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This is a summary of the moon’s energy for the upcoming week and the inner work and magic you can do in your art journal to make the most of the opportunities the cosmos is gifting us with.

Every week the emotional and magical opportunities the moon is sending you are different because the energy she is drawing down from the planets and stars changes moment to moment. Planets and stars and moon phases and moon signs each carry their own unique energy .This is my weekly update (Mon-Fri) of the moon’s comings and goings to support you in aligning with her energy.

Get your art journal or a scrap of paper you see lying around, your art supplies or those pencil crayons you have hidden away somewhere and have fun. Spend 10 – 20 minutes focusing on the themes the moon is supporting you to explore that day while you play with colors and shapes and watch what happens over time.

It’s amazing what a little consistent creative time can do.

A Few Thoughts Before We Get Started

A few years ago, I met a forest. This wasn’t just any forest. This was an undisturbed forest.

I have never felt anything like the way that forest felt. 

It’s difficult to describe so I’ll to start by describing how everything feels to my highly sensitive nervous system.  People are loud before they open their mouths. Spaces hold so much energetic information it’s like reading a hundred memoirs at the same time. That’s a lot of stories, each carrying their own collection of emotional up and downs. Depending on how sensitive my system is on any particular day, it can be so noisy all I want is to escape.

Nature has a way of quieting down the noise. The first time I stood on a beach and faced the ocean all I could feel was power.  I lost myself in the depth and magnificence of that power. In that moment, nothing else existed but that power. The ocean’s presence was vast enough to silence everything and everyone else around me, including my own thoughts and feelings.  

The mountains do this for me too. Their solid presence surrounds my senses in stillness. My busy mind grows quiet and my nervous system immediately relaxes as this heavy tranquility overcomes me.

When I stood overlooking this extraordinary forest, the same overwhelming force overcame me but instead of power or tranquility I felt a community of individual energy forces that flowed together and became bigger and louder than any other energy around until all I could feel was this gentle but formidable energy of harmony. It blew me away. I just stood there soaking the feeling in. I have never felt anything like that before. I could focus in on one tree and feel that particular tree’s energy while at the same time feel the massive energy all of the trees created together. I thought, “Oh, this is what a vibrant forest feels like.” I suspect most of the forests I encounter have had their collective connection disrupted by humans and that’s why I rarely feel that degree of vibrancy from them.

There’s something about the Gemini full moon we bask in this week that reminds me of this forest. 

Gemini is sociable and connects people to each other and connects people to their dreams with information and communication. This is how that forest seemed – like the trees had a way of communicating with each other until they became one. 

As you work in your art journal this week, think about the BIG dream intentions you set at the Sagittarius new moon and consider what information you need to gather or what you need to communicate in order to unite with that vision of your future.

Monday

Today the moon is in the gibbous phase.

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.

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.

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 your everyday life can be shifted or changed to better support the direction you want to move forward in?

Are there routines or habits you can begin that will support my dreams and goals?

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents your heart chakra.

Tuesday

The moon moves into the sign of Gemini today.

Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury so the moon is carrying a little of that planet’s energy as well.

Gemini energy is adaptable, flexible and brings swiftness and movement. It sometimes can bring energy that feels frantic or unstable as well as scattered, inconsistent, unreliable or unfocused but it is also dynamic, versatile, communicative, multifaceted, friendly and curious with the capacity to change and be interested in many different things which means it sees the good in people and the possibilities in experiences.

Try to think of something in your life you want to move more swiftly. Perhaps it’s a challenging experience that you would like to process or move through more quickly. Perhaps it’s a dream you’d like to draw more closely to you.

With ease and grace, what is one thing in your life you hope shifts or changes quickly and easily?

In your art journal, create a page that celebrates Gemini energy.

Wednesday

It’s a full moon today.

In western astrology the December 7th full moon is considered to be in the sign of Gemini.

Gemini is an air sign that brings curiosity, quick movement forward, communication and social connections. Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury so the moon is bringing a little of that planet’s energy as well. Mercury wants to bring communication, intelligence and the ability to move between worlds. Mercury loves the idea of shaping and shifting our realities especially with the power of words.

Where can you be more versatile and flexible? 

What can you release to move more quickly towards your BIG dreams?

This full moon is ruled by the planet Mercury who just recently moved into the sign of Capricorn which brings the earth element into the mix. How can you help your BIG dream intentions you made at the new moon become a reality?

As you work with this full moon, pay close attention to the words you use. Your words are your magic.

This full moon is reminding you to stay focused on what lights you up. Revisit your BIG dreams often and edit, refine or adjust them as you learn more about what truly makes you happy.

To personalize this full moon even further, let’s get specific and see the area of YOUR life that this full moon energy is focused on. Once you know the area of your life the Gemini full moon is affecting, you can consider what you want to release, forgive or let go from that area of you life to help you reach your goal. To figure out what area of your life the full moon wants you to focus on, you simply need to know your rising sign. If you don’t know your rising sign (it’s different than your sun or moon sign), then you can read more about it here and you can calculate what it is here.

In your art journal, create an image that celebrates your full moon intentions.

If your rising sign is Aries, the full moon is inviting you to release and let go of something to do with learning, communication, siblings, the goddess or earth-based rituals. At the new moon you set intentions of following your BIG dreams around your faith, spiritual practices, long-distance travel or your future success so bring those two areas of your life together by asking yourself, “What do I need to clear or release around learning, communication, my siblings, my relationship with the goddess or earth-based rituals in order to support the BIG dream intentions I made at the new moon for my faith, spiritual practices, long-distance travel or future success?”

If your rising sign is Taurus, the full moon is inviting you to release and let go of something to do with your money, income or livelihood. At the new moon, you set BIG dream intentions around your psyche, debt or taxes so bring those two areas of your life together by asking yourself, “What do I need to clear or release around money, income or my livelihood in order to support my BIG dreams around my psyche, debt or taxes?”

If your rising sign is Gemini, the full moon is inviting you to release and let go of something around your identity, body, appearance or your spirit. At the new moon, you set BIG dream intentions around your marriage or close intimate relationships or partnerships so bring those two areas of your life together by asking yourself, “What do I need to clear or release around my identity, body, appearance or spirit in order to support the BIG dreams I made at the new moon for my marriage, close intimate relationship or partnership?”

If your rising sign is Cancer, the full moon is inviting you to release and let go of something around your subconscious mind or deep inner shadow work. At the new moon, you set BIG dream intentions around your routines, work, pets or wellness so bring those two areas of your life together at the full moon and ask yourself, “What do I need to clear or release around my subconscious mind or inner shadows in order to support the BIG dreams I made at the new moon for my routines, work, pets or wellness?”

If your rising sign is Leo, the full moon is inviting you to release and let go of something around your friendships, community and your hopes and wishes. At the new moon, you set BIG dream intentions around your children, hobbies, pleasure or creativity so bring those two areas of your life together with the full moon and ask yourself, “What do I need to clear or release around friendships, community or my hopes and wishes in order to support the BIG dream intentions I set at the new moon around children, hobbies, pleasure or my creativity?”

If your rising sign is Virgo, the full moon is inviting you to release or let go of something in your career, reputation or ideas of success. At the new moon, you set BIG dream intentions around your family, ancestors, home or living situation so bring those two areas of your life together during the full moon by asking yourself, “What do I need to clear or release around my career, reputation or ideas of success in order to support the BIG dream intentions I made at the new moon for my family, ancestors or home?”

If your rising sign is Libra, the full moon is inviting you to release or let go of something in faith, spiritual practices, long-distance travel or future success. At the new moon, you set BIG dream intentions around learning, communication, siblings, the goddess or earth-based rituals so bring those two areas of your life together during the full moon by asking yourself, “What do I need to clear or release around my faith, spiritual practices, long-distance travel or future success to support the BIG dreams I made around my learning, communication, or earth-based rituals?”

