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How to Achieve Your Goals When You're a Highly Sensitive Person

This one practice will help you stay anchored to your goals.

TURTLE FAST OR TURTLE SLOW

I live in Alberta, Canada and according to the Alberta Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy, the Painted Turtle is the only turtle species native to Alberta. They hang out in ponds, marshes, lakes, ditches and slow-moving streams with soft, sandy or muddy bottoms. Personally, I have never seen one but as a highly sensitive person, I often look to turtles as a way to better understand myself.

Western Painted Turtles struggle in Alberta because they lose their habitats when wetlands are drained and roads are constructed. They are also more prone to predators during droughts and we tend to have more of those now. Water pollution and release of exotic turtles into the wild by humans who no longer want to take care of their pets also challenge their population.

I assume that, like us, in ideal conditions they thrive but meeting their needs and creating those ideal conditions is not easy and frankly, not always possible.

As an empath or a highly sensitive person, you face your own set of challenges when you want to achieve a goal. Your nervous system processes information more deeply than most people and that causes you to become overwhelmed more often than most. It is very difficult to stay focused on your goals when you feel overwhelmed.

In my practice, I notice that when empaths and highly sensitive people don’t understand this about themselves, they compare themselves to other people and expect that their journey to achieving their goals should be the same – but it’s not.

When you expect yourself to be able to achieve your goals in the same way, you don’t take your unique needs and challenges into consideration and you beat yourself up when you can’t meet your own expectations. You want to be functional and productive but you lose motivation and energy more easily when you’re not tending to your emotional needs.  You think you’re too lazy or you question yourself and wonder whether or not what you want to achieve is even possible for you or you think you should be different and end up being at war with yourself.

It’s how I imagine a turtle might feel if it expected itself to be a rabbit.

The Painted Turtle moves slowly when its on land but in water it can reach speeds up to 20 mph. That’s a significant difference!

What if, as an empath or a highly sensitive person, you’re a little like a turtle and you need to take the spiritual properties of water into consideration when you’re trying to achieve your goals?

Spiritual Properties of Water

In my spiritual practice, I see the element of water as the realm of emotions. Someone who understands how to meet their emotional needs achieves their goals like a Painted Turtle swims in a lake. Someone who doesn’t understand what their emotional needs are or how to meet them achieves their goals like that same turtle waddling in the forest.

One of the most important emotional needs empaths and highly sensitive people have is that they must REGULARLY process, transmute and release the emotions and/or energy they absorb.

I capitalized the word ‘regularly’ for a reason. It’s where I see most empaths and highly sensitive people get stuck. They assume that since they processed a big emotional experience at one time or another they are good. They forget it’s a forever kind of practice. As an empath or a highly sensitive person, processing, transmuting and releasing your emotions or the energy you absorb is a daily practice, like brushing your teeth. Your teeth aren’t going to stay strong and clean just because you brushed them that one time a few months ago. The motivation and energy you need to achieve your goals isn’t going to remain strong and clear just because you saw a therapist once upon a time.

Empaths and highly sensitive people are more easily bogged down by energy and emotional information – and I don’t just mean their own. You can be an emotional empath that absorbs other people’s thoughts and emotions. You can be a physical empath that can feel in your body where another person’s body is sick or not doing well. You can be an empath that picks up all the subtle energy in spaces, nature or the environment. You can be a plant empath that can sense what trees and plants need. You can be an animal empath that is deeply connected to and influenced by how animals feel. You can be an intuitive empath that just starts downloading information about a person’s life and past just by looking at them.

All this information affects your body. Empaths and highly sensitive people have to deal with the normal every day emotional challenges that arise in their own lives like the emotional roller coaster rides that come with being in a relationship and raising children and striving to achieve career goals but they have the added burden of having to feel, sort through and release everything they absorb from the emotional roller coaster rides everyone else in their life are on as well.

So yeah, feeling motivated and ready to tackle the To Do list gets a little more challenging for empaths and highly sensitive people.

We can’t just push through, shut down, check out, self-medicate, avoid, numb out or look for physical solutions to solve emotional problems. It may work in the short term but it never works over time. (And truthfully, it doesn’t even work in the short term because it ends up putting too much stress on the body.)

These are some of the things I do to ensure I’m processing, transmuting or releasing the emotional information I regularly absorb. Whether or not you do these things, find a regular emotional release practice that works for you.

