Why is it called a Black Moon? In February, the moon goes rogue

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:

"About once every 20 years, February does not have a Full Moon. Instead, there are two Full Moons in January and March. The next Black Moon by this definition will occur in 2018, while the last one was in 1999. Because of time zone differences, these Black Moons may not happen all over the world."


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.

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