Moon, Astrology, Planets and the Cosmos,  Phases of the Moon

Working with the Moon: What you need to know

I’ve been using the phases of the Moon and the lunar cycles in my life for quite a while now and the results have been dramatic and pretty transformation for me.

I call my Moon work ‘Soul Work‘ as it’s the best way to describe what it’s all about.

Each phase on the cycle encourages us to work with a theme or vibe associated with a different area of our lives. At each new moon we begin a new lunar cycle in new sign of the zodiac, working our way through all twelve during the course of the year. Each zodiac sign provides us with a different theme to explore and new lessons to learn about key areas of our life associated with that sign.

The Moon wants us to explore ourselves, our feelings, our reactions to stress and our motivations behind those actions.

The Moon is a counsellor guiding us through some of the darkest corners of our life experience with the purpose that we explore, learn and grow from doing so.

Moon work is soul work

When I started working with the Moon I was in desperate need of a structure for my personal and spiritual development. The cycles and phases of the Moon give me that structure and guide me gently through each area of my life so I don’t miss out the bits I don’t like!

Le’ts take a look at working with the phases of the moon in more detail.

Working with the Phases of the Moon

Each lunar month begins with a New Moon and during the course of a lunar cycle which lasts 29.53 days the Moon goes through eight distinct phases each one lasting approximately 3.7 days. 

Each lunar phase has a specific energy or theme associated with it. The themes represent stages of growth and they progress as we move through the cycle. 

Everything we learn and create during the course of a lunar cycle then forms the seed from which the next lunar cycle begins. And so the cycles continue in that way throughout the year ahead. 

As you learn to work with the phases of the Moon and the natural cycles it becomes automatic. By doing so we choose a more relaxed and harmonious life. However, as with any mode of living there is ‘life stuff’ which gets in the way and tries to knock us off course but we can use the phases to work out where we should be and quickly realign ourselves again.

Since working with the lunar cycles I find that I no longer measure the passing of time the way I used to (i.e by calendar month). The first of the month is no longer a significant date as my month begins at the new moon instead. I am also slowly breaking down the 9-5 and 7 days a week system too as I flow between the phases. However we are limited by how far we can take things in the modern world when everyone else functions by the Gregorian calendar, but it’s not impossible to add some lunar flow into your Magickal life. 

The Start of a Cycle 

Each new moon begins a lunar month and it brings with it a unique lunar theme which stays with us until the next new moon. The theme is denoted by the sign of the zodiac in which we experience the new moon and the trick is to explore, use and experience that energy or theme to its fullest during that time. 

Personal Astrological Influences 

In addition to the themes and the phases we have our personal astrological influences which impact how we experience the themes and the process of growth in a lunar month. For this reason when working with the phases of the Moon it’s important to note how each phase makes you feel personally. 

For example, I know that a Full Moon makes my hyperactive and energised and a New Moon makes me want to sleep……a lot! Knowing this means I can prepare myself for the cycle ahead of me and manage my energy accordingly so I don’t burn out of over do things on energy poor days. 

Where do you start? 

Starting with all eight phases can be a little daunting so I recommend beginning with the New Moon. Consider the New Moon energy for a couple of cycles. 

Spend time journaling, meditating or using tarot and oracle cards to learn more about yourself and the New Moon energies. 

Allow yourself to flow with the phases and the new beginning energy of the New Moon by planning out what you want to achieve for the cycle ahead of you. 

Once you’re happy working with New Moon energy, consider adding in the Full Moon to your practice. 

The 8 Phases of the Lunar Cycle

As we move through the eight phases we experience the daily energetic influence each one brings to the table. This lasts for around 3.7 days. As we shift from one phase to the next we feel the change in energy and influence around us. 

The peak energetic influence of each phase is 24 hours before it shifts to the next one. 

1. The New Moon 

  • Visibility: 0% – 14.9%
  • Duration: Approx. New Moon to 3.5 days after
  • Keywords: New Beginnings, Planting Seeds, Future Dreams, Cleansing, Renewal

Here we begin the new theme for the cycle ahead and this is determined by the zodiac sign the New Moon occurs under. During the year we experience a new moon in every sign of the zodiac which allows us to come full circle in what we learn during that time. 

Tune into the New Moon theme during this time and be open to the possibilities it presents. 

This is the time for brainstorming your ideas and making plans for the lunar cycle ahead. 

During this time we feel excited as we consider the new opportunities available to us. 

2. The Waxing Crescent 

  • Visibility: 15% – 49.9%
  • Duration: Approx. 3.5 days to 7 days after New Moon
  • Keywords: Movement, Action, Growth, Breakthrough, Manifestation, Momentum, Courage, Faith

Now is the time to take your ideas and plans which are supported by the current theme and expand on them by creating a set of action steps and ticking the first one off the list. 

The great thing about this part of the cycle is that it requires us to move and show the universe what it is we want to achieve. We are making a commitment to our goals one step at a time. 

Use this time to engage in your projects and allow yourself to be fully creative. 

