For many, the moon's just a source of light when the sun goes down. For others, it is a useful navigation tool. But for some, the moon's got a spiritual meaning and they are acutely aware of all the effects the celestial body has on their lives.
The moon signifies spiritual connection, birth, death, wisdom, reincarnation, and intuition. The powerful influence that this celestial body has on humans is often overlooked but ever-present.
The moon boasts with different phases and each of them has its own characteristics with spiritual meaning. Though we don't always realize it, we are tuned in to the moon's cycles and our lives are influenced by the different phases.
For those who pay attention, it is possible to harness every phase's powers. If we focus, we can even harness its energy very efficiently.
The human body consists of about 60% water and as such, it is affected by the moon's unique pull, much like the tides.
The Moon's Phases
The moon's got a cycle of 29 and a half days and during that time, it has 8 phases it passes through. Each of them has a particular meaning and energy.
Here are the different phases that the moon has:
The New Moon
The Waxing Crescent Moon
The First Quarter Moon
The Waxing Gibbous Moon
The Full Moon
The Waning Gibbous Moon
The Third Quarter Moon
The Waning Crescent Moon
How We're Affected By The Moon's Phases
During this time, the moon's in position between the sun and the Earth, so we are unable to see it. It is the perfect time for new beginnings. If so please, you can use this phase for a reboot.
Let yourself regain strength and recharge under the new cycle's energy. You should unplug and move away from any draining energy during this time.
Waxing Crescent Moon
At this point, the sun starts to illuminate the moon. It is suggested that you set new intentions as this phase representing all your hopes. You have recharged and now is the time to focus on what you want and need. Lay the mental foundations that are necessary for your goals.
First Quarter Moon
50% of the beautiful celestial body is lit up by the sun and you will begin to experience a spiritual 'call to action'. Your intentions have been planned. Now you might feel a bit of resistance when working towards your goals. You will have to work harder.
Be ready to make 'in the moment' decisions. Be flexible. Have your goals in mind at all times and make choices driven by what you hope to achieve. It could be beneficial to have a journal as a physical reminder of your goals.
Waxing Gibbous Moon
By now, the moon will be almost completely illuminated and this phase evokes a feeling of adjustment and refinement. Things that have not gone according to plan will become easier to change and be re-evaluated now. You can embrace the change that you feel and make decisions accordingly.
Now, the moon's entirely illuminated by the sun and emotions could run high. You need to reseal your intentions and you will also start to see the rewards of your intentions.
Your dedication during the previous phases should be starting to pay off by now. Open yourself to new opportunities during this time.
Waning Gibbous Moon
At this time, the moon's illumination is decreasing and this phase is all about gratitude. Also, sharing and enthusiasm and are feelings that will come forward very strongly now.
You should open your spirit and mind to love. Also, it is a really good time to give back to the people around you.
Third Quarter Moon
Themes of letting go and release are obvious at this point in the cycle. Forgiveness will come easier to you now. If there are any grudges that you've been clinging to, release them. You have to get rid of any negativity to prepare yourself for new goals and intentions.
Rid yourself of emotional clutter and consider getting rid of physical clutter as well. If it doesn't serve you, it should not be in your life.
Waning Crescent Moon
The last part of the illuminated moon is seen and this is the last phase before the journey to a New Moon. Rest is the order of the day. Surrender to peacefulness and tranquillity. Take time to rest and rejuvenate your spirit.
Now you are at the beginning of the cycle once more. Use the moon's guidance to start anew. Set your goals in your mind and prepare to chase your dreams.
This was a brief discussion on how the moon and its various phases play a role in our lives. Focus on becoming more attuned to the phases and you'll be able to make the most of the different energies given by the moon.