This month’s journal page was created to help you explore your inherent worthiness.
I associate the full moon with the Mother archetype. One of the aspects of the Mother archetype is the way she cares for others but the wise inner mother also knows the importance of nurturing her own body, heart, mind and spirit. She knows taking time to meet her own emotional and spiritual needs is a necessity because we can’t give when we are depleted.
You may not have had a healthy relationship with your own parents but you can always become the parent you always wanted and learn to reparent yourself in the exact ways you most desire to be cared for.
Many of my clients relate to feeling unworthy. I do too. Last year, I kept receiving the message from spirit that it was time to open my heart to receive and feel worthy but for the longest time I didn’t know how to do that. I didn’t know how to go from feeling unworthy to feeling worthy. I finally realized that learning how to be constant, warm, forever welcoming, gentle and kind and committed to giving my heart exactly what it needs in the moment it needs it is how I learn I am worthy of love and good things happening to me. I teach myself I am worthy by reparenting myself with love and kindness.
Imagine a magnificently comforting energy of love that knows how to nurture you so you feel safe and supported. Imagine that love lives inside your heart and is always accessible to you. That love is the light in your darkness, the peace in your pain and the power you can draw on when you feel powerless. Personally, I define that love as the Great Mother or the Divine Mother and I know that she and I are one.
She holds the Universe in her womb and the Earth in her heart. She is the dirt and the trees, the river and the moon. She is your provider, your protector and your cheerleader. She births life and knows the profound joy in creating what comes from the heart. She wants only to support you in feeling worthy of creating the kind of life your heart longs to enjoy.
She whispers to your heart in your sleep and says,
- Your needs are important to me.
- I will keep you safe.
- I am here for you.
- I see you.
- You are special to me.
- You can rely on me.
- I will support you.
- You are cherished.
- I will help you.
- You can rest in me.
This list of beautiful nurturing expressions was created from a similar list in “The Emotionally Absent Mother” by Jasmin Lee Cori. When I read her list, it changed my life. It spoke to a deep emptiness inside me that did not always receive these messages as a child – not just from my mother but from all the adults in my life who had been raised in as emotionally unaware environments as I was.
What’s one thing you can do this month to treat yourself with kindness and love? On this month’s moon page, choose one of the messages from above and commit to starting a new habit or doing one thing consistently for the month of October that will speak to your heart and teach it that you are indeed worthy of the good things you want to create in your life.
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 October full moon journal page and gather your pencil crayons or paint.
As you color the image, you will notice it includes certain symbolism. There is a stag, a frog, roses, a sunflower, star anise, apples and acorns. The stag teaches wisdom over aggression. The frog brings the energy of transformation and, if you’re familiar with my moon pages, you know there are usually roses included because they represent Divine Mother which obviously was an energy I wanted to pull in to this particular moon page. The sunflower brings in positivity and the energy of the sun. I drew star anise because its one of my favorite spices and inspires clairvoyance and the apples bring healing. Finally, the acorns symbolize security which is something I think we experience when we realize we are safe to receive.
Scroll down and you’ll see I also created a few color palettes as inspiration for your moon page this month. I love color palettes and collect them on my Pinterest page. I wanted to create some of my own because I love the idea of supporting the emotional and spiritual work we’re doing with color. Pick your favorite palette, collect the pencil crayons, markers or paints you own that match those same colors then use them to complete your moon page.
When you are done coloring your page, write your full moon commitment in the circle. Describe one small act or habit you promise to do for yourself to teach yourself that you are indeed worthy of love and goodness.
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.