Living and creating in rhythm with the moon phases
As long as there has been humans, the moon has been an object of magic and mystery. It is believed that the moon, like the other planets, exerts a considerable degree of influence on human beings.
Researchers have found that certain phases of the moon not only affect humans and animals, but also influence plant life and other elements.
The moon has a four-phase cycle of the new-waxing moon, the full moon, the waning moon and the dark moon. These phases relate directly to the maiden, mother and crone goddesses, who reveal themselves within us as we progress through our lives. The male counterparts are bachelor, father and sage.
Follow this link to find out what phase the moon was in when you were born.
Waxing - New Moon (maiden)
The waxing new moon goes from dark to full. The new moon corresponds to the maiden and the growth into a full moon. As the moon grows, she will have a magnetic pull on all things, and will strengthen their energies. We come back out into the world, carrying our vision, and working towards completion. It is a time for planting, growing, building, developing and strengthening areas in our lives that need attention, as well as physical areas such as an herbal garden.
The New Moon offers an opportunity to start anew and refresh your dreams and/or set new intentions. It is a time of magic and rebirth! I always feel the pace starting to pick up around this time and it builds until the climax of the full moon. The maiden is the tender dreamer we all carry in our hearts regardless of our age and gender. She represents passion, enthusiasm, romantic love and creativity.
We recommend that you do some kind of ritual on the day you see the first sliver in the sky. What do you long to experience and birth into form by the time of the full moon? Share your vision with the new moon, in your heart, on a written note or audibly, and receive spiritual support with your manifestation. Light some incense and let the smoke carry your prayers to your Divine. Sing, dance, drum or rattle. Celebrate as if you are already experiencing the manifestation of your intentions and remember to leave a small token of your gratitude to your helping spirits (herbs, flowers, sweets).
Full Moon (mother)
The full moon is designated as the mother aspect of the goddess because of its fullness, power and representation of fertility.
High energy and activity are themes of the full moon. A time for harvesting the fruits of the seed ideas that we planted around the new moon. A time to celebrate and to dwell in gratitude for our growth and accomplishments. The moon is full with possibilities and hope during this phase. Be sure to take advantage of it and to connect with the fertile, nurturing, and grounding energies of the divine mother within.
This is a powerful time where energy is in abundance. Rituals and ceremony are amplified as energy is in its zenith. Cleanse your crystals in the gentle silvery light. Sit under the moon and do automatic writing. Enjoy this high tide of psychic powers, magic, perception and divination.
Do a fire ceremony and release what has come to completion. Celebrate, and give thanks to Mother Earth for sustaining you on your journey. Gather your friends and love ones and have them join you in honoring your victories and new growth.
Waning Moon (crone)
The waning moon is from full to dark moon. This is the time to end outworn relationships, situations and habits that have served their purpose.
The waning moon is known as the crone or wise woman. She is represented as an aged, mature being, ripe with knowledge and experience. The crone shows us where we are blocked in our lives. By taking her hand and accepting that some things must die, we are able to grow spiritually.
What we resist persists, as the old saying goes. Use this period of the month specifically for examining your blocks and fears. Let the crone lead you in studying your shadow side and in understanding that this side of you is necessary in order to have a balance in your life.
What old structures, beliefs and ideas are you ready to let go of with the energy of the waning moon. What new pathways are you anticipating after this shedding?
Dark Moon (crone)
The Dark Moon is the time when there is no solar reflection, leaving the lunar face in darkness. The duration of a dark moon is typically three days (depending on the orientation of the Earth and Sun). The new moon occurs in the middle of this period. As the moon wanes toward those final days of darkness, there's often a turn inward. This powerful and still time is fertile ground for the new moon intentions to germinate.
The dark of the moon is the most powerful time psychically. It seems to draw us in towards our deepest self, the longings of the soul, and restful listening as a way to receive this guidance. A common analogy is the dormant seed under the winter snow, or the cocoon holding the butterfly. You might feel tired, or crave quiet and solitude. Make space for the unfolding of spirit at this time. You are preparing for a rebirth that begins with the first crescent. Make it a sacred time for yourself each month, a time to connect with the great void of infinite potential. Enjoy cleansing and nurturing your body and mind.
You will notice how your relationship with the moon grows deeper with practice and careful observation of the energies. Synchronicity, magic and powerful manifestation follow when you are in alignment.