Art Journal with the Moon for July 8-14, 2024

Caring for Your Unmet Emotional Needs so You Can Follow Your Creative Dreams and Shine Your Light in the World

In this post, I describe what unmet emotional needs are, how they can stop you from following your creative dream and how to meet those needs so you can move forward aligned with your authentic self. I also share a summary of the moon’s energy from Monday – Sunday with daily prompts you can explore in your art journal so your deep inner work and magic is in alignment with the moon.

What are unmet emotional needs?

While the sun is in the zodiac sign of Cancer and we just passed the new moon in Cancer and the moon is now building in energy and light, it’s a great time to consider meeting your unmet emotional needs so you can shine your beautiful bright spirit in this world.

During Cancer season, the energy shifts towards nurturing and emotional understanding, making it a perfect time for you to meet your unmet emotional needs. Think of it like how a garden in summer finally receives all the light and warmth it needs so all the plants and flowers in it can grow and bloom. What you need to grow and bloom is meeting your unmet emotional needs.

Cancer is all about emotional security and caring for yourself and others. This period encourages you to reflect on what makes you feel safe, loved, and supported.

It’s about getting in touch with your feelings and recognizing areas in your life where you might have neglected your emotional well-being.

This is your chance to connect deeply with your inner self and address those long-standing emotional needs that you’ve pushed aside. By doing so, you can heal and move forward with a stronger, more vibrant spirit. When you tend to these parts of yourself, you enable your true essence to shine brightly. This nurturing time is about finding harmony in your emotional landscape, so you can feel more aligned, joyful, and authentically you.

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Now back tending to your beautiful, shining spirit and the emotional nutrition you might be lacking.

Unmet emotional needs refer to the essential feelings of love, safety, understanding, and support that weren’t sufficiently provided during your formative years or even later in life. Everyone has basic emotional requirements that need to be fulfilled to develop healthily and feel whole. When these needs are not met, particularly during childhood, it can lead to feelings of insecurity, low self-esteem, and difficulty trusting others. How can you believe in yourself, your art or your dreams when you suffer with low self-esteem or you have trouble trusting yourself or life?

Emotional neglect is common. Way too common. As a child, emotional neglect is where caregivers or significant others fail to respond adequately to your emotional expressions and needs and so your emotional needs needs go unmet. It’s not always about outright neglect or abuse; sometimes, it’s simply a lack of understanding or ability of those around you to provide the emotional support you needed. I’ve seen many loving parents, including myself, completely miss the mark on meeting their child’s emotional needs not because they didn’t care or didn’t want to but because they had no idea how to do it. They continue to walk around themselves with gaping emotional voids. How can they understand how to meet their child’s emotional needs if they can’t even meet their own or if they are completely oblivious to their own inner child’s unmet emotional needs that they still carry? Your inner child is key to understanding your child’s needs by the way.

Love, unfortunately, isn’t enough. Emotional education and doing your inner work is necessary if you want to make a difference to yourself and the future generations that are in your care. And it’s especially important if you want to shine your light in this world because there is no way the inner child within you is going to feel safe enough to let you shine your light in this world if you still carry big, gaping voids in your heart.

And I know this is frustrating to hear if you’ve been doing your inner work for a long time. I get it. But it doesn’t change the fact that your inner parts need what they need until they finally don’t need it anymore and you can’t force that process to be done when you want it done. I don’t care if it’s taken decades. You’re not doing anything wrong. It’s not that you haven’t found the right modality or the perfect solution. It’s a process. It will take as long as it takes and it may take decades or lifetimes. Are you ready for that? Do you love yourself and your expansive, brilliant spirit enough to say, “Yes! I’ll keep going. I’ll keep doing the work. I’m dedicated to freeing myself and my spirit. I will continue to tend to my heart and my soul for as long as I need to.”


Then let’s talk some more about your unmet emotional needs and how trauma contributes to them.

Trauma and Unmet Emotional Needs

Trauma, whether from a single event or ongoing stressful situations, can exacerbate the problem of unmet emotional needs. Traumatic experiences can overshadow your emotional landscape, making it difficult for you to express or even recognize your needs. I know for me, because my trauma happened when I was so young and I disassociated from my body when it happened, I kept doing that over and over again which caused me to be in a chronic state of disconnection from myself, my body and my emotions. Emotional neglect amplified this because if no one is there to emotionally attune to your needs and help you learn how to attune to yourself and your needs then you keep focusing on how other people are feeling and what they are needing. Especially because your hypervigilance makes you ultra-aware of how others are being or feeling since your subconscious is constantly scanning for danger.

