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Art Journal with the Moon July 18-24 2022

Art Journal with the Moon July 18-24, 2022

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.

Monday

Following the energy the moon is reflecting from the cosmos every day feels a little like watching big gears on a giant clock move. The interconnected series of toothed wheels and pinions on a clock are like the planets moving and lining up with each other to gift us with opportunities to heal and work magic.

This week is a happy feeling week with a lot of great energy for playing, having fun and connecting with the people you love. The moon is in the disseminating phase. This phase is when the moon is just starting to become smaller.  It is a time to rest, relax, rejuvenate, move inward and focus on self.

The moon also moves into the cardinal fire sign of Aries today. Aries is ruled by the fiery planet Mars so the moon is carrying a little bit if that planet’s energy today as well.

Aries inspires quick responses and impulses. It values action. 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.

The moon is also in a square, or in other words, a tense relationship with the planet Venus.

Venus wants to bring fertility and growth. Venus loves the idea of raining more beauty, grace, softness, love, friendship, harmony, passion, sensuality, intimacy and happiness into your life and relationships. The energy of Venus also brings playfulness, pleasure and joy. Venus wants to help you enjoy your life. Venus isn’t great at making you get your work done or motivating you to put effort into something but Venus does love to help you express yourself artistically and with love.

Unfortunately, in the kind of relationship Venus is having with the moon today, it might make receiving Venus’ energy difficult so you might struggle to see your beauty or the beauty in your life or in others or you might long for pleasure and joy but feel incapable of doing what brings you happiness. Or, since Venus isn’t in the best state in this kind of relationship with the moon, you might feel lazy or jealous, act with indulgence or extravagance or find yourself in the company of people you don’t really enjoy.

In your art journal, explore your relationship with pleasure and joy. Are you having enough of it in your life lately? What makes you feel most joyful?

For those of you who have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Monday morning we work with the MAP Method to to invite all your inner parts to do the emotional and spiritual work they need to do with your subconscious mind so YOU can make the best use of all the great energy this week. 

We ask your subconscious mind if there’s anything to clear around the disseminating moon, the sign of Aries in your astrological chart and the way your personal astrology is being affected by the relationship the moon is having with Venus today. We also magnetize the goodness the moon is drawing down from Jupiter. Venus moved into the sign of Cancer so we so we ask your subconscious mind to magnetize all that goodness as well and finally we ask your subconscious mind to clear the energy around the difficult relationship Mercury is having with Pluto and how that might affect you.

Tuesday

Today the moon is still the disseminating phase and in the sign of Aries.

As you can see in the weekly moon update graphic I created, the moon isn’t having any relationships with other planets today but there are some important energy shifts happening.

The sun is in opposition Pluto today.

The sun is a giver of life and light. The sun wants to help you shine your light, step into your power and connect to the divine. The sun also wants to reveal your truth and connect you with your life force energy.

Pluto wants to illuminate what is hidden in your subconscious realm to help you transform. Pluto can bring endings, new beginnings, deep spiritual growth and rebirth. With Pluto’s energy influencing you, its helpful to face your shadows and your inner darkness – and hopefully you can do that with compassion.

With this kind of relationship with the sun, Pluto can help you see where you want change in your life to help your dreams and goals become reality – which we know can mean facing unpleasant truths first. In your relationships you might experience struggles for control or power.

In your art journal, explore how your life can change to support your goals and dreams or your new moon intentions to become a reality in your life.

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Tuesday morning we work with the MAP Method and ask your subconscious mind if there’s anything to clear in your subconscious realm around the disseminating moon and the sign of Aries in your astrological birth chart. We also ask to clear the way your personal astrology is being affected by the sun and Mercury being in opposition to Pluto, Mercury moving into the sign of Leo and the way your unhealed wounds are being affected by Chiron now being retrograde in Aries. To wrap things up we address the good energy of Venus in the sign of Cancer brings and ask your subconscious mind to magnetize and make the most of that happy energy.

Wednesday

The moon moves to the last quarter phase and it is now in the earthy sign of Taurus.

The last quarter moon phase is when the moon once again is half in light and half in shadow. To me, this symbolizes choices and decisions. Take time to consider the choices you make in your everyday life and how they impact you and your community. It also symbolizes seeing both sides of a story so finding ways to put yourself in the shoes of someone you disagree with at this time can help you gain wisdom or a perspective you had not considered before. It also a time to celebrate how far you’ve come, how much you do and how much you’ve grown.

Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus so the moon is carrying a little bit of that planet’s energy today as well. Taurus energy is stable and secure. It brings an air of grace, calm, tolerance, tenacity, comfort, pleasure, grounding, safety and security. Depending on the way it affects you or the area of your life it influences the most, it can also bring laziness, inactivity or stubbornness.

The moon is also in a tense 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.

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.

In this tense kind of relationship the moon and Pluto are having today, challenging emotions can surface and affect how you speak or act. It can stir up difficult issues to process or unresolved issues that still need to be tended to. It’s like facing dark truths that ultimately set you free.

Personally, I see this as an opportunity to address those exiled parts within our psyche. The ones we’ve hidden away because of shame, fear or the worry that we won’t be loved or accepted. Those parts get activated in this kind of moon energy and yes, it can cause challenges in your life and relationships but its hard to tend to those deeply hidden inner parts without them being activated so there is a blessing to this kind of tense moon energy – especially when you use it consciously or work with some brain rewiring techniques like the MAP Method. The tense relationship the moon is having with Pluto today supports your emotional and spiritual growth by giving you the opportunity to meet the emotional or spiritual needs of your hidden parts.

In your art journal, explore what inner parts you suspect you might have unconsciously exiled because of fear or shame and see if getting curious about them helps you see what they need to heal.

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Wednesday morning we work with the MAP Method and ask your subconscious mind if there’s anything to clear around the last quarter moon phase and the sign of Taurus in your birth chart. We also ask to clear the way your personal astrology is being affected by the relationship the moon is having with Pluto and Mercury today. For the second day we treat the way you are being affected by Mercury moving into the sign of Leo and the way your unhealed wounds are being affected by Chiron now being retrograde in the sign of Aries. To wrap things up we address the good energy of Venus in the sign of Cancer brings and ask your subconscious mind to magnetize and make the most of that happy energy for the third day in a row.

Thursday

The last quarter moon is in the earth sign of Taurus today.

The moon is in an intense relationship with Uranus today. I think of it as intense because the moon and Uranus are really close together and this causes them to combine their energies.

Uranus wants to bring unexpected changes into your life to inspire you to awaken or grow emotionally and spiritually but this doesn’t always happen in a gentle way. Sometimes these changes are welcome and wanted and sometimes you don’t feel ready for them – although ultimately I believe on some spiritual level you probably do.

In this tense kind of relationship the moon, Uranus might be affecting your emotions and impulses by making you feel uncertain or restless. Because the moon represents females in your life, this can potentially affect relationships with women and those who significantly identify as such in your life. The moon also symbolizes your mother so change or growth in that relationship might be relevant for you today. The moon also symbolizes your body so depending what area of your life the moon and Uranus are expressing this energy, you might experience some unexpected change in regards to your health or well-being.

In your art journal, explore your relationship with unexpected change. How has that shown up in your life in your past and how did you handle it?

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Thursday morning we work with the MAP Method and ask your subconscious mind if there’s anything to clear around the last quarter moon, the sign of Taurus in your birth chart and the way your personal astrology is being affected by the relationship the moon is having with Uranus and Mars. For the final day we treat the way you are being affected by Mercury moving into the sign of Leo and the way your unhealed wounds are being affected by Chiron now being retrograde in the sign of Aries.

Friday

The last quarter moon is still in the sign of Taurus.

The moon is also in a tense relationship with Saturn today.

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.

In this tense kind of relationship with the moon, the area of your life where Saturn and the moon are in can evoke within you uncomfortable feelings around these topics.

In your art journal explore the following questions: where do you need to mature more fully? What kind of structure, routine or discipline do you need more of? How will reflection or self-inquiry support you?

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Friday morning we work with the MAP Method and ask your subconscious mind if there’s anything to clear around the last quarter moon, the sign of Taurus in your birth chart and the way your personal astrology is being affected by the relationship the moon is having with Saturn and the way the north node being conjunct with Uranus is affecting you. To wrap things up we address the good relationship Pluto is having with the moon and the good energy the sun moving into the sign of Leo brings today and ask your subconscious mind to magnetize and make the most of  all that happy energy.

Join Me

If you are ready to enhance your alignment with the moon and rewire your brain at the same time, check out the Moon Mapping Year. When you subscribe, you now receive the MAP Your Mornings private podcast as  a BONUS. MAP Your Mornings is where I align with the moon’s energy for the day and use the MAP Method to teach your subconscious mind how to rewire your brain. Every morning (Mon-Fri), we work with the MAP Method AND the emotional and spiritual themes the moon and the planets and stars are supporting us with to rewire your brain and help you manifest the changes you most want to see in your life.

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Dana da Ponte

 

 

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