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Moon Phases Meanings Infographic: A Beginner’s Framework for Following Lunar Rhythms

By Tina Gong


The moon is one of our most prominent and ancient symbols. It has shaped how we understand and track time, its movement controls the tides, and its rise into the sky signals the coming of night. It has a marked association with femininity and fertility - for female menstrual cycles are roughly the same amount of time as a lunar phase. All of these roles have cemented its relationship to us, and we see this in the way that the moon has made its way into our myths and culture.

The lunar cycle is made up of several distinct phases, all of which have associations with different states of being. These states mirror a kind of spiritual path or quest - which like our search for ourselves, never ends. When we observe the moon, we see reflections of the grand pattern of life that is birth, death and rebirth.

If you're curious about using moon magic in your practice, we also have an app that integrates them alongside tarot. You can download the app here.

How to Work With Moon Phases

Even if you’re a perpetual skeptic like me, there is a sort of gushy, warm, wonderful feeling that is evoked when you act in congruence with the cycles of something much grander and greater than yourself - it’s sort of akin to tapping your fingers to the beat of the music. It makes you feel part of something whole, something inconceivable, infinite and mysterious, which is an amazing feeling, and hard to find these days. I think, like with most rituals, following the rhythm of the moon amplifies the little trick that we play on ourselves (Jodorowsky thought that spells, rituals and magic were more about their affects on the caster).

Moon Phases and their Meanings

Moon Phases and their Meanings Infographic

New Moon

When the moon is invisible, it signals that all has been cleared, and it’s time to have a new beginning. It’s thought of as a good time to gather ideas, thoughts and plan ahead for the coming month or so.

Waxing Crescent Moon

Think about this time as planting a seed. The new moon gave you a chance to think about what it is that you want to accomplish, but the waxing crescent asks us to make it known, and develop our willpower to push it into fruition.

First Quarter Moon

When the moon looks as if its cut in half, it signals that action is ready to be taken. If we discover any obstacles that block our path, we must be steadfast and overcome them.

Waxing Gibbous Moon

The waxing gibbous moon is there when we are close to our goals, but we need to assess their viability. Perhaps your original desire is not possible at this time, but a different version of it is.

Full Moon

The full moon is also known as the harvest moon, and as the name suggests, it is a time to receive the gifts of your past intentions, and even of your current one - if you’re lucky. From this period, the moon will go from waxing to waning, signaling our journey to look inward instead of out. If you're looking for a tarot spread, we have a small sneak peek of one that is available on one of our apps.

Waning Gibbous Moon

While your actions and their reactions are still clear in your memory, it’s a good time to reflect. This stage, like its waxing mirror, is also one for refining, but this time, instead of looking at events, and what you can do, think about how you feel. Again, the waning period is all about looking internally.

Third Quarter Moon

After thinking carefully about your internal compass in the last phase, now it is time to release and let go of those habits and thought processes that hold you back. Forgive yourself and cleanse in preparation fro the next phase.

Waning Crescent Moon

This is a time for recuperation. To be fully open to the next cycle, one must completely be relieved from this one.


Learn how to use moon phases alongside the tarot with the Luminous Spirit App and Deck

Learn How to Tarot Use Tarot with your Moon Phase Rituals

If you're looking to explore more with lunar phases, and explore adding tarot into your rituals, we've created both a tarot deck and an app to help you combine both.

To get the deck, head here.
Learn more about the companion app here.

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    • Alex k
      Hi, I’m already on the email list. Do I need to sign up to something separate in order to access the moon phases calendar? Also- will you ever be doing a series on the story that follows each suit? Your story I heard briefly regarding the suit of swords is the most intriguing and useful one I’ve yet to hear. I searched online hoping you would have a video (preferably so I could listen while relaxing) but couldn’t find anything. I LOVE you apps and recommend them to all my friends and tarot clients. Thank you~ Alex
    • Fátima Gil
      I just loved Labyrinthos! Congrats for Moon Topic!
    • Tina
      @Loremis – we have both a calendar and an app for this – the calendar is given once you sign up for the moon phases course on this page. :)
    • Loremis
      Hello! I really enjoyed this article on the Moon Phases as it explained everything so concisely! I was wondering if you guys are planning to create a 2018 Moon Phases Lunar Calendar infographic/chart as well? It would be super helpful and much easier to track the phases day by day via month to month. Thank you!

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