1st feb-30th April

Chinese Spring-a period of growth, which generates abundant wood and vitality

Chinese New Year New moon in Aquarius 21/1 – 20/2 2020 12/2 – 13/3 2021


Waking up, Coming out of hibernation, Dreamtime. Break seed shell

Imbolc in the belly

Love valentines

Spring clean pancake day


Seed Roots – believe 

Michael hetherington liver and gall bladder meridians connected with smooth flow of energy around the body and detoxifying. Yoga opening the side body and shoulders, pummelling and qigong.

Spring is that time of year when new energy, new life and new dreams blossom. As we move out of the colder and more introverted months of winter, we move into the welcome light and warmth of spring. There is freshness and a sense of optimism in the atmosphere as the energy of the sunlight feeds our bodies, our minds and inspires our spirits. The season of spring is associated with the Wood element and is

connected to the organs and meridians of the liver and gallbladder. Wood represents new life, rapid growth, flexibility, adaptability and the color green. The liver and the gallbladder are very influential organs as they are largely involved in the process of detoxification, purification, digestion and the energy of expansion and movement. The liver and gallbladder however are easily agitated and this can impact digestion, detoxification, trigger anger and frustration and mild states of depression.

Spring is the when yang energy starts expanding and growing and this is why it feels natural to be more upbeat and energized in spring. It’s a great time of year to ride the wave of this yang energy by getting up early, engaging in more movement activities like walking or yoga (especially in the mornings) and launching ourselves into new projects. Spring is the time to feel energized, refreshed, expansive, adaptable, flexible, creative and ready for new opportunities. It’s time to launch that business idea you’ve been planning and thinking about for so long. It’s time to start that new exercise class or enroll in that course you’ve always wanted to take.

Spring is one of the best times of year to grow and expand into your higher self.

6th March – The waking of insects

March Full moon

Celtic- moon of winds

Medieval- Chaste moon

Native American- Worm moon

Death moon

Sap moon

Cherokee – windy moon

Southern Hemisphere- Lenten moon, Crow moon

The Almanac – Plough, Wind moon

On the waxing march worm moon – weed make space prepare the ground ready for the new moon planting of seeds.

20th March Vernal Equinox – 6am

Seedling Breaking into light


Ostara neopagan celebration of spring

Nowruz – Iranian/Persian new year

21st March Zodiac new year 

2020 year of Bhakti -devotion

25/3 Lady day – feast of the annunciation Christian new year from 1155 until 1752, when the Gregorian calendar was introduced.

26/3 Hebrew new year

1st month of the Hebrew calendar, month of happiness 

British summer time begins

Mad March hares and April fools

New moon in Aries – new borns moon – 24/4/2020

Beginning a new chapter in your journey.

This new moon is one of the most fertile time of the year for planting seeds, first quarter waxing crescent plants that rooting crops, second quarter, waxing gibbous plants that grow above ground. To come to fruition in six months time sep/oct.

Jewish Passover 

Palm Sunday

Holy Week

Easter – celebration of life over death

corresponds to the Anglo-Saxon Eostremonath, which took its name from another mysterious pagan deity named Eostre. She is thought to have been a goddess of the dawn who was honored with a festival around the time of the spring equinox, which, according to some accounts, eventually morphed into our festival of Easter. Oddly, no account of Eostre is recorded anywhere else outside of Bede’s writings, casting some doubt on the reliability of his account—but as the Oxford English Dictionary explains, “it seems unlikely that Bede would have invented a fictitious pagan festival in order to account for a Christian one.” Or possibly it could correspond to the easterly winds prevalent this month.


Roman April is also thought to come from aperire, a Latin word meaning “to open,” like spring flowers or the buds on trees.

5th April Qing Ming – Pure brightness

April full moon in Libra 

First Full moon of April Theravada Buddhist New year – This almanac is born 2020

Celtic- Growing moon

Medieval- Seed moon

Native American- Pink moon

Awakening moon

Grass moon

Southern Hemisphere- Egg moon

The Almanac – Budding / New shoots / Paschal moon

Me – Blossom moon Furry catkin moon

As the full moon crests in the first moon cycle this light side of the equinox. All the energies rise full steam ahead and new life emerges everywhere. Full moon energy rises bringing Flowers into bloom, their response to the warmth and light of the returning sun. The flowers blooming all over my garden are daisies, dandelion flowers, celandine, tulips, and Soft furry pussy willow catkins that birth a glory of colour and fragrance at the April full moon. Blaze of yellow. 