You’ll know your emotional release practice works for you because your body will show you that it works. You’ll feel more focused, clear, certain and you’ll have more energy, be more motivated, have a greater capacity to handle setbacks and disappointments and you’ll have a higher tolerance for the challenging emotions that arise in day to day life.

You’ll know you’ve neglected your emotional release practice or you need to devote more time to processing, transmuting or clearing your energy and emotions when you feel scattered, lost, uncertain, confused, overwhelmed, distracted, overly emotional, unmotivated, lethargic, anxious or when you start to procrastinate, fall into addictive behaviors, spiral into negative thinking or feel stuck and unable to move forward no matter how hard you try.

Make It a Regular Practice

To stay anchored to your goals, find the emotional release practices that work for you and make them a regular practice. Do them even when you don’t feel like you have to. It’s like exercise for the body that way. You do it even when you feel good so that you avoid emotional build up. I know when I feel good, I tend to drop some of my regular emotional release practices and I always pay for it in the end so don’t do that. Try your best to stay on top of your emotional needs by visiting them regularly.

If you need help doing this and you’re an empath or highly sensitive person who has a goal of building a business, I created the HIGHLY SENSITIVE ENTREPRENEURS CLUB to support you. I want to help you stay anchored to your business goals so you make those great BIG strides you and your business deserve to make this year. Come check it out because the doors close September 14th, 2021. You can click here to find out more.

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

 

 

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If you’re feeling stuck or stagnant, this will help.

IT’S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY

In my studio, I have a shelf made of long thick slabs of wood held firm to the wall with some braces and a couple silver chains.

I love this shelf.

It’s handmade by my husband. He took the time to paint the thick slabs of wood white because he knows how much I want a white studio but can’t yet afford to remodel.

I feel loved when I look at that shelf. It’s a formidably long shelf that takes up the whole wall so each row can hold a lot of art supplies. The first row is my favorite. On that shelf are baskets and baskets of paint. Each basket is labeled by color and filled with little containers of paint.

I love those colorful containers. Even the name printed on each color makes me happy; lavender, chocolate, sour apple and carousel pink. True blue, moon yellow, midnight green, grape juice, soft black, driftwood, morning mist, grey storm and honey brown. They sound delicious and playful and moody.

I especially love when I choose a color, pop the top and watch the milky color pool on my palette. It has a glossy shine to it that never lasts after it dries on the page.

I’m always disappointed when I find just the right color, pop the top and tip the plastic bottle over expecting that glossy goodness to come pouring out and instead…nothing. I try to squeeze the bottle to push the paint out. Most times that works but sometimes I squeeze and press and squash and crush that little bottle trying to coax the paint but still…nothing.

This happens because what is left of my precious paint has dried.

The lid was open just a slit and the air ruined my paint or, more sad to me, I didn’t use it soon enough.

Sometimes I fear all my little bottles will dry up because I didn’t use them soon enough.

Being a highly sensitive person living with a chronic illness means I have periods of time where I’m stuck. I can’t do what I want to do so dinner dates are canceled, clients are rescheduled, parties are missed and paint dries up.

I get stuck sometimes because my body is reacting in a way that makes me unable to function but I also get stuck because I have a big emotional experience that I haven’t yet digested.

Deep feelers have big emotional experiences. Big emotional experiences are like eating oversized plates crammed full of food…they take longer to digest.

It took me many years to realize not everyone experiences the world in this way. Most people walk away from an experience carrying small plates with cute little bite-sized pieces of food. They don’t get overwhelmed by emotions they can’t digest.

Then there are the deep feelers of the world or the highly sensitive people with a history of trauma. They can be at the very same place at the exact same time as all the other people with their cute little plates but they walk away having to carry a massive plate with a mountain of emotions that they then have to figure out how to breakdown and digest.

Highly sensitive people absorb more emotional and energetic information from the spaces they occupy and the people around them. 

It’s exhausting.

It’s also magical and nuanced and deeply flavorful and profound.

But on my bad days when I feel stuck it’s annoying and exhausting.

I started the New Year in an emotionally clear place where I had the energy and the space to push myself to grow. I stretched past a lot of discomfort in an attempt to bust through a long standing negative pattern I have been dealing with for many years.

It worked. I made it to the other side. I celebrated a kind of success I couldn’t reach before. It was thrilling but it was also a lot for my nervous system to process. I got stuck. I couldn’t stretch myself anymore. I had to slow down. I couldn’t move forward.

I’ve been stuck for the last three months. I really shouldn’t say stuck. It feels like being stuck but I know deep down what I’m really doing is recovering and digesting.

