Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.
— Maya Angelou
Today the New Moon is in Scorpio and once again, the Moon gives us the opportunity to work with her energy in ways that bring us back to ourselves. A New Moon is when the moon is darkened, at the end of the waning cycle. Its the dark moment before the moon starts to grow with light and energy (waxing) towards its fullness. Equally as powerful as Full Moons, New Moons give us an entirely different energy to work with. Like all magical rhythms of nature, we can work with the energy or against it, and I have found it not only much more pleasant to work with energy, but beneficial on the path in becoming a whole person.
New Moons are dark and so we must go in. Deep, deep inside ourselves, as if our soul is the warm sleeping soil of earth. Here we can plant our most precious seeds, the ones we may not have told anyone else about. These seeds - our intentions, our goals, our dreams - can be nourished deep inside this fertile soil. Going deep inside can be a journey of fear, as we don't know what we will find deep inside ourselves. Is the soil of our soul just dirt in our minds? Do we view this fertile ground as barren, lifeless and too dark to grow our dreams? It is not. The richness of your soul is not yours to be striped bare and lifeless, it will persist despite our worst thoughts, our most wounding experiences. That is one of life's greatest joys - to realize that even after all the hurt and pain, there is a part of us untouched, unscarred and full of sacred life.
What seeds will your plant during this New Moon energy? Little seeds? Small goals that may have big impacts? Or perhaps the beginning seeds of something bigger, something that will take time, patience and nurturing to fully grow? Or perhaps a simple seed of acceptance. The way gardeners plant companions in the garden, the acceptance seed is always worth sowing along with your other intentions.
Over the next few days, journal, meditate, talk a walk, find some quiet, take a moon bath - connect to what needs growing and nurturing in your life. The New Moon energy is here to support you.