#MoonChat is all the rage at the moment, and for good reason. Hoards upon hoards of woke millennials and Gen Z’rs are cottoning onto all things lunar living— the study of how the moon cycle affects a woman on emotional, physical and spiritual levels.
Did you know that the Moon is a mirror of our hidden emotions, desires, fears and dreams? It gives us the opportunity to truly dig deep inside and unlock our true power.
Before we get into the deeper meanings behind mama Moon’s rhythm, let’s clear up what the true difference is between the new and full moon.
NEW MOON: This happens when the moon rises BEHIND the sun, creating no reflecting light— often why we can’t actually see it.
FULL MOON: This goes down when the Earth is directly between the sun and the moon, meaning we see mama Moon shining at its brightest.
Now that we’ve got the specifics out the way, let’s dig a little deeper. You may have heard of people performing rituals and setting certain intentions around each New and Full Moon and these tend to differ depending on exactly which planets and signs are in alignment with that particular moon, and what they symbolise, as well as which type of moon it is.
To help you on your way to harnessing the moons potent energy, we’ve broken down the basics of what each moon tends to represent generally, so that you can shape your intentions, rituals and goals around them.
A New Moon appears at the start of the moon cycle— in fact it’s the very first phase. While the New Moon varies in its meaning around the world and in different cultures, on the whole it symbolises the magic of new beginnings.
It marks a wonderful opportunity to start anew. While many of us think the New Year is the only real chance to do this, by tapping into the force of New Moons, you can constantly shed and evolve throughout the year as you so please.
New Moons can often feel like very exciting times, as you begin to plant the seeds for a brand new harvest. They can also feel somewhat overwhelming, as when you begin new chapters you often have to close others in the process. While this can cause some pain and anxiety, New Moons give you that extra nudge to take a leap towards something NEW and UNKNOWN.
It doesn’t get more magical than that!
We’ve seen that the Moon shines most brightly during this phase of the lunar cycle, the mid-point. So it’s no surprise that during this time, it’s energy illuminates and casts a spotlight on all that we have pushed deep down.
It’s therefore a time where emotions become heightened and everything from our dreams and fears to mental thoughts and hopes become amplified. While this can make for an overwhelming time, try flipping your perspective and see this as a chance to address things that you’ve been avoiding or running away from with kindness, compassion and love.
In this way, Full Moons offer an amazing chance to release what is no longer serving us, to make space for what truly does. They give us the opportunity to tune into what is authentically US. The process of coming to terms with what we tend to shy away from on the daily can prove tough, but with a little confidence and faith, we can most definitely grow and evolve using the potent Full Moon energy.
So there we have it— a little introduction to the wonders of the Full and New Moon. Both have incredibly powerful energies which once harnessed in the right way, can offer so many new opportunities for growth and expansion. Mama moon you are something special!