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 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.
Happy Full Moon in Taurus
We greet a full moon partial lunar eclipse this week.
Eclipses are known for their ability to bring about unpredictable and chaotic events. This eclipse season seems to be true to form both when it comes to world events and in our personal lives.
How have you been holding up this eclipse season?
What has really stood out for me this eclipse season is how although chaos is challenging and can cause pain and suffering it can also bring about positive change.
On the world stage, I truly hope this is the case because the conflict and chaos has been devastating. Will it lead to change that benefits those who have lived with less privilege and power? I don’t know but I really hope so.
In my personal life and in my clients’ lives, I couldn’t help but notice how the unpredictable and chaotic events showing up in our lives this eclipse season are at the same time bringing about massive positive change but in really uncomfortable ways. I don’t think chaos, discomfort and pain necessarily and at all times leads to positive change but I do think it does sometimes. Like in times of deep transformation or when you experience a life event that rips you out of one chapter of your life and forces you to start a new one – whether you feel ready for it or not but you discover that new chapter is actually so much better than the old one.
This particular full moon lunar eclipse is closing down an eclipse cycle that has been with us for almost two years. This eclipse cycle has been activating the Taurus/Scorpio parts of our astrological birth charts so those areas of our lives have experienced change and growth. My mentor, Kelly Surtees, describes how this full moon lunar eclipse is like a positive push forward in those areas of our lives. It’s like the cosmos saying to you, “All those shifts and all that change that is showing up in your life is for your growth. It’s happening to push you forward on the path your soul wants to travel.”
What areas of your life does the Taurus/Scorpio axis rule in your birth chart?
The Taurus/Scorpio axis lands on my 12th and 6th houses and this couldn’t be more accurate or any more dramatic. The chaos that happened two years ago in my life that has led to more change than I thought possible was falling on the stairs and experiencing blunt force trauma.
In order to understand the significance of all this, bare with me for a moment as I explain a little about your birth chart according to ancient astrology.
In ancient or Hellenistic astrology, the houses were viewed in relation to the Ascendant (the first house), which represents the point of the horizon where the Sun rises. The Ascendant, or the first house, signifies your life force, vitality, body, and overall life experience. It represents the beginning of life and the breath of life.
In particular, the sixth house is positioned in an aversion to the first house. Aversion means there’s no direct line of sight or aspect between these houses. As such, the energies of the sixth house are seen as hidden or challenging to the first house. This lack of visibility or connection symbolically indicates a draining or weakening effect on vitality.
Additionally, the sixth house traditionally governs topics such as illness, daily routines, and service. All these areas can be seen as demanding or draining to a person’s vitality. Illnesses obviously take a toll on health. Daily routines, especially when mundane or tedious, can wear down one’s enthusiasm and energy. And the notion of service often implies self-sacrifice or putting others’ needs before one’s own, which can be depleting.
Thus, in ancient astrology, the positioning of the sixth house in relation to the first house, combined with its thematic associations, led to its interpretation as a place that can drain or challenge life force and vitality.
Scorpio occupies my sixth house. Wherever Scorpio lands on your birth chart, it will be a place where you tend to hold emotions in, feel things deeply, accumulate energy and emotions, care for others (sometimes at the expense of yourself) and connect with people in deep and emotional ways. What I’ve come to learn from this eclipse cycle is that, for me, having Scorpio in my 6th house means the emotions and trauma I’ve held in my whole life, my over-giving and lack of boundaries and my tendency to absorb other people’s emotions has been a tremendous burden on my body.
I learned this because after my fall, when I experienced anaphylaxis on almost a daily basis for months and when my MCAS became the most severe it had ever been, I had no choice but to break all the old patterns that hurt me. I could no longer put other people’s emotional needs ahead of my own. My body literally would not permit it. I had to set better boundaries in my work. I had to value and respect the emotional and spiritual labor I do in my work. None of this was an easy thing to do.
In this patriarchal culture, emotional labor isn’t respected or valued as it should be. I had to shift a lot of internal programming in order to feel strong and confident enough to set better boundaries. I had to learn how to stop caring about others more than I cared about my own well-being. Again, not typically something girls and women are taught in my culture. We’re taught to be nice. We’re taught to accommodate other people’s needs. We’re taught to emotionally attune ourselves to everyone around us and consider everyone else’ needs. We are not taught to first and foremost care for ourselves, honor our limitations, have our own backs and refuse to pick up or take on what is not ours to tend to. We’re always attuning to and tending to everyone else. This is especially true when you have a history of trauma or have a history of anxious attachment.
