Working With the Moon
During ancient times, the moon was used as a calendar. Its 29 1/2 day cycle served as a guide for the change of the seasons and the best time to plant the crops. Although now a days we no longer rely on the moon as much as our ancestors did, following the moon phases can provide us with a deep sense of connection with the cycles of nature, increase mindfulness and keep you working towards your life goals.
The Lunar cycles can be split into two parts. Waxing and Wanning. The waxing part comes with the new moon. This is the ideal time to plant ideas, begin new projects, set intentions, and proactively follow your goals. The Waxing moon phase is governed by Yang energy, which makes us feel proactive, and motivated. The waxing phases are New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter and Waxing Gibbous.
The Wanning part begins after the full moon. This is a time to forgive, release and let go of things which are no longer serving us. This is vital for manifestations as it creates space for fresh ideas, people and experiences to come into your life. The Wanning moon phase are governed by yin energy which means its time to rest, recover and reflect. The waning phases are Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Third Quarter and Waning Crescent.
Working with the lunar cycle helps us to become accountable for our own lives. With every new moon we are invited to manifest and set intentions. With every full moon we are invited to release and forgive. It offers a new way to work with and understand our spiritual selfs, and our connection with nature.