Art Journal with the Moon March 27 - April 2 2023

Art Journal with the Moon for March 27 – April 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.

A Few Thoughts Before We Begin

Astrologically speaking, the energy of the new moon is followed by a couple great weeks to launch new projects. We’re in that energy right now. Then, around April 6 or so, the energy shifts as we enter eclipse season. 

I want to take advantage of this potent ‘new beginnings’ energy to launch my new podcast. It’s called “This Witch Reads” because, well, this witch wants to start reading again.

I was an English major and studied to be a high school English and Art teacher but life, with it’s unpredictable twists and turns, had other more woo things in mind for me. My unexpected journey into the realm of spirits and angels was many things but books and reading no longer were a part of it. I know many witches and mystics learn from teachers and mentors and courses but my education became messy and hands on and very much about listening to my spirit allies. For someone whose love of books and learning and libraries could have kept her in school forever, I was called instead, to let it all go and trust my spirit allies as I dove into the magical life.

Over twenty years have passed and the winds of change are whisking me in a new direction but the path seems to be leading me right back to my love of books and I couldn’t be happier about it. 

My goal in “This Witch Reads” is to share with you what I’m reading, what I’m learning from it and how it influences my magical practice.

What I love about being a witch is I get to do things my way and I get to trust what feels right and sacred to ME but learning what other witches and creatives are doing or what works for them inspires me and I hope it inspires you too.

The first episode and second episode are already up and ready for you to enjoy. In the first episode I welcome you to the podcast, share a bit about my own magical journey and explain what you can look forward to. 

In the second episode, I share my thoughts on Cyndi Brannen’s book, “Entering Hekate’s Cave: The Journey Through Darkness to Wholeness”. I think you’ll especially love what challenged me about this book and the magical words and phrases that made me swoon. 

You can listen to the podcast here or anywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. 

If you like the show, rate it or better yet, add a review. I can definitely use the support and encouragement. Doing new things is scary.

I hope you enjoy the show.


The moon is in a tense relationship with Neptune today.

Neptune wants to help us connect to source energy and experience what its like to reach our divine potential, feel unconditionally loved and feel our interconnectedness. It also wants to open our psychic gifts, help us receive divine inspiration and dissolve barriers so we experience wholeness and unity. It also wants to help us expand and use our imagination and see the unseen or know the unknown. It’s a planet of intuition, psychic abilities, imagination, spirituality and dreams but it can also represent our delusions or our desires to escape, including our desire to escape our uncomfortable feelings.

In this tense relationship with the moon, Neptune can cause you to feel unsettled and uncertain. It can especially blur the line between your experience and someone else’s – which for empaths and highly sensitive people means you might be more prone to absorb other people’s feelings today, so much so that you get confused about what is yours to carry and what was never yours to never pick up in the first place. It’s a good day to protect your energy field.

Are you carrying too much emotional information that is not yours? Do you have younger parts that absorbed too much energy from the people around you when you were younger and now tend to feel overwhelmed? 

Trust whatever surfaces.

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that captures what being energetically or emotionally protected looks or feels like to you.


The moon is in the water sign of Cancer today.

Cancer is ruled by the moon so the moon is in a sign it feels most at home in.

Cancer energy is nocturnal in nature. It is sensitive, sentimental and carries the wisdom of cycles. It is connected to your ancestors, your roots and your feelings of home. It walks alongside your subconscious realm. It is the wise and whole mother within who knows how to wrap and protect and care for all your inner parts.

It is calm, compassionate and nurturing but it is also emotions that move up and down and all around. It wants to help you meet your emotional needs and teach you have to feel emotionally safe. It can help you change and transform your inner landscape but it can also amplify your defensiveness or resistance.

Think about where in your life you could use some nurturing and tender loving care.

How can you take care of your body today?

How can you take care of your emotional self today?

How can you take care of your spirit today?

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents what your spirit needs today.


Today the moon is in the first quarter phase.

Only half the moon seems to be lit up in the night sky during this phase. This is the phase in the creation cycle where there is a tendency to give up or doubt the process. Challenges or obstacles may come between you and your goals and your job is to remain committed despite whatever gets in the way. This is the time to observe your self-talk and heal whatever shadows surface. Make sure you are taking actions and making decisions from your Spirit and your inner wisdom rather than listening to your insecurities and doubt.

Emotional and spiritual themes you can explore in your art journal for the first quarter moon include themes around commitment, doubt, insecurities, body image, self-esteem, your inner critic, your passion, purpose and bigger reasons for being.

Take a moment to think about your new moon intentions again. Imagine what it will be like if your new moon intentions became a reality in your life?

What changes, big or small, will happen in your life when your new moon intentions become real?

What will it feel like to experience those changes?

What choices can you make this week to help your new moon intentions become a reality in your life?

In your art journal, create an image that captures inspiring, encouraging and supportive self-talk.


The moon is void of course for most of the day in the mountain time zone.

This 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.

When the moon is void of course it is a good time to rest and relax and look inward. If you can prevent it, don’t start anything new or sign anything important when the moon is void of course since the energy it carries speaks of not having the momentum to carry it through to the end or in other words, whatever you start when the moon is void of course won’t go anywhere or won’t go where you thought it would.

It is a good time, however, to connect with your subconscious mind and your intuition and to do a little divination work.

Ask your spirit allies for a message then pull a tarot or oracle card and contemplate the wisdom and how you can apply it in your life.

In your art journal, create an image that represents a message your received from your spirit allies today.


The moon is in the fixed fire sign of Leo today. Leo is ruled by the sun so the moon is carrying a little of that energy as well today.

Leo energy wants to bring loyalty, dependability, power, radiance, generosity, warmth, optimism and solidity. It wants to help you shine your light in the world, believe in your worth and boost your confidence. It is warm and expressive but sometimes can bring energy that influences you to be abrupt or impulsive.

Imagine your inner light – the part of you that shines bright no matter what has happened to you or how you are feeling – the part of you that is forever radiant and worthy of goodness.

Now imagine that light grows a little brighter. As it grows brighter, it attracts more goodness to you today.

Imagine your light attracting goodness to you all day long.

What might that look and feel like in your everyday life?

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents your bright radiant glowing energy body.

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

with love,

Dana da Ponte



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