed

As we progress further into the week, we’ll need to be cautious about putting our own needs ahead of others.

In an idyllic world, if everyone cared for each other, then everyone would be taken care of; greed and selfishness would be eliminated as we shared our time and resources.

It’s understandable that we have to look out for ourselves – most often no one else will do it for us.

However, we shouldn’t let this take our full attention from an issue or someone that may need our time, energy and perhaps financial help.

Someone may be in need of some monetary assistance or advice, if we’re able to help them directly or indirectly, it may go a long way.

We shouldn’t let money issues get the best of us as there may be less than hoped for news about finances (stock market, bank accounts, etc.) that may damper moods.

We may feel that money slips through our fingers or in one hand and out the other.

We may get an added bonus or income just as an expense comes up or a bill is due.

Although money makes the world go ‘round (and it is pretty nice to have), it shouldn’t be our only focus and purpose.

Having our true needs met is what matters most as money will always come and go. True happiness shouldn’t depend only on money.


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Friday / Saturday / Sunday:
3 of Wands reversed

More preparation may be needed for future plans, which in the meantime, we may decide to stay close to home or near familiar territory (whether physically or in knowledge/expertise).

Something that we may be hoping for or waiting for might not be ready just yet.

There could be delays if waiting for someone or depending on transportation, particularly if we’re traveling over the weekend. Be prepared for delays, cancellations or postponements.

Let’s take time to focus and center ourselves and decide which direction we want to go in.

We may need to reassess something in our lives, perhaps even taking stock of something.

The focus may turn more inward about what we want to achieve within ourselves more than what we can achieve in the external world.

This may open up new perspective within ourselves and what we want to accomplish and acquire.

We may need to shift our attention or focus and decide what, how, where and when we want to do which may take us on a different path.

This may be a turning point wondering to stay or go, to follow or not in regards to something that we may have a chance or opportunity.

This may require inner reflection and to decide where we want to go from here.


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Weekly oracle card:
New Moon

New moons always symbolize new beginnings, which we may feel that we’re currently in a phase of a new beginning. However, we’re not quite finished what we started.

Something new may be emerging from within ourselves while we’re still in the middle of something.

We may feel as though we’re multi-tasking two or more things, and now something new is coming this week.

This can be an awakening, a new way of doing things, a renewal, a rebirth or something tangible that is started this week.

The World reversed at the beginning of the week is still a continuation from the previous week(s) and continues likely through this week, yet we have something new that may arise also during the week and into the weekend.

There may be the beginning of something, that is planted this week that may come to fruition later on.

This could be a lead, a proposal, an offer, an idea or something that could start a new beginning.

Results won’t be immediate this week and will likely take time to manifest, however this may be a good week to plant new beginnings, hopes, dreams and ideas that we want to cultivate soon.


Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead!

Stacey & the Tarot Pugs


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Weekly Reading: May 14-20 2017

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We may feel more optimistic this week, having more ideas, but may fear letting go of something in order to move forward.

This may be a belief or thought about something, perhaps even self-doubt, that may prevent from going after what we want.

We may want to rekindle our passions and find something to channel our energy into and let go of any fears or doubts.

A part of us may think and feel “this is great!” while another part of us may think, “who am I to think someone like me can do something like that?

This is where it’s necessary to let go of these negative thoughts that hold us back from moving forward. Continue reading

Weekend Reading – May 12-14 2017

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Firstly, we’d like to wish mums everywhere, who are still with us or in spirit, a Happy Mother’s Day on this Sunday.

This past week may have been a new beginning, which now as the weekend approaches, may mark the next step in this phase.

As this new phase or step is underway, we may be working to try to perfect everything as we go along.

We may be trying to perfect our strategy to make sure that everything is going according to plan.

We may be trying to wait for the “perfect time or moment” when everything is just right before we can move on to the next step.

Sometimes perfection isn’t possible; sometimes that “perfect time” won’t happen unless we make it happen.

Do we fear that we’re not ready or that the time isn’t ready?

Will we wait too long and miss our chance hoping for the right window of opportunity or do we need to just go for it?

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The World card shows that we can put the past behind us, any negativity that we’ve been carrying with us, and leave it behind.

The right time may be approaching soon, that we’re very close to the next step in our plan.

We have the perfect moment within us; we just have to trust our intuition to let us know when the “right” time is.

If you feel that you’re on the verge of something new happening, that a new cycle is about to begin (which the Full Moon in Scorpio was on Wednesday, May 10), this may be the time to work out the minor details and perfect them in your own way.

The World card is associated with Saturn and the Waxing Gibbous card is interpreted as “perfecting”. Saturn is about restrictions, limitations, but also about perfecting ourselves.

Have a look to see how Saturn may be influencing you currently in its transit or look at Saturn in your natal chart.

Saturn may offer additional insight into seeing how to work with your limitations and the direction you may want to go in in order to make the most of it.

Saturn is about rewards through hard work which The World also gives rewards from the trials and errors endured from the previous major arcana cards.

This weekend may offer rewards for hard work done previously and any hard work done over the weekend may pay off as well.

Work diligently and perfect your work; do your best and give it your all.

This weekend will mark phase two of your plans or new beginning; continue the work and responsibilities that you’ve taken on and have faith that the rewards will come.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Blessings and #puglove,
Stacey & the Tarot Pugs


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Card images from Black Cats Tarot by Maria Kurara (Lo Scarabeo) and Arcana of Astrology by Black and the Moon.

Weekly Reading: May 7-13 2017

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As you may have noticed from last week, we’ve changed up the format for the card for the week and started to do a weekly reading.

This week’s cards are from The Black Cats Tarot by Maria Kurara and Les Vampires by Lucy Cavendish (illustriated by Jasmine Becket-Griffith).

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The World, The Magician, The Lovers

A new beginning is underway as one chapter closes and a new one begins.

We often think about the future in terms of “one day” or “some day”, yet we wait for the right opportunity or chance.

Why not start today? Why not this week?

Where do you want to go from here? What would you want to do now?

What is your passion? What do you love to do?

If you could manifest anything in the world, what would it be?

What can you do to make that happen?

The future is what we make of it.

Each of us is at the center of our own little world, which we can make whatever we want in our lives.

This week, we can cast off our old selves and ways, close a chapter in our lives and create what we want.

The skills are already within you to manifest what we desire.

If you need assistance, you’ll most likely already know who to ask for help.

This new chapter is likely to have a partner by your side to help along the way.

Perhaps a lifelong dream can be manifested with a partner or significant other. Maybe a business venture or collaboration could be in the works.

This new beginning can be compiled of everything that you’ve learned and gained from your past experiences, bringing your skills forward into the next phase.


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Listen to advice, Think clearly, Intellect

Think carefully about your reasons about why and what you’re planning for this week and the next phase or chapter in your life.

It’s awesome to be optimistic about the future, however, a healthy dose of realism is needed to stay focused and grounded.

Seek advice and guidance to make sure your plans can become a reality.

It can become too easy to get caught up in daydreams about what the future may bring, but by combining you hopes, passions and intellect, you can weave them into something amazing.

Much #puglove,
Stacey & the Tarot Pugs


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Card images from Black Cats Tarot by Maria Kurara (Lo Scarabeo) ©2013 and Les Vampires by Lucy Cavendish (illustrated by Jasmine Becket-Griffith) ©2014.