New Moon Vibes

Make the Most of the New Moon Vibes

Every month, the moon transits through its different phases. One of its most powerful phases is that of the New Moon. So what is a New Moon and what sort of things are recommended to do to really make the most of the energy around us.

What is a New Moon

Simply put, it’s when you look up into the clear night sky and there’s no moon visible. As the nights pass, more and more of the moon becomes visible as the moon begins to “grow” again, until it becomes a Full Moon after which it slowly cycles through to a New Moon again. And repeat.

Why Does it Matter to You?

For millennia the moon and its phases, as well as the sun and whatever it was up to, hugely impacted the lives of the folk on this planet, not only for religious and spiritual reasons but also because until the Romans adopted the solar based Gregorian calendar and spread it throughout their empire, the main calendar in use was in fact, lunar.

In modern times many don’t believe that the moon and her phases can affect life on Earth, and to each their own but, increasingly, more and more of us are starting to notice how the different phases of the moon do seem to have an impact on our own moods and behaviour at different times in her cycle.

By respecting and honouring the different energies during the different phases, some believe that their lives noticeably improve. So, what to expect and do with the New Moon energy?

How to Work with New Moon Energy

  1. Cleanse – whether its your crystals or divination tools like tarot cards or runes that you’ve used since the last cycle, now is the perfect time to cleanse. Many choose to burn sage but certain essential oils work well too. Other options are to use singing bowls or other sounds like chanting or singing. And don’t forget to cleanse yourself and your environment whilst you’re at it – sage and incense is great for this but also just getting out into nature or taking a bath with Epsom salts is fantastic to clear your auric field. Additionally, give the house a good once over, organising that cupboard or drawers you’ve been meaning to get round to for ages. You’ll know it’s worked when you feel lighter and brighter.
  2. Charge – your crystals that is by leaving them out overnight, or for a few hours at least, to soak up that New Moon energy.
  3. Intention Setting – if you don’t journal daily or weekly then try to make the effort to do it at least every New Moon. Brainstorm all your inspirations, ambitions and new ideas out on a piece of paper. This is a powerful method of setting new intentions for yourself and, without knowing it, you’ll be downloading and channelling ideas and divine insight from the Universe! A good alternative to this if writing’s not your thing is to make a vision board. It doesn’t have to be nothing fancy, just a blank card that you fill up with images, phrases and words that inspire you. Put it somewhere that you’ll see every day on waking and you might be surprised on where you find yourself by the next New Moon cycle!
  4. Create – new ways to get healthier by picking areas to work on that excite you. Often this can be a new exercise regime or hobby or find innovative ways to build on what you started in the last cycle.
  5. Rest and Recharge – yourself! A perfect way to do this is by meditating and reflecting on all that has happened since the last New Moon. If meditating is not for you then prayer is often a more familiar alternative. It’s a time to take the pace down a notch or two and make space for a new phase in your own life. It’s probably a good idea to do this before you start intention setting.

Obviously, you can do anything you like but these are just a few common ways that those who do like to work with the energies of the moon frequently choose to do so. As you progress and this becomes a natural monthly feature in your life you might even choose spellwork or invocations.

The idea is simply to pick a ritual that doesn’t feel forced. I know that when I first came across New Moon Rituals none of them really felt like me. And that’s because these are just ideas. You have to find little bits here and there and adapt until you find a ritual that feels right for you. For example, I like to do a tarot reading and write this down in my journal to review at the next New Moon to help me reflect on where I was and where I am now as well as where I’m headed. Lighting candles and burning sage and incense, whilst cleansing and clearing space, are all just ways to help get me in the right headspace.

And remember that the New Moon energies tend to be with us for a day or two before the actual New Moon and a day or two after. So currently the New Moon in Gemini for May 2020 was last night, 22 May – I’ll be doing my ritual work this evening. I’ll then look to do another ritual at the Full Moon in June, which is another very powerful moon phase in which to start enacting your own rituals, but in a different way. More on that another time!

For now, why not pick one or two of your favourites from the above ideas and give them a go on the next New Moon to start seeing how you can benefit from the energies all around us?

Lessons From Lockdown

What Did the Lockdown Teach You?

As we here in England begin to, tentatively, emerge from lockdown with restrictions still in place but to a slightly lesser degree, it seems as good a time as any to pause and ask ourselves what life lessons from lockdown did we learn.

