Welcome. I invite you to pause a moment in your busy day to take a look at the coming week’s ‘Luna See’. The idea here is that you can choose to slow down a bit. You can recognize how you already intuitively align or you can start now to become more consciously tuned into the eternal rhythms of lunar patterns.
Note: Keep in mind that ‘Luna See’ is presented as an artist tool for looking at time and your movement through time. It is offered as an instrument for gentling through the day.
The beauty of nature clears our mind because it draws us into the present moment. Kallistos Ware, a Greek Orthodox priest, said that the present is the place where time touches eternity.
In Greek, chronos means “clock time”. Kairos means “the eternal present.” Now is where chronos and kairos meet, creating a space of limitless possibility. This is the space in which miracles occur that defy the rules of time and space as we know them. This is also the space in which mystics [artists] have visions and angels [Muses] appear.
Between today, Monday June 28 and next Monday, July 5 the moon’s phases continues to provide you with creative focus points for reflection and sharing. Until Wednesday morning you have the opportunity to stop and look at what you are doing and why. As a reminder, and as a way to keep a gentle sense of flow, take yourself back to June 12. It was then that we stepped into this cycle with the New Moon.
June, each year, brings with it the keywords of Brilliance and Illumination. Recall what you were visualizing on June 12. The idea is to continue tapping into that vision for the 29.6 days as each phase provides a focus.
Remind yourself what you’re willing to create.
Reflect on what has happened over these last two weeks. Ask yourself how it feels to review this time period. Be honest with yourself. This whole year is about feeling what is happening ‘in the gut’ as you forge a new sense of identity. That involves knowing how to endure. Don’t be stoic if you feel like crumbling. Crumbling is a one stage of learning to strengthen through endurance. When Things Falls Apart it is useful to keep in mind that it’s temporary. The world deserves to have brave artists who can demonstrate what’s possible. Brave artists are courageous enough and can endure what comes as they look the truth of their experience in the eye.
Here’s my short story. These first two weeks of this moon cycle have been different. I thought I’d be involved in a large studio project that has been anticipated for months. However my right, primary work hand, has been out of commission since May 21. My body is tending to the business of mending two broken bones in my wrist. With this reality I’ve had to step out of my normal studio routine. I translate that to: I’ve made a decision to step out of the way I usually engage time (chronos). During this two weeks I’ve been journalling and drawing with my non dominant hand. This intuitively guided practice has led me on a quiet journey that I can imagine as an ‘engaging with kairos’. Deep in my bones I’ve been ‘turning on the light’. As it turns out (no surprise here) parts of me were very much in the dark. I didn’t know that they were because I’d been too busy…for too long. I received my first big message of the year to really slow down back in March. I knew better than to keep up the pace. I thought that I was meditating but I didn’t take the time to listen. I thought I was listening but I didn’t hear.
It has been these past two weeks when I stopped making and instead spent hours in the studio quietly scribing, followed by long hours of not doing anything, that there was a sudden flash of light followed by the proverbial AHA moment. BIG SHIFT.
This is the cycle, each year, when you can take the time to notice your language. How do you talk to yourself? Silence is as important as speech in this context. ‘How can you hear when you’re always talking’ may be a way to frame this phase. Gently. No guilt.
Thursday the door opens into the Disseminating (or waning full) phase. That will give you until Sunday morning to consider what you have to share that has a relevance to your original goal for accessing your Brilliance during this cycle. Makes sense doesn’t it? First you take the time to gain insight then you extend yourself to share what you have learned.
Don’t have a goal? Don’t know what this ‘Brilliance’ cycle is about for you? No problem. Your Muse knows and is gently, silently waiting for your engagement. Ilumination/Brilliance leads to Growth. That’s July’s keyword (using this Luna See model). In July you can begin to turn your attention to: what are you growing within the ground of your creative soil.
The marvelous Miro said, “Every blade of grass has a beautiful soul. Courage consists of staying home and close to nature. Nature who takes no account of our calamities.”
In our artist community you can model a different way to move through time. With our collective vision you may find more and more the urge to ’stay home and close to nature’ consciously weaving your movements out into the world and back home to create your work.
Between now and next Monday notice how you feel illuminated, radiant as you move with time. During this busiest season of the year share your awareness with your community and be sure that you start by talking first to your Brilliant Self.
~May your days sing you