The moon phases can be used as a map to guide you through the things you want to do and achieve in your life.
Let me just start by saying… A shit ton of people will roll their eyes at the mention that the moon influences us. Those people of course call themselves “logical thinkers” but to me a logical person is one who studies something, tries it for themselves, then draws a conclusion from that. It is not logical to make assumptions about something.
I also think it’s important to note that you do not need to have a spiritual connection or consider yourself spiritual in any way to incorporate the moon phases into your life.
The moon goes through eight phases every month but in this post, we are going to focus on the two biggies: new moon and full moon.
Scientifically speaking, the moon affects our earth. It affects the tides, and the rainfall. Considering our bodies are made up of at least 70% water it is pretty damn logical to conclude that we to would be affected.
It is no coincidence that on full moons health care professionals, law enforcement, and childcare workers all recognize higher volumes, and more erratic behaviour on a full moon. The phrase “it must be a full moon” exists for a reason.
Each moon falls into a different zodiac sign, depending on its timing over the course of the year. The new moon/ full moon energy will take on the characteristics of that sign. For example, a new moon in Capricorn (like the one we just had in January) carries an energy of drive, motivation and a “go-getter” attitude. So basically, when this new moon strikes you may take on these similar feelings.
Not everyone is affected in the same way or in the same amount. A new moon in Capricorn could affect me immensely due to my birth chart but have very little effect on my husband. Each of us has a unique birth chart that shows us which astrological sign each planet was in the moment we were born.
So basically, how much you feel or are affected by the moons energy depends on which sign the moon falls in during that cycle. The energy of the moon can be felt on the days leading up to and a few days following the actual date of the new moon and full moon.
Just like the moon we all go through phases… especially women. What’s amazing is how much our phases align with that of the moon. We can use this knowledge to better ourselves. The benefits I have found with not only paying attention to but acknowledging the moon and its cycles are as follows:
• Self-reflection and ultimately getting to know myself better
• A new form of self-care that I haven’t achieved anywhere else
• Honouring my own internal phases without guilt or judgement – e.g. resting when I need to without feeling pressured to “hustle”
• Taught me to listen to my body and my inner world – tune into my emotions and how to handle them in a meaningful way.
• Maximize my energy and productivity by understanding when to act and when to rest
• Aids in manifestation and staying on track with my personal intentions
• Feeling connected to something greater than myself
• Deepened knowledge of astrology
The best way to truly reap the benefits of each moon is to do a new moon and full moon ritual or practice. You can do one at home or you can find a local event to attend. Attending a moon ritual is powerful because you are harnessing the energy as a group, sharing and holding each other accountable.
This is the time to turn inward, to reflect, to honour your emotions, and to rest.
This is the beginning of the eight phases and is the time when the moon is barely visible. It is between the earth and the sun and symbolizes darkness. In the symbolic sense, darkness is often thought to be uncomfortable and a little scary. In many ways, it mirrors our own darkness and shadow self which for the most part I think people try to avoid.
Think of the new moon as a new beginning, a fresh start, a blank canvas, a time to define what you want your life to look like. This is the time to plant seeds for your future and set intentions that you would like to see manifest. This is the time to set goals! Think about what you want to accomplish, how you want to grow, and what you want to attract into your life.
Ritual for the New Moon
- Set up a sacred/zen space by lighting candles, and gathering your crystals.
- Cleanse your space and yourself using palo santo or sage.
- Do a visualizing meditation. Basically, you want to put on some calming music and spend minimum 5-10 minutes envisioning the life you want. What that would look like and how it would make you feel.
- Write down a list of intentions you would like to see manifest in your life over the next 6 months that align with your vision. Start the list with “dear universe” and end the list with “thank you” and sign your name. Fold the piece of paper into a small square and place it in a safe place where it will not be disturbed until the next new moon.
- If you own a tarot deck pull a card from the deck. The card will symbolize a message you need at that time to manifest those intentions and move confidently through this cycle.
The time to take action, to celebrate, and to release. This is the time when the moon is its fullest, brightest most beaming self. Full moon energy often has us feeling energized, creative, and wanting to socialize. It is the peak energy of the whole cycle.
This is the time to do a ‘check-in’ with yourself and your intentions. What steps forward have you made? Celebrate those wins no matter how small – this is how to stay motivated and balanced. Give yourself credit where credit is due. This is also the time to reflect on what could be holding you back. This could be relationships, habits, fears, doubts, the past, attachments, etc.
Ritual for the Full Moon
- Take a salt bath. Put two cups of Epsom salt in a warm bath, and line the bath with crystals and natural elements such as flower petals (if you don’t have these things just salt will do the trick).
- Do a grounding meditation – I like this one here.
- Think about where you are with your intentions and make a list of anything you feel may be preventing you from reaching them, or anything that is simply no longer serving your highest good.
- Once the list is completed safely burn it until it’s reduced to ashes.
- Wash your hands as a symbolic gesture that you are done with those limiting habits, beliefs, fears, people, things.
Additional things to do on every full moon:
- Charge your crystals: leave your crystals in a glass bowl under the moonlight
- Make moon water: leave a mason jar of water underneath the moonlight to drink the following day.
- Do something creative that you love – dance, colour, play!
The more you follow the phases of the moon the more you will become in tune with your emotions, moods, energy, and authentic self. Even if all you do is know when the new moon and full moon are happening that’s a massive leap forward to becoming in sync with yourself.
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