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The March full moon is a great time to forgive yourself for your weaknesses and discover how strong you actually are. This month’s journal page was created to take you on a journey of helping you let go of whatever is in the way of accessing your inner power.

Reflect

I used to struggle with overeating and binge eating. When I became ill, I immediately blamed myself for my illness. That’s the way it is when you have an addiction; shame makes it easy to attack yourself. The doctors I looked to for support didn’t have answers but many years ago my naturopath asked me to eat a carb free diet because it appeared my system was reacting to the carbs by flooding my body with inflammation. At the time, I was addicted to sugar and carbs so I felt weak because I couldn’t listen to his advice. It seemed like other people I knew could easily restrict themselves if they needed to but for me, it was impossible. For a while, I was really hard on myself about that. I blamed myself for my pain. I didn’t consider myself strong. The changes I needed to make felt like they were too hard for me to make and at the time, they were.

What I’ve learned is trauma trumps will power. The way my body was sent into a trauma response every time my stomach felt empty would always be stronger than my desire to change but when I treated my trauma, I had the strength to do what I needed to do. I made drastic changes in my life. Everything I needed to do suddenly seemed doable.

Addiction isn’t weakness and most things we do that we regret doing isn’t because we are weak. We are eternal beings of unlimited beauty and power. We have inner resources that we haven’t even fully tapped into. Weakness isn’t the problem. Things like trauma and lack of connection and attachment wounds and difficult childhood experiences are the problem.

I didn’t know why I needed to draw a bear for this month’s moon page until I sat down to reflect on it but the events that unfolded this week are making me understand why the symbolism is important. My illness has taken a turn for the worse. My doctor suspects mast cell issues and is referring me to a hematologist. I’ve already changed so much about my lifestyle and diet in an attempt to improve my health. It was so discouraging for me to experience things getting worse. I cried for a few days. I bitched for a few more. Eventually, I found my strength again.

The three things that helped me find my strength again were conversations with my mom who reminded me there is hope, a treatment with Jessica Palik Bray who did a cranio sacral treatment where I felt emotionally held in a way the cells in my body seemed to be longing to feel for a very long time and all the nights I spent drawing this moon page. The imagery makes me feel strong and protected. I plan on making a few copies of this particular moon page and hanging them up in strategic places in my home like my fridge, my bathroom mirror and my office so my subconscious mind can continuously soak in the image that reminds me I am so much stronger than I feel and I am far more protected than I know.

If you are not on my email list and haven’t received this month’s moon page, visit my homepage and sign up. You’ll receive a link where you can download the hand-drawn page I created for this particular moon. Print it, grab a tea and a cozy blanket, get comfortable then follow the instructions below.

Create

If moon rituals are familiar to you, prepare your sacred space and invite Spirit to join you in whatever way works best for you.

If, however, you are new to moon rituals, I’ve included a quick guide to the steps I follow to prepare for my moon rituals in a past blog post. Take a look at it before moving forward.

Print out the March full moon journal page and gather your pens, paints or pencil crayons.

The bear is truly the magic on this page. Bear symbolism is connected to the moon and the unconscious and all those wonderful things that live in the mystery. This bear is protecting the woman in the forest as she releases her magic to the moon. The trees stand tall as they root the energy of spirit and sky into the earth.

When food is scarce, the bear relies on what it stored inside its body to survive. Maybe when we enter our own dark times, we can remember that we have inner powers to draw from. What we need will be there.

The woman on the page is holding an open book. Stars are lifting up from the blank pages and swirling upward towards the moon where they spiral inward. In that spiral is room for you to write what ‘weakness’ you want to forgive yourself for. When you are done, take a moment to stare into the bear’s eyes and ask to be shown what quality or skill you will need to replace your ‘weakness’ with. What inner resources will you need to draw upon? What spiritual forces can you call upon? Who, in the world of spirit, can you lean on?  Then, if you’re okay will doing silly things like I am, speak to the bear. Let it know what you need. Ask it for help. Speak it out loud. You’ll be amazed how powerful the simple act of speaking it out loud can be, especially in ritual.

When you are done, hang this full moon page that now has your magic on it somewhere you will see it often until the new moon or burn the page on a fire and as you watch the smoke rise, imagine Mother Moon scooping it up in her arms and transforming the energy then returning it to your heart in a form that serves you better.