If your rising sign is Scorpio, the full moon is inviting you to release or let go of something in your psyche or in the area of your life of debt and taxes. At the new moon, you set BIG dream intentions around money, income or your livelihood so bring these two areas of your life together during the full moon by asking yourself, “What do I need to clear or release around my psyche, debt or taxes to support the BIG dreams I made at the new moon for my money, income or livelihood?”

If your rising sign is Sagittarius, the full moon is inviting you to release or let go of something to do with your close, intimate relationships or partnerships. At the new moon, you set BIG dream intentions around your identity, body, appearance or your spirit so bring these two areas of your life together during the full moon by asking yourself, “What do I need to clear or release around my marriage, intimate relationships or partnerships to support the BIG dreams I made at the new moon for my body, spirit, appearance or identity?”

If your rising sign is Capricorn, the full moon is inviting you to release or let go of something around your routines, work, pets or wellness. At the new moon, you set BIG dream intentions around your subconscious mind or shadow work so bring those two areas of your life together during the full moon by asking yourself, “What do I need to clear or release around my routines, work, pets or wellness to support the BIG dreams I made at the new moon for my subconscious mind or deep inner shadow work?”

If your rising sign is Aquarius, the full moon is inviting you to release or let go of something to do with your children, hobbies, pleasures or creativity. At the new moon you set BIG dream intentions around friendships, community or your hopes and wishes so bring those two areas of your life together during the full moon by asking yourself, “What do I need to clear and release around my children, hobbies, pleasures or creativity in order to support the BIG dreams I made at the new moon for my friendships, community or hopes and wishes?”

If your rising sign is Pisces, the full moon is inviting you to release or let go something to do with family, your ancestors or your home and living situation. At the new moon you set BIG dream intentions around career, reputation or ideas of success so bring those two areas of your life together by asking yourself, “What do I need to clear and release around my family, ancestors, home or living situation in order to support the BIG dreams I made at the new moon for my career, reputation or ideas of success?”

Thursday

The moon is in an opposing relationship with Venus today, which means they are in signs directly opposite each other. This can bring a push, pull energy to their relationship as if they are opposing what each other wants to do.

Venus wants to help you enjoy your life but in this opposing energy with the moon it can mean overindulging or going overboard with your pleasures in a way that you might regret later.  It might also mean being more intense in relationships which can create intimacy but it can also cause distance if the intensity is deemed by your partner as too much. It’s also a day where you might feel more lonely than usual.

Do you have inner parts that struggle with loneliness?

Do you have parts that have sacrificed your boundaries or your emotional needs in order to be accepted or loved by someone else?

Ask all your inner parts that feel like they had to sacrifice what is good for them in order to be loved to step forward and work with your superconscious mind to release what no longer serves you or them.

In your art journal, create an image that explores your relationship with loneliness.

Friday

The moon is in the water sign of Cancer today. Cancer is ruled by the moon so the moon is in a sign it feels most at home in.

Cancer energy is nocturnal in nature. It is sensitive, sentimental and carries the wisdom of cycles. It is connected to your ancestors, your roots and your feelings of home. It walks alongside your subconscious realm.  It is the wise and whole mother within who knows how to wrap and protect and care for all your inner parts.  It is calm, compassionate and nurturing but it is also emotions that move up and down and all around. It wants to help you meet your emotional needs and teach you have to feel emotionally safe. It can help you change and transform your inner landscape but it can also amplify your defensiveness or resistance.

Think about where in your life you could use some nurturing and tender loving care.

How can you take care of your body today?

How can you take care of your emotional self today?

How can you take care of your spirit today?

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image of the kind of nurturing and caring energy you need today.

Join Me

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

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

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This is a summary of the moon’s energy for the upcoming week and the inner work and magic you can do in your art journal to make the most of the opportunities the cosmos is gifting us with.

Every week the emotional and magical opportunities the moon is sending you are different because the energy she is drawing down from the planets and stars changes moment to moment. Planets and stars and moon phases and moon signs each carry their own unique energy .This is my weekly update (Mon-Fri) of the moon’s comings and goings to support you in aligning with her energy.

Get your art journal or a scrap of paper you see lying around, your art supplies or those pencil crayons you have hidden away somewhere and have fun. Spend 10 – 20 minutes focusing on the themes the moon is supporting you to explore that day while you play with colors and shapes and watch what happens over time.

It’s amazing what a little consistent creative time can do.

A Few Thoughts Before We Get Started

My son called me the other night after a harrowing day. He was sailing from Vancouver to the island in a sailing boat he was trying to sell. The buyer had flown down from Ontario to join him and once on the island, the boat was to change hands. The weather was a little windier than expected and the buyer, an inexperienced sailor, ended up going into a trauma response and experiencing anxiety and panic which he could not get out of for hours. It was such a severe experience, my son even tried calling the coast guard and the police for support.

It was an extremely intense emotional experience for both my son and the would-be buyer (he, of course, did not purchase the boat after all). When someone was finally able to rescue the would-be buyer and brought him to shore, my son’s nerves were shot. He was shaking from the stress and his body was having a hard time calming down. My son was stuck in his boat on the water for the night since he had to sail his boat back to Vancouver the next day.

After talking to him for a bit, I suggested we listen to one of my Moon Mapping episodes together.

In the Moon Mapping Year, since I have an autonomic nervous system disorder and I have MCAS and go into atypical anaphylaxis unexpectedly, I have a lot of episodes that focus on the nervous system, anxiety and the trauma response. I created these because I find the MAP Method works best when you’re activated so listening to them right in the moment is so effective. I don’t know if other modalities are that same way but I get the best results for myself and my clients when we use the MAP Method in the same moment they are experiencing the issue they want to heal.

Obviously, it isn’t always possible to do this in a private session but with the recordings it is. That’s one of the biggest reasons I created the Moon Mapping Year, I wanted to be able to ask my subconscious mind to treat the issues and symptoms I was experiencing right in the moment I was having them.

As the wind rocked my son’s boat, we listened to episode #36 “Addressing What Arises in the Present Moment” together – him in his bed on his boat on the open sea and me snuggled up on the couch in my living room.  

Episode #36 is the episode I listen to the most because you can use it for anything and everything. As we listened to the episode, I was able to calm my nervous system down as well (it’s not easy being so far away from your child when they are struggling).

When we were done and the episode was over, my son was calm, clear and less emotionally triggered and what I LOVE about the MAP Method is I know his subconscious mind was neutralizing the memories of the day. Why store emotions in your body or have an experience come back and trigger you for years and years when you can neutralize it right away? That’s one of the most powerful things about the MAP Method, in my opinion, and the reason I’m so happy he agreed to listen to the episode with me. I wanted him to neutralize the experience as soon as possible.

The Moon Mapping Year is currently on sale for $200 off until the Gemini full moon on December 7th.

If you’d love access to over 84 episodes that work with the MAP Method to rewire your brain and neutralize memories, now is the time to join. Plus, to make sure you make the most of it, I have a calendar for 2023 where I share my suggestions for which Moon Mapping episode to listen to in each week of the year.

This is a list of the nervous system episodes I’ve included in the Moon Mapping Year so far (I plan on adding more episodes in 2023)

  • Calming Anxiety and Celebrating Autumn: This Moon Mapping session uses MAP commands to help you calm a nervous, anxious or dysregulated nervous system while celebrating the imagery and energy of autumn.
  • Calming Anxiety by Activating the Ventral Branch of the Vagus Nerve: In this Moon Mapping session we address stress, anxiety, depression and the trauma response by activating the ventral branch of the vagus nerve.
  • Clearing What Surfaces in the Body in the Present Moment: This session uses the sensations that arise in the body as a way to clear unhelpful memories and beliefs. Use it whenever you feel heavy or bogged down or when you notice tension or discomfort in the body or when you’re curious about what messages or wisdom your body might have for you right now.
  • Calming Anxiety and Celebrating Spring: This Moon Mapping session can be used to help you calm a nervous, anxious or dysregulated nervous system while celebrating the imagery and energy of Spring.
  • Addressing What Arises in the Present Moment: In this session we treat whatever arises in the present moment in your body, mind and heart.
  • Growing the Feeling of Safety in Your Body: In this Moon Mapping session we work with somatic movements to increase the sense of safety in your body. This session is helpful to listen to when you are feeling anxious or you are having an intense emotional experience or a trauma response.
  • Relaxing as Deeply as Possible: In this Moon Mapping session we work with the MAP commands to relax your body and mind as deeply as possible. Listen to this session when you want to reduce stress or tension

Although you can listen to The Moon Mapping Year on any device you normally listen to podcasts on, it is a private podcast so you can only have access to all the episode when you join.