I’m not going to lie, I find this part of the process annoying. I don’t want to have to recover or worse, digest my emotional experience. I just want to move forward. I want to move on to the next adventure and when I was younger I’m sure I would have but I’m older now and I know all too well how pushing past my emotional experience and ignoring my body’s limitations only hurts my body and gives my future self more emotional work to do and I don’t want to do that anymore because it’s mean and inconsiderate and ultimately, ineffective.

So my paints can dry out if they have to.  I will pause and look back over the first half of the year and break down the emotions I couldn’t digest while I was going through it.

If you’re feeling stuck, you might want to do the same – look back over the year and process the emotions you didn’t have time to digest yet – and the season we’re in right now is the perfect time to do this.

Sunday will be August 1st which, on the Wheel of the Year, holds a holiday called Lammas or Lughnasadh. It’s a time halfway between the summer solstice and the fall equinox where we celebrate the first harvests. It’s a time when the days are noticeably becoming shorter.

Traditionally, this holiday celebrated harvesting the grain infused with the power of the Sun God. The grain was ground and baked into bread which was blessed.

Having Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (or McAss as it is lovingly referred to in my home)  means I can’t digest grains so I prefer to celebrate this time of year with gratitude for the fresh fruits that grow and ripen in the sun. Imagine all the sun power that is infused within each bite of juicy fruit you eat!

In my art rituals at this time of year, I blend the colors of summer and fall together in my pieces – vibrant greens and yellows and the bright colors of fresh fruit beside deep reds and spicy oranges.

This holiday corresponds with the disseminating moon which interestingly enough is actually the phase the moon is in this week. In the creation process, it’s the time where you look back on the seeds of intention you planted and you take note of what happened.

Did your intentions manifest?

What did you end up creating in your life?

What did you learn?

Questions to Ponder

Here are some questions to help you explore your inner world in the natural rhythm of the season.

  1. What are you proud of yourself for doing or saying since the New Year?

  2. What didn’t go as planned?

  3. If you could travel back to January, what would you tell yourself?

  4. What is your biggest lesson since January?

  5. From now until the end of the year, what do you want to invest less time in?

  6. From now until the end of the year, what do you want to invest more time in?

  7. If you could wave a magic wand and have everything be exactly as you want it to be, what would change in your life from now until the end of the year?

For Those Who Don’t Want to Go It Alone

In the Moon Mapping Year, I use this time of year to take you on a journey of reviewing the year and deciding how you want the rest of the year to unfold. I then teach your subconscious mind how to clear the memories and beliefs you carry that are not in agreement with your goals. How can you get where you want to go if you stay stuck or sabotage yourself? The inner work is crucial – especially when you’re a deep feeling creative person.

If you’re a highly sensitive person who could use support clearing blocks and moving forward, I highly suggest checking out the Moon Mapping Year. Together, we’ll do the deep inner work in alignment with the rhythms found in nature and the lunar cycles. You can check out the Moon Mapping Year here.

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

 

 

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Based on natural rhythms and lunar cycles, this is a list of times I think it would be great to connect with your angels and spirit guides.

IT’S OKAY TO PRETEND

Connecting with my angels and spirit guides is something I do on a daily basis but sometimes there are special moments I like to take advantage of because they naturally lend themselves to being in liminal space. This is my list of those dates.

You might want to make note of these dates in your calendar so you remember to carve a few quiet moments to yourself to connect to Spirit in whatever way works best for you.

If you’re new to connecting to Spirit, there is no need to make it complicated. Light a candle, have your writing journal with you, ask your angels to be with you then write a letter to them describing the issues you are struggling with in your life and where you would love some support or help.

When you are done, flip the page, ask your angels to guide your thoughts and words and pretend you’re answering the letter. It doesn’t matter if it’s all in your imagination. Just write whatever comes to mind. Don’t worry about whether or not it’s real. Instead, ask yourself if it’s helpful or not and if you’re brave enough, just let yourself play and pretend. You might be surprised by the wisdom you find.

Dear Angels,

Thank you for being with me tonight. I notice I’m doubting whether or not you are really here but I’m just going to pretend you are for now, ok?  I’m writing you this letter because I’m feeling scared of the changes I need to make in my life. My heart is pulling me in a new direction and I trust it but the changes scare me. Do you have any advice?

