THE WAXING PHASE
This moon can be seen after the New Moon, the moon will grow brighter and appear to be growing larger every night. “Waxing” means increasing or growing larger). Waxing Moon means the moon is getting larger in the sky, moving from the New Moon towards the Full Moon. The waxing phase is a time of rebuilding, a time to create and a time for regeneration, expansion, growing and learning; gathering information; making plans; laying a foundation; and to start a change. Anything you do to strengthen your body, to fortify yourself, is much more effective when the moon is waxing. The body absorbs more easily both good and bad. This is a time that is best for supplying the body with nourishing food that build and fortify and promotes growth of all tissues. An example of foods that are building are foods that are sweet, sour and salty tastes.
THE WANING PHASE
This moon can be seen after the full moon and will appear to grow smaller and darker in the night sky, as it moves from the full moon to the new moon. Waning means shrinking or decreasing in illumination. The Waning moon is a time for reducing and purging, a time to cleanse and to detoxify our energies and to turn inwardly. This is the perfect time to cleanse the body, to release and purge toxins that have accumulated in our body and mental processes. The body releases more easily as this is the time of elimination as the moon encourages detoxification and the flushing of any extra water from the body. In addition, the body’s cravings tend to decrease, and weight is easier to maintain. It is best to drink plenty of water to stimulate further removal of toxins and replace the water being pushed from your body by the moon's influence. In addition, follow a balanced diet of solid foods or a liquid fast during this period. It is best to eat foods that are reducing or detoxifying such as plants, spices and herbs that are pungent, bitter and astringent in taste. It is the best time to cleanse the whole body of toxins, particularly in the liver, kidneys & blood.