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Tarot Symbols for Self-Love

On the new moon, I started a journey in my art journal to deepen self-love. Every time the moon changes phase, I create a new page in my journal to further explore this theme. Here is a list of symbols I found in my tarot cards to enhance the self-love magic. You might want to include these images in your art journal pages about self-love too.

I am not an expert on tarot but I absolutely LOVE adding imagery from my tarot and oracle cards into my journal pages when I’m art journaling with the moon. I feel like adding imagery from my cards carries the energy and magic of the artists and writers who created them and, especially when using symbols from older tarot cards, from ancient witches and mystics.

A lot of the symbols used in tarot cards have old roots. You can find the same symbol, like pomegranate for instance, over and over again in western spiritual imagery. It boggles my mind to think of the artists that stretch across all time that have used symbols to represent similar spiritual ideas. The older roots of tarot help to weave the ancient magic of these symbols into my art rituals.

Here are four tarot cards I used as inspiration for symbols and imagery to deepen the self-love magic.

The High Priestess

The High Priestess’ element is water and her planet is the moon. Water and the moon relate to intuition, the feminine cycles, emotions and the rhythms of nature. I see The High Priestess relating to self-love in that she reminds me to look inward, deepen my relationship with my higher self and trust my intuition.

Some of the symbols that have been included in her card imagery include the pomegranate veil.

You can draw, collage the image of a pomegranate or cut the fruit in half and make a stamp of it in your moon art rituals when you want to represent immortality, the life and death cycle, the dark forces of the subconscious, the Great Goddess and the myth of Persephone.

The pomegranate speaks to me of self-love in that its symbolism brings to mind the magic of my giving nature and my spiritual gifts. In the pre-hellenic myth of Demeter and Persephone as described by Charlene Spretnak, Persephone isn’t taken to the underworld against her will.

As she gathers fruit and flowers with her mother,  Persephone sees the dead hovering around their earthly homes. They seem confused to her, as if they don’t know where to go now that they are no longer living. She tells her mother that the dead need someone to help them and she will be the one to do it. Demeter agrees because she knows Persephone is loving and giving and must do what she feels is right. Persephone leaves, becomes Queen of the Underworld and initiates the newly dead to their new world.

To me, a part of experiencing self-love is acknowledging my gifts and abilities even when others might not value or believe in the same things I do. Persephone symbolizes this for me so when I add the symbol or imagery of the pomegranate into my art rituals, I bring with it this meaning.

The High Priestess also contains the symbolism of the veil. You can draw or collage the image of a veil as a symbol for the otherworld or the world of spirit guides and angels or the realm beyond the material world. For me, I can use the veil as a symbol of self-love for similar reasons that I can use the pomegranate; it represents my connection to the spiritual world and when I love and appreciate myself, I feel grateful for my ability to play in these realms.

The Empress

The Empress, as a mother, represents the gateway to new life. One of her gifts is emotional support. If there is one thing I learned on the journey of self-love is how important emotional support is. I can’t truly love myself when I ignore, dismiss or reject my emotional needs.

In my patriarchal, western culture, emotional needs are seen as weak or frivolous but had my emotional needs been made a priority as a child, I would have developed a stronger sense of myself and a better self-esteem. I would have known I am important and my feelings matter. The Empress is like Divine Mother or the Great Mother or Mother Earth. She reassures me that my needs matter and there is a constant source of unconditional love available to me to help me meet those needs.

Some of the symbols that have been included in her card imagery are the pomegranate, roses, the crown and the scepter.

The crown and scepter are symbols I would use in my art rituals when I want to trust my boundaries, grow my sense of agency, feel secure in my own authority and remember I am the ruler of my own majestic self. They are also symbols I would use with consideration to their historical relationship to power.

