“Mira la luna, la bella luna!!”
I can’t help but think of this line from Moonstruck every time I look into the night sky and see the moon.
The Moon – that celestial object in our orbit that has a mad effect on the earth. Tides. Women coincidentally syncing up their menstrual cycles with it. Crazy people coming out when it’s full. The associations with the moon are as old as civilization and, dare I say, the homo sapiens. And how could it not root itself in the collective human psyche? Look it it, it’s gorgeous!
Here are some of the agreed-upon representations of the moon in terms of its effect on you on a more intimate level.
The moon is associated with our emotional needs and inner desires, the feminine aspect, the light in the darkness, our creativity, and the nurturing aspects of our lives. The moon has 28 day cycles. It is the yin to the sun’s yang. It is mystery, hidden knowledge, magic and secrets. It moves the waters of the earth and sparks curiosity.
The New Moon
This is the start of the moon cycle. The new moon is typically seen as mysterious because, well, you can’t really see her now can you? But you know she’s there! The new moon in ritual/meditation/prayer work is generally geared towards setting intentions for the new cycle, planting seeds both physically and metaphorically, and to go into oneself for answers rather than to others. It is a quiet time of pause, contemplation and planning.
The Waxing Moon
Growth and action. If you want to channel the waxing moon, it’s good to use it to give you energy and push you into the direction you want to go, kind of like drawing on a battery to help fill up your actions. You can also use it to kind of slingshot energy into the direction/goal/intent you have set.
The Full Moon
Full moons bring us in touch with our emotions, our sensitivities and our inner selves. It’s a powerful way to invoke release, let go, unburden, purge, and/or celebrate the emergence from old into a new way of being. If you choose to do a ritual or prayer during the full moon, you are emphasizing these things to the Universe. It is a high tide of power that helps to amplify and release whatever no longer serves you. This is why some people tend to go a little crazy during the full moon – they are getting sh*t out that’s been pent up. If they’re an aggressive crazy, it could be because they don’t know how to handle what’s being brought to the surface that they’ve been pushing down and/or are completely unaware of what is happening and why. During the next full moon, look around you and notice if anyone seems more antsy or defensive than usual, or more eager to party and let loose.
A full supermoon amplifies all of this even more and is particularly strong for work.
The Waning Moon
This phase of the moon as a withdrawing, sucking, pulling impact. In channeling a waning moon, it’s good to use it to go “deeper into the rabbit’s hole”, if you will. Use this energy to help dive deeper into the subconscious and unknown to get answers you are seeking. If the waxing moon shoots you forward and out, the waning moon pulls you back and in. It’s also a good time to help bring things to you, such as a little extra luck.
The consensus for a lunar eclipse is that they will affect relationships between people on all levels – romantic, familial, friendship, work, community – you name it. If there are changes that need to be made, this will get them going. It tends to have a stronger influence and the effects also tend to last longer. This is taken from a really good website:
A lunar eclipse is a time of beginnings, endings, exposure and major changes. It always has something to do with “relationships”. The changes are tied to how we relate and will have a lasting impression. Emotions run high, causing upsets and feelings of disorientation. Actions taken may not have the expected results, but they do bring awareness and enlightenment. The energy of an eclipse is at its strongest during the two days before and three days after its occurrence.
At lunar eclipses we: merge, unite, announce, contact, present ourselves, bring something out into the open, make decisions, engage, rise to the challenge, make an effort, change, get a new perspective, join with others, take on greater challenges, travel at a faster pace, feel restless, feel pressured by deadlines and a buildup of emotions, and experience excitement and crisis.
During a Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are in opposition, also called the Full Phase, indicating the linking of soul to spirit and awareness of purpose gained through relationship with another. A lunar eclipse is a supercharged Full Moon. The blocking of the Moon’s reflection of the Sun’s light by the Earth suggests that our material viewpoint stands in the way of our “seeing the light”. It serves as a reminder that we need to realize how we are held in the dark by virtue of our perspective.
If you’d like to know more about Moon Rituals, then click here.
Here’s a neat site that tells you when the moon is in what phase.
Ever wonder what it’d be like to have a moon based calendar? Check this out.
Happy Moonlighting! 😉