Art Journal with the Moon for June 10-16, 2024

In this post, I 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.

Short and Sweet

Each week, I usually share a lot of magical moon information with you but not this week. 

In this blog post, I only describe the comings and goings of the moon this week as well as the daily prompts you can use to art journal with the moon and align your emotional healing with lunar magic. I’m keeping it short and sweet because my dear friend whisked me away for a 50th Birthday visit and I’ll be sitting by the lake soaking in the summer sun when you read this. Okay, I probably won’t be soaking in too much sun as my mast cells overreact to heat but a girl can pretend. 

Before you read about the comings and goings of the moon this, don’t forget, if you have a creative dream and you want to build up your belief in yourself, I have a FREE 3-Day Artist Activation starting on June 12th. Believing in yourself is a little like a muscle you need to build up – especially if you’re a highly sensitive person with a history of trauma or difficult childhood experiences. We all need help believing in ourselves and our dreams but some (like me) need it more often than others. That’s why I invite you to join us. You can click this link to sign up:

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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 waxing crescent moon is in the sign of Leo. It is also having a happy relationship with the planet Mercury.

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, draw, paint or collage an image that represents kind and encouraging self-talk.


Today the waxing crescent moon is in the sign of Leo for the first part of the day but by the afternoon the moon will be void of course for the rest of the day in the mountain time zone. The moon is in a happy relationship with the planet Venus and a tense relationship with the planet Uranus.

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 represents taking time to rest.


The waxing crescent moon is in the sign of Virgo. It is also in a happy relationship with Mars and a tense relationship with Jupiter.

Virgo, commonly associated with meticulousness, practicality, and a detail-oriented nature, also possesses a deep emotional sensitivity to the environment, linked to its role as a healer and caregiver.

The moon in Virgo invites you to tap into your inner healer. It’s a good time to nurture not just your body, but also your spirit.

Virgo, often associated with health and meticulous care, offers a deeper connection to your own innate healing abilities. Everyone has an inner healer—a part of themselves that instinctively knows what they need to thrive, whether it’s physical health, emotional balance, or spiritual growth.

What do you imagine your inner healer to look or feel like?

What wisdom does your inner healer have for you today?

Listen closely to your body and mind. Pay attention to what makes you feel energized or drained, what causes discomfort, and what brings relief. This attentiveness is how you tune in to your inner healer. The insights you gain can guide you to make changes that align more closely with your overall well-being.

Acknowledge that healing is not always linear and that being patient with yourself is part of the process. Remember, your inner healer is wise and knows the path to balance and health. Trust in this inner guidance and allow it to lead you towards healing that is both deep and sustaining. This connection to your inner healer can empower you to make healthier choices and live a life more aligned with what makes you feel strong and vibrant.

In your art journal, draw, paint or create a collage that represents your inner healer.


The first quarter moon is in the sign of Virgo. It is also having an opposing relationship with Saturn and a tense relationship with Mercury.

The first quarter moon occurs approximately a week after the new moon, representing a critical point where the initial intentions and ideas set during the new moon begin to take shape and face their first obstacles.

Emotionally, the first quarter moon is often associated with a sense of urgency or a need to act. It’s a time when the initial excitement of the new moon begins to meet the reality of manifestation, often leading to a sense of tension or conflict as challenges arise. This phase encourages us to push through resistance or barriers that may appear, requiring determination and resilience. It’s about harnessing the dynamic and proactive energy of the moon to overcome any hurdles and continue the journey of growth and manifestation.

The first quarter moon phase, symbolizing the push through obstacles and the implementation of intentions set during the new moon, offers a valuable opportunity to bring your internal parts (like your childhood parts, your ancestral parts or your past life parts) into alignment with your intentions.

Aligning your parts means recognizing and addressing the needs, fears, and desires of each part until they are ready to work harmoniously towards a common goal. This is crucial because unacknowledged or conflicted parts can subconsciously sabotage your efforts to achieve your goals. For instance, a part of you might be eager to manifest your new moon intentions but another part might hold back due to fear or past negative experiences.

