Moon Phases: How to Use the Lunar Cycle to Enhance your Life

27th January 2020

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Moon Phases may be the last thing that occurs to you, if at all when it comes to getting your life-work balance right, but think about it! Do you sometimes find yourself trying to push for something only to see it stall? Unable to relax or sleep when you need to, buzzing when you know you should be snoozing?

The bright lights and busyness of The City make it easy to lose track of yourself.  Nevertheless, it’s time to hone your intuition and retune with the subtle rhythms of nature. Discover how easy and enjoyable it can be to reconnect with your expanded nature and regain your sparkle! Learn how to synchronise your life rhythm with the Moon Phases to regain your life-work balance, manage your energy, and enjoy life more. Here’s why.

Our Pace and Quality of Life are directly influenced by the Lunar Phases and Solar Cycles

Historically, humanity has been fascinated with the Sun, Moon, and Stars. Externally, we measure our age by the number of Earth spins around the Sun, sail by the tides, grow and harvest crops according to seasons, timed by moon cycles, and, in modern biodynamic gardening, in relation to the Sun, Moon, and the Zodiac! phases of the moon   Likewise, the Moon influences the water element internally.  According to science, our body is on average 60% water, with the heart and brain 73%, lungs about 83%, kidneys and muscles 79%, and bones 31%. Therefore, the Moon influences our autonomic physiology, subconscious mind, psychology, sleep, and dream as much as our lifestyle does. A 2013 study published in Current Biology gathered the first scientifically measured Evidence that the Lunar Cycle Influences Human Sleep, showing that we get around 20 minutes less sleep at Full Moon compared with a New Moon.

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Moon Phases influence our energy levels, behaviour, sleep, and dreams

Moon Phases and their Meaning

According to all Practical Wisdom Traditions, every moon phase has a function and timely activities to make the best use of the available cosmic influences. Taking this ancient knowledge into account in our planning of personal or work projects can help us navigate the ebbs and flow of life more easily, and better our chances of attaining our goals.

Moon Phases Names and Order

Moon Phases Names and Order

  • New Moon / Waxing CrescentWeek 1 /First Quarter of the Cycle, until 50% of the Moon is visible – set your intentions – it’s time to start something new. Begin a project, create a new habit, a novel approach.
  • Waxing GibbousWeek 2 of the Lunar Cycle – time to push and grow; energy is available, nurture what you have created; invest yourself, increase effort to reach a milestone or the apex by the Full Moon.
  • Full Moon – the moment of maximum intensity and illumination; make this the finishing point, aim for completion, accomplishment, achievement by this time in the Lunar Cycle. Emotions may run high. You are likely to sleep less – use this perfect time for Lucid Dreaming, Dream Planting, and Full Moon Rituals
  • Disseminating Moon / Waning GibbousWeek 3 of the Moon Cycle – new understanding is possible, gain clarity – what are the conclusions? What are you learning? What worked, what didn’t? How can you refine the process? What will you keep, what needs to go?
  • Waning MoonWeek 4 /Last Quarter – reduce your efforts, gradually withdraw, and prepare the ground for the new cycle. Time to clean up, release, declutter – cut out what doesn’t work, and make some room.
  • Dark Moon – point Zero – invisible, but holding the full potential. Remove hidden obstacles before a new start.

If you were to use this for business, think of the phases of the moon as the five phases of the Project Management Lifecycle: Initiation – Planning – Execution – Monitoring & Control – Closure. The time scale may differ, but the process is the same. Download a FREE Printable 2020 Phases of the Moon Calendar to use for guidance. Experiment! I’d love to hear back from you, see if it makes things easier or smoother. It should at least help you plan and manage your efforts strategically, and become more in tune with the natural rhythms of life in the process.

New Moon Rituals

New Moon Ritual

Light a candle, and, if you keep a Moon Diary, sit in meditation and think what you would like to manifest over the following lunar month. Every New Moon gives us another chance to start something new. Write down a list of up to 10 wishes, or, if focusing on a personal or business project, write the goals, tasks, and deadlines over the next month that will help you achieve your objectives. Remember that the energy increases as the Moon grows, so make the Full Moon an achievable milestone, so that you take advantage of the extra boost from the Waxing Moon (GROWTH) and the Full Moon (CULMINATION) influences.

Full Moon Rituals

Full Moon rituals are many, and generally performed at Full Moon gatherings. As the energy climaxes, many people think the purpose of this moon phase is to release, take the pressure off. However, this release is generally mistaken for an energy dump – which is in fact a loss. The Full Moon brings things to a head, culmination, peak, achievement, illumination. The days after the Full Moon (Disseminating phase) are a good time for teaching and learning, drawing conclusions and refining the process. Only then, during the Waning Moon, the natural flow helps you release the obsolete, remove obstacles, and clear the way for the new Moon Cycle, and, hopefully, better new beginnings.

My Favourites: Moon Rituals in Mesoamerican Spiritual Traditions

In the Toltec/Mexica tradition, for instance, the Full Moon is the number one occasion for Collective Healings, Lucid Dreaming, Dream Planting, Empowering the Hands with the Moon, and the Women hold Dream Ceremonies in person or in Collective Dream State.  That’s what we did at my Full Moon gathering in London on the 10th of January 2020. Out of the 27 people registered, quite a few had amazing experiences that generated subsequent self-discovery, magical synchronicities and healing. As the Dream State of Consciousness overlaps with similar realities, one of us had a visitation from a much loved ancestor, another was pulled to the top of the Dream Pyramid, and saw her highest potential, while somebody who works with the Divine Feminine, created such powerful imagery, that she inadvertently projected her visualisation into the middle of the room, sharing her dream symbol with the collective.

Moon & Pleiades Initiations in the Mexica Tradition

Alignments between the Earth, the Moon, the Sun and the Pleiades are the time engine that keeps the Aztec Calendar going, creating cycles of time ranging from a fraction of a minute to 52 years on the smaller scale of time, and 26,500 years in the grand scheme of cosmic cycles that we are subjected to. Would it not be good to actually be in charge of what happens to your life and processes if you knew how to work with the energies and qualities these cosmic bodies can lend us? After all, they are part of our expanded nature! Join my next Moon Magic & Pleiades Initiations gathering in London at the exact conjunction of the Waxing Moon and Alcyone, the central and brightest star of the Pleiades the day after Imbolc, and as the Lunar Year Begins. What would you like to grow in your life or business?

Moon Magic & Pleiades Initiation @ Light Centre Monument with Ersilia Arjocan @HolisticTreats

Moon Magic & Pleiades Initiation @ Light Centre Monument with Ersilia Arjocan @HolisticTreats

 

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