Have you heard of the balsamic Moon?
It's perhaps the least known of the Moon's eight distinct phases each month, yet it's potentially the most important for balancing modern life's often hectic pace.
The balsamic Moon phase arrives at the tail end of the monthly lunar cycle.
Each month, we have a new Moon, which begins a new lunar cycle. At first, we cannot see the new Moon in the night sky, but within about half a day it becomes visible as a slim crescent Moon.
After that, the Moon appears to grow and grow, eventually revealing all of herself as a round disk, fully illuminated as she reflects the Sun's light at the full Moon.
Following the full Moon, the lunar disk then appears to shrink, gradually shifting from a complete circle to a half circle, then a quarter circle, and finally a sliver of a crescent before disappearing entirely for about a day at the dark of the Moon before the next new Moon arrives.
The balsamic Moon is that final portion of the lunar cycle.
A balsamic Moon phase arrives when the Moon reaches 45 degrees of arc before the position of the Sun.
The Moon moves much faster than the Sun, and as she proceeds to catch up with the Sun (which brings the next new Moon), she gets slimmer and slimmer, showing less and less light.
The balsamic Moon phase lasts about three and a half days.
As for how to use the balsamic Moon, this phase is the opposite of the new Moon because it's best for slowing down, stopping, and resting.
It's the time to give yourself a monthly break from outward striving and simply be, as much as possible.
To use this phase well, accept the need to stop pushing and go with the flow. Also, spend time meditating, journaling, and getting extra rest. The balsamic Moon phase's energies encourage us to become calm and tranquil as we reflect on the past lunar month, finish up last tasks for projects started at the prior new Moon, and prepare to receive a new burst of energy and enthusiasm once the balsamic Moon period concludes.
Here is every balsamic Moon phase period for 2021, including the dates for each balsamic phase and the exact times at which they begin and end.
NOTE: Dates and times listed below are for U.S. central time.
Keep in mind that the end of the balsamic Moon phase each month is the start of the new Moon phase. If you manage the balsamic periods well, you'll be rested and ready for the upswing in energy and activity that comes naturally at the time of the new Moon.
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As you begin to apply balsamic wisdom in your life each month, you'll find you feel in better balance and more in tune with your need to rest periodically from life's intensity and your own daily, demanding labors.
Besides the balsamic Moon phase, it's helpful to know about more Moon phases, especially how the new and full Moon phases affect us.
That knowledge can help you make the most of these lunar periods to improve your life as you help others.
With a good understanding of the balsamic Moon as well as the new and full Moon phases, you'll be on your way to living your life in tune with nature.
Enjoy the balsamic Moon each month, throughout this - and every - year!