Men and women have observed and lived by the phases of the
moon for millennia. The Moon has been used for centuries in Vedic
astrology in India to calculate lunar astrological charts. Even now you will find even the most conservative
and "non-New Age" gardeners and farmers planting by the Moon's
phases as shown in their almanacs. Refer below to find out which phase the Moon is passing through right now...
Those of us in the Southern Hemisphere will notice that the
image of the moon below is a mirror image of what we actually see in the sky. The image below looks strange as it is upside down and back to front! For us, the Moon waxes from left to right! Find out more about the differences involving
divination in the Southern Hemisphere.
There are 29½ days from Full Moon to Full Moon. Look on a calendar or in a diary to see the phases listed.
The cycle of Moon can be broken down into 8 stages.
The first four stages are the waxing (increasing) moon and the
second four stages are the waning (decreasing) moon.
First (Waxing) Crescent
Waxing Gibbous Moon
Disseminating (Waning Gibbous) Moon
Balsamic (Waning Crescent) Moon
Modern followers of Wicca use the phases of the Moon in rituals.
Each phase is appropriate for a certain action or reaction.
Your Mind, Body and Health and the Moon
The time from the New Moon to the
is good for initiating new plans, making deals, starting projects,
looking for a new job, starting a new hobby or interest, meeting
someone new. This is is a good time to start new health and beauty treatments. Have your hair cut if you want fast regrowth.
The time from the First Quarter to the
is an excellent period for promoting yourself, building on your plans,
expanding on any ongoing projects. This is an excellent period for looking for things that are lost; you will have a good chance of finding them at this time.
The Full Moon is the time to start concentrating on what you've achieved so
far and make sure things stay on track. Take a good look at what is happening
and make any adjustments that are necessary. Plan to get rid of the dead wood in
your life. This is a time when matters appear to be large than life and feelings are heightened. Decisions tend to be emotionally-based at this time. Have your cut if you want it to grow back thicker.
The time from the Full Moon to the
Third Quarter is the time
to stocktake, look around you carefully to see what is working out and what is not.
It is a good time for studying, carrying out repairs and drawing up new plans. Helathwise, this is the time to have depilatory treatments, have hair dyed, have dental work, begin a health regime. Cut your hair if you want to slow its growth.
From the Third Quarter to the
New Moon is the time to leave a
situation that is not working out, to get rid of things that aren't working out
and to tie up any loose ends. You are getting ready for the next phase of building and creating again. This is the time to analyse any situation you are in and dispose of any elements that are not working. Get rid of clutter in your life and use the time to rest and recuperate.