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Art Journal with the Moon October 31 - November 6 2022

Art Journal with the Moon October 31 – November 6, 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.

A Few Thoughts Before We Get Started

It’s been hard to get to my journal this week and as we sit in the time of year where the veil between this world and the next seems thinner than usual, I feel the unlived dreams of my female lineage calling me back to its pages.

In my interview with Carmen Spagnola this week on the Numinous Podcast, I shared why I identify with the word artist. There’s a fire in me that rages bright and strong when she thinks of all the women in her lineage who did not claim the identity of artist or writer or teacher or poet.

My great grandmothers and great aunts had a long dark history of being told they had a role to serve – a role to serve their husbands, families and the church. There was no room to serve their dreams.

My grandmother would have made an amazing writer. She collected words like they were her friends. She would have liked to become a teacher. She couldn’t fulfill that dream but one of her daughters did even though it’s not actually what my aunt wanted to do with her life. It’s the mother wound in all its sacrificial glory.

I don’t want my journal to miss me this week because I don’t want the limits that were placed on my ancestors to flow through me and into the future.

My inner critic has been so loud this week. She’s barking unhelpful threats and most of them fall under some version of, “You’re not as good as other people”.

I compare myself to my mentors. I compare myself to my friends. I compare myself to strangers flooding my social media feeds and I inevitably fall short.

It’s not always like this. I just happen to be in the thick of it these days and I suspect that’s because I made creative commitments to myself and I’m stretching and growing.

The part of me that barks her cruel critiques is just an inner part. I know she’s just trying to protect me. When I sit down, get quiet and curious, she shows me a hurting girl. This little girl didn’t think much of herself. She didn’t feel important. She wasn’t important enough for anyone to spend a lot of time with. She wasn’t good enough to be well-liked. She was shy and armored up from a very young age.

When I sit with my journal and the moon, I spend time with that little girl and I get to see how precious and wonderful she is. She loves dandelions and playing with the wind. She believes in magic. She loves drawing and painting because it’s fun – not because she has to worry about whether or not she is good. She loves playing with colors and shapes. She doesn’t care what it looks like. She’s just happy to play.

I want to reconnect with her this week.

I hope you take out your art journal this week and reconnect with your inner artist with me.

Monday

The moon moves into the air sign of Aquarius today. Aquarius is ruled by the planet Saturn so the moon is carrying a little of that planet’s energy as well today.

Aquarius is fixed air sign so it brings that energy of fluidity and the ability to change but it couples it with being constant, dependable and able to persevere. Aquarius energy likes to act its own way and distance itself from groups. It is air energy so it concentrates its focus on the intellect and the mind but it can be stubborn but if you’re having a hard time being your own person, the moon in Aquarius can help you love and accept the quirky, different and unique things about yourself.

Imagine you loved every bit of yourself and knew that everything that made you different was deeply on purpose and ultimately helpful to everyone you are connect with today.

Imagine you are perfect just as you are – exactly where you are right now in your life with the exact perfect personality, habits and ways of being. Imagine nothing about you has to change for you to reach your goals.

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents accepting your weaknesses and limitations.

For those of you who have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Monday morning the moon is in the waxing crescent phase. 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. We use this energy to imagine all the invisible actions your angels and spirit guides are taking to help you reach your goals and manifest your new moon intentions.

The moon is in the sign of Capricorn today. Capricorn energy helps us be pragmatic, persistent and disciplined. Capricorn energy likes to focus on practical and useful actions but it can be emotionally restrained or reserved. We use this energy to tend to your inner parts that struggle with self-discipline.

The moon moves into the sign of Aquarius today. The moon in Aquarius can help you love and accept the quirky, different and unique things about yourself. We use this energy to help you accept all parts of yourself and magnetize the intelligent, unique, dependable, independent and confident Aquarius moon energy.

