Today marks the first month I work through Kimberly Sherman-Cook‘s In the Shadow of 13 Moons. The tagline reads “embracing lunar energy for self-healing and transformation,” which is a pretty decent summation of the book thus far. Sherman-Cook looks towards the energies of the waning, dark, and new moons (often overlooked or misinterpreted in some modern magical circles) over a year’s course to explore shadow magic, inner journeying, and holistic healing. This is not a book review, and so I have endeavored to curtail the logical, critical inner editor when approaching the work in this book. I was drawn towards this title because I’ve always been fascinated in “dark” witchcraft (relating to physical darkness, shadows, inner transformation, etc) and the Mysteries associated with twilight and nighttime. I’ve never truly delved into lunar magic because of the emphasis of the full moon to the exclusion of the other phases. Furthermore, the full moon has instinctively felt like the opposite time to perform magic for me; don’t ask me why, but I suspect at least part of it has to do with my nature to go against every grain I can find. 🙂 So, I was glad to find an author who tackled dark/new moon magic in depth.