If you end up completing this moon page, I’d love to see what you created. You can even post the finished piece on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #danasartrituals or email me at support@danadaponte.com and share with me how it went for you. It’s fun for me to know there are others out there enjoying the moon with me.

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

 

 

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This year is a leap year. I created this new moon ritual with the intention of helping us work with the energy and symbolism of this unique time.

Reflect

Before I delve into the symbolism of a leap year, let’s consider the energy that 2020 brings to our dreams and goals. In numerology, 2020 is a 4 year (because the numbers add up to four). I caught my love of numerology from my friend and gifted psychic Marlene Chapman. From conversations with her, four has come to be associated with angels and stability and building strong foundations. The sum of four for this particular year, however, is made up of 2s and 0s so I also bring in my ideas of choices, decisions and free will that the number 2 makes me think of with the infinite eternal of the number zero. So weaving all these concepts together makes me feel like the year 2020 is asking me what choices I want to make to firmly plant and express my spirit into this world. 

Personally, I believe every moment invites us to choose whether to live from our spirit or from our pain and as my journey with chronic illness and trauma has taught me, it’s impossible to set my spirit free when I carry unconscious pain begging for care and kindness.

How do you know you have unconscious pain begging for your attention? Easy! Anywhere you feel blocked or any area of your life that doesn’t feel in flow is influenced by one pain or another. It might be your pain. It might be pain from your childhood. It might be pain from another time. It might be pain connected to the environment you live in or pain your ancestors carried.

The tricky thing about unconscious pain is that you can’t see it head on. You have to look for the way it affects your body, heart, mind and relationships in order to even know it is there. Where your Spirit feels tied and bound hints at where unconscious pain is affecting you.

I believe this is true for society as a whole as well. Anywhere things aren’t flowing or there is suffering and disharmony, there is pain wanting to be tended to. It might be ancient pain. Pain doesn’t die with time. The pain of colonialism hasn’t died in my country just because 500 years have past. The pain is still alive and running through our systems and relationships and it will continue to do so until the pain of colonialism is heard and understood to the degree that this particular pain requires it to be.

That’s the other tricky thing about the pain we carry, IT is in control. Our conscious logical minds are not. We may think we should be over something  but you’re never over something until you are and you don’t have much control over when that is. The heart needs what it needs for as long as it needs it. We’ve forgotten this. We often feel impatient with this because the journey our hearts need to travel in order to heal feels confusing to us. We don’t always understand what it needs or why it needs it. But the important thing isn’t understanding. It’s listening. Can you give up control long enough to listen and surrender to its needs for as many days, months or lifetimes that it requires you to?

If that seems daunting, don’t worry. There are some unconscious pains that we carry that can easily and gracefully be tended to for us. They can be cared for by forces we can’t actually see but that nonetheless want so much to support us in freeing our wild beautiful Spirits. You are not doing the work alone, my friend.

Let’s imagine that this new moon, which shares proximity with a leap year, is a rare portal that helps us advance spiritually.  Where does your Spirit want to be free to express itself? Where do you wish to leap forward? These are the things you will consider when you follow the instructions for this month’s new moon page, which I’ve described below.

If you are not on my email list and haven’t received this month’s journal page, visit my homepage and sign up. You’ll receive a link where you can download the hand-drawn page I created for this particular moon. Print it, grab a tea and a cozy blanket, get comfortable then follow the instructions below.

Create

If moon rituals are familiar to you, prepare your sacred space and invite Spirit to join you in whatever way works best for you.

If, however, you are new to moon rituals, I’ve included a quick guide to the steps I follow to prepare for my moon rituals in a past blog post. Take a look at it before moving forward.

Print out the February new moon journal page.

You’ll notice the page depicts hands holding a book in a forest where creatures have gathered round. This particular new moon felt significant to me. It felt like it was asking us to look deep inside ourselves while at the same time feeling supported and held by the earth. The book represents your Spirit…or in other words, the way your Spirit wants to express itself in this world with the body and personality that is YOU.

The animals and creatures represent the fact that the world is actually your friend and despite experiences that point otherwise, can be a place where your Spirit feels safe to be who it wants to be. There is the rabbit who invites you to become friends with your fear and learn to be playful with it so you can jump from experience to experience without carrying pain that no longer serves you. There is raven who reminds you to believe in magic and follow the shiny things that bring you joy. The baby dear speaks to your heart of gentleness and the need to approach your pain with understanding and compassion. The coyote encourages you to not be afraid of seeing things as they really are while the squirrel invites you to go find all the things you’ve stored in your unconscious. You stored it until a time when you were ready to deal with it. Perhaps that time is now. The mice say, “Yes. Yes. Those kind of details matter.” And finally, the butterflies sit on the pages of your book as a symbolism of your Spirit using your life and your body to transform and grow.

