In astronomy, the Balsamic Moon is seen around 2-5 days after the Last Quarter Moon. This is the 7th of the 8 monthly lunar phases. The Balsamic Moon, or Waning Crescent, as it’s sometimes referred to, can be identified as a thin, silver crescent in the sky where a small portion of the left side is illuminated by direct sunlight.
This phase represents a reflective time where your focus should be on rest, rejuvenation, and preparation for the New Moon. There should be no more planning or action of any kind needed during this phase. Your mind should be still and at peace. This can be a good time for endings. Some say that it is easier to give up bad habits during a Balsamic Moon. During the Balsamic phase, our purpose is to surrender and release.
The Balsamic phase is not usually a good time to start anything new. You might tend to withdraw and keep to yourself during this cycle. So, starting a new relationship could prove to be exceptionally difficult. The Balsamic Moon is a time traditionally associated with ending things. So, if you need to finish a difficult relationship now is the best time to do so. This phase is a cleansing time so remember that a fresh start is just around the corner.
Meditation, contemplation and chanting will be especially powerful during this phase. Become still and use the Balsamic phase of the moon to spend time alone, rest and be introspective. If you do not honour this time and use the ‘downtime’ available to you. Then you may not feel fully refreshed when the new cycle begins and things can become out of balance. This is an ideal time to relax your mind and let your subconscious and your imagination flow. Your vision should be completely clear during this time to ensure you are ready to begin again with the arrival of the New Moon.
When it comes to your career, this is not the time to make any changes or dwell on big decisions. Try to avoid mentally strenuous tasks in the workplace during the Balsamic Moon. Instead to relax your mind, the best use for this phase is rest. So if you feel as though you’ve been pushing yourself too hard, or are feeling burnt out at work. Then now’s the time to give yourself a day off and have a break.
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Working with the phases of the moon really couldn’t be easier. If you feel like you want to tune into one of the moon’s phases this month, look out for our other ‘Lunar Cycles’ posts :