Last week there was a new moon in Aries and if you are following any astrology or energy workers posts you will hear that now is a great time to seed your intentions so that they can sprout and grow throughout the year. Yay! Yes! Awesome! AND what if you are not in the space of seeds, what if you are still clearing away the old stuff to make room for the seeds? What if you still need to fertilize the soil and make ready for seeds? What if (gasp?) you are still harvesting, gleaning and gathering from last year’s seeds?
The truth is, we each have our own personal rhythms, which may or may not coincide with everyone else’s. On the morning of the new moon I pulled out my new and beautiful Spirit de la Lune lunar guidance cards. This is an oracle deck that uses the moon and her phases as a way to connect in to intuition and inner knowing. I thought it would be a perfect deck to use on this new moon day. One group of the cards are what they are calling Moondalas and represent the moon at different times of the year with a special card spread to try. So being that this is an Aries new moon, I thought I “should” do the Seed Moon spread. I could feel my thoughts bossing me around – it’s Aries new moon dummy, do what the book is saying goes with Aries new moon! (I’ve got some parts of me that feel strongly that there is a right way and a wrong way to do things.)
Luckily because of some years of practice (with mindfulness and meditation and all sorts of others ways of becoming aware of myself), I stopped and asked myself, “What do I really want to do? What feels right?” The Seed Moon spread didn’t feel right to me on this morning, I decided to simply shuffle the cards and see what happened. What happened was that four cards fell out of the deck. These cards resonated with me deeply and helped me frame my intentions for this new moon: to be where I am, and to accept where I am with love and compassion.
Now this example is pretty small and insignificant. Of course nothing bad would have happened if I had listened to my bossy thoughts and done the Seed Moon spread (except perhaps a card reading that didn’t make a lot of sense). But this felt significant because it made me think of the many times in my life where I have ignored my own needs and rhythms and pushed forward with what I thought “should” happen (usually according to some kind of expert or even simply my own bossy thoughts). Uniformly, these experiences have left me exhausted, burned out, or wondering why I wasn’t getting the results that others said I should be getting. I never regret listening in to my intuition. The messages that come from the core of my being never steer me wrong. So I did use the new moon energy this week to craft some kick ass intentions – the strongest of these is to be where I am, to be present with myself. When I take into account where I actually am and what I need with the rhythms and energy cycles of our natural world – I get the best of both.
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