Last weekend, as I picked up supplies for my garden, I overheard a conversation between two guys. One of them bragged about how well his vegetable patch was doing since he incorporated lunar gardening into his routine.
This piqued my interest as a theologian and researcher interested in new-age beliefs. I quickly got what I needed and headed home, where I researched lunar gardening.
I found a book suggesting that the waxing and waning gibbous moon impacts yield. Curious, I emailed the writer to get more information. Since he was in town, he agreed to meet for coffee, where he shared more about his belief in lunar astrology.
He was convinced that the gibbous moon held spiritual significance beyond agriculture. We chatted for a while before I returned home to consolidate all I had learned.
The information came in handy in my next class. One of my students wanted to know if the gibbous moon held any spiritual significance.
I relied on the information I gathered and my research background to help her understand the spiritual meaning of the waning and waxing gibbous moons.
The bible doesn’t mention the spiritual significance of the waxing and waning gibbous moons. However, the gibbous moon is significant to new-age followers. According to lunar astrology, for example, the waning gibbous moon presents an opportunity for surrendering negative energy, emotions, beliefs, and habits holding you back from reaching your goal. They promote introspection, meditation, and gratitude journaling during this time to boost your self-awareness. Regarding the waxing gibbous, lunar astrologers believe this is a time for action. They encourage their followers to harness the energy of the waxing gibbous and use it to complete their projects. Additionally, diviners recommend learning new skills and manifesting your dreams during the waxing gibbous, believing the moon’s energy makes you receptive to new ideas and help you align with the universe’s plan over your life.
This article explores the spiritual significance of the gibbous moon. I’ll also look at the personality traits associated with people born under the waxing and waning gibbous moon and the Christian position on lunar astrology.
Spiritual Significance of the Gibbous Moon
Action and reflection
Among lunar astrologers, the gibbous moon means it’s time for action. They interpret the waxing gibbous as a sign to take action on their projects or change direction in their lives.
Lunar astrologers teach their followers to emulate the waxing gibbous as it nears the completion of its cycle. Likewise, they teach that the waning moon is a time for reflection and introspection.
They encourage their followers to pursue gratitude and meditation during the waning moon.
Rituals for manifesting
Lunar astrologers encourage their followers to manifest their desires during the waxing moon (including the gibbous).
They encourage rituals such as intention journaling, visualizing, and declaring during the waxing gibbous, believing that rays from a waxing gibbous will give the energy and power needed to bring their dreams to life.
Banishing shadow work
Modern witches and diviners reserve the waning gibbous to perform shadow-banning rituals to “cleanse” their spiritual environment by getting rid of negative energy accumulated during the earlier phases of the lunar cycle.
They’ll burn sages, declutter their physical space, and have meditation sessions under the moonlight, believing that doing so removes negative energy.
This practice is prevalent among permaculture enthusiasts. They believe that aligning their agricultural practices to the lunar cycle improves yield. For instance, they believe that transplanting seedlings and applying liquid fertilizers during the waxing gibbous promotes the development of leaves.
The reason is that the waxing gibbous has a higher gravitational pull, which draws sap upward to boost the growth and health of the leaves. Consequently, they’ll plant leafy vegetables under the waxing gibbous.
Additionally, they’ll plant their tubers under the waning gibbous, believing the earth’s pull is stronger than the moon’s, drawing the sap to the roots.
It’s worth mentioning that scientists tested these beliefs but couldn’t find enough evidence to promote them as part of conventional agriculture.
Additionally, permaculture has strong links to the earth goddess Gaia, which might explain the origins of this belief and practice.
Waxing Gibbous Moon Spiritual Meanings
The waxing gibbous precedes the full moon. Lunar astrologers interpret it as a time for action, manifesting, and self-reflection.
A time to finish pending projects
As mentioned, lunar astrologers encourage their followers to finish pending projects during the waxing gibbous moon. They suggest that the waxing gibbous provides much-needed energy to get through the last stages of your project.
You’ll often hear proponents of this belief cite the moon’s efforts to transition into the full moon as inspiration for them to make the necessary sacrifices to finish their projects.
They’ll often liken the waxing gibbous to the final stages of labor and use this as motivation to spur action and finish their project.
Time to learn new skills
Additionally, lunar astrologers believe that the waxing gibbous signifies growth and learning. As such, they encourage their followers to pick up new skills needed to finish their projects or advance their careers.
They believe that the mind is more receptive and open during this time because of the positive vibes the waxing gibbous projects.
Assess your progress
Diviners encourage self-reflection during the waxing gibbous. They’ll teach their followers to reflect on their progress and take corrective measures to help them reach their goals.
According to these diviners, you should keep a journal of your goals, which you’ll use during self-reflection. Additionally, they encourage meditation to align yourself with what the universe is doing in your life.
Dream big and manifest your dreams.
Finally, lunar astrologers believe the waxing gibbous provides the perfect opportunity to manifest your dreams and ambitions. They encourage you to write down your vision, speak it out, and visualize it through meditation during the waxing gibbous.
Spiritual Meanings of Waning Gibbous Moon
The waning gibbous follows the full moon. Lunar astrologists believe it provides the perfect opportunity for self-reflection, gratitude, and decluttering.
A time to release and let go
As mentioned, diviners believe the waning gibbous presents an opportunity to banish negative energy, beliefs, and habits that hinder you from reaching your destiny. Additionally, they encourage their followers to declutter their spaces and the negativity associated with them.
Furthermore, lunar astrologers encourage their followers to retreat from the world and look inward. They believe the waning gibbous allows assessing your finished project, achievements, challenges, and mistakes.
