Art Journal with the Moon October 30-November 5 2023

Art Journal with the Moon for October 30 – November 5, 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 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.

Scorpio Season in Your Art Journals

The sun moved into the sign of Scorpio last week. The moon is now reflecting light from the sun in Scorpio so getting a feel for what Scorpio season means to you is important as we art journal with the moon over the next month.

Scorpio season is usually all kinds of wonderful for me. I host a family gathering during this time of year. This year is no exception. My son and his girlfriend, my brothers, my parents and my niece and nephew will be joining Luis and I around the table to honor our ancestors and eat a feast fit for the kings and queens we are.

I love sitting around the table with family at a time of the year where magic feels like little sparks of light floating around us. There are drawbacks to being highly sensitive but the ability to sense and feel magic in the air, hang out in liminal space and connect with loved ones who’ve crossed over is the sweetness that makes it all worth while.

Last week, on my Instagram, Tik Tok and Facebook accounts, I shared stories about my encounters with the angels, ghosts and my loved ones who’ve crossed over. (I’m actually sharing my most profound and riveting story on Halloween so check out my accounts this week to listen to it.) It wasn’t easy to post those stories. It’s the kind of sharing that can illicit judgement and hate. Stories about unseen realms, mysticism and the occult are still dismissed or demonized in my culture. But Scorpio season feels like a time in the year where all things mystic and magic are more easily embraced – or at least a time where I feel brave enough to share my stories of woo and wonder.

In the northern hemisphere, Scorpio season occurs during autumn. This natural transition mirrors the ancient mythological theme of the sun’s descent into the underworld. Scorpio season, with its introspective and mysterious energy, can be seen as symbolic of this journey.

In ancient mythology, the underworld wasn’t just a place of darkness and death; it was also a realm of deep wisdom, transformation, and rebirth. Many myths, like that of the Greek goddess Persephone, tell tales of deities or heroes descending into the underworld. These descents were often perilous, requiring confrontations with shadows and fears, but they were also journeys of discovery and personal growth. Upon emerging from the underworld, the deities and heroes were often transformed, having gained new insights or powers.

What new insights and powers do you want to receive during Scorpio season?

When the sun dives into the underworld during Scorpio season and autumn, it invites us to embark on our own inner journeys. We’re encouraged to face our inner shadows, to dive deep into our emotions, and to seek out the hidden truths within ourselves. Just as the trees shed their leaves in preparation for the winter, we too can shed old habits, beliefs, or situations that no longer serve us. And, as the ancient myths suggest, by bravely diving into our own inner underworlds, we have the opportunity for profound transformation and renewal.

Even western popular culture has a discernible shift towards embracing the mystical, magical, and mysterious during the Scorpio season, especially as it overlaps with the autumn months. There’s Halloween of course, which has roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, a time when it was believed the veil between our world and the spirit world was thinnest. There’s an uptick in the airing of horror-themed movies and television series during this time. Books, especially those in the fantasy, and paranormal genres, see increased attention. Ghost stories and tales of the unknown are popular at this time of the year. Even those who might not consider themselves “spiritual” are drawn to practices like tarot reading, meditation, or attending events that promise a glimpse into the unknown.

In essence, the Scorpio energy, combined with longstanding cultural traditions, makes the embrace of mystical and magical themes in my culture more pronounced and widespread at this time of the year.

In your art journal, you can use this season to connect with your ancestors, embrace transformation, face and integrate your shadows and insecurities, explore what rising from the ashes of your past and starting anew means to you, do some scrying and divination work, celebrate Samhain and Witches’ New Year, commune with your spirit allies and cast some protective spells and rituals.

When the moon reflects light from the Scorpio sun, it amplifies the emotional and intuitive energy of this sign.

Where does Scorpio land on your astrological birth chart? This can point to the areas of your life where depth, intensity and transformation happen.

In Scorpio season, hidden feelings might come to the surface because it’s a time of emotional clarity – even if those emotions are intense. Your intuitive abilities are heightened making it a good time for psychic work, divination and deep self-reflection. It’s also a time you might long for deep, transformative connection with others.

You can see why I use this time of year to plan and vision for success in the coming one.