Symbols linked to royalty are often marred by a history of a destructive relationship with power. It can bring to mind power over others and abuse of that power for personal gain. Considering I live in a colonized country, I think this is important to remember when using symbols associated to royalty. Kings and Queens have commanded atrocious acts to cultures they deemed inferior so personally, I wouldn’t depict a scepter in someone’s hands unless it was pointed to their own solar plexus or third eye for instance. When using the imagery of a scepter or a crown in my moon art rituals, I want to show how they symbolize power over my own shadows and gifts versus power over another.

Queen of Cups

The Queen of Cups carries similar energy as the Empress. She is another mother archetype who brings love and kindness. She emphasizes the gifts of compassion and high emotional intelligence. She is also connected to artists and healers. She is a sensitive and gifted empath. She is unafraid of intimacy because she knows how to set boundaries.

To me, she relates to self-love because I see her as someone who doesn’t feel ashamed of her sensitive nature. Instead she embraces it and cares for herself accordingly. She doesn’t apologize for having more needs than someone else. She doesn’t feel guilty for needing what she needs and she speaks up for what she needs and ensures the people around her understand her sensitive nature and respect the needs that naturally come with being an empath and having a highly sensitive nervous system.

Oh how I wish the Queen of Cups could have taught me how to live with my sensitive nature when I was a child! My body would be so much healthier and happier now.

One of the symbols that is often included in the Queen of Cups imagery is the crown.

As I mentioned earlier, the crown has a history with the abuse of power but it can also symbolize the magnificence of our divine nature which points to our worth. You are worthy for no other reason than you exist. You are good enough to be adored. Using the imagery of a crown speaks to be of owning my worth even when there are things I have done or mistakes I have made that I am ashamed of.

Strength

Strength is another card in the tarot that reminds me to turn to my higher self for guidance. It also encourages me to be assertive and firm. It teaches me I can be kind and compassionate but I also don’t need to be a pushover. I am entitled to be the leader in my own life.

The Strength card also reminds me I have the power to break bad habits and make choices that move my life in the direction I want to go. I’m stronger than I know, I can do hard things and I have the ability to face whatever challenges greet me in this life.

The symbols often included in this card are the infinity symbol and the lion.

The lion is a symbol of power, courage, majesty and leadership, enlightenment and turning your problems into opportunities. As a symbol of self-love it reminds me that these qualities exist within me.

The infinity symbol speaks of patience and eternity. As a symbol of self-love, it reminds me of my eternal nature. When I’m unhappy with myself or my inner critic is loud and unrelenting, I imagine all the other lives I’ve lived and all the other experiences my eternal divine higher self must have experienced and I remember I am far more magnificent than my inner critic perceives me as.

If you receive my Creative Moon Cycle Guides and started the self-love journey with me that began at the last new moon, I hope these cards inspired you with symbols you can add to your own art journal pages. Or, if these cards don’t speak to you of self-love, why not try pulling a few cards from your tarot deck that resonate with you more and weaving the imagery you find on them into your art rituals.

If you want to join me on these spiritual adventures using your art journal, sign up to my email list and every new moon, I’ll send you a Creative Moon Cycle Guide. Each guide enters around an emotional or spiritual theme and includes art journal prompts for every phase of the moon cycle, color inspiration, tips for what plant, animal or astrological magic to include in your art and notes that explain the important points about the new moon and the full moon in that particular moon cycle.

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

 

Resources

The Ultimate Guide to Tarot by Liz Dean

www.norakovats.com/blog/2020/3/10/the-pomegranate

Lost Goddesses of Early Greece: A Collection of Pre-Hellenic Myths by Charlene Spretnak

The Light Seer’s Tarot by Chris-Anne

The Beginner’s Guide to Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke

The Wild Unknown Tarot by Kim Krans

 

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On the new moon, I started a journey in my art journal to deepen self-love. Every time the moon changes phase, I create a new page in my journal to further explore this theme. These are my thoughts for the page I will create during the full moon. 

The Journey Begins

Oh self-love! What a life-long mess that is to unravel.