Additionally, they encourage journaling during this time, believing the waning gibbous provides the clarity needed to thoroughly analyze your progress.
Gratitude and rest
Finally, diviners recommend you be thankful for the far you’ve come. They believe the gibbous moon helps you slow down, look back, and feel proud of your achievement.
They encourage you to pull out your gratitude journal and list what you’re thankful for, believing this will motivate you to achieve your next goal.
Additionally, diviners encourage you to rest during this time and use the waning gibbous moon’s rays to recharge and prepare for your next task.
Personality traits of people born under the waning gibbous moon
As mentioned, lunar astrologers believe the waning gibbous moon is a time for self-reflection and analysis. As such, they also believe babies born under the waning moon have an analytical personality.
According to lunar astrology, these babies grow up to be introspective, constantly looking inward and analyzing their thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Additionally, they’re seen as practical and problem solvers. Diviners recommend such people lean into their natural talents and find careers in science, engineering, and finance.
Lunar astrologers tie this trait with the analytical nature of people born under the waning gibbous moon. They believe their continued introspection gives them better self-awareness.
They also attribute their self-awareness to honesty. Lunar astrologers believe people born under the waning moon are brutally honest with themselves and others.
They suggest their heightened self-awareness predisposes them to growth in their lives and career.
People born under the waning moon are believed to be wise beyond their years. Some diviners go as far as calling them “old souls.” Lunar astrologers believe the waning gibbous bestows wisdom on these people, making them great counselors from a young age.
Finally, people born under the waning gibbous are believed to be conservative in their mannerisms and beliefs. Lunar astrologers suggest this arises from their introspective personality.
Furthermore, they suggest that people born under the waning gibbous come off as stubborn because of their conservative nature.
Personality traits of people born under the waxing gibbous moon
Lunar astrologers believe people born under the waxing gibbous moon are easy-going and form relationships easily with those around them. They attribute this to their compassionate nature.
Diviners believe people born under the waxing gibbous moon are capable of great sacrifice for those they care about and love.
Furthermore, they believe this trait makes them seek a deeper connection with those they care about, making them great friends, lovers, and partners.
People born under the waxing gibbous moon are believed to be good communicators. Lunar astrologers believe these people are quick to share their ideas and experiences with the group.
Additionally, they’re believed to be good teachers, always willing to pass on the knowledge they gained in their lives. While this is admirable, counselors believe it may come off as overbearing, especially if they offer unsolicited advice.
Finally, lunar astrologers believe people born under the waxing gibbous moon are determined, focused, and driven.
They suggest that these people have boundless energy, unmatched self-drive, and a good work ethic that spurs them to pursue growth, success, and self-development.
According to lunar astrology, these people learn new skills and live by their rules and principles. Consequently, diviners believe people born under the waxing moon enjoy success early in life because of this determination, focus, and drive.
What You Can Do During the Waxing Gibbous Phase of the Moon?
As mentioned, lunar astrologers believe the waxing gibbous moon is a time for growth, development, learning, and action. Here are some things you can do during the waxing gibbous moon.
Lunar astrologers encourage their followers to analyze their progress and make adjustments that will bring them closer to achieving their goals.
They believe the waxing gibbous moon provides the opportunity to see and correct the mistakes made during a project before it’s too late.
Diviners and lunar astrologers encourage their followers to record their progress so they will have something to refer to during their analysis. According to diviners, a journal makes it easy to see where they went wrong.
Finish your project
According to lunar astrology, the waxing gibbous moon is the perfect time to finish your projects. They equate the waxing gibbous moon to the last lap in a race, where athletes muster the energy needed to sprint to the finish line.
Lunar astrologers encourage their followers to follow the example of the waxing gibbous moon and muster the strength to complete their pending projects. They encourage meditation to channel the energy needed to finish their projects, promising the end will be worth it.
Enroll in a course.
Lunar astrology suggests the waxing gibbous moon predisposes us to learn new skills. As such, diviners and lunar astrologers encourage their followers to enroll in courses or practice latent skills during the waxing gibbous.
They believe that the moon makes us receptive to new ideas and concepts. Additionally, they encourage their followers to ensure the new skills align with their goals.
Manifest your dreams
Diviners encourage their followers to dream big and manifest them during the waxing gibbous moon. They encourage practices like intentional journaling, declaration, and visualizing through meditation.
According to diviners, doing so aligns you with the universe’s plan for your life, making you receptive to opportunities that will come your way.
Go with the flow.
Lunar astrologers advise their followers to go with the flow during this season. They suggest that the waxing moon may spur you in a specific direction and encourage you to go with the flow, as it could lead to more success.
Does the gibbous moon bring good or bad luck?
There’s no indication that the gibbous moon brings good or bad luck. As mentioned, lunar astrologers believe the gibbous moon is a chance to take action or reflect.
They also believe that following their advice increases your chances of success. However, there’s no mention of good or bad luck.
For Christians, lunar astrology is prohibited. We shouldn’t look to the moon as a force controlling our lives since this is a form of divination, something the bible prohibits (Deuteronomy 18:10-14).
Instead, we should rely on God for wisdom and clarity in our lives, relationships, and careers.
As a devout Christian, I have always been passionate about the Christian faith. This inspired me to pursue a degree in Religious studies and a Masters in Theology in college. I have also been privileged to teach 4 Christian courses in a college and university. Since I am dedicated to spreading the word of God, I am actively involved in the Church. Additionally, I share his word online and cover diverse topics on the Christian faith through my platform. You can read more about me on the about us page.