As the days grow shorter and nature starts its retreat in preparation for winter, Scorpio’s energy invites us to turn inward, delve into our deepest desires, and uncover our most authentic intentions. It’s a season known for its connection to the mysteries of life, death, and rebirth, which makes it a perfect time to reflect on what needs to end or transform in our lives to make way for new beginnings.

Planning and visioning during Scorpio season takes on a magical quality. With Scorpio’s affinity for deep emotional and psychic exploration, we can tap into our intuition, dreams, and subconscious mind more readily. This allows us to envision our future in alignment with our truest self. Instead of just making surface-level plans, Scorpio season encourages us to dream big, to align our goals with our deepest passions, and to set intentions that truly resonate with our soul’s purpose.

Furthermore, Scorpio’s transformative energy supports the shedding of old habits, beliefs, or situations that no longer serve us. By letting go, we create space for what we truly want to manifest. As we prepare for the year ahead, Scorpio season offers a potent window to not only set our sights on our dreams but to also engage in rituals, meditations, and practices that infuse our plans with magic, intention, and depth.

If you don’t know where to start when it comes to magically preparing for 2024 and you haven’t attended my free live virtual class yet, you might enjoy “7 Steps to Magically Prepare for 2024” The next class is happening on November 1st at 6:oo pm MT. Whether you’re a seasoned spiritual practitioner or just starting out on your journey, this class promises to inspire, uplift, and provide actionable steps for a transformative year ahead.

🌟 Bonus: Attending the class will also give you an exclusive sneak peek into some of my latest offerings and techniques that haven’t been shared elsewhere!

Let’s journey together and make 2024 a year of magic, purpose, and fulfillment.

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If you already joined my free live virtual class, come hang out with me at this week’s Held by the Moon gathering where we’ll connect, heal, and manifest.

Join us this Monday, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm MT, for a night of profound transformation and creation. We’ll dive deep into our art journals and with the innovative MAP Method, we’ll journey inward, reaching the parts of you that crave healing. Your wounded inner child, echoes from past lives, and whispers of your ancestors might have stories untold, pains that still need tending to. It’s time to lend them an ear and align them with your Full Moon intentions.

This isn’t just a gathering; it’s a soulful ritual.

🌟 Date: Monday 🌟 Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm MT 🌟 Theme: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Taurus

Craft your intentions, heal your soul, and be Held by the Moon.

Join Me Here


Today the moon is still in the full moon phase. It’s also moving from Taurus to Gemini and having a happy relationship with Pluto and Neptune, a tense relationship with Saturn. 

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 represents a belief from your ancestors you are carrying it is time to release or transform.


Happy Samhain!

The moon is in the full moon phase and in the sign of Gemini. 

In ancient astrology, the moon in Gemini carries a connection to Mercury, the fleet-footed messenger of the gods. Mercury had the unique ability to move between the worlds – from the realms of the divine to the earth and even to the underworld. This made Mercury a bridge, a communicator between gods and humans, as well as between the living and the spirits of the departed. When the moon, symbolizing our emotions and intuition, is in Gemini, it illuminates this Mercurial theme of communication and connection across realms – a perfect moon for Samhain.

Emotionally, the moon in Gemini stirs a heightened desire to communicate, not just with the living but also with the unseen – our spirit allies and ancestors. Spiritually, this is a good time to act as your own messenger, seeking guidance from your ancestors, those who have gone before you or spiritual entities that guide you. The energy is right for messages to flow more easily, for intuitions to be sharper, and for us to be more attuned to signs or symbols that your spirit allies might offer.

To harness this energy in your art journal, consider creating a dedicated space or page for dialogue with the unseen. Start by setting an intention to connect with a specific ancestor or spirit ally. Use imagery that reminds you of them or symbols associated with Mercury. Write down questions you’d like answers to or simply allow your hand to move freely, channeling any messages that might come through. Let your art journal act as the sacred space where you and the ethereal can meet, communicate, and exchange wisdom. Remember, this is a personal journey, and whatever emerges on the page is meant for you. Let the moon in Gemini inspire you to bridge the worlds and find clarity through connection.

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents a conversation between you and your ancestors or your spirit allies.


The disseminating moon moves is in the sign of Cancer today. It is also having a tense relationship with Venus and Neptune and a happy relationship with Saturn. It is also 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. 