You can learn more about it here.

Monday

Today the moon is in the waxing crescent phase.

This moon phase is when a silver sliver of the moon begins to appear in the night sky. The moon is moving from being dark, 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.

How far can you stretch your imagination today?

How much goodness can you imagine growing in your life today?

How many invisible forces can you imagine are helping you today?

How many invisible actions can you imagine your angels and spirit guides are taking to help you reach your goals and manifest your new moon intentions?

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents receiving more goodness in your life.

For those of you who have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Monday, the moon is in the waxing crescent phase. I like to think of this phase as the time when the dream seeds I planted during the New Moon are just starting to form shoots or tiny roots.  We use this energy to imagine all the invisible actions your angels and spirit guides are taking to help you reach your goals and manifest your new moon intentions.

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

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

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

The moon is in a happy relationship with Mars today. This means the moon is drawing down energy to help us set boundaries, stand up for ourselves and feel motivated and ready to take action. We use that energy to clear memories and beliefs around expressing your emotions.

Tuesday

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

Pisces is a mutable water sign. Pisces energy is calm and highly receptive. It can help you absorb more information from the environment and from other people. This is great when the energy you are absorbing is helpful, nurturing and positive but its not so great when the energy that surrounds you is heavy, intense, negative or unhealthy.

When the moon is in Pisces it can highlight our highly sensitive natures, our compassion and our ability to care for others. It can also help us tune into and honor our creativity but it can also bring flightiness, fickleness and indecision. Pisces energy changes is sentimental but can also change according to whatever mood or emotion it is feeling.

Let’s magnetize the helpful qualities of Pisces.

Think about your creative nature.

What do you like about your creativity?

What is one positive thing you can say about your creative nature?

In your art journal, create a page that celebrates Pisces energy.

If you  have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Tuesdaythe moon is in the waxing crescent phase. I like to think of this phase as the time when the dream seeds I planted during the New Moon are just starting to form shoots or tiny roots.  We use this energy to imagine all the invisible actions your angels and spirit guides are taking to help you reach your goals and manifest your new moon intentions

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

The moon is void of course from the early afternoon to the late afternoon in the mountain time zone. I think of this time as though the moon is just hanging around alone and in the in-between space – no longer where it was but not yet where it will be. The moon likes reflecting energy down to us but when it’s void of course there’s nothing substantial for it to reflect so its reflecting that emptiness back to us.

When the moon is void of course it is a good time to rest and relax and look inward. It is a good time to connect with your subconscious mind and your intuition so we work with that energy to surrender to the Divine a troubling situation you are currently dealing with.

The moon is in the sign of Pisces today. Pisces energy is calm and highly receptive. It can help you absorb more information from the environment and from other people. This is great when the energy you are absorbing is helpful, nurturing and positive but its not so great when the energy that surrounds you is heavy, intense, negative or unhealthy. We use the MAP Method to magnetize this sentimental, sensitive, intuitive, absorbent, compassionate and creative energy.

The other energy we tend to is the energy of Mercury being in opposition to Mars. When Mercury and Mars are in opposition, the hot, fiery qualities of Mars are highlighted in the areas of our lives that have to do with our minds and intellect, travelling between the realms, communication, transportation, commerce and technology. We use this energy to tend to young parts who struggled with impulsive reactions – your own or other people’s.

Wednesday

Today the moon is in the first quarter phase. Only half the moon seems to be lit up in the night sky during this phase. This is the phase in the creation cycle where there is a tendency to give up or doubt the process. Challenges or obstacles may come between you and your goals and your job is to remain committed despite whatever gets in the way. This is the time to observe your self-talk and heal whatever shadows surface. Make sure you are taking actions and making decisions from your Spirit and your inner wisdom rather than listening to your insecurities and doubt.

Emotional and spiritual themes you can explore in your art journal for the first quarter moon include themes around commitment, doubt, insecurities, body image, self-esteem, your inner critic, your passion, purpose and bigger reasons for being.

Take a moment to think about your new moon intentions again. Imagine what it will be like if your new moon intentions became a reality in your life?

What changes, big or small, will happen in your life when your new moon intentions become real?

What will it feel like to experience those changes?

What choices can you make this week to help your new moon intentions become a reality in your life?

In your art journal, create an image that celebrates your new moon intentions.

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Wednesday morning, the moon is in the first quarter moon. This is the phase in the creation cycle where there is a tendency to give up or doubt the process. Challenges or obstacles may come between you and your goals and your job is to remain committed despite whatever gets in the way. We use this energy to consider which choices you can make this week to help your new moon intentions become a reality in your life.

The moon is in the sign of Pisces today. Pisces energy is calm and highly receptive. It can help you absorb more information from the environment and from other people. This is great when the energy you are absorbing is helpful, nurturing and positive but its not so great when the energy that surrounds you is heavy, intense, negative or unhealthy. We use the MAP Method to magnetize this sentimental, sensitive, intuitive, absorbent, compassionate and creative energy.

Thursday

The moon is in the same zodiac sign as Neptune which amplifies their energy.

The moon and Neptune both carry spiritual, dreamy and intuitive energy so it’s a good day to slip into liminal space, connect with your spirit guides and angels or focus on your creativity and divination rather than productivity and being rational or practical.

It’s great energy to do inner work, connect with your parts, work with rewiring the brain, meditate, rest, daydream, recommit to your spiritual practice, vision your future, dive into some emotional healing work and get curious about and try to meet your emotional needs or focus on your therapeutic practices.

In your art journal, create an image that connects you with your angels or spirit guides.

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Thursday the moon is in the first quarter moon. This is the phase in the creation cycle where there is a tendency to give up or doubt the process. Challenges or obstacles may come between you and your goals and your job is to remain committed despite whatever gets in the way. We use this energy to consider which choices you can make this week to help your new moon intentions become a reality in your life.

The moon is in the sign of Pisces today. Pisces energy is calm and highly receptive. It can help you absorb more information from the environment and from other people. This is great when the energy you are absorbing is helpful, nurturing and positive but its not so great when the energy that surrounds you is heavy, intense, negative or unhealthy. We use the MAP Method to magnetize this sentimental, sensitive, intuitive, absorbent, compassionate and creative energy.

The moon is void of course from the early evening to the late evening in the mountain time zone. I think of this time as though the moon is just hanging around alone and in the in-between space – no longer where it was but not yet where it will be. The moon likes reflecting energy down to us but when it’s void of course there’s nothing substantial for it to reflect so its reflecting that emptiness back to us.

When the moon is void of course it is a good time to rest and relax and look inward. It is a good time to connect with your subconscious mind and your intuition so we work with that energy to surrender to the Divine a troubling situation you are currently dealing with.

The moon is in the sign of Aries. When the moon is in the sign of Aries as it is today, it can bring abrupt energy that is blunt and harsh – maybe even sometimes aggressive but it also helps to light a spark in your spirit and connect you to your passion and enthusiasm. We use this energy to explore if you’ve been doing what makes you feel alive today.

The moon is in a tense relationship with Mars. This moon energy can also cause you to project your pain onto other people, take things personally or live from what Eckart Tolle refers to as your pain body. We use this energy to address inner wounds and emotional needs that might surface today.

