Sagittarius New Moon – Stretch

The Sagittarius New Moon falls on November 26th (15:05 GMT). A new cycle is beginning, and it is a cycle that promotes growth and expansion. Mercury is direct, cohabiting with, a, comfortable in Scorpio, Mars. Jupiter is alongside the sun and moon, revelling in Sagittarius. Projects that are started now have a very good chance of success.

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Things just feel easier now. You can work harder without getting as tired. Results come more quickly. People in authority, or who have influence, will notice your efforts. Time to put those grand plans into action. You do not need to be perfect to start.

I am in love and I am lost
But I’d rather be
Broken than empty
Oh, I’d rather be
Shattered than hollow

-First Aid Kit

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*What have I learned?
*What have I lost/ shed?
*Where do I start?
*Where am I going?
*Who/ what is my companion?
*How far do I dare to go?

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*Pretty much anything you turn your hand to will do well now, so use this time wisely
*sigil making – be bold!
*Get going on your Great Work (or, if you don’t know what it is yet, use this time to try and work it out, but don’t stress, let what you love guide you).

 

Third Quarter Moon in Leo – Towards the Light

We are nearing the end of this powerful Scorpio New Moon cycle, and this third quarter point will likely feel like a welcome outbreath. There is light at the end of the tunnel (and that is not to say that the tunnel is bad, it is necessary). We are not totally off the hook yet, but the deep shifts that have been taking place internally are feeling more natural – easier – now.

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This third quarter moon in Leo (19th November, 21:10 GMT) is trine both the benefics, which should give this time a feeling of being blessed and lucky (if we have been sticking with the gratitude I mentioned at the full moon).

“… Has it never occurred to you that maybe your brother brings out the worst in people?”
“Or the best,” he said, “depending on which way you look at it.”
“You’re as bad as he is.”
“Actually, I’m much worse.”
― J.A. Belfield, Darkness & Light

Divination/ Journal Prompts

*Who am I now?
*What is my Work?
*What is my purpose?
*Where should I place my attention now?

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*Fire scrying
*Sunbathing, if you have enough sun where you are (unlikely I will here in wales)
*Candle magic

Full Taurus Moon – Conscious Gratitude

Usually the Taurus Moon has a gloriously safe and steady energy, but with retrograde Uranus hanging in this sign for the foreseeable, things don’t feel quite as steady. This full moon is also directly opposite retrograde Mercury, fresh from his/ her journey across the face of the sun yesterday. The Earth energy is still present, it just does not feel as grounding as we expect. It is time to look at what we usually take for granted.

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This Taurus Moon (November 12th, 13:35 GMT) is calling us to conscious gratitude. Times are changing, we are changing. Earth is not static. If we listen we can hear what S/He needs from us.

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh

Divination/ Journal Prompts

*This full moon calls for an elemental check-up/in. Pull a card/ journal for each of the elements and your current relationship with them.

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestion(s)

*It’s cliche almost to talk about a gratitude practice, and yet I am going to recommend it. It shifts mindsets, it opens doors. Just a simple couple of minutes a day jotting down anything, large or small, that you are grateful for. It works.
*Being outside, mindfully, consciously. Kiss the earth with your feet. Listen to the wind and the trees.
*Volunteer time, and/ or give money, to a project that helps Earth – tree planting is a great one.

 

First Quarter Moon in Aquarius – Paradigm Shift

If you’ve been feeling that draw to get to the bottom of something (for me, it has been getting a handle on what I really want to do/ who I want to be/ am in this world – you know, easy stuff) this will intensify as the Scorpio Moon cycle continues.

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The First Quarter Moon falls in Aquarius (4th November, 10:22 GMT) square the sun in Scorpio (opposite Uranus in Taurus). A deep shift is being made, likely this shift is most visible on the community level, but it will most definitely also be occurring on a personal level. Whether you notice it is up to you.

“The present convergence of crises––in money, energy, education, health, water, soil, climate, politics, the environment, and more––is a birth crisis, expelling us from the old world into a new.”
― Charles Eisenstein

Divination/ Journal Prompts

*What is my current understanding of the world/ myself?
*What cracks are appearing?
*How can I shift my thinking to best serve myself and others?

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestion(s)

*Elemental cleansing – Use each of the elements to cleanse and shift into a new way of being: Bathe in water; Run with the wind; Warm by the fire/ sun (and burn away anything old and dying); Scrub with earth (a pumice stone is great for this).
*Read sources that you usually ignore because they are counter to your way of seeing the world
*Journal (always).

Scorpio New Moon – Beneath the Surface

We have reached the Scorpio New Moon (28th, 03:38 GMT). With the Sun, Moon, Venus and Mercury together in Scorpio we have a LOT of change happening, but it is likely that most of this change is happening on a subconscious level. The way that we communicate with ourselves about who we really are, how we really feel, what we really want is changing.

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We can work at bringing these changes up from the depths of our (collective) unconscious, but – like everything else this month – it’s going to take some work.

“I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn’t,
So I jumped in and sank.”
― Langston Hughes

Divination/ Journal Prompts

*What do I want right now?

