What does the Waning Gibbous Moon mean Spiritually?

As the radiant brilliance of the full moon gracefully fades into the background, we enter the captivating phase of the Waning Gibbous Moon. This celestial transition signifies a journey back to darkness, inviting us to relinquish, release, and surrender.


Moon's Message: In the soft murmurs of the Waning Gibbous Moon, we discern the cosmic beckoning to shed, to let go of that which no longer serves us. It extends an invitation to express gratitude for the wisdom gained during the full moon's illuminating embrace.

Harnessing Lunar Energies:

  • Culmination of Reflection: Similar to its waxing counterpart, the Waning Gibbous Moon symbolises a culmination. Yet, instead of growth, it signifies a peak in reflection—a time to look back, release, and express gratitude.
  • Illumination of Inner Shadows: While the full moon illuminates the external world, the waning phase invites us to delve into our internal landscapes. It's an opportunity to gain clarity and insight into our emotions and paths.

Holding a Cacao Ceremony during the Waning Gibbous Moon:

Step 1: Choosing your location is crucial for any ceremony, whether it's a comfy nook in your lounge room or a space under the open sky. Set up your space with intention.

Create an altar with objects that resonate with the energies of release—crystals, candles, flowers, or symbols that hold personal significance.

Step 2: Setting Intentions Begin by setting clear intentions for the ceremony. What aspects of your life are you ready to release?

If in a group, share your intentions, fostering a sense of community and support. If solo, journal on your intentions to deepen your connection.

Step 3: Cacao Preparation Using 30-40g of ceremonial-grade cacao for a ceremonial dose, brew your cacao with water on the stovetop. I don't tend to add milk to keep it in its purest form.

I like to blend cacao with natural elements like herbs or spices. For the Waning Gibbous Moon, lavender is a beautiful addition. Lavender not only balances your immune system but also eases anxiety and promotes better sleep—ideal for a ceremony when letting go.


  • 30g ceremonial-grade cacao
  • 1 teaspoon lavender (soothing release)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rose petals (self-love and reflection) 
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey or sweetener of choice (optional)

Step 4: Before sipping your cacao, express gratitude to Mother Earth and all those who made your drink possible.

Serve the cacao mindfully, creating a sacred space—perhaps arranged in a circle. Connect with the essence of the Waning Gibbous Moon with each sip.

Infuse the moment with the energy of release, allowing the warm elixir to guide you through this phase of transformation.

Step 5: Guided Meditation and Sharing.

Lead a purposeful meditation, guiding participants to delve deep into the energies of the Waning Gibbous Moon. Encourage them to visualise the moon's gentle wane as an opportunity for personal release. Prompt them to reflect on specific aspects they wish to let go of, fostering clarity and intention.

For solo practitioners, engage in a personal meditation. Consider prompts such as: What patterns no longer serve you? What aspects of your life need release and renewal? Embrace this quiet moment for self-reflection, allowing the moon's energy to illuminate your path to transformation.

Step 6: Affirmation and Release Ritual

Affirmation: "I let go of what no longer serves me with gratitude and grace."

Invite participants, one by one, to approach the altar and symbolically release written reflections into a fireproof container. Encourage a sense of surrender and closure, recognising the transformative power of this act.

Step 7: Gratitude and Renewal

Close the ceremony with expressions of gratitude, acknowledging the Waning Gibbous Moon's energy and the connections made. Share a closing drink of cacao, symbolising renewal and nourishment for both yourself and the collective energy cultivated.

Embrace the dance of release and gratitude under the Waning Gibbous Moon. Craft your cacao elixir with intention, allowing its warmth to guide you through this phase of transformation. 🌖☕✨