On the new moon, I embarked on the journey to deepen self-love with a page in my art journal that represents my intention of becoming more confident and believing in myself and my worth. I created the image of a pink moose in the sacred circle of the new moon and blessed the sides of my painting with moose tracks. I use the imagery of moose in my moon art rituals when I want to increase my self-esteem, recognize my worthiness and honor the gifts I bring to the world.

I believe radical self-love includes reparenting yourself. For this reason, during the waxing crescent moon, in the Creative Moon Cycle Guide I sent out and in which I listed out all the journal prompts for the moon cycle journey to deepen self-love, I asked us to create a page in our art journals that validated a difficult childhood experience we lived through but for which we never received the emotional care we needed. My subconscious must have really taken that prompt to heart because I actually ended up having a dream on the first night of the waxing crescent moon that was exactly in alignment with this prompt.

In my dream, I was five years old alone and scared in my bedroom, which is when and where a traumatic sexual trauma happened to me. In the dream, I called out to my three year old brother but he refused to help me. Normally, in my memories, this is when I would collapse and freeze. I’ve never been able to NOT freeze in this moment but in this dream my little inner child self thought to herself that if no one is going to save her than she was going to save herself so I screamed!

I screamed such a loud, high-pitched scream that the predator sitting on the edge of my bed disintegrated from the inside out and became white light. I woke up absolutely flabbergasted that I could feel so powerful.

When I sat down during the waxing crescent moon, I tried to capture the transformation and healing that came in my dream from using my voice.

On the first quarter moon the prompt was to show the unhelpful thoughts that swirl around my mind in the shadow of the moon and show the way I prefer to speak to myself in the light side of the moon. As I created my page, I remembered that the mean, judgmental voices are usually just trying to keep me safe but, nevertheless, I made a declaration. I declared that moving forward, I will be governed by a belief in myself and possibilities NOT in my need to play it safe.

On the gibbous moon, the prompt was to use my imagination to explore the qualities and strengths I might have had in a previous life and create a page that shows what I imagine some of these qualities to be. I had fun with this one. I LOVE the imagination. I allowed myself to believe I am far more than I think I am. I imagined I lived countless lives where I experienced a million different adventures and gathered limitless skills and gifts. What if I could call all these gifts back to me now in this life? So I painted me in the middle of the moon calling my ancient abilities to me on the web of life.

The Full Moon

I am now at the full moon part of my journey.  The full moon prompt asks me to create a page in me art journal that depicts an unhelpful habit or pattern I would like to release or surrender to the divine for healing.

Whew! That’s no small order.

But do not worry, according to the astrologers I follow, there are some really great astrological aspects to this full moon that support releasing a destructive habit.

For one, there’s an aspect with the planet Pluto and Pluto is associated with power. Pluto can help us see where our personal power is strong versus where we feel powerless in our lives. Destructive habits definitely feel like they zap me of my personal power so having the planet Pluto lending its supportive energy to this full moon is a welcome addition.

Secondly, there’s an aspect with Ceres. Ceres is considered a dwarf planet but I’ve also read about it referred to as an asteroid and I’m not an astrologist or an astronomer plus I don’t bogged down by details that don’t interest me so I can’t tell you what Ceres technically is referred to as but I can tell you what did interest me about it. The mythology is deeply meaningful to me as is the way it magnifies the mother archetype of this full moon.

I associate the mother archetype to the full moon phase plus the sign of Cancer is deeply connected to the mother archetype. The fact that this full moon in Cancer also has a relationship with Ceres – another mother archetype – has me paying attention to how the energy and symbolism of my inner mother along with the gifts and power of the Great Mother can support my moon art ritual for releasing an unhealthy habit.

The unhealthy habit I personally want to release during this full moon is feeling overwhelmed or like there isn’t enough time to do the things I want or need to do. This feeling brings with it a constant low-level anxiety that I notice runs in the background of my everyday experience. I’m highly sensitive and easily attuned to subtle energies. I don’t need my anxiety to run on high before it affects me so even a low-humming anxiety is worth tending to.

