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 Have you ever wanted to gather your friends for a night of moon magic? These are my suggestions for planning a moon party that will hopefully inspire as much creativity and soul connection as it does laughter and healing.

I love gathering with a group of friends under the magic of the moon. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I’ve been doing it for over 25 years. I even did it in my work for many years. I hosted online moon circles and in-person moon circles in my home studio. My culture is focused too much on productivity, busyness and consumerism and has cast aside slow, mindful gatherings where we connect with each other in deep and meaningful ways. Hosting moon parties is one way I started to invite back into my life the joys and pleasures of good food, good friends and meaningful conversations.

Coming together under the magic of the new or full moon is sacred, mystical and heart-opening. It doesn’t need to be complicated or fancy. You can keep it as simple as you like or pull out all the bells and whistles – or should I say all the wands and candles? If you have a group of friends you’d like to spend an evening in sacred ritual with, you might enjoy hosting a creative moon party. Here are my suggestions on how to do that along with some pretty party elements you might want to use.

Choose a Date and Theme

Planning a creative moon party will obviously center around the moon itself. The first question to ask yourself is whether you want to host a new moon party or a full moon party. Generally, a party on the full moon is going to feel more energized and social whereas a party on the new moon will feel a little more intimate and low key.

The new moon is when the moon is darkest in the sky. I like to plan new moon magic around setting intentions, visualizing the future, manifesting, magnetizing your intentions, planning, dreaming, imagination and worthiness. Depending on my desires, because the new moon is so close to the balsamic moon, I might also plan a new moon party with themes I usually explore during the waning phases such as intuition, spirit signs, past lives, dreams, synchronicity, subconscious healing, unconditional love, self-love, healing the mother wound, reparenting, shadow work, guilt, shame, fear, loss, grief, rage, dark mother, facing internalized oppression, racism, white supremacy, ableism, sexism, homophobia and the effects of colonialism and capitalism.

The full moon is when the moon is big and bright and round. I like to plan full moon magic around surrender, trust, intuition, divination communicating with Spirit or your angels, the third eye chakra, the crown chakra, forgiveness, release or cleansing and letting go. I also would center full moon gatherings around themes such as harvest, celebration, gratitude, abundance, receiving and opening

You can further narrow down the perfect vibe by considering which zodiac sign the moon is in on the evening you’re planning your party. The moon changes signs approximately every two and a half days. The sign the moon falls in on the evening of your party can further influence the general attitude or mood of your guests and it can enhance or magnify the theme you want to center the evening around. The graphic below summarizes some common themes associated with each zodiac sign. A moon party when the moon is full and in the sign of Gemini will have a much different energy signature than a moon party hosted on a night when the new moon is in the sign of Scorpio.

 

Plan an Activity

The activity you choose to do at your moon party will obviously be dictated by your theme. You may also want to consider the size of your group, the supplies you’ll need to enjoy the activity and the length of time the activity will take. Activities can be short and sweet like pulling tarot or oracle cards together and sharing each other’s impressions of the messages or coloring in a collection of fun coloring books. The main activity could also be more complicated like a complete ritual or ceremony with an opening, middle and close. I tend to host activities that center around art journaling. Any of the art rituals I feature on my blog would work as well. Here’s a list of some you might enjoy:

Scrying with the full moon
Claim your destiny with the new moon
Quieting the Inner Critic
Saying Yes to Your Dreams
Releasing an Emotional Trigger
Building Your Relationship with Spirit
Planting Roots of Intention with the New Moon
Blue Moon Watercolor Scrying
Shed Your Conditioning and Trust Your Intuition
The Love Quilt
A Wish for Your Love Life
Full Moon in Leo Art Ritual
New Moon Mandala
Mandala Forecast for the Year Ahead
New Moon Wishing Tree
New Moon Spiced Vision Board
Angel Wing Wishes

Leave Room for Feelings

Depending on the nature of the party and the level of connection between your guests, it might be helpful to leave space for everyone to share their experience of completing the activity before moving on to the meal or food portion of the party. We desperately need more time to share our feelings in a safe, non-judgmental space. Inviting everyone to share any thoughts, emotions, memories or issues that were triggered while they completed the activity is one way to leave space for anyone to share whatever is on their hearts if they so desire. I would never force anyone to share if they don’t want to. We are not all comfortable with the same things. Let your guests choose for themselves how much they want to participate.

Closing with Gratitude

A great way to transition from activity and sharing to celebration is to ask everyone to share something they are grateful about. Gratitude is a beautiful way to shift the energy and close the sharing circle. Once everyone has shared, the party can easily move from introspective or intuitive activity to a lighter more playful social gathering around food and drink. And since most people will have shared from the heart, they will most likely relate to one or two other stories that have been shared which makes socializing and connecting easier and more meaningful.

Helpful Tools

To help make hosting a moon party a little easier on you, I’ve included some helpful tools you can use. I would print each of these out on cardstock paper. There are stars you can cut out to scatter around your food table. There are moon phase images you can glue onto toothpicks and stick into cupcakes or squares. There are moon themed place cards you can fold and place on each person’s dinner plate. I even included some big moons you can cut out and use to place secret messages under your guests’ plates. And to get the whole thing started, I created an invitation you can fold and seal with wax or wrap with ribbon and place in an envelope to mail…yes, like in a real mailbox.

