Phases of the Moon. The lunation cycle takes 29 1/2 days to go from Full to Dark.
Phases Of The Moon
The Moon can be used as a personal monthly compass.
Each phase is a stage of unfoldment and supports the next through to the end of the lunar cycle.
To understand what each phase represents helps you to utilize each of these phases effectively in the context of your life.
You will find here an image and description of each of the phases of the Moon to guide you through. You will understand the energies associated with each phase.
The phases are often symbolically referred to as active and receptive phases. Astrologically, the Moon is a symbol for our emotions and how we feel.
Examining each lunar phase can provide an insightful perspective of your emotional landscape as it unfolds over the lunar cycle.
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The side of the moon that is facing the Earth is not illuminated by the Sun.
This is the beginning of a new cycle. Time to plant the seeds of new beginnings and visualize your goals for the upcoming month.
The moon is not visible at this time.
The energy of this phase can be used to align with intention. It is about self discovery and new beginnings. A time to get clarity on goals and it is helpful to validate throughout the lunar cycle with the use of affirmations and reflection on what has been accomplished especially through the receptive phases.
The new Moon is the moment when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction, meaning that the Sun and Earth are on opposite sides of the Moon.
Less than one half of the Moon is illuminated by direct sunlight.
The energy of this phase is about commitment to the intention. Understanding your resources and what it takes to move forward. It is also about nourishing the self - and allowing the growth to come from opportunity.
There is a reflection from the Earth to the Moon called earth shine. The rest of the Moon may be faintly visible because of this. The waxing crescent moon is most visible after sunset.
First Quarter Moon
In phase three - the first quarter - one half of the Moon is illumined up by the Sun.
Get focused. Assess any obstacles to achieving your goals. Invest in momentum and physical energy - step into the flow.
This illuminated portion is slowly getting larger. During the first quarter, half of the Moon is illuminated, as seen from the earth.
The Moon rises near the middle of the day and sets near the middle of the night.
At this time half of the Moon is lit up. The Sunlit portion lit is slowly getting larger. Waxing means to slowly increase. The period in which the visible surface of the moon increases.
What is working for you and what is not. Pivotal moments here in the energy flow of the entire cycle. Discard what isn't aligning with needs and refine your process.
The waxing gibbous moon occurs between the first quarter and the full Moon. The Sun illuminates more than half of the Moon's surface during this period.
The side of the Moon that is illumined by the Sun is facing the Earth. The entire Moon is lit up at this point.
The full Moon appears when the Sun and the Moon are on opposite sides of the Earth.
Use the energy of the illumination in this phase to stimulate productivity and engage in relationships to bring harmony, balance and insight into the picture.
This is as seen from Earth and all of the Moon's surface will be visible. The full Moon is generally visible from sunset to sunrise.
The moon is not totally illuminated by sunlight. The part of the Moon this is illumined is slowly getting smaller.
The meaning of waning is to slowly get smaller.. Waning (of the moon) relates to the period during which the visible surface of the Moon decreases.
After the full Moon comes the waning Moon.
The energy here is transformative. Integrate new perspectives and align vision with feelings.
The period between full Moon and third quarter is called gibbous Moon. The portion of the Moon illuminated goes down from full to half during this period.
Last Quarter Moon
Half of the Moon is illumined by the Sun. The part that we can see illuminated is slowly getting smaller.
The third quarter Moon occurs when the other half of the Moon is illuminated compared the first quarter.
This time is about the energy of moving towards the realization of a successful outcome. Doing whatever it takes to finish up.
On the actual day of third quarter, the Moon rises somewhere in the middle of the night and sets in the middle of the day.
A small portion of the Moon is illuminated at this point. Each moment it is getting smaller and smaller.
The waning crescent Moon is the period between the third quarter Moon and the next new Moon.
Time to regroup. A reflective point of energy - a time for contemplation. Reframe, step outside the box. Evaluate. Soon time to start anew.
The Moon is most visible before sunset. The Sun illuminates less than half the Moon during this period. It may be possible to see earth shine on the dark side of the Moon when only a small portion of the Moon is visible.
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