Water accounts for up to 60% of our bodies, and so it’s really no surprise that moon energy affects us. Just as the moon commands the tides, so too does it influence our lives. Learning how to align with lunar cycles is an amazing way to mindfully harness this power and use it to expand your life.
If there’s something personal or work-related you feel like you’re fighting, tapping into the moon phases might give you a greater sense of ease. Work with nature’s natural flow instead of against it.
In this article, first you’ll learn the science behind the moon’s journey across the sky. Then, you’ll learn step-by-step how to align with lunar cycles. You can also download the free PDF to guide you through your very own magical moon ritual.
What is a lunar cycle?
Each month, over the course of about 28 days, the moon goes from completely invisible to full, then back to invisible again. As the Earth rotates around the sun, the moon revolves around the Earth. Us humans can only see the portion of the moon lit by the sun.
The start of each lunar cycle is called a new moon. Then the moon appears increasingly larger in the sky as the days go on.
This growth phase is known as waxing — think of it as the moon adding wax.
It’s not actually wax, just a mental trick to help you remember the technical name. In fact, the moon stays the same size the entire time. Only the portion lit by the sun and viewable on Earth changes.
Even though the moon looks full for several days, it’s technically full for just a few seconds.
After the full moon, comes the waning lunar phase. During this time, the visible moon slowly shrinks until it’s invisible again. Then, the new moon comes and the cycle begins again.
The new and full moon energies last for a few days before and after the main event. So if you have your moon ritual the day after, it’s totally fine. You can still harness the energies!
The good stuff: how to align with lunar cycles
New Moon >>>
This is a time of setting intentions. The time is ripe for evaluating your life and thinking about what you want to build or how you want to grow.
Maybe you want to welcome more fun, travel, or adventure in your life. Maybe you want to make room for self-care.
Or maybe your goals relate to work or professional success. Perhaps you want to write a book, or expand or start a business.
The new moon’s energy is a wonderful time for visualizing, setting intentions, and gathering energy for the coming work at hand. This dark passive time isn’t good for action, but more planning, dreaming and visualizing.
Be careful what you set an intention for! The universe will often give you trials designed to help you embrace whatever quality you desire.
One new moon ritual, I set the intention for self-love and ended up getting really sick that month. Looking back, the universe was trying to teach me how to take better care of myself. Sometimes our lessons are painful, but unfortunately, we humans tend to learn best that way.
Waxing Moon >>>
As the moon appears to increase in size, energy builds and the time to act comes. Think of your intention and take strategic steps forward to begin materializing your desires.
Of course, synching effort with the lunar cycle doesn’t guarantee success. Sometimes, obstacles or feelings may arise to highlight where we need to let go or heal.
Often when we have trouble welcoming something into our lives, an internal shift is needed. Change begins from within. In yoga, it’s said that all obstacles are in the mind. In modern terms, this means that inner development comes before outward shifts.
It’s not that outer success makes you successful, but inner success makes you outwardly successful. Loving outer relationships don’t make a person loving, but a loving person cultivates loving relationships.
The active waxing moon is a time to notice all the inner obstacles so you can heal them later on, when the move goes dark and passive once again.
Full Moon >>>
At the lunar climax, the height of energy when the gorgeous moon illuminates the whole night sky, there’s a lot of energy circulating. You may have trouble sleeping, and people might act a little crazy. It’s all good though — breathe it all in and love it all out.
The full moon is a time of letting go. For a full moon ceremony, identify something you’re ready to release and set aside time to meditate while absorbing the energy around you. For ideas of things to release, be sure to download the free guide available below.
This is the time when the universe takes over and we need to have faith that the seeds we planted will grow into things that are beautiful, vibrant, and alive.
Forward movement happens in small incremental steps, and synchronizing to lunar cycles helps us embrace the natural rhythm of life, decreasing burnout by taking advantage of natural opportunities to rest and restore during the more passive, dark moon phase to follow.
–> There’s a whole other level here with new moon cycles in each astrological sign connecting to the full moon in the same astrological sign six months later.
Full moons are a magical time for special ceremonies to help you move through life more powerfully and mindfully. Download the step-by-step guide so you can enjoy your very own magical moon ceremony.