THE SACRED BLUEPRINT (PART 1 of 3) - THE LUNAR CYCLE BY KRISTINA WINGEIER

Welcome to Moon 4: New Moon in Scorpio.

 

The Sacred Blueprint is the name I have given to a trinity of cyclical time measurements that give structure to my days, months and years. The more I live in alignment with these natural cycles, the closer I am to both earthly and cosmic rhythms, as well as my own truth.

Keeping time in this way reminds me that I too am made ofthe same matter as the universe: stardust, fire, water, earth and air. 

As above, so below.

For me, the calendar month is a boxed-in, linear, intellectual way of timekeeping, whereas I *know* The Sacred Blueprint in my body. This is the way the ancestors kept time: watching planetary bodies dance in the skies; noting the ever-changing light’s increase, decrease and return; tracking these patterns with stone, bone and blood. 

The Sacred Blueprint is ancient, timeless and absolutely relevant to 21st century living. Over the next 3 moons I will share a little about each cycle in this trinity: The Lunar Cycle, The Wheel of the Year and The Medicine Wheel & The Four Directions.

By exploring these external rhythms in the world around you, you will begin to see how these cycles of change are reflected within your own inner landscape. You'll also begin to see how the trinity overlaps and interweaves, reflecting aspects of themselves within each other. 

 

The Lunar Cycle

 

The Moon has captured our imagination since we first began noticing and tracking the movement of planetary bodies in the sky. The Moon is our planet’s only natural satellite, and she is the closest planetary body to Earth. 

While there are many theories about the Moon’s origin, none are certain, and so she remains a mystery. In many myths from cultures around the globe, the Moon is often connected to the Goddess or Divine Feminine. She is Maiden, Mother, Queen and Crone, depending on which phase she is going through on her monthly journey of transformation.

Each night, the Moon is either growing/expanding (waxing) or shrinking/contracting (waning). She is never static, always changing. Since her cycle around the Sun (as viewed from Earth) takes approximately 29.5 days and the “average” menstrual cycle takes approximately 28 days, the Moon has long been a symbol of women’s innate rhythms & feminine energy.

The Moon reminds us that the only constant is change, that endings become beginnings become endings, and that light and dark are forever entwined, both in the outside world and inside of our own psyches.

As above, so below.

 

The Dance of Earth, Moon and Sun

The Moon and Earth are in a magnetic field of opposite force, and the gravitational pull of the Moon influences the tides here on Earth, drawing water up and down the beach twice a day. Since our bodies are about 60% water, it would make sense that the Moon’s rhythms effect our own internal tides as well. However, tides aren’t just in the ocean, both the Earth’s atmosphere above our head and the Earth’s crust beneath our feet rise and fall to lunar rhythms.

The Moon and the Sun are in a relationship. One of the keys to understanding the lunar cycle is to notice where the Sun is, because the Moon’s phases depend upon the light from Sun.  There is an intricate dance between the Sun, the Earth and the Moon. Each day, the Moon rises in the east and sets in the west, like the Sun. She takes about one month to orbit Earth. The lunar month (a “moonth”) is measured from each new Moon to the next. There are 13 lunar months in a lunar year.

The Earth is spinning on her own axis as she rotates around the Sun. Simultaneously, the Moon is rotating around the Earth.  As the Moon rotates around Earth, the rays of the Sun bounce off of the Moon at different angles, which is why she is a different size every day/night.

This brings a key teaching of the Lunar Mysteries: the Moon acts as a mirror, reflecting the light of the Sun. While it is impossible to look directly at the Sun with the naked eye, we can easily observe the light of La Luna in all of her phases. In our action/light/yang obsessed culture, the Moon reminds us that darkness is an integral part of light: you can’t have light without shadow and shadow requires light. But I digress…

 

Contrary to what she looks like from our view on Earth, the Moon is not actually round. Research out of the University of California suggests the Moon actually looks more like a 'squashed sphere' that bulges at the side and is flat and the top and the bottom. One of the contributors says she resembles "a lemon with an equatorial bulge.” 

It is the gravitational pull of the Earth that draws the larger hemisphere of the Moon towards us, so that she looks round when we view her in the sky. Thus, we are actually only seeing one side of the Moon at any time. She also has a “dark side” which we cannot view from Earth, and this side of the Moon becomes beautifully lit on each Mew Moon and dark each Full Moon.

The Phases of the Lunar Cycle  

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The lunar cycle is usually broken down into 8 phases; each phase lasts approximately 3.5 days. Together, these phases total one lunar month.

The lunar cycle begins with the New Moon. You can't actually see the Moon in the sky during this time because the moon rises and travels across the sky with the sun, setting when the sun sets. The only time you can see the New Moon is during a solar eclipse.  Then the Moon passes in front of the Sun and becomes visible, surrounded by the Sun's fiery corona. Energetically, the New Moon is a place of rest and rejuvenation. This is the time to set intentions or goals - ideas that you wish to cultivate and create during the upcoming lunar cycle. The keyword is for the New Moon is SEED.

Round about the third day of the lunar cycle, a tiny sliver of the Moon appears, called the Crescent Moon. This is when we can first see the Moon in the sky. She has moved 45 degrees away from the Sun and can be found hanging sweetly on the horizon right after sundown. Whenever I see the Crescent Moon I find myself feeling so much joy! Energetically this is a time of quiet incubation, similar to the germination of a seed beneath the soil that brings the first tender shoots of a plant. The keyword for the Crescent Moon is SPROUT.

