Article by Patti Deschaine
Does the moon affect your mood? Have you taken the time to pay attention and gauge your mood in regards to the moon’s phase? If you notice and note it on your calendar, it can provide valuable insight to help understand and prepare for each phase. This is important for us, as healers, so we can be in balance and connected to spirit. In turn, it allows us to help others who come to us for advice and assistance.
The phases of the moon are listed below
New or Dark Moon is not visible
First Quarter Half Moon
Third Quarter Half Moon – illuminated side opposite of the First Quarter
New – the cycle begins again.
The moon’s cycle can affect emotions and stress levels. Just ask anyone who deals with the general public. How often have you heard the comment “Wow, people are crazy today, is it a full moon?” During the full or new moon cycle it is common to see dramatic changes in mood and, occasionally, erratic behavior. Being sensitive and aware is especially important for healers offering Reiki treatments. You may notice changes in client’s auras if you know them well. Maybe they just seem off balance or more vulnerable than usual. Take into account the moon’s phase when meeting or treating people you don’t know too.
Having an understanding of nature’s moon cycles can be a powerful tool. Once you become familiar with the cycles and their affects, you can use that information to help yourself and others. With proper planning, you can schedule projects for optimum times and use the cycles of the moon to assist with personal growth.
A new or dark moon is a great time to prepare and make plans. If you have a Reiki business, it is the optimal time to take stock and plan for future growth. Put your ideas on paper and visualize them happening. The new moon is a perfect time to manifest your desires!
The very first sliver of a new crescent moon is a time of new beginnings: a good time to plant or start a new project.
When the light of the moon grows larger and brighter each day, it is called “waxing“. During this time you should notice increased energy and find it easier to focus.
At the half moon, you may notice a change or shift in your project or plans. Be flexible and see how things play out. This may be a change for the better.
During a full moon, people often become anxious and more sensitive to details. In a stressful world and with work, family, financial responsibilities and frustrations, we can find ourselves overly concerned with “self” and paying less attention to others’ needs. Sometimes, just knowing there is an outside cause that may be affecting our mood can help us take a step back and view our feelings with a fresh perspective.
The full moon has a good side too. It’s a great time to throw a party, increase sales and use your intuition and creativity. These will be higher now at this point than at any other time in the cycle.
After the moon is full, it will begin to grow smaller again. This is known as “waning“. You will find it easier to complete your projects at this time. Wrap things up, throw things out, try a detox or fast. All of these tasks flow easier during the waning moon.
Whether you love the full moon or not, the cycles of the moon are as dependable as the rising of the sun each day. The full moon will pass and a new cycle begins. The new moon brings with it the sense of calmness. Moods and emotions get back to normal, and there will be more physical energy and acceptance of others.
Aligning your energy with moon cycles is a great way to get in touch with nature and her rhythms. Get outside and bask in some moon beams. Do a meditation and invite the moon to share her energy with you. And don’t forget to put your crystals out to clear and recharge them in the moon’s gentle light.
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Patti Deschaine is a traditionally trained Usui Reiki Master, Lightarian Reiki Master, and owner of Maja Energy Works and Reiki Healing. She resides and practices in Wilmington, NC. She enjoys all types of Reiki and particularly loves using Reiki on animals. Patti can be found at http://