The lunar cycle is a 28 or 29 day cycle which chronicles the moon’s orbit around the Earth. Before there were clocks and calendars, folks tracked the passage of time by noticing the size and the position of the moon in the sky. These ancient folks noticed that certain activities or behaviors happened when the moon was in a certain position in the sky or a certain size (visibility).
For example, our ancestors made the connection between the moon and the tides, between the moon and a woman’s menstrual cycle, and between the moon and plant growth. To this day, there are farmers who structure their garden activities (plant, weed, harvest) based on what sign the moon is in. (For more information on gardening by the moon, check out the book: Raising with the Moon.)
Folks also noticed that, like the plants and the oceans, humans too were impacted by the phases of the moon. (Just ask any Emergency Room nurse or Crisis Response therapist. They’ll tell you that things get a little crazier around the full moon.)
Through observation and experience, lunar patterns were identified and practices and rituals developed to work with the energies present. Here is a simplified breakdown of the moon’s phases and their corresponding energies.
- New Moon: Identification: intention setting, planting seeds, a new start
- Waxing Crescent: Working with your new moon intention; nurturing the soil so your seed (idea) can grow.
- First Quarter: Reclamation: using your creativity and power to manifest your intention; becoming aware of the obstacles or challenges that hinder your growth
- Waxing Gibbous: Very active, very focused on bringing your intention to fruition
- Full Moon: Manifestation: Reaping the benefits from actualizing your intention; releasing the things (thoughts, feelings, relationships) that impede your growth
- Waning Gibbous: Sharing what you have learned or reaped from the full moon manifestation
- Last Quarter: Integration: Assimilating the new growth; coming to terms with the new consciousness
- Waning Crescent: Preparing the soil for the new seed (intention); often referred to as the dark side of the moon (a couple of days before the new moon)
At Shakti in the Mountains, we hold new moon and full moon circles to support folks who want to grow and cultivate meaning in their lives. We recognize that having a safe place to share our challenges, to celebrate our victories and to release old patterns is essential to creating a thriving and healthy community. By linking these practices to the lunar cycle, we are honoring a way of being that respects and values the feminine.
This spring Shakti in the Mountains will offer a new opportunity to delve deeper into the lunar cycle. Our goal is to support folks who want a feminine approach to manifesting their desires and dreams. Be on the lookout for upcoming information on a fun way to create and grow. In the meantime, join us for our next virtual New Moon Circle on January 26 at 8 pm EST.