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Solar Eclipse. Blood Moon. Harvest Moon. Ruler of the waves. Temptress of the tides. Mama Moon has gotten a lot of airtime lately. Do you ever notice you’re out of sorts around the same time each month? Have you looked up to the heavens and noticed that big, beautiful bulb shining fully? Is there a correlation? You’re not alone!
The moon, our Earth-home’s satellite, has a scientific sway on our ocean, crops, and moods. It’s no wonder this celestial body has marked the passage of time, and been studied and worshipped for thousands of years. Connecting with the phases of the moon can bring awareness to other cycles and rhythms within your own body, mind, heart, and spirit.
Although you know that the moon is always whole, depending where the Sun, Moon, and Earth are in their rotations, only part of the moon is visible to you at any given time. This is why there is the New Moon phase (when the moon is not visible from Earth), Waxing and Waning Moon phases (when a crescent or partial moon is visible), and Full Moon phase (the moon is illuminated when the Earth is located directly between the Sun and the Moon). In almost all faith traditions, the New Moon is considered the start of the month and a good time to begin projects. In many cultures, the Full Moon is considered a time of celebration, delight, and mystery.
However you define your spirituality, choosing to tap into the energy of the moon can add an element of beauty, mystery, and flow to your convictions. Here are some ideas for incorporating the Moon into your spiritual practices or using the cycles of the moon to bring more spirituality into your life.
Set aside time to assess goals. Meditate on or write out your dreams and desires. The New Moon is an auspicious time to do this because of what appears to be the “empty” nature of the darkened sky can be filled with the light of your intentions.
Go moon bathing. Take a hike under the light of the full moon. Set out your crystals or special altar items to clear their energy. Draw tarot cards. Write reflections in your journal. Choose one phase of the moon to be your special time and get creative.
Once you start looking up, you’ll want to get outside more and more to get a better view. Enjoy the fresh air and gain perspective. Remember how tiny you are—how your small, significant life is connected to all others. Recite the words to that ancient lullaby: “I see the moon and the moon sees me, God bless the moon and God bless me.”
Long associated with Goddess energy, the moon phases can be good reminders to express gratitude for the women in your life. Whether you identify as a woman or otherwise, pay respects to your feminine side and to those who have nurtured you.
Keep track of your mood, sleep cycle, food intake, exercise, or anything you’d like and notice how your cycles connect with the moon phases. Use a cool tool like The Moon is my Calendar or make your own daily tracker.
Take just a second—or howl for a while if you need—but make sure to look up into the night sky once in a blue moon. Notice what’s going on in your body, mind, heart, and spirit, and what phase the moon is in. There’s a lot to be learned from paying attention to Earth’s small satellite.
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