Happy New Moon and belated equinox! This year in North America, the tropical Aries lunar cycle spans March 31 – April 29 2022.
If you have been practicing with me for a while, you may notice that in this post I have switched from using the sidereal theory of the zodiac to using the tropical theory. In case you’re curious, this blog post will tell you a bit more about that transition process for me.
Without further ado, let’s get into it!
why follow the lunar calendar?
At each New Moon, the inspiration from the Moon [beauty, connection, nourishment, sensitivity] and Sun [constancy, order, protection from harm, self-confidence] come together in a unique section of the sky. You can treat this conjunction as a seed moment, wherein you are invited to use the unique inspiration of each lunation’s theme to initiate a potent, rhythmic flow of practicing living life in a connected and sensitive, yet ordered and confident way!
The following steps outline a process that you could follow to engage with the cosmic inspiration over the course of this lunar cycle.
Step 1: new moon – access your free 2022 lunar calendar
step 2: new moon – acquaint yourself with the ruling planet of this cycle
step 3: new moon – determine how the CORE CONCEPTS of the ruling planet ARE characterized
The zodiac sign (rāśi) determines how the Core Concepts are flavoured / characterized. In particular, note that this is the ACTIVE form of Mars, rather than the reflective form of Mars (Scorpio). Characteristics of Aries include competition, enthusiasm, assertiveness, passion, beginnings and initiation. The Archetype of Aries from the reclaim. Program is The Self-Starter.
step 4: new moon – brainstorm
The New Moon and the two days that follow are a great time for brainstorming. Consider journaling, making voice memos and/or creating space for thinking and consideration regarding the below prompts. Know that this New Moon time is NOT about editing what you come up with! It is about getting everything out that comes up.
Brainstorming: The Core Concepts
- Consider the list of Core Concepts (see Step 2); notice if any have particular resonance for you at this time.
- Are your Needs for ability, initiative, self-responsibility and vitality met or unmet at this time? As part of your brainstorming, you could describe examples of when each of these were and were not met, noticing the circumstances and who was involved in each scenario.
- Do you consider yourself a Self-Starter?
- Do you perpetually begin things without finishing them?
- Or do you have trouble starting anything at all?
- Do you land somewhere in the middle?
Brainstorming: The Characteristics
- Which flavours / characteristics (see Step 3) resonate with you most?
- Are there any actions that you know you need to take?
- Are certain situations, circumstances or people entering into your thoughts as you complete this exercise?
Note that not every Concept or Characteristic may resonate with you, and that’s okay! The invitation is to work with whatever is alive in you now.
step 5: new moon – requests
Formulate requests of yourself based on your reflections (Step 4) that will support you in taking action and building momentum over the waxing half of this cycle.
Try writing your requests using positive action language: that is, expressing what you ARE requesting of yourself (rather than what you ARE NOT requesting). Be as clear and concrete as possible, using specific dates, objects, activities, times, etc.
Notice if you want to make any requests of others based on your reflections. Again, you can write your requests using positive action language. You may wish to take a few days to consider them, updating them as needed before sharing them with others.
step 6: first quarter moon – act!
The waxing half of the cycle is about getting stuff done!
Try out your requests: see how things go, modify if something really isn’t working, stick with something if you’re not sure, add something in if you want!
Any practice is an expression of Patañjali’s Yoga when it has these three qualities:
1. It enables you to challenge your past. Think: friction, heat producing, going against your own grain.
2. It enables you to self-regulate going forwards, creating the space for critical thinking.
3. It is done in devotion to all People having the option to choose to practice (1) and (2) also; it is a practice of devotion to Sovereignty (Yoga Sūtra II.1).
The point here is to draw inspiration from the current lunar cycle into your yoga practice (aka your practice of morally constraining your mind (Yoga Sūtra I.2)). Which actions need changing / interrupting / nurturing in your life based on inspiration from the Core Concepts? How can shift from (un)luck in these areas (aka causation) to control in these areas (aka responsibility)?
step 7: full moon – reflect
At this phase, the Sun’s full light is being reflected by the Moon. Symbolically, the beautiful, connected, nourished and sensitive parts of you are basking in the light of your own constancy, order, protection from harm and self-confidence.
This is a time to celebrate! It is a time to reflect. It is a time to appreciate yourself and the choices that you have made over the first half of this lunar cycle.
Only you know the most appropriate way to do this: it might look like connecting with others, it could look like solitude. It might sound loud and boisterous, it could sound like silence. Tune into your body and see what it’s asking for!
step 8: last quarter moon – reflect
This phase is all about taking a compassionate and discerning look at how this cycle went for you. This is your opportunity to release what didn’t work, integrate what did and prepare for rest.
So, what worked? What didn’t? Were your preparation and brainstorming efforts during the New Moon helpful? Did you follow through with your requests or did you end up going in an entirely different direction?
Did you ‘make the most’ of the cycle? Why or why not? Regardless of your answer, remember that this cycle will come around again! You always have the opportunity to improve and practice; no lessons of this section of the sky will ever be ‘lost.’
What are you ready to let go of from this cycle? Is there anything else (related or unrelated) that is taking up space and is ready for release?
What are you wanting to integrate from this cycle? Consider normative lessons that can be applied across different relationships/circumstances. You might write them on a piece of paper to tape to your fridge or mirror, so that every time you see this reminder you can practice integrating them.
How can you prepare for rest? Is there anything that you can put off starting until next cycle? Remember: free time doesn’t have to mean available time. Free time can be in and of itself productive. How can you gift yourself with spaciousness?
I hope that this post offers you some inspiration over the course of this lunar cycle! Know that there is no one ‘right way’ to follow the moon; my hope is only to spark curiosity and empowerment within you.
If you are looking to practice with others, please consider joining the reclaim. Program, where we dive deeply into each lunar cycle’s inspiration, using the map of the cosmos to practice self-understanding within the backdrop of Patañjali’s Yoga.
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I wish you a nourishing and holistically productive lunar cycle! Please do not hesitate to be in touch with any questions or comments that you might have. And if you found this interesting, please consider sharing it with your network by using the icons below.
Note: the astrological inspiration contained in this blog post was synthesized as a result of my research into Vedic astrology and the tropical zodiac, combined with an active effort to remove gendering from the symbology.
This post is a synthesis of astrology, nonviolent communication (aka compassionate communication), and Patañjali’s yoga philosophy.