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Art Journal with the Moon June 26 - July 2 2023

Art Journal with the Moon for June 26-July 2, 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.

Growing More Good: Immersing Yourself in Positive Feelings

Lately I’ve been focused on growing more good in my life.

One of the ways to grow more good in my life is by focusing on what’s already working in my body, my relationships, my work and my life. It’s a different approach to inner work, isn’t it? Instead of sorting through the problems, focus and grow what is already working!

Another way of growing more good in my life is by immersing myself in good feelings – those emotions that feel expansive, open, flowing and connected. The emotions that break down the walls around my heart and help me feel in flow with love and life.

It’s not always easy to immerse myself in feeling good. Highly sensitive people possess a rich inner world and a deep capacity for introspection but we tend to also struggle with self-doubt, anxiety and unworthiness. Our deep emotional dives can help us get to the root of heavy, challenging emotions and transform them so the belief in ourselves improves, our anxiety lessens and our self-esteem and confidence grows but what if we also used our emotional depth to immerse ourselves in emotions like beauty, purpose, meaning and awe?

That’s what I’d like us to focus on this week as we art journal with the moon. We’re going to use the phases the moon are in, the zodiac signs the moon is moving through and the energy the moon is drawing down from other planets to help us grow more good in our lives by immersing ourselves in positive feelings.

Growing more good in your life involves consciously seeking and embracing emotions such as worthiness, awe, and ah-ha moments. It means recognizing the beauty and goodness in everyday experiences and allowing them to shape your perspective. By consciously nurturing these emotions, you become a source of positivity in your own life and in the lives of others. Cultivating positive qualities not only enhances your character but also creates a ripple effect of goodness in your interactions and relationships.

Growing more good by immersing yourself in positive emotions also means shifting your attention towards moments of joy, gratitude, and inspiration. By savoring these experiences, you elevate your overall well-being and cultivate a more positive outlook. For example, you can actively seek out activities and environments that bring you happiness, engage your passions, and foster a sense of fulfillment. By prioritizing positive experiences, you create a life that is naturally rich with meaning and purpose.

Immersing yourself in positive emotions also helps foster self-acceptance and self-compassion. By embracing positive feelings such as self-love, worthiness, and confidence, you can challenge limiting beliefs and recognize your inherent value. This shift in perspective allows you to embrace your journey (even when it’s shitty) and celebrate your unique strengths and contributions. But, of course, please don’t just bypass your heavier, challenging emotions! Feel, validate and allow them to be there with you for as long as your heart needs them to be before shifting your focus on the good.

When you’re ready, immersing yourself in positive emotions can be a powerful tool in managing sensitivity. By consciously choosing positive feelings and creating pages in your art journal filled with positivity, you can create a refuge of calm and comfort that you simply have to flip through the pages of your art journal to enjoy – at least that’s what I hope we’re able to create this week as we art journal with the moon.

On Monday, we’ll focus on how the moon moves in the sign of Libra and use that Venusian energy to help you delight in beauty and learn more about what you find beautiful.

On Tuesday, we expand that Venusian energy as we use the happy relationship the moon is having with the planet Venus, who is currently in the sign of Leo, to grow feelings of worthiness.

On Wednesday, we use the happy relationship the moon is having with the planet Mercury who just moved into the sign of Cancer to help you celebrate your past achievements. Sometimes it’s hard to feel worthy of the things you want or worthy of achieving the goals you’ve set our for yourself but honoring your past achievements fosters feelings of pride and confidence.

On Thursday, the moon is in the sign of Scorpio. Scorpio helps us dive into our emotional depths. We use this energy to explore the deeper feel-good emotions like the feeling of awe.

Finally, on Friday, the moon is having a happy relationship with the planet Neptune. Neptune helps you daydream and imagine. It’s a great day to get creative and lean into your intuition. We use this lunar energy to honor your ah-ha moments in your art journal so you can capture their essence and revisit them whenever you need inspiration or guidance. I’m really looking forward to this particular prompt.  Scroll down and read it and see if you like it too.

May this week of art journaling with the moon be a reminder that you are capable of growing more good in your life and may you have as much fun playing with art as you did when you were too young to judge yourself.