I suspect it can take lifetimes to unravel the pain and fear that we’ve held onto or haven’t had the opportunity to tend to and care for but the journey doesn’t start without getting curious about what exactly makes our eternal Spirits happy so what exactly makes you shine with joy? On the pages of the book, write a letter from your future self. Imagine yourself four years from now. What has changed in your life? What is different? How has your Spirit expressed itself more fully in your life? What areas of your life have been most affected by the changes? Imagine your future self is describing the changes to you. What do you imagine your future self will see?

When you are done, put the page in a journal you can look at later on or place it in an envelope that says, “To be opened on the new moon in February 2024”.

If you end up completing this spiritual art ritual, I’d love to see a part of your process. You can even take a picture of a part of your process and share it on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #danasartrituals or email me at support@danadaponte.com and share with me how it went for you. It’s fun for me to know there are others out there enjoying the moon with me.

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

 

 

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The February full moon carries with it heart opening energy and an invitation to express love. In the spirit of love, this month’s journal page was created to take you on a journey of showing care and kindness to those hard-to-love parts of yourself.

Reflect

For me, the full moon has this wonderful exhale quality to it. It’s that point in breathing where the breath hits its highest intensity and your lungs have taken in all the air they are going to take in then there is a brief pause. It sits at the highest point of the inhale, the moment with the most tension, right before your lungs let go and start to exhale. That’s the full moon.

In the energy and tension of the full moon it’s easy to see the parts about ourselves we don’t like because they become so loud and noticeable. These are the times when, I confess, I’ve been known to write frantically on an itty bitty piece of paper the nitty gritty details of what I dislike about myself hoping that, as I watched the paper burn in my full moon fire, those parts of me would die too and no longer cause me pain or suffering. But what if, in order to fully release or transform the things I don’t like about myself, I need compassion instead of hate?

Sometimes pain and suffering appear in our lives as obsession, over-spending, clinging, laziness, impatience, poor boundaries, control, yelling, overeating, or any other action and behavior we wish we didn’t do. We usually hate whatever is inside us that makes us do the things we can’t stand doing. We want to destroy or get rid of whatever is making us make the same mistake over and over again and we want to destroy it as fast as we can but what if compassion was more effective than destruction? What if we could love the parts inside us that are causing pain?

Love is a big word with a lot of different meanings so let me break that down a little differently. What if we could trust the part inside us that is causing us pain? What if we could show kindness, care and patience to the parts inside us that cause us to react in ways we don’t want to? What if we could stop trying to get rid of those parts long enough to get to know them?

Six years ago I had a moment where I devoted myself to Divine Mother. It was a deeply personal moment between her and I where I knew my life and my work were here to serve Her, the Great Mother. Ever since that time, I’ve been guided towards compassion to a degree I was unfamiliar with in the past. As a spiritual guide, the spirit of Great Mother encouraged me to get to know the parts within me that have been ignored, cast aside, rejected and buried. She taught me to approach those parts within myself with curiosity, kindness, care and a willingness to help. She taught me how to mother myself and she taught me how to allow the earth to mother me too.

Specifically, that’s what this particular journal page invites us to do, turn to the earth and allow it to nurture us in ways that care for those parts of ourselves that have been lost or neglected.

If you are not on my email list and haven’t received this month’s journal page, visit my homepage and sign up. You’ll receive a link where you can download the hand-drawn page I created for this particular moon. Print it, grab a tea and a cozy blanket, get comfortable then follow the instructions below.

If you enjoy my hand-drawn journal pages, then you may also enjoy the free online Creative Moon Circles that accompany these pages. You can learn more about those here.

Create

If moon rituals are familiar to you, prepare your sacred space and invite Spirit to join you in whatever way works best for you.

If, however, you are new to moon rituals, I’ve included a quick guide to the steps I follow to prepare for my moon rituals in a past blog post. Take a look at it before moving forward.

Print out the February full moon journal page and gather your pens, paints or pencil crayons.

