Fiery New Moon

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Fiery new moon in Sagittarius, the truth seeker.  The new moon energy is amplified because this is the  new moon closest to winter solstice and the start of the new year.

Use the fiery new moon energy to light up and feed your highest intentions for the new year.

Full Moon Peace

Sagittarius Moon

Tonight, the big, beautiful full moon in airy Gemini reflects the good and bad of our world back to us. November has been a tumultuous month filled with horrendous acts of terror, pain and hateful rhetoric.

Here at Sacred Earth Institute, we believe that now is the time for each of us to find peace within and share it with the world. Do you wish for peace, crave peace? Then focus on inner peace.

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Peace in the World, Peace Within

This audio guides you through a simple practice to cultivate peace in your part of the world:

New Moon Balance

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New Moon in Airy Libra

Where do you need to create more balance in your life? At work? At home? In a relationship or two?

Finding your equilibrium may be difficult right now due to the Uranus-Pluto square stirring up everything and everyone. Remember to breathe and be gentle with yourself – and everyone else!

New Moon in Virgo

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New moon tonight in earthy Virgo, the keeper of sacred rituals and rhythms.  This is a great time to honor our beautiful Earth with some small gesture of gratitude. Below are a few simple ways to express your gratitude:

  1. Sit outside. Offer a prayer of gratitude to Mama Earth for the water, food, oxygen and shelter she provides for you and your family.
  2. Return the favor. Plant a new tree or bush. Create cover and food for the birds, butterflies and bees in your neighborhood.
  3. Go Organic. Make a commitment to switch to using all organic fertilizers and pesticides in your yard. Visit your local nursery for guidance.
  4. Take a walk outside. Hum or sing your joy and gratitude for the beautiful grasses and trees and wildlife you encounter.

 

 

Pisces Full Moon

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NASA Photo of our Moon from the International Space Station

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Look for the Full Moon in watery Pisces, the big hearted dreamer.

With our Sun in earthy Virgo right now, this is the perfect time to connect with Earth.

Get Still and Listen to Earth’s Beautiful Dreams for You.

 

In Rhythm with Luna

Phases of the Moon

Where is the moon tonight?  

Is she up yet? 

What aspect of herself is she showing? 

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 These are the questions that come to mind when I gaze at the night sky.  Maybe it’s because I’m female. The ancients claimed that all women are creatures of the moon. Or maybe it is because I was born in the early morning hours before dawn, just as the moon became full. And on that night many moons ago, the moon rose in the sign of Scorpio, the keeper of the night and the dark mysteries of life, death and rebirth.  I am a moon baby.

For whatever reason, I have been fascinated by the moon for as long as I can remember. My Celtic ancestors used the cycles of the moon to track the passage of time. And I still do the same  – in fact, it stuns me that the Gregorian calendar in use all over the world is not linked directly to the cyclic movements of the earth and moon. That’s why we have a silly Leap Year day every 4 years – we need to “correct” the errors in the Gregorian calendar!  Whoever thought it was a good idea to ignore the cyclic movements of the sun and moon when creating a calendar?!

In every solar year (the time it takes mother earth to go all the way around our sun), the moon goes through 13 cycles. There are 13 lunar months in each year, not 12. And within each lunar cycle, the moon slowly shifts from the dark phase of a new moon, gradually revealing more and more of herself (waxing) until she is completely lit up at the full moon. Then Luna slowly wanes, showing less and less of herself in the night sky until she is dark and barely visible at all. When she enters this dark phase, her her rhythmic dance of light and dark begins all over again.

These cycles where the moon is constantly shifting and dancing with how much she reveals of herself seem quite female to me. There is nothing linear about the moon! And I find that women are typically more changeable and moody and rhythmic than men, whether we care to admit it or not.

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 

a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up; 

a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance…” 

~Ecclesiastes, King James Bible

Our ancestors planned their sacred rituals around the cycles of the moon; they knew that each moon phase holds a specific power. So, when the moon was fully revealed in her full moon state, the ancients celebrated and worshipped the divine feminine energies of birthing  and completion. Even today, wise midwives plan their schedules, knowing that many, many babies are born when the full moon exerts her pull on pregnant wombs! Full moons are times of completion.

In contrast, when the moon is hidden from view in her new moon state, the ancients saw it as a potent time to plant the seeds for new projects and begin new ventures.  Even the timing of farm planting and sowing was tied to the moon cycles in ancient times; not so silly when we realize that the waters and tides of planet earth feel the pull of the moon as well.

 

I love watching the moon go through her dance from dark to light and back to dark each month. I am definitely a moon baby! And I plan to continue my love affair with the rhythms and cycles of the moon until I leave this earth. It keeps me connected to the cycle of the seasons in a deep meaningful way.

Try this:

The next time you want to start a new project, begin working on it during the dark phase of the new moon.

Ready to celebrate an accomplishment or rite of passage? Try holding your celebration during the full moon.

Synchronize with the rhythms of the moon and discover the potency of rhythmic organic timing.