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Article: The 8 Lunar Phases & Their Rituals

The 8 Lunar Phases & Their Rituals

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Moon rituals are an ancient and sacred practice that originated in Egypt, Babylonia, India and China where moon worship was a part of their culture. Today, moon ritual carries just as much sacredness and they ask you to plant seeds of intention. Read on to learn about the 8 lunar phases and their rituals...

The New Moon
This happens when the sun and moon come into alignment. During a new moon, it serves us to breathe new life into any area of stagnation or any place in your life where you would like to impact positive change.

The Waxing Crescent Moon
During the days that follow a new moon, it's time to anchor into your intentions. Focus on one thing you want to bring into existence during this lunar cycle. 

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The Waxing Quarter Moon
This is the time of the moon cycle when the sun and moon square each other. This allows you to see the issues that have arisen since the new moon and enables you to adjust your plans accordingly.

The Waxing Gibbous Moon
This high energy moment, right before the full moon, offers perspective. With the lunar momentum waxing to peak, things should start to feel like they are aligning. 

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The Full Moon
In essence, full moons are nourishing. When the moon is full, its strong gravitational pull on the Earth makes for a time of peak creative energy and incredibly powerful intuitive breakthroughs. 

The Waning Gibbous Moon
After the full moon, while the light of the moon wanes, it's essential to consider what you need to release. Embrace the ease and let go of what's blocking you from having what you want.

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The Waning Quarter Moon
When the moon beings to wane, there is a call to go within and do the internal work of seeking answers and heart-driven guidance.

The Waning Crescent Moon
This provides an opportunity to reflect back on the whole lunar cycle that has come to pass. What have you learned?What has happened? What hasn't? Reread your new moon intention and evaluate how you've changed since you wrote it. Then consider how you want to get reorganised for this next new moon.