The moon has always had a special place in my heart, especially the full moon. I have numerous memories from my childhood that involve seeing the moon in its full glory and being stopped in my tracks by its unexpected beauty. Somehow it seems like the feeling of being captivated by its mysterious nature is something that I have been experiencing since birth (or maybe even before that). When I was a kid my parents used to call me by the nickname of “Clair(e) de la lune”, which translates to ‘moonlight’. I like to think that this all was not a coincidence.
As most of us know, the moon has a strong influence on the behavior of the earth’s water bodies. The moon’s gravitational force creates the tides of the oceans by pulling the water in towards it. Given the fact that more than half of our body is made up of water, it should come as no surprise that the moon also has an impact on our energy. This last fact, however, is a lot less widely acknowledged.
In many ancient cultures and traditions worship of the moon is a common practice, which has its base in the belief that the waxing and waning of the moon and the cycles of growth and decay in our human lives are interconnected. Whether you resonate with these beliefs or not, the fact remains that the essence of this ancient wisdom can still prove to be very beneficial when we apply it in our modern day lives. Working in alignment with the moon cycles can increase our productivity and rate of success, in business as well as in our personal endeavors. Things will start to unfold with much more ease and as you’re moving along with the rhythm of the moon you’ll get a sense of being in the flow.
While all the 28 days of the moon cycle have their own important qualities, the new moon and the full moon are especially powerful times. New and full moon rituals are a beautiful way to welcome in the upcoming moon phase and to get clear on your intentions. I have created two free guidebooks on setting up moon rituals, so you can get started today! If you’re not a member of my tribe yet, you can sign up below to get access to the downloads.
So to start working with the energy of the moon cycles, we should explore these different phases of the moon and find out what they represent.
The lunar phase starts with what we call a new moon. At this time the moon is invisible to the naked eye because the part of the moon that is lighted by the sun completely faces away from the earth. Also, the new moon rises and sets together with the sun during the day, which prevents us from distinguishing it from the sun’s strong glare.
The new moon is a perfect time for visualizing your dreams and setting your intentions. The supportive energies are strong a couple of days before and after the new moon, so you have plenty of time to overthink what it is that you want to create in the next phase of your life.
Having a personal new moon ritual can be very helpful in getting clarity on your manifestation goals. You could make or update your vision board, write a script on how you want your life to be, or meditate on consciously putting out an intention for something you want to develop in further. Be mindful of releasing all expectations on how your intentions will materialize in your life. I know from experience that these gifts can come in the most unexpected ways.
The next phase starts the day after the day of the new moon and is called the waxing moon. This is when the moon slowly starts to become visible again by turning its illuminated side in the direction of the earth. This phase lasts for about 14 days after the new moon.
As the moon becomes more and more visible, the supportive energy for creation increases. You have set your intentions and now the time is becoming more and more suitable for you to act on them. New opportunities will present themselves and the time is ripe to make decisions and start investing in what you want to achieve.
In the process of creation, it is very likely that you will encounter your own limitations. You may want to take that step forward, but you feel an insecurity arising that is holding you back. Or you may not even notice an opportunity that you are given before it’s too late because a restricting belief was preventing you from seeing it.
If this happens, please know that it is a good thing. You are given a chance to face your own obstacles, and by recognizing them you can start to heal them. This too is a gift in the process of manifesting your desires, as you first need to take care of your internal space, before the external results can come into fruition.
On the 14th or 15th day of the lunar cycle, the moon will have gained its full power. The part of the moon that is lighted by the sun fully faces the earth. This is what we call a full moon.
The full moon represents the time to release. As with the new moon, the supportive energies are strong a couple of days before and after the full moon. Use this time to get clear on whatever it is that you’re ready to let go of. This can be anything, from a habit pattern, a person, a mindset, a practice, an identity or maybe old resentments. Anything that no longer serves you and that you don’t want to take into the next phase of your life.
During a full moon, the energy of the moon is so strong that we may find we have trouble maintaining our balance. It is not for nothing that the expression “it’s must be a full moon!” is sometimes used when people are acting a little off. This is all part of the natural flow, so just try to remain aware and give space where needed.
A full moon ritual is a beautiful way to make best use of the moon’s intense energy and celebrate the beauty of letting go and making space for new possibilities.
The full moon is also the perfect time to charge any crystals you have by putting them out in the moonlight at night.
In the days following the full moon, we enter the waning moon phase. The moon will become increasingly less visible, turning its illuminated side away from the earth again. This phase lasts for about 14 days after the full moon.
This is a phase of cleansing and purging. The process of releasing that you’ve started on the full moon will now start unfolding. It is a good time to clear out your home or workspace, as well as your internal space.
It is also a time for introspection. Take time to get your bearings and reflect on what has brought you to where you are at this moment in your life. If there are any obstacles, now is the time to release them.
The lunar cycle ends with the dark moon. In this phase the moon invisible again.
This is a very deep and spiritual time. Allow yourself to withdraw and spend some time alone if you feel the need to. It is in this powerful phase that your spirit is stirred on the deepest level and profound insights or longings may come up on the surface.
Try to hold off any major decisions or drastic actions. Now is a time to turn within. Pay some extra attention to self-care and being kind to yourself, as you are preparing for the new lunar cycle to begin.
So that’s the basics! If you are ready to start working with the moon cycles, make sure to sign up below to download my two free guidebooks to help you set up your own new and full moon rituals step by step.
I am super excited to hear about your personal experiences in working with the moon’s energy! Do you have special rituals or practices for aligning yourself with the moon cycles? Let me know in the comment section below or drop me a message!
Love and light,