Trauma can create a survival mode mentality, where your energy and focus are directed towards coping with immediate threats or pain, pushing your emotional needs to the background. You’re always on the lookout for danger without even realizing that’s what you’re doing. This often leads to your emotional needs not being addressed or acknowledged. Plus, you probably learned to suppress your emotions as a way to cope. I know I definitely did.

Carrying unmet emotional needs into adulthood is common because emotional habits and patterns formed early in life tend to persist. If you learned to ignore or suppress your needs to survive emotionally during childhood, you might continue to do so as an adult, often subconsciously. This can result in a cycle where you might not fully recognize or understand what you need emotionally, making it hard to seek or create relationships and environments that fulfill those needs.

Acknowledging and addressing these unmet needs can be a significant step toward healing and emotional fulfillment, allowing you to form healthier relationships and a more satisfying life.

How Unmet Emotional Needs Stop You From Following Your Dreams and Shining Your Light

Imagine someone who has always dreamt of exploring their artistic talents and diving into their creativity, yet they constantly find themselves unable to carve out the time for these pursuits. This person is always busy, not with their own projects, but with helping others achieve their goals and manage their crises. This pattern isn’t just about being generous or kind; it stems from an unmet emotional need—specifically, the need for approval and acceptance. Growing up, they might have learned that their value was tied to how much they did for others, leading them to neglect their own desires and boundaries.

As an adult, this behavior continues as they struggle to say no or prioritize themselves, fearing rejection or feeling selfish. Their time and energy are perpetually allocated to others, leaving little for personal passions or dreams. This scenario is a classic example of how unmet emotional needs can overshadow one’s life, stifling their true potential and creative expression. Instead of shining their light into the world through art and personal expression, they remain in the shadows, supporting roles in the lives of others. They never get to be the main character in their own life.

The impact of living this way is profound. It not only deprives them of personal fulfillment and happiness but also diminishes the unique contributions they could make to the world through their creativity. It leads to resentment and depletion. Their light— the creativity and joy they could share—is dimmed, and the world misses out on the beauty they have within them. Addressing the deep-seated emotional needs of safety, belonging and acceptance and learning to set healthy boundaries could liberate them to finally pursue their own dreams and allow their light to shine brightly.

When you don’t meet your emotional needs or aren’t even aware of them, it can create significant barriers to expressing your true self and shining your light in the world. Unmet emotional needs often lead to low self-esteem, because when your fundamental needs for love, safety, validation, and acceptance are not fulfilled, you may start to believe that you don’t deserve these things. This belief can manifest as a persistent feeling of not being good enough, which in turn fosters fears and self-doubt that can paralyze you from taking steps towards your dreams and aspirations.

For example, if you grew up in an environment where your achievements were never acknowledged or your efforts were constantly criticized, you might carry an unmet need for validation. This can lead to a fear of failure or a fear of trying new things because you’re subconsciously convinced that your efforts won’t be appreciated or that they’ll be deemed inadequate. Similarly, if you were frequently dismissed or ignored as a child, you might struggle with the unmet need for attention and acceptance. This can make you overly reliant on others’ approval, stifling your own creativity and individuality because you’re too focused on pleasing others rather than expressing your true self.

To truly step into your potential and shine your light, it’s helpful to become aware of and address your unmet emotional needs.

Look out for signs of needing validation, acceptance, safety, and love. By recognizing and fulfilling these needs yourself, or seeking environments and relationships that support them, you can build self-esteem and diminish the fears that hold you back. This empowerment allows you to live more authentically, embracing and sharing your unique talents and gifts with the world.

How to Meet Your Unmet Emotional Needs

There are many ways to meet your unmet emotional needs but I want to share the ways that I found most effective and most spiritually nourishing.

The first crucial step in addressing your unmet emotional needs is to identify exactly what they are. This process can be particularly challenging if you are a highly sensitive person with a history of trauma or emotional neglect. Often, such experiences condition you to disconnect from your emotions or to prioritize the needs and feelings of others over your own, making it difficult to recognize what you truly need for yourself.

For those who find this task daunting, I share several creative practices in my free guidebook designed to help unearth these hidden needs (I talk about how you can get your hands on that guidebook down below). However, one of the most effective ways to identify your unmet emotional needs is by paying attention to your emotional triggers. Emotional triggers are intense, uncomfortable or undesirable reactions you have to certain people, situations, words, or actions. For example, you might find yourself feeling suddenly angry, sad, or anxious in response to something or someone.