The relationship this full moon has to Ceres allows me to get curious and explore how my childhood relationship with my mother affects this unhealthy habit of feeling overwhelmed.

This full moon relationship to Ceres also allows me to embrace how I might call upon my inner mother or the Great Cosmic Mother to support me in releasing my unhealthy habit. When it comes to feeling overwhelmed, having a divine guide who can help me notice when it is happening would be helpful. In my moon art ritual, I want to invite the energy of the Great Cosmic Mother by painting imagery associated with Ceres.

I also think having divine support helping me to shift my perspective when I’m feeling overwhelmed will be helpful so along with helping me be attuned to my emotional and energetic experience, I’m going to ask the Great Cosmic Mother to lovingly reassure and encourage me with thoughts that soothe and comfort my anxious thinking. When I’m overwhelmed and anxious, I think things like; “There isn’t enough time.” “I won’t make it.” “There’s too much to do.” “My plate is too full.” “I’ll never finish on time.”

Finally, I’m going to ask for the Great Cosmic Mother to gift me with the powers of discernment and the ability to prioritize. I want the Great Cosmic Mother to help me discern what I must keep on my list of things that must be done and what I can let go or release so I don’t say yes to more than I can manage peacefully. I would also love her help in learning how to prioritize my time and my tasks so I don’t feel pressured when I create.

If you follow along in my monthly Creative Moon Cycle Guide and are also creating a page in your art journal to release an unhealthy habit, consider the following questions to help you use the most of this full moon magic:

  • How does your unhealthy habit make you feel powerless?
  • What inner power can you call on to help you break this unhealthy habit?
  • How did your childhood relationship with your mother affect the unhealthy habit you want to release?
  • How can your inner mother support you in breaking this unhealthy habit?
  • How can the Great Cosmic Mother or your spirit guides and angels support you in breaking this unhealthy habit?

Create

If you want to join me on these spiritual adventures using your art journal, sign up to my email list and every new and full moon, I’ll send you the Creative Moon Cycle Guide. Each guide enters around an emotional or spiritual theme and includes art journal prompts for every phase of the moon cycle, color inspiration, tips for what plant, animal or astrological magic to include in your art and notes that explain the important points about the new moon and the full moon in that particular moon cycle.

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

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

 

Resources

Intuitiveastrology.com

Foreverconscious.com

Darkastrology.com

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Every moon cycle I dedicate myself to a spiritual goal. On this new moon, I start the journey to clear ancestral money blocks. 

Reflect

I’m going on a spiritual adventure.

I’m not sure where it will lead. I don’t have a plan or a map. All I know is I’m feeling called to go where inspiration leads.

The adventure begins with the moon and my art journal

If you love the moon and you have an art journal, or you always wanted to start one, you are welcome to join me. You are also welcome to just tag along and read about it. You don’t have to participate to join me.

I can’t promise you it will be a happy, frolicking kind of adventure. The fact that we’re starting it in the energy of the Scorpio new moon should give you an indication that it won’t be a light and fluffy one.

On this adventure I will face darkness – my own and the collective’s.

This isn’t an easy thing to do.

It means facing grief and rage and shame. It means staring at ugly things without looking away.

On this adventure I will break apart and pieces of me will die.

This isn’t an easy thing to do.

It means changing even when its more comfortable to stay the same. It means feeling lost and confused. It means entering the void and forgetting who I am just so I can find myself new again.

But despite all this, here I go

Every time a moon cycle starts, I will use my art journal to go on a different spiritual adventure.

The adventure I feel called to go on during this particular moon cycle is the quest to Clear Ancestral Money Blocks.

This adventure begins on the new moon and every time the moon changes phases I will take another step on my quest until I reach the end of my spiritual adventure on the balsamic moon.

On the balsamic moon I will end one spiritual adventure and, hopefully, prepare myself for the next one.

