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22 Dec 2020
First Quarter Moon
The winter solstice (21st Dec), also marks the beginning of the First Quarter Moon, lunar cycle phase. Interestingly in the sky, the moon appears not as a quarter, but actually a half circle. It is the right-hand side of the moon that is illuminated by sunlight, hence its known as half-moon. This marks the fact the Moon is a quarter around its orbit of Earth.
How Should You Make Use of the First Quarter Moon?
The First Quarter Moon actually provides a turning point for all of us, marking a time when we are ready to cast off the old and embrace the new! It is not unusual for us to make decisions in this phase, that will be acted out in the long-term. This phase is a time to consider things carefully, make plans and take baby steps towards bigger goals.
- Oftentimes relationship issues come to the fore in this lunar cycle. Rely on your gut instincts, and broach subjects as needed. If your relationship has already broken down, then this moon phase will help you to make a fresh start. If you are actively looking for love, then the First Quarter Moon will enhance any healing/protection rituals you carry out as well as heightening the law of attraction. It is better to get yourself in a place where you are ready for love, rather than necessarily starting a relationship in this phase – those that do, can find themselves in an unruly love-boat!
- Meditation can be especially effective in a First Quarter Moon phase, particularly if you use the time to attract positive energy towards yourself. Think vigour, strength, success and good fortune, these life-force energies will then grow as the moon waxes.
- If you have been pondering a career move, a change of job, starting a special project or following a dream. Now is the time to quicken your activity. Use the period to look at what challenges or obstacles you might face, and find ways to get around them. Persevere, and your plans will come to fruition. Don’t retreat at the first hurdle!