Download the Moon Party Tools Here

Join Me

If you’re not ready to host a creative moon party yet but you want to meet fellow creatives and learn more about the moon phases and how to work with them in your art journal, you might love my upcoming class; How to Art Journal with the Moon 101. In this class, we’ll dive deep into moon magic and you’ll learn how to work with all eight phases of the moon in your art journal.

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Dana da Ponte

 

 

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 There are certain days in the year that align well with your birth moon. On these dates, creating a page in your art journal with the appropriate intentions can be helpful to your healing and magic. Here is a list of my preferred moon dates to consider throughout the year and the kind of healing or magic that works well on those days.

When I started creating art in my journal with the moon, I was only concerned with the new moon and full moon. Inevitably, my desire to align with the moon had me creating a page in my journal during the other moon phases as well but the journey didn’t stop there. I also became familiar with my birth moon. The times in the year where the moon is in similar conditions to the way the moon was on the day I was born now feel like significant moments to work in my art journal for magic and healing. If you’re on a similar journey of learning to art journal with the moon, you might also enjoy knowing what your birth moon is and how to art journal with the moon on those days.

Your Personal Moon Phase

Finding your personal moon dates in the year begins by knowing your personal moon phase then combining that with your personal moon sign.

When you were born, the moon was in one of its phases; New MoonWaxing Crescent MoonFirst Quarter MoonGibbous MoonFull MoonDisseminating MoonLast Quarter Moon and Balsamic Moon. Each phase carries its own influence. It will pull you toward certain ways of thinking or being and when you look at your personal moon phase, you’ll know which predispositions are working with you and which ones are working against your goals.

 

Your Personal Moon Sign

You are probably familiar with your sun sign. It refers to what zodiac sign the sun was in at the time of your birth but you have a moon sign as well. Your sun sign determines your personality and how others might perceive you but your moon sign reveals your inner world of emotions and provides insight into characteristics you inherited from your parents and ancestors. Your moon sign refers to what zodiac sign the moon was in at the time of your birth.

 

Calculate Your Birth Moon

To figure out what phase and sign the moon was in on the day you were born, you can click on the link below and enter your birth information.

https://horoscopes.astro-seek.com/which-moon-phase-was-i-born-under-calculator

Alternatively, you can enter a question in a search engine and find multiple resources and/or calculators to help you discover what phase the moon was in on the day you were born and what sign the moon was in at the time of your birth.

In order to have accurate information, you’ll need to include the time and location of your birth as well as the day. The moon moves through the zodiac signs relatively quickly (about every 2.5 days) so the time of your birth can affect your moon sign.

Three Important Dates to Consider

I use my birth moon to consider three important personal moon dates throughout the year:

  1. When the new moon is in my birth moon sign
  2. When the full moon is in my birth moon sign
  3. When the moon is in the same phase and sign it was in on the day of my birth

I was born during the new moon phase and the new moon was in the sign of Gemini at the time of my birth so my personal birth moon is the new moon in Gemini. The three dates I’m going to make note of in the year ahead are:

  1. When the new moon is in the sign of Gemini which is happening on May 30, 2022
  2. When the full moon is in the sign of Gemini which is happening on Dec 8, 2022
  3. When the new moon is in the sign of Gemini which is happening on May 30, 2022

I simply used a search engine and entered the question, “When is the new moon in Gemini in 2022?” or “When is the full moon in Gemini in 2022?” to find these dates.

The New Moon

During the New Moon, I like to create art journal pages around setting intentions, manifesting, getting clear on what it is I really want, looking forward, planning and thinking about what I want the next moon cycle to look like.

Every moon cycle, the new and full moon are in a particular zodiac sign. For instance, in the month of April 2022, the new moon is in the sign of Aries and the full moon is in the sign of Libra.

Regardless of what phase the moon was in at the time of my birth, when the new moon is in my birth sign (which should happen at least once in the year), I use that time to create a page in my journal that represents my seeds of intention for the next twelve months. The new moon will be happening in the sign of Gemini on May 30, 2022 and the new moon won’t be in the sign of Gemini again until June 18, 2023.

On every new moon, I create a page in my journal that represents my seeds of intention but I tend to keep it centered on my seeds of intention for that one specific lunar cycle NOT for my intentions for a whole year. When the new moon is in my birth moon sign, I extend those intentions to include what I want to create in my life before the next time the new moon happens in my birth moon sign again. So for that particular new moon journal page I’m thinking in terms of a year cycle versus a month cycle.

The Full Moon

The full moon is a time of letting go and release. You might want to let go and release your goals to a higher power or you might want to work on releasing things in your life that are no longer helpful. The full moon can be like a nice big energetic cleansing where you forgive yourself and others, let go of grievances or surrender and trust. It’s also a great time to connect to Spirit and ask if there are any messages you need to receive regarding your goals or the direction you want your life to move in.

Regardless of what phase the moon was in at the time of my birth, when the full moon is in my birth sign (which, like the new moon, should happen at least once a year), I use that time to create a page in my journal that represents what I want to release until the next time the full moon is in my birth sign. For me, the full moon will be happening in the sign of Gemini on December 8, 2022 and it won’t be in the sign of Gemini again until November 27, 2023. The journal page I create on December 8 will represent the things I want to release/surrender/forgive until November 27, 2023. On that full moon, I might also pull a tarot or oracle card for each month from December to November and create a page in my journal that shows the messages I receive for those months.

Again, on most full moons I create a journal page that represents what I want to release/surrender/forgive but when the full moon is in my birth sign, I extend those intentions of release and clearing to include a full year instead of just looking on the month ahead.

