Lunar Illuminations: An Introduction to Manifesting with Moon Phases (Includes Affirmations and Guided Meditations)

Lunar Illuminations: An Introduction to Manifesting with Moon Phases (Includes Affirmations and Guided Meditations)

New Moon: Initiation

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The New Moon is a time to write down goals, practice cleansing rituals like burning sage or palo alto to clear out any negative energy, and to set intentions for the upcoming lunar cycle. It is also a good time to practice the following:

Seed Sprouting Meditation

Visualize your intentions, one by one, as seeds being planted under the dark, fertile soil of the New Moon. Imagine each seed sprouting, growing, and eventually blooming, manifesting into reality within the coming lunar cycle. Feel the energy of the New Moon nurturing your intentions, empowering you to achieve your goals. As you conclude your meditation, express gratitude for this time of new beginnings and invite positive energy into your life. Stay in this peaceful state for a few moments before gently returning to the present, carrying with you the energy of your intentions and the power of the New Moon.


  • Each goal I set is a seed planted in the fertile soil of the New Moon, ready to grow and manifest.
  • The energy of the New Moon nurtures my intentions, guiding me towards my highest good.
  • I am grateful for this time of renewal and embrace the transformative energy of the New Moon.

Waxing Crescent Moon: Growth

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The Waxing Crescent Moon is a time to go on nature walks to observe cycles of growth in the natural world. It is also a time to explore creative activities like painting, playing music, or writing poetry. Engaging with the arts will help you to get in touch with the Muses.

Lastly, it’s time to create some initial plans for personal, romantic, career, and spiritual growth you desire in the weeks ahead. It is also a wonderful time to practice the following:

Divine Inspiration Meditation

As you breathe in, imagine the energy of the Waxing Crescent Moon filling you with gentle light and growing power. Exhale, releasing doubts and fears that hinder progress. Envision your project unfolding, with clear and achievable steps. Let the moon guide you, ignite your imagination, and illuminate the path to your goals. Feel the excitement of progress. Focus on this feeling, letting it fuel motivation and enhance commitment. Listen for moments of divine inspiration, insight, and creative breakthroughs. When ready, return to your surroundings with a renewed sense of purpose.


  • The Waxing Crescent Moon ushers in new abundance and prosperity into my financial realm.
  • I am becoming more emotionally resilient as the Waxing Crescent Moon continues to grow.
  • As the Waxing Crescent Moon shines today, she supports increasing success for me in all I desire to achieve.

First Quarter Moon: Focus

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The First Quarter Moon is a time for motivational reading, to stay physically active through activites like jogging or yoga, and to begin to take action upon the plans you drafted during the Waxing Crescent Moon. With the growing light of the First Quarter Moon, the following can be a very inspirational resource:

Candle Meditation

Light a candle that aligns with your goal (e.g., green for growth, red for passion or courage, blue for calm and wisdom). As the flame flickers, close your eyes and visualize your goal as if it’s already a reality. Feel the emotions attached to achieving this goal — joy, satisfaction, accomplishment. With each breath, imagine the flame radiating those feelings and the energy of your goal into the universe. Exhale, letting go of doubt and fear. Continue until you feel a deep sense of peace and certainty that your goal is manifesting. When ready, blow out the candle and carry this energy with you throughout your day.


  • As the First Quarter Moon illuminates the sky, I illuminate myself with self-belief and confidence.
  • With the courage of the First Quarter Moon, I will overcome all obstacles in my path.
  • As the First Quarter Moon grows stronger in the night, so does my strength and determination.

Waxing Gibbous Moon: Refinement

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The Waxing Gibbous Moon is a time to assess the progress you have made so far on your goals. It is also an excellent time to do energy work such as Reiki or Qigong. This is because as you are mobilizing energy toward your goals, maintaining your inner energetic equilibrium may become more challenging. While readjusting your energy and your path toward your desired goals, the following may be useful for you.

Tenacity Meditation

Close your eyes and visualize the Waxing Gibbous Moon in the night sky, its luminous light guiding you towards your goals. Inhale deeply, feeling the moon’s energy fill you with determination. Exhale, letting go of fear and doubt. See your goals as stars, knowing each step under the moon’s guidance brings you closer. Let the light of the Waxing Gibbous Moon instill in you the courage to embrace change, the strength to face challenges, and the tenacity to persist. Under its glow, remind yourself of your commitment to continuous learning and growth. Open your eyes, carrying this energy with you as you navigate your day.


  • Like the Waxing Gibbous Moon navigates the night sky, I navigate through shifting conditions towards my goals.
  • The Waxing Gibbous Moon inspires me to adjust my sails, maintaining my course while adapting to the changing winds.
  • Under the glow of the Waxing Gibbous Moon, I recognize that refining goals is an integral part of my growth journey.

Full Moon: Culmination

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The Full Moon marks a time to celebrate progress and to reap the harvest of the fruits of your manifestation practice. Even if you did not receive exactly what you hoped for, over the past weeks there have been various breakthroughs and advances in your life. Now, take time to honor these new developments and commend your own heartfelt efforts to live life to the fullest. The Full Moon is the best time for crystal charging, which you can do with the following meditation.