The first thing I want to draw your attention to on the page is the digging bee pictured on the left side. Digging bees that have been hibernating during the winter, emerge from underground in the early spring. If you find tiny holes in your garden soil, don’t harm them. Let the bees keep their underground nests. You want these bees around. They rarely sting and are great pollinators because they have special wing movements that shake pollen loose from inside a flower. After digging bees mate in the spring, the females get busy building their nests. The females dig a tunnel in the earth and make little chambers off it, like rooms coming off a hallway. They fill each chamber with pollen and nectar then lay an egg and seal the chamber. This is where their babies grow. The digging bee gives the earth her babies to protect and keep safe. What if we gave the parts of ourselves we struggle with to Mother Earth for her to care for with tenderness and kindness so they can grow and mature and come back to us in ways that nurture and support us and make our lives better instead of harder?

Imagine the feet on the page are your feet and the lines of energy leaving them represent what you want to release into the earth. Imagine the hands that are underground receiving that energy are the hands of a Great Mother, a mother who loves you just as you are and who easily accepts the parts of you that you have not been able to accept. Draw or write in the palms of her hands, what it is you want to surrender to Her. These are the parts you are asking Her to help you see differently. These are the parts you are asking Her to help you understand more fully and completely so you can finally approach those parts of yourself with patience, kindness and care. Ask Great Mother to teach you how to do this. Ask her to show you what that means in your everyday life.

When you are done, hang this full moon page that now has your magic on it somewhere you will see it often until the next new moon or make a ritual of digging a hole and burying somewhere in the earth that is sacred to you.

If you end up completing this spiritual art ritual, I’d love to see what you created. You can even post the finished piece on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #danasartrituals or email me at support@danadaponte.com and share with me how it went for you. It’s fun for me to know there are others out there enjoying the moon with me.

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

 

 

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The January new moon is the first new moon of 2020. I created a journal page to help you contemplate and visualize the life cycle of a dream you want to grow in your life. 

Reflect

I often compare the new moon phase to a magical moon made of rich black dirt. I imagine planting the seed of a dream in that magical moon’s dirt. I then imagine Spirit and all the forces of Love in the Universe that are working with me to grow my dreams tend to this seed while I go about my everyday life. I imagine my angels singing to the seed I planted while their loving melodic support coaxes the seed to grow.

But it’s not just their efforts that matter. My actions and physical efforts matter too, of course, as do my emotional efforts. Growing a dream takes a lot of emotional work.  As I work to grow a dream, everything I carry within me that is not in alignment with that dream rises to the surface. Every belief and memory that is working against my dream will show itself and when it does, I have the opportunity to do the work to clear it or transform whatever is in my way.

This was the same with raising my son. I valued gentle parenting and teaching him to follow his own inner compass and so my approach when raising my son was to deal with my fears, anxiety and emotional triggers when they arose instead of trying to control his choices and behaviors in order to make me feel better or happier. It was the hardest work I had ever done. I was constantly faced with my SELF. I refused to control him so every time I was uncomfortable with something he wanted to do or a choice he wanted to make, I had to deal with my feelings until I felt neutral or removed enough from my triggers that I wouldn’t bring that energy into our conversations.

My emotional work paid off. My son grew up knowing how to trust himself, listen to his own heart and follow his passions. He didn’t grow up following the path he thought myself or his father wanted him to take or the path society taught him to value or the path he watched his friends take. He learned to carve his own path and I get to watch him live life HIS way and that is so very much what I wanted for him. Raising him the way I did was emotionally grueling work but it was worth every inner dragon I faced.

One of the inner dragons we face when we choose to grow a dream that is calling us, is believing it is possible. When you touch on a dream that truly comes from your heart and spirit, it may feel like there’s no possible way you could create that experience in your life but what if you can? What if there is the sliver of a possibility that you can? Wouldn’t you want to try?

For this month’s new moon, I created a journal page to invite you to contemplate the entire life cycle of a dream you hold near and dear to your heart. I encourage you to focus on ONE dream at a time. This particular journal page is much more effective when you choose only one dream to focus on. Perhaps it’s the dream of a certain kind of romantic relationship you desire or the dream of travel or the dream of becoming a certain kind of mother or writing a book. If you are a creative person with many projects you want to see come to life, choose your absolute favorite one and focus on that specific one or focus on the dream of being an artist or an entrepreneur or a writer. As long as you have narrowed it down to one thing you can contemplate from beginning to end.  Once you’ve chosen what you want to focus on and printed the journal page, you are ready to begin.

