Also known as the dark moon, today’s lunar super-phenom is synonymous in folklore with the Lilith Myth – Eve’s shadowy alter ego. Historically depicted as a demoness and cast as the wanton woman in cautionary tales, the Lilith spirit more accurately and appropriately represents the fiercest and most independent aspects of the divine feminine. For feminists, Lilith calls to mind the qualities of free-will, self-determination, strength, and power.
Here’s a particularly informative and detailed article on the history of Lilith, with links to more reading: The Lilith Library
Another article on the metaphoric relationship between the Lilith Myth and the perceptions of women in history and religion : Eve and the Identity of Women
And for the more scientific minded moon watcher, there’s some good information on why tonight’s moon is so special over at Universe Today .