GEMINI NEW MOON
This New Moon signifies a busy time. New projects, opportunities, relationships, as well as an acceleration of what’s already present. If your plate has already been full, it will be extra important to take care of yourself, as this Gemini moon wants to give you as much as you can handle.
During the next two weeks, the shifts that occur will happen quickly. This new moon, experts say, is asking us to be agile in decision making. Not second-guessing what feels right, but rather continuing to ride the universal pace that will be sweeping through our reality.
Don’t fight the momentum, but compliment it with intentional dropping into stillness. Amid the motion, the plans, the newness, the speed, find time to sit inside of it and be present. As an example, imagine you are riding in the passenger seat of a car. You’re on a wide open road, you’re not driving, but you trust where you are going. You intentionally roll down the window, stick your hand out, and feel the wind moving your arm. You become present as you continue to move forward. You feel the journey as it is happening. And perhaps you even smile as you’re driven on.
This is the time to take ownership over how much time you give yourself to reconnect to stillness because means pausing the activity of your mind and your body but not of your growth. In fact it is a bit of a paradox, the more you find stillness, especially when you are busy, the faster you will accelerate to an elevated version of you. Stillness is where the answers are, even if the outside world continues to speed by.
Additionally, this moon presents an invitation to step into the seat of witness and listener. The sign of this new moon is Gemini, the twins. We can gain a lot from consciously and deeply listening to those around us. Particularly if on the surface it seems that you and another hold opposing views or beliefs, lean in to those conversations. Make an effort to listen before speaking. Active listening is imperative to conscious communication which in turn lends to deepening of connection. It is in the listening to others perspectives that during the next two weeks that you might uncover the next piece of your puzzle. Personally, professionally, or energetically, spend extra time listening to the people and world around you.
Along with listening outwardly, this is the time to listen inwards and tap into intuition. Sometimes intuition can feel abstract or we can get in our heads about it : “Is this my intuition? What is it saying? Where do I feel it in my body?” Know that asking yourself these questions is important, but see if you can relax into them. Find time to be still, close your eyes, and without expectation of answers, ask your intuition to tell you whatever you need to hear. Stay in the inquiry, the stillness, for a few deep breaths. You might find answers float to the surface, but that is less important during this time than the practice of showing up and connecting to your intuition so that it can show up for you whenever you need it.
Find stillness, listen, tap into you, and buckle up for your next adventure. xox
NEW MOON RITUAL : CONSCIOUS LISTENING
Some rituals take place in the privacy of our homes and they tap into our inner world. There is a specific time and place set aside to perform them. And, some rituals can be intentionally brought into our lives as we interact with other people and/or the world around us. They can happen spontaneously as is appropriate as a means of heightening our awareness and deepening our experiences.
For the next few weeks, actively listen through these simple practices any time of day or night.
Listen to Nature: Go out into nature. It can be a city park, a forrest, a beach, a home garden, or any other outdoor place that you have access to. Find a seat or lay down (be sure it is safe to do so). Close your eyes and listen to the sounds you hear. Without attaching to them, watch as sounds enter in to your awareness and travel back out. Stay listening as long as you have the time for, or at least 10 deep breaths.
Listen to People: When you find yourself in conversation with another person, intentionally ask them at least 3 questions. Have the intention of letting them finish speaking before you respond. Take a breath in and out before you respond. As someone is speaking, listen closely to what they are saying. Notice when your mind wanders and bring it back to the conversation. Have the intention of listening more than speaking for the next two weeks.
Listen to You: Find a quiet comfortable place to sit or lay down. Close your eyes, deepen your breath, and without needing an answer, ask your intuition what you need to hear for your highest good. Imagine the question dropped into the center of your body, like a pebble into a still lake. Let the ripples of the question expand out, without needing an answer. Sit in the stillness of the question and watch your breath move in and out. When you feel called open your eyes and take a few breaths to move your body in whatever way feels right. It can be very small and simple movements: a cat and cow or swirling of the spine. If you have the time you might find a longer physical practice.
Return to these practices as often as you can over the next two weeks. As you move through your days, listen for sudden insight, download, or signs. Again, not having expectation is important, as the universe operates on its own perfect timeline. When we refine our ability to listen, the world begins to blossom open.
As one of our astrological expert friends noted about this full moon, "things are about to get weird." We are entering into a moon cycle that is going to bring up emotion and serendipity from every direction. The strange-ness of this cycle is for our highest good ultimately, but the processes we each individually go through may be uncomfortable at times. This moon is a powerful one to remember that we are fully supported and taken care of. The random and the weird - circumstances, emotions, and thoughts - are actually there to help up expand.
As an archetype, the moon carries aspects of the feminine energy. Regardless of gender, feminine energy and lunar energy are often used synonymously and carry a more spherical or cyclical perspective. This energy leans into the ephemeral and it carries a deep trust in the unknown as well as the interconnectedness of all things. There is both elegance and patience innate to feminine energy.
However just like everything in nature, a need for balance exists. Feminine energy dances with masculine energy. The moon also has the capacity to inspire directness, action, linear thinking, and full honesty.