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Poems to Read During Each Phase of the Moon

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The Moon was but a Chin of Gold

A Night or two ago—

And now she turns Her perfect Face

Upon the World below—

Her Forehead is of Amplest Blonde—

Her Cheek—a Beryl hewn—

Her Eye unto the Summer Dew

The likest I have known—

Her Lips of Amber never part—

But what must be the smile

Upon Her Friend she could confer

Were such Her Silver Will—

And what a privilege to be

But the remotest Star—

For Certainty She take Her Way

Beside Your Palace Door—

Her Bonnet is the Firmament—

The Universe—Her Shoe—

The Stars—the Trinkets at Her Belt—

Her Dimities—of Blue—

-Emily Dickinson

 

Humans, especially women, have a profound and intimate connection to the moon.

The Moon represents powerful feminine energy, signifying wisdom, intuition, birth, death, reincarnation, and a spiritual connection. We long for its guidance, we look to it for peace, we crave its attention, we feel its power when it illuminates the night, shining upon us.

The Moon’s cycle is 29.5 days, and it represents a full life-cycle. Each phase of the Moon has a different meaning and rhythm to the body and is similar to that of a seed: the seed grows into a flower, then blooms, and then dies. The lunar phases, when we pay attention to them, can help us become more intuitive and understanding of our own bodies and emotions.

One way to connect to this energy is to use the Moon’s cycle to help set intentions and clear negativity. Here is how the moon can guide you this month and a poem to read during each phase.

 

New Moon (Beginning Again)

 

The Moon is positioned between the Earth and Sun, so it cannot be seen from Earth. The themes surrounding the new moon are new beginnings, fresh starts, and clean slates. Considered a low energy time, where there is a lull in life energy,  this is a great time to pay close attention to your emotions and make preparations for the new coming into your life.

 

Rise

said the moon

and the new day came

the show must go on said the sun

life does not stop for anybody

it drags you by the legs

whether you want to move forward or not

that is the gift

life will force you to forget how you long for them

your skin will shed till there is not

a single part of you left they’ve touched

your eyes finally just your eyes

not the eyes which held them

you will make it to the end

of what is only the beginning

go on open the door to the rest of it

time

– Rupi Kaur

 

Waxing Moon (Setting Intentions)

 

‘Waxing’ means the Moon’s illumination is growing as it is just one moon phase away from a full moon. The waxing moon represents intention, hopes, and wishes. After recharging under the new moon, your intentions and desires are ready to be planted. Your thoughts are best focused on starting projects, instilling new thought processes, and setting intentions. Think of it from a farmer’s perspective—waxing is a time for planting and growing.

 

I waited at the edge of the cliff

Seasons passed me by and I whispered

The next one will be the one

Gray hair, wrinkles, and many aches later

I thought I was fooling time

But time was no fool

And its wind pushed me forth

And I jumped

I soared

Only when you decide to jump

Do you realize you can fly

Jessica Semaan

 

Full moon (Harvesting)

 

Because the sun and the moon are on opposite sides of the Earth for a full moon to appear, they are also in opposite zodiac signs. This means emotions are high, and you could feel an increase in creativity and a heightened sense of intuition. Just as farmers reap the benefits of the seeds they planted, you should be reaping the benefits of your intentions set during the new moon. Be open to receiving all the good coming your way during this phase.

 

Even if you are a small forest surviving off of moon alone,

your light is extraordinary.

Nayyirah Waheed

 

Waning Moon (Gratitude)

 

‘Waning’ refers to the decreasing of the Moon’s illumination once again. This phase signifies gratitude and is the time within the lunar cycle that represents completion and the culmination of all that has come before. Waning is a time for weeding and harvesting and being grateful for all you have received during the full moon.

 

That vision you created,

goal you fought to attain,

purpose you claimed,

vision you saw repeatedly,

it’s there,

within reach.

waiting for you

and no one else.

you brought it to life

You believed

Marala Scott

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