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Does the moon fascinate you? Move you? Help you slow down and practice mindfulness? It does for me. I have been observing the moon ever since I was a little girl. I’d look up often, intrigued by the ever-changing thumbnail hung high in the sky by an invisible thread, that illuminating sliver of silver that whispered to me—a glowing reminder that I am a small chapter in a much larger, much longer story. However, it has only been until recently that I’ve been manifesting with the moon, the difference here, aside from mere observation, being I have been paying closer attention to how it’s ebb and flow affects my inner compass and energy.
About nine months ago I happened upon an article about HSP—highly sensitive people—that casually mentioned how people who tend to be on the more sensitive side of the sensitivity spectrum (and in my case, heightened sensitivities that can certainly overwhelm) can benefit by paying closer attention to the natural rhythms of the world to receive respite and harmony. I don’t recall the name of the article now, but if you identify as being someone who’s senses are triggered more than others around you, i.e. loud noises, bright lights, tight clothing etc. you may indeed be an HSP. Here is an interesting site you can wormhole through.
Alas, the moon was calling and I was listening. I began my journey by reading up on her mysterious ways in this book and on various online resources. I began charting my period, something I hadn’t don’t in a long time, and took to my journal once a quarter to jot down how I was feeling at that point in time in relation to the moon and her phase. There are four moon quarters by the way, and eight if you want to really get into the nuances of this practice, but I like to keep things simple, so let’s stick with four.
- New Moon
- Waning Moon (1st Quarter)
- Full Moon
- Waxing Moon (3rd Quarter)
We are currently in the third phase of the full moon, and last night it was at it’s peek of 100%! I could feel the energy, could you? While my upcoming book, Homesong: Mindful Homemaking Rooted In the Rhythm of the Seasons, goes into moon manifesting much more thoroughly, I thought it would be fun to share some wisdom I’ve gained along the way on my journey in case this is a subject that piques your interest.
What I do when there is a New Moon is set an intention. I let my intuition guide me through this mindful process, and it’s either a word, a phrase, a positive action, or overall theme I do my best to embody throughout the entirety of the moon phase. Each sequential rhythm of the moon then offers me a pause to reflect on that intention, and gather whole myself to look inward. I was raised Catholic with large Catholic grandmother whom I love dearly, who also happens to think the words of Harry Potter, the music of Enya and other connections to the natural world via mysticism and a forth is everything against our family’s religious beliefs. I am not going to dig into this subject further, but I do want you to know that I absolutely think one can practice a religion, be spiritual, and still find deep-rooted connections to the energies of the natural world. I do not think following the moon is a dis to Christianity, as I believe God (whomever or whatever that represents specifically to you) has created it. So, here we are, on a paradoxical quest to become more whole, with moon stuff and all.
My intention with this New Moon arose from Pinterest, which gave me a quote, which then gave me a pondering. It was a summary point from the book “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz that read, “Don’t Take Anything Personally” and then continued to share that, “Our personal belief system makes us feel safe. When people have beliefs that are different from our own, we get scared, defend ourselves, and try to impose our point of view on them. When someone gets angry with us it is because our belief system is challenging their belief system and they get scared. They need to defend their point of view. Do not become angry, create conflict, and expend energy arguing when you are aware of this.” Hello, truth bomb. I found my new intention: harmony over conflict.
With everything going on today and everyone ready to offer their firmly held and mightily correct opinion, these words were a balm to my soul. I felt them profoundly and wanted to carry them with me throughout this moon phase so I could come to better embody courage and compassion. Intentions are all about helping you become a better version of your current self, no matter the season you are in. It’s commonplace now more than ever before to throw your belief system in other’s faces on social media, and because my work takes place in that realm, it’s not uncommon for me to feel the negativity from such anger, even when it’s not directed at me! It’s second-nature for me to absorb the emotions of other, sometimes internalizing them if down or anxious, which isn’t healthy I know, but’s part of being an INFJ. Tired of the acronyms yet? While challenging, this ability to absorb one another’s emotions is also how one can cultivate empathy and grace, so it’s not all bad. 😉 That being said, it has been my goal to weave more harmony into the world around me, particularly social media, knitting peace into the tapestry of my life instead of conflict in a time where we could all use one giant group hug.
So where does this leave me today as I sit underneath a Full Moon sky? Creative! Bursting with positive energy! The Full Moon has lead me here to this online home fo mine to use my gift and passion of writing to share these ideas with you. Full Moon energy is abundant and free, but it requires positive action to manifest. You can be surrounded by creative energy with so many bursts of inspiration, but until you move and act, it will sit there and become stagnant. So today, I write. I act. I weed my garden of unruly thoughts and I choose harmony over conflict. I share this with you because I would have loved to read something alone these lines a long time ago. I share these words, far from being an expert in all things moon and what it means to manifesting with it, but as a curious woman who is determined to keep choosing good, as someone in perpetual pursuit of harmony during my time here on Earth.
Where does one go from here? I am going to keep my intention on my heart and use it to fuel my actions and mindset throughout the rest of this current moon phase when encountering other’s anger based on their perception of my beliefs. I am going to revisit the idea that not taking anything personally does not mean I care less. And lastly, I am going to keep looking up and lookin in—two things that you can do when looking through the glow of a screen. Change is happening, and opportunity is present, right here, right now. Let go of what is no longer serving you and giving you life, and water seeds of harmony or whatever your intention may be, so it can blossom and flourish.