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The Moon Cycle - Lunar Phases 101

The Moon Cycle - Lunar Phases 101

Cyclical living can help you live your life more balanced. How can living according to the Moon cycle help you to create abundance, joy, health, and success? This article will explain the Moon cycle and Lunar phases to help you make a start with cyclical living.

New Moon in Pisces - March 17th 2018

Spring is imminent. You can feel it, you can smell it in the air. 

I am so ready to say goodbye to the grey skies or winter... longing for spring I turn my face towards each ray of sunlight, trying to catch the warmth and support. I have never needed it more than I do now.

It's like I have been waiting for this moment to start anew. And now, on the verge of spring, just before this New Moon, at the end of Winter, climaxing towards a fresh start, I am overcome with fatigue and grief. It's like my old Self is dying inside me, it's very intense and many old themes are coming up one more time.

The Moon is entering Pisces. On March 17th, 2018, the new Moon cycle will start in this watery sign of the unconscious mind. Pisces brings us vivid dreams, emotional states and connects us to the symbolism and language of the ancient mind. The rational mind can feel threatened by this fluidity, it's not able to explain what is happening and it will try to take control. This fight with your unconscious mind can take a lot of energy, and combined with the low energetic ebb of the New Moon, you can feel very tired and empty. You may also experience detailed, or very strange dreams. Don't be afraid of them, don't try to 'explain' the meaning, just let them wash over you like a wave that sweeps you clean. Let the waters of Pisces take away any old remnants, any broken dysfunctional survival habits of the ego. It is an old ragged coat that doesn't fit you anymore. 

My dreams have been dark and scary over the last week. Last night I watched my father die and a few days back I witnessed a church shooting in my dream while I was trying to save my daughters. Both situations are not very likely to happen, my father is healthy and vital, and in my country, there are gun laws and shootings are extremely rare. But I lived it in my dream so realistically, as if I knew exactly how it was going to happen. I must admit I was keeping an eye on the news that day.

It can be heavy to wake up from those energies, but being aware of my emotions helped me to release their charge quickly. You could use deep breathing to connect with your body to calm it down while connecting with your feelings as well. They are telling you something you might want to hear.

We all have dreams about death sometimes, and it's important to remember that our unconscious mind is speaking in symbols, and not to be taken literally. 

Death indicates transformation. 

And how profound is the transformation from Winter to Spring? As I find myself at the end of a two year long 'Winter' season in my personal life in the form of burnout, there is a lot happening under the surface. My old patterns are challenged every day, as they are already dead, and new habits are surfacing. However, my ego tries to hold on to every thread. This explains the feelings of grief, as the old story is falling away, making way for something new

Old wounds are healing and we will rise.

One of my coaching clients experienced it like she was dying herself, which can be a scary experience! But as I explained to her, only the construct of ego is dying, and she will rise up, out of the ashes, and her Spirit will bloom again, this time showing her her true colors. 

Hold on, let the waves crash down on you. They will take you to the shore where they will place you carefully and lovingly in the bright Sun. (Aries, a fire sign, is up next!).

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
— Prof. Stephen Hawking

As I was writing this Moon Report, the news of Stephen Hawking's passing reached me. Contemplating about transformation and death, I realized that, during his life, he died at least thousand deaths. Every time he lost another function of his body, due to his neurological disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), he had to change and transform, to reinvent himself in order to be able to breathe, speak and share his visionary ideas. 

Although (or perhaps, because?) he slowly became caged within a limited body, his mind was able to expand to an extent that is not comprehensible to many of us. And in doing so, he completely transformed our collective understanding of the Universe. 

The lesson we can learn from Prof. Hawking is, that when we are able to release our old Self, a thousand times over, we can reach for the stars. 

We are truly limitless.

New Moon in Aquarius - 15th February 2018

Did you notice that February has no Full Moon this year? Due to the double Full Moons (a.k.a. Blue Moons) in January and March, February is left without any... When a month goes by without a Full Moon, the New Moon is called Black Moon. 