She continues to be identified as Waxing Crescent until she is halfway to full - then she is called the First Quarter Moon. She is now 90 degrees away from the Sun. Think of these words, half full, and you can feel into the energetics of this phase. This is a time of choice and commitment to your New Moon intentions. It’s a great time to reaffirm the direction you are going, using discernment to course-correct as needed while you take action to realize your vision. The keyword for the First Quarter Moon is GROWTH.

As the Moon continues to wax (grow) she is called Gibbous Moon. She is now 135 degrees apart from the Sun, and while her continued growth represents the growing consciousness and outward expression of your intention, you must remember that even though the Gibbous Moon looks full, she isn’t. The energy is one of waiting, which can be the hardest thing to do! Feel free to fine-tune and analyze but don’t look for results yet. The keyword for the Gibbous Moon is BUD.

The peak of her waxing/expansion is the Full Moon. La Luna is  in direct opposition of the Sun (180 degrees apart), rising on the eastern horizon as the Sun is setting in the west. This is the most intense time during the lunar cycle and emotional energy is at a peak; in fact, the word lunacy is derived from luna and was thought to be a by-product of seeing too clearly by the light of the Full Moon. Over the years I've watched some of my biggest outbursts and arguments occur around the Full Moon. In my life I try to slow down during the day before, day of and day after the Full Moon. Energetically, you can use the light of the Full Moon illuminate the full meaning of the seed you planted back at the New Moon. The keyword for the Full Moon is FLOWER.


The peak expansion of the Full Moon lasts only a moment and then she begins to wane, making her way back towards alignment with the Sun. She is 225 degrees ahead of (or 135 degrees behind, depending how you view things) the Sun, and as she begins to slowly shrink she is known as the Disseminating Moon. The built-up tension of the Full Moon has been released, and the fruition of the cycle is complete. It feels right to disperse and distribute information at this time - teaching/sharing, writing, and journaling are all wonderful ways to engage with this energy. Look over the Waxing Moon cycle and notice what worked & what didn’t - take note of the results from the first half of the lunar cycle. The keyword for the Disseminating Moon is FRUIT.

As the Moon continues waning, she reaches the Third Quarter Moon. She is 270° ahead of (or 90° behind) the Sun. The time between the Full Moon and the New Moon is a time of shedding and releasing as the energy continues to wind down from the Full Moon high. The energy supports continued examination of the earlier part of the cycle: it is time to take stock, noticing where you might have veered off course from your intentions. You might even realize that the intention/goals you set for yourself weren’t quite in alignment with your true desires. This is a good time to figure out what to keep and what to let go of and to actively release whatever is outdated. The keyword for the Third Quarter Moon is HARVEST.

The Moon continues to wane until she has almost completely disappeared from the sky with the Balsamic Moon, sometimes called the Waning Crescent. She is 315° ahead (or 45° behind)the Sun. This is a great time to rest if you can - if possible, plan some down time during this phase. Even an afternoon off can do wonders for your own waning energy. This is the perfect time to clean and discard what you don’t want. Let go of whatever didn’t work out this cycle, no need to keep that energy lodged into your body/mind. Notice the tone of self-talk and move into as much compassion as possible. The keyword for the Balsamic Moon is COMPOST.

Living with La Luna

These days, it is very easy to follow the lunar cycle, as there are numerous lunar calendars available, including plenty of choices of apps for your smart phone. If it feels to overwhelming to pay attention to all 8 lunar phases, you can simply begin by becoming aware of the New Moon and Full Moon each lunar cycle.

From New Moon to Full Moon La Luna is waxing, and we are in the light cycle, while from Full Moon back to New Moon she is waning and we are in the dark/shadow cycle. Inhale and exhale, ebb and flow, start to notice how your own energy matches (or doesn’t) the lunar flow. Write notes in your calendar, in your journal, in your phone or right here in your copy of On Path.

You can also create a New Moon altar and/or intention at the beginning of the lunar cycle, using the keywords for each lunar phase to work with your intention over the course of the lunar month.

If you enjoy the Full Moon energy, place a quart of water outside overnight the eve of the Full Moon. The next day you will have charged Full Moon water to drink or to use for ritual. Likewise, you can lay out any magical tools you’d like to infuse  with lunar magic - crystals in particular will draw in her energy quite well.

In whatever way feels right to you, I encourage you to begin to deepen your relationship to La Luna by noticing her movements across the sky and in your life. Her rhythms are a reliable source of guidance during uncertain times. Tracking the lunar cycle is especially wonderful for peri-menopause when the familiar compass of the menstrual cycle begins to deconstruct. Unlike our unpredictable lives here on Earth, the Moon will never let you down. She always arrives exactly on time.

Next month Moon 5 | New Moon in Sagittarius 

The Sacred Blueprint{part two of three} -  The Wheel of the Year


Kristina Wingeier is a Lunar Mystic, Soul Counselor, and Intuitive Healer. Her services include: Soul Counsel Depth CoachingIntuitive Tarot Readings, and The Conscious Empath Sessions: Re-Patterning Energetic BoundariesHer e-course, The Conscious Empath // Foundation Sessions begins with the New Moon in Aquarius, 2/8/16. Find out more information and/or sign up HERE.

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