As women, we are tied so closely to the Moon. She changes every 28 days, growing to her most full and fertile self in the center of her cycle. She can control the tides with her manipulative pull, never touching a drop of water. She has a mysterious dark side that men have been wondering about since the dawn of time.
In Everyday Tao, Ming-Dao Deng says, “The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.”
The Moon is a badass. Let’s be more like the Moon.
I’ve been more and more curious about how the Moon moves and how she might influence my moods lately. I love seeing her change from my window, but she isn't always hanging out before I'm ready for bed. So I downloaded a Moon phases calendar that tells me where she is in her cycle and gently nudges me when a new moon is on it’s way.
I also began using the Moon's cycles to channel my energy and set intentions. Each new moon has become a prompt for journaling and reflection, a practice that is helping me find some balance and get in touch with a deeper self. Living by the Moon helps me feel connected to something bigger and I can honestly say, for the first time in my life, I feel spiritual. When I need an answer, I can find it in the Moon.
With Taurus starting last night at 2:45am, I thought I would share my new ritual since it has been a source of a lot of healing for me. Here's what I do... A couple days before the new moon, sometimes the night before (but you can do it tonight!), I sit down and reflect on what happened in my life during the closing cycle, research what energy the new moon will bring, and from those learnings, design an intention. I’ll walk you through each step to prepare you for the new moon, Taurus.
/ Reflect on the Closing Cycle
Over the course of the Aries moon, which we have been living in since March 28, I learned how tumultuous it could actually be. Aries is a cardinal sign, where the most is bound to happen (for me this was very true!)
Aries is a Fire sign and comes with lots of action. It is a time for emotion, enthusiasm, and impulse -- when ideas are sparked and come to life. This can manifest in lots of different ways for different people, but everyone can ask themselves the following questions:
- What happened for me in the last moon?
- What new ideas did I realize?
- What emotions were brought to the surface?
- Did I experience any physical changes?
/ Learn about the New Moon
After Aries, one of the most active and churning moons, comes Taurus known for its calmness. The Moon is exalted when in Taurus, slow moving and close to the Earth.
This moon is a time for taking it slow and becoming grounded. It’s time to satisfy your senses, prolong the things you love, and get into the zone (whether that means a creative zone, professional advances, or reaching a new physical goal.)
Ask yourself these questions about the Taurus moon:
- What are some activities I love that I can spend the time to enjoy?
- What are some sensorial activities I am interested in exploring?
- What was revealed during Aries that I can focus on Taurus?
- How can I strengthen my connection with the Earth?
/ Set an Intention
The last and most important step in living by the Moon is taking what you experienced in the last moon and what you know about the next to come up with an intention to guide you through the next 28 days. All you need is one word or a short phrase to guide you through Taurus to make the most of its energy.
Ask yourself one important question:
- How can I make the most of the new moon?
For me, a lot came to the surface in Aries: I made a big decision about my future, I launched this blog, and I learned about a condition I might have that requires some care. All of these manifestations require the utmost care in getting myself through and as simple as it may be, my Taurus intention is to focus on what I can do today. Baby steps are required to make changes and I know I will need to remind myself not to put any carts before horses and hone in on what small actions are required from me right now, and to enjoy the process.