And so the adventure begins on this Scorpio new moon with my desire to Clear Ancestral Money Blocks.

My Journal Page

I started my journey by inviting my ancestors to join me and learning a little about their history with money. I then created a page in my art journal to sum up my experience.

Sounds simple but it wasn’t.

It was really hard.

In fact, the page I created in my art journal is still hard for me to look at. I have it sitting in on my living room table and every time it crosses my path of sight, I look away. Its overwhelming. My stomach tightens in on itself and I cringe and shudder. When it comes to my ancestors’ history with money, there’s a lot to see.

But I’m going to break it down as best as I can.

If you look at the top right-hand corner of the art journal page I created for this new moon art ritual, you will see that a spider and her web lives there.

To me, spiders represent weaving the past and the future into the present to support me in creating the changes I want to see. The spider belongs on this page because I definitely want to see changes in my relationship with money.

Money has caused a lot of stress in my life. I’ve lost sleep over it. It has carried more emotional baggage than it should have. It has caused stress in the lives of people I love. At times I’ve avoided thinking about it, even when it was irresponsible of me to do so. I’ve felt shame for wanting it. I’ve felt shame for not having enough of it. I’ve blocked myself from earning it while at other times, pushed myself to earn more of it. I’ve allowed people to deny me of it because I believed being a good person meant sacrificing myself for others.

It’s a tangled topic and I’m hoping this moon cycle magic will help me unravel it. The spider is there on my page to declare that as my intention.

On my journal page, you can also see that the spider is sitting on a web. The web holds the most important meaning on this page for me. I see it as symbolic of the interconnectedness of all living things which is an intrinsic value I hold as an animist.

One of the hardest things about exploring my ancestral past is seeing how my values differ greatly from my ancestors over the last 2000 years. A great percentage of my ancestors hail from Normandy which is a part of northern France that is on the coast right across from the United Kingdom. The area was fought over many times and was under English control many times and at one point Christianity enters the area but before Christianity, Normandy’s cultural experience was that of the Celts, Gauls and Belgae.

This is important to me because it is the period when I most resonate with my ancestors’ spirituality.

2000 years is a long distance to travel to feel spiritually connected to my family.

Celtic spirituality practiced a form of animism. That’s far more my jam than the spirituality my recent ancestors practiced. Animism sees all things as alive and interconnected, as if a great spirit runs through all things and connects them all together. Animism is an earth-based spirituality. I feel connected to my spirituality when I see the life-force in all things and celebrate the changing seasons, the lunar rhythms and the movements in the night sky.

At first, the spider web on my journal page represented this spiritual connection with my ancient ancestors but after learning more about my ancestors’ history with money, it came to mean much more to me than that.

Before I sat down to do my moon art ritual and create this page in my art journal, I researched my ancestors’ history with money. What I learned could be summed up in the story of the beaver.

Most of my ancestors arrived on this land in the 1600s. They were here at the time when Samuel de Champlain was creating the colony that would be later recognized as Quebec. Some of my ancestors were even married in the first Notre Dame church that was erected there and some of my ancestors were traders that lived on the banks of the Saint Laurence river. They would acquire beaver pelts and send them to Europe. Europe had a high demand for beaver pelts since it had depleted its own beaver populations to near extinction.

Prior to contact with the Europeans, it is believed that North America was home to between 60 to 400 million beavers. As Leanne Betasamosake Simpson explained in her 2020 Kreisel Lecture, entitled A Short History of the Blockade: Giant Beavers, Diplomacy & Regeneration in Nishnaabewin, the beaver, or amikwag, plays an important ecological (and spiritual) role.

Amikwag build dams, dams that create deep pools and channels that don’t freeze, creating winter worlds for their fish relatives, deep pools and channels that drought proof the landscape, dams that make wetlands full of moose, deer and elk, food cooling stations, places to hide, and muck to keep the flies away. Dams that open spaces in the canopy so sunlight increases, making warm and shallow aquatic habitat around the edges of ponds for amphibians and insects. Dams that create plunge pools on the downstream side for juvenile fish, gravel for spawning, and homes and food for birds.