The Moon This Week According to Your Rising Sign

The Astrological Houses and The Areas of Your Life They Represent

Monday

Today the moon is in the sign of Libra.

Libra is ruled by Venus so the moon is drawing down 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.

Let’s grow more good in our lives by focusing on the soft, beautiful and artistic energy that Libra brings.

Art, photography, and fashion have the remarkable ability to inspire and evoke a sense of beauty. By seeking inspiration from these creative realms and reinterpreting them in your art journal, you can immerse yourself in a world of beauty and bring your own unique expression to life.

Begin by immersing yourself in different artistic realms such as art galleries, photography exhibits, or fashion magazines. Visit local art galleries or museums, browse online art platforms, follow photographers or fashion designers on social media, or explore books and magazines dedicated to these art forms. Allow yourself to be open to diverse styles and themes, and pay attention to pieces that evoke positive emotional responses. What about the art makes you feel good? Is it the colors? Is it the shapes?

When seeking inspiration, trust your intuition and follow what resonates with you. Art is subjective, and what speaks to your soul might be different from what captivates others. Is there a particular piece that evokes joy, beauty, or a sense of connection? Trust your instincts and select a piece that resonates deeply with you.

Once you have chosen a piece that inspires you, take the time to analyze and deconstruct it. Observe the composition, colors, lines, textures, and emotions it conveys. What elements of the piece attracted you the most? Is it the vibrant colors, the play of light and shadow, or the intricate details? By understanding the underlying elements that resonate with you, you can effectively reinterpret them in your art journal.

Now take those elements that you find beautiful and that evoke positive emotions and play with them on a page in your art journal.

If there is a certain color in the piece that makes you feel good, use it. Sketch the basic outlines or shapes inspired by the chosen piece. Focus on capturing the essence rather than replicating it exactly. Embrace your unique artistic style and allow your interpretation to unfold naturally.

Don’t worry about perfection. Just focus on playing and exploring. Use the process to get to know yourself better and learn more about what you find beautiful.

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that celebrates artistic elements from other people’s art, photography or fashion designs you find beautiful.

Tuesday

This week we’re working with the moon in your art journal to process your emotions. You might think that means processing heavy, challenging emotions but what about using your art journal to immerse yourself in feelings that make you feel good.

Today the moon is having a lovely relationship with the planet Venus who is in the sign of Leo. Venus in Leo wants to help you feel confident, regal and worthy of having high standards and setting healthy boundaries.

I think you’re worthy of feeling loved, cherished and adored and with the moon drawing down that lovely energy from Venus, it’s a great time to immerse yourself in those good feelings.

Get out your art journal.

Set a loving atmosphere. Light a candle. Set a bouquet of flowers beside you. Play music you love.

Create a background of hearts in colors that make you feel loved and cared for. I like soft pinks, warm yellows and deep reds.

You don’t have to get fancy here. Pencil or wax crayons will do.

It’s not about how it looks in the end.

It’s about taking a moment or two out of your day to feel loved, cherished and adored.

Once your background of hearts is done, write a love letter to yourself explaining why you are worthy of the things you want on top of the hearts.

Write as if you were talking to your best friend and explain how your desires are valid. Write about how you are worthy of receiving. Celebrate your talents, skills, and strengths. Write about how you are worthy even when you don’t accomplish anything.

Each and every one of us is worthy of the beautiful things we want and the blessings life has to offer simply because we exist. Your worth is not dependent on your accomplishments, possessions, or the opinions of others. You are inherently valuable by virtue of being a unique human being. Embrace the truth that your existence alone is enough to warrant love, respect, and the pursuit of your dreams.

You are worthy of the beautiful things you desire and the blessings life has to offer simply because you exist. Your inherent value is not contingent upon external achievements, societal expectations, or comparisons. Remember, you are enough, and your worthiness is a fundamental truth that deserves to be celebrated and honored every day.

Write the letter to yourself in your art journal with these truths in your heart.

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage a background of hearts then, over your background, write a letter to yourself explaining why you are worthy of the things you want.

Wednesday

Today the moon is having a happy relationship with the planet Mercury who just moved into the sign of Cancer.

Mercury is the planet of communication – including communication with your spirit allies.