It’s as if our celestial guide takes a brief pause, suspending its influence and opening a unique 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 us to connect more deeply with our inner selves.

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 us to embrace the pause, to indulge in introspection, and to nurture our 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 an area of your life that you’ve been neglecting and now want to direct some loving attention towards.


The disseminating moon moves into the sign of Cancer today. It is having a happy relationship with Mars and the sun and Jupiter.

Jupiter wants to bring harmony, well-being, kindness, justice, abundance, growth, expansion, good luck and balance to your life. The moon is supporting Jupiter’s desire to do this in your life 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.

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.

One of the best ways to work with this energy is to drop into your heart and choose something in your life to feel grateful for.

Choose that one thing now and focus on it for a moment until you notice a calming, an opening or a small shift in your heart center.

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents something in your life you feel grateful for.


The disseminating moon is in the sign of Cancer and having a lot of relationships with other planets. It’s having a happy relationship with Neptune, Venus, Uranus and Mercury. It’s also having an opposing relationship with Pluto.

This phase is when the moon is just starting to become smaller.  It is a time to rest, relax and rejuvenate and move inward and focus on self.  This isn’t a time to start anything new. It’s a time to reflect. It’s a great time for expressing your devotion to Spirit and for presenting offerings to your Divine helpers, your ancestors or the Earth.

It’s also a great time to share the wisdom and knowledge you’ve harvested. There’s a generosity or giving back quality to the waning phases of the moon. We’re taking note of the bounty we received as the moon was growing in power and feeling grateful and wanting to share what we learned or received with the people we love and care about or with a greater community we feel connected to.

There’s also a releasing and letting go that happens in the waning phases. It’s a good time to look back on everything that has happened since the new moon and reflect on the abundance you received during the full moon. What were your intentions during the new moon? Did they manifest in your life yet? If they didn’t, did you witness tiny shoots starting to grow in the direction of your dreams?

Think of the disseminating moon like the beginning of a great satisfying exhale. Reflect on what you need to release or let go or who it is time to forgive (including yourself) in order to support your new moon intentions manifesting solidly and confidently in your life. 

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents an offering to your spirit allies, your ancestors or the earth.


The disseminating moon is in the sign of Leo. It is also having a tense relationship with Jupiter.

Jupiter is one of the more brilliant planets in the sky, only surpassed by Venus. Jupiter brings radiance and luminosity as well as harmony, well-being and kindness. It promotes justice, law, forgiveness and moderation. Jupiter is consider the greater benefic because it is beneficial to life. It brings abundance, growth and balance. It is a symbol of honor, generosity and charity. It likes to help you expand and grow.

The tension created by the square between the moon and Jupiter can create inspiration, motivation and joy.  It’s good energy to be in to stretch yourself, take a risk or leap of faith, trust your intuition and push yourself forward in the direction you most want to go.

Because of the tension though, it can also bring mood swings, overconfidence, impulsivity and emotionally reacting to situations instead of taking the time to respond thoughtfully.

Let’s use the energy in a supportive way by visualizing what it looks and feels like to stretch yourself to grow in the direction of your dreams.

What goal or dream have you been focused on achieving lately?

In order to manifest that goal or dream, what will be required from you?

How will you need to grow or change to manifest that new reality in your life?

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents how you want to grow or change in order to support your goals or dreams?


The last quarter moon is in the sign of Leo and it’s having a tense relationship with Mars and Uranus. 

Mars is associated with the element of fire. It is the planet of action and courage. Sometimes its excessively hot nature aggravates the collective energy and we react with impulse or speak before we think or allow our anger to express itself in more aggressive ways than we want it to. Mars does not submit to others and likes to lead with purpose and take action.

The tension created by the square between the moon and Mars can cause you to feel impatient, short-tempered and blunt or harsh. It can also cause you to project your pain onto other people.

If someone triggers you emotionally today, it might be helpful to get curious, look within and explore if something deeper is at play. Instead of reacting or saying something you don’t really mean or directing your emotions to someone that isn’t actually at the root of the problem, it’s a great day to instead address the inner wound and meet the emotional need that is surfacing through the other person’s behavior.

In your art journal, draw, paint or create a collage of images that represents an unmet emotional need you carry that affects one of the relationships in your life.

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

with love,

Dana da Ponte



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