Art Journal with the Moon January 16-22 2023

Art Journal with the Moon for January 16 – 22, 2023

This is a summary of the moon’s energy for the upcoming week and the inner work and magic you can do in your art journal to make the most of the opportunities the cosmos is gifting us with.

Every week the emotional and magical opportunities the moon is sending you are different because the energy she is drawing down from the planets and stars changes moment to moment. Planets and stars and moon phases and moon signs each carry their own unique energy .This is my weekly update (Mon-Fri) of the moon’s comings and goings to support you in aligning with her energy.

Get your art journal or a scrap of paper you see lying around, your art supplies or those pencil crayons you have hidden away somewhere and have fun. Spend 10 – 20 minutes focusing on the themes the moon is supporting you to explore that day while you play with colors and shapes and watch what happens over time.

It’s amazing what a little consistent creative time can do.

A Few Thoughts Before We Get Started

We’re moving towards a new moon this week. 

My free CREATIVE MOON CYCLE GUIDE FOR THE AQUARIUS/LEO LUNAR CYCLE will also arrive in your inbox on the new moon so watch out for that if you’re on my mailing list. In it, I’ll share my thoughts on this new moon and how to work with it in your art journal to help you manifest the changes you want to see in your life.

The year began with a lot of slow cosmic energy that is only just starting to pick up but I suspect we won’t feel shifts and movement forward until after the new moon so don’t be surprised if things in your life are taking a while to shift and change or if you’re struggling to feel productive. You’re right in line with the cosmos.

Slow cosmic and lunar energy to me feels like wintering – or in other words, resting, reflecting, reviewing and peering inward. It’s not a time to make big leaps forward or be massively productive. It’s quiet, soulful time better spent dreaming, visioning, planning and healing. 

I’ve actually been enjoying this slow energy. It is helping me to sort my thoughts about the new year. Where do I want to go? What do I want to create? On what projects do I want to invest my time and energy? I love the fact that at this age I’m no longer reacting to my life. I actually carve time out to tune into myself and my soul and listen. I wish I would have done more of that when I was younger. 

What I’ve realized is I love my work. I love the art I create with the moon. I love the magic I weave in my art journal and how it impacts my life. And I especially love the way, with the MAP Method, I teach my subconscious mind how to heal my inner parts so my soul is free to lead my life in the direction I am meant to go and how I get to do that with my clients as well.

There are three things that have changed my life; my conversations with the spirit world, my art rituals with the moon and the MAP Method. Each of these things has helped me stand in power, end my addictions, heal my trauma and follow my dreams. 

Life is shorter than I want it to be and I only have so much time to experience the things I want to experience. I weep for the version of me who was stuck. She was hurting. I have a lot of compassion for her. I know why I was stuck. I was swimming in waters thick with anxiety and fears. There was so much I needed to heal. It’s hard to shine bright like the star you are when you are so weighed down. The funny thing is, I didn’t even realize how weighed down I was. It was my normal at the time which made me feel discouraged and powerless. 

How could I change if I didn’t even feel like I had the power to change? How could I change when every time I tried to change it never worked? I inevitably failed. Success felt far away. I saw other people achieve things I deeply wanted but I just couldn’t have.

Do you relate? If you do, I hope you don’t give up.

If you are feeling weighed down, or you know there is more you are meant to experience in your life, please don’t give up. 

Keep trying new things.

I recently had a client send me a heartfelt thank you because she is finally experiencing changes in her relationship with food and eating. She told me she tried everything under the sun over three decades and nothing has ever worked. She didn’t have a lot of faith that the MAP Method would be any different but to her surprise and my delight, it was!

She is no longer feeling controlled by urges to binge and her brain isn’t fixated on thoughts of eating in the way she has grown accustomed to it being. If you’ve ever struggled with an addiction, you’ll know how very life-changing that actually is.

I’d love for you to try the MAP Method for yourself. 

I’ve made it really easy for you to give it a try. 

All you have to do is book one of my free CONSULT YOUR BIRTH MOON sessions. After you sign up, you’ll receive a series of emails with some simple steps then, when your appointment is up, we’ll meet on Zoom (or in person at my studio if you live near Calgary, Alberta) and I’ll give your subconscious mind the instructions it needs to rewire your brain for you. 

The Consult Your Birth Moon session also comes with my thoughts on the astrology of the moon at the time of your birth and how it is helping or hindering you from reaching your goals. 

