According to transformational astrologer Corina Crysler, an important part of working with the moon is knowing the patterns in the moon’s cycles. “Knowing the patterns creates a deep understanding and understanding of what you want, and how to get it,” he says. “When we know how we want to feel, we can apply that to our dreams and create spiritual manifestations.”
For some basic lunar intel, the lunar cycle is 29.5 days. The first half of the cycle creates light (the waxing phase) and the second half loses light from the sun (the waning phase). Below, learn how to more effectively embrace each other’s energy.
What is a waning moon?
A waning moon follows a full moon and marks the part of the moon’s cycle when it loses light—think “waning,” and getting smaller, day by day. Once the light begins to recede in the waning phase of the moon, you may notice its effect on your energy and emotions.
What happens during the waning phase of the moon?
“During the first part of the decline phase, it’s important to look at what you’ve accomplished and reap the rewards of your work,” says Crysler. “It starts the process of going inside and tapping into your intuition. It’s time to be more gentle with your energy and adjust your routine to honor the opportunity for change. So instead of boot camp, try yoga or long walks; eat foods that are warm and calm down, and conserve your energy.”
According to astrology, the energy of the moon is calm, gentle, and connected and returns inward, and the black moon phases ask us not to take it, but to listen to our intuition and to be within our bodies. When the emotional body is suppressed, stagnation occurs, which creates obstacles and pain points. That’s part of the reason the waning moon phase asks us to look within and recognize what needs to be released.
This can peak towards the end of the cycle, when the waning moon becomes a dark moon. Any water moon signs will love this energy, which means—moon signs reflect our deeper emotional world, and water signs having a deep emotional world. That said, the power of the dark moon affects all other moon signs as well.
“Darkness, however, is not bad or bad – it is concentrated energy where no light can be seen,” says Crysler. “It is unknown but it has the answers you are looking for. This is where we ask the questions we are looking for to help us revive, and set the intention to start a new cycle of the new moon.”
Waning Moon FAQ
Why is it called the waning moon?
A waning moon means that the area illuminated by the moon is decreasing.
Which side of the moon is waning?
If the shadow of the moon is on the right, it is decreasing.
What are the phases of the waning moon?
The waning phases of the moon are classified as gibbous and crescent. In order, the full moon changes to the waning moon, then to the third quarter moon, then to the waning moon, which is the last phase of the moon, before re-entering the New Moon. During this process, the moon loses its light.
What is the waxing moon?
The waxing moon is the opposite of the waning moon phase; it starts after the new moon and lasts until the full moon phase. The energy of the waxing moon is perceived as open, outward, and expansive; it wants you to grow up and finish what needs to be done to make your dreams come true.
What happens during the waxing phase of the moon?
“Our energy is built during this phase of the moon for us to achieve our goals by creating steps around our intentions,” says Crysler. “During this phase, it is important to use your energy to honor the cycle of movement and expansion. The more the moon is illuminated, the more areas of life that need to be addressed that challenge us in our personal expansion.”
So during the waxing moon phase, consider the earthly obstacles in your way, and creative ways around them. Find new solutions to old problems and hustle, hustle, hustle.
“The job during the multiplier phase is to get things done and get motivated to create growth changes,” Crysler says. “This is usually associated with emotions that make you feel motivated and have more energy and creative expression.”
Shining Moon FAQ
Why is it called the growing moon?
A waxing moon means that the area illuminated by the moon is increasing.
Which side of the moon shines?
If the shadow of the moon is on the left, then it is increasing.
What are the phases of the waxing moon?
The waxing phases of the moon are classified as gibbous and crescent. In order, the New Moon changes to the waxing crescent, then to the first quarter moon, then to the waxing gibbous. During this process, the moon gets light.
Waxing vs. Fade: What to Remember
How do you remember the fade and the glow?
As with all things, you have to find the method that works best for you. Think of the brightness as expanding and shrinking as it shrinks, in terms of the visible area of the moon. Another way to track if the moon is waxing or waning is to download an app, such as My Moon Phase, which tracks the current cycle of the moon and makes moon mapping and exposure easier than ever.
What is the relationship between wax and wax?
The waning and waxing cycles of the moon are opposite. “They mirror each other in a cycle of radiance from the main phases: the New Moon of power to the First Quarter of purpose to the Full Moon of power,” explains Kim Woods, MBA and Master of Evolutionary Astrology. “The cycle of decline moves to the Last Quarter of prosperity and back to the New Moon of power.”
