Moon cycles, New Year resolutions and a fresh approach to you


Can you believe we are so far into January already? I always find that after the rush and madness that so often seems to surround the Christmas and New Year celebrations, the opening month of the year is full of a sort of all encompassing mental fog. The struggle is real - getting back into routines after a holiday break, the efforts to maintain those well intentioned resolutions made just a few weeks ago, the guilt at having already let them slip…

Personally, I don’t really like to make any New Year resolutions. I just happen to think that January is generally a tough enough month to get through without adding all that pressure on myself. Mainly though, it is due to my tendency to rely on the more traditional rituals of marking the passing of time through the cycles of the seasons, the moon, the planets. I connect to the natural passing from year to year that occurs at the spring equinox. For those of us in the northern hemisphere that will be 20th March at 21.58pm this year.

That said, there are some exciting and powerful planetary aspects happening right now and in the coming weeks. As I write we are moving through a particularly strong full moon, when we can all expect emotions to be heightened and passions stoked. Beware the inner Werewolf in us all fighting to make an appearance. It’s his time!

Don't be surprised then if your instincts are telling you to hide away and hibernate. As I mentioned in my last blog, our instincts are closely connected to universal energy and its shifts. During times of heightened tension and chaos, as often felt during a full moon phase, it’s not unusual to want to protect ourselves from this.

As with most mystical things though, this time of high energy shifts can also bring great opportunity and creativity, so it’s worth sticking around! Start by clearing your space – both physically and psychically. Nothing like a pre spring spring clean to get rid of mental and actual clutter! I find black tourmaline is good for this as you can carry some with you or place discreetly in your office and around your home. It has protective qualities and can help fend off any negative energy and vibes. It looks good too!

Having cleared some space it’s a good time to channel your preferred mystic guide, get a tarot reading, connect to the current astral aspects and projections. As you move through the remaining winter months it’s an optimal time to reassess where things are at, and, most importantly, where you desire things to go. For example, right now, and at the end of any moon cycle, questions of what we are doing with our lives often come to the fore with great intensity. We are tapping into the surge of energy that comes with the moon reaching its final phase. With that comes a great opportunity to prepare yourself, both for the beginning of the first phase of the new moon, and the beginning of the changes you desire to implement. You will also need to prepare for the inherent endings that precede this of course, that are a crucial part of this final phase. Whether that’s letting go of old behaviours and negative thought processes, unhealthy relationships; the sheading of the old skin is necessary for the new to breathe and flourish.

Is it a new career path you’re hankering after? Well, this is the time to really challenge yourself to answer what it is you really want to do, then start implementing the ground work once the new moon phase arrives.

Perhaps it is love that are desiring to come into the space you have cleared. Why not invest in some rose quartz crystals, or our red reiki-infused love candle (particularly good around a full moon), or see if your spirit guides have any advice on your path. Just think, if you do the ground work now, you may be enjoying your next Valentine ’s Day with someone new.

Though as humans many of us fear it, the life/death/life (birth/death/rebirth) cycle is a natural part of our internal, and eternal, clock.

A combination of the needs of modern life, and fear of the more ancient ways and knowledge, have led many of us to move away from the monthly incarnation of this as represented by the wax and wane of the moon, the passing of the seasons, as our guide to our own need to check ourselves, end what needs to finished, create anew the desires that have arisen from the ashes of those endings. This disconnect from the natural, the universal energy, may be one reason we are damaging the planet at such a rate. As a whole, humanity has lost its deeply spiritual link to the heartbeat of the planet, to the universe.

If we can choose to tune into the mystical powers of our own energy, and that of the rhythms of others, of spirit guides, and our planet, I believe we can regularly get back in step, and dance afresh in the moonlight.

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