These emotional triggers are not random; they are powerful indicators that something deeper is at play —typically, an unmet emotional need. For instance, if criticism from others always makes you feel extremely upset, it could indicate a deep-seated need for approval or acceptance that wasn’t met in your past. By examining these triggers and understanding the feelings and needs behind them, you can begin to directly address and fulfill these long-neglected parts of yourself.

Imagine you find yourself feeling extremely upset every time someone interrupts you while you’re speaking. Something inside you knows your emotional reaction isn’t just about this particular situation. You can tell something deeper is going on. This emotional trigger—feeling disrespected or overlooked—can be a clue to an unmet emotional need. Perhaps as a child, you often felt unheard or that your opinions were dismissed, leading to an unmet need for validation and to be listened to attentively.

To neutralize this trigger and meet this unmet need, you start by recognizing the feeling it brings up in you. You acknowledge that this intense reaction is not just about the present moment but also about echoing feelings from your past. You get curious and ask yourself, “What do I need right now that I didn’t receive in the past?” The answer might be as simple as needing to feel valued and heard.

To meet this need, you can engage in a practice of reparenting yourself. This involves being the nurturing and attentive parent to your inner child that you wished you had. You can do this by setting aside time to listen to your own thoughts without judgment, perhaps through painting in your journal or writing a letter to yourself. You affirm your feelings and remind yourself that your thoughts and feelings are important and deserve space. This act of self-validation is profoundly healing.

You start seeking out relationships and environments where your voice is respected and your contributions are valued. You speak up the next time you’re interrupted because you learned to value yourself and your voice. Over time, these actions reinforce the feeling of being heard and respected, gradually reducing the intensity of your emotional trigger.

By consistently meeting this once-unmet need, you can heal old wounds and become more resilient in handling similar situations in the future.

As you can see, after you’ve identified your unmet emotional need, the next step is to give yourself what you never received.

Waxing Crescent Moon

I learned to meet my unmet emotional needs by nurturing a profound connection with my inner mother. Before I could grow a strong inner mother who knew how to meet my needs, I had to learn how to be a better parent to my inner child. That’s where my spiritual guidance came in. I, like my grandmother before me, have a deep and personal relationship with a presence I understand and cherish as the Divine Mother or the Great Mother. Through spiritual conversations and guidance in my everyday life, Divine Mother taught me how to reparent myself. She was the unconditionally loving, forever patient and kind presence I modeled my own inner parent around. Because I could feel and be with Divine Mother and the unlimited capacity She has to hold my pain and my fears, I learned how to do that for myself. She taught me an invaluable lesson: leave no inner child part of yourself untended. She emphasized the importance of approaching every part of my inner self with compassion and curiosity, enabling me to truly understand and connect with my inner child parts.

I deepened her teachings by working with the MAP Method which allowed me to tend to inner parts of myself that I could not reach consciously. I also finally found words and language to describe what Divine Mother was teaching me when I learned Dick Shwartz’s model for Internal Family Systems. He clearly and brilliantly articulated what Divine Mother had been teaching me for years.

By engaging with the inner parts of myself, I learned to recognize their specific needs—needs that had gone unmet for too long. The Great Mother showed me how to provide what these inner children parts of myself were missing, whether it was validation, safety, love, or acceptance and the MAP Method rooted this healing even deeper into my subconscious realm by reaching so many more hidden inner parts than I could have ever consciously addressed in one lifetime.

This process of meeting the needs of my inner parts both consciously with my inner mother and subconsciously with the MAP Method has been transformative, fundamentally changing how I relate to myself and enhancing my ability to pursue my creative dreams.

Now, whenever I encounter inner resistance, feel insecure, or face fear, I know what to do to get unstuck. I understand that any resistance, lack of motivation, self-sabotage, overthinking or fear stems from parts of me that are still holding on to unmet needs. By addressing these directly and compassionately, I resolve the resistance at its root. The moment those needs are met, the barriers dissolve, and I no longer find myself sabotaging my efforts or procrastinating. Sometimes this process takes longer than others. That’s where patience comes in, especially when I think I’ve found the root need but I come to realize I was just tending to one layer of it and there’s more to see and tend to. But that’s the beautifully unpredictable healing journey, isn’t it? It is naturally winding, twisting and bumpy but oh so rewarding!