When the Moon is in the Same Sign AND Phase as it Was on the Day of Your Birth

For people born on new or full moons this is easy to find but for those born in the other moon phases, this can be a little trickier. The simplest way is to do a search online. For instance, if I was born on a waxing crescent moon in Gemini, I would simply type, “waxing crescent moon in Gemini 2022” and see what information comes up.

In my art journal, I treat this day as I would my birth day and create a page that celebrates me or my accomplishments in some way or infuses the year ahead with good luck and energy.

In Summary

To recap, these are the three moon dates you can use when you art journal with the moon and the kind of page you want to create on those dates.

  1. When the new moon is in your birth sign create a page in your art journal to set intentions for the year ahead
  2. When the full moon is in your birth sign create a page in your art journal that represents what you want to release or clear for the year ahead. You can also do some divination for the year ahead.
  3. When the moon is in the same phase AND sign as the day you were born create a page in your art journal that celebrates you in some way or infuses the year ahead with good luck.

Join Me

If you want to learn more about how to art journal with the moon, you might love my upcoming class; How to Art Journal with the Moon 101. In this class, we’ll dive deep into moon magic and you’ll learn how to work with all eight phases of the moon in your art journal.

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Dana da Ponte

 

 

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 This is a list of books to support reparenting the inner child. As a creative, I tend to walk a spiral path in my healing. These books reflect that. They approach inner child healing from varied angles and entry points. If you’re a fellow creative, you might appreciate approaching your inner child from these creative angles as well.

Inner child work is deeply sacred to me. Ever since I started art journaling with the moon, my art took on a whimsical child-like quality. At first I was ashamed of this. I judged my art as not being refined enough. I didn’t feel like my art was good enough but it is the art that wanted to come out of me. It didn’t want to be refined and polished. It wanted to be messy and colorful and playful and honest.

I realized my inner child had a lot of healing to do and she was doing it through my art. I still judge myself and wish I could move on to create polished pieces of art but I’m not ready yet. I’m still in the playing phase and I know I have to honor my process and stay here as long as my body and my spirit need me to (even if it’s already been eight years).

That’s what moving from my center feels like. I’m not fully in control. I listen. I honor where my energy wants to go even when my ego wants something different because I know in the end this twisted, curvy spiral path to healing ultimately creates a much richer and more fulfilling journey.

On the new moon, I decided to deepen this journey by working with the phases of the moon and my art journal to reparent my inner child. Every time the moon changes phase, I create a new page in my journal to address a different developmental period in my inner child’s experience.  If you receive my Creative Moon Cycle Guide, then on the new moon you received my prompts, tips and suggestions for reparenting your inner child during this moon cycle right alongside me.

This list of books will help you take care of yourself when the inner child wounds or trauma you’ve buried surface through your moon art or they’ll help you dig a little deeper and understand how your experiences as a child are still affecting you today.

Understanding Your Inner Child

Inner child work feels a little like connecting with my spirit guides and angels. It requires me to look inward and trust my intuition. I actually found connecting to my spirit guides and angels easier than connecting with my inner child but understanding the stages of growth and development and the needs that my inner child had at each stage bridged the gap between my adult self and my inner child. “The Inner Child Workbook” by Cathryn L. Taylor outlines those stages clearly and I also appreciate her love of ritual and imagery to heal the inner child.

I picked up Nadine Burke Harris’ book after listening to her on Dax Shephard’s podcast. I love her passion and expertise in revealing how deeply our bodies are affected by the difficult experiences we lived through in our childhood. Abuse, neglect, divorce, parental addiction or mental illness deeply affect us as children and we carry those effects in our bodies. Her mission to prevent lifelong illness by helping us understand how adverse childhood experiences change our bodies is inspring and important.

Understanding the Mother-Child Relationship

During the time period I was growing up, mothers were typically the primary caregivers so, for me, understanding the mother-child relationship was important and helpful. As children we looked to our primary caregivers to help us meet our emotional needs. Boys and girls who were not nurtured as well as they needed struggle in their adult lives. Jasmin Lee Cori’s book explores this in a way I found clear and simple while Bethany Webster’s work is helpful in taking it further while teaching how to heal the mother wound.

Mother-daughter relationships face unique issues from the generations of oppression women have endured. Understanding how sexist beliefs and cultural stereotypes harm the mother-daughter relationship was extremely enlightening for me and Rosjke Hasseldine’s book is one of the books I refer to the most. The mother-daughter mapping exercise is AMAZING and so insightful. I highly recommend going through her step-by-step process.

Healing the Inner Child by Connecting to the body

I find connecting with my body to be one of the most effective methods of healing my inner child. The more deeply attuned I am with my body, the more I heal the trauma I experienced as a child and the more I understand just how much I stored in my body over the years. Bessel Vand Der Kolk’s book shows how trauma reshapes both the body and the brain. It helped me understand why the MAP Method has been so effective for me. Rewiring my brain is truly reshaping my body. 

“My Body, My Home” is one of my favorite types of books. It is filled with drawings and meanderings. It’s a creative journey to rewriting the stories of your body and it’s as fun to look at as it is to read. Oh how my creative heart appreciates images as she heals!

