Beautiful balsamic Moon, the most mysterious of all the Moon's phases, thank you for giving us the gift of stillness.
Do you know about the balsamic Moon?
It's the phase that ends every lunar cycle, every single month.
While many Moon calendars talk about four Moon phases (new, first quarter, full, and last quarter), our celestial satellite actually undergoes a steady, subtle series of eight phases each month.
The last of those, the eighth, is the balsamic Moon.
Here are the eight Moon phases, in order:
The first several phases are part of the Moon's waxing period, when it appears to grow and increase in light until it forms a fully illuminated circle at the full Moon.
The last phases form the Moon's waning period, when it gradually appears smaller, less round, and ultimately disappears from view for a bit at the "dark of the Moon" before the new Moon becomes visible to us on Earth as a sliver of a silver crescent.
This series of Moon phases traces a powerful story of light that we see played out monthly.
As with anything new (a seed, an idea, a project, a process - even a person), a lack of information (or light, wisdom, or insight) makes the fledgling manifestation fragile, mysterious, not fully known. It's still in the dark period of newness, especially with a seed, which germinates underground before erupting into the light later on.
With experience (symbolically, the increased light in the waxing Moon phases), comes some recognition of what we actually have on our hands or are trying to grow. As the process goes on, we generally reach an "aha!" moment (symbolized by the full Moon's fully round shape and great light), realizing an idea's true potential or a project's actual purpose and best structure or development process.
Then, as the process continues, we may encounter challenges (symbolized by the last quarter Moon) when sharing our work with others and have to decide whether to carry on with our project (likely with alterations) or set it aside.
By the time we reach the final stage, the balsamic Moon period, the work is done for now, we've learned much, and it's time to rest and reflect before setting off once again at the next new Moon.
And that is the essential power of the beautiful balsamic Moon phase: permission to stop, rest, and review.
With so little external light at balsamic Moon time, our job consists of going within to commune with the inner light, which will be greater now that we have some experience during the earlier Moon phases.
Here are all the balsamic Moon phase periods for 2022. Besides dates, the chart below shows the exact times at which these balsamic Moon periods begin and end.
NOTE: Dates and times listed below are for U.S. central time.
Remember that the end of the balsamic Moon phase is the start of the new Moon phase; the new Moon start times are identical with the ending times given above for the balsamic phases.
So do take the time to rest at the monthly balsamic Moon period so you're ready for the next new Moon.
At that point, you'll feel energy increase and naturally feel called to become more active with the new Moon.
Get more about the balsamic Moon (especially how it helps you meditate, reflect, and rest) in these articles:
More Moon phases information can give you even more insight on how to flow with the Moon's energies. The new and full Moon phases especially are important for timing and fine tuning your plans and schedules.
Flowing with lunar vibes can help you be in better tune with natural rhythms so your life feels balanced.
Let the Moon guide your timing, and enjoy all the Moon's many phases!