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.
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