What Is Moon Mapping? Use the Moon’s eight Phases to Information Your Life

When it comes to astrology, the sun gets a lot of love, but the moon has more control over our lives than we often realize. Every 29.5 days the moon completes a full cycle. Each phase, from the new moon to the full moon, represents a different point in the moon’s orbit around the earth.

Whether or not we are aware of all of these waxing and waning crescents, the moon’s monthly journey affects our personalities, our views and our lives. By becoming aware of the four main phases and four intermediate stages of the moon, we can awaken a new understanding of ourselves and its power.

In astrology, the moon rules the realm of unconscious (and sometimes conscious) emotions – the part of us that we often cannot express, but rather feel on a deep and emotional level. Your moon sign, or the sign and position the moon was in when you were born, determines what your inner self needs. But the changing face of the moon in the cosmos also affects you regularly and more tangibly.

Why does the moon have such a strong influence? Think of it this way: the moon controls the tides of the ocean and we are 60% water. We can feel his strains and movements in daily life.

As a result, lunar mapping – or the process of deliberately acting in accordance with the lunar cycle – can guide our daily decision-making. It is believed that each phase of the moon gives off a different energy, and we can use this energy in daily life. The new moon energy, which represents beginnings and ends, is very different from the full moon energy.

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Since the moon encourages us to look inward, moon mapping is especially important for inner work. Harness the power of the moon by setting intent or guiding goals and principles during each lunar cycle. Make a list of what to wear during the new moon and what to let go of during the full moon. Lunar journals containing timed reflective prompts are particularly helpful.

“When we use the energetic changes of the moon as a blueprint for planning our goals, we can manifest our best life.”

When we use the energetic shifts of the moon as a blueprint for planning our goals, we can manifest our best life. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all madmen (which originally meant moon lovers) deep down.

Read on for a breakdown of the astrological significance of the eight phases of the moon and how they affect us. To make your own lunar map, read the lunar calendar to find out when you want the phases of the moon to occur.

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New moon (also called dark moon)

What is it? The new moon is the moon’s first phase of the moon – and the easiest to miss. During this phase the moon comes between the sun and earth and seems to disappear. This is because the shadow side of the moon faces the earth and makes the moon invisible.

How do I use its energy? The new moon is a time of new beginnings and new beginnings. At each new moon, you may want to take the time to set some personal intentions about what you want to manifest and make a reality in the coming month-long cycle. Some examples? Earn more money, start a new relationship (or improve on an old one), or bring a boost of energy to work. Now is the time to visualize what we want to achieve, whether on the pages of a diary or a vision board. Or record the results in your lunar journal.

Growing crescent

growing crescent

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What is it? The growing crescent moon occurs right after the new moon. During this phase the moon appears as a half moon.

How do I use its energy? After we have decided what to manifest and add to our life under the new moon, it is time to work towards those intentions. The growing crescent moon provides a boost of hope and certainty as we embark on our goals for the cycle. Embrace the dreams you envisioned. Meditate on your desires during the waxing crescent.

First quarter moon

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What is it? During the moon in the first quarter, half of the moon lights up. In the northern hemisphere, the right half is light while the left half remains dark.

How do I use its energy? With the moon of the first quarter, we can take action to implement our new moon intentions. Translation? Now is the time to make decisions. Use the momentum of the phase to overcome the resistance we encounter along the way. We can add and change things that need to be tweaked with our new moon intentions. The universe allows us to make changes according to our lifestyle and needs.

Gibbous moon grow

growing gibbous moon

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What is it? This phase occurs two weeks after the new moon. The living light of the moon expands and is almost full.

How do I use its energy? In this phase of the moon we can refine and clarify our ideas. Assessing situations and discussing our feelings is central now as we look inward and find out what we need to change in our lives. Reciting positive daily affirmations gives us confidence to evolve and transform during the full moon.

Full moon

Prelude to the supermoon

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What is it? This light occurs when the earth is between the sun and moon. The moon is fullest here.

How do I use its energy? Full moons illuminate everything around us – even our intuition. The glow of the full moon allows us to see situations and relationships from a clearer perspective. Usually, full moons are a time of letting go and letting go. Now is the time to give up habits, leave bad situations behind, and focus on healing. There are many rituals associated with the full moon, such as crystal loading and a relaxing bath to relax and be in flux with the universe. After all, we now honor the moon and all of its glory.

One final note: interpersonal relationships can become more intense during this phase of the moon. Additionally, relationships can develop and grow when both parties are willing to leave previous problems and disputes behind. We can start over under the full moon when we are ready to change.

Waning gibbous moon

waning moon as seen from the southern hemisphere

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What is it? Immediately after the full moon, the moon begins to dim its light.

How do I use its energy? We’re over half the lunar cycle. How far have we come in the intentions we set during the new moon? The waning gibbous moon is a time to take stock – including reviewing those intentions and taking stock. Expressing gratitude is essential now. Try to write a letter to the universe and have your power.

Last quarter moon

Red Moon

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What is it? Sometimes referred to as the third quarter, half of the moon lights up during this phase of the moon – the opposite of the moon in the first quarter.

How do I use its energy? Think of this last quarter moon as a lunar spring cleaning. It’s time to clean up what no longer serves us, whether it’s stressful projects, toxic relationship dynamics, or even sweaters that we never wear. We come to the realization that we published to evolve. And yes, now is the time to clean our houses too. Give our mind one final purification through regular meditation. If you are looking for justice, this is the time when the circle of karma closes. Line cutting on bad habits can have effective results when done during this moon phase.

Waning crescent moon (also called balsamic moon)

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What is it? The moon is again a splinter, only a crescent moon on the left side is visible.

How do I use its energy? This is the last phase of the moon before a new cycle begins. Hence, it is a time when we need to be still and at peace. Instead of pushing ourselves to the limit, we should rest, focus, and think. Find peace before you start the new journey that awaits us in a few days.

After completing the entire lunar cycle, we can look back through the ups and downs of the past few weeks to understand the lessons that the moon has brought to our knowledge. At the end of the lunar cycle, take a crystal bath with flowers and Epsom salts. Get ready because we will start the lunar journey from the beginning.

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