Waxing and Waning


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Waxing and Waning

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Waxing refers to indicate the increasing strength of any given astrological influence. More commonly, waxing and waning refers to the Moon’s monthly cycle during which the portion of its surface lighted by the Sun increases (waxes) or decreases (wanes) in size. The increase or decrease in the Moon’s size is especially important in electional astrology. The basic principle is that activities hoped to quickly expand, such as a new business venture, should be initiated during a waxing (increasing) Moon. Activities hoped to stop or slow down, such as the growth of hair after a haircut, should be undertaken during a waning (decreasing) Moon.

References in classic literature ?
Partly from its peculiar colour, partly from a superstition which represented it as feeling the influence of the deity whom it adorned, and growing and lessening in lustre with the waxing and waning of the moon, it first gained the name by which it continues to be known in India to this day--the name of THE MOONSTONE.
Now that which is of divine birth has a period which is contained in a perfect number, but the period of human birth is comprehended in a number in which first increments by involution and evolution (or squared and cubed) obtaining three intervals and four terms of like and unlike, waxing and waning numbers, make all the terms commensurable and agreeable to one another.
For the Asian dirty and clean tanker markets, 2018 was a mixed bag that saw a fragile start but only to end on a fairly strong footing, while 2019 is expected to be a year of waxing and waning. The Very Large Crude Carriers after struggling to meet operating expenses for most part of the year registered an impressive revival in earnings, which averaged around $12,000/day from Q1 to Q3 to over $50,000/day in Q4.
Treatment with oral cetirizine and desonide cream reduced urticaria and pruritus; the girl still had some symptoms at 12-month follow-up, with waxing and waning flares that were responsive to treatment.
Viewing the waxing and waning phases of the moon separately, complications were most frequent with a waxing moon in Leo (1.4%) and Aries (1.25%) and with a waning moon in Aquarius (1.24%).
In 2013 and 2014, I tried to observe all waxing and waning crescents.
The patient, a 68-year-old man, presented with tongue swelling that had followed a waxing and waning course over a 6-month period.
Instead, it also "oscillated" and was governed by the brain's waxing and waning. The researchers could predict from a listener's slow brain wave whether or not an upcoming gap would be detected or would slip under the radar.
Papers address a wide range of topics including settler-Indian relationships, the waxing and waning of individual colonial powers, origins of Virginia slavery, economics, and community building in the Chesapeake region.
? Wild Hares And Hummingbirds: The Natural History Of An English Village by Stephen Moss (Square Peg, pounds 14.99): Moss's account of the waxing and waning of the seasons, seen from his home in the Somerset Levels, is a celebration of the rural idyll.
Basic moon planting methods use the waxing and waning of the moon as a guide for sowing and harvesting.
A lunar cycle included a complete waxing and waning of the moon from the dark moon to full moon and back.