The blossom and forget-me-nots are just starting and it won’t be long before the aquilegia open their buds too. 

20th April Gu yu – Grain rain

22nd World Earth day

23rd St. George’s day

New moon in Taurus 

Plan projects of a practical nature to come to fruition in six months – Halloween

Dryad moon – tree spirit

First sighting of the crescent moon is the Start of the month of Ramadan 


May was Thrimilce, or “the month of three milkings,” when livestock were often so well fed on fresh spring grass that they could be milked three times a day. Also pasture month. Flower month and Month of Joy.

Roman May honors the fertility goddesses Maia.

Beltane – 9am

Chinese early Summer: a period of swelling, flowering, brimming with fire and energy

Michael hetherington meridians

Full moon names

Celtic- Bright moon

Medieval- Hare moon

Native American- Flower moon

Grass moon

Cherokee – Planting moon

Southern Hemisphere- Milk moon

Flowers bloomin this moon Bluebells and peonie

Gemini New moon 


June and July were together known as Liða, an Old English word meaning “mild” or “gentle,” which referred to the period of warm, seasonable weather either side of Midsummer. To differentiate between the two, June was sometimes known as Ærraliða, or “before-mild,” before mid summer. Fallow or weed month.

Roman June honors the fertility goddesses Juno.

Celtic- Moon of horses 

Medieval- Dyad moon

Native American- Strawberry moon

Rose moon

Cherokee- Green corn moon

Wiccan – Dyad moon

Southern Hemisphere- Honey moon 

Blooming – Foxgloves and roses 

Summer Solstice – 12 noon

Cancer new moon


July was Æfteraliða, or “after-mild;” after mid summer in some years a “leap month” was added to the calendar at the height of the summer, which was Thriliða, or the “third-mild.” Hay or second summer month.

Celtic- Moon of claiming

Medieval- Mead moon

Native American- Buck moon

Rose moon

Thunder moon

Cherokee- Ripe corn moon

Wiccan – Mead moon

Southern Hemisphere- Hay moon

Sunflowers bloom

Chinese late summer Earth: the in-between transitional seasonal periods, or a separate ‘season’ known as Late Summer or Long Summer – in the latter case associated with leveling and dampening (moderation) and fruition

Michael hetherington meridians

Leo new moon

Roman July and August take their names from Julius and Augustus Caesar. 


August was Weodmonath or the “plant month.” Harvest or corn month.

Celtic- Dispute moon

Medieval- Corn moon

Native American- Sturgeon moon

Lightening moon

Green moon

Cherokee – Fruit moon

Wiccan – Wyrt moon

Nasturtiums blooming

Lammas – 3pm

Virgo new moon


September, or Hāligmonath, meaning “holy month,” when celebrations and religious festivals would be held to celebrate a successful summer’s crop. Holy, wood, harvest or barley month.

Celtic- Singing moon

Medieval- Barley moon

Native American- Corn moon

Harvest moon

Fruit moon

Cherokee – Nut moon

Hydrangea blooming

Autumn Equinox – 6pm

Chinese calendar Metal/Autumn: a period of harvesting and collecting

Michael heatherington meridians 

And because the early Roman year began in March rather than January, the final four months of our year—September, October, November and December—were originally the seventh (septem), eighth (octo), ninth (novem), and tenth (decem) months of the Roman calendar.


October was Winterfylleth, or the “winter full moon,” because, as Bede explained, winter was said to begin on the first full moon in October. Yellowing or Vintage month.

Celtic- harvest moon

Medieval- Blood moon

Native American- Hunter moon

Cherokee- Harvest moon

Samhain – 9pm 


November was Blōtmonath, or “the month of blood sacrifices.” No one is quite sure what the purpose of this late autumnal sacrifice would have been, but it’s likely that any older or infirm livestock that seemed unlikely to see out bad weather ahead would be killed both as a stockpile of food, and as an offering for a safe and mild winter. Slaughter month.

