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L7 Moon Journaling

The journaling pages of the my moon journal are the area for your thoughts, reflections, feelings, and memories.

With each lunar cycle the pages are broken into the four main phases of the moon informing and supporting your journaling process. ·New Moon  ·First Quarter Moon, ·Full Moon  ·Last Quarter

New Moon energy is about manifesting ·This is the time to gather your thoughts, plan, and set your intentions for the coming cycle ·You will find on this page the 12 life areas from your annual intention setting listed to help remind you of the intentions you set at the beginning of the year ·Your intentions at the new moon may be linked to these annual intentions or can be something new and different · ·Regardless this is a time of; ·fresh starts, new beginnings, growth, optimism and starting over. · ·So seize this opportunity to review, change, enhance or refocus your attention, and intentions on the areas of your life in which you want to manifest your desires.

First Quarter Moon is about powering up, the energy of action

The waxing energy is gaining strength and powering you forward so it is the perfect time for creativity, strength, growth, learning, and positive transformation.

Think about the intentions you set during the new moon and what actions are you going to take to realise them

Intentions without action are just dreams, so use the energy at this time to move your desire out of dreams into reality

The Full Moon is the time to celebrate, to reap the harvest of your previous New Moons intentions, to rejoice in your achievements.

It is a time to acknowledge and express gratitude for desire and needs met. 

However, it is also a time of vulnerability for in order to receive, we must lay ourselves open to receiving this abundance.

So beware as vulnerability can trigger our old stories, insecurities and wounds and thus bring up feelings of restlessness, disruption, confusion and pain. 

The good news is that during this time the full moon brings with her protection is powerful at this time.

Last Quarter Moon releasing, anything standing in your way.

This is a time for letting go of old patterns, behaviours, thoughts, and emotions. 

A time to recognise and release anything that no longer serves your highest good and to prepare for the manifesting period of the next New Moon.

Each section also contains information on: ·periods of mercury in retrograde, ·lunar eclipses ·seasonal equinox and solstices, and ·the full moon names.

Mercury in Retrograde

In the context of astrology, the word retrograde refers to an optical illusion where it sometimes appears that a planet will stop and go backwards, then stop again and go forwards.

The planet Mercury does this three times each calendar year, with often profound effects for those sensitive to it.

There are three parts to a Mercury in Retrograde, pre, full, and post. •As Mercury appears to slow down before the retrograde, this is called the pre-retrograde. •As Mercury appears to pick up speed or gain forward momentum again this is called the post-retrograde period. •The most impactful time is during the full retrograde, however its effects may still be felt both before and after.

Mercury in Retrograde has tended to get a bad rap, especially in our busy, task focused world.

During this period things can get pretty frustrating as it often appears as though everything is going wrong, and we can feel as though one obstacle after another is being placed in front of us.

Our lives may feel disrupted and chaotic for no apparent reason.

While our modern fast paced mindset has us jumping from one project to the next often placing quantity over quality. Mercury in Retrograde offers us the blessing of an opportunity to slow down, be more mindful, and focus on quality not quantity.

Mercury in Retrograde provides the chance to go back and review our previous work, and tie up loose ends, in all areas of our life; from projects, relationships, unhealed emotion and old memories to communications, contract and tasks.

When we choose to embrace this opportunity, we become more aligned with the energies present, and flow with the current rather than fighting against it.

Ultimately, by going retrograde ourselves (going back over our work), we will avoid many of the pitfalls normally associated with this period in the planetary cycle.

Just as the tides allow themselves to be influenced by the pull of the moon, allow yourself to use the pull of Mercury in Retrograde as a welcome reprieve from the crazy break-neck pace that society requires us to take during the rest of the year.

You will find the dates for each Mercury in Retrograde at the top of your journaling pages, including the pre and post periods and the star sign in which the retrograde is operating.

The Changing Seasons

As we begin to attune to the movement of the heavens, oft times our awareness can also turn to the changes of a more earthly nature. The most prominent of these being the changing seasons. For this reason, I have also included within the moon cycles the seasonal times including the solstices and equinoxs.