If you are not on my email list and haven’t received this month’s journal page, visit my homepage and sign up. You’ll receive a link where you can download the hand-drawn page I created for this particular moon. Print it, grab a tea and a cozy blanket, get comfortable then follow the instructions below.

Create

If moon rituals are familiar to you, prepare your sacred space and invite Spirit to join you in whatever way works best for you.

If, however, you are new to moon rituals, I’ve included a quick guide to the steps I follow to prepare for my moon rituals in a past blog post. Take a look at it before moving forward.

Print out the January new moon journal page.

The hand on the page is holding a seed. In that seed, write the dream you will be focusing on. Once you’ve done that, grab your journal or a page to write on. You’ll notice the page contains 12 circles with images of a rose growing. We will study each circle on its own and as we do we will write about our dream following the prompts below.

Circle 1

Study the circle on the bottom left of the page where a seed planted in the black dirt is depicted. Let’s imagine this seed represents the idea of your dream and the black dirt represents the Divine energy you are asking to help you grow your dream. In your journal, describe what or who that Divine energy is to you. Who do you pray to? Who or what do you want to call upon to grow this dream? Are there certain elements you want to invoke? Are there certain deities you want to call in?

Once you’ve described who you want to ask for support from, in as much detail as you can, write down what your ideas about your dream are so far. They don’t have to be fully formulated or perfect. Just allow yourself to write whatever comes to mind.

Circle 2

Look at the second circle from the bottom left hand side of the page. Notice how the seed is sprouting. Your dream is not yet above ground. It is still nestled safely in the unseen world of thoughts and feelings. What thoughts, beliefs, memories and feelings does your dream need to grow? What ideas, words and emotions do you need to feed it with? Write the answer to these questions in your journal too.

Circle 3

Study the third circle from the bottom left hand side of the page. Notice how the plant is growing out of the dirt. Your dream has moved from the unseen world and is starting to be visible in your physical reality. How will you know when your dream is starting to come to life? What actions will you be doing? What choices will you be making? What small changes will you notice in yourself or the world around you? What do you imagine will be happening in the unseen world of Spirit and energy as your dream starts to come to life in your physical world?

Circle 4

Move upward to the fourth circle where a small bud appears on the plant. This bud represents the sweetness your dream will bring into your life. What kind of magic or synchronicity or connections do you imagine your dream might orchestrate in your life? What kind of people will it bring into your life? As it grows, what kind of experiences will it invite into your life? What kind of person will it inspire you to be?

Circle 5

Study the fifth circle on your journey, the one in the top left hand corner of the page. Notice how the bud is tilting, as if it were trying to follow the sun. Your dream will most likely require you to make changes in your life and to follow a different path than you are used. You may not be comfortable with the places within you that must change. Where do you suspect your dream might require you to stretch or grow? What points along the way might challenge or scare you? How will you support yourself through those points on your path?

Circle 6

The next circle shows the bud opening up. Your dream is getting noticed by other people. What does that look like? How do you want other people to respond to your dream?

Circle 7

The next circle is where the bud has started to bloom but it hasn’t opened all the way.  This is where massive momentum and growth happens. Your dream is almost completely realized. How will you know you’re almost exactly where you wanted to be? What kind of energy will surround your dream?

Circle 8

Study the circle in the top right corner. Notice how the rose is in full bloom. Your dream is fully realized. It is at the height of its life cycle. What kind of rewards does it bring into your life? How do you know you have ‘arrived’? How will you celebrate when you get here?

Circle 9

The next circle shows the petals starting to fall off the rose. Everything, including your dreams, goes through the life cycle. We tend to focus on what it will look like when our dream becomes a reality but I want us to dream a little further. What does it look like when your dream starts to come to the end of it’s life cycle? Where do you imagine you’ll be in your life cycle at that time? How does your life change as your dream starts to reach the end of it’s life cycle?

Circle 10

The next circle show the plant drooping and life continuing to fade from the rose. As your dream continues to transform into something different, what will you be grateful for? What do you imagine you will have deeply appreciated about the journey?

Circle 11

The second last circle shows a wilted rose on a plant that has grown two rose hips. This is where new seeds are growing. What resources or skill will you have earned by sticking to growing this one dream from imagination to reality?

Circle 12

The last circle shows a new seed borrowing its way into the dirt. What new dream in your future do you imagine this one dream will inspire?