Whenever any great trauma or challenge is thrown at us, it’s the perfect opportunity for self-growth. As the popular song by Green Day goes:

It’s not a question but a lesson learned in time…”

Good Riddance/Time of Your Life (Green Day)

Career Life Lessons

I’m sure many of us are emerging from lockdown as very different people with very different circumstances to how we went into it. Take jobs, for example. So many of us have been furloughed and/or have been made or will be made redundant. Sure, we could sit there (as I at times have myself), and demand to know “Why me?” and feel sorry for ourselves, or we could use the time to apply for other jobs, try our hand at something new and see whether that could bring in some unexpected cash.

I use this as an example as it’s a life lesson from Coronavirus that has applied to me personally. As someone who identified strongly with my career finding out that my role was one of those up for potential redundancy of course came as a bitter blow. Having the threat of this hanging over me for a month or so also isn’t good for someone who tends to get quite anxious if I don’t know the outcome of something “now”.

Don’t get me wrong, I still have the occasional “wobble” about it but, 3 weeks later, Covid-19 has brought me multiple new life lessons in this area. Firstly, I’m learning the lifeskill of going through the redundancy process which is something new for me. Secondly, I’m learning to be okay with not knowing the outcome of everything “right now” – I’ll find out when I need to know and I’ll deal with the issue then. Thirdly, it’s opened up the prospect of a new life for me applying for new roles and fourthly I’ve started getting paid for my writing by being accepted as a writer for other people’s blogs! I am insanely excited by that. No the rates aren’t as good as they were when I coached or was a lawyer, but I do love to write!

I never would have even thought to apply as a freelance writer for hire had the pandemic not come along and threatened my livelihood but here I am getting paid for a hobby. Blessing in disguise maybe?

Personal Life Lessons

Before Covid-19, I did not know that I could be stuck in the same building with my husband, 2 children and dog for 2 months straight without actually going insane. Yet here I am!

Not that we haven’t had our moments as I’m sure many of us have especially with homeschooling my 8-year old 5 days a week for 6 hours a day. Then there’s the challenges faced by those of us living alone who have found ourselves isolated from loved ones other than by some limited contact via technology.

As someone who adores staying home when I’m not working, I’ve discovered that once lockdown is lifted, I want to make more of an effort to go to at least one or two places extra, more often. You really can have too much of a good thing!

I’ve also tried, as much as possible to go through this experience without alcohol so it’s now been almost 7 weeks without a drink with some interesting results. I definitely think I am dealing with the threat of redundancy better without alcohol and, overall, whilst there are still good days and bad in this whole experience, the swing from good to bad has been less pronounced, with less mood swings and a better awareness of myself and others.

Spiritual Life Lessons

This one has been a biggie and I’m very grateful that even before the pandemic struck, I already had a good set of tools and practices such as yoga, meditation, journalling, tarot reading and access to spiritual reading/viewing material on YouTube and Kindle (see link below).

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/hz/subscribe/ku?*entries*=0&_encoding=UTF8&*Version*=1&shoppingPortalEnabled=true

The biggest lesson here for me has been to live in the moment and the well-known spiritual teacher, Eckart Tolle (https://eckharttolle.com/), who also has a free YouTube channel, has really helped explain this concept in an amusing yet profound way.

We’ve become accustomed in the West to looking for things “out there” to fill the emptiness we all feel sometimes. Lessons from lockdown here then have been that if we go inwards to face that emptiness, to sit with it, to listen to it, we can find an inner peace that cannot be reached or obtained by anything “out there”. Without the distractions of the outer world, we can connect with our inner wisdom to help us through the inevitable and necessary challenges and lessons life will always throw our way. Big spotlight shined here for me these last few weeks!

The Coronavirus has swept into all of our lives in 2020 in a way that few of us could have imagined at the start of the year. It has of course brought with it some very sad situations for many people and families. But, as with all of life’s difficulties, one of the benefits is that there are blessings to be found alongside those difficulties. It can be extremely rewarding, and give us renewed strength for the next phase of lockdown, to take a moment to reflect back on the lessons we’ve learned in lockdown.

Feel free to share this article with others, especially if you think it would help them through this challenging time.

How Sober is Your Quarantine?

