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Lunar Intentions: Crafting Your Path with the Lunar Cycle

The moon holds a unique place in our hearts and in human spirituality. This celestial guardian offers more than just a source of light in the night sky; it stands as a powerful emblem of transformation, renewal, and the cyclical nature that shapes our existence. As we come out of the solar eclipse this past Monday, a rare and potent alignment of the sun and moon, we are reminded of the impact celestial events can have on our personal and spiritual journeys. Eclipses can serve as a powerful catalyst for introspection and setting intentions. In this post, we'll explore how to tap into the lunar cycle’s transformative power and align our intentions with its phases for holistic well-being.

black and white image of a collage of the moon rising from the water

The moon’s influence extends deeply into the realms of the feminine, to the element of water, and to our emotional selves. In many cultures and spiritual traditions, the moon is revered as a symbol of the divine feminine, embodying the qualities of intuition, receptivity, and nurturing. This celestial body’s gravitational pull governs the ebb and flow of the tides, mirroring the intrinsic connection between the moon and water—an element that, in turn, symbolizes the depth of our emotions and the flow of our subconscious. Just as the moon orchestrates the rhythm of the seas, it also dances with the waters within us, guiding our emotional currents and inner tides. By attuning ourselves to the lunar cycle, we embrace the opportunity to harmonize our emotional well-being with the natural world, tapping into the moon’s capacity to illuminate our inner depths and foster a deeper understanding of our intuitive selves.

dark forest with path

The New Moon: Setting Intentions

The new moon marks the beginning of the lunar cycle, a time of darkness, silence, and potential. This phase represents new beginnings, making it the perfect time to set intentions for the coming month. It's a time to call things in, a time to manifest. This is the reason why I love to host cacao ceremonies on or near the new moon. New moons are a wonderful time to spend time in reflection: journal, meditate, or simply sit quietly and ponder what you wish to bring into your life. When gardening, it's advisable to plant seeds in the ground or transplant young plants during the dark phase of the moon. You can also plant the seeds of your intentions as if planting a garden during this phase, trusting that they will grow as the moon waxes.

Practices to try:

  • Create a Vision Board. Use the new moon to set intentions by creating a vision board that represents your hopes, dreams, and goals for the coming cycle.

  • Create a simple cacao or herbal tea ceremony. Set your intentions for what you want to call into your life, and blow those intentions into your prepared cup of cacao or tea. Mindfully drink, knowing that your intentions will manifest.

woman creating an action journal by moon light

The Waxing Moon: Taking Action

As the moon grows fuller, so should your actions towards your intentions. The waxing moon is a time for building, learning, and gathering resources. It symbolizes growth, determination, and commitment. Break down your intentions and plans into actionable steps and begin to implement them. This is a time for courage and action, pushing beyond your comfort zone as you visually and energetically align your efforts with the moon’s increasing light.

This phase is also about momentum—gathering speed as you move closer to your objectives. It encourages you to push beyond the boundaries of your comfort zone, embracing challenges as opportunities for growth. The increasing light of the moon serves as a reminder that every step taken in the direction of your dreams illuminates the path ahead, making the journey less daunting and more defined.

Practices to try:

  • Actionable Steps: Break down your intentions into small, manageable tasks. Create a plan outlining what steps you'll take during the waxing moon phases to bring your intentions to life.

  • Daily Affirmations: Use affirmations that align with your intentions to motivate yourself. Repeat these daily to reinforce your commitment and harness the waxing moon's building energy. You might even want to create a sigil to represent this affirmation.

full moon with whispy clouds and bare tree branches

The Full Moon: Releasing, Healing, and Gratitude

The full moon bathes the night in a silver glow, a beacon in the darkness, marking a time for reflection, release, and healing. It represents a moment of completion and fulfillment, where that energy can illuminate what is no longer serving us, allowing us to let go with grace. This phase invites us to release old wounds, negative patterns, or anything that hinders our growth, making space for new beginnings and positive energy. Celebrate your progress, reflect on how far you’ve come, and release what no longer serves you. As we let go, we also open our hearts to healing.