Accessing Subconscious Memories to Heal the Inner Child

One of the challenges of working with my inner child was that I do not have a lot of memories from my childhood. I learned this isn’t unusual when you’ve experienced trauma at a young age. Because my trauma response was triggered every day and I lived with chronic stress and anxiety, I was often disassociating from my body and my experience. It’s difficult for your brain to store memories when you’re in a disassociated state. 

The subconscious mind, however, remembers it all and can access it all for me but working with my subconscious mind requires letting go and trusting what surfaces, even when it doesn’t make logical sense. It also requires interpreting my own personal language of symbols and emotions.

Susanne Fincher’s book is helpful for this. She outlines an intuitive step-by-step process for working with mandalas that is simple but extremely effective. It’s something I’ve used hundreds of times over the years to peer into my subconscious mind and decode its hidden messages about my childhood and how it still affects me.

Working Through Childhood Trauma

I’ll admit, I purchased “10 Mindful Minutes” because I  was shocked to learn Goldie Hawn was an international children’s advocate. I knew her from “First Wives Club” and “Overboard” but I had no idea she helped bring the MindUP program to public schools to teach children mindfulness. I appreciated the way the exercises outlined in the book were created for parents to teach their children. My son was already an adult but my inner child loved the simplicity of  moving out of a trauma response in this way.

Working with your inner child can pull up past trauma and trigger your trauma response. In “Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve”, Stanley Rosenberg provides some practical exercises to calm that body. I found them so effective I created a Moon Mapping session around some of them. 

Helping My Inner Child Grow Up with the Skills She Was Missing

“The Women’s Wheel of Life” helped me see my life cycle from a more mature perspective. It helped me understand the skills my inner child was missing. In order to grow into the wise, powerful woman I would like to be, I know I have to help my inner child develop the skills she needs to grow from child to woman to mother to matriarch to priestess and beyond. 

I hope this list of books helps you deepen the inner child healing we’re doing this moon cycle.

If you want to deepen your inner child work even further, check out the Moon Mapping Special Collection. This collection of recordings works with the MAP Method to neutralize memories and beliefs from your childhood that are stored in your body.

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Art Journaling with the Moon

Work with the healing power of the lunar cycles in a creative way

The Moon and You

You have an ancient relationship with the moon. It pulls on your heart and spirit as much as it pulls on the sea.

The phase and sign the moon is in at any given time can deeply affect your emotional well-being. You can work with the moon phases and moon signs to help you manage your emotions and relationships and to help you understand yourself better. 

The light aspects of the moon represent your intuition, dreams, and turning your ideas into reality.

The dark aspects of the moon represent your shadows or the hidden memories and beliefs you’ve buried in your subconscious mind.

The things you bury in your subconscious mind can include your fears or the emotions you find difficult to deal with like guilt, rage, shame, rejection, grief and loss. They can also include the shadow aspects of humanity and systems of oppression you’ve internalized like white supremacy, ableism, fat bias, sexism and the effects of capitalism and colonialism to name a few.

Working with the moon helps you access those hidden parts of yourself so they don’t pop up and influence you to act in ways you don’t want to act or say things you don’t want to say or make choices from the wounded parts of your past or the wounded parts of your culture’s past.

I started working with lunar cycles because as a highly sensitive person who grew up with trauma around adults who did not know how to emotionally care for themselves or teach me how to manage my own sensitivities I ended up needing a lot more emotional support as an adult than I could afford to access. At the time, I couldn’t afford private sessions with a therapist and there weren’t as many options available to me as there are now so I had to find alternatives. Nature became my spiritual and emotional support system and living aligned with the moon phases and signs helped me feed my heart and spirit in ways it just wasn’t getting fed otherwise.

One of the simplest ways to start working with the healing power of lunar cycles is to start an art journal and create a new art journal entry every time the moon enters a new phase.

Art journals are a perfect moon pairing because they naturally spark your creativity, help you listen to your intuition and help you explore what you are feeling or thinking. Your art journal is a private and personal space where you can dive into those challenging emotions that you don’t necessarily feel safe exploring with anyone else just yet.

You can work out what’s on your heart and mind. You can connect with Spirit and receive insight and messages. You can release heavy energy and emotions instead of burying them inside you. You can dream and plant seeds of intention on your journal pages. You can explore the steps you need to make to move forward in your life without committing to them yet. Not to mention, playing with color automatically shifts your mood and energy. Art journals are a gentle and fun way to heal and explore your spiritual powers.

When you pair all this up with working with the phases of the moon, it becomes a magical experience.

My Journey with the Moon

Seven years ago I thought it might be time to give up on my goals and dreams. My life exploded in a mess of chaos and pain. The book I worked so hard to write wasn’t selling. The business I started with my best friend fell apart – it was the second time a dream I tried to create with a best friend crashed and burned so I was devastated. My close inner circle of friends no longer felt safe. And to top it all off, I became severely and mysteriously ill.

Despite everything, something kept telling me not to give up on myself or my dreams. That inner voice wanted me to hang on and keep going. It wasn’t logical and I was afraid people would judge me or think I was stupid. Who would keep risking so much for dreams and goals that just didn’t seem to be panning out? But I couldn’t give up. It just didn’t feel right. I had to figure out how to be well again. I had to learn how to run a successful business doing what I love while living with a chronic illness. I just couldn’t let my dreams die.

So I kept going.

I had to start all over again.

I started listening to my instincts. I wanted to paint so I did that. I wanted to align myself with the moon more so I let myself be pulled in her direction.