*What do I feel right now?

*Who am I right now?

*What lies beneath the surface?

Ritual/ Everydaymagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*Divination x 100

*Immersion in water, cold/ warm, indoor/ outdoor – it’s your choice. What do you need?

*Drumming/ chanting – visit the underworld

 

Third Quarter Moon in Cancer – Shed Your Skin

Just before we head into Scorpio season we reach the third quarter moon in Cancer (21st 13:39 BST). The theme of work and unearthing all those things which hold us back when it comes to going after what we want continues with this moon. You may well have received insight via dreams and signs, but if you haven’t then there is still time.

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This phase is also about shedding. What is it that you no longer need. Is your skin too tight? Perhaps it is time to shed it, in order to grow.

“Identity was a liquid state, ever interchangeable, and adaptable to its surroundings… It was better to not have favourites – a snake didn’t mourn when it had to shed its skin.”
― Leonardo Donofrio

Divination/ Journal Prompts

*What am I carrying with me into the next lunar cycle?

*What can I safely leave behind?

*How will I grow?

Ritual/ Everydaymagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*Continue with the dream encouragement/ enhancement (mugwort tea works well)

*Turn your shower into a cleansing/ shedding ritual

 

Full Moon in Aries – Initiation

I feel like this month’s full moon (13th, 22:07 BST)is a story of two sets of competing plot lines. On the one hand we have the Aries/ Libra axis activated, bringing our attention to where we want to move forward, and how we can best do that. And then there is the Cancer/ Capricorn axis also activated. All 4 cardinal signs. the urge to initiate is strong. But initiate what?

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The answer(s) might come from dreams, or from journeying/ pathworking. This time from the full moon to the new moon in Scorpio is potent for dreamtime. Make sure you’re taking the opportunity by getting enough sleep.

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Divination/ Journal Prompts

*What is being forged in my fire?

*What is rising from my depths?

*What inspiration is blowing towards me on the wind?

*What is growing in my fertile soil?

Ritual/ Everydaymagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*Dream encouragement/ enhancement (mugwort tea works well)

*Free writing on the journal prompts

*Pathworking a random tarot or oracle card

 

First Quarter Moon in Capricorn – Work/ Work Balance

The First Quarter Moon lands in Capricorn, conjunct native Saturn (5th 5:46pm BST). I find First Quarter moons always have an aspect of challenge to them, but this one will feel that way more than most. With the moon also forming a sextile to dreamy Neptune in Pisces and trine Uranus in Taurus, there is a strong urge to do something different, to break free of the everyday, same old, same old. And that’s great, but the new thing, if it’s worth your effort, will also need work. The grass is not necessarily greener. You need to feed your current lawn too.

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It’s all about finding your work/ work balance. That may be between your day job and your side hustle, or parenting and employment, or self-employment and home maintenance. You get the idea. There’s work, and there’s work. And there’s no right answer. Try and have some fun with it.

“I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.”
― Jerome K. Jerome

Divination/ Journal Prompts

*What is my work?

*What is my Great Work?

*What is calling me right now?

*How can I best move forward?

Ritual/ Everydaymagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*Dream up a list of things you’d love to be Your Work

*Make time for a relaxing ritual bath

*Volunteer for a cause that is important to you

 

Using the New Moon to Plant Seeds of Intention

A lot of fuss is made about the full moon. It’s the high point of the lunar cycle, the energetic zenith, the showpiece. And yet, when you’re working with the lunar cycle, it all starts a fortnight or so before, with the dark*/ new moon.

This new moon time is the equivalent to the seed being planted. Nothing can be seen, and yet, there is a lot going on beneath the surface. This is the time to focus on what it is we want to grow and blossom in our lives.

Here, I share an outline for a simple new moon intention setting ceremony (though it may not look particularly ceremonial – it depends on your personal taste) that you can adapt and make your own. I’m using a somewhat over-extended metaphor of planting a seed, because it makes me happy, and also because I hope it will resonate and create new thoughtful connections for you, if you haven’t thought about it in this way before.

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The Digging

Often, it’s not immediately clear which intention you want to set. There might be nothing you can pinpoint that you need right now, you may feel awkward giving yourself and your desires this kind of luscious playtime, and/or, there may be so many things that need to change that you don’t know where to start.

If this is the case, you can find inspiration by digging deeper into your current pain points, hopes, and dreams (literally). This is the general digging stage. You may like to do this through:

*Journalling; either free-writing (see below) or using prompts, such as, which part of my life feels out of balance right now? How can I bring more joy into my life? What do I need to focus on this month? Where am I limited? What do I need? Ezzie Spencer also has a Dream Life Exercise in her book Lunar Abundance, which can be helpful for figuring out what to focus on. (If you’re interested in Lunar Abundance, I made a review over on my YouTube channel)
*Free-writing (a fancy way of saying, writing without consciously thinking about what you’re going to write, there’s a good definition here). It can be surprising the insights that bubble up to the surface when you allow yourself to write without any expectations. About 3 sides of A4 usually does the trick.
*Doodling; similar to free-writing but with doodles/ collage instead. Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, this is a great way to connect with your deep self.
*Divination; using your preferred method, cards/ runes/ bones. Ethony has an excellent library of free, moon specific, tarot spreads here.
*Pay attention to your dreams. Keep a notebook by your bed and jot down any motifs or characters that pop up in your dreams. You may spot a pattern, you may not, but keeping this kind of record is always valuable. If you’d like to make this practice more focused you can state, before you go to sleep, that you would like to dream about an intention that it would be helpful for you to work on – and then see what pops up.
*Meditation; guided journeys/ visualisations can be especially helpful.
*Contemplation; good old fashioned, getting still and quiet (or going for a walk/ doing the ironing – anything that gets you out of that left-brain thinking space) and creating space for some new thinking about your intention to come in.