3. The First Quarter

  • Visibility: 50% – 84.9%
  • Duration: Approx. 7 days to 10.5 after New Moon
  • Keywords: Organisation, Problem Solving, Building, Systems and Processes, Commitment

We are really moving now as we enter the action phase of the cycle. This is not a time for second guessing or hesitation as clear forward motion is important. 

Make an effort to follow the steps which you’ve already mapped out for yourself and trust the process. This is a time for real work so put everything you’ve got behind what you want to achieve. 

If you ignore the need for action during this time you will be met with frustration and disappointment. You may find that the mind monkeys start to appear during this part of the cycle so learning how to deal with those will be a major advantage. 

4. The Waxing Gibbous 

  • Visibility: 85 % to 99.9%
  • Duration: Approx. 10.5 days – 14 days after New Moon
  • Keywords: Implementation, Detail, Growth, Skills, Balance, Action, Judgement

The energy continues to increase as we edge closer to the Full Moon and during this time you may find that working with others as part of a group, support network or partnership will keep you moving forward. 

Tap into the resources which are all around you and make full use of what is available to you as this will be a very productive use of your time. 

Learn from others and share what you learn is a great system of reciprocity which will bring added value to your life and current projects. 

5. The Full Moon 

  • Visibility: 100% – 85.1%
  • Duration: Approx. 14 days – 17.5 days after New Moon
  • Keywords: Completion, Harvest, Gratitude, Forgiveness, Fulfilment Success, Abundance

At this point we are able to look at how the lunar theme has worked out for us so far. As we review progress and accomplishments it’s important to concentrate on the results rather than the failures. However, make sure that the lessons are being learned along the way too!. 

The Full Moon is an emotionally intense and energetically draining time and creating room for reflection and acknowledgement is wise. 

Check in with the goals you set at the start of the cycle and consider if you’re still aligned. 

6. The Waning Gibbous 

  • Visibility: 85% –  50.1%
  • Duration: Approx. 3.5 days to 7 days after Full Moon
  • Keywords: Banish, Release, Expression, Understanding, Partnership, Teaching

This is the time you start to see the results of your hard work manifest in the real world. This can show as the physical acquisition of abundance, the learning of a valuable lesson or other demonstration of success. It all depends on what success looks like for you and what goals you’ve been aiming to achieve. 

Don’t be disheartened if you are not seeing the results you wanted as not everything can be accomplished in a single lunar cycle.

Use the energy of this phase to let go of what no longer serves you including limiting beliefs and negative self-talk. 

7. The Last Quarter 

  • Visibility: 50% – 15.1%
  • Duration: Approx. 7 days – 10.5 days after Full Moon
  • Keywords: Clearing, Re-Calibration, Challenge, Purpose, Significance, Belonging, Mindset

As the Moon continues to wane we are encouraged to continue our process of letting go. During this time we are preparing for a new cycle by removing old energy, ways, ideals, beliefs and negativity so as not to take it with us on our journey. Regularly practising this is very powerful. 

8. The Waning Crescent 

  • Visibility: 15% – 0.1% 
  • Duration: Approx. 10.5 days – 14 days after Full Moon
  • Keywords: Rest, Heal, Soothe, Surrender, Death, Clarity, Introspection

Just before the start of the New Cycle things slow right down as we focus on preparing ourselves to start all over again. This means recharging and surrendering so that we have the energy to begin a new cycle with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. 

Spend some time tying up loose ends and clearing away the work you’ve already completed to make time and space to plug yourself back into the mains and recharge those batteries in whatever way works for you. 

Learning to surrender in this way is one of the hardest and most powerful things you can do. 

Get Started with my Free Moon Bundle

I realise that to begin with this is a lot of information to take in which is why I’ve created a Free Moon Bundle of information to get you started.

Now with NEW mobile phone download reference image to save and use on the go!

Inside the Free Moon Bundle you get:

  • A guide to the phases of the Moon, description and themes of each phase to help you work more closely each month
  • Ideas of things to do on the New and Full Moon’s
  • My Direct Lunar Guidance Tarot and Oracle Card Spread to help you connect with your personal Moon message using your deck of choice
  • Moon phase summary infographic image to save to your mobile phone or tablet to help keep you on track with the phases
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Hi, I’m Sarah Cornforth and I'm a Creatrix of Magick.  I have never really considered myself creative or artistic as I'm too much of a perfectionist for that and I still find it hard to accept the word ‘artist’ as a title for myself. Initially creating art was a way of coping with the curveballs of life. When I draw, or paint or craft I feel calmer, my mind slows down to a pace I can cope with and life becomes easier. I also love working closely with the phases of the moon and the cycles of nature in everything I do as the benefits are huge. At the end of 2017 a dear friend nudged me in the direction of creating art to sell, and if it had been anyone else who encouraged me I would have thought they were mad. But this particular friend has a special gift. She can see the life purpose of others. So I listened and I took every piece of advice she had to give me.....and here I am, creating art, working with the Moon, teaching people how to heal through Mandala art, feeling happy and sharing what I love with the world. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

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