Honoring the moon cycles.
How to find a deeper connection to yourself and the world around you by using the moon.
Understanding and connecting to the lunar rhythms is a graceful and grounding way to reconnect to nature, and shine a light on your own inner cycles. For eons the moon has been a great source of celebration, viewed as the feminine planet she embodies the epitome of grace, deep inner wisdom and intuition. She is the ruler of our emotions our deep thinking patterns and our sub-conscious. This explains why in the days leading up to, and on the full moon, we can feel more disruption in our lives. This tends to make us feel extra emotional, tired and scattered. Taking time to honour the moon with rituals and habits can be a great way to be in touch with your own cycles and rhythms. After time you’ll begin to witness the similarities between your phases and that of the moon; most obvious is both are in constant flux. The new and full moons are especially potent times in the calendar. These phases gift us with amplified intuition. When our intuition is heightened by the moon, we can use this energy to make sharper more sophisticated decisions and choices. Moving us forward in accomplishing our deepest desires.
Here are a few simple ways that you can connect to the lunar cycles and use the energy to magnify your life.
Here are the four distinct phases of the moon.
The new moon marks the beginning of a new cycle, it is invisible, a blank canvas. Making it the perfect time to start fresh and set new intentions. The sky is dark, full of potential and infinite possibilities. Use this phase to get clear on what you desire and what new opportunities you want to invite into your life.
Journal prompt: ‘I am … and I have…’
First Quarter/Waxing Moon:
Now the moon is half illuminated and half shadowed. This is the time to take action, do the work necessary to foster the intentions you’ve set during the new moon. This is a time of strength, hard work and dedication. This phase is a good time to launch new projects, implement healthy habits and push yourself to do the challenging work required to accomplish your dreams.
Journal prompt: What else can I do to commit to my goals?
The moon is fully illuminated. Her light shines down upon us from sunset to sunrise. This is the phase for celebration, to look back at your new moon intentions and review them. Our energy, power and intuition are the strongest around the full moon, so make choices that fuel your intentions. This is also a time to dream big, believe that anything is possible and build on what you have already achieved. Emotions are heightened during this time, so be gentle and show yourself plenty of compassion.
Journal prompt: What am I grateful for? – Gratitude puts everything into perspective.
Last Quarter/Waning Moon:
The waning moon is all about releasing. Letting go of what no longer serves you, cleansing and breaking free of toxic habits and/or relationships. This is the phase to make space for what you want to call in on the approaching new moon. The perfect time to go inward, to meditate and to take some alone time. It’s also a potent time for forgiveness of self and others.
Journal prompt: What no longer serves me? Name it. Tame it. Let it go.