ANOTHER WAY TO USE THESE DATES

If you’re like me and you like to plan ahead, you might also want to use these dates to choose a good time to book a professional reading. If you’re looking for information about the future, you might want to book a psychic reading. If you’re looking to connect with a loved one who has crossed over, look for a medium. If you want to tune in to the realm of Spirit Guides and Angels and listen for any messages you are meant to receive at that time in your life, you might want to book an Intuitive Reading here with me.

In celebration of Mother’s Day and anyone who needs a little divine mothering (don’t we all these days), you will receive $40 OFF when you book an Intuitive Reading with me before Monday, May 10 and enter the coupon code “motherme” upon checkout.

My calendar fills up quickly but if you’re someone who plans ahead, I would pick a date from the suggestions below, book the session today and take advantage of this sale. Then when that magical time comes, the angels will be ready waiting for you. You can plan ahead and book an Intuitive Reading here.

Dates to Consider

Your Birthday

Let’s start with an obvious one. The day you entered this world is pretty momentous and taking some time on that special day to connect with Spirit and ask if there are any messages you need to hear is a magical addition to your day.

Here are some questions you might want to ask Spirit on your birthday.

Is there something you’d like me to know or see today?

Is there an area of my life that needs my attention but has escaped my notice lately?

Is there something I can do to be one step closer to my dreams or goals?

What would you like to see me do before my next birthday?

Is there anyone in the realm of Spirit who wants to share a birthday message with me?

Do you have any gifts you’d like to share with me? 

Do I have any gifts that I’m not seeing clearly yet?

New and Full Moons

The bright and round full moon and the dark and hidden new moon have a couple things in common. They both happen when the earth and the sun and the moon are aligned and they are both great times to connect to Spirit.

Here are the rest of the full and new moon dates in 2021. Book a reading on or near these days or take out your journal and ask Spirit the questions that are most on your heart.

Year Ahead Readings

If you like to check in with Spirit and see what the next year has in store for you, plan ahead and book a reading in the month of December. I love year ahead readings. They are some of my favorite readings to offer. If you like these too, you can book a reading in December here.

Alternatively, you can pull a tarot and an oracle card for each month of the coming year and make a note of what comes up. I do this every year as well.

Halloween and Samhain

The last week of October and the first week of November is another great time to book a reading or communicate with Spirit. The veil between our world and the world of Spirit is thin at this time. The energy all around us supports connecting with Spirit and our ancestors.

The Anniversary of the Day Someone You Love Passed Away

Depending on your grieving process, you might feel supported when you book a reading or communicate with Spirit on the death anniversary of a loved one. This obviously wouldn’t feel helpful to everyone but I know booking a reading or communicating with my angels on the death anniversary of my grandmothers feels magical and loving to me.

I hope these dates help you remember to carve time out of your busy life to slow down and check in with Spirit every now and again. A magical conversation with your Spirit Guides and Angels can support you in so many ways.

As I mentioned earlier, in celebration of Mother’s Day and anyone who needs a little divine mothering (don’t we all these days), you will receive $40 OFF when you book an Intuitive Reading with me before Monday, May 10th and enter the coupon code “motherme” upon checkout.

My calendar fills up quickly but if you’re someone who plans ahead, I would pick a date from the suggestions above, book the session today and take advantage of this sale. Then when that magical time comes, the angels will be ready waiting for you. You can plan ahead and book an Intuitive Reading here.

with love,

Dana da Ponte

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This is an art ritual I created specifically for the full moon in April 2021. It was created with the intention of helping you receive a message from Spirit about shining your light in the world.

Reflect

The full moon is a great time to connect to Spirit and ask if there are any messages you need to receive. With this art ritual, you will take a few sacred moments to find out if Spirit has any wisdom or advice to offer.

When I connect with Spirit and the angels for my clients, I don’t use tools but I’ve always wanted to. I like tools. My grandmother used to read tea leaves at her local church bazaar. It reminded me of stories of scrying for messages in a crystal ball or a cauldron full of water.

Scrying is the art of looking at an object or reflective surface and hoping for messages to appear. It’s a little like staring at the clouds and waiting to see what kind of images you can pick out. Like any form of divination, you can do it with the intention of receiving messages from Spirit or just to receive inspiration from your own imagination. The best results happen when you’re relaxed and you enter that state that feels a little like zoning out.

A few years ago, I came up with my own form of scrying using water and diluted inks. If you’ve played with watercolors, acrylic paints or inks before, you know that placing a drop of watery paint on a wet surface causes the paint to disperse in spontaneous ways. Scrying in this way is looking at the abstract patterns and shapes that form in the dried paint until you see symbolic images appear. The shapes don’t have to look exactly like the object that comes to mind. It’s more about trusting what your mind comes up with than it is about accurately finding images that really exist in the dried paint.

