Moon cycle living
What is Moon Cycle Living?
Moon cycle living is a way of life that is influenced by the moon. Obviously! Moon cycle living takes into account the stages of the moon, and the energies that each stage brings and represents. This intergalactic beacon in your night sky has a lot of meaning, now and throughout history. Let’s see…
The moon’s meanings
The moon has intrigued people since the start of humanity. Potentially a remnant of an extreme impact between space objects, the moon is the only astronomical body that orbits the earth permanently, and the two travel in synchronicity. The name itself immediately shows two aspects: Firstly, Moon as in Meh (to measure), Meno or Mona in ancient classical European languages. Luna is the Latin equivalent, and linked to modern-day use such as “lunar missions”, but also, throughout the years as in the word Lunatic, literally meaning “impacted by the moon” (Luna – moon, tic – impact). Meno, on the other hand, is a reflection of the month’s moon cycle of 28 days, as in the female menstrual cycle, also 28 days. Clearly, its link is self-explanatory in menopause: meno (month) and pause (to stop).
Moon cycle phases and their uses
The moon goes through cycles of growing (waxing), being full (Lunatic time!), decreasing (waning), and then a the new moon. Ancient tribes, as well as modern-day esoteric farmers work with moon cycles and the various stages to bring benefit to growth of plants. Others will use the moon cycle pattern for energetic and emotional purposes for self-actualisation.
The first part of a moon cycle is the waxing, the growing, the energy part. A moon-grower will plant his seeds or seedlings at this time, for optimal benefit of the New Moon’s energy. Not only does this stage of the moon impact the tides of the seas, but also draws more groundwater to the surface of the earth. It’s all linked to gravity, and the “pull” of the moon on the earth. More water means dampness can reach seedling better, so improved outcomes are the result. Many a book is available on this topic, and it is an underlying principle of gardening methods such as permaculture. At Full Moon, the moon reaches maximum energy, and “pull”, and then, in its waning stages that energy (and “pull”) declines, taking with it its water levels. That’s the downward end of the cycle.
The moon cycle for human benefits
Just like plants seem to thrive better when planted in the first part of the moon cycle, the waxing period is where we can build up on energy. It is a great time to start new projects, refresh old ideas, bring life to your garden. Out with the old, in with the new, also for your thinking and behaviour. Use this time to form new, better habits and fresh inspirations. At Full Moon, you reflect on how these new ideas, projects and thoughts are working for you. The next stage of the moon cycle, the waning part is time to slow down, “reap” the rewards of whatever you have sown, figuratively and literally.
Tap into this magical moon cycle energy and work with it; you will find that it has impact over time. You bring balance to your work and life around this energy pattern, and potentially increase positive and growing energy into a project that is started at the beginning of each new moon cycle. At the same time, the final part of that moon cycle is a great time to reflect and enjoy what you started, to observe if it needs improving or changing. That, you can do in the next moon cycle!