Dive a Little Deeper

This Friday at 1:00 PM MT, I’m excited to host a FREE WORKSHOP titled 3 Witchy Ways to Tend to the Emotional Roots of Chronic 

Illness and Reclaim Your Authentic Self. For those who join me live, I have a special bonus to offer: a free copy of my guidebook, THE NOURISHED HEART: How to Meet Your Unmet Emotional Needs So You Can Live In Alignment with Your True Self. This guidebook is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to begin the journey toward emotional healing. It will help you identify the emotional needs that have gone unmet in your life, guiding you through a detailed process to understand and finally fulfill these needs on your own.

During the webinar, we’ll explore the emotional factors that often underlie chronic illnesses. You’ll learn how chronic stress and emotional neglect contribute to physical symptoms and how addressing these emotional roots can lead to profound healing. The webinar is designed to empower you with knowledge and practical strategies to start handling these challenges effectively. You’ll also experience a MAP session where we work with you subconscious mind to neutralize painful memories and reduce chronic stress so your inflammatory response and immune system can be balanced and improve your quality of life.

By attending, you’ll gain not just the guidebook but also the insights and tools necessary to start reclaiming your authentic self. We’ll discuss how to nurture your inner world and foster a healthier, more vibrant life by aligning more closely with who you truly are. This is a chance to not just manage symptoms, but transform your life by healing from the inside out. Join me on Friday at 1:00 pm MT and let’s start living with a lot less symptoms and a lot more energy, health and vitality.

Sign Up for the FREE Workshop Here

The Moon This Week

If you want to work with the moon to manifest, do your emotional work or deepen your creativity, here’s a summary of the moon’s energy from Monday – Sunday with daily prompts you can explore in your art journal.


Today the last quarter moon is the sign of Taurus. It is also having a happy relationship with Venus and Saturn and an intense relationship with Mars.

Mars is associated with the element of fire. It is the planet of action and courage. Sometimes its excessively hot nature aggravates the collective energy and we react with impulse or speak before we think or allow our anger to express itself in more aggressive ways than we want it to. Mars does not submit to others and likes to lead with purpose and take action.

The tension created by the square between the moon and Mars can cause you to feel impatient, short-tempered and blunt or harsh. It can also cause you to project your pain onto other people. If someone triggers you emotionally today, it might be helpful to get curious, look within and explore if something deeper is at play. Instead of reacting or saying something you don’t really mean or directing your emotions to someone that isn’t actually at the root of the problem, it’s a great day to instead address the inner wound and meet the emotional need that is surfacing through the other person’s behavior.

Sometimes, without even realizing it, you can store feelings of anger in your body. This stored anger can manifest as tension or discomfort, affecting your overall well-being. Art journaling with the moon, especially when it’s in a square aspect with the planet Mars, which symbolizes energy and aggression, can be a powerful way to address and release this pent-up energy.

When the moon is in a tense relationship with Mars, it creates a dynamic tension that can bring underlying feelings to the surface. By engaging in art journaling during this time, you provide an outlet for any intense emotions you have stored in your body such as anger.

You can use colors, shapes, and words to express what you’re feeling. As you transfer your emotions onto the page, you’re not just creating art; you’re moving the stored energy out of your body and allowing it to be transformed.

This process can be very healing. It allows you to confront and manage feelings of anger in a safe and controlled environment. You might find that as you draw or paint, you’re able to understand more about why you feel this way, leading to insights and resolutions. Over time, this practice can help you feel lighter and more at peace, as you learn to regularly tend to and release the emotions that have been quietly residing within you.

In your art journal, to align with this lunar energy, draw, paint or collage an image that allows you to release any anger or frustration you’re carrying in your body.


Today the waxing crescent moon moves into the sign of Virgo.

Emerging from the darkness of the new moon, the waxing crescent moon symbolizes the first visible evidence of your intentions and desires beginning to take form. It’s a time of promise and potential that whispers of growth and possibilities yet to unfold.

This phase of the moon is about taking the seeds you planted during the new moon—those quiet intentions set in sacred space—and tenderly helping them into the light. It’s a reminder that even your biggest, wildest, grandest dreams start small, and that every first step must be taken in faith because you can’t yet see exactly where you are going or where your creative dreams will lead you.

The waxing crescent moon is a good time to revisit the intentions you set during the new moon. Ask yourself: What steps can I take, however small, to bring my dreams closer to reality? This moon phase encourages you to take action, even if it’s just a small gesture or a subtle shift in your daily routine, to affirm your commitment to your creative dreams.