The Taurus/Scorpio eclipse cycle brought about a dramatic, painful and trauma-inducing event in my life. It was definitely chaotic and unpredictable. I still have a lot of traumatic stress to recover from it but it did also completely change my work and how I care for myself and how I show up emotionally and spiritually for others. I’m in one of those strange places where the hardest thing in my life truly did become one of the best things. It led to some of the most profound, stabilizing and life-giving changes in my life. I am better for it. The habits it forced me to embrace are healthier and kinder to my sensitive body. I will never treat myself in the same depleting ways I did in the past.
As this particular eclipse cycle is closing out, I’m reflecting on all this and feeling curious as to what the new eclipse cycle on the Aries/Libra axis will look like in my life. Will it be as dramatic? Will it be as difficult? Will it be as life-changing?
Only time will tell.
If you happen to be going through some chaos that you did not predict nor could you have imagined happening in your life right now, leave room for the possibility that the changes are leading you where you want to be. This was the case for me and it may very well be the case for you too!
Here are another few key things to consider when you art journal with the lunar eclipse this week.
The closing of an eclipse cycle
Over the last two years, this eclipse cycle brought themes deeply rooted in your psyche that have to do with value and worth – both materially (Taurus) and emotionally or psychologically (Scorpio).
Taurus represents what you value in the material world. This includes your finances, possessions, self-worth, and what you consider your security or stability. Scorpio is the sign of depth, transformation, intimacy, and shared resources. It highlights where and how you merge or bond with others, whether financially, emotionally, or physically.
As the eclipse cycle on this axis draws to a close, this particular full moon is a great time to reflect on the changes, revelations, and transformations you’ve seen in the last two years around these themes or in the Taurus/Scorpio parts of your birth chart.
Have there been shifts in your financial situation, or how you view material wealth and possessions?
Has the way you value yourself changed? Has your self-worth been challenged or fortified?
Have you experienced profound emotional transformations?
Eclipses also bring up deep-seated fears, desires, or secrets to be addressed. Did deep-seated fears, desires or secrets show themselves to you?
Eclipses often bring unexpected changes, revelations, or turning points. As this cycle concludes, let go of any old patterns, beliefs, or situations that the eclipses have shown to be no longer serving you. Recognize the emotional, spiritual, and even material growth you’ve experienced over the last two years. And as the old cliché goes, ss one door closes, another opens. Set intentions for the next eclipse cycle. How do you want to move forward?
Mars opposing Jupiter
Mars opposing Jupiter is influencing the lunar eclipse energy because it is happening around the same time as the full moon.
When Mars opposes Jupiter, the energy can propel you forward in unique and powerful ways so the eclipse happening around this astrological event hints at expansion and movement forward.
Mars represents your drive, ambition, and assertiveness. It’s the planet that governs your motivation to pursue your desires and dreams. When Mars is activated, especially in a powerful sign like Scorpio, your passions and instincts are amplified. It stirs you to go after what you want.
Jupiter stands for growth, luck, and expansion. It’s the planet that helps you see the broader picture and pushes you to dream big. When it’s in Taurus, there’s a grounding influence, emphasizing steady growth and tangible results.
An opposition in astrology indicates tension, but this tension isn’t necessarily bad. Think of it as a stretched rubber band. When released, it propels forward. The opposition between Mars and Jupiter can feel like a big cosmic rubber band. You’ll feel the push (Mars) and the pull (Jupiter), and this can spur you into action. Or, in other words, it can inspire movement forward towards what you really want.
While Mars motivates you to act, Jupiter encourages you to grow and expand. This opposition can help you strike a balance between being proactive and ensuring your actions align with a bigger picture or longer-term goal.
For this reason, the eclipse might show you where you’ve felt limited or held back but the revelation of these limitations, coupled with the enhanced drive to push past them, can be the catalyst needed to break barriers and move closer to your dreams.
Mars encourages risk-taking, and Jupiter brings a sense of optimism. Combined, they might prompt you to take leaps of faith you wouldn’t ordinarily consider. Although, don’t forget, it’s also a time to be wise and consider the future before you act now.
If channeled correctly, this opposition can be the nudge many need to step out of their comfort zone and make significant strides towards realizing their dreams.
Amplify Your Intentions
This full moon partial lunar eclipse is also a good moon to amplify your new moon intentions or set new intentions around moving forward in your life.
I like the spin Kelly Surtees shared about this moon. She described how because this full moon is happening in Taurus, Venus is the ruler of this full moon. Because Venus is in Virgo, she’s making a trine by sign to this eclipse. That means the moon is in a happy and harmonious relationship with Venus during the eclipse.
