Increasingly, people are choosing to align their lives to the phases of the moon. As the Earth’s closest relative, the moon exerts a huge influence over all the planet’s systems. Unsurprisingly, it also affects human beings. For those who feel separated from natural cycles, attuning to the moon is a good way to re-establish a connection to nature. Many farmers and gardeners swear by planting, harvesting and even weeding according to the 28 day lunar cycle.
For most of us, living completely attuned to the lunar cycle would be impractical, but there are ways in which to incorporate moon magic into your life.
The first step is to become aware of the lunar cycle. There are many apps for phone and desktop computers available which track the moon’s progress. For the first cycle it’s a good idea to record your activities and moods to get a feeling for how much the moon affects your energy levels. Just by adopting a conscious awareness of the moon cycles can add a little mystery and magic to life.
Phases of the Moon Cycle
- New moon or Dark moon – four days: the moon cannot be seen as it reflects no light.
- Crescent moon – three days: a sliver of the moon reflects the sun’s light. The crescent looks like a closing parenthesis ).
- First quarter – four days: the moon is a quarter of the way to full and looks like an orange segment.
- Waxing gibbous – three days: it is almost full and looks as though it is pregnant.
- Full moon – four days: the moon hangs in the sky like a perfect shimmering disk.
- Waning gibbous – three days: post full moon, the pregnancy look is back but receding, and the moon appears to be facing the other way.
- Last quarter – four days: the moon is becoming slimmer with each passing day.
- Crescent or Balsamic moon – three days: the crescent now resembles an opening parenthesis (.
And that’s one full cycle completed.
The Lunar Cycle Lifestyle
The new, dark moon is quiet and low energy. This is a good time to rest and make preparations for any upcoming projects. You could also look back over the previous cycle and think about making adjustments for the next one.
As soon as the magical new crescent glimmers in the sky, it’s time to put plans into action. This is a period of growth and expansion. If you are thinking of doing anything creative, this is the opportune time to begin. In the garden, sow seeds, bed in new plants, particularly leafy salad greens. Children are very receptive at this phase. If you are studying, you’ll find that you can absorb knowledge and new skills easily.
As the moon’s reflected light increases, any project you’ve undertaken moves along nicely. You are focused, creative, and ideas are flowing. You make the right connections, meetings are purposeful and rewarding. As the moon reaches its halfway point, you may notice a shift in energy as things begin to speed up. Plant things like tomatoes, beans, peppers and strawberries.
By the time of full moon, energy becomes more scattered. You might feel a little spaced out and revved up. Social activities are fun, everyone is up for a party.
When the moon begins to wane, it’s a good time to finish projects. Finalise the details and get the presentation done. Plant root vegetables. This is also the time to prepare to harvest fruit and produce. During the final quarter, don’t plant anything and avoid starting new projects. Instead pull weeds and dispose of dead plant material. If you are in the mood, clean your home and declutter.
The Lunar Cycle and Romance
New romances stand the best chance of developing into a serious relationship if they start early in the lunar cycle. Meeting a new date around the time of full moon is not recommended as emotions and sexual attraction can mean that you take risks and do things you might not usually do. The waning moon, the second half of the cycle, is a good time if you are looking for something a little more temporary.
The Lunar Cycle and Money
Do your research and due diligence at new moon. Invest in the first quarter. Be cautious during full moon – what seems like a great opportunity probably won’t be. If you are thinking of cashing in and realising assets, do it in the second quarter. Best time to ask for a pay rise is when the cycle reaches the seven to ten day mark. Sales will likely reach their peak at full moon, so if you can build a sales cycle aligned with the moon, you will be flowing along with lunar help.
The Lunar Cycle and Health
Menstruation has always been connected with the moon. Many women will find their cycles will sync with the lunar cycle, though it will only be about 25 – 30 percent of women. Again, it is a good idea to keep a record of mood and energy levels. You are more likely to lose weight during the second half of the lunar cycle.
Moon magic is a fun and useful way to bring lunar cycle awareness into your life. New/dark moon is the time to write down your goals and lists of desired manifestations. Also to gather materials and ideas for a vision board. Carry out increase spell work during the waxing period. For example, money, new job and attracting a partner spells. Full moon is an excellent opportunity to perform a gratitude ritual. This might be as simple as lighting a candle and reflecting on all your blessings. The waning period is the best time to do decreasing spells – losing weight, breaking up, selling a property, etcetera. Any lists that you made at the beginning of the cycle can be burned at the end, releasing their energy to the universe.
Self improvement is a good thing to align with the moon. If you are looking to add skills, set off on a new spiritual path, or instil good habits, do it in the first half of the lunar cycle. Use the second half of the cycle to release old beliefs and negativity and to practice the art of surrender and acceptance. Meditation is beneficial at any time during the lunar cycle, but particularly effective during the Balsamic and dark moon stages.
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