The solstice’s and equinox’s provide an opportunity to celebrate the turning of the seasons, to honour mother earth and her changing faces, just as we do the moon. • •The Spring and Autumn Equinox are the time that the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal • •The Summer and Winter Solstices celebrate the longest day (summer) and longest night (winter) of the year. ·

While Samhain know as Halloween, honours the beginning of Winter, Beltane, celebrates the beginning of Summer

The equinox and solstices are associated with the movement and relationship between the earth and the sun and are often closely associated with celtic and druidic ceremony and celebration. However, many tradirional and indigenous cultures are aware of and have names for these celestial events celebrating them in their own ways.

Through the Moon Journal you have the opportunity to utilise and create whatever ceremony or celebration you choose.

Mercury in Retrograde

In the context of astrology, the word retrograde refers to an optical illusion where it sometimes appears that a planet will stop and go backwards, then stop again and go forwards.

The planet Mercury does this three times each calendar year, with often profound effects for those sensitive to it.

There are three parts to a Mercury in Retrograde, pre, full, and post. •As Mercury appears to slow down before the retrograde, this is called the pre-retrograde. •As Mercury appears to pick up speed or gain forward momentum again this is called the post-retrograde period. •The most impactful time is during the full retrograde, however its effects may still be felt both before and after.

Mercury in Retrograde has tended to get a bad rap, especially in our busy, task focused world.

During this period things can get pretty frustrating as it often appears as though everything is going wrong, and we can feel as though one obstacle after another is being placed in front of us.

Our lives may feel disrupted and chaotic for no apparent reason.

While our modern fast paced mindset has us jumping from one project to the next often placing quantity over quality. Mercury in Retrograde offers us the blessing of an opportunity to slow down, be more mindful, and focus on quality not quantity.

Mercury in Retrograde provides the chance to go back and review our previous work, and tie up loose ends, in all areas of our life; from projects, relationships, unhealed emotion and old memories to communications, contract and tasks.

When we choose to embrace this opportunity, we become more aligned with the energies present, and flow with the current rather than fighting against it.

Ultimately, by going retrograde ourselves (going back over our work), we will avoid many of the pitfalls normally associated with this period in the planetary cycle.

Just as the tides allow themselves to be influenced by the pull of the moon, allow yourself to use the pull of Mercury in Retrograde as a welcome reprieve from the crazy break-neck pace that society requires us to take during the rest of the year.

You will find the dates for each Mercury in Retrograde at the top of your journaling pages, including the pre and post periods and the star sign in which the retrograde is operating.

Whether solar or lunar, eclipses demand that we move forward.

Lunar eclipses, in particular, are times for emotion-based endings. A time for revealing and healing old woundings and a time for letting go of the past.

It is important at these times to reflect on and acknowledge what is arising, and through gratitude release what needs to be set free.

This then allows us to face our future with nothing impeding our forward movement.

While a lunar eclipse can be a powerful time for some, for others it is simply a period of sentimentality and reliving old memories.

The degree of impact each eclipse will also be be dependent on how close it is to your astrological natal chart and birth sign.

The Changing Seasons

As we begin to attune to the movement of the heavens, often our awareness can also turn to the changes of a more earthly nature.

The most prominent of these being the changing seasons.

For this reason, I have also included within the moon cycles the seasonal times including the solstices and equinoxs.

The solstice’s and equinox’s provide an opportunity to celebrate the turning of the seasons, to honour mother earth and her changing faces, just as we do the moon. •

The Spring and Autumn Equinox are the time that the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal

The Summer and Winter Solstices celebrate the longest day (summer) and longest night (winter) of the year. ·

While Samhain know as Halloween, honours the beginning of Winter and Beltane, celebrates the beginning of Summer

The equinox and solstices are associated with the movement and relationship between the earth and the sun and are often closely associated with celtic and druidic ceremony and celebration. However, many other traditional and indigenous cultures are aware of and have names for these celestial events celebrating them in their own ways.

Through the Moon Journal you have the opportunity to utilise and create whatever ceremony or celebration you choose at these times