The new moon is the beginning of the lunar cycle, and
means that the moon is completely in line with the sun and the
earth. We see a dark sky with no visible moon. It's a time of
newness and rejuvenation. The new moon is the three days after the
new face of the moon and also includes the day of the new face of
the moon. Meditations: New beginnings of
any sort, spiritual research, health, personal improvement, new
The waxing moon is the period of time between the new
moon and the full moon. Every night, the moon gets a little larger.
Any meditative work that requires growth should be done now. This is
a fantastic time to create a vision board!
Meditations: Courage, motivation, inspiration, friendship, elemental
magick, healing, prosperity.
This is a time when the moon is at its most powerful
and potent. Performing any positive meditations at this time will
achieve good results. Since the full moon only truly occurs for one
night out of the entire lunar cycle, it can be hard to fit it into
your schedule. You can harness the energy of the full moon for about
2 days before or after the night the moon is truly full.
Meditations: Artistic projects, love,
romance, fertility, psychic abilities or making decisions. Also
healing, guidance, and completion affirmations.
The moon is waning as it gets smaller again, after
the full moon. As the moon seems to disappear in the sky, use this
time to do meditations to remove things from your life. The waning
moon is a good time for the casting out of the old ways, banishing
old habits, smoking, eating habits, the removal of troubles and
worries. Make lists and tie up loose ends. Try not to let items go
undone during this time period. The moon keeps moving even if you do
not! Think of the “C” shape of the moon as a “C” for complete.
Complete and finish projects or tasks of any kind during this time,
whether, physical, emotional, or spiritual. You will work in better
harmony with Mother Earth and the Universe by following the moon
cycle thus affording her a larger opportunity to usher in the
positive people and situations into your life she has worked so hard
to line up for you! Meditations: Banishing
bad habits, addictions, ending relationships, complete projects,
release old ways, focus on laws of detachment.
Typically, there is one full moon every
month, but since the lunar cycle is a bit shorter than our calendar
months, there is sometimes two. The second full moon in any given
month is called a blue moon.
The Dark of the Moon (or Dark Moon) is
traditionally the last three days of the Lunar cycle, immediately
preceding the New Moon, and the time when the night sky is notably
absent the presence of the Moon. The earliest peoples understood
that the power of life lay in the darkness of the moon. The purpose
of the dark phase of any cycle is that of transition between the
death of the old and the birth of the new. The dark time is a time
of retreat, of healing, and dreaming of the future…the fallow
times preceding outbursts of creativity and growth…the calm before
the storm. Most of us do not realize we all have many dark phase
times in our lives, and that these are naturally occurring periods
in any life cycle. We fail to understand that endings are the
precursors to new beginnings; thus when our life rhythms move us
into and through these dark phases, we are usually unaware of what
is actually happening. It is the grandeur of Death and Rebirth, not
merely an ending with the proverbial ride off into the sunset. The
dark phase of the cyclical process is a phase of healing and renewal
rather than one of fear and unknowing; a time of mystery, wisdom,
and healing power -- all gifts of the Dark Moon Goddess.
There is less energy
available for outer activities and meeting the expectations of
others, because the purpose of the dark phase is for focusing on the
inner dimensions of our bodies and minds. If we can learn to attune
ourselves to the natural earth rhythms of ebb and flow in our lives,
we can use the intrinsic function of the dark times for healing and
renewal. When we resist this inward motion in our psyche, then
anxiety, stress, and fear are more likely to take hold of our
emotions. Meditations: Healing, renewal,
psychic affirmations for purposeful outcomes. A good time to
meditate on the inner self.