The Phases of the Moon


Each new lunar cycle is measured beginning at each new moon. Astronomers call one lunar cycle alunation.  The New moon looks like an all dark moon.  The light side of the moon faces away from the earth.  When the Moon is new, the Sun and Moon — are aligned in the same Zodiac sign.  That makes it a charged time with concentrated energies of that sign.  A New Moon is a symbolic point of attention, and a symbolic portal for new beginnings.   New Moons are a great time to set intentions for things you’d like to create, develop, cultivate, make manifest. During this wholly subjective time it is best to plant seeds in all forms, whether you plant a garden, devise a new method of strategy or undertake a new project, the New Moon is the starting point of the month.


This moon can be seen after the New Moon, the moon will grow brighter and appear to be growing larger every night.  “Waxing” means increasing, or growing larger).  Waxing Moon means the moon is getting larger in the sky, moving from the New Moon towards the Full Moon.   The waxing phase is a time of rebuilding, a time to create and a time for regeneration, expansion, growing and learning; gathering information; making plans; laying a foundation; and to start a change.   Anything you do to strengthen your body, to fortify yourself, is much more effective when the moon is waxing. The body absorbs more easily…both good and bad.  This is a time that is best for supplying the body with nourishing food that build and fortify and promotes growth of all tissues.  An example of foods that are building are foods that are sweet, sour and salty tastes.


The Moon’s illuminated side is facing the Earth.  When the moon is waxing the energy builds and builds until we reach the Full Moon. Symbolic of the height of power, the peak of clarity, fullness and obtainment of desire.   There’s an explosive outgoing aspect to it. All of nature is more vital and all energies are at their strongest at this apex of the full Moon. This surge allows you to take action on behalf of those new moon intentions and the building action of the waxing phase of the moon. The Full moon can be a powerful time to release, cast out, unburden yourself, purge, etc. You celebrate your emergence by stepping out of an old skin and identity your behaviors, attitude, and relationship. The ability to look at yourself helps you by marking this inner transformation in a formal way.  A full Moon ritual might involve purification by one of the elements. Most often, it’s fire, and done by casting something you don’t want (like old habits that no longer serve you written on a piece of paper) into the flames.


This moon can be seen after the full moon and will appear to grow smaller and darker in the night sky, as it moves from the full moon to the new moon.    Waning means shrinking or decreasing in illumination.    The Waning moon is a time for reducing and purging, a time to cleanse and to detoxify our energies and to turn inwardly.   Energies will now be starting to diminish, or get smaller. This is why this is the perfect period to let go of anything that no longer serves your higher purpose, that you want to let go of, release or end. This can be anything from certain relationships, jobs, thoughts, situations and emotions, to de-cluttering and weight-loss. The moon will act in your favor and you will achieve good results.

This is the perfect time to cleanse the body, to release and purge toxins that have accumulated in our body and mental processes.  The body releases more easily as this is the time of elimination as the moon encourages detoxification and the flushing of any extra water from the body.  In addition the body’s cravings tend to decrease and weight is easier to maintain.  It is best to drink plenty of water to stimulate further removal of toxins and replace the water being pushed from your body by the moon’s influence. In general, it’s recommended to drink about 8 glasses of water each day of the waning moon. In addition, follow a balanced diet of solid foods or a liquid fast during this period. It is best to eat foods that are reducing or detoxifying such as plants, spices and herbs that are pungent, bitter and astringent in taste.  It is the best time to cleanse the whole body of toxins, particularly in the liver and kidneys.  Talk to your herbalist about herbs and spices that are best suit for your body.

The Moon and How It Affects Our Lives

The shining disc in the night sky has held our attention since the dawn of time.  The shifting shadows of the moon has signaled in the past, when to plant, when to reap our creative efforts, to mark the passage of seasonal cycles as well as the passage of life itself.

This beautiful shinning disc always in a state of constant change allowed the evidence of life of all kingdoms on our planet whether it be the mineral, vegetable or animal to grow, to thrive and then degrade and decompose and return back to earth.  To observe the moon’s phases symbolizes the patterns of development from life to death, as all living things has a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Man as the watchers and observers of the sky learned that the fierce bright light of the sun was too bright and easily blinded.  But by watching the night sky we could observe the cosmic light through the reflection of the moon.  These early observation of the night sky was the first formalization of the phases of the moon which lead to our first calendars and to the first “Nature’s timekeepers”.

What better way to streamline your life than to plan your schedule according to Nature’s timekeeper? The moon and her measured movements determine the rhythm of the tides, marine life activity, and the surface tension of all fluids on the planet; not to mention the moods of all animal kind including man. “It has been shown that at the time of the Full Moon, and especially during a lunar eclipse, the surface tension of all fluids is increased. Because our bodies consist largely of water, this increase in molecular tension is bound to produce a biochemical effect upon our bodies. Furthermore, our bodies tend to take on and hold larger quantities of water during the Full Moon phase each month. The skull, being the only area of the body that cannot readily expand with increased fluid pressure, this will exerts greater pressure upon the brain cells, which affect our behavior patterns. (Jansky, Carl, Interpreting the Eclipses).  Is it any wonder that the root word for lunatic is luna, which is the Latin word for Moon?  Just as the Full Moon signals the increase of water and fluids the New Moon signals the reduction and releasement of water, fluids and old ways that no longer serve us.

