“The moon will guide you through the night with her brightness, but she will always dwell in the darkness, in order to be seen.”
― Shannon L. Alder
The lunar cycle has a deep connection and affinity to a woman’s personal energy system. The moon governs the feminine psyche and hormonal cycle. When we understand its cycles better, we can capitalize on these energies and use them to our advantage.
The lunar phases and the corresponding astrological transits affect us whether we are aware of them or not, so it makes sense to factor them in before we make commitments and decisions.
For example, an important event during the 3rd quarter moon would be more taxing on us than during the 1st quarter or full moon. When we know how to factor in the lunar qualities of each moon cycle, we can look at our calendars and plan our activities, such as self-care, and community celebrations, with the support of that particular moon energy.
4 Goddess Phases of the Moon
The new moon isn’t visible because the moon and sun are conjunct (appearing on top of one another). During this “dark” moon, we’re likely to feel a bit tired, more inwardly focused, and perhaps sensitive. Because our psychic awareness is heightened, it’s a great time for reflection and meditation, conscious intention, and manifestation. This is typically the menstruation or “moon time” for many women. If you are past the moon time of your life, this is your “energetic” period — the sloughing off of what is no longer needed or useful. This can be a deep and challenging time of the month. Take note of the zodiac influence of the new moon for further insight and reflection.
New beginnings are ripe after the completion and letting go of the old. This is the ideal time to make wishes, set new intentions, and sow new seeds.
“Today, I feel stronger, learning to live within the natural cycles of a day and to not expect too much of myself. As women, we hold the moon in our bellies. It is too much to ask to operate on full-moon energy three hundred and sixty-five days a year. I am in a crescent phase.”
— Terry Tempest Williams (Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place)
1st Quarter Moon
The 1st quarter moon is half illuminated because it forms a 90-degree angle to the earth and sun. This is the time of the month when we’re likely to be open to taking risks, feel like socializing, and have more energy to move, dance, and exercise. The 1st quarter moon is the time for emerging into the light and seeking outer balance.
It’s time for manifesting what we want by taking action. The 1st quarter moon is time to initiate what you’ve planned — it’s a time of doing.
This is the third week of the lunar month and the moon is at its most luminous and visible. It is on the opposite side of the sun and thus reflects more sunlight. During this lunar phase we often experience the culmination of both conscious and unconscious aspects of our personality and any expectations we have contemplated or initiated during the new moon. Emotions are heightened and we may need to ground ourselves. It’s a time to celebrate our feminine desires for connection and sensual pleasure. Notice what zodiac sign the full moon is in for additional insight and expansion.
Now is the time for a party or gathering and for celebrating the fullness of life. The full moon offers enhanced revelation of the higher self, abundant manifestation, and unobstructed vision.
3rd Quarter Moon
This is last week of the lunar cycle. As the light is now declining again, it is best to conserve energy and steer away from too many social activities. We don’t have the energy for them now. This is a time for integrating our life lessons and ensuring our choices are aligned with our deepest values.
During the 3rd quarter moon, catch up on journaling, reading, and quiet time. Enjoy early nights, luxurious baths, and other nurturing self-care activities.
As you can see, the cycles of the moon provide us with a lot of information if we are willing to listen and notice. The more we tune into it, the more ease and flow we will have in living a gorgeously healthy life!