Goddess Rising LLC~ Moonology *Connecting the Moon's phases with your MOON TIME
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Lunar Phases from an astrological perspective
From an astrological perspective it is very important which lunar phase a soul is born under, this will set a certain tone for the soul's evolution in this lifetime. I will talk about astrology and the Moon soon! Now lets stay focused on the meaning of the phases.
What is the Lunation Cycle?
In this model the Lunation cycle is divided into 8 distinct phases, which means that two of these lunation phases correlate to one Wheel of Life phases. Please keep in mind that it's all an organic process.
|Women's Wheel of life as portrayed by Elizabeth Davis|
|Crone or Elder phase|
The Crone Phase
This is the beginning, the symbolic seed (or intention) has germinated underground. The moon is dark, so is the consciousness of the intention or the seed. All is new during this phase and the desire for growth is apparent. This phase has the impulse of the primal urge and its primary function is to intitate and merge. This is primal instinct in action.
The seed is now a young shoot just beginning to poke itself out of the soil - this phase struggles "against the forces of inertia". At this stage there is still very little distinction between the instinctual unconscious and the creative consciousness but a move forward has been made and a sense of commitment to that forward movement is integral. Crescent Moon people feel that they need to break from the past, to forge ahead in life they must persevere, because as they move forward they feel keenly the habits from the past. It can create a dynamic tension - like a piece of string being pulled to tautness in opposite directions. You need to cut this string as a symbol of letting go of the past and continue with new vision and make a new way of being from what was seeded in the New Moon phase.
The Maiden / Virgin Phase
During the first quarter phase the Sun and Moon square each other for the first time, this creates a very dynamic tension between the two planets. A lot of energy is released at this point and that is part of the job of a first quarter person; to learn to manage the huge amounts of energy that are released due to the innate crises and conflict that this moon phase provokes. This time promotes action, action to create a structure in the new direction that has been set forth by the previous Moon phases. To correlate to the seed again, the plant is putting out root structure and stem and leaf structure ready to seriously grow out in the world. A person in this stage must be courageous and forward looking, not thinking about the past, all their energy needs to go into the pioneering quality.
This phase is basically about perfecting and refining the structures that were set up in the previous phase. There is a natural analytical and evaluative quality to this phase. The buds are staring to develop, preparing to bloom. There is still a link with the unconscious instinctive talents of the darker moon phases, but now more light "consciousness" is available and one of the challenges here is to balance the two modes of being.
Gibbous moon people realise that there is a certain 'point of no return', a decision and structure has been commenced in the first quarter phase, and now it is up to the gibbous to fulfill the promise. They must overcome any physical resistances and obstacles in achieving their goals, and realise that they can and must refine and perfect the plan as they manifest it into concrete reality.
Key meaning: drive for perfection, flexibility, honing of skills, paring down to essentials, apprenticeship, training, bettering themselves, artisan, understand themselves through finding better ways to do things, perseverance, eliminate the useless and superfluous, attention to detail, becoming more objective.
The Full moon phase is where meaning and purpose is given to the structure - "the discovery of what it means to live a purposeful life with conscious intention is the crux of the Full moon phase function" (Finding our way through the Dark). People here are learning to use their minds, realise meaning, become even more objective rather than the subjectivity of the dark moon phases.
Inherently also in this phase is the need to balance polarities, in this case symbolised by the Sun and the Moon being in opposition to each other.. here we have the greatest tension that there will ever be, and the individual will feel the pulls of these two separate beings, the Sun being the souls purpose and the Moon being the personality: the vehicle through which the sun may express its purpose ..when they work together there is a conscious awareness of life purpose. Full Moon phases need to be aware of this polarity within themselves and overcome the urge to find the "other" out in the world to create that synthesised union of opposites.
Flowering of the symbolic seed.
Here we see that a life can be lived in a meaningful way and that this message and sense of meaning can be conveyed to others, it carries with it a sense of powerful meaning. The fruit is ripe and ready to be picked. A need to live out the purpose and walk authentically without any explanation.
|Egyptian Enchantress~*artist unknown|
Harvest is reaped and whatever fruit is left on the tree is left to rot, "the new seed that is forming must begin the process of severing itself from its parent plant"
This final phase of the Moon as its light wanes and goes dark, as the Moon prepares to join the sun once more and start the lunation cycle anew, it is the bridge between the death of the old cycle and the birth of the new. Whatever has been learnt during the entire cycle or lifetime is now distilled and condensed, the seed, to take into the next cycle. Whatever is not needed must be released, loose ends in all manner of speaking must be tied up usually relationships. This type of person may often have short intense relationships, having many opportunities to heal old hurts from lifetimes evolved.
These different energies are not so clear cut at one particular time, there is a definite overlapping of phases and moods as we experience the moon and our cycles. We can use this information as a guide.