How to use the moon phases in day to day routines
Why the Moon?
Being the celestial body closer to earth it is not a surprise that it has an effect in the tides among other natural phenomena, however we overlook the fact that it has an effect in us as well. If it can modify great masses of water why wouldn't it have an effect in our bodies when we are more than 3/4 water? If you learn to understand the moon phases you are in a better position to understand your reactions and moods and therefore deal with these in a more assertive and positive way.
In order to understand the moon phases in a very simple way, we should talk about four main phases following a sequence and in any clear night you should be able to identify these without difficulty. The New Moon, from our perspective is -No Moon- this brings much darker nights and often a good chance to see stars that normally will be overcast by its reflection. This should be the best time to set up your goals and start with your resolutions. Likewise, your body is likely to respond to progressive and gentle changes in your diet if you start applying them around this moon phase. In terms of your behaviour and your emotions it is a time to clarify emotions and see them in clear light; your feelings may be easy to identify during this phase. With the new moon the mass subconscious could be disoriented and therefore it is helpful to understand that a force beyond individual awareness is at stake.
As the moon becomes a thin sliver and continues to "grow" towards the full moon, it is called a waxing moon and this part of the cycle is seen as positive to maintain your new routines and work with discipline towards goals you've set up. If you are planning to change diet habits, this period encourages better absorption of nutrients. Emotionally it tends to bring about enthusiasm or draw attention towards your surroundings. The first quarter is marked exactly at the point where you can see half moon, meaning that the moon is halfway to be full. Normally this particular point could cause tension and the height of motivation if mass subconscious is involved. This is a period to be involved but also aware of the shortcomings others cannot envision.
The Full Moon marks the height of emotional energy. There are famous statistics regarding the amount of accidents and crime increasing during certain full moons throughout the year and it is wise to stay away from conflict or dangerous chances during this period. Many people tend to see the moon and think it is full for about two or three days rather than one night. Although this is not the case it is not a bad idea to see it as another phase extending for a few days rather than a specific point. Conflicts that have been building up during the phases previous to the full moon are more likely to explode at this stage. Likewise, emotions run high for everyone and it is perhaps the point when relaxation and meditation should become mandatory. Breathing exercises, relaxing music and calm solitude are better than any group of friends, particularly if alcohol is involved.
The Waning Moon starts right after the Full Moon and its change is not evident before a few days when it looses the perfectly round shape. The height of emotional charge may be decreasing but it is a period when any avoided confrontation could lead to deeper misunderstandings if not addressed. The Waning Moon represents the time to harvest. It is the best time to look at the path you are following and make any necessary adjustments, correct direction or eliminate the path altogether if you conclude that it is not working. Your body is likely to respond much better to detoxifying during this period. Emotionally speaking you are more aware and levelheaded to see conflicts and confront them. When we reach the third quarter (half moon in the sky again, this time the opposite half from the Waxing Moon) tension and anxiety can become apparent again, this time possibly with a sense of loss or fear towards the future. Meditation at this stage should focus in freedom understanding that we all are where we have to be and that surrender is the secret to achieving our goals. Attempting to force the results of any plan will not provide the success expected.
By the time the moon is a very thin sliver again, we are approaching the New Moon once more and the next time around our awareness of the influence of the Moon in our emotions and feelings can be kept in sight and hopefully help us to move away from destructive feelings and depression. More importantly, we might be able to exercise a conscious change in our emotions and thus move others towards a deeper and healthier vibration.
Moon phases for 2010
This list is by no means astronomically accurate but will definitely help you to look for emotional changes within yourself and to be more tolerant about emotional changes in others:
- New Moon: January 15, February 14, March 15, April 14, May 14, June 12, July 11, August 10, September 8, October 7, November 6, December 5.
- Full Moon: January 30, February 28, March 30, April 28, May 27, June 26, July 26, August 24, September 23, October 30, November 21, December 21.