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

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

The moon is in an intense relationship with Jupiter. Jupiter wants to bring harmony, well-being, kindness, justice, abundance, growth, expansion, good luck and balance to your life. The moon is supporting Jupiter’s desire to do this in your life today. We use this energy to ask your inner parts how safety, harmony and goodness feels.

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

The other energy we tend to is the energy of Mercury being in a tense relationship with Neptune. Neptune can make things foggy and since its interacting with Mercury it can make the areas of your life that have to do with communication, technology and your mind.

Venus is in an opposing relationship with Mars today. In this kind of relationship together, your desires and the things you want or need might be in conflict with someone else’s needs and wants.

Friday

The moon spends a big part of the day is in the fire sign of Aries. Aries is ruled by the fiery planet Mars so the moon is carrying a little bit if that planet’s energy today as well.

Aries is action, quick responses and impulses. It values action. When the moon is in the sign of Aries as it is today, it can bring abrupt energy that is blunt and harsh – maybe even sometimes aggressive but it also helps to light a spark in your spirit and connect you to your passion and enthusiasm.

Think about what makes you light up.

What makes you feel alive?

Have you been doing what makes you feel alive lately?

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents something that makes you feel alive.

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Friday morning, the moon is in the first quarter moon. This is the phase in the creation cycle where there is a tendency to give up or doubt the process. Challenges or obstacles may come between you and your goals and your job is to remain committed despite whatever gets in the way. We use this energy to consider which choices you can make this week to help your new moon intentions become a reality in your life.

The moon is in the sign of Aries. When the moon is in the sign of Aries as it is today, it can bring abrupt energy that is blunt and harsh – maybe even sometimes aggressive but it also helps to light a spark in your spirit and connect you to your passion and enthusiasm. We use this energy to explore if you’ve been doing what makes you feel alive today.

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

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Dana da Ponte

 

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 Do you have BIG dreams you’d like to move towards in 2023?

If you do, you’ll probably notice your good friends Doubt, Procrastination and Self-Sabotage enter the picture. They tend to show up when we’re ready to grow and expand.

It’s not a bad thing. They’re only trying to help after all. They want to keep you safe but keeping you safe doesn’t have to mean slowing you down or getting in your way – as they have a tendency to do. 

You can make BIG steps forward in the direction of your dreams in 2023!

You just might need a little support. And that’s okay too. We all do. You’re not meant to do this all on your own.

This Might Help

I wish I could be there with you every step on your way to your dreams but unfortunately I cannot. I’m not as magical as that!

Although I wish I was. I wish I could appear like a genie and make all your wishes come true. That would be fun. But I’m just another human struggling to get past her own limitations like you. 

I do however, have a secret plan for 2023 that I’d love to share with you.

It involves your phone (or whatever device you listen to podcasts on) and my Moon Calendar for 2023.

You can download my Moon Calendar for 2023 by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. 

It outlines the new and full moons for the year and if you’re part of the Moon Mapping Year, it also lists the brain rewiring episodes I suggest listening to each week according the lunar and seasonal rhythms.

For instance, during the new moon, I suggest listening to the Moon Mapping episodes where we work with the MAP Method to magnetize your new moon intentions. It’s a little like asking your subconscious mind to go in and gather all the parts within your psyche who are afraid of your goals and talking to them until they feel safe enough to stop reacting in ways that prevent you from moving in the direction your heart really wants to go. 

During the full moon, we work with the MAP Method to help you stand in your power, own your talents and gifts and shine your light in the world. We all have parts within us who are uncomfortable with being seen. When you listen to the episodes in the Moon Mapping Year that I created specifically for the full moon, you will hear me give instructions to your subconscious mind and ask it to neutralize memories and beliefs that are working against you so that you start to feel less afraid and more willing to become all you desire to be.

The Perfect Way to Start Your Year

You’ll find all kinds of other episodes sprinkled throughout the year.

Some of the healing series you’ll find in the Moon Mapping Year include:

  • The Inner Child Series where I take you year by year from your time in the womb to your 18th birthday as we ask your subconscious mind to treat and neutralize memories that are no longer working for you from your childhood.
  • The Whole Body Care Series where each session focuses on a particular body part or body system so we can release trapped emotions from the areas you tend to store your traumatic memories most
  • The Food and Eating Series where we address harmful beliefs about food and eating then reinforce healthier more compassionate beliefs
  • The Ancestral Memories Series where we clear the generational trauma you are carrying in your body
  • The Happy Nervous System Series where I teach your subconscious mind how to soothe anxiety and work with your nervous system to stay as calm and regulated as possible (This series by itself is worth the investment)
  • The Intuition Series where I clear memories and beliefs that prevent you from trusting your intuition and lead you on guided journeys for psychic protection and to connect with your spirit guides and angels

Aside from the sessions in each series, there are a number of stand alone sessions that are soooooo helpful like the session that works with the new moon to visualize your future, the session that works with the full moon to unblock your chakras, the session that clears money blocks and the session that helps you stand in your power and trust your own path and one of my favorites, Leading Your Inner Critic with Love.

Even if you haven’t joined the Moon Mapping Year yet, you can read my suggestions and get an idea of some of the emotional and spiritual themes you can align with every week in 2023.

I hope it helps you make the most of 2023.

I especially hope it helps you make the most of your inner work in 2023.

By the way, if you’re ready to join the Moon Mapping Year, do it now. It’s $200 OFF until the Gemini full moon on December 7th, 2022.

Sign up here.

https://danadaponte.com/a-year-of-moon-mapping/

 

 

 Download the Calendar Here

To download a copy of the calendar you can print, click on the link below.

Moon Calendar 2023

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Dana da Ponte

 

 

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This is a summary of the moon’s energy for the upcoming week and the inner work and magic you can do in your art journal to make the most of the opportunities the cosmos is gifting us with.

Every week the emotional and magical opportunities the moon is sending you are different because the energy she is drawing down from the planets and stars changes moment to moment. Planets and stars and moon phases and moon signs each carry their own unique energy .This is my weekly update (Mon-Fri) of the moon’s comings and goings to support you in aligning with her energy.

Get your art journal or a scrap of paper you see lying around, your art supplies or those pencil crayons you have hidden away somewhere and have fun. Spend 10 – 20 minutes focusing on the themes the moon is supporting you to explore that day while you play with colors and shapes and watch what happens over time.

It’s amazing what a little consistent creative time can do.

A Few Thoughts Before We Get Started

Hoorah!! We have entered the realm of Sagittarius season.

Hopefully you are feeling lighter already.

I love the depth and darkness of Scorpio season but I’m also grateful it doesn’t last forever. There’s a heaviness that accompanies diving deep into the subconscious realms. Even traveling between worlds is taxing on my nervous system. Last Scorpio season I had some amazing healing conversations with my ancestors. This Scorpio season helped me reach inner parts who had been stuck alone in exile since I was very young. They were parts I hadn’t been able to reach before. That is the magic of Scorpio season. It pulls up from the depths that which is ready to be received but it’s hard emotional labor and Sagittarius season is a welcome reprieve.

I’m ready to focus on my BIG dreams. What about you?

Sagittarius is ruled by the planet Jupiter so this lunar cycle is carrying a little of that lucky planet’s energy as well. Jupiter wants to bring harmony, well-being, kindness, justice, abundance, growth, expansion, good luck and balance to your life. That’s a lot of yummy energy to soak in.

Sagittarius energy is helpful for allowing yourself to vision a future without doubts and fears restricting you. It’s a big green light saying “Go chase your dreams. You are allowed to imagine more for yourself. How BIG can you allow your dreams to get?”

It’s not easy to dream BIG, especially if you’ve experienced a lot of heart-breaking attempts to reach your dreams in the past. It can feel scary and downright vulnerable to let your wild dreams run free in your imagination. There’s something painful about dreams not coming true and so sometimes we create these inner parts who try to protect us. They don’t want us to feel the same kind of crushing disappointment we felt in the past. They want us to be practical or logical or safe.