I kept praying and doing moon rituals and setting new goals and intentions. Every new and full moon I spent time digging deeper into my wild creative nature. I used the moon as my mirror. I let it teach me about myself. I used the full moon to release all the emotional and energetic garbage I was carrying.

I’m a healer and an empath with a highly sensitive nervous system. I absorb a lot more information from my environment than most people. The regular full moon cleansings started to help me feel lighter, clearer and more energized.

Next, I would use the new moon to claim my worth and revisit my goals. I had a loud inner critic and after the setbacks I experienced I needed a lot of encouragement and a constant reminder to keep me focused. My new moon rituals gave this to me.

I fell deeper into the natural rhythms that support me. I started to feel vibrant and alive and aligned with the life force surrounding me. I came back to myself. My intuition strengthened and I started to know what steps to follow next.

Working with the phases of the moon in a creative way facilitates this kind of change. Each phase of the moon naturally takes you on an emotional and spiritual journey.

The waxing phases are when energy is building until it reaches its height at the full moon and the waning phases are when energy is slowly diminishing and drawing you inward until it reaches its deepest, darkest point at the balsamic and new moon.

If you’re interested in working with the moon in a creative way, I highly encourage you to find an art journal that inspires you and start creating a new journal entry every time the moon moves into a new phase.

If you don’t want to do it all your own  and you would prefer to join a community of fellow moon lovers and receive tips, tricks and journal prompts for each phase of the moon, I invite you to join my private Facebook community called ART JOURNALING WITH THE MOON FOR INTUITIVE HEALING

You are welcome to come and make creative moon magic with us. Whether you prefer to go it alone or join us, these are my suggestions on how to best use align with the moon in this creative way.

I work with eight moon phases. Each phase of the moon motivates you to explore different emotional and spiritual themes. I’ve created a summary of some of these themes here. Use this summary to help get started and remember; there are no rules – only suggestions!

The New Moon

The new moon is the darkest of the moon phases. I like to think of this phase as an empty garden plot filled with rich black dirt just waiting for me to plant a seed in. It is a time to go inward, be still and dream up what you next want to create in your life. You can help yourself get unstuck by using this time to get clear on what it is you really want, look forward, plan and think about what success means to you in all the different areas of your life.

During the New Moon, I like to create art journal pages around manifesting, getting clear on what it is I really want, looking forward, planning and thinking about what I want the next Moon Cycle to look like.

The New Moon is a perfect time to stretch your imagination so you can better conceptualize what is possible in your life. We have a tendency to not see our value or our worth and feel as if we don’t deserve all the love and abundance available to us and consequently we dream and/or think small.  I like to spend some time creating pages that explore themes of receiving and worthiness.

Themes you can explore in your art journal during the new moon phase include, setting new intentions, manifestation, planning, dreaming, imagination, receiving and worthiness.

Under the magic of the new moon, imagine what it looks like when all your energy centers are flowing properly.

I created this art journal page under the February new  moon. In the Art Journaling with the Moon Facebook community, we follow prompts given for each phase of the moon in “Dana’s Creative Moon Cycle Guide” which I deliver to your inbox every new moon. In Dana’s Creative Moon Cycle Guide for February, I instructed us to use each phase of the moon to unblock a different energy center. The prompt for the new moon was to imagine what it looks like when all your energy centers are flowing properly. Here are my words regarding my experience working with the prompt.

I brought a little plant magic to help me with my new moon intentions. I set intentions to unblock my energy during this moon cycle and to support my intentions I painted dandelion root in my root chakra, damiana in my sacral chakra, milk thistle in my solar plexus, jasmine in my heart chakra, chamomile in my throat chakra, sandalwood in my third eye chakra and lavender in my crown chakra.

The Waxing Crescent Moon

This moon phase is when a silver sliver of the moon begins to appear in the night sky. The moon is moving from being still and invisible to growing and coming into full power. 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. I might not be able to see my prayers being answered or my dreams manifesting but I can have faith that despite the limited capabilities of what my physical senses can pick up, Spirit is conspiring in my favor and there are invisible forces at work in my life helping me to grow, heal, evolve and create.

In my art rituals, this is the time when I’m meditating on the intentions I set during the New Moon. I’m revisiting my intentions and trying to call them up in my imagination again and trying to tap into the emotions those intentions evoke within me. I’m feeding my dreams with the power of my imagination and my emotions.

The waxing crescent is also a great time to explore themes around inner child healing in your art journal.

Themes you can explore in your art journal during the waxing crescent moon include meditation, imagination, creativity, joy, play, attachment wounds, trauma healing and healing inner child wounds.

Under the magic of the waxing crescent moon, using only the color green, show the flow of giving and receiving in your heart chakra.

This art journal page was created by Shana under the February waxing crescent moon. In the Art Journaling with the Moon Facebook community, we follow prompts given for each phase of the moon in “Dana’s Creative Moon Cycle Guide” which I deliver to your inbox every new moon. The prompt for this particular page that Shana created was to work with the heart chakra under the waxing crescent moon and show the flow of giving and receiving using only the color green. Here are Shana’s words regarding her experience working with the prompt.

  Matters of the heart are delicate. And precious. And precise. And perfectionist. They are also contained yet wild. Complex. Guarded, but lush if you find the way in.

The First Quarter Moon

Only half the moon seems to be lit up in the night sky during this moon 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.

