As above so below. Look into the night sky and observe which phase the moon is in. Then you will know where you are in the growth cycle of each lunar month. The WAXING moon phases occur as the moon builds in size to become the full moon. The WANING moon phases occur as the moon decreases in size to become the new moon. The new moon is a time of new beginnings. As the moon increases during her waxing cycle, it is the time to actively pursue goals and opportunities. For examples, during the waxing cycle apply for a new job, or attract a new relationship. The full moon is a time of fullness and culmination of you efforts so far during this lunar cycle.

After the full moon, lunar energy begins to wane. The waning cycle is the time to release emotions, be patient and wise, and let go of whatever holds you back so you can start fresh again on the next new moon. For examples, during the waning cycle separate from a difficult relationship, or clean out your closets and recycle old junk.The eight lunar phases are eight faces of the moon Goddess. Each phase has a meaning and purpose within the eternal cycle of dark to light and back to dark. May we honor her eternal cycle by increasing our awareness of her many faces.

The NEW MOON phase is like a SEED planted in the earth. We cannot see her but she is ready to grow, full of potential and energy for her new journey. If you were born during the new moon phase, you are impulsive, passionate, instinctive, a risk taker, and a pioneer. The new moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. She is not visible in the sky.

The CRESCENT MOON phase is the SPROUT. The seed has broken through the earth and reaches upward as she ventures from the dark, moist earth she has known. If you were born during the crescent moon phase, you must break from your past, from the culture of your childhood, to create your own destiny. You represent the next generation, the new order that improves on the past. The crescent moon rises midmorning and sets after sunset. She is the silver sliver visible in the western sky in the late afternoon and early evening.

The FIRST QUARTER MOON phase (waxing half moon) is the GROWTH phase. Roots go deeper; the stem shoots up, and leaves form as she creates a new strong body. If you were born during the first quarter moon phase, you live a full life of much activity and excitement as old structures are cleared away to provide room for new developments. This half light and half dark moon is visible from when she rises around noon until she sets around midnight.

The GIBBOUS MOON phase is the BUD of the plant, the pulse of life tightly wrapped, wanting to expand. If you were born during a gibbous moon phase, your talent lies in the ability to refine, analyze, organize, and purify. You are a seeker, utilizing spiritual tools on your journey of self-discovery. The bulbous gibbous moon is visible in the sky from when she rises mid afternoon until she sets before dawn.

The FULL MOON phase is the FLOWER, the opening and blossoming, desiring to share this beauty with others. If you were born during a full moon phase, you enjoy the company of others and have the desire to merge deeply with a partner. Fulfillment, abundance, and illumination are your goals. The radiant full moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. She is visible all night long.

The DISSEMINATING MOON phase is the FRUIT of the plant’s cycle, the fruits of wisdom and experience. If you were born during the disseminating moon phase, your life must have purpose and meaning. You enjoy sharing your beliefs and ideas with others, and are a teacher. This large moon is visible in the sky from when she rises mid evening until when she sets midmorning.

The LAST QUARTER MOON (waning half moon) is the HARVEST when the plant gives her life so that others may continue theirs. If you were born during the last quarter moon phase, you assume different roles in life and wear many masks while balancing your internal and external worlds. This half dark and half light moon is visible in the sky from the time she rises around midnight until when she sets around noon.

The BALSAMIC MOON phase is the COMPOST of the plant’s life cycle. Nutrients remain in the soil to provide nourishment for the next new seed. If you were born during a balsamic moon phase, you possess the potential to be wise, insightful, understanding, prophetic, and patient. You have an eclectic personality and march to the beat of your own drummer. This last sliver of moon is visible in the eastern sky at dawn until the first hours of daylight.

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