Beyond waxing and waning, he shares that the cycles of the moon are directly related to the seasons of the year. “The new and full moon phases are related to solar days and quarter moons and equinoxes; The solstice is the farthest point and the equinox is the rebalancing,” he explains, noting that the phases of the moon act in the same way.
Other frequently asked questions on Lunar
What does the moon symbolize?
The Moon has been around forever (well, for at least 4.53 billion years), and as such, it has gained meaning beyond what is seen throughout its existence.
“The moon has meaning, astronomically and astrologically,” Woods says. “Astronomically, the moon revolves around the Earth pulling the ocean to create waves as it reflects sunlight on its face as the Earth revolves around the Sun. The sunlight reflected off the surface of the Moon is usually relative to what you can see from Earth’s perspective. The reflection on the far side cannot be seen from Earth, so it is known as the New Moon and the reflection on the near side, which can be seen completely, is known as the Full Moon. Other phases involve the day side of the Moon.
Meanwhile, astrologically, a person’s moon sign indicates where the moon was in the sky at the time of their birth. In general, your moon sign is said to reflect your intelligence. “The moon represents femininity, intuition, and the emotional realm of feeling,” Woods says. “She symbolizes the heart, the reminder, the nurturing, and the energy of a mother.” So if you’ve ever wondered how or why the moon affects your love life, now you know.
Why does the moon go through phases throughout the month?
“Earth’s angular axis combined with its elliptical shape around the Sun creates a cycle of about 30 days for the Moon to travel completely around the Earth,” Woods explains. “Astronomers have divided this 30-day cycle into four major phases that occur at specific times, no matter where you are on Earth, and 4 secondary phases that reflect a period of time, not a specific time.” The four basic phases of the moon are New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon, and Last Quarter. The four secondary phases of the moon are waxing crescent, waxing gibbous, waning gibbous, and waning crescent. “The eight-phase factor relates to the four cardinal directions: north, east, south, west, and the four common ones: northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest,” Woods adds.
What is a bright moon?
A gibbous moon is one that is round, with more than half of the moon illuminated.
What is the shining gibbous moon?
A waxing moon means that the area illuminated by the moon is increasing.
Why is it called waning gibbous?
A waning moon means that the area illuminated by the moon is more than 50%, but decreasing.
What is a crescent moon?
A crescent moon is one that is curved, and less than half of the moon is illuminated.
What is a crescent moon?
A waxing crescent moon means that the area illuminated by the moon is increasing, but still less than 50%.
Why is it called a waning crescent?
A waning crescent moon means that the area illuminated by the moon is less than 50%, but decreasing.
What is the best month to manifest?
It all depends on what you show. “The cycle of radiance or manifestation begins with the waxing crescent, which is good for setting intentions,” Woods says. “The first quarter of the month is good for making adjustments and gibbous waxing is good for connecting with others to find opportunities or gather support.” Still, the full moon is often thought of as the primary manifesting moon. “The Full Moon is a combination of the manifestation that you’ve achieved during that growing cycle and it’s a celebration of what you’ve created,” Woods says. “It’s time to stand still and examine your surroundings to determine what you want to let go of and re-prioritize during that waning cycle.”
How does the moon affect the weather?
Since the moon is closely related to feminine energy and emotions, the phases of the moon can change emotions dramatically. “The moon affects your mood because it likes to deal with mysteries of the heart,” Woods says. “The moon involves the unseen, the unheard, and the unknown. She longs to connect and engage while respecting the need for solitude and silence. She is the soft side of life.”
What signs does the moon affect the most?
Astrologically, Woods says that water signs are most influenced by the moon, while cancer is most associated with him. “Water signs are primarily emotional, reflective, and internal,” Woods points out. That said, water signs aren’t the only signs to react to the moon. “The moon is not linear, it is creative,” Woods continues. “He is part of the creative cycle and therefore compatible with the fire signs of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.” In contrast, he says that water signs are related to the cycle of decline while fire signs click with one of waxing.
At the same time, the Earth signs are less burdened by the moon. “Earth signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn have a hard time getting along with the Moon, because these signs tend not to understand the emotional realm,” Woods admits. “Air signs, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius like to go with the flow like the Moon, so they can create a connection between the mind (air) and the heart (Moon).” With this in mind, Woods says that Earth signs understand the cycle of brilliance, while Air signs like phases of waxing and waning.