The cycles of the moon have been an important seasonal and mythological guide for humanity since the beginning of time. Women are especially influenced by the moon as our menstrual cycles are tied to the moon. The moon has been associated with birth, growth, death, and rebirth since humanity first noticed its monthly cycle. This, of course, includes it's complete disappearance each month during the New Moon—the night of no moon— the night of black, star-filled skies and deep darkness.
The tracking of the moon gives us all an opportunity to start again, fresh each month. It gives us the ability to refocus if we got distracted, or bumped off course, by the happenings of daily life! If you plan your goals annually, try tracking and resetting on the moon's cycle. Each month you can set up a series of reasonable goals to achieve, breaking your annual goals down into chewable, monthly bites.
The night of the New Moon is perfect for resetting for the month to come. It is a blank slate, preparing you to move into the waxing moon, as it gains light, strength, energy, and power. What you did not accomplish in the month before, loses its power to cast any shadow over the month to come, during the new moon. Reset and carry on.
The full moon, in the middle of the lunar cycle, is a perfect time to pause mid-month, take a deep breath and look at what you have accomplished (even if it is only the fact that you have made the time to stop and reassess)! It takes time to create a new pattern and a new habit, making the time to check in with yourself is no different.
Decide at the full-moon what you think you can accomplish, realistically, in the last half of the month and let go of the rest; put it into a list to carry forward for the next new moon reset. As you move into the waning or disappearing moon, in the fading cycle, work to finish what you set out to finish. At the new moon, repeat.
Another benefit of paying attention to the moon's cycles is that you will be intentionally tuning back into nature. Most of us don't pay enough attention to the natural world and the subtle messages from Mother Nature. In our busy lives, we just don't get to spend enough time outside. The turning of the seasons also plays into the psychology of living. The hope and vigor of Spring, the sensuality of Summer, the full, ripe Autumn, and the dormant, quiet Winter all speak to the deep processes of being human. Farmers, tied to the seasons for their survival, used the moon as a planting guide.
The Old Wives Lore for Gardners, incorporating Magic notes; "Every old wife will tell you to sew seed and transplant only with a waxing, never a waning moon.
Sow seed generously
One for the rook, one for the crow,
one to die and one to grow."
The Old Farmers Almanac writes:
Plant annual flowers and vegetables that bear crops above ground during the light, or waxing, of the Moon: from the day the Moon is new to the day it is full. Plant flowering bulbs, biennial and perennial flowers, and vegetables that bear crops below ground during the dark, or waning, of the Moon: from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.
I encourage you to tap into the powers of nature and the cycles of the moon for your personal plantings and growth. May all your seasons be fruitful on this journey called life!
If you are interested in tracking your goals on the lunar cycles with a group of like-minded women, check out our up-coming Feb 15th, New Moon Vision- Box Workshop click here-
Vincent van Gogh, "Two Peasant Women Digging Field with Snow" 1890
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Boland, Maureen, and Briget Boland. The Old Wives Lore for Gardners, Incorporating Magic. Futura Macdonald & Co , 1981.