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  • Writer's pictureLori Barnes

The Waxing and Waning Moon

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

You know it has something to do with the Moon, but do you know the difference between a Waxing and Waning Moon? Here’s the scoop:


Waxing starts when the Sun and Moon are in the same place in the sky by zodiac sign and degree. It’s called the New Moon. At the time of the New Moon, the sky is dark for around 3 days. But there is a moment of exactness when the phase changes from waning to waxing that astrologers take note of every month.


The Moon waxes to full and wanes to new. The New Moon is considered the beginning of the Lunar Cycle waxing toward growth. During this time the Moon is gaining light from the Sun.


Waning to Waxing Moon


Following the cycle, the Waning Moon starts at the Full Moon. The Moon has taken all the light she can. The Waning Moon loses the amount of light she receives from the Sun until she becomes dark again and starts a whole new cycle.

Usually that next cycle is in the next zodiac sign. Every now and then we have a New or Full Moon in the same sign. This can happen when the previous Moon was in the very beginning of a sign and the following is at the end of the degrees in the same sign. This is a very brief explanation since I want to stay focused on this topic of waxing and waning.

Waxing and Waning Cycle


The Waxing period is a building up of energy, a time to start and grow something. The Waning period is a returning to darkness phase. Like the period of time from the full bloom of the rose until it has died and returns back to the soil so a new seed can sprout.


It can be likened to our life cycle. The new moon phase from birth until our mid-life. Once we hit our mid-life peak, we have bloomed. We have mastery, wisdom, knowledge, and we spread this information to those who can benefit from it. Then our bodies decide it’s time to return our souls back to which it came from. And more souls sprout as new generations are born.


Waxing and Waning are beautiful metaphors for life. We have this amazing cycle to watch every month with the Sun and Moon. Happy sky gazing!


Find out about the latest New and Full Moon here.

Calculate your birth Lunar Phase Cycle here.

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