Crystal Charging Meditation

Find a quiet spot to see the moon. Lay out your crystals and sit comfortably, taking a moment to calm your breathing. Visualize the moon’s silvery light enveloping you, filling you with serene power. Connect with the cosmos and extend this energy to your crystals, picturing the moonlight seeping into each one. Mentally express your intention for each crystal. Speak these intentions into existence, allowing lunar energy to charge the crystals. Breathe deeply, feeling peace and connectivity. Thank the moon and the crystals. Leave your crystals under the moonlight overnight to finish charging. Your crystals are now charged and ready to manifest your desires over the next lunar cycle.


  • Aligned with Full Moon energy, I acknowledge my success and embrace the lessons from my mistakes.
  • Basking under the radiant Full Moon, I honor my progress and revel in my abundant growth.
  • Guided by the Full Moon’s wisdom, I celebrate the truth that I am worthy of all the blessings flowing into my life.

Waning Gibbous Moon: Gratitude

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The Waning Gibbous Moon is a time to share your harvest. This can take the form of sharing knowledge, resources, time, and/or love with the people around you. We can practice gratitude journaling which can strength relationships, shift our focus from what’s wrong to what’s right, and even improve the quality of our sleep. The Waning Gibbous Moon is the perfect time to reflect and share the blessings we have received during the Full Moon.

Gratitude Meditation

Take a deep breath in, releasing any tensions as you exhale. Picture the Waning Gibbous Moon in your mind, its soft, diminishing light serving as a symbol of self-awareness and introspection. Feel gratitude for the blessings in your life, big and small. Let go of any resistance and reflect on how you can share your blessings with others. With each breath, imagine your generosity spreading to those around you. What you give will come back to you multiplied. Give with an open heart and remember that gratitude always attracts more blessings. Open your eyes, carry this awareness with you, and recall it whenever needed.


  • The Waning Gibbous Moon urges me to share my knowledge, resources, and love. I know the Universe will always replenish me.
  • With the Waning Gibbous Moon as my guide, I count my blessings, big and small, and find joy in each and every one.
  • As the Moon diminishes, so does my reluctance to express my gratitude. I give thanks openly and sincerely for all my blessings.

Last Quarter Moon: Release

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The Last Quarter Moon marks a transition from gratitude to release and forgiveness. This is a good time for forgiveness practice as follows: Reflect on any conflicts or hurt feelings currently in your life. Write a forgiveness letter to release these emotions. You don’t need to send it, the act of writing it is therapeutic in itself.

Restorative yoga poses such as happy baby pose, waterfall pose, knees to chest, and child’s pose can also be beneficial at this time. Such poses can help you to release any tension that has been stored in your body as a result of your manifestation efforts.

A final practice for the Last Quarter Moon is decluttering. This can be within your home, desk, phone, purse, and/or computer. Releasing items that no longer serve you will open up space for new, beautiful things and ideas to enter your life in the coming weeks. Whether releasing physical items or difficult emotions, the following meditation can help:

Tranquility Meditation

Direct your attention inward and center your focus on your heart. Envision a gentle, warm light radiating from within, permeating your entire being with a sense of tranquility and solace. Allow this light to dissolve any fears, replacing them with a profound sense of compassion for yourself and for all other sentient beings. Shift your attention gently towards past mistakes or regrets. Feel forgiveness wash over you, liberating you from lingering feelings of remorse or resentment. Focus on the profound sense of liberation and empowerment enveloping you, leading you towards acceptance and inner peace. When ready, slowly open your eyes and carry this tranquility throughout your day.


  • In harmony with the Last Quarter Moon, I declutter my mind and choose to let go of needless worries.
  • Aligned with the Last Quarter Moon, I am forgiving towards all, understanding that everyone is on their own journey.
  • In the presence of the Last Quarter Moon, I am liberated from the hold of past regrets, opening my heart for healing.

Waning Crescent Moon: Rest

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The Waning Crescent Moon is a time to let go of all intentions, even the intention to let go. As Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, true meditation means for 15 minutes: “I Want Nothing, I Do Nothing, I Am Nothing.”

This is a time for you to enjoy a relaxing bath or to read a book you have been putting off because of other “more important” priorities. Do what makes you feel happy just because it makes you happy!

You may also find that listening to healing frequencies such as Solfeggio Frequencies (174 Hz, 285 Hz, 396 Hz, 417 Hz, etc… read more at The Benefits of the 9 Solfeggio Frequencies) to be particularly soothing and healing during the Waning Crescent Moon.

If you find all this relaxation to be difficult, particularly in the age of “Hustle Culture,” perhaps the following meditation may be useful:

Patience Meditation

Find a comfortable position, free from distractions. Breathe deeply, imagining the Waning Crescent Moon’s energy enveloping and calming your spirit. Feel its gentle pull, guiding you to embrace patience. Exhale, releasing the urge for rapid progress. Embrace the benefit of patience, of allowing the universe to unfold at its own pace. Inhale, drawing in grounding energy, connecting with your higher self. Trust in the ebb and flow of life, understanding that just like the moon, we too, have our phases — times of growth, times of introspection, and times of rest. Carry this grounding and patience with you, greeting the world with renewed spirit.


  • As the Waning Crescent Moon wanes further, I am patient with my journey. Everything unfolds in its own perfect time.
  • As the Waning Crescent Moon shines, I am at peace with the universe. My mind is calm, my body is relaxed.
  • In the presence of the Waning Crescent Moon, I am grounded and rooted in the wisdom and power of Spirit.
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