Celtic – Dark moon

Medieval- Snow moon

Native American- Beaver moon

Tree moon

Cherokee- Trading moon


Chinese seasons winter Water/Winter: a period of retreat, where stillness and storage pervades

Michael hetherington meridians


And December, finally, was Ærra Geola or the month “before Yule,” before the feast.
Celtic- Cold moon.
Medieval- Oak moon.
Native American- Long Nights Moon 
Long night moon.
Cherokee- Snow moon

hellebore blooms

Winter solstice 


January, according to Bede, corresponds to an Anglo-Saxon month known as Æftera Geola, or “After Yule”—the month, quite literally, after old Norse joli The feast.

The Roman January, comes from Janus, the name of a dual-faced Roman god of entrances and gateways who was said to be perpetually both looking backward into the year that had just ended and forward into the year that is to come. 

Celtic – Quiet moon

Medieval- Wolf moon

Native American- Wolf moon

Ice moon

Old moon

Cherokee – Cold moon


Snowdrops bloom

New moon


February was Sōlmōnath, Mud month, a name that apparently derived from an Old English word for wet sand or mud sōl; according to Bede, it meant “the month of cakes,” when ritual offerings of savory cakes and loaves of bread would be made to ensure a good year’s harvest. The connection between Old English mud and Bede’s “month of cakes” has long confused scholars of Old English, but it’s plausible that the name Sōlmōnath might have referred to the cakes’ sandy, gritty texture.

Roman February takes its name from Februa, a Roman springtime festival of purification and cleanliness.

Celtic- Ice moon

Medieval- Storm moon

Native American- Snow moon

Cherokee- Bony moon

Southern Hemisphere- Hunger moon

Crocus bloom

Imbolc – in the belly, st. Brigid. 3am

Chinese New Year Love valentines. Start of pancake day lent, lencten, spring. Use what’s left in cupboards ready for new 

New moon


March was Hrēðmonath to the ancient Anglo-Saxons, and was named in honor of a little-known pagan fertility goddess named Hreða, or Rheda. Her name eventually became Lide in some southern dialects of English, and the name Lide or Lide-month was still being used locally in parts of southwest England until as recently as the 19th century.

Old English month of wildness.

Roman March was named for Mars, the Roman god of war.  

Push through little shoots at equinox breaking into light.

1st – St david saint of poetry 

Daffodils bloom

mad March hares

Lent Lenzin/  lencten month – Spring or dry month old high german continues 

resist temptation – stay true to heart 

Important dates for each major religion

Jewish – Kabbalah 

Hindhu – 


Christian – Hildegard Von bingen dessert fathers

Islamic – Rumi Sufism

Muslims use a lunar calendar which differs in length from the Gregorian calendar used worldwide. This means the Gregorian date of Muslim holidays shifts slightly from one year to the next, falling about 11 days earlier each year.

The timing of Muslim months and holidays generally depends on the sighting of the Moon’s crescent following New Moon. Because the Moon’s visibility depends on clear skies and a number of other factors, the exact date of Muslim holidays cannot be predicted with certainty. 

Also, since the Moon is never visible in all world regions at once and current local dates can vary from one country to another, a holiday may fall on different dates according to a country’s longitude and time zone. Depending on their country of origin, religious orientation, or cultural affiliation, some Muslims may, therefore, celebrate a holiday one day earlier than others.

Daoism, Sikhism, Tantra

Chinese solar lunar calendar

The wuxing (Chinese五行pinyinwǔxíng), also known as the Five ElementsFive AgentsFive MovementsFive PhasesFive Planets,[1] Five ProcessesFive StagesFive Steps, or Five Ways, is the short form of “wǔ zhǒng liúxíng zhī qì” (五種流行之氣) or “the five types of chi dominating at different times”.[2] It is a fivefold conceptual scheme that many traditional Chinese fields used to explain a wide array of phenomena, from cosmic cycles to the interaction between internal organs, and from the succession of political regimes to the properties of medicinal drugs. The “Five Phases” are Fire ( huǒ), Water ( shuǐ), Wood ( ), Metal ( jīn), and Earth( ). This order of presentation is known as the “Days of the Week” sequence. In the order of “mutual generation” (相生 xiāngshēng), they are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. In the order of “mutual overcoming” (相剋/相克 xiāngkè), they are Wood, Earth, Water, Fire, and Metal.

