In Sync with the Moon

It’s time to take a closer look at the lunar cycle.
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In modern life, the lunar calendar is often seen as a superfluous one. The full moon itself doesn’t receive much notoriety unless it's preceded by a long list of astronomical phenomena, like January’s Super Blue Blood Moon. But there’s a strong tradition of orienting activities around the phases of the moon, especially as the moon influences plants and animals. Several religions adhere to the lunar calendar for holidays and celebrations. At the individual level, many people use the 29-day lunar cycle as a map for meditation and manifestation rituals as part of their spiritual work. The phases of the moon correspond with particular ideas and actions that help bring an intention to life. Try a new diet, workout routine, meditation practice, or general lifestyle change and see how the lunar cycle complements the change.

Here’s a quick guide to the lunar cycle and its role in manifestation rituals:   

New Moon

The New Moon marks the start of the lunar cycle when the moon is no longer visible in the night sky. Think of this time as a blank slate. It’s a time for planting seeds, figuratively and literally, and setting intentions. Be rather than do, focusing your energy on exploring your potential. Brainstorm projects for your career, relationships, and personal development. It’s helpful to create a list or journal to document thoughts and have something physical to work with.

Waxing Crescent

This is the sprouting stage of the lunar cycle. Gather relevant information, conduct research, and plan for your project by making a feasible roadmap to success. Meditate on taking initiative and share your intentions with others. It’s important to find the right support system for this month’s project, whether that’s a friend, a mentor, or a loved one who will aid the venture.

First Quarter

Use the excitement and energy from completing the groundwork to propel the project forward. Take action towards your goals, fully aware that obstacles will arise. As much as this phase is about action, it’s about reaction. Focus on interpreting the ways in which challenges alter the initial goal. Be sure to pay special attention to your health, physical, mental, and spiritual, as you work to maintain your performance.

Waxing Gibbous

The moon is nearly full at this point in the lunar cycle. This is the time to streamline your actions and edit down that list of goals to a handful of feasible actions and habits. Tie up any loose strings, then meditate on what it will look and feel like to achieve your goals. Imagine the best case scenario based on what you’ve seen and done thus far and move towards that perfection as the lunar energies intensify.

Full Moon

Go out into the night and moonbathe, soaking up the amplified energy and creative power of the full moon. Engage with your project wholeheartedly, as this phase is primed for peak action. The keywords here are illumination and fruition. Harvest both knowledge and action as you ask yourself: What were the positives and negatives of the journey? What were you able, and unable, to manifest?

Waning Gibbous

In the days following, the waning gibbous moon is an opportunity for deep reflection. Look at the culmination of events and parse out the benefits and detriments of the month. The introspective power of the full moon ebbs throughout this phase, making it a fitting time to take out the journal and document your findings.

Last Quarter

Now is the time to make adjustments. The last quarter moon provides the energetic support to break negative habits. Cleanse your space and meditate on replacing negative energy with positive energy.

Waning Crescent

As the lunar cycle nears its end, let go of the negativity identified during the last quarter. Reassert your health and replenish your energy sources. Surrender yourself to the next step of your personal journey as you return to the new moon and start again.

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