You can manifest at any lunar phase! But of course, depending on goals, vision, and approach to manifestation, some phases are better than others.
If you’re new to manifesting with the Moon, it can be overwhelming. Maybe because learning to manifest with the Moon isn’t just about getting stuff, it’s a transformative journey.
There’s a lot of advice out there, and not all of it’s accurate. So let’s break it down…
How to Manifest with the Moon
In astrology, the Moon represents the subconscious mind. A powerful symbol of the inner world, la Luna influences our intuition, instincts, and emotional landscape.
If you have any experience with manifestation practices, you’ll know that we largely create from our unconscious – which is why manifesting with the Moon can be SO effective. It’s a way to bring these worlds together – you’re connecting the internal unconscious realms, with the external forces of the Moon’s cycles.
It may sound complex, but it’s not. The Moon cycles offer a very simple framework, a beautiful blueprint for manifesting. And that’s what this article is all about…
The lunar cycle is 29.5-days long, and it’s the cycle that the Moon goes through as it orbits the Earth, caused by the Moon’s relationship with the Sun.
During this cycle, the Moon goes through eight phases (plus one extra), each with its own unique energy and characteristics.
New Moon Manifestation
The new Moon occurs when Sun and Moon align, also known as being “conjunct”. During this phase, the Moon rises and sets with the sun, resulting in the absence of moonlight in the night sky.
As the start of the lunar cycle, the new Moon symbolizes new beginnings, making it an ideal time for initiating projects, starting fresh, and setting intentions for the future. Many people also experience how the energy of the new Moon supports the clarity, and focus required for a fresh start.
The absence of visible moonlight during new Moons is a little like a blank canvas or a clean slate, providing a beautiful symbolic depiction of the potential for new growth and opportunities.
The New Moon is the point in the Moon cycle to hold an intention-setting Moon ritual, getting really specific about what you want to manifest and why you want it.
What you do now can set the stage for the entire Moon cycle, so work consciously.
Write your intentions down on a piece of paper, or create a vision board, and see your desires as if they have already come true, feeling the emotions associated with achieving them.
Waxing crescent Moon manifestation
The waxing crescent is the phase that occurs between the new Moon and the first quarter. During this phase, a small, crescent-shaped sliver of the moon becomes visible in the western sky after sunset. The waxing crescent moon marks the beginning of the Moon’s journey toward full illumination.
During the waxing crescent phase, it’s time to harness the energy of growth, and expansion, and to use a little Moon magic to start building momentum. This phase symbolizes the early stages of progress and the nurturing of new ideas and projects.
This phase is the ideal time for taking action, making plans, and laying the groundwork for future endeavors. A Moon ritual for motivation would work well here.
Manifestation practices to try under the waxing lunar phases include visualization, taking inspired action, and using affirmations to align yourself with your aspirations. The waxing crescent Moon’s energy is conducive to initiating positive change, cultivating optimism, and harnessing the power of intention to bring dreams and desires to fruition.
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First quarter Moon manifestation
The first quarter moon occurs approximately one week after the new Moon when the Sun and Moon are 90º apart. La Luna appears as a half-moon shape in the sky. This phase marks the halfway point between the new moon and the full moon, signifying a time of transition, adjustment, and tension.
In spiritual and astrological practices, the first quarter Moon phase is often regarded as a time for taking action, making decisions, and overcoming obstacles caused by any issues that arise as your life begins to change.
Astrological squares often require us to make adjustments and take positive action that reaffirms our commitment to personal and professional growth.
The first quarter provides an opportune moment to work on harnessing your inner strength, and taking concrete steps towards realizing intentions. Doing manifestation rituals, during this phase can be fantastic to align yourself with the energy of growth and progress, and to propel yourself forward with purpose and determination.
Try something new, take a leap of faith, and act with positivity and productivity in your own life.
Waxing Gibbous Moon manifestation
The waxing gibbous Moon is the phase occurring after the first quarter, and before the full moon. During this phase, the Moon appears more than half illuminated but not yet full, appearing as a large, bulging shape in the sky.
As a time of increasing light and energy, this powerful Moon phase signifies a period of exponential growth, and also refinement, in preparation for the full moon.
Moon magic is almost at its peak, you’ll likely feel things in your life aligning, offering an opportunity for fine-tuning intentions, making minor adjustments and course-correcting the path to your manifesting goals. But it’s important not to hold back, and to continue to pour your efforts into your goals.
If you don’t see things materializing exactly as you’d planned, don’t give up. See if you can tweak your plans, and trust what IS unfolding for you under this Moon phase.
Utilize the energy of the waxing gibbous Moon by holding rituals that will retain your focus and determination. And don’t neglect self-care – this phase can feel overwhelming if you’re not looking after yourself.
Full Moon manifestation
The full Moon is the phase when the entire face of the Moon is illuminated by the Sun and appears as a complete circle in the sky.
In many spiritual traditions, the full Moon is considered a potent time for manifestation, as it’s associated with heightened energy, illumination, and the peak of the manifestation cycle.
The full Moon creates a magical and sacred space to perform a full Moon ritual for gratitude, magnetism, healing, love or release. Using a visual representation
Full Moons are also times of illumination, so this is a great time to allow yourself to be truly seen (by yourself and others). Many people perform meditations, Moon gaze, Moon bathe, or take a Moon bath with essential oils, herbs and salts.
The full Moon is a time for embracing abundance, acknowledging personal growth, and aligning your regular spiritual practice with the deeply feminine energy of Grandmother Moon.
As the tipping point into the waning phases of the Moon, this Moon phase also symbolizes fruition and completion, making it an opportune time for expressing gratitude, celebrating achievements (however they arrived!), and reflecting on releasing what no longer serves.
