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I know, living the phases of the moon sounds weird and can even be confusing. But after watching the full moon and adjusting my daily life accordingly, I have seen its value. You don̵7;t have to dwell on the spiritual realm to reap the benefits, although you may be the judge of it. If you are intrigued, read on to find out what you need to know about this method and my experience trying it.
I’m always interested in things that can help people connect better. Anything that claims to provide healing powers, improve mental health or help with expression, I want to try. What I try doesn’t always resonate with me, but I find it interesting to see the rise in popularity of people shifting to things like tarot, crystal and meditation, which makes me feel like I can’t be the only one looking for meaning outside of the norm.
Despite being interested in these types of practices, I have never paid attention to the moon other than how beautiful it looks in the sky. In a moment where nothing feels certain – but in the heaviest, faintest way – being open to harness the energy of the moon has made a welcome change.
To begin with, I spoke to Kirsty Gallagher, a lunar cycle expert – she wrote a bestseller about it (Living on the Moon: Working with the magic of the Moon cycles) and run a member-only club called Lunar Living. I saw her talking live at an event a year ago and found her belief in the power of the moon intriguing. But, normally, I go home and forget all about it.
Lately, her content started popping up more in my Instagram feed (perhaps a sign?) And my interest grew again – so I reached out to her . On a personal level, things don’t feel as though they’ve come forward (which is how I most imagine how we feel after a year we’ve been through), so I decided to follow suit. Gallagher’s advice to try to be “unsettled” and invites in new energy.
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Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the 8 phases of the Moon
Before we went in, Gallagher informed me that each lunar phase lasted for about three to four days, as the length of the lunar cycle per month was not fixed.
The lunar cycle begins with the crescent moon fading, though Gallagher prefers to call it a dark moon. The moon is so small in the sky, you can barely see it. “This is the most emotional and lowest energy point of the lunar cycle. We want to be inward, quiet and reflective,” Gallagher said, adding that it was at this stage that we were aware of these What we don’t like. About our lives, this is very important for the next stage.
Then comes the new moon, where the sun, Earth, and moon are aligned. This is the best time to set up intentions (probably around issues that arose during the black moon period). Rather than effective acting period, it is about Think effectively. Gallagher recommends writing down these thoughts.
Next is a wax crescent, which is when a small crescent can be seen in the sky. This is the “do” start phase. “Just as the moon is starting to appear in the sky, we need to start doing the same thing,” Gallagher asserted. It’s time to make those intentions: send emails, make calls, ask for the help you need, apply for a job, go to an event.
This is followed by the first waxy crescent, which shows the moon becoming half full. Gallagher says this is often the “favorite phase” of her clients, as it’s when things start to get in tune and get energetic. She recommends that you stick to your intuition, say yes to any compelling opportunity and “get out in life.” Note, since this is a prime time for doubt to creep in because lust can feel distant, but Gallagher says overcome fear.
The next stage is the waxy monkey moon. Here, it’s hard to know if the moon is completely full. Gallagher mentions that there are often problems with sleep at this stage. “You get this massive energy flow to help you follow your dreams,” she says, so if you’re struggling to close your eyes, pay attention to what you’re thinking.
All of this formed from the full moon, occurring when the sun, moon, and Earth were aligned again, but now on the opposite side. “Time to finish, so the first thing we need to do is celebrate what we’ve achieved,” Gallagher instructed. She warns that people can become “emotional” because they have reached their energy peak during the lunar cycle – so the rumor that people will go crazy during the full moon is not from where. At this point, any problems you are having will be brought up. “Usually, any anger and frustration people feel during the full moon, if they’re really honest, are directed towards themselves,” Gallagher said, adding that you can see. Go back and see where you’ve procrastinated and self-destructive.
Near the end you will see a crescent moon, which is the time to reflect on the past lunar month. The moon begins to lose its roundness here. Finally, it’s time for the last crescent moon. Gallagher explains that you should use this as an opportunity to give up anything that no longer serves you. It’s a motto that, while often criticized by health influencers, is of great importance.