The moon is in a tense relationship with Mercury. In your relationship with others this can look like moody conversations, disagreements, not considering the other person’s perspective. Internally this can look like your inner parts not agreeing with each other and causing you tension or inner conflict. We use this relationship the moon is having with Mercury to tend to memories of feeling defeated or hopeless.

The moon is in an intense relationship with Pluto today. It’s a great day to work with the subconscious mind like we do with the MAP Method. We use this energy to explore what is at the root of a troubling situation you are currently dealing with.

Finally, Mercury moved into the sign of Scorpio recently. Mercury is a messenger of the gods and can travel between realms. It also dives deep to understand unconscious patterns and see those parts of your psyche that would normally remain hidden from you. We use this ask your subconscious mind what event from your life it would like to tend to today then we use the MAP Method to clear any memories or beliefs from that event you no longer need to carry forward in your life.

Tuesday

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 represents a decision you can make this week to help your new moon intentions become a reality in your life.

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Tuesday morning the moon is in the first quarter moon. 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. We use this energy to consider which choices you can make this week to help your new moon intentions become a reality in your life.

The moon moves into the sign of Aquarius today. The moon in Aquarius can help you love and accept the quirky, different and unique things about yourself. We use this energy to help you accept all parts of yourself and magnetize the intelligent, unique, dependable, independent and confident Aquarius moon energy.

The moon is in a tense relationship with Venus today. In the kind of relationship Venus is having with the moon today, it makes receiving Venus’ good and harmonious energy difficult so you might struggle to see your beauty or the beauty in your life or the beauty in others or you might long for pleasure and joy but feel incapable of doing what brings you happiness. We prepare for this challenging energy by taking a moment in the morning to focus on the beauty in your life – especially in the areas where its hard to see.

The moon is in a tense relationship with Uranus. The tension between the moon and Uranus might have you feeling constricted by responsibility. Because the moon rules the realm of emotions, you might feel annoyed by the expectations other people place on you or the expectations you think other people are placing on you or even the expectations you place on yourself. We work with the MAP Method to release the expectations that no longer serve you.

The moon is in an intense relationship with Saturn today. What I like about Saturn being in relationship with the moon is it reminds us to do what we need to do to feel stable, grounded and safe in our bodies. We use this energy to tend to any anxious energy you may be carrying.

The other energy from the cosmos we tend to is Mercury moving into the sign of Scorpio recently. Mercury is a messenger of the gods and can travel between realms. It also dives deep to understand unconscious patterns and see those parts of your psyche that would normally remain hidden from you. We use this ask your subconscious mind what event from your life it would like to tend to today then we use the MAP Method to clear any memories or beliefs from that event you no longer need to carry forward in your life.

Wednesday

Later in the day the moon moves into the sign of Pisces.

Pisces is a mutable water sign. Pisces energy is calm and highly receptive. 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.
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 energy changes is sentimental but can also change according to whatever mood or emotion it is feeling.
Let’s magnetize the helpful qualities of Pisces.

Think about your creative nature. What do you like about your creativity? What is one positive thing you can say about your creative nature?

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that celebrates your creativity.

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Wednesday Today the moon is in the first quarter moon. 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. We use this energy to consider which choices you can make this week to help your new moon intentions become a reality in your life.

The moon moves into the sign of Aquarius today. The moon in Aquarius can help you love and accept the quirky, different and unique things about yourself. We use this energy to help you accept all parts of yourself and magnetize the intelligent, unique, dependable, independent and confident Aquarius moon energy.

moon is void of course from the early morning to the early afternoon in the mountain time zone. I think of this time 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. It is a good time to connect with your subconscious mind and your intuition so we work with that energy to surrender to the Divine a troubling situation you are currently dealing with.

The moon is in the sign of Pisces today. Pisces energy is calm and highly receptive. 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. We use the MAP Method to magnetize this sentimental, sensitive, intuitive, absorbent, compassionate and creative energy.
The moon is in a happy relationship with Mars today. This means the moon is drawing down energy to help us set boundaries, stand up for ourselves and feel motivated and ready to take action. We use that energy to clear memories and beliefs around expressing your emotions.

