Happy New Moon and Solar Eclipse friends! This year in North America, the sidereal Scorpio lunar cycle spans December 3 2021 – January 1 2022.
If you want to dive into more general information about Vedic Astrology, you can check out the blog posts linked below. If you want to move right into Scorpio season, please continue to read on!
why follow the lunar calendar?
At each New Moon, the forces of the Moon [nurturing, sensitivity and connection] and Sun [empowerment, confidence and self-responsibility] come together in a unique section of the sky. This is said to initiate a seed moment: a unique opportunity to work with particular themes in your life that are alive in the cosmos above you and within you.
Working with Jyotisa (Vedic Astrology), you are invited to use the unique energies of each lunation as inspiration, initiating a potent, rhythmic flow to living life in a connected and empowered way.
The following steps outline a process that you could follow to engage with the cosmic energy over the course of this lunar cycle.
Without further ado, let’s get started!
Step 1: new moon – access your free lunar calendar
step 2: new moon – acquaint yourself with the ruling planet of this cycle
step 3: new moon – determine how the force of the ruling planet is characterized
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.
Note: This New Moon also brings with it a Solar Eclipse. From our perspective on earth, the Moon will block the light of the Sun, effectively blocking the light of your empowerment, confidence and self-responsibility. This can be disconcerting and uncomfortable. It can also offer an opportunity for an empowerment, confidence and self-responsibility reset within you. Because of the added eclipse energy to this cycle, I invite you to rest during this New Moon period. If it feels good to brainstorm, go for it! And if you notice yourself wanting to step away, gift yourself that space. You might be managing not only the New Moon and Solar Eclipse energy, but also the Lunar Eclipse energy from two weeks ago. There is a lot going on! This is an opportunity to practice self-care.
Brainstorming: The Planetary Ruler
- Consider the list of Core Values (see Step 2); notice if any have particular resonance for you at this time.
- Are your Needs for Thriving, Vitality and Protection 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.
- How is your inner warrior? What does your inner warrior get up to when it isn’t on the battlefield?
Brainstorming: The Characteristics:
- Which characterizations (see Step 3) of the Core Values resonate with you most (for example, Psychological Protection, Investigating Thriving, or Courageous Vitality)?
- 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 Value 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, and you may wish to take time to be with those requests, providing space for consideration and updates 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 pushes against your inherited limitations,
2. It allows you to own your values, and
3. It creates space for all people to do (1) and (2); 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 practice of right choosing. What needs tending in your life based on the current energy above you in the cosmos? How can you bring your experience of these forces within the control of your practice?
step 7: full moon – reflect
At this phase, the Sun’s full light is being reflected by the Moon. This means that the nurturing, sensitive and connected parts of you are basking in the light of your own empowerment, confidence and self-responsibility.
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 notice any effects that you attribute to the solar eclipse? How is your empowerment, confidence and self-responsibility?
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 these on a piece of paper and tape it to your fridge or mirror so that every time you see it, 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 work with lunar energy; my intention is only to spark curiosity and empowerment within you.
If you are looking for more support, please consider joining the reclaim. program, where we dive deeply into each lunar cycle’s energy, using the map of the cosmos to practice self-understanding within the backdrop of Patañjali’s Yoga.
Disclaimer: I am not a trained Vedic Astrologist (yet 😉); what I am sharing with you here is based on my personal studies with Elise de Villiers of Earth & Sky Way as well as information that I have picked up from the work of Komilla Sutton and Sam Geppi.
This post is a synthesis of Vedic Astrology, Nonviolent Communication (aka Compassionate Communication), and Yoga philosophy.
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.