Moon Cycles February 2017
Believe it or not, the moon affects your life. Life is a series of experiences and patterns that correlate with the patterns of the moon’s cycle. In nature, the NEW MOON is the time for NEW BEGINNINGS, to plant seeds of intention for what you want to grow in your life. Setting conscious intentions during the energy of the New Moon is a common custom as it is said that, as the moon grows, your intention will too, by the time the moon completes it’s cycle back to New Moon.
The NEW Moon is called the dark moon as it appears dark, or invisible, in the sky.
As the days go by, the sliver of the crescent moon is WAXING, getting larger and larger, until the moon is viewed in it’s entirety as a FULL Moon. Then, it is described as WANING, or decreasing in size in stages until it appears again, the following month, as a dark moon – and the cycle continues.
This lunar cycle controls the tides because the phase of the moon determines the gravitational pull on water. Women’s menstrual cycle is often aligned to the moon cycle. Less well known, the moon is also linked to the electro-chemistry of the brain. Science has documented more seizures in the already unstable brain chemistry of epileptic patients around the Full Moon. For those of us with more stable brain chemistry, we are still likely to be afflicted with some type of lunacy at this stage of the moon’s cycle.
People are starting to relate to the effects of the moon on sleep patterns – finding it harder to get to sleep and remain asleep when the moon is full, whether or not the moonlight is visible from their bed. The most powerful effects of the New and Full moons are during eclipses. This upcoming Full moon is in fact a LUNAR ECLIPSE, so pay attention to your experiences.
The New Moon is the start of a new life cycle - a time to initiate things, to begin new projects. The magic of the New Moon is that for one day each month, the Sun and the Moon are on the same page. Both the Sun and the Moon work together to determine how wants and needs can be merged, how the subconscious and conscious minds can work together. Every New Moon is an opportunity to direct our destiny and what better way than to create a ritual to support that destiny. A ritual is simply a well-defined sequence of words and/or actions designed to focus attention, establish significance, and achieve a beneficial result. Try it for yourself:
Consider a ritual to be sacred work. Dedicate a small side table, surface or tray to hold your sacred artifacts. Meaningful pictures, crystals, talismans, found objects are all items that can make up your collection. Just add a candle and you’ve created your ‘sacred altar’.
An act becomes a ritual due to your dedication to the act itself. Honour the ritual by careful preparation - cleanse yourself either with a bath or shower, or by clearing your energy. Smudging is one way to cleanse your energy field. Light the end of a sage wand and blow on it to extinguish the flame, leaving a smoldering glow. Allow the smoke to take with it any energies that need removing by passing the wand around your own body, and in the space of your ritual. Clear your mind with meditation or calming music.
The significance of the ritual lies in your intention. What seeds do you want to plant? What do you want to grow? Make a list of your dreams and desires (for inspiration check out the list of New Moon intentions always listed in my monthly MoonCycles email).
If you like you can add a symbolic act like burning your list to send the energy of your message into the Universe or up to the heavens, or simply state your intentions out loud before carefully folding your list and placing it in a box or envelope that you’ll keep with your sacred artifacts. Perhaps you want to keep your list in a visible place, on your fridge or in your wallet.
Be sure to make notes in your journal about your progress towards manifesting your intentions and, at the next FULL MOON, find ways to ‘TAKE ACTION’ on these intentions and celebrate even the smallest signs of change.
May all your intentions come true!