Cheers!

Here in the UK, the full lockdown started on 23 March 2020. That’s currently about one month ago and I think many of us have found it to be more of a roller-coaster of emotions than what we were expecting. Who knew that being forced to stay home would have such an effect on our state of mind?

Judging by my social media feed, and my own life experience, when us humans encounter unpleasant emotions, we tend to try to find a way to escape those emotions. Cue alcohol and lots of it!

The weather has also been exceptionally pleasant and that I find always tends to get the beer flowing, especially if we’re having BBQs and the like.

Anyone who’s followed this site for any length of time may have heard me speak before of how I let my own alcohol use get out of hand – not in that I was an alcoholic in my view but I was a problem drinker (if there’s even a difference!). I also allowed myself to end up in dangerous situations, with the last serious situation leading to me waking up in a local hospital with concussion, having knocked myself out, falling over whilst inebriated – classy.

As such, I am the last person to judge anyone on their alcohol consumption and that is absolutely not the intention of this post. Really, just to raise that awareness that sometimes we can drink more than we realise we are drinking or that we justify the amount we are drinking (as I used to do!) by believing, rightly or wrongly, that the amounts we are putting away are within social norms so it’s alright.

It’s been nearly 18 months since my concussion episode and although I still occasionally drink, I’ve found, thankfully, that I simply can’t drink like I used to. Otherwise, I know that I would have spent the last month in an alcohol-induced haze with all the awful effects such over-indulgence can have on our physical bodies and looks but especially our psychological state of mind.

A friend of mine messaged me last week at around 2:30 in the afternoon saying that she’d just woken up but since it was the afternoon she was going to pour herself a drink. Again, no judgement – if she enjoyed that drink then good for her. There was definitely concern though that this was her first thought upon waking. I remember saying to her that, at the time, I hadn’t had a drink in 2 weeks and was really pleased with my progress, to which she replied that she didn’t know how that was even possible in lockdown. It’s frightening but 18 months ago, I would absolutely have agreed with her.

My last alcoholic beverage was almost 3 weeks ago now, which on a personal level is great given that I was trying to reduce my alcohol intake for years and 18 months ago, even 3 weeks without a drink would have been unthinkable! Having said that, 3 weeks without an alcoholic beverage, or anything else, means that I am living through this pandemic (as are many others of course), in full on technicolour with no escape from reality. That can also do a number on one’s mental health – I absolutely appreciate that this can mean that I am stressed and snapping at those closest to me which is no better so currently my goal is to improve on that. Otherwise, I may as well have a drink!

Current guidelines for both men and women are not to drink more than 14 units per week, but to spread those units over the week (rather than binge-drinking them all in one go), but also having several alcohol-free days per week. This equates to, roughly, 6 normal-sized glasses of wine or pints of beer per week. Of course, we can drink more than the recommended amount but just know that there will be a trade-off at some point, in either looks, physical health and/or mental health.

I know that my main reason for drinking, even now, is because I am “bored”; as if drinking alcohol will somehow magically stop me from being bored. What I have noticed though when I do drink these days is that I’m still bored when I drink alcohol, it’s just less noticeable because I’ve dulled my senses. I spend my time scrolling social media and doing nothing else. Not at all how I want to spend my lockdown.

It is so easy for our habits to change for the worse during a crisis like this and so much harder, for me anyway, to get the status quo back. I guess what might be telling is if before lockdown you could easily only have a drink after 6pm or at a weekend or go for a week or longer without an alcoholic beverage but now the thought somehow freaks you out or you don’t think you could do it, that’s a little red flag right there. Nipping it in the bud sooner rather than later might be easiest in the long run.

If you do want any advice or help with managing your alcohol intake, I found this site had a lot of great ideas: https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/alcohol-facts/alcoholic-drinks-units/latest-uk-alcohol-unit-guidance/

Otherwise, as long as you’re happy with your alcohol intake then – cheers! 🙂

April 2020: Readings Now Available!

Oracle & Goddess Card Messages for April 2020

Oracle and Goddess Card readings now available for all zodiac elements, Fire, Air, Earth and Water over at our YouTube channel.

And, we’ve thrown in a mystery musical link at the end of the reading for an added special message.

Let me know in the comments if the artist/band/album has a special meaning for you.