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Step 2: Work with each zodiac sign of the cycle. . . or not
It is important to know which zodiac moon will change every few days, but Gallagher does not like being too bogged down in this detail. She says due to this, there are several ways to live by the moon – depending on how complex you are.
“You can massively complicate it and live the moon’s signs of change every few days, but most people don’t have time for that,” she explains. As an expert herself, she only notices this part of her journey to the Moon when she gets tired and wants to be more clarified about what’s going on in the sky.
The ideal place to work with the zodiac relative to the moon is at the points of the new and full moon. The new moon will always resemble the zodiac the sun is in (so we are currently in the Tiger Ca season), while the full moon will always be at the opposite sign. These marks add a “flavor” to the lunar cycle’s overall energy each month, Gallagher said.
Step 3: Be open to change
While I am open-minded, I know many people will be skeptical. “I love the skeptics. They are some of my favorites, because it is better to do so and take the proof in the pudding, so to speak,” Gallagher said. For her, there are tangible results to be found in allowing herself to be guided by the moon.
“We currently live in a life where we have a lot of habits and no rituals. We live a life in a linear way, expecting everything to be the same all day every day, and because so we have lost the cyclical nature of life, “Gallagher explained. As we go about our lives like this, “we’ve lost the ability to re-examine ourselves.” This is where the phases of the moon can help – they bring the cyclical nature of being back to day.
Step 4: Self-responsibility
As we near the end of this weird year, it will be time to make New Year’s decisions soon. Once again, that moment is near – though how many of us are truly attached to them? We often let them slip, forget them, Gallagher says, and question where that year went. According to her, it’s all too easy to “never give enough attention and direction to any dreams because we are not responsible for ourselves.” Instead of experiencing the moon phases as a spiritual activity, it could simply help you mark the passage of time.
“Even if you don’t want to believe that the moon can do wonders – what it does – enrolling each new moon or full moon gives you a way to consciously control your life. by saying, ‘I want this, so why don’t I pay attention to it? Why should I avoid doing that?’ “
Signing up every month could make a big difference, according to Gallagher fears. “Even if you don’t want to believe that the moon can do wonders – what it does – enrolling each new moon or full moon gives you a way to consciously control your life. by saying, ‘I want this, So why didn’t I pay attention to it? Why would I avoid doing it?’ ”By constantly questioning himself, Gallagher thought this could help us. observing the direction in real time. Usually, we choose to think about this when the direction we have chosen has been firmly established or a clear choice is being made. or to keep yourself moving forward, “she said – and so consciously.
My Experience Living the Moon Cycle
While talking to Gallagher for advice, she said people who can’t rest tend to struggle with quieter energy at the onset of the lunar cycle. They must learn to “be” and “do” not always. On a personal level, this resonates with me as someone who hates nothing more than a quiet weekend. As I reluctantly cut down on my social schedule and reverted to additional work commitments, I found myself gradually becoming more comfortable with that inner energy and relaxation. I was even tempted to switch to my yoga practice, preferring lighter habits.
Incorporating different lunar energies into my lifestyle makes it easy to chart the steps I’m taking to fulfill my goals for the new moon. The stages became more like small landmarks or checkpoints, encouraging me to continue. Usually, my sense of how quickly time passes as the seasons change, rather than with each full moon.
Gallagher told me that “when you become aware of the moon, it helps you deal with everything very differently – not just with yourself but with everyone else around you.” With this in mind, I am both more alert to how things are in a constantly changing state, while accepting that reality. Things changed unexpectedly still with the element of shock, but I was able to recover faster. Practicing this thinking over the long term will certainly prove helpful, if even just fundamental. On a practical level, I used the energy of the new Virgo moon to clear up my living space because one of my intentions was to give up material things that no longer serve purposes – a quest. that I have been ignoring for months. . If the use of the moon phases is tempting but feels too complicated, focus first on establishing intentions at the new moon and liberating around the full moon.
Will I reach my intention and release all I hope for? Are not. Have I made a choice that is appropriate for my intentions? It’s correct. Regardless of your thoughts on the rise of spiritualism, living with the lunar cycles in mind can serve as a tool to better navigate life’s ups and downs.