This article is courtesy of Steve Nelson, a fantastic mythic and cyclic Astrologer out of North Carolina. Contact me if you wish his email and I will connect you with him. The Balsamic phase of the Moon cycle is the three days before New Moon when the waning crescent can be seen an hour or so before Sunrise. The Balsamic Moon is called the Wishing Moon because this is a good time for putting wishes on the air.
A wish made at the Balsamic Moon is more likely to come true because Needs are felt more deeply now. The more deeply a need is felt, the more invocative energy goes into the Moon cycle and the more likely this need will be met. Fulfillment comes at Full Moon in response to what is seeded at the New. Seed intentions may be more consciously sown when the Crescent Moon appears beginning.
People are more likely to be aware of psychic phantasms, fears, Self-doubts and disturbing emotional tides at the close of the Moon cycle. OR THE FULL MOON. The old emotional cycle is breaking down and everything that is wrong tends to come to awareness. Feeling invokes healing.
It might seem strange but the worse one feels at Balsamic Moon the Better for invoking healing and need fulfillment. More often this Process is unconscious and rightly so as seeds grow best when planted in darkness.
The darkest time of any cycle is at the end when all its shadowy Elements come to the fore. “It’s always darkest just before dawn” Whether this refers to the beginning of a day, a new Moon, or new Zodiacal year.
During those 2 or 3 days before the new moon, the world can seem a tangled web of problems impossible to resolve.
But it is in the nature of the Balsamic Moon phase that problems are revealed but are not solved. Seeing the problem is easy at this time, Solution comes later. A too quick fix will be superficial and can inhibit the flow of growing understanding. This is a good time though for bringing to awareness, highlighting, and releasing old patterns of belief and behavior that are holding us back from easily meeting the challenges of the time. AND wait for that next Cycle to complete the energy of what you began during this phase.
The Balsamic Moon is the perfect time to stir out uncertainty and Confusion because it is the time for psychic clearing. Wishes are More readily fulfilled as the way is cleared to feeling core need.
A hot mineral bath can be healing at the dark of the Moon, a time when emotional, psychic, and physical toxins are ready to be released. Epsom (magnesium sulfate) salt and baking soda added to the bath helps eliminate these toxins, clear perceptions, and open awareness.
Candles, incense (esp. myrrh), and flowers are part of the ritual Bath prescribed for the day before the New Moon in Hindu tradition. A candle at the foot of the bath can be an aid for clearing the mind and focusing intentions.
The dark Moon is a quiet time, a time for pause before new Movement begins. Lunar energy is inaccessible at the exact time Of the New Moon as the slate of the unconscious mind is being cleared. The actual day of the New Moon is unfavorable for conscious Planting of either psychic or physical seeds. At this time Consciousness is turned within.
It is ideal to clean and put the house in order during the Dark of the Moon, then perhaps have friends in on the evening that the New Moon crescent appears. The night of the New Moon crescent is a time for celebration in all-indigenous cultures. Cherokee women dance from the sighting until the setting of the crescent Moon.
- The lunar cycle begins when the Moon is united with the Sun. which is called the NEW MOON
Indigenous peoples throughout the world have recognized the power of the waxing crescent Moon. The days just following the appearance Of the New Moon crescent are ideal for planting seeds or beginning new things. This is a good time to speak up, to let your needs be Known, and to announce intentions to the world. Farmer’s plant seeds when the waxing Moon appears. This is the best time to plant seeds on all levels.
Each Season begins with the NEW Moon closest to the equinox or solstice so For each of these moons, breathe deeply and focus Awareness on core needs for self, loved ones, and the world as a Whole. And make that wish…Namaste Carol Barbeau
Please use these moons, find out where these degrees are within your own birth chart and then make the best possible use of the strongest energy coming your way during the upcoming year.
Wish days can be used for anything, and/ if you know WHERE this is happening for you. WOW, how much more powerful that could be.
I will send you chart information on your own chart if you wish for $30.00 showing where the energies of each degree lies within your own chart Carol Barbeau, 253-370-7197.