Chinese phases

The five phases are around 72 days each and are usually used to describe the state in nature:

  • Wood/Spring: a period of growth, which generates abundant wood and vitality
  • Fire/Summer: a period of swelling, flowering, brimming with fire and energy
  • Earth: the in-between transitional seasonal periods, or a separate ‘season’ known as Late Summer or Long Summer – in the latter case associated with leveling and dampening (moderation) and fruition
  • Metal/Autumn: a period of harvesting and collecting
  • Water/Winter: a period of retreat, where stillness and storage pervades

The earliest and most detailed account we have of this pre-Christian calendar comes from St. Bede, an 8th century monk and scholar based in Jarrow in northeast England, who outlined the old Anglo-Saxon months of the year in his work De temporum ratione, or “The Reckoning of Time,” in AD 725.  It was based on a Germanic calendar brought to England from mainland Europe by Anglo-Saxon settlers and was used to divide the year into 12 (or sometimes 13) lunar

Yule is the modern version of the Old English words ġēol or ġēohol and ġēola or ġēoli, with the former indicating the 12-day festival of “Yule” (later: “Christmastide“) and the latter indicating the month of “Yule”, whereby ǣrra ġēola referred to the period before the Yule festival (December) and æftera ġēola referred to the period after Yule (January). Both words are thought to be derived from Common Germanic *jeχʷla-, and old Norse jol. The etymological pedigree of the word, however, remains uncertain. The noun Yuletide is first attested from around 1475.[4]

The word is attested in an explicitly pre-Christian context primarily in Old Norse. Among many others (see List of names of Odin), the long-bearded god Odin bears the names jólfaðr (Old Norse for ‘Yule father’) and jólnir (‘the Yule one’). In plural (Old Norse jólnar, ‘the Yule ones’) may refer to the Norse gods in general. In Old Norse poetry, the word is often employed as a synonym for ‘feast’, such as in the kenning hugins jól (Old Norse ‘Huginn‘s Yule’ → ‘a raven’s feast’).

It has been thought that Old French jolif (→ French joli), which was borrowed into English in the 14th century as ‘jolly’, is itself borrowed from Old Norse jól (with the Old French suffix -if; compare Old French aisif “easy”, Modern French festif = fest “feast” + -if). But the Oxford English Dictionary sees this explanation for jolif as unlikely.[

Use of the Germanic calendar dwindled as Christianity—which brought with it the Roman Julian Calendar—was introduced more widely across England in the Early Middle Ages. It quickly became the standard, so that by the time that Bede was writing he could dismiss the “heathen” Germanic calendar as the product of an “olden time.”

The Old High German month names introduced by Charlemagne persisted in regional usage and survive in German dialectal usage. The Latin month names were in predominant use throughout the medieval period. In the late medieval to early modern period, dialectal or regional month names were adopted for the use in almanachs, and a number of variants or innovations developed in this context, comparable to the tradition of “Indian month names” which developed in American Farmers’ Almanacs in the early 20th century. Some of the Farmers’ Almanacs’ “Indian month names” are in fact derived from continental tradition.The Old English month names fell out of use entirely, being revived only in a fictional context in the Shire calendar constructed by J. R. R. Tolkienfor use in his The Lord of the Rings.

The Julian calendar, proposed by Julius Caesar in 708 Ab urbe condita (46 BC), was a reform of the Roman calendar.[1] It took effect on 1 January 709 AUC (45 BC), by edict. It was designed with the aid of Greek mathematicians and Greek astronomers such as Sosigenes of Alexandria.

The calendar was the predominant calendar in the Roman world, most of Europe, and in European settlements in the Americas and elsewhere, until it was gradually replaced by the Gregorian calendar, promulgated in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII. The Julian calendar is still used in parts of the Eastern Orthodox Church and in parts of Oriental Orthodoxy as well as by the Berbers.

Today, all of our names for the months of the year can be traced back to Ancient Rome. And the Julian solar calendar

The Gregorian calendar is the calendar used in most of the world.[1] It is named after Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in October 1582.

