Most people appreciate that the Moon is a powerful ally to Earth. Its waxing and waning has a direct influence on the tides, plants, and animals, and maybe even ourselves.

As the Moon moves through its phases, in a cyclical and rhythmic way, we too are drawn into this lunar drum beat.

And if you know how, you can use the Moon’s phases – from the New Moon to the Full Moon and everything in between – in your favour.

Interested in how this works? Read on, moonchild.

The lunar cycle

The Moon reflects the light it receives from the Sun and as it circles the Earth, different parts of its face are struck and lit up by those beams (the process of waxing and waning). It takes 29.5 days for the Moon to orbit Earth.

A Full Moon occurs when the Moon is at its farthest point away from the Sun in its orbit, and in direct opposition so that its whole face is illuminated.

The period of time from a Full Moon to a New Moon is called its waning phase (the Moon takes the shape of a C, as the light reflected onto it decreases), and the waning moon phase is linked to activities associated with withdrawing, shedding and receding. It is not a time to begin anything new, but to draw things already in progress to a conclusion.

The New Moon occurs roughly two weeks after a Full Moon and is when the Moon lies between the Earth and the Sun so it cannot reflect any light. The period of time from a New Moon to a Full Moon is called its waxing phase (it takes the shape of a D, as more light is shed upon it). The waxing phase is associated with manifesting, increasing and enhancing activities.

Most astrologers recognise the most important parts of the lunar cycle are New and Full Moon.

We have 12 Full Moons every year, one each month (in fact, the word month comes from the old Germanic word for month, which was moon).

How to use the power of the Moon phase

The couple of days before, during, and after a Full Moon represent a good time to bring things to fruition, release old energy, and draw outstanding issues to a natural close.

A Full Moon can form a kind of bridge, linking the past and the future, an opportunity to step out of the present and close down your past, before activating your future.

It’s a time for reflection and completion, drawing projects or ambitions to a close, and shedding what is no longer needed to move forward.

Putting new activities in motion during the two weeks following a Full Moon (its waning phase) is not the best move, you may find things never get going properly or are beset with gremlins.

Don’t make any big decisions. Instead, use the New Moon and the waxing phase to initiate new endeavours and kick off fresh chapters.

The couple of days before, during and after a New Moon is all about activation, creation, initiation and basically making clean slates and fresh starts in life. You will feel positive and energetic.

Upcoming Moon dates for 2021:

  • New Moon in Gemini, Thursday, June 10
  • Full Moon in Capricorn, Thursday, June 24 (The Sun Moon)
  • New Moon in Cancer, Saturday, July 10
  • Full Moon in Aquarius, Saturday, July 24 (The Mead Moon)
  • New Moon in Leo, Sunday, August 8
  • Full Moon in Aquarius, Sunday, August 22 (The Sturgeon Moon)
  • New Moon in Virgo, Thursday, September 7
  • Full Moon in Pisces, Tuesday, September 21 (The Harvest Moon)
  • New Moon in Libra, Wednesday, October 6
  • Full Moon in Aries, Wednesday, October 20 (The Hunter’s Moon)
  • Super New Moon in Scorpio, Thursday, November 4
  • Full Moon in Taurus, Friday, November 19 (the Beaver Moon)
  • Super New Moon in Sagittarius, Saturday, December 4
  • Full Moon in Gemini, Sunday, December 19 (The Cold Moon)

Activities to do on a Full Moon:

  • Acknowledge your efforts and achievements, and pause to find and celebrate success.
  • Some believe if you cut your hair on a Full Moon day, it will grow back thicker and stronger than ever.
  • Try to time the conclusion or fruition of projects and tasks to this time.
  • A Full Moon bath is another rejuvenating ritual you can indulge in. Firstly, put a jug of water on the windowsill or take it outside, so that the Full Moon is reflected in the water. Let the water absorb the energy of the Moon for an hour or so. Make your bath, slightly cooler than you might usually take it, and pour the ‘charged’ moon water in. Bathe before going to bed, feeling the radiance of the moon boost your wellbeing and sense of harmony.
  • It’s a great time to declutter, spring clean, organise and revamp your home, work space or garden.

Activities to do on a New Moon:

  • Start a new exercise, diet or health regime.
  • Think about your goals for the future, and make a list and a plan. Activate new schemes and enterprises.
    Go out out someplace new, or try a new activity or hobby, or start a course.
  • Prioritise others: reconnect, rekindle, and reunite with people you haven’t see in a while.
  • If something has been bothering you, then address it. Make an appointment, see a professional, ask questions, do research, and get answers.

Kerry King, the tarot queen, uses tarot and star sign wisdom to create inspiring forecasts and insights, with over 25 years fortune telling experience, and many happy clients all over the world. You can book a personal, written reading, which comes as a beautifully illustrated brochure, through her website.

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