And if you enjoyed the reading, or know someone who might, please do like, share and subscribe as a way to support the channel.

Look forward to seeing you in the May 2020 readings…

The Covid-19 Diaries: Day 16

How Are You Surviving Lockdown?

It’s starting to feel a bit like Groundhog Day already for me, and we’re only on Day 16. Judging by my social media feed, I’m not the only one so for a change of pace in today’s post, I thought it might be interesting to hear how everyone else is keeping themselves occupied during lockdown?

I’m the sort of person who can’t sit still at the best of times even though I love being at home. I always have to be doing something – blogging, knitting/crocheting, tarot cards, yoga, meditating, guitar, reading, PS4, Candy Crush! And then there’s the more mundane tasks – cleaning out garages, cupboards, every room in the house from top to bottom. And when all else fails, there’s always the Netflix/YouTube rabbit holes to fall down.

It’s not often that people in every country in the world find themselves going through an event like this all at the same time. So whether you’re in lockdown in the UK like me or elsewhere in Europe, North or South America, Australasia or Asia, why not get involved and add a comment to this post telling us where you are and how you’re surviving lockdown.

If nothing else, it’s a way to fill the time – ready, set, go!

The Covid-19 Diaries: Day 15

Boris Johnson Taken into Intensive Care

Shocking news this evening, that Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister who was hospitalised last night having tested positive for Covid-19 over a week ago, has in the last hour or so been transferred to an intensive care ward as a “precautionary” measure.

I don’t know but that word “precautionary” seems to have been used a lot by Downing Street during Mr Johnson’s illness. He’s clearly more ill than what we have, until now, been led to believe.

And that’s the frightening thing about Covid-19; some people, like Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, seem to have mild symptoms and are back to work in a week. Others, with underlying symptoms, tend to have it far worse and can need help breathing if the condition isn’t to become fatal. I’m not aware that Boris Johnson has known underlying health conditions – it certainly isn’t being reported that he has – but of course, any one of us could have an underlying health condition that we don’t yet know about, Mr Johnson included. I certainly hope he, and all others affected, make a full and swift recovery soon.

Today has also seen the start of a 7-day Yoga Retreat at Home in the Yoga Ritual series on the YWA website, Find What Feels Good – link below if you’re interested. It’s about 15 minutes a day of yoga, followed by a 5 minute meditation, a daily walk and drinking plenty of water. Usually, you have to be a member of the site to get access to this particular content but you can sign up for a 7-day free access to have a go and start it anytime:

https://fwfg.com/

As the Easter holidays have now properly started, it’s a challenge for us parents to keep the brood entertained. My masterplan today was to teach my 8-year old, Twinkle, Twinkle on the guitar, just on one string which did actually keep her entertained for a while. Hopefully, she’ll be as keen tomorrow to get back on it and perfect it whilst I belt out Someone You Loved on mine – our neighbours must be delighted!

The Covid-19 Diaries: Day 14

An Address from Her Majesty the Queen

This evening, Her Majesty the Queen gave a televised pre-recorded address to the nation and Commonwealth. I’m very much a royalist through and through, so I’ve been looking forward to this since I found out about it a few days ago. As ever, Liz didn’t let us down!

As expected, it was full of references to other times of crisis, most notably the Second World War and the Queen’s very first address to the nation, when she was only a teenager herself. I personally loved the reference to Vera Lynn’s famous song, We’ll Meet Again:

Social distance now so we can meet again sooner!

I found it all very emotional and caught myself fighting back the tears at times.

In other news, in Scotland, the Chief Medical Officer, Catherine Calderwood, had to apologise having been caught flouting the very advice she’s been giving out, having been reported to, not once but twice, having buggered off to her second home, something like 44 miles away from her main home. Personally, I think she should resign; I mean I get what Nicola Sturgeon is saying in that she has expertise that they’d like to make use of but, come on – She’s not exactly to be trusted is she. Surely we’re not that short on talented experts that can be trusted who could step into her shoes, are we? I’m more concerned about what a poor example she’s set in doing something that she, more than anyone if she’s such an expert, should know better than to do. The message that her thoughtless behaviour has given out.