The calendar spaces leap years to make the average year 365.2425 days long, approximating the 365.2422-day tropical year that is determined by the Earth’s revolution around the Sun. The rule for leap years is:

Every year that is exactly divisible by four is a leap year, except for years that are exactly divisible by 100, but these centurial years are leap years if they are exactly divisible by 400. For example, the years 1700, 1800, and 1900 are not leap years, but the years 1600 and 2000 are.

The calendar was developed as a correction to the Julian calendar, shortening the average year by 0.0075 days. The reform also altered the lunar cycle used by the Church to calculate the date for Easter (computus), restoring it to the time of the year as originally celebrated by the early Church.

Chinese Lunar solar calendar 

The traditional Chinese calendar (officially known as the Agricultural Calendar [農曆; 农历; Nónglì; ‘farming calendar’], Former Calendar [舊曆; 旧历; Jiùlì], Traditional Calendar [老曆; 老历; Lǎolì] or Lunar Calendar [陰曆; 阴历; Yīnlì; ‘yin calendar’]), is a lunisolar calendar which reckons years, months and days according to astronomical phenomena. In modern days, it is defined in China by GB/T 33661–2017, “Calculation and promulgation of the Chinese calendar”, issued by the Standardisation Administration of China on 12 May 2017.

Although modern-day China uses the Gregorian calendar, the traditional Chinese calendar governs holidays—such as the Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival—in both China and in overseas Chinese communities. It also gives the traditional Chinese nomenclature of dates within a year, which people use for selecting auspicious days for weddings, funerals, moving, or starting a business. The evening state-run news program Xinwen Lianbo in the P.R.C. continues to announce the month and date in both the Gregorian and the traditional lunisolar calendar.

Names of months

Lunar months were originally named according to natural phenomena. Current naming conventions use numbers as the month names. Every month is also associated with one of the twelve Earthly Branches.

Month numberStarts on Gregorian datePhenological nameEarthly BranchnameModern name
1between 21 January – 20 February陬月zōuyuè; ‘corner month’. square of Pegasus month寅月yínyuè; ‘tiger month’正月zhēngyuè; ‘first month’
2between 20 February – 21 March杏月xìngyuè; ‘apricot month’卯月mǎoyuè; ‘rabbit month’二月èryuè; ‘second month’
3between 21 March – 20 April桃月táoyuè; ‘peach month’辰月chényuè; ‘dragon month’三月sānyuè; ‘third month’
4between 20 April – 21 May梅月méiyuè; ‘plum flower month’巳月sìyuè; ‘snake month’四月sìyuè; ‘fourth month’
5between 21 May – 21 June榴月liúyuè; ‘pomegranate month’午月wǔyuè; ‘horse month’五月wǔyuè; ‘fifth month’
6between 21 June – 23 July荷月héyuè; ‘lotus month’未月wèiyuè; ‘goat month’六月liùyuè; ‘sixth month’
7between 23 July – 23 August蘭月兰月lányuè; ‘orchid month’申月shēnyuè; ‘monkey month’七月qīyuè; ‘seventh month’
8between 23 August – 23 September桂月guìyuè; ‘osmanthus month’酉月yǒuyuè; ‘rooster month’八月bāyuè; ‘eighth month’
9between 23 September – 23 October菊月júyuè; ‘chrysanthemum month’戌月xūyuè; ‘dog month’九月jiǔyuè; ‘ninth month’
10between 23 October – 22 November露月lùyuè; ‘dew month’亥月hàiyuè; ‘pig month’十月shíyuè; ‘tenth month’
11between 22 November – 22 December冬月dōngyuè; ‘winter month’; 葭月jiāyuè; ‘reed month’子月zǐyuè; ‘rat month’十一月shíyīyuè; ‘eleventh month’
12between 22 December – 21 January冰月bīngyuè; ‘ice month’丑月chǒuyuè; ‘ox month’臘月腊月làyuè; ‘end-of-year month’

Chinese lunar date conventions

Though the numbered month names are often used for the corresponding month number in the Gregorian calendar, it is important to realize that the numbered month names are not interchangeable with the Gregorian months when talking about lunar dates.

