The moon is a reminder that no matter what phase we are in, we are still whole.
- Kavi Keethu
For those of you who know me, you may very well know of my love of the moon. On each full moon, if I am able, I post pictures to capture her likeness. For as long as I have memory, I recall a fascination of the moon in all her glory. Looking up at the sky I have always felt a connection to the cosmos as I ponder the fact that we all look up to the same stars, the same moon, the same constellations...the same great unknown.
When I was younger, I was convinced that the moon couldn’t possibly be as far away as she appeared. She seemed close enough to touch after all. The moon has always been a steady companion to me and so I await her arrival every month because in a world with so many unknown variables, I find myself comforted by her enduring constancy.
She never stops to amaze me. I am always in awe of how she starts in darkness and moves towards this enchanting and magical brightness only to move once again towards darkness and obscurity. I’ve learned a lot from her. As Sheema Sathoo said, “and like the moon, we must go through phases of emptiness to feel full again.”
While Luna shows her cycle in 28 days, waxing and waning, disappearing in the sky and rebuilding her self once again, I remember that we do the same. Our cycles may be very different – sometimes much longer, and sometimes we may have that same cycle within the course of a day!
I recognize I set myself by the moon like a clock. My magic, celestial clock!
The new moon reminds me that each cycle is like a blank slate, a new beginning. I set new goals, look inward, and sit with my calm, quiet energy.
The full moon completes the cycle and is my lunar reminder of endings. I walk outside, allow myself to sit and bask in the light while I reevaluate and reflect on the past month and all of the goals I set on my new moon.
I find this all very comforting.
If you’d like to consider some things to do during this full moon, here’s a few things for you:
Cleanse and/or smudge your space.
Write down things that you are grateful for as participating in a gratitude practice is an amazing way of staying connected to the things that bring you joy. The more you look at life with a sense of abundance, the more good things you will continue to see in your world.
Reflect on goals that you set and the progress that you’ve made as you complete this lunar cycle.
Participate in a body scan meditation or practice some yoga so that you may check in, take care and connect with your body.
Enjoy the illumination of tonight’s moon!