Welcome to Following the Moon…can you sense into and feel the need for an Art/Life stretch? It’s Growing-pain time…and that’s meant to be a healthy and beneficial sensation.
Week by week , as Luna-tics, we engage the natural rhythm of the moon cycles and the seasons to find our current creative flow. This week we end the ‘Illumination’ Moon cycle . Illumination visits each year during the Moon of June. Of course nature could care less about our calendars and not every moon falls exactly within the confines of a month. For example, currently we’re experiencing the half n’ half quality of the new moon falling at the midpoint of the month. This makes for an interesting opportunity to straddle our keywords…the moon cycle now closing is the Wisdom/Illumination cycle.
We’re in the Balsamic Phase between now and Tuesday’s New Moon. Each month these last several Balsamic days, prior to the New Moon, are perfect for dreaming. What do you dream of growing in the cycle ahead?
The New Moon, beginning on Tuesday, June 19, brings us the Illumination/Growth cycle. In June, July and August we’re looking at the most fertile and expansive period of the Natural Year. Whatever you are intending for the Natural Year’s walk from Equinox in March all the way round to next spring when we begin anew…really put a push on now.
Our opportunity to expand continues as we curve out of the first quadrant where the focus is on the alchemical , mystical, ‘ME/Muse’ and move through the doorway of the June 20, Solstice. into the second ninety day quadrant of the Natural Year where the appropriate opportunity is to be connecting with Others. We’ll have the next three moon/months to experience and express our growing communication skills.
Ask: Who inspired me early in my Art/Life? Who stands as a model for where Iwould like to grow?
Artist Dana Cunningham Anderson of ArtLightMedia.com is expanding with new ways to share her yearly ArtLight Quotation Calendar and the beauty that she brings to the world. Using an X-acto knife and a blend of media and message Dana combines the Neuland alphabet and other handcarved stamps, chalk pastel, cyanotype, monoprint, unmanipulated digital photography, and calligraphy, with meditation, prayer, chant, time in the garden, yoga and her focused presence:
We can, as balanced artists, ‘make haste slowly’ . We can each in our own way be “delicate in a hurry“…don’t you love that phrase! Even during this full-steam-ahead time of the Natural Year there is the capacity to hold a calmness and an empowered awareness (awe-wareness)…no acting hasty.
Pushing now might be best thought of as akin to birthing labor.
Isn’t it empowering to be aware (awe-ware) that concerted pressure must be applied and we must exert ourselves in order to midwife our creative vision.
This is the first Moon/Month of the Second (ninety day) Quadrant of the Natural Year. The focus turns from Me/Muse to Others. I’m repeating this because this shift opens a doorway that is so exciting to explore. We open now to the ways in which we connect and communicate with the Others in our Art/Life….something wonderful can be grown in a new way with ‘All Our Relations’.
May your Art/Life blossom and bloom day by day
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Read the full 2012 Lifecycle Forecast for context….and find your gift.