One may even find out the heavenly stem and earthly branch corresponding to a particular day in the month, and those corresponding to its month, and those to its year, to determine the Four Pillars of Destiny associated with it, for which the Tung Shing, also referred to as the Chinese Almanac of the year, or the Huangli, and containing the essential information concerning Chinese astrology, is the most convenient publication to consult. Days rotate through a sexagenary cycle marked by a coordination between heavenly stems and earthly branchs, hence the referral to the Four Pillars of Destiny as, “Bazi“, or “Birth Time Eight Characters“, with each pillar consisting of a character for its corresponding heavenly stem, and another for its earthly branch. Since Huangli days are sexagenaric, their order is quite independent from their numeric order in each month, and from their numeric order within a week (referred to as True Animals with relation to the Chinese zodiac). Therefore, it does require painstaking calculation for one to arrive at the Four Pillars of Destiny of a particular given date, which rarely outpace the convenience of simply consulting the Huangli by looking up its Gregorian date.

Solar term

The solar year (歲; 岁; Suì), the time between winter solstices, is divided into 24 solar terms known as jié qì. Each term is a 15° portion of the ecliptic. These solar terms mark both Western and Chinese seasons as well as equinoxes, solstices, and other Chinese events. The even solar terms (marked with “Z”) are considered the major terms, while the odd solar terms (marked with “J”) are deemed minor.The solar terms qīng míng (清明) on 5 April and dōng zhì (冬至) on 22 December are both celebrated events in China.

24 Jié Qì

NumberNameChinese markerEventDate
J1Lì chūn立春Beginning of spring4 February
Z1Yǔ shuĭ雨水Rain water19 February
J2Jīng zhé惊蛰Waking of insects6 March
Z2Chūn fēn春分March equinox21 March
J3Qīng míng清明Pure brightness5 April
Z3Gŭ yŭ谷雨Grain rain20 April
J4Lì xià立夏Beginning of summer6 May
Z4Xiǎo mǎn小满Grain full21 May
J5Máng zhòng芒种Grain in ear6 June
Z5Xià zhì夏至June solstice22 June
J6Xiǎo shǔ小暑Slight heat7 July
Z6Dà shǔ大暑Great heat23 July
J7Lì qiū立秋Beginning of autumn8 August
Z7Chǔ shǔ处署Limit of heat23 August
J8Bái lù白露White dew8 September
Z8Qiū fēn秋分September equinox23 September
J9Hán lù寒露Cold dew8 October
Z9Shuāng jiàng霜降Descent of frost24 October
J10Lì dōng立冬Beginning of winter8 November
Z10Xiăo xuě小雪Slight snow22 November
J11Dà xuě大雪Great snow7 December
Z11Dōng zhì冬至December solstice22 December
J12Xiăo hán小寒Slight cold6 January
Z12Dà hán大寒Great cold20 January

The full moon, the lunar cycle reaches its peak energy. The Full Moon expands our awareness and draws the energy to the surface. The Full Moon is comparable to high noon, high summer. The Sun is the highest in the sky, the days are long, warm and bright and the energy is about play, recreation (re-creation), and fun. So The amplified energy of the Full Moon invites people to gather together to socialize, celebrate and connect with those whom you enjoy. enjoy, expand and celebrate!

This is the culmination and celebration of our New Moon intentions. The Full Moon is now the mirror of your intentions and the actions taken to realize your wishes. Allow yourself to expand into what is manifesting itself.  When the sign of the New Moon is the Full Moon, watch for intentions to come to fruition after six months’ time. Example: New Moon in Aries in late March/early April becomes the Aries Full Moon in late September/early October. Therefore, it may take six months for your intentions to manifest rather than two weeks. Buds open now to fruit in six months time. So libra now 6 months ago around Samhain 2019.  bearing the buds and fruits of your labors from the First Quarter lunar phase’s week of action. 

Moon phases – David And Sandra Mosley

New Moon Phase

The Moon is 0 – 45 degrees ahead of the Sun. There is no visibility at all to a thin crescent in the early evening western sky.

The New phase is Active and Spontaneous. It is about self-discovery, beginnings and intent. This phase involves the emotional body. Passion, desire and excitement qualify the outcome of the cycle. At this stage, there is a minimum of awareness and knowledge. Innocence gives it a pioneering quality.

