It's important to consider the cycles of nature when doing any kind of empowerment work, for if you work with the energy of natural cycles, you are likely to get better results. The cycles of the moon have great power when doing empowerment work. This influence is not a constant, unchanging factor, however, and understanding the basic lunar cycles can help us to understand how these cycles influence our lives.
The moon orbits the earth about every 29 days, and this first cycle is the one most people are familiar with. The moon is illuminated by sunlight, the giver of all warmth, light, and life in our solar system, but we can't always see the part being lit. As the moon goes around the earth, we see the moon from different angles. When we see a full moon, the moon is directly opposite the sun; when we see no moon, it's because the moon and sun are in the same direction.
The moon goes from dark moon (no moon visible) through the waxing stage to the full moon, to the waning moon stage, and then back to the dark moon stage. This first lunar cycle is one of the main factors controlling the amount of reflected light we get from the moon.
The second lunar cycle is distance: the moon's orbit around the earth is not perfectly round, and so the moon is not always the same distance from the earth. This changing distance is what makes the moon seem bigger sometimes. The moon's power is up to 25% greater when it's at its closest point. This second cycle also affects the amount of reflected light we get from the moon.
The third cycle is the height of the moon in the sky. The moon's orbit is not parallel to our equator, and so the moon "wobbles" in its path around us. This wobble makes the moon higher in the sky at some points of its orbit than it is at other times, and affects the quality of the light we get from the moon.
Like all living things, we are closely tied to light and its effects. Though most people don't think about it, the amount and quality of light we get has a big impact on our lives. "Quality" is more than a sense of a light's "warmth" or "coolness." These terms are used to describe light that is either more towards the red end of the spectrum (warm) or towards the blue end (cool), and studies reveal that the "color" of light affects us greatly.
The moon does more than simply reflect sunlight; it also transmutes this energy slightly by adding its own subtle vibrations. Moonlight may be reflected sunlight, but in being reflected, it takes on a character all its own.
The three basic lunar cycles control both the amount and quality of light we get from the moon and its gravitational and magnetic effect on us, as well as all living things.
All you have to do is learn to listen to the heartbeat of nature and begin to dance in time with its rhythms. Where the sun can be seen as life and spirit, the earth can be seen as body and the physical, and the moon can be seen as the successful combination of physical and spiritual. In its dance through time and space, the moon is in balance with the forces around it; it is in harmony.
"As without, so within." Knowledge of the basic cycles of life leads to understanding of the forces that motivate and drive us, the forces that affect our lives.
*We say the moon is waxing when it is growing toward a full moon. This is a good time to do empowerment work for manifesting, growth and expansion.
*We say the moon is waning when it is shrinking after a full moon. This is a good time to do empowerment work related to letting go and diminishing or decreasing situations.
It is important to work WITH the cycles of the moon. To do otherwise would be to waste your valuable energy. Once you accustom yourself to the cycles of the moon, you will be able to use that energy for more than just empowerment work.
Waxing: the period when the moon's illuminated surface is growing progressively larger, as the moon does in passing from new to full
Waning: the period when the moon's illuminated visible surface is decreasing
Gibbous Moon: the moon is more than half but less than fully illuminated
Crescent Moon: the figure of the moon as it appears first quarter, with concave and convex edges terminating in points
Apogee: the point in the orbit of the moon or an artificial satellite when it's most distant from the earth
Perigee: the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite when it is nearest the earth
The Cycles of Nature are also seen within the days of the week and times of day. By working within this framework, you can gain a powerful advantage.
Sunday - Ruler: Sun - Healing, Spirituality, Wish work
Monday - Ruler: Moon - Intuition, Creativity work
Tuesday - Ruler: Mars - Aggression, Passion, Power work
Wednesday - Ruler: Mercury - Communication work
Thursday - Ruler: Jupiter - Expansion, Adventure work
Friday - Ruler: Venus - Money, the Arts, Beauty work
Saturday - Ruler: Saturn - Responsibility, Task work
~Andrew Pacholyk , LMT, MT-BC, CA
Andrew "Guruji" Pacholyk is a respected and well-known Certified Metaphysical Consultant; Certified Aromatherapist; CA and Naturalist with 10 years personal experience and hands-on work; accredited Music Therapist; MT-BC and Holistic and Licensed Massage Therapist; LMT with 15 years experience as a Certified Hatha Yoga teacher with metaphysical training. Andrew is currently receiving his doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Andrew adopted the nickname "Guruji," as his yoga students lovingly refer to him as "dear teacher." Visit his extensive website, peacefulmind.com, where you'll find more of his great teachings, information and learning tools.