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Spiritual Meaning of the Crescent Moon

Spiritual Meaning of the Crescent Moon

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The waning and waxing crescent moon offers two distinct paths to deepen your moon practice.

The phases of the moon offer an accessible way to connect with nature and her rhythms. Creating a moon practice can help to guide you through the ever-changing cycles that exist within and around you. The full moon and new moon are common starting points, but the crescent moon brings a spiritual meaning that amplifies the powers at play.

The crescent moon is an iconic sight in the night sky. The waning crescent and waxing crescent phases offer two distinct paths to deepen your moon practice. Occurring either before or after the new moon, both aspects of the crescent moon invite a unique spiritual meaning.

At a core level, the new moon brings an energy for setting intentions, initiating action, and connecting powerfully with your wildest dreams. The crescent moon that occurs before and after the new moon represents what needs to happen on either side of committing to these intentions and your deepest purpose.

Waxing Crescent Moon Spiritual Meaning

The new moon is often considered the beginning of the lunar cycle. If you apply the metaphor of the breath to the cycles of the moon, the new moon is that pause you take just before you inhale. The new moon is an especially potent time to ground into the truth of what you want to create in your life. If you want to live with a sense of abundance, plant those seeds with the new moon. If you want to feel more ease and freedom in your body, create those images and sensations in your mind and body when the moon is dark.

[Try this new moon meditation to tap into the potential of this lunar phase.]

The waxing crescent moon offers guidance as the reflection of the sun begins to create a sliver of light on the moon’s surface. Gazing at this sight in the night sky reminds you to fan the flames of the intentions and dreams you imagined and brought into your awareness during the new moon. This is an ideal time to connect even more deeply with the internal seeds you planted by repeating your affirmations more clearly and with complete conviction; feel and know that they are true.

Watch the tiny sliver of light grow each evening during this phase, imagining that what you are bringing into the world through your connection with the universe, your spirit, or that part of you that is connected to everything else is growing as well. Breathe life into your dreams as the crescent moon waxes.

Waning Crescent Moon Spiritual Meaning

On the other end of the lunar cycle is the full moon. This could be considered as the pause at the end of the inhale, a time to sit in fullness, to bask in gratitude, and to take in at a very deep level the blessings, the expansion, and the grace of all that is.

As the moon continues its orbit around the earth and the reflection of the sun begins to slip away by degrees, that reflection begins once again to take on a crescent shape. The waning crescent moon’s spiritual meaning is one of release. This is a time to let go of anything that is no longer serving you. This phase of the moon’s cycle is a reminder that only by letting go of limiting perspectives, thoughts, and stories will you be able to create the space for what your spirit is here to do.

You can harness the essence of the crescent moon by noticing and being intentional both when it is waxing and in the release of the waning phase. Begin to include these aspects in your moon practice and notice the nuances and how they affect your deepest desires as they come to life.

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