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The First Quarter Moon is the time to take action on your New Moon intentions and goals.

Learn more about the phases of the moon in general.

With the growing light of the Sun, more energy is available during the First Quarter Moon to create vitality. When you look up into the night sky, you may want to call the First Quarter Moon the “the half Moon”. It doesn’t appear to be a quarter of a Moon at all. The term “Quarter” term comes less from the appearance and more from the geometry of the planets’ and stars’ 360 degree elliptical path.

The First Quarter Moon is when the Sun and Moon form a 90 degree angle, or “square”, in the sky.

In feng shui, energy has more chi if it is free to flow in circles. Rounded corners allow for energy to continue flowing. When energy meets a hard angle, like a 90 degree square, energy is impeded and slows down. Energy is energy and it still continues to flow, but now it becomes backed up. This backed-up energy creates tension in the dynamic system, producing intense forces to change or remove the block.

The First Quarter Moon is when we meet challenges and opportunities to remove blocks that impede our New Moon intentions.

This force to remove blocks is what impels us to take action. The energetic availability, plus the buildup of force, gives you the power needed to break through old blocks, patterns and obstacles. With more energy, you are able to make on-the-spot decisions about how to proceed and then do what needs to be done in order for your intentions to manifest. Your mantra here is “Action Jackson” or “Just do it”! It is a time for action.

In the plant cycle, the underground seedling has rooted and is ready to push above ground to receive sustenance from the Sun on its mission to grow.

There must a force of energy given to the tiny seedling to break through the soil. Because the seedling is grounded and rooted, receiving nourishment from Mother Earth, it has the energy to push through this obstacle. The desire to grow and fulfill its genetic purpose — to become what it is — is powerful. And so are your intentions! They are powerful enough to let you gather your power and resources to push through limitations.

As blocks are surmounted, you are able to reach even more energy as the Moon grows in power and light. First Quarter Moon now heads towards expansion and fruition as it grows towards becoming the Full Moon. Your intentions also now receive more energy to expand and grow. Taking action, pushing through and stopping at nothing is the energetic state you want to attune yourself to. The energy is available and nature is supporting you, go for it! Announce to yourself this saying paraphrasing FDR, “The only thing to fear is fear itself.”

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