The Gibbous Moon

This moon phase is when the moon seems almost full. In the creation process, it’s a great time to clear any trapped emotions or energy so that all parts of you, even the hidden wounded subconscious parts, are on board with your goals. Some of those blocks include ancestral memories stored in your body, past life memories or energy and emotions you unconsciously absorbed from other people. You are most likely carrying subconscious beliefs or stories that are working against you so it is helpful to spend time in your art journal tending to those.

In my art rituals, this is the time when I’m thinking about whether or not my everyday life supports my New Moon intentions. What about my everyday life can be shifted or changed to better support the direction I hope I’m heading? Are there routines or habits I can begin that will better support my dreams and goals?

Themes you can explore in your art journal for the gibbous moon include, clearing ancestral memories, your family tree, past life memories, co-dependency, the heart chakra and daily habits and routines.

Under the magic of the gibbous moon, using only shades of blue, show the way you feel when you use the power of your voice.

This art journal page was created by Gin Hatfield under the February gibbous moon. In the Art Journaling with the Moon Facebook community, we follow prompts given for each phase of the moon in “Dana’s Creative Moon Cycle Guide” which I deliver to your inbox every new moon. The prompt for this particular page that Gin created was to work with the throat chakra under the gibbous moon and using only shades of blue, show the way you feel when you use the power of your voice. Here are Gin’s words regarding her experience working with the prompt.

Using the power of my voice, it’s freeing. My voice is my song. It feels like riding waves of empowerment on a whale of creativity. I am learning more about how to use my voice when I need to. It’s taken a long time to get here. But here I am doing it.

The Full Moon

This phase is when the moon is full and bright and round. This is a time of letting go and releasing. You might want to let go and release your goals to a higher power or you might want to work on releasing things in your life that are no longer helpful. The full moon can be like a nice big energetic cleansing where you forgive yourself and others, let go of grievances or surrender and trust. It’s also a great time to connect to Spirit and ask if there are any messages you need to receive regarding your goals or the direction you want your life to move in. Take a few sacred moments to find out if Spirit has any wisdom or advice to offer.

Themes you can explore in your art journal during the full moon include; surrender, trust, intuition, communicating with Spirit or your angels, the third eye chakra, the crown chakra, forgiveness, release and the energetic cleanse.

Under the magic of the full moon, using only shades of orange, create a page in your art journal that celebrates your creative nature.

This art journal page was created by Jennifer Day under the February full moon. In the Art Journaling with the Moon Facebook community, we follow prompts given for each phase of the moon in “Dana’s Creative Moon Cycle Guide” which I deliver to your inbox every new moon. The prompt for this particular page that Jennifer created was to work with the sacral chakra under the full moon and using only shades of orange, create a page that celebrates your creative nature. Here are Jennifer’s words regarding her experience working with the prompt.

What I found interesting about this full moon session was that I’m typically prone to draw curves, circles and flow. Today’s had no curves. It was like I had things to cut through. Kinda cool.

The Disseminating Moon

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 Spirit, your ancestors or the Earth. I like to use this phase to perform random acts of kindness or give back to my community in some way as a way of saying, “Thank you.” to Spirit.  It’s also a great time to show my gratitude to Mother Earth and all the ways She nurtures and supports you.

This is the time when I’m thinking about self-care as well as emotional and spiritual nourishment. Which emotional needs have gone unmet? Did I feed my Spirit what it needed or is it hungry for nature, stillness, play, creativity, passion, magic, wonder, depth, devotion, freedom or love?

Themes you can explore in your art journal during the disseminating moon include; spirit offerings, gratitude, giving back, ancestors, self-care, nature and acceptance.

The Third Quarter Moon

This 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.

In my art rituals, this is the time when I’m considering how I can deepen my relationship with myself. How can I better value what is important to me? How can I honor my feelings? How can I better trust my intuition? How can I mother my own heart? How can I better support my own dreams? Where do I need support and how can I reach out and ensure I am receiving it?

Themes you can explore in your art journal during the third quarter moon phase include looking inward, trusting your own path, inner compass, celebrating your emotional and spiritual growth, asking for help, choices, decisions and openness.

The Balsamic Moon

This phase is when the moon is once again a silver sliver in the sky. She is retreating and preparing to hide away in the darkness of the New Moon. This again is a time to move inward; to grow still and quiet and change the direction of your looking and to look within and trust your own wisdom and truth. Communing with Spirit and your deepest self is helpful during this phase.

I use this phase to make time to communicate with the angels and my Highest Self. I try to tune into the wisdom and support I carry within me. The veil between Spirit and my conscious mind is thinner at this time of the moon cycle so it eases communication and intuition. It’s also when I’m focusing on my intuition, paying attention to Spirit Signs, making notes of my sleeping dreams and communicating with Spirit.

It is a good time to address the shadow aspects of my personality and to get curious about what I have buried in my subconscious. Sometimes, when life is busy, I don’t have time to process the emotions and triggers that arise in my everyday life and in my relationships. This phase of the Moon is a good time to deal with whatever I didn’t have time to deal with earlier on in the moon cycle. Taking this time to make friends with my shadow before a new moon cycle begins helps me to be clearer and less influenced by my wounded parts as I make my New Moon intentions.

In my art rituals, this is also the time when I’m thinking about the strength and wisdom I find in my shadow side. There are so many parts of myself that I have suppressed in order to fit in and be loved. By pulling up the parts within me that have been repressed, I heal my wounds and learn to embrace and accept every precious part of my being. I pull up the places in me where I feel shame, guilt or fear and I ask Spirit to help me bring unconditional Love to these aspects of my being. Without my mistakes or shameful qualities, I am incomplete therefore I must embrace and love ALL parts of me – even the parts others could not show compassion or acceptance for. It’s also a good time to explore the shadow side of humanity as a whole.