Preparing the Soil

*Know when the moon is New. You can do this by checking any decent witchy planner, or use the online calculator here.
*Use this information to schedule your new moon intention setting ceremony (you don’t have to get up for it if it’s in the middle of the night, just choose the time that works for you that falls closest after the new moon).
*Prepare the space you will be using for your ceremony. Think about each of the senses when you do this, how can you make it feel nurturing for yourself and your intention seed? e.g. you may want to have some music playing, a blanket to cosy up in, a special scent in the diffuser etc.
*You may also want to prepare yourself in a similar fashion. Choose clothes that help you feel a certain way, use scent, have a bath (getting into your gardening clothes is the metaphor here, but you probably won’t want to wear wellies and your scruffs, but each to their own).

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Selecting the Seed

If you’ve already worked on preparing your soil, then it’s likely you already know which  seed (intention) to plant this moon cycle.
Now it’s time to really focus in on that intention seed. Some things to bear in mind as you do this:

*It is better to frame your intention in a positive way, rather than as something you want to get rid of e.g. “I want to lose 10lb and be healthy” is about what you want to lose – it would be better to state, “I am a healthy 145lb”.
*Frame your intention in the present tense, as if it is already true. (You’ll notice I did that with the example I gave in the last point). So, I am in a loving relationship, instead of, I want a loving relationship.
*You may want to play around with how you write/ state your intention. If you want to write it down (I find I have better results this way, than if I hold it only in my mind/ heart) you may want to do this using the circular, don’t-take-your-pen-off-the-paper method. Which is exactly as it sounds. You write your intention in a clockwise circle, joining each letter and word, until the last letter of the last word meets up with the first letter of the first. It sounds more complicated than it is 😀 just make sure you keep your pen on the paper and do not lift it up until all the letters are joined as one.
If you use sigils, you may want to use that method for writing/ sigilising your intention.

The Planting

At the allotted time, in your already prepared self and space, with your ready-to-be-planted seed, it’s time to start the planting/ ceremony itself:

*First, sprinkle in some bone meal and/ or fertiliser; you may want to light some candles, cast a circle (if you do that), call on your ancestors, spirits, or deities (if that feels right).
*Plant the seed; read/ state your intention out loud. You may want to do this a number of times, 3 works well I’ve found. If you’re using sigils then activate them now.
*Cover over the hole; you may want to burn your intention (if it’s on paper or a safely burnable item such as a leaf), meditate, chant, drum.
*Water the seed; in tarot and magic water is the emotions. To water your seed to focus on how your intention makes you FEEL. Remember, not how it WILL make you feel, but how you feel as it is real in the present moment. eg. visualise yourself in that loving relationship as if it is real right now (it is already real, just only on the astral plane at the moment – that’s the first step to making it real on the material plan). Don’t skip this step, the seed will wither and die if it’s not sufficiently watered in.

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Tending

A lot of the work is now done, but most seeds can use a little TLC while they get established. And what’s the point of planting if you don’t enjoy the flowers when they bloom (hopefully by the full moon, though some intentions are slower growers and take longer before they blossom) so:

*Throughout the waxing cycle you can tend your seed by watering, as in the planting section above, and making sure it gets lots of sun (happy, loving, and grateful, thoughts).
*At the first quarter moon, you may need to thin out the seedlings, if you planted more than one, or if you realise you placed them too close together.
*At the full moon appreciate the flowers, or if there are no flowers yet, check that you have been caring for the plant properly and that it has the environment it needs (it could be this isn’t the right seed for you right now, and/ or your current environment needs some changes made).
*Throughout the waning cycle you can make any changes that are needed. Weeding out anything that’s unhelpful for your seed e.g. releasing toxic friendships/ relationships, clearing out physical items, shadow work so that the sun can come through and warm your growing seed etc. You can also harvest the plant if the fruit/ intention is ready. Always with gratitude and appreciation.
*At the next dark moon your attention turns to the new seed to be planted (but keep an eye on the slow-growers that may still need your care), and so the cycle continues.

*I use the Dark Moon to refer to that period of time when the moon is invisible to the naked eye, as it is rising and setting in the same place and at the same time as the sun. The New Moon refers to the specific time and date of the new lunar cycle, which is given by astrologers. It refers to that point in time when the moon is most “dark”/ closest to the sun. For intention setting you want to be working with this NEW energy, so after this given timestamp.