The moon is responsible for lighting at the night’s sky, as well as the earth’s water. The moon’s gravitational force pulls on water in the oceans and creates tides. Spiritually, the moon looks after our emotions: controlling our desires, worries and dreams. It’s said that as our bodies are made up of 85% water, the gravitational pull of the moon and the lunar cycle affects us too. The moon goes through several phases as it passes from new into full. Regardless of personal beliefs, working with the lunar cycle and the patterns of the mon offers the chance to focus on intention setting, working towards goals and letting go of what no longer serves you.
A simple guide to working with the lunar cycle
The moon goes through four major stages during the lunar cycle. Each one offers an opportunity for reflection. To harness the moon, use a lunar calendar to identify when each moon falls in the month. This will vary slightly by geographical location.
The new moon is the start of the lunar cycle. This is when there is no visible moon and the sky seems dark. Think of the new moon as a time of new beginnings, fresh starts and a blank page to work from. It’s a time to reset, refocus and to think about what you would like to see in your life.
Use the new moon to:
- set intentions (situations and ideas you would like to happen)
- visualise how you would like to see the future
- create a vision board either using a pinboard and cut out images or Pinterest
The waxing moon looks like a crescent. It’s time to take initiative with your intentions and turn those ideas into plans.
Use the waxing moon to:
- look for synchronicity
- work with others towards your vision
The full moon is when the moon shines brightest. It’s a time when we celebrate what we’ve achieved and release what no longer works or is holding us back. Emotions run high during a full moon so it’s important to go slower with decision making.
Use the full moon to:
- celebrate what you have achieved
- recognise patterns or elements of life that no longer serve you and release them
The waning moon is again a crescent moon. This is a time for contemplation and reflection.
Use the waning moon to:
- create space for the new
- gratitude for all you have
- rest and recuperate ready for the next stage