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The Secrets of the Moon

Since the beginning of time, the Moon has always held fascination for humans. It has inspired poets, artists and lovers. It has been worshipped and adored by ancient civilisations and is synonymous with all that is feminine and fertile. The moon is beautiful, voluptuous and mysterious embuing her devotees with passion, creativity and intuition.

Whatever your view of this secretive mistress, the moon is an integral part of our solar system. It moves through eight different phases each month. They are:
New
Crescent
First Quarter
Gibbous
Full
Disseminating
Third Quarter
Balsamic

The Moon has no light of its own, it simply reflects, at various angles, the light of the Sun. The Moon reaches her peak at the full Moon, a time when emotions run high. Many employees in hospitals, on police forces and even stockbrokers will confirm the extra “craziness” they experience in their workplace as a result of the Full Moon each month.

From new to full, the Moon gets brighter and brighter. This is called “waxing” and incorporates the phases of new, crescent, first quarter and gibbous. This two-week period is considered the fertile time in the Moon’s cycle. Creative inspiration is said to be higher through these waxing phases.
From full to new, the Moon is shrinking in size and losing light. This is called “waning” and incorporates the phases of full, disseminating, third quarter and balsamic. This two-week period is considered the barren time in the Moon’s cycle and is about retreat and completion.

Take a look at the fertile/waxing periods and barren/waning periods listed below that will occur over the next few months.
Waxing/Fertile
New Moon May 14 – Full Moon May 27
New Moon June 12 – Full Moon June 26 (eclipse)
New Moon July 11 - Full Moon July 25

Waning/Barren
Full Moon May 27 – New Moon June 12
Full Moon June 26 – New Moon July 11
Full Moon July 25 - New Moon August 9