Shoot For the Moon: What Moon Phase Meanings Mean For You

If you live in the Northeast, where we’re based, October means fall foliage, apple picking, and cooler weather —but everywhere it means Halloween is approaching. Behind the costumes and candy, Halloween has pagan roots that tie it to phases of the moon. We’re digging into moon phase meanings to explore what each one can mean to you.

The Eight Moon Phases

There are eight moon phases: new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, and waning quarter. The phases occur in connection to the moon’s location and how light from the sun hits it.

A chart of the moon and all its phases

Moon Phase Meanings

In astrology, a phase of the moon on a birth date is thought to play a role in influencing a person’s personality and instilling folks with certain characteristics.

a New moon is seen in the sky

New Moon – New Beginnings

The new moon is a time for new beginnings. Think of it as a fresh start, a time to collect your thoughts, realign your goals, and unplug. If you feel a bit overwhelmed, this is the right time to shut off for a few days.

Birth Moon: New moon babies are creative and inventive, adaptable to change, enjoy new challenges, and love to meet new people but can sometimes be introverted or “closed off” to others.

Moon Magic: Feel free to cancel plans, procrastinate, and spend some time on yourself.

a Waxing crescent moon is seen in the sky

Waxing Crescent – Setting Intentions

Waxing crescent means it’s time to formulate a plan. Start plotting out your next big project and begin to feel your energy and social nature return.

Birth Moon: Waxing moon babies are usually very constructive and productive and have a positive outlook on life.

Moon Magic: As the next moon phase will require action, now is when you should set the groundwork for optimal success.

A first quarter moon is seen in the sky

First Quarter – Take Action

With the arrival of the first quarter moon phase, it’s time for action and hard work. Be prepared to make decisions on the spot and maintain flexibility if things don’t go as planned.

Moon Magic: You are ready to conquer a new challenge, so have faith and lean on your inner strength.

a Waxing Gibbous Moon is seen in the sky

Waxing Gibbous – Refine Goals

Flexibility is key during a waxing gibbous phase. Figure out what’s working for you and what isn’t, and either persevere or change your course.

Moon Magic: Remember to be objective and decide whether your goals are realistic.

Apollo 11 image of a nearly full Moon | The Planetary Society

Full Moon – Harvest

During every full moon phase, the moon and the sun are in opposite zodiac signs, which means finding balance between two extremes. On the bright side, now you’ll start to reap the benefits of your hard work.

Birth Moon: Full moon babies are extroverted and super friendly, tend to change their minds quickly, are motivated by success and accomplishment, and they like to see their efforts come to fruition quickly.

Moon Magic: Whatever you are feeling during a full moon, remember that this tends to be an emotionally charged time and it’s okay to feel conflicted.

a Waning Gibbous moon is seen in the sky

Waning Gibbous – Gratitude

During this time you should be reaping the benefits of your hard work over the past two weeks, and might be feeling happy, healthy, full of love and appreciation, and want to share that positive energy.

Birth Phase: Waning gibbous moon babies tend to excel at reflecting upon themselves and making necessary changes, love things to be clean and pure, appreciate beauty around them, and they can be particular about cleanliness.

Moon Magic: You might start feeling lighter and happier during this phase, so let go of stressful energy and focus on good things in your life.

a Last Quarter Moon is seen in the sky

Last Quarter – Release

Get ready to let go, release, and make room for forgiveness during the last quarter phase. Release negative energy or anything else that isn’t bringing you happiness.

Moon Magic: Now is the time to break bad habits and get negative energy out of your life.

A waning crescent moon is seen in the sky

Waning Crescent – Surrender

Waning crescent happens at the end of the month. Surrender to the universe, take some time to relax, and remember sometimes things are out of your control.

Moon Magic: During this last quarter you might feel the need for balance. A new moon is just around the corner, so anything you haven’t finished can be focused on during the next cycle.

A crescent moon is seen depicted on a Moonglow moon phase necklace

Honoring Your Moon Sign

Moonglow Jewelry celebrates the moon phase that lines up with a birth date. It is a beautiful piece full of meaning, and it serves as a reminder of the unique properties that make each of us special.

A full moon is seen depicted on a Moonglow sterling silver bangle

A Unique Phase for a Unique Date

With Moonglow Jewelry’s custom date pieces, you can add a meaningful moment along with a moon phase on a bangle or necklace to make for an incredibly special and unique gift.

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