Phases of dating and brown
Relates to the gathering of food by the seeds, so initial plans and actions, starting small, are now happening. Waxing Gibbous Moon "Moon of Endings"Location: Moon is 135 - 180 degrees ahead of the Sun Span: Ten and a half to fourteen days after the New Moon.
First Quarter / Waxing Moon "Moon of Caution"Location: Moon is 90 - 135 degrees ahead of the Sun Span: Seven to ten and a half days after new moon. The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight.
At this time the moon represents the Goddess in her Maiden aspect, give praise to Epona, Artemis or one of the other Maiden Goddesses. '..the moon waxes and wanes, and walks three nights in darkness, so the Goddess once spent three nightsin the kingdom of Death.' Waxing Crescent /Crescent Moon "Moon of Regeneration"Location: Moon is 45 - 90 degrees ahead of the Sun Span: Three and a half days after to seventh day.
The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight.
Whereas the second period of life liberates us from the confines of the womb, our third and final birth frees us from the limitations of the finite world – allowing us to experience unadulterated heights of spirituality.
This three-phase journey of life parallels the process of Redemption observed in the holiday-trilogy of Tu B’Shvat, Purim, and Passover.
The journey is ours to create and it can take a lifetime to reach.
Just as our lifespan is divided into segments, so too must our growth be gradual and lasting.
Relying on the potentials nurtured within the womb, we now begin using our eyes to see and our noses to smell, and we become fascinated by the many wonders amidst the physical world in which we now find ourselves.
Tu B’Shvat, known as the New Year of the Trees, is the first stage of this process.