Phases of the Moon
There are four phases of the moon: the new moon, the full moon, the waxing moon, and the waning moon. Each one of them has a direct effect on your energy and intuition. To find out which phase the moon is in, all you need to do is go outside.
Look at the moon tonight. If you see the crescent with the tips pointing to the left, the moon is “waxing” or becoming full. When the tips of the moon are pointing to the right, it is “waning” or disappearing.
Moon phases: New, waxing, full, and waning moon.
The New Moon
Divination done during the new moon is very powerful. The phase perfect for this is three days before the new moon to three days after. Questions about projects or relationships recently started or just ending are perfect subjects to bring up at this time. Some people say that the best time to perform divination with the new moon is during the daytime. You can also ask questions focused on health, beauty, creative endeavors, money, legal matters, jobs, love, and romance. Analyze the significance of certain dreams you have at this time.
The moon has always fascinated human beings, and folkloric beliefs regarding the moon abound. Many ancient cultures believed that it was bad luck if a new moon fell on a Monday. Sailors predicted that a storm was coming if they could see a large star close to the moon. And here's a custom for getting a love wish to come true—spend an hour staring at the moon, reciting your wish out loud.
The Full Moon
Hands down, this is the best phase of the moon to practice divination. For seven days—three days before and three days after the full moon, and the day the full moon occurs—you'll reap the benefits of the dazzling energy that the moon gives out. Your intuition and psychic vision will be incredibly enhanced during this period. You will also be more sensitive and emotional. This is a great time to ask questions about family, love, motivations of others, competition, money, fitness and health, decisions, pregnancy and children, and self-improvement. Dreams of a prophetic nature tend to occur during this phase of the moon cycle. You can also ask the moon for protection and guidance during this time.
The Waning Moon
When the moon is disappearing or “waning,” it is changing from full moon to new moon. Some people prefer not to practice divination during this period, which starts after the fourth day of the actual day of the full moon and lasts for seven days. If you need to ask questions at this time, you can try inquiring about addictions, stress, debts, issues of trust, and emotional blocks.
The Waxing Moon
The waxing moon period is when the moon is increasing in size, from new or black back to full. At this time, your energy and strength increase as well. It is best to do divination after the fourth day of the actual new moon. You can ask all questions of a positive nature, as well as advice on how to handle things. You can also focus on friends, how people feel about you, luck, and travel.
The Moon in Your Sun Sign
To keep track of when the moon is in your sun sign, you can find astrological calendars online or purchase The World Almanac, which contains this information. When the moon is in your sun sign, it's a good time to ask questions concerning advice, decisions, and just about anything in general. Luck and intuition are on your side, and your energy is stronger as well, so you can go ahead and get a reading during this period. If the moon is in your sign and it is full, your chances for accuracy are greatly increased.