Dreaming BIG isn’t about safety and there are definitely no guarantees. I might never achieve everything I want to achieve but to stop dreaming and expanding and growing is not an option. My spirit wants to run wild and free imagining all kinds of wonderful things for my future and for the future of the world. Building fences and walls around my dreams only makes me feel lifeless and defeated.

There have been times in my life where I had to tread slowly and gently towards my dreams. My heart was fragile and slowly putting itself back together. It wasn’t ready. Allowing my dreams to run wild when my heart was still recovering would not have been kind. I needed to be patient. I needed to allow my heart to mend. If this is the case for you, move slowly and thoughtfully towards your dreams. Dream as big as your heart is ready to dream. There is no rush. Making your way step-by-gentle step is still moving in the right direction. When you’re ready to leap, you’ll leap.

I may never be ready to leap again. I may walk step-by-gentle-step towards my BIG dreams for the rest of my life and it will be perfect.

Monday

Today the moon is in the balsamic phase. 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 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 core 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, we don’t have time to process the emotions and triggers that arise in our everyday life and in our relationships. This phase of the Moon is a good time to deal with whatever you didn’t have time to deal with earlier on in the moon cycle. Taking this time to make friends with your shadow before a new moon cycle begins will help you to be clearer and less influenced by my wounded parts as I make my New Moon intentions.

You can’t always see what needs to be tended to.

Ask your subconscious mind to show you what you most need to tend to today.

Is it something from your past?

Is there a belief or a memory that has been holding you back?

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents the memory or belief you’d like to tend to today.

For those of you who have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Monday, the moon is in the balsamic phase. The balsamic phase is a great time to move inward and address inner parts that you’ve buried in your subconscious. We use that moon phase energy to work with the MAP Method to clear a belief or memory that has been holding you back.

The moon is in the sign of Libra today. Libra energy is sociable, soft, beautiful and artistic. It likes to keep things balanced and looks for equality in relationships. We use that energy to magnetize that kind, friendly, sociable, compassionate and harmonious energy.

The moon is void of course from the late afternoon to the late evening in the mountain time zone. I think of this time as though the moon is just hanging around alone and in the in-between space – no longer where it was but not yet where it will be. The moon likes reflecting energy down to us but when it’s void of course there’s nothing substantial for it to reflect so its reflecting that emptiness back to us.

When the moon is void of course it is a good time to rest and relax and look inward. It is a good time to connect with your subconscious mind and your intuition so we work with that energy to surrender to the Divine a troubling situation you are currently dealing with.

The moon moves into the sign of Scorpio today. We use that deep and emotionally healing energy to tend to wrap your young and weak parts in safety and invite them to feel seen, heard and supported so they can allow the main personality to move in the direction your spirit wants to go.

The moon is in a tense relationship with Pluto today. In this energy, challenging emotions can surface and affect how you speak or act. It can stir up difficult issues to process or unresolved issues that still need to be tended to. We work with the MAP Method to address any exiled parts within your psyche that may get triggered by this energy today.

The other energy we tend to is the energy of Mars being in a tense relationship with Neptune. Mars and Neptune can support you to connect to your intuition or receive divine guidance so it would be a good day to do some light divination. We use this energy to drop in your body so we tend to whatever challenging energy you may find yourself dealing with today.

The sun is in a happy relationship with Jupiter. The sun likes to help you shine your light and take positive action to move you forward and Jupiter likes to bring positivity, optimism and expansion into your life. It’s a good day to feel confident and believe in yourself and your abilities and to believe in possibilities.

Mercury is in an intense relationship with Venus today. Together they are bringing gentleness, affection, warmth and intimacy to your communication and relationships. We work with the MAP Method to magnify this open-hearted, romantic, loving, compassionate, kind, sweet and connection building energy.

Tuesday

The moon is in a tense relationship with Saturn today.

Saturn is associated with the earth element and it wants to bring responsibility, seriousness, deep thought, reflection, wisdom, strategy, maturity, structure, sensibility, frugality, discipline, routine and actions that inspire order in your life.

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

Where do you need to mature more fully?

Where in your life would structure, routine or discipline benefit you?

In your art journal, create a page that represents a routine or structure you’d like to improve or implement in your life.

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Tuesday the moon is in the balsamic phase. The balsamic phase is a great time to move inward and address inner parts that you’ve buried in your subconscious. We use that moon phase energy to work with the MAP Method to clear a belief or memory that has been holding you back.

The moon is in the sign of Scorpio today. We use that deep and emotionally healing energy to tend to wrap your young and weak parts in safety and invite them to feel seen, heard and supported so they can allow the main personality to move in the direction your spirit wants to go.

The moon is in a tense relationship with Saturn today. In this tense kind of relationship with the moon, the area of your life where Saturn and the moon are in can evoke within you uncomfortable feelings around the topics of routine, discipline and structure. We use this energy to reflect on where in your life more structure, routine or discipline would benefit you.

The other energy we tend to is the energy of the sun moving into the sign of Sagittarius. Sagittarius energy likes to help you vision a future worth moving towards. It’s expansive, limitless energy that wants to help you see the possibilities in your life. It’s a good time to dream, imagine and visualize your wildest dreams. We work with the MAP Method to magnetize this expansive, limitless, soulful, meaningful, future-oriented, wild, optimistic, carefree, and dream-loving energy.

Wednesday

Today we honor the new moon in Sagittarius.

Sagittarius is a fire sign. It is expressive and positive and humorous, optimistic, adventurous, experimental, adaptive, passionate and fun but it can be focused on too many things.

Sagittarius energy likes to help us grow and enjoy ourselves through experiencing all life has to offer. It focuses on personal growth, freedom, expansion, lived experience, learning through trying and doing and embodiment. It’s a curious energy that asks questions and looks for answers.

It is also especially helpful at supporting us in believing in possibilities and taping into our wild and wonderful dreams. That’s how we’re going to use this new moon in Sagittarius energy today.

To personalize this new moon, let’s get specific and see the area of YOUR life this new moon energy is focused on. Once you know the area of life the Sagittarius new moon is in, you can consider how bringing balance to that area of your life with help you reach your goals.

To figure out what area of your life the Sagittarius new moon wants you to focus on, you simply need to know your rising sign. If you don’t know your rising sign (it’s different than your sun or moon sign), then you can read more about it here and you can calculate what it is here.

If your rising sign is Aries, the new moon is inviting you to dream BIG when it comes to your faith, spiritual practices, travel or future success. Think about these areas of your life and consider what intentions you want to make during the new moon in order to follow your most meaningful and soulful dreams around your spirituality or travel or your goals for the future.

If your rising sign is in the sign of Taurus, then the new moon is inviting you to dream BIG in the area of death, taxes, your psyche or any debt you have accumulated. What dreams do you have that will help you clear any energetic, emotional or physical debt you may be carrying (your own or your ancestors’)? What BIG dreams can you imagine for your emotional or mental well-being? What bright new dreams can you imagine around these topics? Write your new moon intention below.

For Gemini people like me, the new moon is inviting you to dream BIG when it comes to your close, intimate relationships or partnerships. Think about your marriage or partnership or best friend and consider what the most meaningful and soulful dreams you can imagine for the closest relationships in your life.

If your rising sign is in the sign of Cancer, the new moon is inviting you to dream BIG when it comes to your routines, work, pets or wellness. If you were living your dream life, what would these areas of your life look and feel like? Consider what intentions you can make during this new moon in order to welcome your biggest and brightest dreams for these areas of your life.

For Leo people, the new moon is inviting you to dream BIG when it comes to your children, hobbies, pleasure or your creativity. Think about these areas of your life and consider what intentions you want to make during the new moon in order to welcome your wildest and most meaningful dreams to your parenting life, a creative hobby that’s dear to your heart or those activities in your life that bring you joy.

For Virgo people, the new moon is inviting you to tap into your wild imagination and visualize your biggest and brightest dreams when it comes to your parents, your ancestors, your childhood or your home and living situation. Think about these areas of your life and consider what intentions you can make during this new moon in order to welcome your biggest and brightest dreams for these areas of your life.

