How I work the moon: grow and let go
This post has been a LONG time coming. For the past year or so, I've wanted to not only become more committed to this blog, but I have also wanted to write a regular series about setting intentions on the new and full moons. I do this in my life already and always incorporate the moon into the yoga classes that I teach. Making the time to sit my butt down and write about that process was another story. And yet, here I am. As I love to say at the end of my yoga classes, every moment is a chance to begin again.
Growing up, I spent a lot of time on the Jersey shore. If you live near water, there's no doubt in your mind that the moon influences the tides. If you're into the science behind it, you can read more here. Since humans are about 60% water, it makes a lot of sense to me that we are just as influenced by the moon as the bay and ocean are.
In my life, I translate it like this: full moons are a time to let go of what no longer serves me and new moons are a time to set intentions for what I want to cultivate in my life. In short, full moons=let go, new moons=grow.
One simple way to "work the moon" is to sit down with your journal and write down three things that you'd like to either grow or let go as we approach a new or full moon. You can incorporate that into your yoga practice, meditation, or other spiritual practices. I love bringing the moon into my life in this way because it's yet another way to check my ego. It reminds me that there are forces at work in the universe that are WAY bigger than me and if I want to stay sane, I can humble myself before them as often as possible.
Staying with the "Grow & Let Go" energies of new and full moons is a really simple approach. If you want to get a little fancier, you can take a peek at what sign these new and full moons are in and add those energies into your practice. Here's a screenshot of my favorite moon phase tracking app:
Virgo new moon
Virgo is the sign of discernment. Ideally, that discernment or observation comes from a place of love and growth rather than judgment. Virgo asks us to say, "Here's what matters in my life. Here's what doesn't." Remember, when everything is a priority, nothing is a priority.
Virgo is the sixth sign in the Zodiac (Aries is first, Pisces is last). The first six signs are focused inward at the level of the personality. Their job is to develop the personality or self. The last six signs are focused on the development of the soul or the Self (notice the capitalization here). Since Virgo is the last sign in the personality department, it's about tidying up the loose ends of that work. It also relates to healing any wounds that are standing in the way of starting the soul journey.
What loose ends have been floating around in your life? What details need attending to during this Virgo New Moon?
My sources tell me that the Virgo new moon arrives tonight (which will be 9/19/17) at 1:11 a.m. Take a moment to consider a goal or intention that you've been putting off. Make time to focus on the details of what needs to happen in order to manifest those goals. Remember, we do this not from a place of judgment (e.g. you are such a slacker you should've done this years ago) but rather from a place of love (e.g. everything happens in its own time).
Here's a peek at my intention-setting journal and the four intentions I've set for this new moon.
How does the moon influence your spiritual practice? I'd love to hear from you!