Finally, the other energy from the cosmos we tend to is Mercury moving into the sign of Scorpio recently. Mercury is a messenger of the gods and can travel between realms. It also dives deep to understand unconscious patterns and see those parts of your psyche that would normally remain hidden from you. We use this ask your subconscious mind what event from your life it would like to tend to today then we use the MAP Method to clear any memories or beliefs from that event you no longer need to carry forward in your life.

Thursday

The moon is in a trine, or in other words, a harmonious relationship with the beautiful planet Venus today.

Venus is associated with fertility and growth and represents beauty, grace, softness and gentleness. It brings love, friendship, harmony, passion, sensuality, pleasure and is concerned with our relationships and our relationship with pleasure and joy.

The moon and Venus both have receptive qualities. In the spiritual realm, Venus and the moon work well with intuitive natures to encourage you to live in flow. They provide you with the energy that helps you open, surrender and trust.
In the physical realm, the moon represents the body so bringing that gentle energy of Venus to your body by focusing on doing things that make you feel happy, nurtured and cared for today is helpful.

In the emotional realm, allow the full spectrum of your emotions the respect they deserve today and try to express how you feel in ways that bring harmony and gentleness to your relationships.

In your art journal, create an image that celebrates the energy of Venus.

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Thursday morning, the moon is in the first quarter moon. 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. We use this energy to consider which choices you can make this week to help your new moon intentions become a reality in your life.

The moon is in the sign of Pisces today. Pisces energy is calm and highly receptive. 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. We use the MAP Method to magnetize this sentimental, sensitive, intuitive, absorbent, compassionate and creative energy.

The moon is in a happy relationship with Venus. The moon and Venus both have receptive qualities. In the spiritual realm, Venus and the moon work well with intuitive natures to encourage you to live in flow. We use this moon energy to magnetize this receptive, open, gentle, soft, beautiful, nurturing and graceful energy.

The moon is also in a happy relationship with Mercury today. It’s a day where your right and left brain are harmonious and respectful of each other. You’re more likely to trust your intuition or follow your creativity. We use the MAP Method to magnetize this balanced, communicative, curious, expressive and successful energy.

Friday

The moon spends a big part of the day is in the fire sign of Aries. 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 is action, 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.

Think about what makes you light up.

What makes you feel alive?

Have you been doing what makes you feel alive lately?

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents something about this week that makes you light up.

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Friday morning, the moon is in the gibbous phase. This moon phase is when the moon seems almost full. This is a good time to think about whether or not your everyday life supports your New Moon intentions. We use this energy to clear subconscious blocks that prevent you from committing to routines and habits that support your dreams and goals.

The moon is in the sign of Pisces today. Pisces energy is calm and highly receptive. 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.

We use the MAP Method to magnetize this sentimental, sensitive, intuitive, absorbent, compassionate and creative energy.

The moon is void of course for a short amount of time in the afternoon in the mountain time zone. I think of this time 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. It is a good time to connect with your subconscious mind and your intuition so we work with that energy to surrender to the Divine a troubling situation you are currently dealing with.

The moon is in the sign of Aries. 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. We use this energy to explore if you’ve been doing what makes you feel alive today.
The moon is in a tense relationship with Mars. This moon energy can also cause you to project your pain onto other people, take things personally or live from what Eckart Tolle refers to as your pain body. We use this energy to address inner wounds and emotional needs that might surface today.

The moon is in an intense relationship with 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. We use this energy to ask your inner parts how safety, harmony and goodness feels.
The moon is in an intense relationship with Neptune. The moon and Neptune both carry spiritual, dreamy and intuitive energy so it’s a good day to slip into liminal space, connect with your spirit guides and angels or focus on your creativity and divination rather than productivity and being rational or practical. We magnetize this soulful, imaginative, dreamy, divine, therapeutic, unconditionally loving, psychic, intuitive and caring 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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