If your rising sign is in the sign of Libra, the new moon is inviting you to dream BIG when it comes to learning, communication, your siblings, the goddess or earth-based rituals. Which one of these topics feels most important for you to focus on during this new moon? Choose one of them and consider what intentions you want to make in order to welcome your biggest and brightest dream for that area of your life.

For Scorpio people, the new moon is inviting you to dream BIG when it comes to money, assets, income and your livelihood. Think about these areas of your life and consider what intentions you want to make during the new moon in order to welcome your biggest and brightest dreams for your finances, possessions or livelihood.

For Sagittarius people, the new moon is inviting you to dream BIG when it comes to your identity, body, appearance or your spirit. Think about these areas of your life and consider what intentions you want to make during the new moon in order to welcome your biggest and brightest dreams for your health, personal expression, identity or your relationship with your body.

If your rising sign is in the sign of Capricorn, the new moon is inviting you to dream BIG when it comes to your subconscious mind and those things you hide from others and most importantly those things you hide from yourself. During this new moon set intentions around the kind of shadow work or brain rewiring you’d like to do and the biggest and brightest results you’d like to experience from that deep inner work.

For Aquarius people, the new moon is inviting you to dream BIG when it comes to friendships, community and your hopes and wishes. Think about these areas of your life and consider what intentions you want to make during the new moon in order to welcome your biggest and brightest dreams for your friendships, community or your hopes and wishes.

Finally, for Pisces people, the new moon the new moon is inviting you to dream BIG when it comes to your career, reputation or ideas of success. During this new moon, visualize your biggest and brightest dreams for your career, the kind of success you want to achieve or the kind of reputation you want to build.

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image representing your BIG wild dream.

Thursday

The moon is in an intense relationship with Venus today. I call it intense because astrologically speaking they are close together and this amplifies and intensifies the energy the moon is reflecting down to us from this relationship with Venus.

Venus wants to bring fertility and growth. Venus loves the idea of reigning more beauty, grace, softness, love, friendship, harmony, passion, sensuality, intimacy and happiness into your life and relationships. The energy of Venus also brings playfulness, pleasure and joy. 

The moon is intensifying all this goodness so it’s a great day to focus on love, affection and pleasure. Venus wants us to see what its like to thrive not just survive. It’s a lot of good feeling energy to soak in so try mindfully anchoring it into your body and spread it throughout your entire day.

In your art journal, create an image that celebrates the beauty in your life. 

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Thursday morning, the moon is in its darkest phase. The new moon is a perfect time to stretch your imagination so you can better conceptualize what’s possible in your life. We use this energy to magnetize your new moon intentions.

The moon is in the sign of Sagittarius today. Sagittarius energy is passionate, fun, curious and wants to helps us experience all life has to offer. We use that energy to consider how the day ahead could go better than expected then magnetize that positive, humorous, optimistic, curious, adventurous and expansive energy.

The moon is in a relationship with Mars where its like they’re coming from opposite sides which can feel polarizing. It brings energy that is confrontational and intense which produces discomfort and sometimes even blocks and barriers. We use the MAP Method to address this energy before you face your day.

The moon is in an intense relationship with Venus today. The moon is intensifying all this goodness so it’s a great day to focus on love, affection and pleasure. Venus wants us to see what its like to thrive not just survive. It’s a lot of good feeling energy to soak in so we use the MAP Method to magnetize all that goodness and anchor it into your body and spread it throughout your entire day.

The moon is in an intense relationship with Mercury today. In your relationship with others this can look like moody conversations, disagreements, not considering the other person’s perspective and being overly opinionated or focusing on where you disagree instead of finding common ground. Internally, this can look like tension between your thoughts and feelings. We ask your subconscious mind to locate and neutralize the memories, beliefs or emotions that have already been triggered by this energy and those that might potentially get triggered today by this energy.

The other energy we tend to is the energy of the sun being in the sign of Sagittarius today. Sagittarius energy likes to help you vision a future worth moving towards. It’s expansive, limitless energy that wants to help you see the possibilities in your life. It’s a good time to dream, imagine and visualize your wildest dreams. We work with the MAP Method to magnetize this expansive, limitless, soulful, meaningful, future-oriented, wild, optimistic, carefree, and dream-loving energy.

Mercury is in a happy relationship with Chiron today. In this happy relationship, Mercury and Chiron can help us find a healthy way to express and release pain we’ve buried for a long time. It can help us be open, transparent and vulnerable in our relationships which fosters that delicious emotional intimacy we all want in the end. This kind of intimacy makes us feel connected and heals our abandoned parts.  We use the MAP Method with this energy to tend to our abandonment wounds.

Friday

The moon moves into the sign of Capricorn today.

Capricorn energy is also pragmatic, deliberate, persistent, disciplined, and conservative. 

Think about your inner parts – whether they are parts that are younger or past life parts or ancestral parts and be curious for a moment. Which of your inner parts might be triggered by this disciplined, pragmatic and conservative energy.

Do you have inner parts that struggle with discipline? Do you have inner parts that were emotionally restrained when in truth they actually wanted to speak up and express themselves? Do you have parts that feel deflated when they have to be practical or pragmatic or were there people in your life who aren’t pragmatic enough and you have inner parts that didn’t feel safe or cared for in that energy?

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that represents one of your inner parts that struggle with discipline.

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Friday morning, the moon is in its darkest phase. The new moon is a perfect time to stretch your imagination so you can better conceptualize what’s possible in your life. We use this energy to magnetize your new moon intentions.

The moon is in the sign of Sagittarius today. Sagittarius energy is passionate, fun, curious and wants to helps us experience all life has to offer. We use that energy to consider how the day ahead could go better than expected then magnetize that positive, humorous, optimistic, curious, adventurous and expansive energy.

The moon is void of course from the late afternoon to the late evening in the mountain time zone. I think of this time as though the moon is just hanging around alone and in the in-between space – no longer where it was but not yet where it will be. The moon likes reflecting energy down to us but when it’s void of course there’s nothing substantial for it to reflect so its reflecting that emptiness back to us.

When the moon is void of course it is a good time to rest and relax and look inward. It is a good time to connect with your subconscious mind and your intuition so we work with that energy to surrender to the Divine a troubling situation you are currently dealing with.

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

The moon is in a tense relationship with the planet Jupiter today. The tension created by the square between the moon and Jupiter can create inspiration, motivation and joy.  It’s good energy to be in to stretch yourself, take a risk or leap of faith, trust your intuition and push yourself forward in the direction you most want to go. We use the energy to any inner parts who are triggered by this intense energy.

The moon is in a tense relationship with Neptune today. In this tense relationship with the moon, Neptune can cause you to feel unsettled and uncertain. We use this energy to clear your energy field.

The other energy we tend to is the energy of Venus being in a happy relationship with Chiron today. This energy can support us in healing from past relationships that made us feel broken. It can also help open our hearts to love and friendship again after grief or loss. It’s an energy that reminds us that true intimacy requires vulnerability. We use this energy to tend to whatever young or fragile parts want to show themselves to you today.

Mercury is in a happy relationship with Chiron today. In this happy relationship, Mercury and Chiron can help us find a healthy way to express and release pain we’ve buried for a long time. It can help us be open, transparent and vulnerable in our relationships which fosters that delicious emotional intimacy we all want in the end. This kind of intimacy makes us feel connected and heals our abandoned parts.  We use the MAP Method with this energy to tend to our abandonment wounds.

Join Me

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

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Dana da Ponte

 

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This is a summary of the moon’s energy for the upcoming week and the inner work and magic you can do in your art journal to make the most of the opportunities the cosmos is gifting us with.

Every week the emotional and magical opportunities the moon is sending you are different because the energy she is drawing down from the planets and stars changes moment to moment. Planets and stars and moon phases and moon signs each carry their own unique energy .This is my weekly update (Mon-Fri) of the moon’s comings and goings to support you in aligning with her energy.