This is also a time to nurture your inner light, to be kind to yourself as you navigate the vulnerabilities that naturally come with having a creative dream and try your best to move towards it. It’s not an easy thing to do and there are bound to be challenges along the way. The waxing crescent moon’s energy encourages you to move forward with gentleness and determination.

It’s a time to weave your creative dreams into the fabric of your daily life. In your art journal, under the waxing crescent moon, you might create a visual reminder of your new moon intentions or explore through drawing, painting, or writing, the steps you feel called to take next.

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents the actions you commit to take to help your new moon intentions become a reality.


The waxing crescent moon is in the sign of Virgo. It is also having a tense relationship with Jupiter and an opposing relationship with Saturn.

Enriched by its ruling planet, Mercury, Virgo prompts us to articulate our feelings and experiences with clarity.

Virgo’s energy is both nocturnal and deeply rooted in the earth, giving it a grounded, calm presence. Its mutable nature helps you adapt to circumstances with grace and pragmatism. One of Virgo’s most profound gifts is its drive for efficiency and organization. It pushes you to seek out the most effective methods, weaving a tapestry of practicality, attention to detail, and an unyielding love for quality. Yet, with its magnifying precision, it’s easy to become enmeshed in minute details, sometimes at the risk of losing sight of the broader picture.

The moon in Virgo is a time to pause and reflect: Are you content with what you’ve been manifesting in your life? It’s essential to understand that while not every event or experience in our lives stems directly from our actions, many do. For those experiences you have molded and shaped, which ones bring joy? Which ones perhaps weigh heavy on your spirit? This Virgo moon nudges you to discern, evaluate, and, if needed, recalibrate.

As a highly sensitive person, you are uniquely attuned to your environment and internal landscape. Art journaling during this moon in Virgo will help you translate your thoughts and feelings onto paper, blending colors, shapes, and words, allows you to visually navigate the complex web of your emotions. Through your art journal, you can work with the Virgo moon’s energy, taking stock of what is working in your life and what might need a gentle shift.

If there are aspects of your life you’re not entirely content with, what adjustments can you make? How can you align more authentically with your heart’s desires and the intentions you planted during the new moon?

In your art journal, draw, paint or create a collage that represents an adjustment you’d like to make in your life..


The waxing crescent moon moves into the sign of Libra today. It is also having a happy relationship with Mars, Pluto, Uranus and Venus and an opposing relationship with Neptune.

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

Libra is an air sign. It is fluid and dynamic. It brings energy that is soft, beautiful and artistic. It likes to help you be sociable and enjoy friendships, gatherings and groups. It also likes to keep things balanced and looks for equality in relationships. It brings an energy of acceptance and understanding but it can also be too outwardly focused or, in other words, have you focusing on other people’s needs at the expense of honoring your own feelings and needs.

Highly sensitive people with creative dreams often have a natural inclination to focus on others’ needs before their own, stemming from their deep empathy and ability to tune into the emotions of those around them. This sensitivity, while a gift, can sometimes lead you to neglect your own feelings and needs, particularly when it comes to pursuing your creative dreams.

You might find yourself giving away your time and energy to support others, leaving little left for your own projects and dreams. This habit of putting yourself last can make it challenging to make progress. You might struggle with setting boundaries around your time and energy, fearing you might disappoint others or be seen as selfish. This can lead to a cycle where your own needs and dreams are constantly placed on the back burner.

Working with the moon while it is in the sign of Libra offers a beautiful and supportive way to address this imbalance. When the moon is in Libra, it’s an opportune time to reflect on your relationships, including the one you have with yourself, and to seek a healthier balance between meeting your own needs and those of others.

The moon in Libra encourages you to consider how you can honor your feelings and needs without sacrificing your creative dreams for the sake of others. It’s a time to practice setting boundaries, particularly around your time and energy, to ensure you’re allocating enough of yourself to what truly matters to you, like your creative dreams.

By aligning your actions and choices with your values, you start to see your creative dreams as equally important as the needs of those around you. 

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage a page that represents setting boundaries around your time and energy so you can follow your creative dreams.


The waxing crescent moon is in the sign of Libra. It is also having a happy relationship with the planet Jupiter.

When the moon is in a happy relationship with Jupiter like it is today, you’re in for a treat! This harmonious aspect is known for bringing a wave of optimism, growth, and good fortune into your life. Jupiter is often called the planet of luck and expansion, and its influence can make you feel more hopeful and generous. Emotionally, this connection can lift your spirits and encourage you to see the positive aspects of any situation.

