By Liz, who is technically in book jail AND copyedit jail – a new double sentence
For all you 80s junkies out there – yes, I stole the name of a Duran Duran song for this blog. But it was so fitting I couldn’t resist. Yesterday (Monday) was the new moon in Cancer, the second one of the year, which means a heavy focus on family and home. And new moons always mean a restart, so this is the perfect week to think about anything new you want to create in your life.
I’ve been learning a lot about astrology and moon cycles, both because it’s a personal interest and because Violet Mooney, the protagonist in my new Full Moon series, is very in tune with the moon. I think I first became obsessed with it because of Stevie Nicks, who was very moonchild-like.
In my quests for information, I’ve found some awesome resources, like Moonology, which also has a planner that shows all the different phases of the moon and gives you prompts to set intentions at both the new moon and full moon, as well as things to do each week and month based on the moon cycle. For example, this week is a week to focus heavily on yoga and meditation – for me, two things that have fallen by the wayside with all my deadlines. It’s a good reminder to try to fit them in no matter what.
I like the ritual aspect of the moon phases – focusing on what I want to manifest, what I need to let go of, what’s important to me – and putting those things on paper. There’s something powerful about that sort of ritual. Before quarantine, I had also found some amazing women who held moon circles and went to a few of those. Being around all that energy was so positive and empowering, and I learned all kinds of new things. One night we even called in a pretty big storm – which was very cool!
This week with the new moon in Cancer, it’s all about facing insecurities, focusing on giving family and loved ones the proper time and attention, and of course being clear about what it is we wish to create in our lives. Write them down, visualize them becoming reality, and then take the next right actions to start bringing them to life.
I, for one, am looking to create more peace in my day-to-day life and more space for additional creative projects.
Readers, what are you manifesting during this new moon? Leave a comment below!