A Pisces new moon activity to help highly sensitive mothers discover a memory or belief standing between them and their dreams or goals
Mermaids and Dark Waters
There’s something tantalizing about mermaid myths. I especially enjoy stories that describe mermaids singing a spell over fishermen and luring them into deep waters. In these myths the waters are dark and ominous with all kinds of scary creatures lurking in the shadows. I can’t help but compare these stories to how so many people feel about exploring their emotions or allowing repressed memories to surface.
We tend to fear swimming down into our subconscious minds or our emotional depths. If we let ourselves sink all the way down, what will we find there? What has been hiding under the surface? Something inside us knows there are scary things down there so most of us avoid looking until, of course, something happens and we’re forced to dig deep if we want things to move forward or if we want the circumstances in our lives to change. Pisces is all about depth, emotions, the unconscious and facing fears. Harnessing the energy of a Pisces new moon enables you to explore the deep dark waters of your subconscious mind before being forced by uncomfortable life circumstances to do so.
This is especially important for highly sensitive mothers to do because, I suspect, they are more susceptible to burying things in their subconscious mind. Highly sensitive people absorb more information from their environment than other people. This information includes things like other people’s emotions, thoughts and energy, the emotions and vibrations of the spaces they spend time in and, in my opinion, if they are really sensitive, they are also absorbing the energy of any Spirits who may be hanging around those people and spaces. Highly sensitive mothers don’t just absorb all that extra information, they have the added challenge of being conditioned to carry the emotional load in their families and communities.
Most mothers are already balancing a roof to keep over everyone’s heads, meals to plan, schedules to keep, calendars to synchronize, activities to drive to, sports to watch, play dates to organize, jobs to earn the money needed to keep everything going and a never-ending list of chores, tasks and errands. On top of this slippery tower of to-dos, most mothers also have the added burden of feeling personally responsible for everyone’s emotional well-being. This isn’t their fault. This is an effect of being raised in the kind of patriarchy experienced in most colonized countries.
For a highly sensitive mother, these patriarchal expectations are like adding a never-ending emotional to do list on top of the heavy load she’s already struggling to carry. And if you are a mother who was raised in an emotionally deficient environment (and let’s be honest, most of us have been) then your inner resources are far too thin to begin with. If you don’t have the resources to handle what you are emotionally or energetically taking on, your system will automatically store what you can’t deal with in your subconscious mind. When you’ve taken on more than you can emotionally process or handle, the information doesn’t just disappear or vanish. It gets stored away.
There’s Only So Much Room in There
To me, the subconscious mind and it’s powers seem limitless but the amount of information it can store is not. If you are not regularly sorting through the information you’ve discarded there and releasing what you no longer need, your body or your mind will suffer. Eventually, there will be more information stored than your system can handle and you will experience an emotional or mental breaking point somewhere along the way…and probably even several of them.
If this has happened to you or is currently happening to you, I hope you understand it is not your fault. You are not weak. You are not a failure. Your system simply was not built for the roles and responsibilities you’ve been taught to take on. No one person’s system should have to carry as many emotional burdens as women and mothers are expected to carry. And no mother with a highly sensitive system should ever expect herself to be able to manage as much as she assumes other people are able to.
Part of managing a highly sensitive system is learning to reduce the amount of emotional burdens we carry and also to clear from our subconscious minds the emotional information we store there. Since the memories we store there aren’t all pleasant, the idea of diving into those deep waters isn’t exactly exciting but dive we must!
Personally, I love to swim in emotional depths. It’s where I feel at home. I used to tell my son there are many brave people in the world who can face adventures I would be far too afraid to attempt but when it comes to spirit and emotions, I am one hell of a brave warrior. You may want to access some of that same courage when completing the following activity.
A Pisces New Moon Activity
A great way to use the energy of a new moon in Pisces is to call upon Spirit to help you see what you stored in your subconscious mind that is working against a goal or intention. Start this exploration by writing down a goal or intention you’d like to focus on this moon cycle. Next, connect whatever memories come up when you think about that goal or intention. Write down as many memories as you can. Continue to make a web of memories until you have no more memories that surface when you think of your goal or intention or until you see a pattern or pinpoint a belief or memory you know is in conflict with your goal or intention.
Once you discover a belief, thought or memory that might be blocking you from achieving your goal or manifesting your new moon intention, you may feel inclined to clear that block If you feel inspired with a way to do that, go ahead and clear the block. If you do not know how to clear the block you discovered, surrender it to Spirit. What if your subconscious mind and Spirit could do most of the heavy lifting? What if they could lead you to the perfect way to clear that block? Can you let go and trust you will either be led to the perfect support to help you clear the block or it will be taken care of for you in the mysterious waters of your subconscious mind? (Although this is not the answer for everyone, I offer this kind of support also. You can learn more about that here.)
If you are magically inclined like I am, place the page with your new moon intention and the memories you allowed to surface on your altar and trust that both will be received by whoever you called upon in the Spirit realm to help you. Keep it there until the full moon or until the next new moon, whichever feels right to you.
If you are visually inclined, you might like the pretty journal pages I created to complete this new moon activity. To access them, all you have to do is visit my home page and enter your email address. When you do, you will be emailed directions on how to download my hand-drawn Pisces new moon journal pages. You will also be added to my online community where I will continue to send you free journal pages every month to help you harness the magic of the moon to emotionally and spiritually nourish your heart and soul.
If you do complete this art activity publicly or share photos of it or perform the activity 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 completing this activity, 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.