It's always the full moon people look forward to — the culmination of all the powers that be, the spark that lights our wildest instincts, the last shove of energy that takes us over the edge. With that round, glowing rock hanging over our the sky, everything feels more magical. But what about when the moon decides to take a hiatus? The night becomes a thick shadow without the moon's mystical gleam but the stars pop through the darkness much brighter. There's something calm about this time, something renewing, as though nothing is expected from us and we're allowed to simply "be."
Because the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon are all perfectly in line, the tides are at their highest and their lowest during both the full and new moon. Both of these moons are the most defining phases of the lunar cycle and even water (the element that governs our emotions) is transformed by its stunning energy. To put it simply: The full moon is all about completion and the new moon is just the beginning, always with our eternal spirit in mind.
Think of it this way— the new moon is a birth. As the waxing phase journeys on, the moon grows and matures until its reaches its ripest point: the full moon. As the waning phase recedes our moon, turning it into a thin crescent, then dissolving it completely, that birth has become a death.
Each lunar cycle, we are continually reincarnated. Our spirits are filled with strength, ideas, power, and courage as the full moon builds and then as it dissipates, we are relieved of that power. It's during a new moon that we can ruminate on our decisions, on our experiences, and rejuvenate ourselves so that we can start all over again.