Themes you can explore in your art journal during the balsamic moon phase include; intuition, spirit signs, dreams, synchronicity, subconscious healing, unconditional love, self-love, inner mother, shadow work, guilt, shame, fear, loss, grief, rage, dark mother, facing your own internalized oppression, racism, white supremacy, ableism, sexism, homophobia and the effects of colonialism and capitalism to name a few.

If you don’t want to explore these phases on your own, come join a community of creative magic makers and receive tips, tricks and journal prompts for each phase of the moon. To apply, click on this link and be directed to my private Facebook community called ART JOURNALING WITH THE MOON FOR INTUITIVE HEALING. You’ll be asked three simple questions and if you’re a good fit, you can join our circle of artists, healers, empaths and highly sensitive spirits.

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 Creativity flows in an atmosphere of support and encouragement but we all have an inner critic that speaks to us in ways that block that flow. Here is a list of things your inner voice can say instead according to your chakra colors. I also made them into pretty cards you can print and keep close.

On the new moon, I started a journey in my art journal to unblock my energy. Every time the moon changes phase, I create a new page in my journal to unblock a new chakra. I started on the new moon by creating a page in my journal to set my intentions. You can see below it’s the page with the rainbow colors emanating from the skeleton.

On the waxing crescent moon, I created a page in my journal to unblock my heart chakra. I also led a class where we played in our journals and worked with the MAP Method to release memories that cause us to withdraw in relationships, ignore our emotions or resist intimacy.

On the first quarter moon, I created a page in my journal to unblock my solar plexus chakra. I decided to pair anatomy with my energy centers so I drew a physical heart for the heart chakra and a digestive system for my solar plexus chakra.

On the full moon, I’ll be working on unblocking my sacral chakra which is the center of creativity. I will also be leading a class where we play with a variety of simple drawing exercises to unblock creativity and work with the MAP Method to release memories and beliefs that prevent us from trusting our creative impulses.

As I was preparing for the class and creating the MAP commands to accompany it, I remembered the ways we speak to ourselves deeply influence our ability to be creative.

We all have a voice inside our minds that naturally cautions us when we attempt to be creative but when that voice gets too loud or too mean, it stops the creative flow and forces us to procrastinate, lose our motivation, give up or dismiss our creative urges altogether. It becomes more powerful than the kind, supportive voices we should be listening to instead.

In the spirit of helping you develop a strong army of loving voices, I’ve created a rainbow of phrases your inner voice can collect so it becomes louder and stronger than any memories of discouraging, judging voices you accumulated from your past.

I also created a document that allows you to print and cut out the collection of rainbow inner voices.

The Red Inner Voice

The symbolism I associate with the color red includes safety, security, survival, belonging, finding a balance between our physical and spiritual lives, lust, anger, aggression, warmth, finding the energy to face your problems, weaving your spirituality into your everyday life and developing spiritual routines.

Red is the color of the root chakra which is located at the base of the spine. It forms the physical and psychological foundation in our lives. Physically, this is where the energy channels that carry life energy throughout the body begin. It is bound by earth energies. Psychologically, this chakra is connected to our survival needs and our physical existence so fears of life and death affect this chakra. Whether or not our basic physical needs are met also affect this chakra.

The cards I created for this color reflect things you can say to yourself so you (and your inner child) feel safe enough to create and try new things.

 

The Orange Inner Voice

The symbolism I associate with the color orange includes such concepts as attachment, creativity, joy, unresolved emotional issues, pride, depression, relationships, sexuality, inspiration and finding the courage to be yourself.

The color orange is also associated with the second chakra which is located in the lower abdomen, between the naval and genitals. It is associated with our need to express our creativity and expand our individuality by developing our own unique personality but it also is connected to our need to reach out and be connected to others. I also like to think of it as the place where I carry my destructive and creative forces. How and when do I destroy things? How and when do I create things?

This chakra is associated to our dreams and our desires. Do you allow yourself to experience pleasure? Do you allow yourself to experience the sweetness of life?

The cards I created for this color reflect things you can say to yourself to celebrate your creative nature.

The Yellow Inner Voice

The color yellow brings in the symbolism of the sun and the need to spend time outdoors. It is connected to our minds and thoughts and intellectual pursuits, overthinking and meditation. Spiritually, yellow represents trusting and following your intuition. It can also represent someone who receives an intuitive hit but overthinks or tries to intellectualize it and so ends up doubting their wisdom instead of trusting it.

The color yellow is connected to the Solar Plexus chakra which is located between the navel and the base of the sternum. Imagine a bright yellow sun in the middle of your body. This chakra manages the digestive process and organs, influenced the nervous system and immune system. Think of this chakra as the place where you digest your emotional experiences and thoughts not just your food. It shows us how well or how poorly the mind, heart and body are doing in relationship with each other.

This is also the center for our personal power. Do you believe in yourself? Can you speak up for yourself? Where do you take responsibility for your life and where do you play the victim? How well do you know your authentic self? Are you self-regulated or is a trauma response preventing you from mobilizing or taking action in your life? Are you able to master your thoughts and emotions or do they control you?

