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Jan 16, 2018
Welcome to Half Moon Waning. Our Blessed La Luna began her descent toward darkness yesterday afternoon at 2:25 PM Pacific Time.
This phase of the moon is known as “The Wise Woman Moon” (Arylo, 2016). I love this phase so much because it puts me in touch with my own Inner Wise Woman. The truth is we all walk around with this Inner Wise Woman inside of us, yet often times we forget to tune into Her as our source of Wisdom.
This is the time of month when I'm reminded to harvest the wisdom that has come to me since the New Moon, especially in terms of my intentions for this lunar cycle.
I invite you to remember the intentions you made in that first week of the New Moon. Take a moment to just reflect back on them. Perhaps your intentions related to a work or school project, perhaps a relationship with one of your kids or your Beloved, maybe your intention for this cycle focused on your finances or having sweet holiday times with your family. Often times we have several places where we are directing our life force energy each month.
So, now for this Half-Moon Waning Practice: Gently place your hand on your heart and take a couple of breaths just slowing down your breathing and ask yourself, “What guidance am I being given in terms of those intentions I set? What wisdom is coming to me in terms of these intentions? How am I being directed to use my life force energy during this lunar cycle.” Now, just pause. Wait. Listen. She’ll speak to you.
So often our culture teaches us to go outside of us for wisdom and answers and we ending up discussing our decisions with everybody and their brother, yet we never go Within to check in with Her. She’s that still small voice you hear prompting you with Wisdom like “Wait, not quiet yet.” or “Move ahead, now is the time.” or “Make the dr. appointment." or “Drink more water” or “Shut your computer down and rest.”
Aligning our daily practical lives with the cycles of the Moon and seasons of the Earth begins to give us a deep clarity around these questions. During Half Moon Waning, we take time to begin to go within and pause for this inner Wisdom that is our birthright and available to us 24/7.
Some of my dear friends have said to me, “Cheryl I don't even remember the intentions I made on the new moon how would I know the guidance that is coming in?”
Precisely, Dear Ones. I’m so glad you’re realizing this! I invite you to give yourself space and give yourself time to acclimate to this ancient technology. If while you're reading this post you are asking yourself, “What the heck were my intentions at the beginning of this lunar cycle? And when was the New Moon anyway?” Then let’s begin where you are. That is the whole reason for my weekly check-ins with you at each of the 4 phases of the Moon.
This awareness you’re having right now is beautiful! Everything begins with our awareness! In 2018 I invite you to commit to writing down your intentions for each lunar cycle. We'll talk more about this around the New Moon, so for now perhaps pick up a notebook, a journal or some index cards to jot them down. Keep it really simple so that it is something that you will commit to doing. Each month you’ll simply record what your intentions are (they change form throughout the month as you gain wisdom, so that’s where the mystery and fun really begin).
The most important thing that you can do right now is to give yourself a deep level of compassion for what you are about to embark on this year around living your life differently. Allow yourself to be playful and curious about all you will uncover.
In the spirit of Half-Moon Waning, will you try something with me? Take your hand to your heart once again and take a couple of breaths to tune in. Now ask your Inner Wise Woman “How does this feel to me? How does it feel to begin to live my life in a less frantic and a more cyclical way?“ Pause. Wait.
Take a moment to feel what this feels like in your body and your emotions. Does it give you a sense of hope? Does it give you a feeling of possibility? What are you feeling in your shoulders, your belly, your head? Pause. Wait.
Hey, you just did it! This is the practice of aligning with Half-Moon Waning. Taking time to pause and notice what guidance is coming through. Beautiful Work, Dear One! You see, this process combined with all of this wisdom is supposed to enhance your life, not weigh you down with more information for you to remember. Just stick with me all year, and together, we’ll explore each phase with depth, humor, and love.
And one more thing, Dear One: Whatever you’re experiencing in life right now whether it feels “good or bad” remember, just like the cycles of the moon: Baby, it's just a phase. Until our New Moon next week, Much Love!
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