If there were any blocks, limitations, or unconscious habits preventing your intention from being realized, give them the grace to rise up out of the shadows and be seen under the light of the Full Moon. (During the waning Moon phases, you’ll get the opportunity to work with them).
Waning gibbous Moon manifestation
The waning gibbous Moon is the phase coming after the full Moon and before the last quarter phases of the Moon. During this phase, the Moon appears as a large, slightly curved shape in the sky as the illuminated part begins to decrease.
When you manifest with the Moon, the waning gibbous phase is seen as a time to reflect, express gratitude, and release what no longer serves your highest good. Associated with the energy of harvest, it’s our opportunity to reassess and reorient the journey so far.
Waning gibbous Moon rituals tend to revolve around journaling, self-reflection, and meditation, to release old patterns, and clear the obstacles that stood in your way this cycle.
If things didn’t quite turn out how you intended, the waning gibbous phase brings your first opportunity to explore the possible reasons
- What actually manifested for you?
- What didn’t manifest for you?
- Why not?
- What habits, beliefs, or attitudes may have blocked your desired outcome?
- What challenges arose in the real world, making it hard for you to progress? How did you face them?
Use the energy of the waning gibbous phase to shift your focus towards gentle self-inquiry, but remember this is not the time for self-criticism or shame.
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Last quarter Moon manifestation
The last, or third quarter Moon phase occurs approximately one week after the full Moon, when the Moon is half-illuminated and appears as a semi-circle in the sky.
This phase comes halfway between the full and the new phases of the Moon, signifying a time of transition and reflection.
The last quarter Moon is a period for reassessment, release, and the redirection of intentions. Associated with the energy of letting go, shedding old patterns, and making space, it’s a really important time for connecting with the sacred space within.
Moon ritual practices that involve introspection, shadow work, and releasing limiting beliefs are all ideal for the waning Moon’s phases, especially the last quarter. We’re being invited to tune into our emotions and use Moon energy to untangle any attachments. Cord cutting is recommended.
Waning Crescent Moon manifestation
The waning crescent Moon rises just before the new Moon, when only a small sliver of the Moon is visible in the eastern sky before sunrise. This phase marks the final days of the Moon’s cycle before the new beginning.
When you manifest with the Moon, the waning crescent may seem a little like one of the least useful phases of the Moon.
It’s a time for deep introspection, release, and spiritual renewal – not manifesting shiny new things! Bringing the energy of surrender, letting go, and clearing space, this phase is all about less, not more.
But using the energy of the waning crescent Moon is necessary to clear the ground before the next cycle begins. Unless you do this first, you’ll be unable to manifest what you really desire, when the new Moon comes.
Perform a cleansing ritual to release negative energies from your field. Burn incense, herbs or essential oils, and use journaling, and engage with shadow work.
The shadow contains all the aspects of ourselves that we’ve rejected and banished into the unconscious. Yet these unloved, unwanted parts often form the basis of our thought patterns and impulses. And they can be the root of our unconscious limitations, negative energy, and self-sabotage.
As the Moon starts to wane deeply into the last quarter of her cycle, and darkness overtakes the light, allow your own darkness to rise up to be seen, held, and integrated.
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Dark Moon manifestation
Many people still confuse the dark Moon with the new Moon, but they’re not quite the same. The dark Moon occurs 2-3 days before the new Moon, when the sky is completely dark.
Of all the different phases, this one is the most mysterious and has the most potential for spiritual growth. But I don’t recommend intentionally trying to manifest OR release at this phase.
The dark Moon represents the void, the liminal, and the betwixt and between when all and nothing is possible. It is best suited for dropping deep into the arms of the great dark Mother. Let go of any relaxation techniques or practices. Release any need to try, push, or achieve.
Also read: 5 Potent Dark Moon Rituals to Try Tonight
Blood Moon manifestation
Blood Moon is a term used to describe a total lunar eclipse when the Earth aligns between the Sun and the Moon, casting a shadow on the Moon and giving it a reddish hue. It’s akin to a really powerful full Moon but with extra unpredictability!
Here at the Moon School, we don’t recommend performing manifesting Moon rituals under a blood Moon. This is because the energy of eclipses tends to be too erratic to direct cleanly and effectively, making your manifestation ritual risky.
Lunar eclipses can make your intentions skewed and your willpower scattered. Also, there tend to be so many unknowns being revealed under eclipse energy that it’s much wiser to let the dust settle before anchoring yourself onto one single desired outcome.
Blue Moon manifestation
The term “blue moon” refers to the second full moon that occurs in a single calendar month. Because the lunar cycle isn’t exactly 30 days, most calendar months only have one full Moon. However, around every 2.5 years, two full Moons fall in the same month. The second full moon of the month is then referred to as a blue Moon.
In manifestation terms, the energy of a blue Moon is very similar to a full Moon. Under a blue Moon, you can hold Moon rituals for clarity and guidance, as well as abundance and gratitude.
As the second full Moon in a single calendar month (as opposed to a lunar month) the blue Moon brings another opportunity for self-illumination and can create space for much deeper introspection than usual
The next blue moon will occur on Sunday, May 31, 2026, at 08:44 UTC at 9º of Sagittarius.
A supermoon occurs when the full Moon coincides with the Moon’s closest approach to Earth, making it appear larger and brighter in the sky.
A supermoon is a really potent time for any Moon rituals as it can amplify whatever you are already setting your intention toward.
Because the intensified lunar energy can supercharge spells and rituals, it’s important to be very clear on what your goals are, to set intentions from the heart, and to ensure they’re rooted in your deepest desires, and not ego-driven.
Supermoons can be a magical time, and great if you are seeking guidance and support from the Goddess. Feminine power and energy is high, and connections between the veil can be made.