This is also a precious time to practice gratitude. Under the full moon’s presence, recount the blessings in your life, the progress you’ve made, and the lessons you’ve learned. Gratitude not only shifts our focus from what we lack to the abundance surrounding us but also brings us into alignment to attract more positivity into our lives. The full moon amplifies this practice, reinforcing our intentions of release, healing, and thanksgiving, and prepares us for the next cycle of growth and transformation.

Practices to try:

  • Gratitude List: Create a list of what you're grateful for, including the progress you've made toward your intentions. You might want to decorate this list with drawings, surround it with flowers, or use your best handwriting to infuse beauty with your gratitude.

  • Release Ritual: Write down anything you wish to release (fears, obstacles, doubts) on pieces of paper. Safely and mindfully burn them to symbolize letting go of what no longer serves you.

  • Create Moon Water. Place purified water into a clean, clear, glass jar and allow it to soak up the moon's glow during the night of the full moon. You can use this water to clean your house, add it to bath water, or use it anywhere you want to call in the full moon's power to release, cleanse, and heal.

a wmon's hand with pencil on a blank journal. There is a cup of coffee, twigs, twine, acrons, and an old shawl

The Waning Moon: Release and Reflect

Following the climax of the full moon, the waning phase invites a period of release, letting go, and introspection. As the moon’s light diminishes, consider what habits, relationships, or thoughts you need to release to make space for your new intentions. This is a time for healing, forgiveness, and preparation for renewal. Engage in practices that support release, such as writing letters you never send, decluttering your space, or meditative walks in nature. It’s a powerful time for spiritual practices that center on inner wisdom and guidance.

Practices to try:

  • Declutter Your Space: The waning moon phase is about letting go. Use this time to declutter your living and work spaces, symbolically clearing out old energies to make room for the new.

  • Rest and Self-Care: Prioritize rest and self-care. Engage in activities that nourish your body and soul, preparing you for the cycle to begin anew.

an almost full moon in the background of budding branches

Integrating the Lunar Cycle into Your Life

Incorporating the lunar cycle into your journey does more than introduce a natural rhythm into your daily life; it connects you to the ancient wisdom of our ancestors, who lived by the cycles, rhythms, and time measured by the moon’s phases. This practice of aligning your actions with the phases of the moon is a structured, yet flexible, framework that echoes the natural cycles found in nature and within ourselves. It's a way of living that our forebears understood intimately, organizing their lives around the lunar calendar for planting, harvesting, and celebrating. By adopting this rhythm, you’re not only enhancing your connection to the natural world but also rekindling a bond with the most intimate parts of your being that resonate with these timeless patterns.

This ancient practice offers a holistic approach to setting and achieving your goals, embodying the natural balance of action and rest, giving and receiving, expanding and contracting. It reminds us that our ancestors found wisdom in the moon’s cycles, using them to guide their work, rest, and celebrations. In modern times, this connection invites us to consider how we can live more harmoniously within the cycles of our own lives, acknowledging that our energy, creativity, and productivity also wax and wane like the moon.

Embracing the lunar cycle as a guide for personal growth acknowledges the interconnectedness between us, our ancestors, and the natural world. It is a path toward wellness and fulfillment that honors the wisdom of those who came before us, encouraging us to live aligned between the natural rhythms of earth and sky. As we navigate our journey towards personal and spiritual growth, let us remember the ways of our ancestors, allowing the lunar cycle to illuminate our path with its gentle, cyclical glow, guiding us toward a deeper understanding of ourselves and our place in the world.


As you work with the moon’s energy, remember that like all cycles in life, it’s about progress, not perfection. Allow yourself to flow with the moon’s phases, listen closely to your heart's needs, and adjust your intentions as you grow and change. The moon’s cycle is a reminder that every ending is a new beginning, and within every moment of darkness, there is light waiting to emerge.

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