You can also think of your solar plexus chakra as your own personal yellow brick road. Can you stay on your own path or do you veer off of it unable to trust your own path or busy yourself by traveling on other people’s paths with or for them? When you trust your own path and walk it in your way and in your time, you are in agreement with your Spirit and the energy in your solar plexus chakra flows better.

Criticism, rejection, feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness block the energy in this chakra. The ability to love yourself, accept your mistakes, forgive yourself, face your shame and treat yourself with kindness helps this chakra flow peacefully.

The cards I created for this color reflect things you can say to yourself to trust your own creative path.

The Green Inner Voice

The color green brings to mind the colors of nature  ability to soothe and comfort us and regulate our nervous systems. The presence of nature emotionally, spiritually and energetically feeds us therefore it represents our connection with our Earth Mother. The themes of growth and life, vibrancy and connection are associated with this color. The color green is also associated to our relationship with money. Other associations include, herbs, plants, growth, abundance, harvest, unconditional love, prosperity, fertility and rejuvenation.

Green is the color of the heart chakra which is located in the center of the chest and interestingly enough, it emanates more energy than the brain does. This chakra is where we see issues around our connection between ourselves and others, our connection to the world and our connection to our spirit or divinity. It is a center devoted to love, relationships, compassion and the way we treat ourselves and others. 

There is a balance to be found in this chakra between taking care of yourself and taking care of others, between living with an open-heart and setting healthy boundaries. When the heart chakra is open, you feel a harmonious connection with life and other people. When the heart chakra is blocked or closed, you experience disconnection with life and other people. You have difficulty relating to other people and may experience things like being closed, shut down, withdrawn, co-dependent or jealous.

The cards I created for this color reflect things you can say to yourself to open your heart when you create.

The Blue Inner Voice

The color blue is associated with cooling, calming, protection, detoxifying, clearing, tranquility, stillness, the element of water, calm, trust, sincerity, wisdom, depth of understanding, unchanging dependability, depression, sadness and responsibility, depth and stability, knowledge and expertise, manifestation and integrity.

The color blue is also associated with the throat chakra which is, of course, located at the throat. It also includes things like our vocal cords, mouth, ears, thyroid and parathyroid and is the connector between your heart and your head. It is the center of communication and expression. Can you give voice to your truth? Do you speak up for yourself? Do you speak your thoughts and emotions? Do you honor and value your point of view.

I like to think of this chakra as expressing what is true for the other chakras or in other words, my energy expressed outward. For instance, how do I express my creativity (which is connected to my sacral chakra)? How do I express my connection to others (my heart chakra)? How do I express my power (my solar plexus)? It’s me expressing myself out into the world. It’s the sharing of my Self on canvas, in song, in movement, in conversation, in body language, or in my choices.

The cards I created for this color reflect things you can say to yourself to express your creative thoughts and feelings.

The Indigo Inner Voice

The color indigo is created by blending blue and violet so the properties of those colors can be considered as well. It is associated with such properties as intuition, inspiration, concentration, psychic and energetic clearing. It is a color often connected with spiritual growth, clarity and insight, mastering your thoughts, meditation, memories and your conscious and subconscious mind.

Indigo is also associated with the third eye chakra which is located in the middle of your forehead or above and between the eyebrows. Imagine the energy of the sun and the energy of the moon meeting at this point or the energy of earth and sky converging in this center.

On a spiritual level, this is the center where duality is said to melt away. In my Advaita training, the practice of non-duality was the practice of looking everywhere and seeing only one. Can we stop seeing the separation between you and I and instead focus on the greater unity of the universe? This kind of practice, I imagine, would help activate the third chakra. As would a practice I learned in my Druid studies where you are asked to stretch your mind to think in tertiary terms versus in duality. The practice is to push yourself to see all the gray areas between black and white or to stop seeing life as a series of opposites; good and evil, life and death, truth and falsehood, hot and cold and instead find other points of view that are either in the middle or over more to one side than the other or discover a completely different option that relates to the binary but balances it out in some way.

The division of everything into only two things ends up hiding more than it reveals and the third eye is all about revealing that which is hidden from normal view. This is why our inner sight or third eye is connected to this chakra. The energy of this chakra is like an invitation to peer through whoever we think we are or whatever we think we are doing and find the deeper truth underneath where everything and everyone is seen as holy and sacred.

The cards I created for this color reflect things you can say to yourself to trust your intuition when you create.

The Violet Inner Voice

I associate the color violet with the imagination, inspiration, higher wisdom, divine thought, spiritual enlightenment, transcending limitations, higher purpose, deeper meaning, eternal life, being guided by a higher power, universal consciousness and innocence. Violet is a combination of red, blue and white so it also contains the properties of red, blue and all colors (all colors blend to create white light).

I also associate violet with the crown chakra which is located above or on top of the head. Symbolically it represents spiritual enlightenment of that space where your individuality dissolves into the cosmic essence of oneness. It connects us to the higher realms and the experiences beyond the body. It is the meeting point between your spirit and the cosmos and between your body and your Spirit. This is where you may feel guided by a higher power or the source you go to when you want to act from a higher wisdom.

The cards I created for this color reflect things you can say to yourself to remind yourself you do not create alone.

Download the Cards Here

If your inner critic sometimes slows down or halts your creative process, download my cards, print them and cut them out then keep them in your near you when you create. Let them inspire the kind of self-talk that will fan the embers of your creativity into flames that help you trust your creative ideas and impulses.

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