I’m off on a holiday retreat, a sacred month-long journey, and a writing break.
Propelled and inspired by the energy of the Cardinal Grand Cross and eclipse season, I am taking the crazy audacious step of an entire month away from work. I know I will be coming back spiritually recharged and ready for inspired action. Are you interested in getting help with your business, with defining and manifesting your passion, mission and purpose in everything you do? Are you feeling called to find out more about Astrology for Your Business? Send me an email, or fill out the form on the Share Your Magic page here on the website, and I will get back to you the last week in May.
By the magic of technology, I get to schedule these guest posts for you, one each week that I’m gone. Enjoy!
This is a guest post, by the amazing Sibylle Leon. She lives in Ireland, and I am always inspired by her heart and passion. (I’ve left her spelling and punctuation untouched.)
The pull of the New Moon
In recent years, more and more people are becoming aware of the influence the moon has on us. Women, in particular, are waking up to its gentle pull. It’s no wonder: The moon is so powerful, it creates the tides of the earth’s oceans, and considering we mostly consist of water, its influence is undeniable. It is said that women who sleep exposed to the moonlight, will experience an adjustment of the menstruation cycle, with the bleeding happening on or around the New Moon and ovulation around the Full Moon.
As a long-time practising pagan, being aware of the moon phases and aligning myself with their energy has become second nature to me. My personal pagan path has its rituals and celebrations, but most of all it is an attitude towards all life, an awareness of us humans’ unity with everything there is, and of the energy connecting us all. It’s something I live every day, and its influence can be felt in all areas of my life, including my work as a Coach.
What does it mean to live with the cycles of the moon?
New Moon Solar Eclipse in Taurus
11:14 pm Pacific
2:14 am Eastern on 4/29
It means to align what we are doing, to the energy of each of the moon’s phases. Many pagans, including Wiccans, celebrate three moon esbats: the Waxing, Full, and Waning Moon. Few, however, give any special attention to the New Moon, and I think that’s a shame. There is so much we can learn from the New Moon, especially in our typically hectic and busy everyday lives.
Apparently, people find it easier to relate to the gain and growth of the Waxing Moon, the joy and abundance of the Full Moon, and the cleansing and letting go of the Waning Moon. But once every month, there are a few days where the busy ebbing and flowing of energy comes to a seeming standstill, a pause to catch one’s breath. It’s not something many of us learn when we grow up: Being still, BEing instead of DOing for once. Many people today have trouble becoming still; they feel as if something is wrong if they’re not constantly in motion.
When we look at nature, we realise that there are regular periods of standstill as part of nature’s cycles: there is stagnation in winter before new growth begins, and the stillness of death before new life. It’s good and right that way, part of the whole. Just like the rest of nature, we aren’t meant to be constantly active either. We need breaks so we don’t lose ourselves. We become stronger for standing still and recharge our batteries. The New Moon is a perfect time for practising self-care and remembering what’s really important to us. Leave the planning, and the planting of new seeds, ideas, and projects to the Waning Moon; for now, it’s time to BE.
Self-care can take on so many forms. Some of us like to treat ourselves with massages or facials and that’s wonderful, but honestly, self-care needn’t cost you money. A scented bath in candlelight can be just as nourishing, or an hour away from your loved ones, in your own private corner with a good book and a glass of red wine. A walk in nature can completely replenish your soul, listening to the wind and the trees and breathing in the fresh air. At times, you may simply sit and meditate. Just ask your Self what it needs most at this moment, and then do whatever you come up with. This is your time.
The moon’s face is veiled — note that it’s not gone, just hidden from sight. The night is darkest during the New Moon phase, but it’s also the time when even the faintest of stars become visible in the sky. In the same way, insights of the soul become apparent and accessible to us, if we only pay attention. New Moon meditations have led to some of the deepest and most profound insights of my life. It’s worth being still enough to hear your soul’s prompts.
No, you aren’t “wasting” time here. You are doing valuable maintenance work. It’s what enables you to be fully present when the sickle moon returns and all energy is set to moving outward, into creation, gain, and growth once again.
How do you feel the pull of the New Moon? I invite you to leave a comment and let me know. Blessed be!
Sibylle is a trained and experienced Life and Business Coach. Based in Ireland, Sibylle helps clients all over the world to create joy and abundance in all areas of their lives. You can find Sibylle at her Coaching website or on her personal website.