Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute:
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it:
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Only engage and the mind grows heated;
Begin and then the work will be completed.
There are 13 lunar cycles to a calendar year of 12 months, 13 opportunities for new beginnings.
The New Phase of the Moon initiates the waxing half of the lunar cycle. Waxing means growing in light, representing formative processes. Dane Rudyhar writes that the waxing time represents the “power of instinct”. Thus, during the two-week waxing period we need to express our spontaneity and instinctive behaviors. Beginning is paramount; outcome is incidental.
At the New Moon the sky is dark. The exact time of it by direct observation is impossible. Metaphysically, the dark represents the unconscious mind, individually and collectively. It is a reflective time, a time to be open and receive clues from the Universe.
The phase begins with a gradual emergence that feels like unfinished business or something pressing to do, but, you’re not sure what it is, it’s “dark” out. If we neglected to do our mental/emotional/spiritual housecleaning during the previous phase/cycle, it requires effort to shake off the lethargy and the hovering ghosts.
The new phase also represents the passage from nothingness to the more active part of the cycle. It is the stillness behind the motion, the state of suspension before the birth, steeped with hope, possibilities, and significant beginnings.
It’s an interesting practice to investigate the space between endings and beginnings. May find that both happen at the same time, and time becomes a wheel.
During these days/months we need to express energy instinctively. Becoming attuned to ourselves and less focused on the external environment, unless you practice spiritual feng shui in your home. This period may also be experienced as a state of confusion, being completely in the dark about the “why” of our actions. Spontaneity and impulsive actions are okay to practice now. Like Nike said, Just Do It.
When the sun and the moon come together at the New Moon, our sense of purpose and our unconscious responses become one and the same, blending their energy. Yin and Yang are one, briefly.
It is a time to trust our unconscious and let it be our guide. The Universe will open the door now. Watch, listen, pay attention to what you attract.
If you are astrologically literate and familiar with your natal chart take notice of where the new moon falls. What house is it in and does it aspect any of your planets?
It seems logical to begin things during the time of the new moon. After all it does represent beginnings! However, because the unconscious element is so prevalent at this time take heed. The results you get from starting projects during a new moon may not always be the results you plan for. The unconscious is in control during this time. And, sometimes, most times, our unconscious is a mystery.
I recommend you use this phase to practice being in the moment, aware of sensations in the body, thoughts, emotions, and breath. Give your self some moments of long stillness and then give yourself permission to be (safely, responsibly) impulsive. Let it be okay to not have a goal, or make a new one. Watch what comes to you. Journal.
Later, after a few cycles have completed you can look back and see the significance of the events that began at this time.
Coming: Yoga Practices for the New Moon
Looking backwards can be a useful practice at times; especially when you’re pregnant.
We’ve all had the experience of being gestated in a womb. At least I hope so, still **. Things are changing so fast now, so much more is possible with the advances (?) of science. Things just don’t stay the same; impermanence is the nature of all things.
The environment of the womb is not isolated or separate from the larger world, and the mother is subject to external conditions & circumstances beyond her ability to control or even process! Her emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs are transmitted loud and clear into the fetus. The watery womb is the perfect medium by which energetic, non-verbal information enters the fetus affecting not just the physical growth, but the mental and emotional growth as well. Everything that is happening outside of the womb, happens in the womb, too. As above, So below.
Astrology provides a unique insight into one’s pre-natal conditioning and can give you some important information that might have gone un-realized until right now. I am speaking of the Pre-Natal Eclipse. Astrologers locate this by looking back in the ephemeris to find the eclipse that occurred just before your birth. It could be either a solar or lunar eclipse. Where it was located in the zodiac is where the information is stored. It’ll show up in your natal chart in one of your houses (bhava).
It is a significant place in the natal chart to study, particularly if you are pregnant, have had children, or want to. It describes the cosmic weather that was and still is in effect during your own gestation.
If you are curious and determined to become more self-aware regardless of where it takes you than you might want to arrange for a consultation with a professional to talk about your personal pre-natal experiences because whether you understand astrology or not the conditions (external & internal) that were present during the ime of the pre-natal eclipse have marked you just as significantly as your personal DNA.
The more we can understand our own Birth Story/History the more we are able to understand and create optimal conditions for the future children we carry in our wombs. Yes? No?
Yoga teaches us that the time is (always) NOW. One of my teachers impressed upon me that what we feel, we heal and what better time to heal oneself? We all want what’s best for our children. Becoming a parent, a mother most especially, is such a unique experience. The more we practice yoga, on and off the mat, the more we become aware of the myriad of sensations, thoughts, feelings, and insights that occur without pause, inside of us. This is a moment of transformation, this new awareness. We can intentionally insert a “change” order, if we are so inclined. Regardless, taking one conscious breath while you continue to observe, is all that is necessary.
The whole birthing process has changed. The advances of modern science & technology are competing with the previous advances of mid-wifery and natural birth. The natural flow of intuition is being silenced by society and many women do not know what it means to ‘trust your body’. It is vitally important that we remember who we really are.
to be continued…………………….
**Today, as I edit this post again, the date is July 31, 2013 and it’s 6:45 am. I watched a debate recently on a show called, Intelligence Squared. The topic debated: Should we genetically engineer babies?
Om shanti, shanti, shantihi.