Moon Phases - Crystals and Intention Setting Explained

Moon Phases - Crystals and Intention Setting Explained

With the largest supermoon in seventy years happening this month, I wanted to delve a bit into the different moon phases and how you can use the moon, along with your crystals, to set specific intentions.

moon, lepidoliteWhen the moon is full or new, the gravitational pull of the moon and sun are combined - meaning that the moon has a great deal of influence over the earth. During a supermoon, however, the moon is closer to the earth than on a regular full moon, and this can create an intensified effect. Forces of nature can be influenced by the increased gravitational pull of the supermoon. You may also see great weather events during a supermoon. On average, a lunar month lasts 29.5 days. During this time, it goes through several phases where you can set out your crystals with specific intentions or goals in mind. In this post, we'll briefly cover how to set intentions as well as review each of the moon phases and how you can use them to accomplish your goals.

Setting Intentions

“Every intention sets energy into motion, whether you are conscious of it or not.” - Gary Zukav

gridSetting intentions with your crystals can be a very powerful exercise. It helps manifest any number of things in your life; from attracting something to you, to something you would like to change or be rid of altogether. For example, if you wish to attract prosperity and good fortune, use a citrine stone to set your intentions during the first quarter moon. Or, if you wish to do a basic purge during the waning gibbous phase, use amazonite to help clear a troubled mind or dispel negative energy around you. Once you've programmed a stone, it will continue to emit the energy you imbue it with, until it is cleared.

When preparing for setting intentions, you'll want to take some time and think about what your goals are, particularly for the specific moon phase and crystal you are using. What are you trying to accomplish by setting these intentions? What is it that you dream of? Now is the time to acknowledge it. Ensure your stone has been cleansed and ready for its new task, as well as cleanse the area you will be working in, before you get started. You will also need to cleanse a sacred or dedicated space for the crystals to sit. Pick somewhere you will see it often and be reminded of your goal.

When you are ready to begin setting your intentions, bring the cleansed stone into your work space - be sure you are free from distractions. To start, it helps to write your intentions down and set them on their journey into the universe. Take the crystal in your hands, visualize what you hope to manifest and speak it aloud. Try not to be too specific when setting your intentions. You may want to win the lottery, but the universe may have a different plan to fulfill your desire for wealth and prosperity. Afterward, take a moment to feel the emotions as if your wish has come true and offer the vibration of success to the universe. You will be amazed at what unfolds.

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Phases of the Moon

The moon, or the nearest astronomical body to us, profoundly influences all aspects of our lives. Because of this, it is important to choose the appropriate time for setting intentions in your crystals.

Dark Moon: Moon of Rest and Beginnings

dark moon, new moonThe dark moon, although best on the specific calendar date, lasts for approximately 3 days. It is also known as a new moon and is the perfect time for starting new ventures or beginnings. This can be things such as, love and romance, job hunting, or starting a new health plan. It is a time of rest and regeneration, for planning for new beginnings, or setting new short and long term goals. If you want to kick a bad habit, this is the time to start preparations.

 Good stone to work with during a Dark Moon: Labradorite

Create synergy during a dark or new moon with Labradorite, a crystal of new beginnings and magic. The stone represents transformation, intuition, and balancing of aura. It is a stone that is spiritually grounding, enhances the mental and intuitive abilities of clairvoyance, telepathy, prophecy, and coincidence control. It also assists in communication with higher guides and spirits in accessing Akashic records, psychic readings and past-life recall. It reduces stress while protecting against others who drain your energy.

Waxing Moon

During the waxing period, the moon grows brighter. It's energy assists in attracting our goals and desires, as well as positive change, and instinctual growth. It lasts for approximately 14 days.

Waxing Crescent: Moon of Regeneration

waxing crescentWhen the moon is waxing crescent this is the best time for laying the foundation, making plans, or starting a change in your life.  It is a time for regeneration, strengthening, and fortifying yourself. It is a time to gather the resources you'll need to achieve your goals and set the initial steps of your plans into motion. This is also a good time for artistic inspiration and bringing passion to your work.

Good stone to work with during a Waxing Crescent Moon: Carnelian

This is a stone of action. Carnelian boosts courage and confidence to move forward on a new path in life. It will accelerate motivation and stoke your creative fire. 

First Quarter: Moon of Caution

first quarter moonDuring the first quarter, attraction energies are at their pinnacle. This is the best time to attempt to draw the things you want into your life. If you are looking for money, success, and protection, this is the time to set these intentions. It is also a good time for finding things.

