“The moving moon went up the sky, and nowhere did abide. Softly she was going up, and a star or two beside.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The moon is one of the most powerful symbols we can look to for our spiritual tendencies. The natural wonder of the moon has captivated people for centuries and it’s changing nature is one of its most telling features. We can look to the phases of the moon to serve as a guide through life. Through the different phases of the moon, we can navigate the choppy waters of life and at least get some general direction of what we’re supposed to be doing and where we should be heading. Take a look at the different moon phase meanings and how they can help you.
The New Moon
The New Moon signifies new beginnings. It is at this time that we should start new projects, put new ideas into action and create fresh starts for ourselves. These could be major changes or tiny ones, any new beginning is felt. A New Moon that is not visible signifies that the slate has been wiped clean and all past digressions have been forgotten. A lot of gardeners choose this time to plant seeds for obvious reasons!
The Waxing Crescent Moon
This is the time where our ideas are willed into fruition. The New Moon is a chance for us to put forth new ideas but the Waxing Crescent Moon is an opportunity for real statements of intention to take place. Think of it this way: The New Moon is when we plant our seed but the Waxing Crescent Moon is when we water it.
The First Quarter Moon
This is the time where the moon appears to be sliced in half and it signals the time to take some action. It’s usually seven days after a New Moon and it around this time that we must continue to push for what we want, regardless of whether things are tough or life is throwing obstacles in our way. The seed is on its way and it is during this time that we tend to it, ensuring it is nurtured in just the right way.
The Waxing Gibbous Moon
The Waxing Gibbous Moon is a period of reassessment and evaluation. We should be seeing results from our actions and movement towards our goal. However, now is the time to accept that things may not be happening in exactly the way we planned or expected. And that’s okay! We can change our course of action to achieve what we set out to achieve. Results could be unexpected or surprising, but change will be seen throughout this period.
The Full Moon
The Full Moon is when we reap what we have sown. It’s unsurprising that the Full Moon is also referred to as the Harvest Moon. It’s time to harvest our bounty from all the hard work we’ve put in so far. It might not be much but it’s something. After all, it has only been a couple of weeks! Energies are elevated and emotions may run high during this time but it’s important to do some inward looking rather than firing our emotions out at others.
The Waning Gibbous Moon
The Waning Gibbous Moon is perfect for reflection as the moon begins to wane. Introspection is key as we follow on from the inward looking energy we receive from the Full Moon. Refining our projects can be done during this time as we look to evaluate our progress and what we have achieved so far. Is the direction we’re taking still the most beneficial? Our experience from the month so far will inform our next steps.
The Third Quarter Moon
The Third Quarter Moon should be a time for shedding anything that isn’t working. Anything that is holding us back, dragging us down and just generally hindering us. De-cluttering is the perfect thing to do. De-clutter the house, the mind and everything in between. Starting something new isn’t ideal but there’s no harm in taking something old and getting the very best out of it. It’s about fine-tuning and working with what we’ve got.
The Waning Crescent Moon
The last stage of the cycle occurs during The Waning Crescent Moon and is a time for relaxation and recuperation. Everything should be let go and put out into the world. We can feel extremes at both end depending on our experiences – completely free and at peace, or completely empty and alone. Very little light is emitted from the moon at this time and it is a time to be still and relieved. Preparation for the next cycle is important and we must purge ourselves ready for the new beginnings.