The moon is a powerful influence on our lives, both determined by its placement in the zodiac at any given time as well as it’s current phase in the lunar cycle. The varying cycle of the moon and its corresponding energy can either propel you forward towards success and personal development or hold you back preventing growth and accomplishment – the key is understanding these influences in order to leverage them to your benefit.
Astrologists recognize that each of the planets carries its own unique area of influence. While their energies may have an impact on any area of our lives, this is often a secondary response to their influence. The moon is known as the ‘Ruler of Emotions,’ directly impact the way that we think and feel, as well as our instincts and intuition. Our emotions are constantly changing, shifting and evolving, and the energy of the moon directly impacts this cycle.
It is important to recognize the powerful role that our emotions play in our day to day lives. Whether you are experiencing sadness, anger, joy, fear or frustration, these emotions guide the decisions that we make and determine how we respond to various situations. If the moon is intensifying emotions of anger and frustration, you may lash out quicker at a co-worker, or respond to a situation without first considering the consequences of your actions. Meanwhile, if the moon is working to heighten your desire for personal growth and discovery, you are far more likely to spend time looking inward and making carefully calculated choices.
If you are unaware of the lunar calendar, there are many different resources online to track and identify the various phases as they approach, such as the online Moon Phases Calendar from Moon Giant. Once you have identified where we are in this cycle, you can use the coming moon phases to plan the best steps to take to improve your chances of success in whatever you are currently focused on.
The Phases of the Moon and Their Impact on Your Life
A new moon is the start of the lunar cycle and is best known as a time of new beginnings and clean slates. This is your opportunity to identify a major change in your life that you would like to make a reality. Take some time to truly step back and consider the path that you are currently traveling, and where you would like to be in the future as this is the best time to mark some course corrections. Identify your intentions for the current moon cycle, as well as the big picture, setting some clear and identifiable goals. If you have felt like there has been a lot of barriers in your life, this is the time where those barriers will be at their lowest. The goals and intentions you set during this phase will have a direct impact on the remaining phases to come.
As we leave the new moon and move into the phase of the waxing moon, this is the time in which the moon is slowly becoming brighter, as it cycles towards the full moon. Consider this growing light and brightness as a direct reflection of your energy, emotions, and motivation. It is at this stage of the lunar cycle that you will be able to put the necessary personal growth in place to become the person you need to be in order to achieve the goals you set during the new moon. It’s important to note that this phase may not be easy, as personal growth requires stepping outside of your comfort zone. It’s going to be messy and challenging, and you may consider giving up along the way. Keep your eyes focused on the end goal, and the waxing moon will help you to find the motivation to continue pressing forward.
There is a reason that our society associates the full moon with craziness, wild behavior and impulsive decisions. The brightest of the moon phases, this is the point at which your emotions are at an all-time high. It is these intensified emotions that influence people to act rashly, however, the full moon doesn’t have to be a time where you are out of control. In fact, those who understand the moon’s phases are able to use these powerful motions as a driving force, propelling them forward to bigger and better things. Harnessing this energy can provide you with a greater confidence, drive, and determination than ever before, all beneficial traits. This is especially true considering the fact that most people, by this point in the lunar cycle, are starting to waver on their convictions. Having fought through the struggles and challenges of the waxing moon, you are now wondering if your goals are truly worth it. Don’t’ let yourself veer off course – use the energy of the full moon to renew your commitment.
The final phase of the lunar cycle, the waning moon is the point where everything starts to wind down as you move towards a conclusion. It is at this stage that you may start to see your plans coming to fruition, which is an exciting experience. However, this is also a time where our inner demons begin to make themselves known. As we move further back into the darkness you may notice that you are experiencing self-doubt, criticism, and insecurity. For those that are unaware of this stage, these demons can quickly take hold derailing any work that you have put into your goals up to this point and bringing your progress to a grinding halt. If you are reading this article, then you have already taken the first step to preventing this. Banish negative thoughts from your mind, reminding yourself of all you have come through to get to this point. You are stronger than you know, but you need to stay true to your convictions!