This December 2020 full moon journal page was created to help you release what you do not want to carry into the New Year.
I don’t know about you but moving into a New Year feels heavier this time. I’m an optimistic dreamer by nature. Usually, I enjoy thinking about my goals and dreams. This year is a little different. We’ve all been through a lot and if you’re like me, you might be finding it a little harder to muster up the desire to plan or dream. What’s the point if things are going to change so much anyway, right?
Well the point is nothing lasts forever – even the really hard times so let me share some optimistic signs about 2021.
The first one I want to remind myself and you of is a message my guardian angel Cassandra gave me a few years ago. She told me that in my lifetime, it will seem as if there are two realities happening at the same time. There will be a lot of destruction and chaos and it will be confusing and scary and challenging but there will also be more magic than ever before…more people achieving their wildest dreams, more people focused on building a better world, more people feeling like they can manifest their realities and the veil between our world and the world of Spirit becoming even thinner. There will be a lot of collapse on the planet but there will also be a lot of innovation, restructuring and revisioning.
When she explained this to me it came with a flood of emotions. I felt all the chaos and grief and pain and in the same moment I felt all the exuberance, magic and gratitude. The message has helped me to come to terms with the fact that for the rest of my life I’ll be facing a lot of difficult things I’ve never had to face before and the world might seem scary at times (nothing new here really) but things aren’t black and white and magic and light will exist right alongside the heaviness. Our ability to stay grounded and focus on love and light will be more important than ever. It’s not a time to stop dreaming. It’s a time to keep dreaming.
Her message wasn’t a message that said, “Hang on so you can get through this Dana.” Her message was more like, “Hang on because It’s going to get bumpy but don’t stop! Keep working your magic! It matters and you will now have more access to the invisible forces conspiring in your favor than ever before.”
Another optimistic sign about 2021 comes from astrology. I was listening to The Astrology Podcast the other day and they admitted that before they gave their year ahead forecast for 2020 they had to sit down together and discuss how much they wanted to share publicly. Astrologically speaking, things looked that grim for 2020. They were worried about sharing all the information because what if it caused everyone to feel discouraged or afraid. They weren’t wrong to worry but this year during their year ahead forecast for 2021 they felt more optimistic. They weren’t jumping up and down for joy over what the planets have to say about what’s coming in 2021 but they weren’t discouraged either. In fact, they said there are more things to be hopeful and welcoming of in 2021 than there were in 2020 especially because there are a couple planetary cycles that are going to be much nicer than anything we had in 2020.
They also described this New Year reset energy as being a lot stronger than usual. Culturally, we look at the New Year as a reset but that doesn’t always coincide with astrology. Just because we’re starting a new calendar year doesn’t mean we’re starting new cycles in the sky but this year is different. There’s a lot of newness in the skies…there are a lot of cycles ending and starting over in new energy so this whole New Year reset energy has a lot more supporting it than usual.
It’s the start of a new twenty year cycle and a new 200 year cycle. This means some of the changes we’re planning and building towards in the world that have to do with the 200 year cycle, we’re not going to have the chance to see or experience for ourselves in our lifetime. But the smaller twenty year cycle most likely will be so what you’re planning or putting your energy towards this year will carry forward with you into the next twenty years. Keep this in mind as you work on this full moon journal page. Take a moment to think in terms of what you want to build or create in the next twenty years…not just in the next year.
What direction do you want to travel? Are you afraid to move forward or can you trust yourself enough to take the next indicated step? And maybe, there are some big new steps you have to take as you move into this new 20 year cycle. Let’s use this full moon journal page to clear as many obstacles as we can so you can move forward in joy with grace and determination.
If you are like me and this full moon journal page is a good start but you want to spend more time dreaming and visioning and planning, you might enjoy the magical virtual painting retreats I am hosting in January.
If you are not on my email list and haven’t received this month’s moon page, visit my homepage and sign up. You’ll receive a link where you can download the hand-drawn page I created for this particular moon. Print it, grab a tea and a cozy blanket, get comfortable then follow the instructions below.
If moon rituals are familiar to you, prepare your sacred space and invite Spirit to join you in whatever way works best for you.
If, however, you are new to moon rituals, I’ve included a quick guide to the steps I follow to prepare for my moon rituals in a past blog post. Take a look at it before moving forward.
Print out the December full moon journal page and gather your pencil crayons or paint.
Start by thinking about what the next twenty years and the New Year. What are some of the experiences you imagine having in the next twenty years? What kind of experiences can you imagine that would light you right up? Try to stretch your imagination here. Think of something you would think is fantastic and wonderful then ask yourself what would make that experience even more fantastic and wonderful. You might even want to draw a timeline. I find this helpful in stretching my imagination. Start the timeline at your birth and carry it out as far into the future as you want to. Write down significant events from your past on the timeline then pause and place the things you want to happen in the future on your timeline too. It’s a great visual exercise that helps your imagination to see into the future.
When you have an idea of the kind of experiences you want to create in your future, think about what can happen in the New Year to support your vision. What kind of goals could you set that would be helpful? What kind of habits or routines could you start that would help move your life in the direction you want to go?
Finally, look at your timeline and think about the issues in your relationships or emotional well-being that held you back in the past and that might continue to hold you back in the next year? On the blank tags, write the issues that you would like to release with the energy of this full moon.
Imagine that the hands that are holding the antler with your tags will be taking the tags away into the woods. She will pray over them for you and make sure your intentions to release these things reach the forces conspiring in your favor.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.