While Mercury is in the sign of Cancer it wants to help us process and express our emotions especially while we explore our past. Mercury in Cancer likes to reminisce about the past or talk about memories.

Let’s use this energy the moon is drawing down from Mercury to celebrate your past achievements.

Sometimes it’s hard to feel worthy of the things you want or worthy of achieving the goals you’ve set our for yourself but honoring your past achievements fosters feelings of pride, gratitude and motivation.

Decide on the time period you want to cover, whether it’s your entire life, a specific decade, or a significant chapter in your life. Clarify your purpose: Do you want to acknowledge personal milestones, professional achievements, or both? This clarity will guide your reflection and ensure a meaningful timeline.

Open your art journal to a double-page spread. Decide on the orientation—horizontal or vertical—that best suits your artistic vision. Use a ruler and pencil to sketch a timeline with evenly spaced intervals along the edge of the page. This will serve as the backbone of your creative endeavor.

Create a background. Infuse it with colors, patterns, and textures. Choose a color palette that resonates with the emotions and energy of your achievements. Consider using different shades or gradients to represent varying levels of significance along your timeline.

Now, it’s time to mark your milestones along the timeline. Use small symbols, icons, or images that represent your achievements. You can draw simple icons or use printed images, such as tiny photographs or illustrations. Place each symbol at the corresponding interval on the timeline, creating a visual representation of your journey.

Beside each milestone, add descriptive text that provides context and captures the essence of your achievements. Write brief descriptions, dates, or any meaningful details associated with each milestone. Consider using decorative lettering or calligraphy to make it visually appealing.

Take a moment to reflect on each milestone as you work on your achievement timeline. Consider the significance of each accomplishment, the challenges you overcame, and the growth you experienced. Journal about your thoughts, emotions, and memories associated with each milestone. Let the words flow freely onto the pages of your art journal, capturing the essence of your accomplishments.

Embellish your achievement timeline with additional elements that make it uniquely yours. Add decorative borders, quotes, or affirmations that resonate with your journey and amplify your sense of pride and self-worth. Incorporate mixed media techniques, such as collage, stamps, or stencils, to add depth and visual interest.

Take a step back and admire your achievement timeline. Allow yourself to fully appreciate the milestones and growth represented on the pages of your art journal. Take a moment to reflect on the progress you’ve made, the challenges you’ve overcome, and the person you’ve become through your achievements.

Everything you represented on this page is a reflection of why you are worthy of what you want. Any time you need to remember, go back to this page to remind yourself that you are deserving of all the beautiful experiences and blessings life has to offer.

In your art journal, create an timeline of your achievements.

Thursday

Today the moon is in the sign of Scorpio. Scorpio helps us dive into our emotional depths and since the moon represents our emotional, intuitive and creative realms as well, it’s a good day to immerse yourself in the deeper feel-good emotions like the feeling of awe.

Awe is a powerful emotion that expands our perspective, sparks inspiration, and connects us to something greater than ourselves. By intentionally cultivating awe in your art journal, you open the door to a realm of creativity and joy.

Here are a few ideas of how you can immerse yourself in the feeling of awe in your art journal:

Let Nature Inspire Your Art

Step into the natural world and let its beauty inspire you. Take your art journal outside and observe the intricate details of flowers, leaves, or seashells. Capture their essence through sketches, watercolor paintings, or pressed flower collages. Allow the awe-inspiring wonders of nature to unfold on the pages of your journal.

Explore the Universe

Marvel at the vastness of the cosmos and the mysteries it holds. Use your art journal to create celestial landscapes, constellations, or galaxies. Experiment with acrylic paints, metallic pens, or glitter to bring the cosmic wonders to life. Explore the infinite possibilities of the universe within the finite space of your art journal.

Collage Images that Evoke Awe

Gather magazines, old books, and newspapers, and cut out images that evoke a sense of awe within you. Create collages that blend unexpected elements and spark curiosity. Combine landscapes, animals, and abstract shapes to form new and enchanting worlds. Allow the juxtaposition of images to ignite your imagination and invite a sense of awe.

Find a Quote That Evokes a Sense of Awe

Seek out quotes or passages that evoke a sense of awe within you. Choose your favorite one and paint it in beautiful calligraphy or print it out and paste it into art journal. Surround the quote with vibrant colors, illustrations, or decorative borders.