Although eclipses bring chaos and unpredictability, because of this happy and harmonious relationship with Venus, it will probably also inspire a lot of positive change and movement forward for you or it will be like a portal that carries you from where you were to where you are meant to be. It will disconnect you from what held you back in the past and liberate you so you can move forward in a new and better way.
When you work with this energy in your art journal, reflect on your intentions – both the ones you set during the new moon and any fresh aspirations you have for moving forward. Consider using colors you associate with Venus or Taurus. Grounded, earthy colors for that Taurus vibe and beautiful, loving colors for that Venus touch.
Dedicate a corner of your page to what you’re letting go of. This could be depicted as chains breaking, clouds lifting, or any other imagery that speaks of liberation or freedom to you.
Throughout the process, let the unpredictable nature of the eclipse guide you. Don’t overthink. Let the energy flow, allowing the colors and shapes to form organically. Capture the idea of moving from the things that bound you or held you back in the past to the possibilities that are leading you into the future.
As you scroll down to the journal prompts for Saturday, you’ll see I show you how to go deeper and personalize this full moon further by working with it according to your rising sign.
Before I close off for the week, I want to share how I hosted my free live virtual class last Tuesday night and I got some great positive feedback which made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Honestly, people who take the time to email me and express gratitude for the work I do is one of the things that keeps me moving forward. Life is hard but good people with kind, helpful things to say bring all the goodness and sweetness in life. Thank you so much to all of you who sprinkle magic into this world.
If you missed my free live virtual class, no worries, I’m hosting it again on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at 6:00 – 7:30 pm MT. I’m going to share my 7 Steps to Magically Prepare for 2024.
You can learn more or register here.
Enjoy art journaling with the moon this week my friends.
In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents a community embracing, accepting and loving you for who you are.
The first quarter moon is in the sign of Pisces and it is a busy moon. It is having a happy relationship with Jupiter, Mercury, the sun and Mars. It is also having an intense relationship with Saturn.
I’m not an astrologer but art journaling with the moon and keeping track of its comings and goings like I do here has helped me get a sense of the energy certain moon days bring for me personally. I like the feel of this one.
When the moon is in Pisces it can help you absorb more information from the environment and from other people. This is great when the energy you are absorbing is helpful, nurturing and positive but its not so great when the energy that surrounds you is heavy, intense, negative or unhealthy. Hopefully, with all these happy relationships the moon is having with other planets, it is a day where you can absorb some lighter, good feeling energy even amidst all the chaos.
When the moon is in Pisces it can highlight our highly sensitive natures, our compassion and our ability to care for others. It can also help us tune into and honor our creativity but it can also bring flightiness, fickleness and indecision. Pisces moon energy is sentimental but can also change according to whatever mood or emotion is in the air.
The intense relationship the moon is having with Saturn reminds you to do what you need to do to feel stable, grounded and safe in your body. What can you do today to move anxious energy out of your system?
Together, the moon and Jupiter are shining more peace into our lives today. They’re helping us feel open-hearted and generous. They’re supporting us in focusing on what connects us to each other and what brings us together. It’s energy that helps us feel calm and safe and willing to see and receive the goodness other people want to share with us. It’s energy that reminds us what’s good in our life.
In a good relationship with the moon like its having today with Mars, the moon is drawing down energy to help us set boundaries, stand up for ourselves and feel motivated and ready to take action. It can also help you express your emotions instead of letting them build up.
What would it look like to express your emotions today in healthy and helpful ways?
When the Moon and Mercury are in a happy relationship, your heart and mind are able to find harmony.
The moon often represents the physical body in astrology and the sun represents your spirit, vitality and life force energy. The moon being in a happy relationship with the sun brings vitality to your body. It also means feeling confident and free to be yourself or in other words, to break down the walls of protection and allow your spirit to shine in this world. It’s a day with a little more flow and ease than usual.
Notice where the energy flows in your life today and move with it. Don’t fight against currents today. Go with the flow and look for opportunities that expand you in some way.
That’s a lot of goodness right. Let’s share, reflect and amplify that goodness.
In your art journal, draw, collage or paint an image that represents something sweet and beautiful and good you’d like someone else to experience today.
The moon is now in the gibbous phase and it is in the sign of Pisces. It is also having a happy relationship with Uranus, an intense relationship with Uranus and an opposing relationship with Venus.
In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents the ways in which you can support, encourage and reassure yourself when you doubt yourself or feel insecure about what you are creating.