The first step is seeing the images but the next step is interpreting what you saw to find the meaning of the message. The answers might come to you right away or it might take some time to realize what the meaning of the message is which is why it’s helpful to write down everything you see.

I take you through this process step-by-step below.

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

Create

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

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

We are entering the peak of spring. It’s a great time to honor the sun, surround yourself with flowers and beckon summer. I’m in need of the sun, the moon and a lot of play. To start, I’ll be cleaning my altar and adding lavender for ease and grace, roses for my love of the Great Mother, beeswax candles to call in the magic of the bees and to have fire to honor the sun, a bouquet of fresh flowers, honey because I’m wishing for more sweetness in my life, selenite towers to keep the energy clear, tiny little wishes wrapped in tiny little paper for the fairies, a couple prayers of passion for my husband and I, the cute sock monkey toy that represents my son surrounded by roses to wish him feelings of love and goodness and coins because I’m growing money and power in my imagination.

The final touch I will include is a bouquet of flowers that remind me of the sun because the sun is a powerful symbol for confidence, being bold and giving yourself permission to shine and stand in your power.

Let’s channel this sun energy in this month’s full moon art ritual by scrying for messages using yellow, orange and red paints.

Below are the step-by-step instructions of this ritual in a format you can print for your convenience.

If you do perform this ritual publicly or share photos of the ritual or perform the ritual with a group, please respect the work of this artist and creator by mentioning the source and/or providing a link back to this original post. Also, if you end up performing this ritual, I’d love to see what you completed. 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.

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

April 2021 Full Moon Art Ritual
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Moon Phase: Full Moon
Suggested Month: Any spring month
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A full moon art ritual to help you receive messages about shining your light in the world.
Supplies
  • inks, acrylic paints or watercolors in yellow, orange and red
  • water
  • compass for drawing circles
  • paintbrush or dropper
  • art journal page or watercolor paper
  • paint cups to mix the paint when you dilute it
  • white wax crayon or masking fluid
Directions
  1. Set a sacred space and prepare for your art ritual.
  2. Choose a page in your art journal or cut a square of watercolor paper.
  3. Draw a circle with a compass on your paper. Make sure it fills about ¾ of the page. You want to leave room to write later.
  4. Have three small paint holders or cups. Fill each half way with water. Add a drop of yellow to one of the paint holders, a drop of orange to another and a drop of red to the last one.
  5. Mix each cup so the color is vibrant but diluted.
  6. Follow the outer line of your circle with your white wax crayon or your masking fluid. This is to prevent the water and the paint from seeping past the outer edges of your circle.
  7. Wet the inside of the circle with water.
  8. Dip your paintbrush or dropper into the yellow paint.
  9. With your paintbrush or dropper, drop watery yellow paint onto the water surface.
  10. Watch the drops of yellow paint spread. Let this layer dry.
  11. Once the yellow paint is dry, wet the circle again.
  12. Dip your paintbrush or dropper into the orange paint.
  13. With your paintbrush or dropper, drop watery orange paint onto the water surface.
  14. Watch the drops of orange paint spread. Let this layer dry.
  15. Once the orange paint is dry, wet the circle again.
  16. Dip your paintbrush or dropper into the red paint.
  17. With your paintbrush or dropper, drop watery red paint onto the water surface.
  18. Watch the drops of red paint spread. Let this layer dry.
  19. Now for the fun scrying part of the moon art ritual. Relax your mind as you stare at the colors in the circle. Be like a child looking up at the clouds and imagining they see shapes and animals. What images, shapes or symbols do you see forming in your circle?
  20. Draw arrows from the places where you see something then describe what you see and the message that image might be sharing with you.
  21. When you are done capturing the images you see, consider all the messages you received. What do you think Spirit was wanting you to know about shining your light into the world?
  22. End with a prayer of gratitude.
Notes
Thank you for honoring my work and creativity. The photos of this craft and/or art ritual and content above are copyright protected. Please do not use the photos without prior written permission or without a link back to this blog post. If you wish to share this art based ritual, please provide a link back to this post on my blog. And if you like this art based ritual but want to make changes to it, please do so in your own words and link this post for credit. Thank you!

 

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This is an art ritual I created specifically for the new moon in April 2021. It was created with the intention of helping your claim your destiny.