Get your art journal or a scrap of paper you see lying around, your art supplies or those pencil crayons you have hidden away somewhere and have fun. Spend 10 – 20 minutes focusing on the themes the moon is supporting you to explore that day while you play with colors and shapes and watch what happens over time.

It’s amazing what a little consistent creative time can do.

A Few Thoughts Before We Get Started

I have a collection of recordings called The Moon Mapping Year where I use the MAP Method to rewire the brain in rhythm with the seasons and lunar cycles. One of the recordings in the collection is called Leading Your Inner Critic with Love”. In it we tend to those common inner critic beliefs like…

I’m bad.

I’m not good enough.

I make bad choices

I’m a failure.

It won’t work.

I’m a loser.

I don’t belong.

I don’t fit in.

No one likes me.

It’s already been done.

Who am I to do this anyway?

I’m a mess.

There’s something wrong with me.

I’m broken.

I make bad choices.

I’m a failure.

I am inherently flawed.

I’m incompetent.

I don’t know what I’m doing.

No one will like what I’m making.

I’m not as smart as I need to be.

…and so on.

I turned to this recording this week because I’ve been so hard on myself. Obviously, it’s not like I planned to be an asshole to myself. It just happened to be one of those weeks where I placed harsh expectations on myself.

Expectations can be cold and demanding, can’t they? These things that we expect ourselves to be and do without a lot of patience or understanding – the things we believe we should become or the things we believe we should achieve. Expectations come with a lot of pressure and bucket loads of stress.

I’m not always aware of the expectations I place on myself. Some of them are sneaky and I don’t notice them until the stress and pressure build up in my body in a painful way or build up to the point where I’m grumpy and snappy and miserable.

The expectations I tend to place on myself include being wise and perfect in my relationships – which, of course, I never live up to because I’m human and deeply flawed and always learning.

I also get in a rut sometimes of placing expectations on my art making. I expect myself to be as talented or successful the people I see on social media seem to be. I stop playing and having fun. Instead, I focus on getting a certain result or outcome. I become serious and constricted. My creativity stops flowing. My body feels tense. My art no longer soothes and comforts me. It becomes work.

Then the sacred activity I turn to for solace and support becomes a weight that pulls me down. Goodbye curiosity. Goodbye fun. Goodbye magic.

This week, as we turn inward during the phases of the waning moon, I hope both you and I approach our art journals with a sense of joy and curiosity. I hope we leave our expectations behind and allow our inner five-year-old to play.

The energy of Sagittarius coming from Venus and Mercury moving into this zodiac sign should help and thank goddess, because after all that deep Scorpio energy, we deserve a little diversion and delight.   

Monday

The moon is in a happy relationship with Jupiter today.

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

The moon is the queen of the night. She wants to illuminate the darkness, bring about change, be a mirror to reflect us back to ourselves and awaken our receptive and intuitive powers. She represents your body and emotions and reminds you that life is an ever-changing cycle of birth, death, decay and rebirth. She wants to bring kindness, nurturing, novelty and adaptability.

Together, the moon and Jupiter are shining more peace into our lives today. They’re helping us feel open-hearted and generous. They’re supporting us in focusing on what connects us to each other and what brings us together. It’s energy that helps us feel calm and safe and willing to see and receive the goodness other people want to share with us. It’s energy that reminds us what’s good in our life.

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

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

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image that shows something about this current moon cycle you are grateful for.

For those of you who have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Monday, the moon is in the disseminating phase. This phase is when the moon is just starting to become smaller.  It is a time to rest, relax and rejuvenate and move inward and focus on self.  We use this moon phase energy to acknowledge one of your accomplishments.

The moon starts the day off in the sign of Cancer. The moon in Cancer is calm, compassionate and nurturing but it is also emotions that move up and down and all around. This moon sign energy wants to help you meet your emotional needs and teach you have to feel emotionally safe. It can help you change and transform your inner landscape so we work with that moon sign energy and your subconscious mind to nurture your body, heart and spirit. 

The moon is void of course from the late afternoon to the late evening in the mountain time zone. I think of this time as though the moon is just hanging around alone and in the in-between space – no longer where it was but not yet where it will be. The moon likes reflecting energy down to us but when it’s void of course there’s nothing substantial for it to reflect so its reflecting that emptiness back to us.

When the moon is void of course it is a good time to rest and relax and look inward. It is a good time to connect with your subconscious mind and your intuition so we work with that energy to surrender to the Divine a troubling situation you are currently dealing with.

The moon moves into the sign of Leo right before the day ends. Leo energy wants to bring loyalty, dependability, power, radiance, generosity, warmth, optimism and solidity. It wants to help you shine your light in the world, believe in your worth and boost your confidence. It is warm and expressive but sometimes can bring energy that influences you to be abrupt or impulsive. We use that moon sign energy to imagine your inner light growing brighter and attracting goodness to you all day long.

The moon is in a happy relationship with Jupiter. Jupiter wants to bring harmony, well-being, kindness, justice, abundance, growth, expansion, good luck and balance to your life. The moon is supporting Jupiter’s desire to do this in your life today. Together, the moon and Jupiter are shining more peace into our lives today. They’re helping us feel open-hearted and generous. We use the MAP Method to magnetize that harmonious, abundant, expansive, kind, open, calming and positive energy.

The other energy we tend to is the energy of the sun being in a happy relationship with Neptune. Neptune and the sun both carry this sense of connecting to the divine and in this happy relationship they remind us to surrender and let go. We use this energy to consider a problem in your life you want to surrender to the divine.

Tuesday

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

The tension between the moon and Uranus might have you feeling constricted by responsibility. Because the moon rules the realm of emotions, you might feel annoyed by the expectations other people place on you or the expectations you think other people are placing on you or even the expectations you place on yourself. The benefit of this, of course, is that you end up wanting to break free from the expectations that are not aligned with your highest self so shake it all off my friend. I support you following the beat of your own heart instead of living in the land of shoulds and should nots.

Bring to mind an expectation you or someone else is placing on you.

Do you actually want to meet this expectation or is it time to let it go?

In your art journal, create a page that represents an expectation you want to release.

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Tuesday the moon is in the disseminating phase. This phase is when the moon is just starting to become smaller.  It is a time to rest, relax and rejuvenate and move inward and focus on self.  We use this moon phase energy to acknowledge one of your accomplishments.

The moon is in the sign of Leo right before the day ends. Leo energy wants to bring loyalty, dependability, power, radiance, generosity, warmth, optimism and solidity. It wants to help you shine your light in the world, believe in your worth and boost your confidence. It is warm and expressive but sometimes can bring energy that influences you to be abrupt or impulsive. We use that moon sign energy to imagine your inner light growing brighter and attracting goodness to you all day long.

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

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

The other energy we tend to is the energy of the sun being in a happy relationship with Neptune. Neptune and the sun both carry this sense of connecting to the divine and in this happy relationship they remind us to surrender and let go. We use this energy to consider a problem in your life you want to surrender to the divine.

Venus is in a happy relationship with Jupiter today. It’s generous, warm, uplifting and encouraging energy that helps you feel good about yourself and helps you see the possibilities in your life. We use this the MAP Method to magnetize this harmonious, just, soft, warm, gentle, uplifting, expansive and encouraging energy.

Venus moves into the sign of Sagittarius. Venus brings her attention on our relationships with ourselves, our relationships with others, our relationship with money and the pleasures and hobbies that make life wonderful for us. When Venus is in Sagittarius she brings flavors of discovery, hope, adventure and excitement to these areas of your life. We use the MAP Method to magnetize this encouraging, lively, expressive, exciting and forward-looking energy.

Wednesday

Today the moon is in the last quarter phase.

This phase is when the moon is once again 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, your goals 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.

Take a moment to consider how much you’ve learned since the new moon.

What have you learned about relationships in the last few weeks?

What have you learned about yourself in the last few weeks?