Despite its importance to the survival and well-being of the land and many other creatures, the North American beaver suffered the same fate as its European cousin. It was made into hats and accessories to supply Europe’s demand for more and became nearly extinct.

To hunt, kill and use a part of nature in the name of fashion, trade, wealth or profit to the point of extinction is cruel and stupid.

But this is part of my story and it is a story that continues to repeat itself.

When it comes to my ancestral money blocks, I feel like my new moon art ritual is asking me to consider what I’ve internalized from my colonial and capitalist past.

How much land, how many people and how many creatures get exploited in my desire to acquire more…more wealth, more land, more goods, more travel, more experiences?

Acquiring more without holding the web of life sacred seems destructive and ultimately ineffective.

How would my ancestral money story look different if holding sacred the interconnectedness of nature and all beings was more important than acquiring more?

Is it possible to have a relationship with money that is free of exploitation?

I don’t know the answers to these complicated questions but this is where my spiritual adventure begins.

I’m not sure where I’ll go next as I work with this moon cycle to clear my ancestral money blocks but I guess I’ll see what happens when the waxing crescent moon shows itself.

Create

If you want to join me on these spiritual adventures using your art journal, sign up to my email list and every new and full moon, I’ll send you a Creative Moon Guide with step-by-step instructions.

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

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

 

Resources

Connecting to Our Ancestral Past: Healing Through Family Constellations, Ceremony and Ritual by Francesca Mason Boring

Episode 14 of the Healing Justice Podcast “ Ancestral Healing for Anti-Racist White Folks” with Jardana Peacock and Kelly Germaine-Strickland

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/what-are-ancestral-money-blocks-plus-strategies-to-remove-them/

The Numinous Podcast Episode 154: Fuck Capitalism (But Wait – What is Capitalism Exactly?) with Toi Smith

Intuitiveastrology.com

Darkastrology.com

Witchipedia.com

The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells by Jukika Illes

American Capitalism: A History with Louis Hyman and Edward Baptist – Podcast

https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/exploration-settlement/new-france-new-horizons/Pages/departure.aspx

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/the-brilliance-of-the-beaver-learning-from-an-anishnaabe-world-1.5534706

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A summary of the phases of the moon for the upcoming week and the inner work and magic you can do in your art journal that corresponds with each phase

Sunday

 

The gibbous moon is in Pisces. The energy and light of the moon is growing and the full moon is near. You might feel more emotional or more sensitive today and this might feel frustrating but it is also beneficial. It makes it easier to be connected to your subconscious realm which allows you to release or process emotions more easily.

In your art journal, try closing your eyes and moving your pencil in one continuous line for a while. When you’re ready, open your eyes and look at what you drew. Let your mind go and try to find images in what you created. What messages from your subconscious mind do the images bring to mind?

Monday

The gibbous moon is now in Aries. The gibbous moon is a great time to focus on your heart chakra. Try creating a picture in your art journal using only the color green. Gather different tones and shades of green and as you are coloring or painting with the color green, reflect on what you would need in order to allow your heart to receive love more easily and freely.

Tuesday

The gibbous moon is still in Aries. Aries energy doesn’t like hiding truth. It prefers we confront our truth, however uncomfortable it may be. Create a page in your journal where you confront a truth about yourself that has been hard to accept. Explore how you can confront this truth with compassion and acceptance.

Wednesday

Depending on your time zone, the full moon may not officially start out in the sign of Aries but astrologically speaking it is considered an Aries full moon. In your art journal, focus on releasing aggression. What colors, shapes, lines and movement would you use to express and release any aggression you feel onto the page? Remember, it doesn’t have to look pretty. You’re just practicing and exploring.