This might sound dark and gloomy but it isn't! It's creating opportunities for powerful new beginnings instead.

This month, the Black Moon will fall on February 15th, 10:05 pm CEST, and it will coincide with a partial Solar Eclipse, which is, astronomically, nothing more than a New Moon with the Moon aligned partly in front of the Sun. 

Energy-wise, it intensifies the dark aspect of the New Moon and it marks the start of two new cycles at the same time: the Moon cycle for the following 4 weeks, and the Eclipse cycle for the coming 6 months. 

This New Moon is taking place in Aquarius, an air sign (not a water sign as the name suggests). Aquarius is about thinking energy, communication, new ideas, and technology. Aquarius also is the odd one out, the dreamer, the visionary. When the Moon is in this sign, our emotions and inner worlds are closely connected to the Aquarian themes. 

Due to the air energy (mind), we may feel disconnected to our own inner emotional worlds. This can translate as feeling detached, flat, unaffected, unmotivated and without passion even. 

You can use this detachment to your benefit when you have experienced difficulties with letting go of certain things. Feeling detached will help you to see where you are holding on to the things that aren't serving you anymore and to shift into a new way of being. 

You will be able to truly reinvent yourself with the help of Aquarius!

However, when detachment happens in relationships, it can be difficult to stay connected to the other person. It's more difficult to understand each other when we are less able to connect to someone else's feelings. This may cause conflict, but when we are aware of it, we can choose differently. Putting away your phone and other distracting screens can help tremendously with keeping in touch with your partner, children or other family members. Create space for conscious connection and schedule some time to talk about themes and ideas that are important to you. Communicate in an open and truthful way. Although the connection might be on an intellectual level only, this is perfectly fine. Perhaps this is the way to create interesting new plans and launch projects together! Socializing with larger groups is also a great way of feeling connected. 

Aquarius is the sign of revolutionary ideas and progression. Be prepared for a flash of lightning, an 'AHA'-moment, or an epiphany. This could be the sign you have been waiting for, the message that never seemed to arrive. Journal about your ideas, because there are some gems of insight coming your way, some of them might be pivotal in making changes to your life. The theme here will most likely be around how you can serve the collective as an individual. 

You may want to keep your discoveries to yourself for a bit, to avoid judgment and criticism from people about your 'strange' or 'odd' ideas. It takes a few more days to shift the energy away from Aquarius into Pisces, helping others to relate more to your dreams and visions.

Find your tribe of like-minded people or create your own. It's easy to feel isolated and alone in this world, with its never-ending turmoil and relentless conflict. But there are many people who are just like you, and they are showing up with many now. Be open, and you will find them. 

New Moon in Capricorn - 16/17th January 2018

The next Moon cycle will begin January 16th/17th (depending on your location), 2018, with the New Moon in Capricorn.

The start of 2018 fell on a Full Moon on January 1st, which felt a bit awkward, because the energies of new beginnings and fruition and peaks didn't match very well, like starting your car engine while you are already driving 100 mph.

If your car is up to that, perfectly fine. But it's also possible that your engine blew itself, or came to a halt.

For me, these past two weeks into the fresh new year have a grinding energy to them. Although I have been productive and creating a lot, there is something going on in the background, a heavier, grounding, slowing down energy. That is the earthy Capricorn energy, turning energy into matter. Matter is slower than energy. Planets shifted into Capricorn and now the Sun and Moon are aligning in this sign too, it feels like things are barely moving... 

Is everything coming to a complete standstill? No, it isn't. 

Think about the flow of life as a musical piece... the music slows down, becomes softer and you can instinctively feel the pause coming... diminuendo and rallentando ... not knowing exactly what the musicians will be playing, but definitely anticipating the Grand Finale

In music, we find this pause mesmerizing. In life, we tend to degrade it as annoying.

