Against the bright crescent of this Moon, you’ll see a dim outline of the whole Moon—a reminder of the fulfillment that is to come. Look for this Moon in the west in the early evening, after the Sun has set.
From Dana Gerhardt’s Moon Workshop
The cycle is still young… use the fresh energy to commit to your goals. You need courage at the Crescent Moon, but you may not realize it. It’s like hitting the poppy fields outside Oz: you can fall asleep before you know it. At this phase most people fall away from the lunar rhythm, into that other more hectic, less natural one. Life becomes familiar. The Moon is up there; you’re doing your thing down below. After the pregnant question of the New Moon, this phase holds a treachery of inertia. Where are you now? Is it business as usual? What happened to your new moon invitations? If you didn’t receive any, there’s still time to send out some of your own. Ask: What information or support do I need to go beyond my current position? For inspiration, look at the early evening Moon. You’ll see the slender crescent and, in shadow, the Moon’s full round orb. Is that ethereal Moon a symbol for your bright possibilities waiting to materialize? Or does it represent the haunting shadow of familiar habits—the same old, same old? You decide. If you want to make this cycle special, borrow the words of a remarkable man born at this phase. Say: “I have a dream.”
This Moon’s gift is Preparation.
If you’re serious about accomplishing your goal(s) this cycle, use this phase to assess what you need and to gather support – information, allies, materials. Seek out the Crescent Moon in the night sky—notice how bright, fresh and young she looks. Your creative energies are likewise bright, fresh, and young. Like a tender vine that needs support, they will benefit from a steadying influence now.
Its foundation element is Earth.
Earth stabilizes. Nothing could grow without it. After drifting with the dream world each night, every morning it’s useful to “do earth” (I sit in meditation, holding a stabilizing rock in my hands). Plant your feet in mud, hug a tree—grounding is favored this phase.
What do you most need to learn this phase?
How to make your commitments real. In other words, move them out of your head and into your body. Establish habits of action that can hold you to your purpose. Habits carry the power of ritual—a repeated action that gathers power the more you do it. your job is to create sacred and mundane rituals that can support the realization of your goal(s).
Are you touching the Moon? It’s one thing to read about the Moon, but another to tune into her with energetic sensitivity. The first method is mental; the second is sensuous and intuitive (which is of course the preferred way to grasp the Moon). Dana’s Moon Workshop can support you in developing an exciting, organic relationship with the Moon. Click for more information.