The energy of this phase relates to sight, inner and outer. Since the whole picture cannot be seen, it can be a time of vulnerability and doubt. The function of this phase is to become aware of the intention; later there will be opportunities to revise and reorient.

A visionary action is necessary during the New phase. This is the time to form your intent;  see it first with your inner vision and then create a visual representation of it that can be viewed throughout the cycle. The question is: What do you desire? See yourself having achieved your goals. What does it look like and how do you feel?  The idea is to let the goal become clear without concern about how it will be accomplished. It’s time to trust in yourself, your ability to learn and adapt, and your potential to manifest.

Keywords for the New phase are beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase, the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead.

Crescent Moon Phase

The Moon is waxing from 45 to 90 degrees ahead of the Sun in the zodiac. It rises in the eastern sky shortly after the Sun. The Moon is hidden in the bright daylight, becoming visible only a few hours before and after sunset as it sets in the western sky.

The Crescent phase is Receptive and Deliberating.  It is the stage of the cycle to gather and develop your resources to protect and sustain the vision of the New. Review your assets and find the qualities that will help you to thrive. Commit to being responsible for achieving your goal. Open yourself to information and plan for action.

During this crucial phase, there is often a struggle to support the continued development of the cycle. Understanding the motivation behind the desire is vital to the function of planning for its fulfillment. What need does your goal fulfill? How can you guarantee the survival of your vision?

This phase pertains to the instinctive body. Intuition, reflex, and basic survival mechanisms preserve the imprint established during the New phase. The senses of taste, smell, and touch stimulate and support the activities of this phase. Let your instincts be your guide. Nourish yourself with your favorite foods. Relax in a bath with essential oils. Allow yourself plenty of hugs.  Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. OBSERVE & ABSORB.

Keywords for the Crescent phase are expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity.

Gibbous Moon Phase

The Moon is waxing from 135 to 180 degrees ahead of the Sun in the zodiac. It rises in the east mid-afternoon and sets in the west around 3:00 am

The Gibbous phase is Receptive and Discerning. It is about developing tools and techniques that serve the original vision. This is a pivotal point in the cycle. It’s time to review, revise, and reinforce your intention for the cycle by seeing it in a new light. Filter and analyze the information that you have obtained as a result of your previous actions. Question everything. Seek new methods that maximize efficiency. How can your vision be refined and improved? What details have you overlooked? There is a struggle during this phase to release self-criticism and learn self-trust. The function of this phase is to become self-reliant. Give up making judgments, it will only lead to worry.

The Gibbous phase connects directly to the New phase and once again relates to the emotional body which is supported by sight, inner and outer. The confidence of inner vision awakens and releases the power of creativity. Look at the picture or image that you created or envisioned in the New phase. See it with a new clarity. Understand that the whole picture still cannot be seen, therefore, your knowledge is incomplete. Learn to trust in the process. LOOK WITHIN.

Keywords for the Gibbous phase are analyze, prepare, trust. 

Full Moon Phase

The Moon is waning from 180 to 225 degrees ahead of the Sun in the zodiac. It rises in the east at sunset, sets in the west around sunrise.

The Full phase is Active and Integrative. It is the time in a cycle that you are given a clear view so that you can make adjustments to put you back on track to manifesting the goals you set at the new phase. At this stage, illumination brings light to all the dark places; the shadows are exposed. Observe all that is reflected back to you. The function of this phase is to begin the process of reshaping the goals in accordance with the awareness of the true meaning of the original vision. Action must be taken to establish relationship in order for balance to be achieved. During the Full phase you must involve others in your activities. Equal relationships are the key to your awareness. What can you do to bring harmony to the situation? It’s time to pay attention and listen closely to what is being said.

This phase involves the intellectual body where detachment supports objectivity. Hearing, inner and outer is the key to awareness, co-operation and sharing information. When confusion distorts your objectivity, remember that music calms the mind and song gives voice to spirit. To receive awareness and improve your understanding embrace others. Do something with a friend. Go to a public place. LISTEN

Keywords for the Full phase are fulfillment, illumination, realization, experience.

Disseminating Moon Phase

The Moon is waning from  225 to 270 degrees ahead of the Sun in the zodiac. It rises in the east around 9:00 pm, sets in the west around 9:00 am.

