Welcome to Following the Moon… I had a terrific 10 days away hosted by Lorain County Community College presenting an Artist Residency and the Earth Day Eve Creativity Salon…thanks to all… the wonderful Joan Perch, all students and faculty for such a fabulous week.
This week the Wisdom Moon carries us through the First Quarter Phase…that means it’s time to take an action in direction of your wisdom as it is unfolding. We can’t see the Wisdom that we contain we can only express and meet it as it comes to find us.
First Quarter began early morning (EDT) Sunday, April 29 and extends through Wednesday, early evening, May 2.
In honor of both the beauty and wonder of the First Quarter Phase I share my dear artist friend Sandra’s writing and her ideas for how you can connect with this potent time…
Sandra Mosley here.
The Taurus New Moon on April 21 began a 29.6-day cycle highlighting all personal resources: your physical body (especially your voice, taste, touch, and smell), talents, skills, values, money, assets and income.
During this lunation we have the opportunity to honor the gifts already present in life. By acknowledging the abundance and prosperity around us, we increase our opportunities for growth and productivity.
Develop an appreciation for practicality and perseverance.
Taurus correlates to Wisdom on the Medicine Wheel. Arriving from the place of Clarity developed during the Aries lunation, we now occupy a place of wisdom. Wisdom is a combination of information, experience, self-knowledge, and common sense.
During the 1st Quarter phase of this cycle it’s important to take action that supports the expression of will and creativity. Secure the resources necessary to support your intentions. Identify and break away from old values and bondage to possessions that limit your prosperity.
Here are some suggestions for “Moving With Spirit” during this 1st Quarter phase (April 29- May 2):
Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude - Being grateful is an energizing way to start your day and a relaxing way to end it
- An Attitude of Gratitude is described as a powerful Source of Happiness.
- Think Simple Now, under the heading “A Moment of Clarity” suggests five tools for appreciation. Among them are:
- Write in a Gratitude Journal
- Pick up a Gratitude Rock
- Make a string of Gratitude Beads
- Join the 42 Day Experiment at Go Gratitude dot org, it is an excellent practice to make gratitude a habit.
Inventory Your Resources
- The most fundamental thing you can do each day is take Personal Inventory — of your feelings, your body, and your voice — while noticing your inner images. http://www.jbactors.com/actingreading/tenactingtips/personalinventory.html
- This insurance web site offers free information on different ways of inventorying your possessions. http://www.rmiia.org/Homeowners/Walking_Through_Your_Policy/Home_Inventory.asp
Pull weeds in the garden. Walk on a dirt path. Smell the fresh and air and grass and flowers. Watch wild birds and animals feed their young. Play with a litter of puppies or kittens.
Questions to consider during this phase:
- Do I value my talents and gifts as much as my possessions?
- Am I comfortable in my body?
- What is my perspective on stability?
- Where do I need patience?
- When am I most likely to delay instant gratification for later rewards?
- Who in my life is an example of a good steward?
We have the opportunity this cycle to practice “Moving with Spirit” by answering the 1st Quarter “Call to Action” through the filter of Taurus. When we have wisdom, we understand the laws of natures and are able to produce tangible results from our efforts.
Affirm: “I prosper with appreciation.”
May we walk together in wisdom.
On Wednesday evening, May 2 the Gibbous ‘Wisdom’ Moon arrives. The Gibbous Phase extends through Saturday, May 5, near midnight. Take this time to apply what you learned during the First Quarter so as to allow the actions to blossom.
Visualize the growing ‘night light’ coming into your experience. We are now beneath the light of the pregnant ‘Wisdom’ Moon.
The heart work of the Gibbous phase offers wisdom: Do not mourn what cannot be, celebrate what is.
The Full Moon on Saturday, May 5 at midnight and takes us into Wednesday, May 9 in the predawn. During the Full Phase there is opportunity. Illuminate the intuitive aspect of your journey…this hasn’t been possible before this phase. We simply didn’t have enough information or experience before this point. Every 29.6 days this opening returns. The Full Phase of the Moon is an appropriate time to open the channel to LIFE and listen to the way that Intuitive Guidance is available. Listening now can bring a sense of present fulfillment to your Art/Life experience.
The Full Phase is where we recognize that even when obstacles and limitations jump out on the path, we can apply our Luna See, and gain the Wisdom that challenges are appearing so that we can face them square.
The moon of May provides Wisdom that transpires as a result of the Clarity that you gained in April. In the June moon of the Spring Quadrant you will discover the Illumination that radiates from the Wisdom garnered in May.
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Read the full 2012 Lifecycle Forecast for context….and find your gift.