Whenever the energy is so grounding and slow, you're invited to tune into the silence before the storm yourself. Find yourself in the beauty of the pause, anticipating a period of great action, speed, and progression. The final moments of 2017 didn't happen until now. This is the time we really close the doors on the past 6 months. We are embarking on new Eclipse season that will last from January until August 2018. A period of new things, growth, and expansion. 

This New Moon in Capricorn is the gateway to a new time of growth. 

Pay attention to your intentions, wishes, and goals. Capricorn is an Earth sign, and with so many planets moving into Capricorn, manifestation is imminent. 

Really use the days up to the New Moon to bring situations, projects to a closure, release the things that do not serve you. Make space for the new things to come in. Prepare yourself and your life for the Grand Finale.

Be very clear about your intentions. Re-evaluate your resolutions one final time. Maybe they didn't take off yet... why? Are they really yours? What are you truly longing for? What will make you truly grow and expand? 

Align your resolutions and intentions with your true Self and use this portal to 2018 to the best of your abilities. 

Capricorn will help you manifest everything, soon.

New Moon in Sagittarius - 17th December 2017

On December 17th (or December 18th in the early hours of the night when you live across the pond in North or South America) the New Moon will be in Sagittarius, the Archer. 

Sagittarius is a fire sign, and is all about freedom, truth, expansion, and directness, pointing the arrow at the goal and going straight for it.

I like to call him Sag. I feel like he is a close friend of mine because Sag is my Sun sign. I refer to Sagittarius as male because the energy of this sign feels that way to me, but of course feel free to picture a fierce half-woman-half-horse shooting fiery arrows if that feels more natural to you!

Although this masculine striving energy is natural to me, I have learned the hard way that when it is not balanced with receptive feminine energy, it leads to burnout. 

Sagittarius reminds you of your freedom. The archer gallops away whenever he/she wishes, shooting the arrow from the bow and going after it. The Sun is in Sagittarius as well, and this combination will enhance your lust for freedom even more. 

This time of year, approaching the Holidays, we can feel closed in, as we need to do so many things. Christmas shopping, planning for travel, sending Christmas greetings, having family or friends over at our house.... It can feel like a cage you can't escape

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.
— Maya Angelou

It's not easy to navigate the urge for freedom and expansion during these busy times when we feel pressured by societal (and familial!) expectations. The friction caused by 'need' and 'should' could lead to conflict and heated situations, especially around the Full Moon, when emotions are heightened. Be mindful of your communication or postpone it a few days to gain some clarity for yourself first. It is important to share how you feel, but keep in mind the other person's feelings too. Voice your needs, without putting pressure on others. 

To feel free yourself it is not necessary to put a chain on someone else. 

Sagittarius can be a little selfish, only seeing his own needs. He just aims his arrow at his goal, runs after it and that's that. Problem solved. This way he loses sight of easier solutions within closer reach. Stay in touch with your surroundings and look for alternatives when you are faced with a problem that is stemming from a discrepancy between your needs and the needs of someone else. Stay away from assumptions and conformities. A joint solution is closer than you think when you communicate clear, direct and open

Sagittarius is always searching for the Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth. Over the last few months, uncovering uncomfortable truths and secrets was ongoing business. You might have seen that in the news (#metoo, politics, choosing corporations over environmental issues), your personal situation, at work, with relationships and more. 

Right now, the cosmic energies are lining up with the center of our galaxy, the Galactic Center, bringing a Universal Truth to the surface.

This Universal Truth calls you to evolve to a new way of living, that is in alignment with your Soul.

You mail feel friction or discomfort when you are living out of alignment with your Soul's truth. There are so many people living lives out of alignment nowadays, rushing and pushing, causing extreme stress, burnout, and total numbness. 

By listening to your inner voice, you will be able to make decisions that are in alignment with your Truth that is already vibrating through all the layers of your Being. When you don't listen and act on it, symptoms arise. I invite you to be open to the possibilities, to let go of conformities and beliefs you picked up along the way that keep you out of alignment. Your inner voice knows your Truth. Sagittarius will point the arrow there. 

If you fight it, you will feel it.