The Disseminating phase is Receptive and Demonstrative. It is about communication, sharing resources and being open to transformation. It is the time in a cycle to further process your advancement toward your goal by looking at the results of the adjusting action taken at the Full phase. How do your goals contribute to the welfare of the collective? Has your idealism turned into self-righteousness? The function of this phase is to gain perspective before moving on.  During this phase, you gain clarity by sharing what you’ve learned through your experiences and awareness.Allow yourself to teach what you’ve learned. The power of what is felt to be significant is a propelling force for its distribution. Make an offering of  your beliefs. Share your feelings and your vision with as many people as you can.

It connects to the First Quarter phase and to the feeling-moving or kinesthetic body.  Review the feelings that prompted the action of the First Quarter. The Disseminating phase highlights a struggle to align the personal vision with the needs of the whole. Move through blocks by engaging your physical energy via group activities such as team sports or dancing. Demonstrate your power of abundance by giving back to your community. Visit friends. Distribute your knowledge. Reach out and touch someone. SHARE.

Keywords for the Disseminating phase are demonstration, distribution, sharing and introspection.

Last Quarter Moon Phase

The Moon is waning from 270 to 315 degrees ahead of the Sun in the zodiac. It rises in the east around midnight, sets in the west around noon.

The Last Quarter phase is Active and Responsible. It is about reorientation, transition and completion. It is the time in a cycle to take closing action, to follow-up and complete the activities begun at the New phase. The function of this phase is manifestation. You must accept responsibility for your actions. You do what you have to do and you know instinctively the proper course. You recognize your mistakes and are rewarded for your accomplishments. The most successful action requires a shift from the conservative to the inventive and there is some risk involved in changing the structure, which has been built.

During this phase you become aware of what is and is not working with respect to the achievement of your goal for the cycle. Action is essential; either take a correcting action or make the final push needed to realize a successful outcome. The question is: Where do I go from here?

This phase connects to the Crescent phase and to the instinctive body, which is stimulated by the senses of taste, smell and touch. Intuition and sensory responses to the environment direct the final action necessary to the fulfillment of the cycle’s goals. Blocked energy can be released via various tactile techniques including massage, manipulation (chiropractic and osteopathic), and aromatherapy.

Open to your success. Be responsible. MANIFEST YOUR GOAL.

Keywords for the Last Quarter phase are: realignment, revision, integration, cleansing.

Balsamic Moon Phase

The Moon is 315 – 360 degrees ahead of the Sun Waning Crescent visible as a thin sliver in east for only a few hours before dawn

The Balsamic phase is Receptive and Releasing. It is about letting go of the past and turning the thoughts and attention to the future. It connects to the Full phase and involves the intellectual body. As with Full, there is a detachment that serves to give an objective view. Whereas in the Full phase the awareness is of what is, in Balsamic the awareness is of what was and what is to be.

The energy of this phase is stimulated by sound and hearing, inner and outer. The inner voice whispers suggestions regarding the future. The struggle with surrender can produce confusion, which threatens to engulf and carry over into the next cycle. Liberation from the past must be attained in order to begin anew with consciousness and clarity. The function of this phase is to clear out the old patterns in preparation for a new cycle.

During the Balsamic phase, withdrawal from the outer world is necessary. This is a time for dreaming, and quiet contemplation. Ask: What do I need to release? What do I choose to take with me into the next cycle? It’s time to be with one’s self, to listen to the voice within and to heal through meditational practices incorporating sound, such as chanting, drumming or toning.

Balsamic phase is the end of one cycle and the beginning of another.

Keywords for the Balsamic phase are: transition, release, transformation, renewal, purity. It is the phase in a cycle when you must let go of everything you have been working on that does not deal with current cycle issues. During this phase you reflect on the passing cycle and prepare for the new. Trust in renewal. It is important to separate from others now so that you can clear the intellect of negativity. LET GO. Become still and meditate.

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Wishing all of you a wonderful week in which you let your heart guide you to taking the necessary actions to contribute to the happiness, healing, and well-being of yourself and of Planet Earth and all its inhabitants (human and otherwise). Marie T. Russell InnerSelf


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