What have you learned about reaching your goal since the new moon?

Where have you grown the most in the last few weeks?

In your art journal, draw, paint or collage an image of something you have learned since the new moon.

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Wednesday the moon is in the last quarter phase. We work with the last quarter moon phase to celebrate how far you’ve come and acknowledge how much you’ve grown since the last new moon.

The moon is in the sign of Leo right before the day ends. Leo energy wants to bring loyalty, dependability, power, radiance, generosity, warmth, optimism and solidity. It wants to help you shine your light in the world, believe in your worth and boost your confidence. It is warm and expressive but sometimes can bring energy that influences you to be abrupt or impulsive. We use that moon sign energy to imagine your inner light growing brighter and attracting goodness to you all day long.

The moon is void of course for a small part of the late afternoon in the mountain time zone. I think of this time as though the moon is just hanging around alone and in the in-between space – no longer where it was but not yet where it will be. The moon likes reflecting energy down to us but when it’s void of course there’s nothing substantial for it to reflect so its reflecting that emptiness back to us.

When the moon is void of course it is a good time to rest and relax and look inward. It is a good time to connect with your subconscious mind and your intuition so we work with that energy to surrender to the Divine a troubling situation you are currently dealing with.

The moon moves into the sign of Virgo today. Virgo energy wants to help you find the most effective way of doing things. It brings practicality, attention to detail, a love of quality and precision but it can cause you to get lost in the details. We use this energy to consider what adjustments you want to make in your life.

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

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

The other energy we tend to is the energy of Venus moving into the sign of Sagittarius. Venus brings her attention on our relationships with ourselves, our relationships with others, our relationship with money and the pleasures and hobbies that make life wonderful for us. When Venus is in Sagittarius she brings flavors of discovery, hope, adventure and excitement to these areas of your life. We use the MAP Method to magnetize this encouraging, lively, expressive, exciting and forward-looking energy.

Mercury is in a happy relationship with Jupiter today. It’s a great day for looking ahead and thinking about your long-term or big picture goals. You’ll most likely be in the right frame of mind to see your true potential or the true potential of your business. We magnetize this harmonious, abundant, expansive, communicative, productive and profitable energy.

Mars is in a tense relationship with Neptune today. Mars and Neptune can support you to connect to your intuition or receive divine guidance so it would be a good day to do some light divination. We use this energy to drop in your body so we tend to whatever challenging energy you may find yourself dealing with today.

Thursday

The moon moves into the sign of Virgo today. Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury so it’s carrying a little of that planet’s energy as well.

Virgo energy is nocturnal and of the earth. It is mutable and versatile. It supports you in being efficient and organized. It wants to help you find the most effective way of doing things. It brings practicality, attention to detail, a love of quality and precision but it can cause you to get lost in the details.

When the moon is in Virgo, it’s the perfect time for review and adjustments.

Do you like what you’ve been creating in your life lately?

You’re not in control of creating everything you experience in your life but of the things you do have control over, which situations and experiences that you’ve been creating do you enjoy and which situations and experiences have you not been enjoying?

If you don’t like what you’re creating, what adjustments can you make?

In your art journal, create an image that explores an adjustment you’d like to make in your life. 

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Thursday morning, the moon is in the last quarter phase. We work with the last quarter moon phase to celebrate how far you’ve come and acknowledge how much you’ve grown since the last new moon.

The moon moves into the sign of Virgo today. Virgo energy wants to help you find the most effective way of doing things. It brings practicality, attention to detail, a love of quality and precision but it can cause you to get lost in the details. We use this energy to consider what adjustments you want to make in your life.

The other energy we tend to is the energy of Venus moving into the sign of Sagittarius. Venus brings her attention on our relationships with ourselves, our relationships with others, our relationship with money and the pleasures and hobbies that make life wonderful for us. When Venus is in Sagittarius she brings flavors of discovery, hope, adventure and excitement to these areas of your life. We use the MAP Method to magnetize this encouraging, lively, expressive, exciting and forward-looking energy.

Mercury is in a happy relationship with Jupiter today. It’s a great day for looking ahead and thinking about your long-term or big picture goals. You’ll most likely be in the right frame of mind to see your true potential or the true potential of your business. We magnetize this harmonious, abundant, expansive, communicative, productive and profitable energy.

Mars is in a tense relationship with Neptune today. Mars and Neptune can support you to connect to your intuition or receive divine guidance so it would be a good day to do some light divination. We use this energy to drop in your body so we tend to whatever challenging energy you may find yourself dealing with today.

Mercury is in the sign of Sagittarius today. It can help you communicate what lights you up and it’s great for helping you vision the future which to me means, it’s a great day to pull out your art journal and paint, collage or draw images that capture how you want different areas of your life to look or feel like. We use this energy to imagine how you want an area of your life to look or feel like five years from now.

Friday

The moon is in a happy relationship with Uranus today.

Uranus wants to bring unexpected changes into your life to inspire you to awaken or grow emotionally and spiritually.

In this happy relationship with the moon it can mean happy surprises that are beneficial for you or the people you care about. Trust your intuition today, go with the flow and don’t hesitate to act on a whim if your heart is pulling you towards something.

Uranus energy wants excitement and change and it celebrates being different so this energy might also support you in loving yourself even when you don’t fit in. It’s stimulating, exciting and bubbly energy.

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

If you have joined the Moon Mapping Year and receive the MAP Your Mornings podcast, on Friday morning, the moon is in the last quarter phase. We work with the last quarter moon phase to celebrate how far you’ve come and acknowledge how much you’ve grown since the last new moon.

The moon moves into the sign of Virgo today. Virgo energy wants to help you find the most effective way of doing things. It brings practicality, attention to detail, a love of quality and precision but it can cause you to get lost in the details. We use this energy to consider what adjustments you want to make in your life.

The moon is in a tense relationship with Mars. This moon energy can also cause you to project your pain onto other people, take things personally or live from what Eckart Tolle refers to as your pain body. We use this energy to address inner wounds and emotional needs that might surface today.

The moon is in a happy relationship with Uranus today. Uranus wants to bring unexpected changes into your life to inspire you to awaken or grow emotionally and spiritually. In this happy relationship with the moon it can mean happy surprises that are beneficial for you. Trust your intuition today, go with the flow and don’t hesitate to act on a whim if your heart is pulling you towards something. We use the MAP Method to magnetize that exciting, adventurous, bold, self-accepting, fun and stimulating energy.

The moon is in a happy relationship with Pluto today. Pluto wants to illuminate what is hidden in your subconscious realm to help you transform. It can bring endings, new beginnings, deep spiritual growth and rebirth. We magnetize this deep, transformative, ancestral, wise, connected, receptive and intuitive energy.

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

The other energy we tend to is the energy of Venus moving into the sign of Sagittarius. Venus brings her attention on our relationships with ourselves, our relationships with others, our relationship with money and the pleasures and hobbies that make life wonderful for us. When Venus is in Sagittarius she brings flavors of discovery, hope, adventure and excitement to these areas of your life. We use the MAP Method to magnetize this encouraging, lively, expressive, exciting and forward-looking energy.

Mercury is in a happy relationship with Jupiter today. It’s a great day for looking ahead and thinking about your long-term or big picture goals. You’ll most likely be in the right frame of mind to see your true potential or the true potential of your business. We magnetize this harmonious, abundant, expansive, communicative, productive and profitable energy.

Mars is in a tense relationship with Neptune today. Mars and Neptune can support you to connect to your intuition or receive divine guidance so it would be a good day to do some light divination. We use this energy to drop in your body so we tend to whatever challenging energy you may find yourself dealing with today.

Mercury is in the sign of Sagittarius today. It can help you communicate what lights you up and it’s great for helping you vision the future which to me means, it’s a great day to pull out your art journal and paint, collage or draw images that capture how you want different areas of your life to look or feel like. We use this energy to imagine how you want an area of your life to look or feel like five years from now.

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

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

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