 Good stone to work with during a First Quarter Moon: Citrine

Nicknamed The Merchants Stone, citrine helps attract prosperity and abundance into your life. It boost imagination and creativity, while helping you focus and stay alert. It is useful for memory and data recall, as well as promoting personal power, self-confidence, self-worth, and mental decisiveness. It accelerates spiritual visions, brings clarity, and improves intuition. Citrine is a stone that brings joy and happiness. It's golden, yellow color emits positive vibrations that will lift your spirit and allow you to see the joy in life and helps maintain a steady flow of income.

Waxing Gibbous: Moon of Endings

waxing gibbous moonWhile in the waxing gibbous phase it is time to prepare for the full moon. Tie off loose ends, work towards achieving your set goals, and exercise patience during this phase. It is also great for renewing your strength and determination.

Good stone to work with during a Waxing Gibbous Moon: Dumortierite

Use Dumortierite to enhance self-discipline, organizational abilities, and general orderliness. It helps release fear, while bringing courage and peace to one's life. This crystal can also help you to be patient. 

Full Moon: Moon of Celebration

The effects of the full moon lasts for three days - the day before, the day of, and the day after the calendar date of the full moon.

full moonFull moon energy, while seen as an all-purpose energy, is a time for transformation and strength. This is when the moon's energies are at their strongest and should be use for productivity, although it is not a good time for making major decisions. Full moons are tied to our emotional side. Therefore, you can expect emotional upheaval during a full moon and if you are normally sensitive to full moons, it is a good idea to avoid working with Moonstone during this phase.

Good stone to work with during a Full Moon: Smoky Quartz

Smoky quartz is a powerful ally in helping you to release patterns that are not serving you. It will help dismiss any old, stagnant energy, which creates space for you to achieve your true potential.

For instructions on how to use the full moon to charge and cleanse your crystals, see my post on Crystal Cleansing and Energizing.

Waning Moon

After the 3rd night of the full moon, we enter the moon's waning period, which lasts for approximately 14 days. This phase repels energies, rather than attracts them and can bring a conscious process of creative release.

Waning Gibbous: Moon of Retribution

waning gibbous moonWhen the moon is in the waning gibbous it is a good time to set intentions for things you want to stop or get rid of. It's time to cleanse the unwanted energies around you, correct mistakes, settle disputes, and make amends. This phase can also help if you simply want to declutter your life of unwanted distractions. This shift in the moon can also be used to turn introspective and study what has brought you to this point. What in your life has been affecting you? Is it negative or positive? Is it something you should purge from your life or something you'd like to continue with in the future? This would also be a great time to adjust any negative attitudes or behaviours.

Good stone to work with during a Waning Gibbous Moon: Black Moonstone

Black moonstone will help you identify what you need to let go of or shed, to achieve your hearts desires. This stone encourages reflection and enhances your intuition. Anything is possible.

Last Quarter: Moon of Transition

last quarter moon, three quarter moonDuring the last quarter moon, or third quarter moon, is the best time to deal with obstacles in your life or clearing hurtles in the way of your goals. Use this phase to also address and deal with any temptations you may be dealing with. Concentrate on consciously removing yourself from unhealthy relationships, situations and habits.

Good stone to work with during a Last Quarter Moon: Obsidian

Obsidian helps remove emotional blockages, blocks physical attacks, and provides clarity, strength and self-control. This volcanic glass stone also provides protection and assists with transformation.

Waning Crescent: Moon of Cleansing

waning crescent moonWhile in the waning crescent phase, the moon can be used to clear negativity and stress from your life and home. Use this moon to set intentions to rid yourself of anything that has been annoying, stressful or chaotic.  This is also a time for endings or bringing things to a close. If you need to purge your life from negativity, the waning crescent is the time to do it. This is also a time to rest and meditate of what you've learned throughout the previous cycle and prepare for the upcoming one.

Good stone to work with during a Waning Crescent Moon: Black Tourmaline

A protective stone, black tourmaline also helps with grounding, creating a psychic shield, and works well for deflecting and dispelling negative energies, entities, or destructive forces. It increases physical vitality, cleanses the emotional body of negative thoughts, anxieties, anger or feelings of unworthiness, and purifies one’s own negative thoughts, neutralizing internal conflicts while turning them into positive energy

Other "Specialty" Moons

Blue Moon

A Blue Moon occurs when the full moon appears twice within the same calendar month. Many consider the Blue Moon to be a goal moon where you set specific goals for yourself.

Black Moon

A Black Moon occurs when there are two dark cycles of the moon in any given calendar month. Many consider the second dark moon especially powerful, with the specific intentions mentioned above.  

kyaniteBe sure to catch this rare supermoon on November 14th and set out a few of your stones to take advantage of this opportunity that won't be around again until 2034!

What stones will you be putting out for the supermoon? Let me know in the comments below! 

With love and light,


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