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How to Work with the Moon’s Cycles

Utilizing the phases of the Moon is a practical and effective way to incorporate Astrology into your daily life. Just as the Moon influences the ebb and flow of tides, its waxing and waning reflects the rhythm of our own existence. By attuning ourselves to these cosmic forces, we can align with the natural flow of life, leading to greater ease and success.

Understanding the Monthly Lunar Cycle

The Moon completes a lunation cycle, spanning from New Moon to Full Moon and back again, in approximately one month (specifically, 29 1/2 days). Each lunar cycle represents the birth, culmination, and completion of various aspects in our lives. The specific nature of these aspects can be discerned by considering the sign of the New Moon and its position in your birth chart.

In general, during the waxing phase of the Moon, when its light is increasing, you are primed to explore new possibilities and embark on fresh endeavors. This period is characterized by action and a proactive pursuit of goals. Following the Full Moon, as the Moon’s light diminishes, it becomes a time for wrapping up and reflecting upon what you have initiated.

Working with the Lunar Cycle

The lunar cycle commences with the New Moon, a profoundly mystical phase when the outer world recedes and your focus turns inward. Astrologically, the New Moon signifies the alignment of the Sun and Moon in the same zodiac sign. It offers an opportune moment for retreat, introspection, and setting intentions for the upcoming month. Engage in meditation, gain clarity on your aspirations, and for added potency, jot down a list of what you wish to manifest. Launch new projects and invite abundance into your life in the days following the New Moon (commencing precisely on the New Moon is premature).

Approximately a week after the New Moon, the First Quarter or Waxing Half Moon arrives. During this phase, the Sun and Moon form a 90-degree angle or “square” astrologically. It is a period when you may encounter obstacles or challenges that require reassessment and potential course correction.

As the days lead up to the Full Moon, the energy intensifies, bringing heightened activity. The Full Moon occurs approximately one week after the First Quarter Moon, although its influence can be felt for a few days before and after the precise phase. This peak energy promotes heightened productivity and signals the culmination or fruition of endeavors initiated at the New Moon.

Astrologically, the Sun and Moon are positioned directly opposite each other in the zodiac during this phase, offering fresh perspectives, breakthroughs, and revelations. If you aim to release something or someone from your life—be it old habits, excess weight, or a relationship—it is best to initiate the process a day or two after the Full Moon.

The Last Quarter Moon emerges around a week after the Full Moon. Once again, the Sun and Moon form a 90-degree angle. As the light diminishes, you are compelled to channel your energy and focus on the tasks at hand, honoring your commitments. At this stage, you reap the fruits of your labor, witnessing the culmination of what was initiated approximately a month ago.

During the final days of the lunar cycle, as the Moon’s light recedes and loose ends are tied up, it is time to turn inward once more and reflect upon your creations. Embracing a state of “being” rather than constant action is appropriate during these dark nights. Rest and prepare for the next new beginning that awaits you.

Embracing the Rhythm of the Lunar Cycle

Each lunar cycle possesses its unique qualities, influenced by factors such as the zodiac signs of the New and Full Moon, as well as other planetary alignments. However, despite these variations, they all follow a shared pattern and rhythm. By attentively observing and aligning with the phases of the Moon, you will experience a remarkable transformation in your ability to manifest your desires. Embark on your own personal experiment and witness the powerful results firsthand!

Athena Dykman, a native Canadian, has seen and done it all. Besides Numerology, Taro, and Astrology, Athena is an intuitive reader - she's been in business for over 10 years as a personal advisor. Since 2020, she has been writing for MyAstrology. Her topics range from occultism to esoterica to art to parenting to feminism to fortune telling.

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