How Often Do Black Moons Occur? This Cool Lunar Event Is A Rare One

As we transition from September to October, a rare lunar event will grace the night sky, hardly visible to those on earth. On Friday Sept. 30 a Black Moon will rise, making the final day of the month even more significant. If you haven't heard of this sinister-sounding celestial event, you may be wondering, "How often do Black Moons occur?" or even "What the heck is a Black Moon?" While the term Black Moon has several different definitions (and sounds super creepy), it most commonly refers to the second new moon in the same calendar month. This is not to be confused with the more familiar term, Blue Moon, which is the second full moon in a calendar month. Sure, the Blue Moon may have it's own song, but "Black Moon" would make a great name for a punk rock band.

This fairly unusual lunar event happens approximately every two and a half years, or once in every 32 months. The last time a Black Moon occurred was in March of 2014 (I think I slept through that one). Typically, each month has one full moon and one new moon. When the moon is full, the side facing the earth is lit by the sun, illuminating the sky. The new moon, on the other hand, is in complete shadow — so there won't be much to see if you look up. 

Only the Western Hemisphere will experience the Black Moon, as the new moon will not rise until a little after midnight in the East (technically making it the first new moon of October on the other side of the globe). Feel free to call up your friends in France around 8:11 p.m. Eastern Time and brag when the cool Black Moon is officially taking place. You will want to get your gloating in now, because the next time the Western Hemisphere will see two new moons in the same month will be July of 2019.

The term Black Moon, while not a scientific one, has been popularized by astrologers and followers of Pagan religions whom believe this celestial event holds ritual importance. According to some pagan beliefs actions are made more powerful when performed on the night of a Black Moon. Spells and rituals are said to be more effective and potent in the Wiccan religion under a Black Moon, so Sept 30 may be a fairly magical night. Here are a few suggestion for how to take advantage of this lunar power: 

1. Ask Out A Crush

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The new moon is a great time for romance, which means the Black Moon could turn that fling into true love. On the night of Sept. 30, take a leap of faith and invite your crush to hang out. Who knows? Maybe the magic of the Black Moon will help set the mood. 

2. Go After That Raise

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If actions are made more potent under a Black Moon, then Friday is the day to get that money, honey. Let the Black Moon boost your confidence to ask for that pay bump you so rightly deserve.

3. Apply For A New Job

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The new moon is also seen as a symbol of new beginnings and new ventures. If you are not happy in your current situation, take some time Friday to check out other options and see what's out there.

4. Hit The Gym

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The new moon is an excellent time to start a new health or fitness routine. Take advantage of the power of the Black Moon, and make that workout work for you.

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