How to use the Moon Phases to your Advantage

©July 2010 by Fabienne Lopez

The Moon Phases

Want a way to benefit from astrology with no or very little knowledge of astrology? Follow the moon!

When my clients ask me how to get started with astrology, I often suggest starting with studying the moon phases. Why? Because studying the moon is easy, simple and fun…

It takes approximately 28 days for the moon to complete one rotation around the Earth. The Moon cycle can be divided into eight phases, each lasting roughly 3.5 days:

  • New Moon
  • Crescent
  • First Quarter
  • Gibbous
  • Full Moon
  • Disseminating
  • Last Quarter
  • Balsamic

North Pole Moon

Think of using the moon cycle as a big clock. If we can keep track of the moon phase we can use each current moon phase to time our activities. For example, astrologers have observed that when the moon is full, stress becomes a major factor people will deal with their own needs rather than paying attention to others’ needs. A new moon brings with it the sense of calmness. People’s emotions get back to normal, their determination will return with the feeling that anything can be accomplished, and there will be more energy and acceptance of other other’s ideas. The moon phases have been used for centuries by farmers to help them with their planting cycle, hence the farmer’s almanac.

New Moon

The New Moon is the No-Moon. The lunar phase when the moon is not visible in the sky. In this phase, the Moon and Sun are conjunct or together  and in the same sign. This is the gestation period for a new idea, when the seed is still underground.

Waxing (Increasing) Moon can be divided into Crescent, First Quarter and Gibbous phases.

Best time for launching new endeavors.

  • Crescent: You start planning your new endeavor. Play with ideas, techniques and strategies to see what sticks! You are fully invested in this endeavor but are not sure on how to go about. It is very common to encounter challenges, resistance during this phase.
  • First Quarter: In this phase, the Moon is squaring (90° angle) the Sun. This represents the time in the planting cycle when the organism puts out its leaves and branches, a time of great growth. This is time, when you build a solid foundation for your new endeavor and when you spend the most of your energy towards building the new structures and achieving your goal.
  • Gibbous Moon: This represents the moment in the planting cycle when the bud begins to form, carrying within it the promise of the flower. During this phase, you are powerfully drawn to the accomplishment of your goals, with an analytical and detailed mind.

Full Moon
In this phase, the Moon and Sun are in opposition to each other and the full face of the moon is visible in the sky. This corresponds to the time in the planting cycle for the flower to emerge. You are operating out of a mode of visible clarity rather than blind faith, and your watchword is objectivity.

Waning (Decreasing) Moon can be divided in Disseminating, Last Quarter and Balsamic phases

  • Disseminating Moon: In the planting cycle, this time corresponds to the first appearance of the plant’s fruit. You are filled with the knowledge of what has been accomplished in a particular field of endeavor, and your purpose is to share it with others. As the symbolic fruition of the life of the garden, you represent the culmination of the entire planting cycle.
  • Last Quarter Moon: In this phase, the Moon is once again squaring the Sun. In the planting cycle, this phase represents the beginning of the end of the cycle, when the plant is harvested and the parts remaining start to wither and die back into the ground.
  • Balsamic Moon: In the planting cycle, this is the time of the maturation of the seed, while the rest of the plant dies away. All the energy of the plant becomes concentrated in the seed being prepared for the next cycle. Like the dying plant, you are sharing the knowledge distilled from the experience of the past in an effort to bring that encapsulated essence forward into the emerging new form. You feel a sense of mission in helping to prepare the way for something novel to emerge, even though what that new social structure will look like when it arrives may not yet be clearly discernable to you.

2010 New Moons: August 10, September 8, October 7, November 6, December 5.

2010 Full Moons:, July 26, August 24, September 23, October 30, November 21, December 21.

Notice how you are at the different phases of the moon. Harness the power of each phase.

Photos: Credit to Flickr Creatives Common

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About Fabienne Lopez

Astrologer, Blogger, Life-Coach. My mission is to help you discover, develop and nurture your creativity no matter what transit you are going through.
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12 Responses to How to use the Moon Phases to your Advantage

  1. Cheryl says:

    This is fascinating stuff. I had heard about the moon’s effect on us, but had no idea that each phase could also have an influence. And I love the pictures you chose.

    • Hi Cheryl:

      I am glad you liked. It’s easy enough to follow the Moon. Farmers have been doing this for centuries. I like it to use for hair salon appointments. when I want to grow my hair, I schedule it during the new moon and I do the opposite during the full moon. Try it, it works!

  2. Jorge Torres says:

    Thank You Fabienne Lopez !!!

    Great Post easy way to start learning Astrology !!!

    Blessings !!!

  3. Jorge Torres says:

    Yes Fabienne y Use the Moon in Libra to cut my hair also as You Do and when the sun in libra and Moon in Libra also cut my hair !!!

    I also cut my hair when the moon is going down after a week of the full moon so my hair does not grow to quickly sometimes when i want that and it works !!!

    I Try to se My Lunar Return and The New Moon to Start something and to let go of something i wait for the Waning Moon !!!

    Blessings !!!

  4. Varsha says:

    thanks for the information …I really like and it really very useful…..

    Loved it ….. appreciated..

  5. Miriam Edell says:

    This is all very fascinating. It is always fun to see other people intrigued by the Phases of the Moon and using her to your advantage. I have been creating a Phases of the Moon Calendar for over twenty years and it has helped a lot of people to keep track of different cycles. I just created a blog, if you’d like to check it out.

    • Fabienne says:

      Hi Miriam:

      Beautiful calendars! I agree. The Moon and it phases have many practical applications as our ancestors knew. It is a good thing to follow the rhythms of nature.

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  8. Jadega says:

    Thanks for the info. one question though.. how can i find these phases?

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