It seems like every Full Moon and New Moon the internet is full of posts about the energy for that time, what to do, and how to harness it. But in actuality, those two points only make up around two days of the moon's 30-day cycle. So what about the rest of those times? What can we do to harness the power of the moon when its not full or new?
The moon actually has 6 phases, but for the sake of simplicity, we'll look at the major 4 here. They are as follows:
1. New Moon
2. Waxing Moon
3. Full Moon
4. Waning Moon
Each of these phases carries with it it's own specific energy, and you can use this energy to manifest the things that you want/need in your life.
The New Moon brings with it the promising energy of new things. This is when the moon is in line with the sun and the earth, and it is the perfect time to do rituals for healing or blessing. This is also a good time to focus on manifesting the things that you do not have, as this energy will help to usher newness into your life. If you're looking for a launchpad, here it is!
The Waxing Moon is when the Moon's visibility is growing, and it is becoming full. This period lasts about 14 days. Waxing times are great times for you to plug away on your goals and to complete rituals to help the plans that you already have in motion to reach fruition. This time embodies the energy of growth, and that's what you should focus on at this time, things you want to bloom, to get bigger, and grow.
The Full Moon is when lunar energy is at its height. This time is also perfect for manifestation using the energy of fullness. The Full Moon is also a time that is good for doing protection rituals, and is the perfect time to charge your crystals and other amulets with a specific intent. If it happens to rain at this time, water collected would be perfect for a full moon bath.
The Waning Moon is when the moon decreases in visibility. This is a time to rest and recharge. It is also a time to do work regarding things that you may want to let go of - emotional baggage that no longer serves you, relationships that are stalling, etc...this phase carries with it the energy of release. Of preparation for the new. The time to shed your old skin in a matter of speaking.
As you navigate through your journey, try to use all of the things the universe has provided to assist you along your way. The moon is definitely one of those things. It is powerful, use it well.