During the two and a half days of darkness of the New Moon, the old moon from the previous month is being re-born, so that the cycle can eternally continue every 29.5 days.
The New Moon began last night at 6.30pm GMT and so for the next few days, now is the best time for meditation and quiet reflection.
In indigenous societies, this was traditionally the time for fertile women to be menstruating. In Native North America, the women would live apart from the rest of the tribe, in a specially constructed Moon Lodge to rest, contemplate and dream, whilst the older women cared for the family. The women in the Moon Lodge were considered Sacred and to possess prophetic powers at this time.