The planet and all life follows this ebb and flow of the cycle of life – the cycle of the moon.  In this chaotic and temporal world, looking to something larger that is also part of yourself can fill you with awe and make you feel connected. For whatever path you’re on, being open to working with planetary energies of the moon can link you to the power of the divine and the ebb and flow of life.  As the moon orbits Earth, it changes phase in an orderly way.  The phases of the moon effect our bodies on a daily basis as we cycle through the New Moon, the Waxing phase, the Full Moon and then the Waning phase.


The next blog will focus on the Phases of the Moon and how they can assist in the various aspect of our daily living.

Energetic Herbalism

All creations of this planet are unique with their own energetic signature (patterns) as well as personalities. The moon, the plants, the minerals, insects and animal kingdoms relate to each other creating a balance.   We as humans can learn to live, love, and heal in harmony with the perfection of this planet’s creations in all of the various kingdoms.

The universe our planet every living and nonliving matter is vibration (energy) of some form.  Every form of matter has an energy signature that is unique unto itself.  Our planet has its own unique DNA genic code (the blueprint) and vibrational pattern.  Humans being a product (a creation) of this planet share some of the DNA (genic code) and vibrational energy of this planet, as well as all plants, animals, insects and mineral kingdoms.

How does this relate to us (human) and all the other kingdoms on this planet?  By sharing DNA genic code and certain vibrations with our planet, the plants, minerals and animals.  We are not solitary, we live in a symbiotic relations with all other forms on this planet.  We need plants, mineral, animal as well as insect to survive.  All the various kingdoms have what is called RNA.  The difference between DNA and RNA is the DNA is like the hard drive of a computer and RNA is the program that allows the hard drive to share its information and commands.  The RNA allows communication between the cells of the various living forms and the human.  The RNA codes of the plants we ingest can affect our cell function.  Which means they can influence our health as well as reduce the risk to disease.

What is the difference between whole plants and synthetic lab created drugs?  The plant kingdom relate directly with our DNA, we share the some of the same DNA codes of the plants and minerals up to 30 percent.  Lab created drugs share no DNA, they might be similar but they do not communicate with our RNA.  It is not recognized therefore creates a whole host of side effects when ingested.   It might have a temporary positive effect but the organs become toxic with these chemicals and begin a process of toxicity in our organs like the liver kidney, heart and brain.

Energetic Herbalism is about matching the right energy of the human and the energy (personality) of the plant and mineral to create a balance and harmony in the DNA.  Plants were created to provide for our very existence on the physical, energetic, mental and spiritual levels.  They assist on completing our deficient DNA on the cellular level.

How can we tell if a particular plant is good for or body?   Plants have personalities, what does that mean?  The have different temperatures (energy) hot, cold or neutral, they have different attributes, like toning or cleanings, calming or invigorating.   Different tastes like sweet, sour, bitter, salty, pungent or astringent.  They have different abilities relating to the body for instance an herb that supports the lungs or kidneys or cleans the liver.  There might be 5 different plants that perform almost the same function but slightly different.  We need to match the plant to the individual.  Not every plant that has the same abilities work for every body.  So we then need to look at the individual’s body type.   There is 7 different types of bodies according to Ayurveda medicine.  What kind of body type are you?  In the upcoming segments to this series of blogs we will explore the various types of body types.

As you can see this can get involved and confusing.  We see on the internet or on talk shows that this new vogue plant of the week is great for a particular disease.  Well it might be, but so might 6 other plant, and they might not work for every body.  They problem is that in our day and age everyone wants to label and treat diseases, instead of treating the person as a whole.  We are NOT separate from different parts of our body.  We chase one condition and another condition arise like the whack a mole game.  Energetic Herbalism treats the whole person not the disease. We balance the whole body and deficiencies fall away.   We create a harmony and we are loving life again.

Why the Moon and Energetic Herbalism?  How does the moon affect our body?  We are 70 – 80 % water in our bodies and the moon affect all water on this planet. The moon affects the water in plants, in humans and animals.  Years gone by we lived according to the cycles of the moon.  Most people do not even know what the waning and waxing of the moon means and how it affects us physically, mentally and emotionally.  We hear stories of the full moon causing people to becoming emotionally erratic, but what does the moon do to us the 27 other days of the cycle?

This series on Energetic Herbalism is to encourage a dialog about using plants, minerals, the cycles of the moon, what type of body you have and how to communicate and understand the body all the while working in harmony with plants, minerals and of course the moon.  The next blog we will talk about the moon and how it affect us.




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