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Working With the Cycles of the Moon

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I LOVE the intersection of science and spirituality. This is why studying the moon cycles, their energy, and how our lives are impacted by it in various ways is fascinating to me.

I also love life hacks, and aligning to the cycles of the moon truly is a major one!

In this article, I’ll define what it is to work with the moon, the many benefits of doing so, and how to get started. Let's dive in!

Working With the Cycles of the Moon

Working with the cycles of the Moon involves consciously aligning our actions, intentions, and goals with the energy of each lunar phase.

It means recognizing the unique qualities and symbolism associated with each phase and utilizing them to our advantage. By harnessing the waxing and waning energy, we can set intentions, take inspired action, and honor periods of reflection and release.

Working with the cycles of the Moon invites us to tap into a natural rhythm that supports our productivity, personal growth, and overall well-being.

We as humans are cyclical beings

As human beings, we are inherently cyclical in nature. Just like the cycles of the Moon, our lives unfold in repetitive patterns, with periods of growth, rest, and renewal. We experience the ebb and flow of emotions, energy levels, and creative inspiration.

Embracing our cyclical nature allows us to honor the natural rhythms within us and find balance, fulfillment, and a deeper connection to the world around us.

How the Moon affects us on a physiological level

Several studies have observed fluctuations in sleep behavior during specific lunar phases. Some individuals report experiencing more difficulty falling asleep or increased wakefulness around the time of the Full Moon.

Moonlight, particularly during brighter Full Moon nights, may suppress melatonin production and disrupt our sleep-wake cycles. This phenomenon could explain why some individuals experience changes in their sleep patterns during specific lunar phases.

The human body has an innate ability to synchronize with environmental cues, including natural light variations. It is hypothesized that our Ancestors, who lived closer to nature, may have been more influenced by the Moon's cycles.

If you’re familiar at all with Human Design, the Reflector aura type is HEAVILY influenced by the lunar cycles. In fact, their inner authority is literally guided by the Moon!

10 Benefits of working with the Moon

  1. Natural Rhythm: The Moon's phases provide a natural rhythm that aligns with the ebb and flow of life. By syncing our work with these cycles, we can tap into the innate flow of energy and increase our efficiency.

  2. Goal Setting and Planning: The lunar cycle offers a structured framework for setting goals and planning tasks. By utilizing the waxing and waning phases, we can align our objectives with the Moon's energy, fostering growth and manifestation.

  3. Emotional Balance: The Moon has a profound impact on our emotions. Working with its cycles allows us to acknowledge and understand our emotional patterns, enabling us to navigate them more effectively and maintain emotional balance.

  4. Enhanced Creativity: The Moon's energy is deeply connected to our creative potential. By harnessing the creative energy present during the waxing phase, we can cultivate inspiration and explore new ideas with greater clarity and enthusiasm.

  5. Intuition and Decision-Making: The Full Moon is known to heighten intuition. By embracing this phase, we can tap into our inner wisdom and make more informed decisions that align with our authentic selves.

  6. Energy Management: Just as the Moon's energy waxes and wanes, so does our personal energy. By recognizing and respecting our energy cycles, we can optimize our productivity and avoid burnout.

  7. Mindfulness and Reflection: The New Moon invites us to reflect and set intentions. By practicing mindfulness during this phase, we can evaluate our progress, celebrate achievements, and recalibrate for the next cycle.

  8. Synchronicity and Flow: Working with the Moon's cycles can create a sense of harmony and synchronicity in our lives. When we align our actions with the Moon's energy, we experience a natural flow and find ourselves in the right place at the right time.

  9. Ritual and Ceremony: The Moon's cycles offer an opportunity for meaningful rituals and ceremonies. By incorporating rituals into our work routines, we can infuse them with intention, purpose, and a deeper sense of meaning.

  10. Personal Growth and Transformation: The Moon's energy supports personal growth and transformation. By consciously engaging with the Moon's cycles, we can embark on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and evolution.

Working With the Cycles of the Moon

To start working with the cycles of the Moon, it's helpful to begin with following the New Moon and Full Moon phases. These are listed on most standard calendars, but the exact date/time will depend on your time zone. I personally use AstroSeek and add important dates to my planner.

Each lunar phase has a different vibe; here's the gist of each:

New Moon

  • Setting intentions and goals for the upcoming cycle.

  • Initiating new projects or endeavors.

  • Planting seeds of inspiration and potential.

Waxing Crescent

  • Taking focused action towards your goals.

  • Cultivating enthusiasm and momentum.

  • Gathering resources and building foundations.

First Quarter

  • Overcoming obstacles and challenges.

  • Making necessary adjustments and course corrections.

  • Evaluating progress and making strategic decisions.

Waxing Gibbous

  • Fine-tuning your efforts and strategies.

  • Expanding and amplifying your intentions.

  • Seeking opportunities for growth and development.

Full Moon

  • Celebrating achievements and milestones.

  • Tapping into heightened intuition and insight.

  • Releasing what no longer serves you.

Waning Gibbous

  • Reflecting on lessons learned and experiences gained.

  • Gratitude practice and acknowledging progress.

  • Planning for the next cycle and setting intentions for release.

Last Quarter

  • Letting go of what is no longer aligned.

  • Releasing negative patterns or habits.

  • Resting, rejuvenating, and restoring energy.

Waning Crescent

  • Embracing solitude and introspection.

  • Engaging in self-care and nurturing activities.

  • Clearing space for new intentions and beginnings.

These are just general guidelines, it's essential to listen to your intuition and adjust your actions and goals accordingly!

The key is to work with the energy of each phase, acknowledging its unique qualities, and using them as a guide for personal growth and manifestation.

If you're into Oracle Cards, I highly recommend the Moonology Oracle Deck by Yasmin Boland. It's a great way to get to know the different energies of the lunar phases.

Working with the Moon to reach your goals

As a goal-getter and an entrepreneur, I've learned how working with the cycles of the Moon can be highly beneficial for setting and meeting goals.

  • By aligning your actions and goals with the lunar phases, you can tap into the natural energy cycles and enhance productivity.

  • The Moon's influence can support strategic decision-making, creative inspiration, and intuitive insights, helping you make informed choices for your business or creative projects.

  • Additionally, incorporating rituals and reflection during specific Moon phases can foster a sense of balance, mindfulness, and alignment, ultimately promoting overall success and well-being in your personal and professional journey.

Want to learn more about working with the moon and specific "rituals" you can do to maximize the energy of each phase? I'm teaching a free Masterclass on Manifesting with the Moon that would be perfect for you. Click the button below to register, and if you can't make it live you'll get a copy of the replay.

If you're reading this post after registration closes, then you can email me at with the Subject: Moon Masterclass Replay, and I'll send you the recording.

Have fun!!




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