Look up to the sky on a clear night, and you’ll be guided by the light of the moon. With its connection to the tides and emotions, the moon’s changing shape can impact how we feel. For many, syncing up with the moon’s cycles can bring a sense of peace and balance. But what are the different moon phases, and how can we harness lunar energy throughout the month?
How does the moon affect us?The moon is often seen as a symbol of the feminine. Its monthly phases echo those of the menstrual cycle and its continuous revolutions remind us that light and dark can coexist harmoniously.
The moon also controls the ocean’s tides. As we are made of 60% water, it’s understandable that many people feel the tug and motion of the moon in all areas of life.
The moon in astrologyIn astrology, the moon is linked to emotions and the subconscious. It represents the part of ourselves that we feel deeply yet cannot always express. Many people focus on the sun sign when it comes to the Zodiac. However, your moon sign — the placement of the moon at your birth — can give you insight into your inner needs.
A moon bed lamp is a lovely and gentle reminder to listen to that inner self.
What are the different moon phases and how can we live by them?The moon completes a full cycle around the Earth every 29.5 days. This cycle is split into phases that each mark a different point in the moon’s orbit. Spiritually, you can also connect the moon’s phases with manifestation and goals.
There are eight moon phases that you can track with a lunar calendar. However, the four most distinct periods offer the perfect opportunity for connection.
New Moon - new beginnings
At the beginning of its cycle, the moon is at its darkest. This phase represents new beginnings and the chance to set intentions for the month ahead. New moon is a time to welcome positive changes and start new projects.
Waxing Moon: time for action
The waxing moon, which covers the waxing crescent moon, first quarter moon, and waxing gibbous moon is the phase leading up to the full moon. As the moon’s light expands, so can your plans. The waxing moon’s building energy can inspire you to take action on the intentions you set at new moon.
Full Moon: completion
When the moon is at its fullest, bright and glowing in the sky, you can see your intentions come to fruition. The full moon represents completion and transformation; it is also a symbol of fertility and abundance. The full moon illuminates all, highlighting areas that may not be working for you and giving you the chance to take stock.
This time of the month is ideal for carrying out a ritual. Our Full Moon Alchemy Box brings together everything you need to take a moment to harness the magical lunar energy and appreciate where you are right now.
Waning Moon: conscious endings
After the full moon, comes the waning moon, which encompasses the waning gibbous moon, last quarter moon, and waning crescent moon (or balsamic moon). This collection of moon phases sees the illuminated part becoming smaller, shrinking until we reach the new moon again.
During this period, you can bask in the rewards of your work over the past few weeks and release any aspects of your life that are coming to a close. Here, you can rest and renew, preparing for any new seeds you may wish to sew in the next moon cycle.
All things move in cycles, and synchronising with the moon phases can help you navigate life with a calm, balanced outlook. At Alchemy Vibes, you can find an array of items to help you harness lunar energy and connect with the moon.