If you end up completing this spiritual art ritual, I’d love to see what you created. You can even post the finished piece on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #danasartrituals or email me at support@danadaponte.com and share with me how it went for you. It’s fun for me to know there are others out there enjoying the moon with me.

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

 

 

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The January full moon is also a lunar eclipse making it a great time to shift and release. This month’s journal page was created to take you on a journey of shifting and releasing using your seven chakra centers.

Reflect

The journal page for this month was inspired by a vision I received from Spirit. Usually I sit and consider the energy of the moon phase we are entering before I decide what I want to create. This month Spirit took over and told me what to create. The image of a woman breathing roses out of her lungs came like a flash without explanation. I was confused. Why did I have to draw lungs? I knew looking up a few things in my books would help. This is what I learned.

In The Secret Language of Your Body, Inna Segal describes issues associated with the lungs to be rooted in a difficulty expressing yourself or standing up for yourself, a propensity to put other people’s needs first, overdoing things, difficulty being independent and an inability to say, “No.” These are definitely things I want to release in 2020.

Reading more about the respiratory system it struck me how similar breathing is to the moon cycle. The in breath being the building or taking in of energy and the out breath being the dispelling of unwanted energy. When you breathe, you take in oxygen from your environment. That oxygen travels into your lungs and goes into your blood stream. Your blood stream releases what it doesn’t need, carbon dioxide, and your exhale carries that carbon dioxide out of your body and into the air around you.

Breath is an exchange between you and your environment.

What if your chakras operate in the same way? What if your chakras draw energy and information in from the environment around you while at the same time your chakras take energy vibrating from inside of you and radiate it outward? What if there is this constant breath-like movement of energy and information between your body and your environment?

For the purpose of this journal page, we’re going to imagine this is the case. 

If you are not familiar with the chakra system, imagine your body is full of hundreds of energy pathways and when many pathways meet, they create an energy center. The centers where the energy pathways meet are called your chakras. The idea of chakras have been described in different ways in all corners of the globe. There is a Hindu chakra system, a Tibetan model, a Mayan energy model where they speak of the seven powers housed in the body, a Tsalagi (Cherokee) energy system, an Incan model, a Celtic model and probably hundreds more. Many cultures have understood the body in terms of energy for a very long time.

I’ve included a photo here of a picture I drew one day while I was meditating on my chakras. The chakras contain the colors of the rainbow, which if you understand prisms and light, is pretty freaking interesting. The sun shines light down on our bodies. If  you put sunlight through a prism, you would the light the sun shines down on us contains all these same color frequencies. When I soak in the sun, it’s like I’m soaking in all these color energies too!

For this particular full moon, I’d like to take you on a journey with the roses I drew on the journal page and your sacred energy centers (or chakras). I am following the journey through the chakras as outlined by Elen Sentier in her book, “Shaman Pathways: The Celtic Chakras“.

If you are not on my email list and haven’t received this month’s journal page, visit my homepage and sign up. You’ll receive a link where you can download the hand-drawn page I created for this particular moon. Print it, grab a tea and a cozy blanket, get comfortable then follow the instructions below.

If you enjoy my hand-drawn journal pages, then you may also enjoy the free online Creative Moon Circles that accompany these pages. You can learn more about those here.

Create

If moon rituals are familiar to you, prepare your sacred space and invite Spirit to join you in whatever way works best for you.

If, however, you are new to moon rituals, I’ve included a quick guide to the steps I follow to prepare for my moon rituals in a past blog post. Take a look at it before moving forward.

Print out the January full moon journal page and gather your pens, paints or pencil crayons. Make sure you have red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and white or gold colors to use.

On the page you’ll see a woman releasing rose vines from her lungs. There are eight large roses each with a large leaf shape beside them. Color one of the roses green. It doesn’t matter which one. Simply choose a rose on the page. This represents your heart chakra, the energy center of your body. Your heart emanates more electricity than your brain does and it beats with a rhythm and sound that connects you to all life. You free your divinity through your heart. Here you break down the barriers between yourself and the world. Imagine your heart beating in unison with the Universe. What memories or experiences are you holding onto that cause you to want to protect your heart from others? What have you been carrying in your heart that has created separation between you and the people you love? Are there stories or beliefs that prevent you from experiencing the kind of closeness and intimacy that feeds your spirit? What, within you, are you ready to release so you can feel safe letting other people close to you? In the leaf shape beside the green rose, write what you want to release so that your heart is able to open and expand so you can let more love in from the world and send more love out into the world.