Remember Moments of Awe from Your Past

Express gratitude for the moments of awe you’ve experienced in the past. Dedicate a page in your art journal where you write down or illustrate these awe-inspiring moments.

In your art journal, create an image that immerses you in the feeling of awe.

Friday

Today the moon is having a happy relationship with the planet Neptune. Neptune helps you daydream and imagine. It’s a great day to get creative and lean into your intuition.

How do you feel when you’ve experienced a great ah-ha moment?

Do you ever notice how expansive and open a great revelation makes you feel?

In the journey of self-discovery and personal growth, moments of clarity and insight are like precious gems that deserve to be treasured. Your art journal provides the perfect canvas to honor and cherish these ah-ha moments, allowing you to capture their essence and revisit them whenever you need inspiration or guidance.

Honoring your ah-ha moments in your art journal cultivates a sense of gratitude and appreciation. It serves as a reminder of the growth, wisdom, and personal breakthroughs you have experienced along your journey. Expressing gratitude for these epiphanies amplifies their positive impact and fosters a mindset of abundance and self-empowerment.

It allows you to see how far you have come and the progress you have made on your journey. It serves as a source of inspiration and motivation, reminding you of your capacity for growth and encouraging you to continue seeking new insights and revelations.

Revisiting your ah-ha moments in your art journal can be a valuable resource for problem-solving and decision-making. The insights you have gained may provide fresh perspectives, alternative approaches, or solutions to challenges you may face. Your art journal becomes a wellspring of wisdom that you can turn to for guidance and inspiration in navigating life’s complexities.

Honoring your ah-ha moments in your art journal can also contribute to emotional healing and empowerment. It allows you to acknowledge and validate your experiences, emotions, and breakthroughs. It becomes a safe space for processing and releasing any limiting beliefs or emotional blocks that may have been holding you back, empowering you to embrace positive change and growth.

Let’s treasure your gems of insight -at least the ones you remember – in your art journal.

Create a background of many crystals.

Begin by lightly sketching the basic shape of crystals. Crystals can take various forms, including points, clusters, or geodes. Focus on the overall shape and proportions, using simple geometric shapes as a foundation. Don’t worry about perfection at this stage; it’s about capturing the essence of the crystal. Refer to photos or images of crystals or gather a bunch of crystals you have and use them as inspiration.

Once the basic shape is in place, start adding facets and details. Crystals are known for their intricate facets that reflect light. Use straight lines or gentle curves to create these facets, paying attention to the angles and symmetry. Remember that crystals are not perfectly smooth, so add natural irregularities and imperfections to enhance their authenticity.

Light and shadows play a crucial role in bringing crystals to life. Visualize the light source and determine where the highlights and shadows fall on the crystal’s surface. Use a combination of shading techniques such as cross-hatching, stippling, or blending to create depth and dimension. If you’re really into it and having fun, gradually build up the shading, paying attention to the interplay between light and dark areas.

Crystals come in a mesmerizing array of colors, from transparent to vibrant hues. Decide on the color scheme for your background of crystals. If you want to deepen the magic of it, consider the crystal type and the energy it represents. Use colored pencils, markers, watercolors, or even mixed media techniques to bring your crystal to life with a spectrum of colors. Layer and blend colors to achieve depth and richness.

Drawing crystals, like any artistic skill, takes practice and patience. Embrace the learning process and allow yourself to make mistakes and for the love of all that is holy, don’t worry about how it looks! This is your own private art journal. It doesn’t have to look good.  With each drawing, you will refine your techniques, deepen your understanding of crystals, and gain confidence in your artistic abilities.

When your background of crystals is done, reflect on the different ah-ha moments you can remember having in your life then write about and describe a different ah-ha moment in each crystal you drew.

You don’t have to fill every single crystal out with an ah-ha moment. Write down as many as you can recall then leave the rest for later. When you have an ah-ha moment in the future, flip back to this page and write about it in one of the crystals.

You’ll end up with a treasure of epiphanies that will inspire and guide you when you need it.

In your art journal, create a background of crystals. In each crystal, write about an ah-ha moment you’ve experienced.

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

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

 

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