The Moon’s Cycle
There are 8 phases of the Moon’s Cycle.
Dark Moon (i.e., the 3 days directly before a New Moon) = Samhain / Halloween and late autumn, a “dead” low-energy time “when the veil is thinnest.”
New Moon = Winter Solstice, when the Sun is at the lowest ebb and the night is longest.
Waxing Crescent Moon = Imbolc, Groundhog’s Day – the days grow slightly longer and the first tiny stirrings of spring appear.
First Quarter Moon = Ostara, Spring Equinox – the day becomes longer than the night and sweet cool bursts of flowers show up.
Waxing Gibbous Moon = May Day, Beltane – things are getting warm & sexy.
Full Moon = Summer Solstice, the Sun is at “full blast,” the night is short, and the party is on.
Waning Gibbous Moon = Lughnasadh, Early August – still hot but the Sun is starting to weaken and the days are beginning to shorten.
Third Quarter Moon = Mabon, Autumn Equinox – the days are noticeably cooler and shorter, the melancholy of autumn begins to be felt.
Dark Moon = again, Samhain / Halloween- it’s getting cold, dark, and freaky. The Sun is getting even weaker.
from Carolyn Elliott