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The Spiritual Moon Phases

Harnessing Moon Power

The Spiritual Moon Phases

The Moon is a beautiful mystery, it has captivated the attention of everyone at some point. The Moon is an ancient symbol, it has shaped how we track and understand time, it rises every day bringing in the night,  it controls the tides and is believed to affect our energetic fields. It represents strong powerful feminine energy. The Moon signifies wisdom, illusion, intuition and spiritual connection. The Moon cycle connect with birth, death and reincarnation, like the cycle of a seed: it grows up into a flower, it blooms and then it dies. 

We are all capable of attuning with the Moons energies and activating our inner power. The lunar cycle is  made up of different stages.

Becoming knowledgeable about the Moons energies is the first step along this path and learning how these powerful energies can be harnessed within your life. We can use knowledge about the Moon’s cycle to reflect inwards at ourselves and our own needs. Each of the lunar states mirror a different aspects of a spiritual path which is ongoing with multiple repeats and ongoing learning.


Each of the Moon Cycles looks different, it has it’s own unique shape and can easily be spotted. Each of these cycles carries with it it’s own spiritual meaning and this can be used to help us flow with the ever changing energies. The Moon takes approx 28 days to orbit the Earth and this is how we see a full cycle roughly every Month. Let’s learn about the Moon phases and how we can harness this power and grow spiritually.

New Moon

– This phases signifies new beginnings –

The New Moon Phase

At this time the Moon is positioned between the Earth and the Sun, so it is not seen from Earth. When the Moon is invisible it signals a strong power that everything is being cleared. 


During this time you should spend a moment breathing, stepping back refreshing and restarting. This is a time to start new projects and phases within your life. It is a great time to gather your thoughts together and plan for the month ahead.

Waxing Crescent Moon

– This phases signifies new intentions –

Waxing Crescent Moon Phase

The ‘Waxing’ means the Moons illumination is glowing and the ‘Crescent’ means less than half of the Moon is illuminated. 


During this time you should focus on the why, think of it like planting seeds. Why are you doing what you are doing and what intentions are going to get you there? Write a list of your intentions and keep them in mind. What things do you want to accomplish or get done?

First Quarter Moon

– This phases signifies decision making  –

First Quarter Moon Phases

This is when exactly half of the Moon is illuminated and the other half is left shadowed. The Moon will appear as though it has been cut into half – this signifies that action is ready to be taken.

During this phase spend extra time making decisions, spend the time to sit back a reflect on any decisions you have made in life, what did they mean to you and what did you learn from them. Use your previous decision making to help you overcome any obstacles in future decision making.

Waxing Gibbous Moon

– This phases signifies refinement  –

Waxing Gibbous Moon Phase

The ‘Waxing; means that the Moons illumination is growing and the ‘Gibbous’ means that more than half of the Moon is illuminated.  This process involves the fine details, when you have set your goals, you are running with them but there is just some tweaking that needs to be done.

During this this time really take care in the detail, be mindful of what you are doing and pay that little bit extra attention to everything that you do. Assess your goals and figure out what is working for you right now and what may need to change.

Full Moon

– This phases signifies release and sealing intentions –

Full Moon Phase

 During this time the Sun illuminates the entire moon –  this is also known as the harvest moon.

This is a great time to set goals and make any promises to yourself on a soul level, If there are any areas of spiritual growth you wish to develop this is a great time to set these intentions and release any setbacks, negative feelings, blames and guilt you have placed on yourself. This is the time for your journey to face inwards.

Waning Gibbous Moon

– This phases signifies gratitude –

Waning Gibbous Moon​

This stage is the counterpart to the waxing moon. Rather than refining our outward actions this is a time to reflect inwards about how we feel.

The ‘Waning’ refers to the decreasing of the Moon’s illumination and ‘Gibbous’  means more than half of the Moon is illuminated.

This is the time to reflect on what has been happening and focus on gratitude. Make a list of all the things you are grateful for.

Third Quarter Moon

– This phases signifies forgiveness –

Third Quarter Moon​

This is when the moon is exactly half illuminated and the other half is left shadowed. This is the opposite of the First Quarter Moon.

During this time forgive yourself of EVERYTHING – forgive your mistakes, bad habits and any unfortunate mishaps. Forgiveness allows us to move on and approach every situation from a place of love. Use this time to forgive others and forgive yourself.

Waning Crescent Moon

– This phases signifies forgiveness surrender –

Waning Crescent Moon​

The ‘Wanning’ refers to the shrinking of the Moon’s illumination and the ‘Crescent’ means less than half of the Moon is illuminated.

During this time take extra care to let go, do not try to control the world around you as this will not bring you peace. Spend time being mindful, going with the flow and surrendering to the world around you.

The New Moon

– The cycle begins again –

The New Moon Phase
The Spiritual Moon Phases


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