For this past Capricorn New Moon cycle, I decided to go simple with my intentions. Complete devotion to Mother Earth. Her cycles, her structure, her timing. My intention was to focus on complete alignment. As much as possible.
What really stood out for me regarding intentions this past month is that I’m not able to foresee how an intention will play out. I create it and put it out to the universe. I have faith that the universe will hold me in love and know exactly what is needed. How that intention unfolds in my life is magic.
My devotion to Mother Earth almost immediately took shape as devotion to my body. I have begun prioritizing sleep in a way I haven’t for a long time. I am remembering that I do well when I am in bed by 9 and up at 5:30. This honors my own physical body, a child of Mother Earth. In many ways throughout the month I was shown places I was out of integrity with my body. Even now, as I write this, I sit in a café eating a muffin and I am out of integrity. Yes, it’s gluten-free, vegan and maple syrup sweetened, but it’s not really what my body was asking for. Places where I thought it was my body experiencing a craving I have come to realize were actually my mind. I didn’t even need the fact that the card machine broke while trying to pay for the muffin and the wifi was down to to show me I was out of alignment. I already knew.
At the root of my insight is how oppression takes shape in the way I have treated my body. My mind takes the oppressor role and messages show up even in what I tell myself about eating that muffin. I didn’t get my decaf americano, so that means I am good. I am eating the muffin, so that means I am bad and I for sure will feel horrible later. But wait, it’s sweetened with maple syrup. Good, right?
Any time our goodness is based on our actions, that’s oppression showing itself. The truth is that we are innately good and there’s nothing we could ever do that would change that.
I have been actively working to end oppression for over 4 years in a group I meet with regularly. It’s a liberation group, but it is only recently that we have placed an emphasis on looking at the connection between care of our physical environment and personal oppression of our own bodies.
I wasn’t sure what my intentions for the Aquarius New Moon would look like until I started writing this post. It now makes sense to focus on clearing out all the ways oppression shows up in my life and how it gets in the way of my authenticity. I am going to spend the month looking at where I take on an oppressor role. If any of you have taken the time to do this, it’s very hard. It can feel awful, but it’s important. I have good friends along for the journey. People who are also working on their oppressor patterns. We help each other remember our inherent goodness.
A big part of this Aquarius moon cycle is to look at community. Collectively we are moving from a perspective of us as individuals to us as we. Everything I do affects everything and everyone around me. By working toward liberation on all fronts, we will all grow closer as a community.
If you are interested in learning more about this new moon cycle, you can find more information at Mystic Mama. Several astrologists share their insights and guidance. This New Moon is the second one this month and is also another Super Moon, coming closer to the earth than usual. It’s been an amazing way to start this powerful new year. The Aquarius New Moon happens January 30, 2014 at 1:39 pm PST.
Brett Joseph at More Than Astrology also has two related lectures coming up February 6 and 7 in Seattle, WA and Portland, OR. The lecture is titled: The Prophecy of Prometheus. Click the link for more information.
Learn more about Playing with the Moon.
What are your intentions for this New Moon cycle?