Reflect

This particular new moon has a lot of new beginnings energy surrounding it. In western astrology it is considered to be an Aries new moon. Aries is the first sign in the Zodiac and it is a fiery, independent sign. It is the fire in your heart you feel when you are deeply passionate about something. It is the will that rises from your belly when you refuse to give up. Aries energy wants to take action. It doesn’t just want to just sit around and dream about something. It wants to be bold and brave. It knows you have what it takes to create the kind of world you dream of.

I wanted to tap into that daring energy for this moon ritual by creating a process you can use to claim your destiny. Many years ago, my guardian angel Cassandra taught me a very important lesson. She explained how, when working with Spirit, it was important to be both directive and receptive.

In my work, I’ve noticed people expect to be receptive when working with Spirit. They concentrate on trying to receive messages from Spirit which is helpful and very much an important skill to develop but your relationship with Spirit isn’t just receptive. Spirit isn’t just there to send you messages. They are also there to support you in creating. You are a creator. A creator must choose what they want to create.

I remember when I was lost and wondering what my purpose was I turned to Spirit and asked to be shown my purpose. Spirit turned right back around and asked me questions instead. What lights you up? What makes you happy? Do you know what makes your heart sing? They then explained that my answers would be found by trusting what makes me happy and asking for more of that to be created in my life.

That is a more directive way of working with Spirit. You look inside your heart of hearts and you trust what it wants. Then you ask Spirit for help bringing more of that into your life but you are the captain of the ship. Spirit is just the wind in your sails. If you don’t captain your ship and instead you sit there and wait for someone to show you the way or make the decisions for you, your experience of working with Spirit will probably be frustrating because you’re not directing the ship. You’ll just wander from place to place. Instead, figure out where you want to go then ask for Spirit’s help to get there.

 

Create

To help you play with the idea of being more directive, I created this moon art ritual for the April new moon. I thought of how destiny is this force we perceive as outside of ourselves but what if we decided to claim our destiny – or at least the parts of it we can control. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we are not in control of all things at all times but that doesn’t mean we have no control.

For this art ritual, let’s imagine we have more control over our future than we ever imagined. Let’s pretend we are palm readers and as we look at the lines in the palm of our hands we see our dreams coming true.

What would each line say about your future?

Below are the step-by-step instructions of this ritual in a format you can print for your convenience.

If you do perform this ritual publicly or share photos of the ritual or perform the ritual with a group, please respect the work of this artist and creator by mentioning the source and/or providing a link back to this original post. Also, if you end up performing this ritual, I’d love to see what you completed. 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.

with love,

Dana da Ponte

 

April 2021 New Moon Art Ritual
Author: 
Moon Phase: New Moon
Suggested Month: Any
Prep time: 
Performance time: 
Total time: 
 
A moon art ritual to help you claim your destiny on the new moon.
Supplies
  • ink
  • watercolors or acrylic paints
  • black acrylic paint
  • dish soap
  • paintbrush
  • art journal page or 1 square of watercolor paper (I cut mine to each be 8″ x 8″)
  • compass
  • pencil
Directions
  1. Set a sacred space and prepare for your art ritual.
  2. Choose a page in your art journal or cut a square of watercolor paper.
  3. Draw a circle with a compass on your paper. Make sure it is large enough to fit the palm of your hand.
  4. Paint a light background.
  5. Dip your brush in paint or ink and draw counter clockwise circles along the outside of the circle. As you draw your counter clockwise circles think of the negative thoughts, beliefs or emotional triggers you want to release and let go.
  6. Call in the four directions and the 4 elements and anyone from your Spirit team you want to invite to support you by drawing symbols of them around the outer edges of your paper.
  7. Create a boundary around your circle by embellishing or defining the outer edge of the circle in some way. I dipped rope in black paint mixed with moon water and pressed the rope along the outer edges of the circle to make a print of the rope. Then I drew a snake body around it.
  8. Mix a little black acrylic paint with a bit of dish soap. This will help it wash off easier.
  9. Paint the palm of your hand.
  10. Press the palm of your hand inside your circle so you have a print of your palm.
  11. Highlight the most prominent lines on the palm of your hand by painting them with a bright color.
  12. Now for the fun part (as if getting your hands dirty wasn't already fun). Pretend you are a palm reader who is studying the lines and decide what you want each line on your palm to mean about your future.
  13. Make fantastically wild and magnificent predictions that describe your dreams coming true.
  14. Draw an arrow to each line and beside it write your prediction.
  15. End with a prayer of gratitude.
Notes
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