Art Journal with the Moon May 22-28 2023

Art Journal with the Moon for May 22-28, 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 About The Moon This Week

Seeing as it is my birthday today (May 22), I thought I’d playfully share how I wish I entered this world.

Let me preface this by explaining I have a vivid imagination that is not always practical or realistic but if I’m going to wish for something, might as well make it wondrous.

On the eve of my birth, I wish my mother had a community of goddesses tending to her every need, pampering her, washing her hair, massaging her aching muscles and singing her to sleep. I wish they prayed over her body all night long and sang me songs that prepared me for what was to come.

I was born in the wee hours of the morning so I wish my mother was somewhere we could watch the sunrise. I wish my father was there holding my mother, allowing her weary body to rest on his. I wish my mother felt held. I wish the goddesses circled my mother’s body as she pushed and screamed and sang stories of all that was to come in my life – to prepare me.

When I finally greeted the world, I wish I was placed on my mother’s chest whose head was resting on my father’s chest. I wish a circle of drummers heard the beat of my father’s heart, my mother’s heart and my teeny tiny heart and played their drums in a way that weaved our heart beats together.

I wish during those first sacred moments of life, my grandmothers and grandfathers took turns telling stories of our ancestors, making sure I carried all the good and all the not so good of our past with me into this world.

I wish my angel Cassandra would have whispered in my ear and told the story of how I would lose myself for many years in this lifetime. I wish she would also tell me the story of how she would eventually help me find myself again.

I wish a wise old fairy would have handed my parents an instruction book that was titled, “On the Care and Nurturing of This Sweet Soul”. It would have explained my sensitive body and my heart’s longings and the things I came to this world to experience. In its pages, my passions and purpose would have been revealed.

I wish the wise old fairy would have read the entire book to them that day and all my needs were absorbed and held safe in their hearts and souls forevermore.

I wish the goddesses never stopped singing on the morning of my birth until their songs healed my mother’s tired body and rooted my wandering soul.

Enjoy the moon this week my friends and have fun in your art journal. 


The moon is in a happy relationship with Saturn today.

The moon wants to illuminate the darkness, bring about change, be a mirror to reflect us back to ourselves and awaken our receptive and intuitive powers. She represents your body and emotions and reminds you that life is an ever-changing cycle of birth, death, decay and rebirth. She wants to bring kindness, nurturing, novelty and adaptability.

Saturn is associated with the earth element and it wants to bring responsibility, seriousness, deep thought, reflection, wisdom, strategy, maturity, structure, sensibility, frugality, discipline, routine and actions that inspire order in your life.

Saturn brings this stability to your emotions and intuition today. I think of it as emotional maturity. You can feel confident trusting what you feel, including your gut feelings. You’re more likely to respond when you feel emotionally triggered versus reacting. Saturn and the moon being in this kind of happy relationship also helps you to see your dreams and your future with clarity and have realistic expectations of what it will take to become who you are working on becoming.

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents who you are becoming.


Today the moon is in the waxing crescent phase.

This moon phase is when a silver sliver of the moon begins to appear in the night sky. The moon is moving from being dark, still and invisible to growing and coming into full power.

I like to think of this phase as the time when the dream seeds I planted during the New Moon are just starting to form shoots or tiny roots. I might not be able to see my prayers being answered or my dreams manifesting but I can have faith that despite the limited capabilities of what my physical senses can pick up, Spirit is conspiring in my favor and there are invisible forces at work in my life helping me to grow, heal, evolve and create.

In my art rituals, this is the time when I’m meditating on the intentions I set during the New Moon. I’m revisiting my intentions and trying to call them up in my imagination again and trying to tap into the emotions those intentions evoke within me. I’m feeding my dreams with the power of my imagination and my emotions.

How far can you stretch your imagination today?

How much goodness can you imagine growing in your life today?

How many invisible forces can you imagine are helping you today?

How many invisible actions can you imagine your angels and spirit guides are taking to help you reach your goals and manifest your new moon intentions?

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents your new moon intention as a growing plant.


The moon is in a happy 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.

Because it’s in a happy relationship with the moon, the moon gets to reflect back to us all this goodness. It’s a good day for tuning into your emotions, tapping into your creativity, trusting your intuition and using the power of your imagination to create the changes you want to see in your life.

It’s an energy that helps us connect to one another on a deep soulful level and our ability to comfort, soothe and care for the people we love is enhanced.

In your art journal, create an image that represents you opening your psychic gifts.


The moon is in a tense relationship with Mercury today.

In your relationship with others this can look like moody conversations, disagreements, not considering the other person’s perspective and being overly opinionated or focusing on where you disagree instead of finding common ground.

Internally, this can look like tension between your thoughts and feelings. On days like today, I like to remember that I can’t always believe what I think especially when what I’m thinking is putting me down or coming from a place of fear, hopelessness, anxiety, rage, depletion or defeat.

It’s the kind of day where taking out your art journal and letting your feelings pour out onto the page is more productive than trying to express them in your relationships.

The moodiness can be uncomfortable in your everyday life but it’s helpful for doing inner work or emotional healing so let’s use the memories, beliefs or emotions your subconscious mind can see have already been triggered or those that might potentially get triggered today and ask it to use those activations to neutralize the memories.

Which challenging emotion have you been dealing with most lately, fear, anger, hopelessness, depletion or anxiety?

What would you like to feel instead?

In your art journal, create an image that helps you move through a challenging emotion.


The moon is void of course for most of the day today.

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.

Think about a situation in your life right now where it would be great to surrender to the Divine and trust you will be taken care of.

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents a situation you want to surrender to the Divine.

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

with love,

Dana da Ponte



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