My clients often share how blown away they are by how much they receive in their free session with me. I don’t like to waste time – mine or yours. I want you to walk away from your time with me feeling changed in some way for the better. And if you like the experience and you want more change, I know you’ll consider working with me on a regular basis – because if we can do what we do in one session, imagine what three months working with me and the MAP Method can do!

If you have some changes you’re ready to make in your life and you’d like to try the MAP Method, click here and book a spot because I only have 8 spots left this month.

Sign up now.

In this 60 minute one-on-one session, we’ll clarify your goalconsult your birth moon and understand how it helps or hinder you and your goals and work with the MAP Method to rewire your brain and tend to an inner part that is not yet aligned with your goal.

It’s a magical way to start the New Year and a great way to give a little gift to yourself. Only 8 spots left. <3



The moon moves into the sign of Scorpio today.

Scorpio is ruled by Mars so the moon is carrying a little of that planet’s energy as well.

Scorpio is a fixed water sign. It brings energy of containment, introversion and defensiveness. Scorpio energy isn’t the best for showing our true feelings or being vulnerable since it prefers to hide and protect but it is helpful for finding safety, being cautious, reserved and helping you to control your emotions. In fact, emotions are of great importance to Scorpio energy so don’t be surprised if you feel extra sensitive or more easily triggered when the moon is in this sign.

Scorpio energy also helps you to dive deep into your emotional and spiritual realms which is a necessary quality for healing and transformation.

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents what swimming in the deep waters of your emotions feels like to you.


The moon moves into the sign of Sagittarius today.

Sagittarius is ruled by the planet Jupiter so it’s carrying a little of that planet’s good energy as well.

Sagittarius is a fire sign. It is expressive and positive and humorous, optimistic, adventurous, experimental, adaptive, passionate and fun but it can be focused on too many things. Sagittarius energy likes to help us grow and enjoy ourselves through experiencing all life has to offer. It focuses on personal growth, freedom, expansion, lived experience, learning through trying and doing and embodiment. It’s a curious energy that asks questions and looks for answers.

Let’s use this Sagittarius energy to think about the possibilities of today.

If today could go better than you expected, what would that look and feel like?

In your art journal, create a page that represents the best day possible in your life.


Today the moon is in the balsamic phase.

This phase is when the moon is once again a silver sliver in the sky. She is retreating and preparing to hide away in the darkness of the New Moon. This is a time to move inward; to grow still and quiet and change the direction of your looking and to look within and trust your own wisdom and truth. Communing with Spirit and your deepest self is helpful during this phase.

I use this phase to make time to communicate with the angels and my Highest Self. I try to tune into the wisdom and support I carry within me. The veil between Spirit and my conscious mind is thinner at this time of the moon cycle so it eases communication and intuition. It’s also when I’m focusing on my intuition, paying attention to Spirit Signs, making notes of my sleeping dreams and communicating with Spirit.

It is a good time to address the shadow aspects of your personality and to get curious about what I have buried in my subconscious. Sometimes, when life is busy, we don’t have time to process the emotions and triggers that arise in our everyday life and in our relationships. This phase of the Moon is a good time to deal with whatever you didn’t have time to deal with earlier on in the moon cycle. Taking this time to make friends with your shadow before a new moon cycle begins will help you to be clearer and less influenced by my wounded parts as I make my New Moon intentions.

Is there a belief or a memory that has been holding you back?

In your art journal, create an image that represents something you are ready to release or let go.


The moon is in Capricorn today.

Capricorn energy is pragmatic, deliberate, persistent, disciplined, and conservative. Capricorn energy can help you be practical and focus on actions that move you forward in your life. It can also help you consider the importance of the future and what you need to do now in order to create future experiences you want. 

What kind of energy do you want to carry into this year?

What does dreaming in a realistic way mean to you?

What kind of practical actions can you take in the new year to help you accomplish your goals?

In your art journal, create an image that represents the energy you want to carry with you into this year.


The moon is in a happy relationship with Uranus today.

Uranus wants to bring unexpected changes to inspire you to awaken or grow emotionally and spiritually. In this happy relationship with the moon it can mean happy surprises that are beneficial for you. Trust your intuition today, go with the flow and don’t hesitate to act on a whim if your heart is pulling you towards something.

Uranus energy wants excitement and change and it celebrates being different so this energy might also support you in loving yourself even when you don’t fit in. It’s stimulating, exciting and bubbly energy like butterflies in your stomach when you know something really great is possible or you meet someone you really like.

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents something you love about yourself even if it doesn’t fit in with the people around you.

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with love,

Dana da Ponte


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