The Third Quarter phase began Sunday, August 21 in the early evening (EST) and extends through Thursday, August 25 in the early afternoon.
At the time of the Third Quarter Phase we can breathe in grace and gratitude. We can invest this time in remembering how miraculous it is to come to this thanksgiving place each month (moon).
Here we enter a very grown-up space. This time period is when it becomes clear that one goal simply leads to another. During these few days a great deal can happen. There’s the opportunity to reflect in a way that sets the stage for where the Art/Life will carry you next. There’s also the option to just allow space to be…to rest in preparation for the deep dream of where you would like to be moving as you enter the next cycle in the month ahead.
This manner of working with the progression of the moon cycles has delighted me for two decades. Using the model that’s shared here at ‘Following the Moon’ offers a way of working with time that’s rich in ‘room to breathe’. In that breathing space find the ability to listen more deeply to inner creative prompts.
Consider the keyword for each month since the Spring Equinox.
April brings a focus on Clarity which leads to the Wisdom of May. In June we seek the light of Illumination. These are the Moon’s of the Spring Quadrant of the yearly wheel. This is the 90 days when we strike out fresh and energized, ready to create and express the new that we’ve never felt before. At Summer Solstice we turn a into a new 90 day stretch and celebrate the greatest infusion of sunlight as we simultaneously open to the fact that the days immediately begin their wane. It’s here at the June 21st turn of the wheel that we really put the push on and relate to the way the plants are burgeoning toward their peak of growth. Growth is the keyword for July followed by the prospect each year to intensify our Trust come August.
Now that we’re in the middle of the summer season we can take stock of how much more there is to develop and advance prior to the Autumnal Equinox of September 23.
This week is pregnant with the potential that we wait for throughout the summer.
Isn’t it grand that we can consciously lean into this space with what I like to think of as depth appreciation… a tremendous positive receptivity for what is and for what will be.
It’s really worth repeating what was mentioned last week:
Now we can invest a full month (moon) July 30 – August 27 in discovering and uncovering the place or places in life where you are willing and ready to take a risk and stretch. Each year when you arrive at this point on the Natural Calendar Wheel you can remind yourself how it truly requires Trust to risk. And you have to risk to move toward what you can next accomplish. Remember this is the height of the action point of the year. This is when you can take a long reach. You can stretch further. You can feel the amazement as you dig deeper into your creative treasure chest. How you stretch and what you’re growing is your business. Do you recall what you planted in the spring?
I love taking action toward an increase in quiet and calm. I tend to be more interested in stretching deeper into compassionate connection with all living beings than in forcing myself to get somewhere. I love to remember that there isn’t any place to get to and that this isn’t a race. I love to remember that I have been given gifts and talents to share and it delights me to see the way that the Art/Life offers choices and options that I could never fully imagine. I love the surprise, the AHA, the Silver Lining.
On Thursday, August 25 in the mid afternoon (EST) the moon settles into the final phase of this month and until the New ‘Love’ Moon on Sunday, August 28 we dwell in the Balsamic Phase…a contemplative place of preparation for the next piece of our vision. It’s appropriate, even during the height of the season, to withdraw and heal during this time, to rest and detach from all that’s happened since the cycle opened on Saturday, July 30. There’s something delicious, don’t you think, about actively engaging while at the same time stepping out of the fray by deliberately detaching. Engaged detachment…a perfect way to get the gusto from this week.
~Thanks so much~… I’m so grateful for your lovely response to my newly released e-book, I hope that you will continue to share the news with friends and loved ones who are care givers as well as remembering how necessary it is for each of us to take the very best care of our self.
And ~thank you~ for your curiosity and interest in AHA’s for the Art/Life. The AHA e-studio blog site will open on September 27 at the New ‘Experience’ Moon. It’s a wonderful point on the Natural Calendar Wheel to come together in this gentle focused way because each year when we come to this place, the New Moon closest to the Fall Equinox, we’re standing directly across from where we were and who we were last spring. We couldn’t possibly be the same person now as we were then…that’s an AHA in itself, dontcha’ think? There’s a Silver Lining there for certain.
The AHA open e-studio format is for those of us who are interested in working with time in a genuinely calming fashion.
The spaces that I’m creating within ‘AHA’ are meant to be organic and encouraging. Consider a place where we gather so as to articulate, generate, and add to a relationship with time and the work of our Art/Life in rhythm with the natural cycles of the seasons and the gentle cadence of the lunar patterns. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest.
I hope that you’ll join me to plant the deepest roots for your never to be repeated Art/Life during this time of all possibility. See you next Monday for the New phase of the ‘Love’ Moon cycle.
May your heart be at peace.