Even if we never step foot in a garden, we can still tap into the stream of life that is channeled by the moon. Her light gives us spiritual signals for manifesting our dreams, tending them into seedlings and harvesting our life’s passion... one month at a time.
While the year’s activity is guided by seasons of the Sun (holidays, school year, fiscal year, and so on), phases of the moon mark the growth of our souls. Each chapter—each moon cycle—is a fresh start for us to imagine and experiment with a new way to live and to be.
Treat a New Moon like New Year’s Eve.
The effects of the sun are obvious: in daylight, plants grow, skin glows, colors are bright. But the moon’s action is subtle. She works on you, changing a little each night, growing full then fading to black. She is soft and quiet compared to the sun, but the moon’s “delicate” action can move ocean tides and, over time, smooth the sharpest of rocks. It’s this formula for change—light (consciousness) plus movement (action) plus time (consistency)—that makes the moon’s cycle such a useful force for transformation.
A few days before the new moon, think about what you’d like to manifest in the month ahead. Consider the sign of the new moon and the house position it occupies in your natal chart to get ideas about what the moon is “in the mood for” this month, then match your goal to that mood.
On July 23, 2017, the new moon will occur in the sign of Cancer.
Wherever she lands, simply tune into your raw feelings and intuition, which are naturally ruled by the moon. What is spirit calling you to express? What are you secretly wishing for? What would make you uniquely happy to achieve or experience? Each answer could be a new moon intention.
Plant the Seed of Your Intention.
On the day of the new moon, conduct a ritual for your intention. This is the planting step. You spoke your wish into form with the words on the paper, now give it a home. You could literally plant the paper in the soil! Whatever the ritual, in soul terms, you are surrounding the seed with all it needs to sprout. What every intention needs to grow, most of all, is love. Love is the ultimate growing medium. Surround the words on the paper with all the love you feel for how that intention will manifest in your life.
Then, in the week ahead, nurture your intention with positive thoughts and gratitude. Place the paper on your altar, or other sacred place. Attend to it every day, visualize it growing and bursting into life. Pray over it, bring it flowers, burn incense, give thanks… whatever action you feel it needs.
Not All Seeds Will Sprout.
Watch the Weather.
Plan for the Next Cycle.
If your intention fell apart, that’s okay too. Gardening is sometimes “trial and error.” Ask spirit what you can learn from it. You may choose to give up the intention; but, don’t give up the garden. In the fourth week, the contemplative “dark of the moon” phase, take time to study and plan about your wish, then try again at the next new moon.
As you grow and experiment with moon cycles, your self-knowledge will grow and your power for fulfilling your dreams will become strong. Manifesting with the moon is a dynamic spiritual practice that can be its own reward. Mother moon reminds us that, as beings of light and love, we have infinite creative power when we tune our consciousness to the universe that created us.