Total Solar Eclipse, Oregon, USA
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There are a few things we’re pretty certain about. Climate change is real, dogs are the closest things we have to IRL angels, and there’s a full and new moon each month. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but the latter isn’t *always* true. If you’ve been wondering why you keep hearing about February’s Black Moon, that’s because in this case, a Black Moon is actually when there’s no full moon during the month.

The term “Black Moon” is actually an umbrella term for a few weird and odd cosmic possibilities, as Time and Date points out. According to the site, a Black Moon can occur when there are two new moons in a month, when there isn’t a new moon or full moon in February, or it’s the name of the third new moon in a season with four new moons.

In our case, February is missing a full moon.

And Time and Date explains:

Just like the new moon is also called the dark moon, the absence of a full moon is literally a black moon. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you’re able to not witness the full moon — because she won’t be happening!

Things may feel a bit energetically wonky this month, so remember to drink water, eat nourishing food, and take care of yourself. You got this.