new moon in aquarius
it's the first new moon of the year. what better way to invite a creative practice into your daily or weekly routine?
Welcome to the first edition of “Moonlit Musings”, a newsletter for creatives and busy people who want to invite sacred, soulful moments into their monthly routines. Delivered bi-monthly (new and full moon) by a fellow creative, busy mom and tarot reader.
I’m sending this a day early just to keep myself from continuously editing. If only you knew how many times I have written out this newsletter, ignored it for a few days, then came back to tinker with it some more…legit, every time I get an email saying there is a new subscriber, I’m back in here, editing and rewriting.
There are quite a few of you who have signed up for this newsletter, and to be honest, it’s made me a little nervous. Did I write too much? Not enough?
A couple nights ago (literally, cause it’s Jan. 22 as I write this YET AGAIN and this newsletter goes out on the 23rd) I started a book by Brené Brown titled “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead” and within the first chapter she talks about guideposts to follow in order to live wholeheartedly. Among these guideposts are: letting go of what people think, letting go of perfectionism (oh that’s a big one) and letting go of self-doubt.
Now honestly, all ten guideposts are great things to live by, but for me, those three kind of called me out the most. Especially the last two.
Which is why making room for creativity is so important to me. Creativity is something I do for myself — so it doesn’t matter what other people think. Creativity helps me express myself (doubts and all) and teaches me to find the beauty in imperfection.
Creativity has saved more more times than I can count. It’s always been my go-to. Writing has helped me find my voice. Painting brought me back from postpartum depression. Knitting has helped me cope with anxiety.
Creativity can be as complex as taking a class and learning a new craft (knitting, painting, pottery, etc) or it can be as simple as taking five minutes to journal every day or even just twice a month (this is what I do). It can be playing with make up on the weekend, even if you are just staying home. It can be downloading an image editing app and creating a new background for your phone.
For me, creativity is a sacred form of self-care. It is something I do for myself throughout the day/week/month. I can spend time with my kids on the couch while knitting. I can give myself half an hour twice a month to journal. I can find a few hours each month to work on a new painting.
In the past, creativity has led me to running an indie-yarn shop, teaching knitting classes, hosting paint parties and even having books published. Now, I combine my love of tarot into my creative practice by journaling with prompts inspired by tarot and oracle decks.
Creativity helps you discover who you are. Tarot gives you the guidance to grow into who you want to become. Journaling helps you work through it all by helping your mind focus.
It doesn’t take a lot build this practice. Just five little minutes every two weeks. Ten minutes a month. I don’t care if you make a whole ritual of it with candles and music or if you’re just hiding in the bathroom with a notebook pretending to poop just so you can get those minutes to yourself.
This is all about creative, mindful meditation through journaling with tarot.
And while I hope you don’t have to hide in the bathroom, I’m happy you’re here and I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy these guidance readings and creative prompts in your inbox twice a month.
“You do not need anyone’s permission to live a creative life.”
Moon + Magic
New Moon in Aquariaus: Jan. 24, 2020
This new moon, I am using The Moondeck. It’s a gentle deck with very uplifting energy and gorgeous artwork.
“I am the weaver of my reality.”
No matter what the cards say, ultimately, you are in charge of what happens to you.
This is actually something I tell everyone who books a reading with me. I never claim to predict the future, because I truly do not believe anyone can predict it. With tarot I can give guidance, but ultimately, you make your own decisions.
And that’s exactly what this card is reminding us of.
Sure, there may be some external forces beyond our control, but even so, we still have a choice in how we respond. We can’t control the weather, but we control how we react to it.
Creating the reality we want for ourselves begins with setting clear, focused intentions — setting intentions with the new moon is a beautiful ritual to practice, since new moons = new beginnings (there’s a reason I’m starting this newsletter with the first new moon of the year, y’all).
If you are in a situation that no longer suits you, it’s time to take an honest look at what you do want and begin to weave those intentions into your reality. It’s kind of like how the first step to overcoming a problem is admitting that you have a problem.
The first step in weaving the reality you want is to be honest with yourself about what kind of reality you want.
A prime example is this newsletter. You’re here because you’ve always wanted your cards read, but want to know how it all works first. Or maybe you recognize the desire to invite a sacred, soulful practice into your life and need some encouragement and prompts to get you started. That’s exactly what this newsletter is for.
So congrats, you’re already weaving the reality you want to live.