Thursday

The full moon is in the earth sign of Taurus. Taurus energy is a great support for learning a new skill. Create a page in your art journal by watching an art tutorial video or by trying a new art skill that you learn from a book. Learn a new art skill then try it out.

Friday

The full moon is in Taurus for much of the day (depending on your time zone of course) but it does move to be void of course for the rest of the afternoon and evening. Times where the moon is void of course are great times to rest, rejuvenate and reflect. In your art journal, reflect on the intentions you planted at the new moon. What parts of your intentions have manifested in your life? What still needs to come to fruition? Is there anything you can do to support your intentions?

Saturday

The full moon is now in the air sign of Gemini. Gemini energy is great to express yourself. Dedicate a page in your art journal to expressing what you did not express this week. Where did you hold back from saying what you wanted to say? Where did you choose not to express yourself fully? How would you like to express yourself in the future? You can also concentrate on using the color blue on this page as blue is associated with the throat chakra – an energy center in our bodies that is said to hold blocks we carry about expressing ourselves.

A Little about Me

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

If you like art journaling with the moon, join me in my private Facebook community called ART JOURNALING WITH THE MOON FOR INTUITIVE HEALING. When you apply, you’ll be asked three simple questions and if you’re a good fit, you can join our circle of artists, healers, empaths and highly sensitive spirits.

Dana da Ponte

 

 

 

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A summary of the phases of the moon for the upcoming week and the inner work and magic you can do in your art journal that corresponds with each phase

Sunday

 

The waxing crescent moon is in the sign of Sagittarius.  In your art journal, draw a box. Outside the box, draw what freedom feels like to you. Inside the box, draw the things in your life that make you feel boxed in or trapped. When you are done, explore whether or not you can change or release anything that is making you feel boxed in.

Monday

The waxing crescent moon is still in the sign of Capricorn. Capricorn energy likes to look ahead, peer into the future and plan. In your art journal, if you haven’t done so yet, draw a tarot or oracle card (or both) for each month of the year in 2022. Lay them all out so you can see them all together. What impressions do you get from what you see? Draw and write about your impressions of 2022 in your art journal.

Tuesday

The moon moves from the waxing crescent phase to first quarter moon phase today. The first quarter moon helps us explore what it feels like to let go of the need for approval. Embrace the spirit of experimenting in your art journal today. Try a medium you’ve never tried before or blend colors you’ve never blended before or experiment with a new technique. Notice what it feels like to create without worrying about how others might judge you or your art.

Wednesday

The first quarter moon is in the sign of Aquarius. Aquarius energy likes to be innovative and think outside the box so it’s another good day to explore and try different things in your art journal. Draw something you’ve never drawn before or stretch yourself to watch a how-to-video and learn a new technique.

Thursday

The first quarter moon is still in the sign of Aquarius. Aquarius energy likes to consider how to make the world a better place. In your art journal, draw a prayer for the earth. Include gratitude for what you love about nature in addition to your wish for her future.

Friday

The first quarter moon is void of course most of the day then it moves into the sign of Pisces by the evening (in the mountain time zone). When the moon is void of course its a good time to go slow and relax. In your art journal, create something simple and repetitive that helps you relax. Dab paint in soothing colors. Fill a page with circles. Paint lines of rainbow color on the page. Don’t think about being productive or creating a finished piece. Just have fun doing whatever creative activity helps you relax and let go.

Saturday

The gibbous moon is in the sign of Pisces. A Pisces moon day is a great time to languish and focus on what brings you pleasure. In your art journal, be inspired by a favorite poem. Read the poem then create a page that reflects how the poem makes you feel.

A Little about Me

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

If you like art journaling with the moon, join me in my private Facebook community called ART JOURNALING WITH THE MOON FOR INTUITIVE HEALING. When you apply, you’ll be asked three simple questions and if you’re a good fit, you can join our circle of artists, healers, empaths and highly sensitive spirits.

Dana da Ponte

 

 

 

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