The first quarter moon is ideal for acknowledging these fears and working to reassure and integrate your hesitant parts. Aligning your internal parts during this moon phase helps ensure that you’re not held back by subconscious patterns or past conditioning. It’s about bringing understanding and cooperation among all parts of your psyche, helping you move forward more unified and focused on your goals.

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage a page that represents yourself as a multiplicity of parts that are working together in harmony.


The first quarter moon moves into the sign of Libra. It is also having a happy relationship with Pluto, Jupiter and Uranus, an opposing relationship with Neptune and a tense relationship with Venus. 

Today the moon forms a harmonious trine with Uranus.

The moon being in a happy relationship with Uranus can mean happy surprises, unexpected events and celebrating your uniqueness.

Uranus, often termed the ‘awakener’, seeks to jolt us from our comfort zones, urging us to see the world with fresh eyes. It thrives on unpredictability, desiring to infuse our lives with moments that propel us towards emotional and spiritual growth. Imagine this energetic force combining with the nurturing and intuitive energy of the moon. The result? Hopefully a few pleasant surprises showing up in your life, the kind that lights you up and warms your heart. Maybe it’s a chance encounter or the thrill of stumbling upon a new hobby or maybe it’s reigniting an old passion, or simply the sheer joy of unexpected good news are all potential gifts of living in flow.

It’s also a day to trust your intuition wholeheartedly. If you feel a pull towards something, an urge to take a leap, or simply a fluttering of excitement at a new possibility, follow that feeling.

The moon and Uranus not only invite change but also champion the idea of celebrating what makes you unique. Uranus reminds you of the beauty of standing out, of embracing every part of yourself that feels ‘other’ or ‘different’.

In your art journal, draw, collage or paint an image that represents happy surprises coming into your life.


The first quarter moon is in the sign of Libra.

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 an image that represents setting boundaries around your time and energy.


The first quarter moon is in the sign of Libra. It is also having a happy relationship with Venus and Mercury.

Libra is ruled by the planet Venus so the moon is having a happy relationship with Venus while it’s in a sign that Venus loves. This makes for positive and harmonious lunar energy.

When the moon is in a happy relationship with Venus, it invites emotional grace, beauty, and a deep sense of harmony in your relationships (including your relationship with yourself). The moon reflects feelings of love, artistic inspiration, and a strong connection to the pleasures and joys of life. 

Venus is the planet of love, beauty, and relationships. In ancient mythology, Venus is the goddess of love and beauty, who was born from the sea and symbolizes the power of attraction and harmony. Venus is often depicted as a figure of irresistible charm and aesthetic grace, embodying the qualities of love, artistry, and the ability to bring people together in harmony.

When the moon, which governs our emotions and inner world, is in a happy relationship with Venus, these Venusian qualities become intertwined with our emotional landscape. You might feel more inclined toward expressing love and affection, seeking beauty in your surroundings, and indulging in activities that bring pleasure and joy. It’s a time when relationships can feel more harmonious, and you might find it easier to connect with others on an emotional level.

This harmonious aspect also enhances creativity and artistic expression. Whether it’s through music, art, or any other form of creative work, the moon today encourages you to explore and express your artistic side. It’s a perfect time to appreciate the beauty around you and within you.

Spiritually, this alignment is a reminder of the importance of love, beauty, and harmony in our lives. It’s a call to balance the messiness and pain we experience in this world with the beauty we can create and experience in it as well. This period invites you to cultivate and appreciate the soft, gentle, kind and loving aspects of life, encouraging a deeper connection with your sense of beauty and love.

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents someone you want to express love or appreciation to today.

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

with love,

Dana da Ponte




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This is a space where art and spirit come together. On the blog, I share art rituals for working with the magic of the moon. I also work with the subconscious mind to lighten your emotional load and follow your creative dreams.


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