The Moon is 315 – 360 degrees ahead of the Sun Waning Crescent visible as a thin sliver in east for only a few hours before dawn
The Balsamic phase is Receptive and Releasing. It is about letting go of the past and turning the thoughts and attention to the future. It connects to the Full phase and involves the intellectual body. As with Full, there is a detachment that serves to give an objective view. Whereas in the Full phase the awareness is of what is, in Balsamic the awareness is of what was and what is to be.
The energy of this phase is stimulated by sound and hearing, inner and outer. The inner voice whispers suggestions regarding the future. The struggle with surrender can produce confusion, which threatens to engulf and carry over into the next cycle. Liberation from the past must be attained in order to begin anew with consciousness and clarity. The function of this phase is to clear out the old patterns in preparation for a new cycle.
During the Balsamic phase, withdrawal from the outer world is necessary. This is a time for dreaming, and quiet contemplation. Ask: What do I need to release? What do I choose to take with me into the next cycle? It’s time to be with one’s self, to listen to the voice within and to heal through meditational practices incorporating sound, such as chanting, drumming or toning.
Balsamic phase is the end of one cycle and the beginning of another.
Keywords for the Balsamic phase are: transition, release, transformation, renewal, purity. It is the phase in a cycle when you must let go of everything you have been working on that does not deal with current cycle issues. During this phase you reflect on the passing cycle and prepare for the new. Trust in renewal. It is important to separate from others now so that you can clear the intellect of negativity. LET GO. Become still and meditate.