The gibbous moon moves into the sign of Aries today. It is also having a happy relationship with Pluto.
The moon is in a happy relationship with Pluto today.
The moon is the queen of the night. She 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. She also wants to improve your relationship with your emotions, your body and your intuition.
Pluto wants to illuminate what is hidden in your subconscious realm to help you transform. It can bring endings, new beginnings, deep spiritual growth and rebirth. With Pluto’s energy influencing us, its helpful to face your shadows and your inner darkness – and hopefully you can do that with compassion.
With this happy relationship Pluto is having with the moon expect your sensitivities to deepen, your creative gifts to flourish, your imagination to be expanded and your intuition to be open and receptive. Communication with the realms of Spirit and your ancestors is easier in this energy. It’s a good time to clear ancestral beliefs that no longer serve you or express gratitude to your spirit guides and angels for all the support you receive – seen and unseen.
In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that offers gratitude to your spirit allies for all the support you receive from unseen realms.
Today the gibbous moon is in the sign of Aries.
Aries is ruled by the planet Mars so the moon is carrying a little of that planet’s energy as well.
In its most helpful form, Aries supports you in setting healthy boundaries, knowing who you really are and feeling connected to your inner power.
Aries is action, quick responses and impulses. It values action, leadership and assertiveness. When the moon is in the sign of Aries as it is today, it can bring abrupt energy that is blunt and harsh – maybe even sometimes aggressive but it also helps to light a spark in your spirit and connect you to your passion and enthusiasm.
Think about your inner power.
Your inner power refers to the deep, innate strength and resilience that every individual possesses. It’s the driving force that helps you overcome challenges, remain steadfast in the face of adversity, and pursue your passions and dreams. It’s rooted in one’s beliefs, values, and experiences.
If you struggle to feel and connect with your inner power, you are not alone. Many factors, spanning personal, familial, and societal realms, can obscure your connection to your inner power. On a personal level, experiences such as persistent criticism, trauma, or struggles with mental health can make you doubt your self-worth and capabilities.
In your childhood, a lack of emotional support, or unresolved dynamics can suppress your sense of autonomy and erode our confidence. Experiencing traumatic events can deeply affect a person’s self-perception and sense of control.
When you zoom out to society, you see even more layers of complexity. Discrimination and prejudice based on attributes like race, gender, ability or sexuality can silence voices and diminish self-worth. The challenges of growing up in a lower socioeconomic class, faced with societal structures that often disproportionately favor the wealthy, can breed feelings of powerlessness and further contribute to feelings of marginalization for many.
These overlapping layers of experiences can act as barriers to recognizing and harnessing your inner power.
By actively unlearning negative self-perceptions and seeking affirming communities or support, you can begin to reconnect with their innate strength and potential but without those big systems changing, there is only so much you can do on your own.
Connecting with your inner power often involves self-reflection, understanding your purpose, and embracing your unique qualities and capabilities. It’s a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance and peeling back the layers of doubt, fear, and external influences to reveal the core strength within. It’s about recognizing and trusting in your own abilities, intuition, and worth.
What kind of relationship do you have with your inner power? When do you feel connected to it? When do you feel disempowered in your life? What kind of situations or people help you grow your inner power?
In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents your inner power.
In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents your full moon intentions.
The full moon is in Taurus. It is also having a happy relationship with Venus, an intense relationship with Jupiter and Uranus and an opposing relationship with Mercury and Mars.
Taurus, as an earth sign, emphasizes stability, sensuality, and a connection to the tangible world. The full moon, being a time of culmination and reflection, brings to the surface our desires for comfort, security, and abundance. Emotionally, this might manifest as a heightened awareness of what we value most in our lives, from relationships to possessions. Spiritually, it’s a call to understand our deeper needs for security and to appreciate the simple, earthly pleasures of life.
Taurus energy emphasizes our need for safety, security, and a sense of belonging. If the world around you is filled with conflict, war, and unpredictability, this moon might amplify those feelings of unease. It can serve as a poignant reminder of what you crave but might not have access to right now: peace, stability, and a safe haven. When the moon reflects an ideal – like the steady, grounding energy of Taurus – but your personal experience is in stark contrast to that ideal, it can trigger feelings of sadness, longing, or even anger. Essentially, this full moon might mirror back to you the deep yearnings of your heart and the gaps between your current reality and your desires for safety and peace.
In your art journal, draw, paint or create a collage that represents the deep roots of an old wise tree. In the roots, write or draw your desires for safety and peace in your personal life and in the world.
Have fun with your art journal and the moon this week.