Monday, October 11, 2010

The Waxing Crescent Moon and It's Meaning

Tonight's moon is a waxing crescent one. The word "crescent" comes from the Latin verb "to grow" and literally means "waxing" or "increasing". Over time, "crescent" has become to refer to either the waxing or waning shape of the moon. Because of its association with growth, the "crescent" became a symbol for fertility and fecundity e.g., Aphrodite/Venus is often depicted wearing a hair ornament in the shape of a crescent moon.

The direction in which the two "horns" of the crescent moon point indicate whether a crescent is waxing (young and increasing) or waning (old and decreasing). In the Northern hemisphere eastward pointing horns indicate a waxing crescent, whereas westward pointing horns indicate a waning crescent. However, in the Southern hemisphere just the reverse applies.

Whenever the moon is waxing, especially when it's in its crescent phase and is growing, it's a propitious time to begin a new venture, experiemtingg with new ideas and turning over a new leaf. It's also the time to throw out what you don't need and "clean house", so to speak.  This may mean discarding the excess material things in your life or eliminating those relationships in your life which prove unsatisfying and unfullfilling.

For more fascinating information on the moon and its phases go to and Not only are they fun, but they're factual too


  1. east is still east and west is still west, even if you are in the southern hemisphere. it is left and right that are reversed when you change hemispheres.

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