According to transformational astrologer Corina Chrysler, a key component of working with the moon is knowing the patterns in the moon’s cycles. “Knowing the patterns creates awareness and a deeper understanding of what you want and how to get it,” she says. “When we know how we want to feel, we can apply it to our dreams and create emotional expressions.”
For some basic background lunar intel, the moon’s cycle is 29.5 days. The first half of the cycle creates light (waxing phase) and the second half loses light from the sun (existence phase). Below, learn how to effectively embrace the energy of each.
What is a waning moon?
A waning moon follows a full moon and marks the part of the moon’s cycle when it loses light—think “opening up” and getting smaller by the day. Once the light begins to recede during the waning phase of the moon, you may notice its effect on your energy and emotions.
What happens during the waning phase of the moon?
“During the first part of the opening phase, it’s important to see what you’ve accomplished and reap the rewards for your work,” says Crisler. “This begins the process of going inward and tapping into your intuition.” It’s time to be more gentle with your energy and adjust your routine to honor the opportunity for change. So instead of bootcamp, do yoga or a long walk; Eat foods. Which is warming and grounding, and conserves your energy.”
According to astrology, lunar energy is passive, gentle, and drawn back inward, and dark lunar phases urge us not to act, but to listen to our intuition and stay within our bodies. When the emotional body is suppressed, stagnation occurs, which creates blockages and pain points. That’s part of why the waning phase of the Moon asks us to look within and realize what needs to be released.
It may end at the end of that cycle, when the waning moon becomes a dark moon. Any water moon signs will love this energy, which makes sense – moon signs reflect our deeper emotional world, and water signs. is Deep emotional worlds. That said, the intensity of the Dark Moon affects all other Moon signs as well.
“Darkness, however, is not bad or evil—it is concentrated energy where no light is reflected,” says Chrysler. “It’s the unknown but holds the answers you’re looking for. It’s when we ask the questions we’re trying to help rejuvenate us, and set intentions to start a new cycle at the new moon.”
Waning Moon FAQs
Why is it called the waning moon?
A waning moon means that the illuminated area of the moon is decreasing.
Which side of the moon is waning?
If the moon’s shadow is on the right side, it is waning.
What are the phases of the waning moon?
The waning phases of the moon are classified as gibbous and crescent. In order, the full moon is at the waning gibbous before re-entering the new moon, then the third quarter moon, then the waning crescent, which is the last phase of the moon. During this process, the moon is losing light.
What is a waxing moon?
The waxing moon is the opposite of the waning phase of the moon; It starts after the new moon and lasts until the full moon phase. The waxing moon energy is perceived as overt, outward and expansive; It makes you want to move forward and finish what you need to do to make your dreams a reality.
What happens during the waxing phase of the moon?
Crisler says, “Our energy builds during this moon phase to achieve our goals by creating actions around our intentions. “During this phase, it’s important to spend your energy honoring the cycle of movement and expansion. As the Moon brightens, it is necessary to address areas of life that are challenging in our personal expansion.”
So during the waxing moon phase, focus on the physical worldly obstacles in your way, and creative ways to get around them. Find new solutions to old problems and rush, rush, hustle.
“The task of the waxing phase is to find motivation to do things and create change for growth,” says Chrysler. “It’s usually associated with emotions that make you feel motivated and have a lot of power and creative expression.”
Waxing Moon FAQs
Why is it called waxing moon?
A waxing moon means that the illuminated area of the moon is increasing.
Which side of the moon is Mem?
If the moon’s shadow is to the left, it is waxing.
What are the phases of a waxing moon?
The waxing phases of the moon are classified as gibbous and crescent. Gradually, the new moon transitions to a waxing moon, then to a first quarter moon, then to a waxing gibbous. During this process, the moon is receiving light.
Waxing vs. Waning: What to Keep in Mind
How do you remember fading and waxing?
As with all things, you have to find a method that works best for you. Think of waxing as expanding and shrinking, in terms of the Moon’s field of view. Another way to keep track of whether the moon is waxing or waning is to download an app like My Moon Phase that tracks the current lunar cycle and makes mapping and revealing the moon easier than ever.
What is the relationship between wax and wax?
The waning and waxing lunar cycle is opposite. “They mirror each other with cycles extending from key phases: New Moon of potential to first quarter of intention to Full Moon of power,” explains Kim Woods, MBA and Evolutionary Astrology Master. “The opened cycle returns to the last quarter of prosperity and the new moon of potential.”