Spiritually, the moon and Jupiter enhance your sense of faith and your connection to the bigger picture of your life. It’s a perfect time to embrace new opportunities that can lead to personal growth and increased understanding of your place in the universe. You might feel a strong urge to explore new spiritual realms or philosophies, finding profound wisdom that resonates deeply with your soul.

Use this time to soak up the abundant energies around you. It’s an excellent period to set intentions that align with your higher aspirations, as Jupiter’s benevolent influence can help manifest these desires into your reality. Let yourself be guided by the expansive and optimistic vibes and pay attention to see what blessings the universe conspires to send your way.

When the moon aligns harmoniously with Jupiter, it creates a soothing balm that can be incredibly beneficial for you, especially if you’re highly sensitive and feeling the weight of the world’s tension and transformation. This aspect offers a wellspring of positivity and resilience that can help you navigate through tougher times.

As a highly sensitive person, you probably feel the vibrations of the world more acutely, which can sometimes be overwhelming. However, the moon’s happy relationship with Jupiter provides a moment of reprieve, a chance to recharge your emotional batteries by embracing the more joyful, optimistic side of life. It encourages you to focus on the silver linings, the growth opportunities, and the potential blessings that exist even amidst chaos.

Use this time to deliberately seek out and soak up these positive vibrations. Whether it’s through meditation, spending time in nature, or creating pages in your art journal that bring you joy, these moments of goodness are crucial. They not only offer immediate relief but also build your emotional resilience, preparing you to handle future challenges with a stronger, more hopeful outlook. This nurturing energy is a gift; embrace it to sustain your spirit and maintain your inner peace during the more turbulent times.

In your art journal, draw, collage or paint an image that brings you joy.


The first quarter moon moves out of the sign of Libra today and is void of course for most of the evening. It is, however, also having a happy relationship with Mercury in the early morning.

A void of course moon sometimes happens when the moon is moving from one zodiac sign to another or when it’s not making any aspects with other planets – I think of it as though the moon is just hanging around alone and in the in-between space – no longer where it was but not yet where it will be. The moon likes reflecting energy down to us but when it’s void of course there’s nothing substantial for it to reflect so its reflecting that emptiness back to us.

It’s as if it takes a brief pause, suspending its influence and opening a window of stillness and introspection.

Embrace this pause, take a step back, and reflect. This period is not about making significant decisions or initiating new projects; rather, it’s a time for taking stock, for going inward, and for focusing on self-care and inner peace.

When the moon is void of course, it is a good time to engage in activities that nurture your emotional well-being. This is also an opportune time for self-reflection and introspection, allowing you to connect more deeply with your inner self.

On the flip side, it’s best to avoid initiating new projects, making important decisions, or embarking on significant endeavors during this period. The energy of the void of course moon is not conducive to starting new things; rather, it supports wrapping up loose ends and investing in self-care.

Consider reflecting on these questions during a Void of Course Moon:

What areas of my life require my attention, but I’ve been neglecting?

How can I better care for my emotional well-being?

What loose ends do I need to tie up before moving forward?

The void of course moon invites you to embrace the pause, to indulge in introspection, and to nurture your emotional health. It’s a gentle reminder from the cosmos that in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, taking time for yourself, for stillness and self-care, is not only beneficial—it’s essential.

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that relaxes, comforts or slows your down.


The first quarter moon moves into the sign of Scorpio. It is also having a tense relationship with Pluto and Venus.

The first quarter moon is a phase of action and decision-making, representing the initial steps towards realizing the intentions you set during the new moon. It symbolizes growth, challenge, and the courage to face obstacles as you work towards realizing your creative dreams. This phase is about building momentum and making progress.

In your art journal, create a page that represents this phase of taking action and overcoming challenges. You might want to start by visually depicting the moon in its first quarter – a half-lit, half-dark moon. I love starting with this imagery in my art journal. Around or on top of this imagery, add elements that symbolize the creative dream you are working towards.

Next, express any challenges you’re facing and the steps you’re taking to overcome them. This could be through images, words, or even symbolic representations of the obstacles you’re facing.

Write down or illustrate what actions you need to take next, what might be holding you back, and how you plan to move forward. Then give some thought to what it means to you to harness the decisive energy of the first quarter moon to propel you forward.

This art journal prompt is a powerful way to use the energetic qualities of the first quarter moon to support your emotional and spiritual growth. It’s a reminder that facing challenges is a natural part of achieving our goals and that each step, no matter how small, is significant in the journey.

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents the first quarter moon.

Have fun with your art journal and the moon this week.

with love,

Dana da Ponte



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