Next, choose a rose and color it yellow. This rose represents your solar plexus chakra. This chakra is associated with the element of fire and I like to imagine it is a bright yellow sun in the middle of the body. The energies here manage the digestive process and organs but also the nervous system and immune process. This center determines both the health of our bodies and minds because energetically, digestion is the ability to process your thoughts and what happens to you. If you are like me and have experienced early childhood trauma, you might have issues with these areas because your mind couldn’t effectively move through or process the information it was receiving – it couldn’t digest what was happening. In this center is your personal power and hints to fulfilling your greater purpose. When you clear this energy center, you start to move in the direction of living from your spirit instead of living from the pain in your past. In the leaf beside this rose, write what needs to be burned away from your past so you can feel free to move in the direction of your dreams.

Move your attention up to your throat center while you color a rose blue. This center carries energies around speaking your truth. We are not taught how to speak up. As children, we are most often taught how to obey and so we lose our ability to express ourselves – emotionally and creatively. If you are holding yourself back from saying what wants to be said because you are afraid of conflict or rejection, this energy center can experience blocks. When you feel blocked here, your connection to yourself, your heart and your psychic connection to Spirit is affected. The image on this journal page is most connected to the throat chakra center. The woman is opening her mouth wide to let her truth out. She is expressing herself freely and her life force energy is pouring out into the night sky. How have you been holding yourself back from expressing yourself. How can you give voice to your deepest, most divine self? on the leaf beside this rose, describe what you need to release so you feel free to express yourself emotionally, spiritually or creatively.

Now choose a rose and color it orange. This rose represents your sacral chakra. This energy center carries your need to develop your own personality and your need to reach out and connect with others. It is located at your sexual organs. This is your creative center. It is also connected to your desires, passions and dreams. When you feel stuck here, you feel disconnected from what brings you joy and makes you feel alive. You have an inherent need for love and sweetness. These are natural things to want and pursue. Can you allow yourself to receive them? On the leaf beside this rose, describe what you suspect may be stopping you from experiencing deep joy in one or more areas of your life?

Color your next rose choice with white, violet or gold. This represents your crown chakra which is located at the top of your head. This is the chakra that reminds me of oneness because it is where your energy dissolves into the essence of all life. Here you are connected to the Divine. It is where we enter the higher planes and access our highest wisdom. I like to imagine it is the place within my energy system where I draw energy from the moon and the stars. If your energy is blocked in this area, you may feel disconnected from the Divine or experience a lack of connection to the loving spiritual energies wanting to support you. In the leaf beside this rose, describe any thoughts, beliefs, memories or emotions that are preventing you from connecting to the Divine in the way that you most want to.

Color the next rose of your choice red. This rose represents your root chakra which is found at the base of your spine. This energy center is connected to the center of the earth and carries your stories about being in a physical body. It is the doorkeeper of the physical realm. It is symbolic of the life you will live in this particular body. It is associated with our physical survival. If you do not like your body or do not like being in a body, the energies in your root chakra will most likely be holding that information. Those who have experienced violence or traumas that make them feel unsafe, usually feel disconnected from their bodies. When you do not feel safe in your body, the energy is all chakras is affected. In the leaf beside your red rose, describe what you need to release in order to feel safe in your body.

Now color the seventh rose purple. This rose represents your third eye chakra which resides in the middle of your forehead. Energy from both the sun and the moon mix and meet in this chakra which combines earth energies with divine or spiritual energies. I like to think of this chakra as the bridge between the physical world and the world of spirit. This is also the chakra where you get to know your true self. It is the center of higher sight. It is the place where all the energies from all the other centers meet and weave together to create the essence that is you in this lifetime. What stories, memories or beliefs do you carry that block you from receiving spiritual insight or knowing who you really are? Write your answers in the leaf next to this rose.

Finally, color the last rose with all seven colors. Think about your journey through all seven chakras. Can you find a word or a phrase that summarizes what you most want to release as you start this new decade? In the leaf next to this rose, write the word of phrase that comes to you.

If you end up completing this spiritual art ritual, I’d love to see what you created. You can even post the finished piece on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #danasartrituals or email me at support@danadaponte.com and share with me how it went for you. It’s fun for me to know there are others out there enjoying the moon with me.

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

 

 

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