She explains that the cycles of the moon are directly related to the seasons of the year. “The new and full moon phases correspond to the solstices and the quarter moons to the equinoxes; the solstices are the most distant points and the equinoxes are the rebalancing ones,” she explained, noting that the phases of the moon act similarly.
Other Lunar FAQs
What does the moon symbolize?
The Moon has been around forever (well, for at least 4.53 billion years), and as such, it has gained meaning in its existence beyond what meets the eye.
“The Moon has both astronomical and astrological meaning,” Woods says. “Astronomically, the Moon orbits the Earth and pulls on the oceans to create tides while the Earth orbits the Sun, reflecting sunlight onto its face. Sunlight reflected off the surface of the Moon is always relative to what you can see from Earth’s perspective. The distant reflection cannot be seen from Earth, so it is called a new moon, and the closest reflection, which can be seen completely, is called a full moon. Other phases include the Moon’s day aspect.”
Meanwhile, astrologically, a person’s Moon Sign indicates where the Moon was in the sky at the time of their birth. In general, your moon sign is said to reflect your subconscious. “The Moon represents the feminine, intuitive, and emotional realms,” says Woods. “She symbolizes the heart, memory, nurturing, and maternal energy.” So if you’ve ever wondered how the Moon affects your love life, now you know.
Why does the moon go through phases throughout the month?
“Earth’s angular axis combined with its elliptical pattern around the Sun creates an approximately 30-day cycle for the Moon to completely orbit the Earth,” Woods explains. “Astronomers divide this 30-day cycle into 4 major phases that occur at specific times, no matter where you are on Earth, and 4 secondary phases that reflect periods of time, not a specific moment.” The four primary phases of the moon are new moon, first quarter, full moon, and last quarter. The four secondary phases of the Moon are Waxing Crescent, Waxing Gibbous, Waning Gibbous, and Waning Crescent. “The reason for the eight phases is related to the four cardinal directions of the earth: north, east, south, west, and the four cardinal directions: northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest,” adds Woods.
What is a gibbous moon?
A gibbous moon is one that is round, with more than half of the moon illuminated.
What is a waxing gibbous moon?
A waxing gibbous moon means the illuminated area of the moon is increasing.
Why is it called a receding gibbous?
A waning gibbous moon means that the illuminated area of the moon is above 50%, but shrinking.
What is a crescent moon?
A crescent moon is one that is concave, in which less than half of the moon is illuminated.
What is a waxing crescent?
A waxing crescent moon means that the illuminated area of the moon is increasing, but it is still less than 50%.
Why is it called the waning moon?
A waning crescent means that the illuminated area of the Moon is less than 50 percent but decreasing.
Which moon is better for manifesting?
It all depends on what you are revealing. “The waxing or manifesting cycle begins with the waxing crescent moon, which is great for setting intentions,” says Woods. “The first quarter moon is good for making adjustments and the waxing gibbous is good for finding opportunities to connect with others or garner support.” Still, the full moon is often considered the primary moon for manifestation. “The full moon is a combination of the expression you’ve achieved in that waxing cycle and the celebration you’ve created,” says Woods. “It’s time to stand still and survey your surroundings to determine what you want to let go of and re-prioritize in this declining cycle.”
How does the moon affect mood?
Since the Moon is very much associated with female energy and emotions, the phases of the Moon can change moods a lot. “The moon affects your mood because she likes to deal with the secrets of the heart,” says Woods. “The Moon embodies the unseen, the unheard, and the unknown. She wants to connect and engage, respecting the need for solitude and silence. She is the softer side of life.”
Which sign does the moon affect more?
Astrologically, Woods says that while water signs are most influenced by the Moon, Cancer is most associated with her. “Water signs are fundamentally emotional, reflective and introspective,” Woods points out. That said, water signs aren’t the only signs that react with the moon. “Moon isn’t linear, she’s creative,” Woods continues. “She is part of the creative cycle and as such is compatible with the fiery signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.” In comparison, she says water signs are associated with the waning cycle while fire signs click with the waxing.
Meanwhile, Earth signs don’t quite jive with the Moon. “Earth signs of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn have trouble getting along with the Moon, because these signs don’t understand the emotional realm,” admits Woods. “Air, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius like to go with the flow, like the Moon, so can make a connection between the mind (Air) and the heart (Moon).” With this in mind, Woods says that Earth signs understand waxing cycles, while Air signs like both waning and waxing phases.