New Moon in Aquarius
So Aquarius is an air sign and air signs are all about intellect and logic. There is not a lot of room for emotion, here. When in Aquarius, there’s a philosophical nature to that intellect.
If you’ve ever wanted to begin or get back to a journaling habit, this is the new moon to do it with.
In tarot, the moon card signifies illusions and doubt. When we journal, it can help workout some of the doubt we are feeling. Sometimes, just brain-dumping everything (and literally everything, no matter how unconnected and random it is) on paper can help ease the doubt and help us see a problem clearly. By journaling all our emotion onto paper, we can begin to approach the problem with logic and reason.
If journaling is new to you or you are simply out of practice here are some ways to get started. I’m of the opinion that journaling is best done old school — pen and paper — but if you prefer a digital format or even voice-recording, do what works for you.
Some ways I work journaling into my creative practice is by journaling twice a month (with new and full moon). Journaling doesn’t have to be a daily thing. We’re all busy and sometimes finding the time or energy to write our thoughts down each day is just asking a little too much. But once or twice a month? Totally doable! Decide what works best for you: writing early in the morning or late at night. It should be a time where you can write for at least 5-10min uninterrupted.
Other things to help with your journaling:
A nice notebook
A special pen (I actually use a fancy fountain pen with purple ink)
Scented candle or EO diffuser (hint: lavender is relaxing!)
Soft music (these days I’m really into instrumental Lo-Fi)
Beverage (water, wine, whatever)
A light snack
By making journaling into a mini-ritual (when possible), it signifies to yourself that this time is sacred and important. It’s a lot like any other form of self-care — you make it into a ritual and that time becomes precious to you. You start to look forward to it. And when you look forward to something, you are less likely to find an excuse not to do it.
Some prompts to get you started based on our card of the week and the new moon in Aquarius:
Since we are setting intentions, make a list of desires you have. Putting them to paper is a way of weaving them into your reality! They can be things you want this week, this month or even this year. Make a list for all three! After all, we are still in January, so setting clear, focused goals is totally the thing to do right now. It’s not too late to find a word of the year or set some resolutions. Try to attack the big three— mind, body and soul. For example, some of my goals with the new moon are: mind - read a book each month, body - attend workout class 4x a week and eat cleaner, soul - paint every week and journal with tarot twice a month. So far this week, I am hitting those goals. I haven’t finished my book yet, but I’m confident I will.
If you want something more visual, create a vision board with your goals for the year (or month). Hint: Create a digital vision board on a service such as Canva and make it your desktop and/or phone wallpaper. The more you see it, the more likely you are to weave those goals into your reality. For some inspo, check out my vision board via my IG Highlights. If you spend a lot of time on Pinterest, make a whole board filled with quotes, images, etc. Watch how your goals shift and evolve over the course of a year. It’s a great tool for reflecting at the end of the year. Here’s mine, btw. I try to add to it weekly. Share your board with friends and family — invite them to support you! Community is everything when it comes to helping us succeed in our goals. When you have people in your corner cheering you on, you are more likely to stay motivated and focused.
Write about something you have wanted in your life and what’s keeping you from making it a reality. Why is that keeping you from your goals? What can you do to start changing that? I have always wanted to be more social. If you’ve read my full story on my About page, you’d know that I’ve gone literal months without any communication with another person aside from my husband. I recognized over this past summer that I hadn’t really branched out to make many friends here, either. What was keeping me from making friends? Nothing. Myself. I needed to get involved and put myself out there — and it’s so, so scary to do — but when you realize that you are the only thing stopping you from reaching certain goals…it’s like a kick in the ass. Like, damn. Literally nothing is stopping me from being social except myself. And if I just join a group or volunteer somewhere, I can start meeting people.
For something more action-based, set the goal to try something new this month. This can be as big as traveling somewhere or as small as trying a new recipe. Be creative! I’ve had a sewing machine for years and years and years. I’ve always been too afraid to use it. This month I’ve been practicing with it by sewing on Girl Scout patches. My next goal is to sew something with fabric. I’m not sure what just yet, but if y’all don’t see me posting about the whatever-I-made with it’s crooked stitches in the next couple of weeks, call me out on my bullshit and tell me to sit at my sewing machine.
If you have no one to share your goals with or aren’t really a post-it-to-FB type of person, reply to this email and share them with me. Or don’t. I’m still cheering you on, just the same.
Thank you for subscribing to “Moonlit Musings”. The next issue will release with the full moon on Feb. 9, 2020. If you find yourself curious for a personalized tarot reading, feel free to book a session through my website.