I have always had a deep love affair with the moon. Her cycles and phases and changes have delighted and excited me for as long as I can remember. I was born literally hours before a new moon and feel it’s no coincidence that I’ve always been especially partial to her when she’s in her dark phase. I speak of the moon and metaphors and symbols associated with her and Earth wisdom frequently in my work. Working with the energies of the moon phases can seriously change your life.
Recently, I had a client confess to me that they neither had any idea of what a “waxing or waning moon” was nor how to use the different implications in their lives.
I imagine she’s not alone. As we move farther away from living in a co-creative dance with Nature and continue to pin “it” as something outside ourselves, many are simply lost and confused.
The moon is our subtler, emotional, energetic aspect. She’s the place of our wisdom and primal Shakti or feminine power – regardless of your sex. Each of the four phases corresponds metaphorically with a season and with one of the four parts of our breath cycle. The moon orbits around the Earth in an unending, spiral way. It takes roughly 29.5 days for a full cycle – new moon to new moon.
Energetically corresponds with winter and the complete exhale or space between exhale and next inhale.
This is the darkest time in the night sky and we can’t actually see her, but we can feel her deeply. There’s an old saying, “The darker it is, the better you can see.” This is how a new moon feels to me. It’s a time for deep introspection and reflection, for gaining insight and clarity, for feeling into our energetic and literal fertility, for resting. This is an ideal time to set intentions and FEEL (not think) into what’s next for you. Allow yourself to be receptive to the bigger primal force that animates you and surrender to your impulses to create your life. Your outward energy may be lower and you may feel more tired because of the heightened awareness of your senses and intuition. The energy is going within to allow you to be the conduit.
Energetically corresponds with spring and the inhale.
After seeming to disappear into the great expansive void above, she beings to increase in size once more. You may notice your energy is also increasing, manifestation is becoming easier, things are being actualized, there’s a greater desire for expansion and playfulness. Creativity continues to wax, as well. Let yourself experience new things – new classes, new foods, new places, new people, etc. Channel that rebirth, maiden energy and naivety and childlike wonder and innocence.
Energetically corresponds with summer and is the fullest inhale or space right before the exhale.
The energy is super potent right now! Some full moons may leave you feeling like you’re charged and electrified! She’s at her biggest, brightest, and fullest expression and so are you. There’s a lot of outward energy at this time. A stronger desire for socializing and being seen may also be present. The deep insights and clarity that surfaced at the new moon may also come into clearer focus right now for how they relate to your 3D existence. The new moon is our liminal space and the full moon is more of the 3D experience. Pay attention to the themes that emerge through the cycles and how the dots end up connecting. Don’t forget to recharge and cleanse crystals and other implements under the light of the full moon, too!
Energetically corresponds with fall and the exhale.
Just as fall brings the bittersweet and melancholy reminder of endings, deaths, and release, the waning moon begins her emptying once again. This is a time for harvesting, endings, banishing, and ultimately alchemizing experience into wisdom. This wisdom is the fertilizer for the seeds you’ll plant once more at the following new moon. The challenges, the victories, the lessons are all part of the experience and this time serves to reiterate this fact. Nothing stays the same and all is impermanent, every new endeavor and new being will eventually cease to exist in the form it does now, which is the sacredness of this living experience. What worked? What didn’t? What feels yummy? What feels challenging?
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Bonus Up-Level Ways to Work with the Moon & Honor the Universal Spiral Principle:
- Journal practice daily for a moon cycle and check in with the four levels to see what changes over the cycle
- Daily dedication to your own rhythms and cycles; you are a micro of the macro, after all
- Plant and harvest by the moon
- Notice the different feels of different astrological signs – a new moon in Aries feels very differently than a full moon in Aries
- Host moon circles with beloveds for ritual, fun, healthy potlucks, witnessing, and whatever else feels poignant to you
- Get outside under the full moon and soak in her velvety light; this is called moon bathing
- Sleep in total blackness (you shouldn’t be able to see your hand in front of your face) and the night before, of, and after the full moon, open your curtains to allow moonlight to flood your space. This is balancing to the energy and hormonal systems.
Above all, what I have shared is simply my own embodied experience and yours will differ slightly. Welcome your own experiences, allow yourself to be very curious, and observe the miraculous flow of primal life force moving through and around you. Share your insights with me! I’d love to hear them!
I’m Devon Battaglia, MS, NC, RYT and I am Holistic Life Coach + Catalyst + Intuitive + Writer on a mission to identify and transmute the roots of the shame story that’s running your life so you can live your fullest, most authentic incarnation in accordance with your soul’s sacred purpose. If you feel called to work together, please schedule a complimentary, magical Core Wound Alchemy Session.