And I don’t know who got that promised warm weather today but I did not think it was all that warm in Manchester – sunny yes, windy very much so but warm – not really. Still got out and gave the car a bloody good clean inside and out but I won’t lie. I’ve got a bit of cabin fever this evening. Restless, even though I’ve had a quick walk with the dog and been on the drive cleaning the car all afternoon. Goodness knows how I’d cope if the government has to take away our allowed exercise breaks, all because some people are incapable of following the rules. I think the increased threat of this is what’s making me a bit antsy tonight actually.

I’ve tried to combat it by coming up to the bedroom to type this tonight which is something I never do, just for a change of scene. Maybe the best thing to do is to get an early night and hopefully sleep it off.

Oh well, at least I don’t need to set the alarm for Monday morning!

The Covid-19 Diaries: Day 13

Second Weekend of Lockdown

It’s only the second Saturday of lockdown for us here in the UK, but already it’s my favourite day of the week just because it still feels like a normal day for me. Saturdays usually are a day for me to catch up with jobs around the house and garden that I don’t normally get the chance to deal with through the week, as well as a time to spend doing things I enjoy doing but I’m usually too busy to do.

And this Saturday was no different. I’ve been meaning to go through my youngest child’s room and give it a good clear out for weeks – and after two unexpected weeks at home, believe me, it needed it! So that took up a few hours on top of the usual household chores. By the time we’d got all that out of the way it was 3:30 pm and that was the first time the news stations went on all day.

Sad news again as the death count here continues, like so many other countries, to climb. Even a 5-year old boy has passed away from Coronavirus today it has been reported. When I hear things like that it really does make me wonder why in the next news story it’s the police, NHS and government having to beg people not to go out tomorrow because it’s going to be warm. Seeing footage of people on Brighton beach today just absolutely boggles my mind. I can only assume that these people really do not understand the danger that they are placing themselves and others in to be acting so selfishly. If it continues, then I fear the next step will be that none of us will be allowed out at all, even once a day for exercise.

I also think that we’ll be made to wear masks when we do venture out soon if things don’t start to improve, with the World Health Organisation changing its opinion on how useful they actually are in the fight against Covid-19. The cynical side of me does wonder though if we’re only being told this now so that we didn’t all panic-buy masks until such time as there was a sufficient stock for PPE.

Finished the day off with learning to crochet a headband (there were a few bad words but I got it in the end!), taking the dog for a walk with my eldest and then this update to the journal.

A big day of cleaning the car planned for tomorrow since it will be warm. Let’s stay home and save the world guys 🙂

The Covid-19 Diaries: Day 12

Positive Vibes

Today was my last day in the office until June at the earliest. It’s probably just as well! After starting the day in a relatively good mood, it only took a team meeting to bring me down, and then I found myself cross at the people that I perceived as having negative vibes.

I then proceeded to allow those negative vibes to colour my whole day, all the while blaming others for their negativity. People in glass houses…

I caught myself doing this at one point, thankfully, and this led to a bit of a turning point as it led me to question why I was letting myself be triggered by someone else in this way. That in itself helped to break me out of the vicious circle I’d somehow let myself get swept up in and my mood began to lift a little.

The energy around us at the moment is, generally, one of fear. How could it not be? It was only 3 days ago, I described myself as having a “mini-meltdown” and yet here I was judging someone else for the way they were coping.

Having said that, beating myself up mentally for not being immediately compassionate wasn’t going to help either. We are all feeding off each other’s energy at the moment, without realising it.

One of the better known spiritual teachers in the Western world is of course, Eckhart Tolle. If you’re not familiar with him, I’ve put a link to the videos I watched of his on YouTube this evening that are, I think, a great introduction to him. One takes a more serious tone, describing the well-known parable of the New Testament of building houses on sand or rock and how that can be applied to Covid-19; the other is more funny and quite an accurate description of how many of us live our lives surrounded by “all these difficult people and challenges”, usually not realising that we need these difficult people and challenges to push us to connect with our real and higher selves. In essence then, as Eckhart Tolle discusses, Covid-19 could be a real opportunity for our own spiritual awakening and that of the planet.

Even if you’re not a follower of Christianity, and I’m not myself, the “special message” video is very calming and soothing to listen to, especially if you find yourself getting caught up in the negative energies around us all and has some great practical ideas as to easy steps you can take now to relax and just be with it. The other video is just a funny reminder not to take ourselves, or this situation, so seriously all of the time.

https://https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmooI7savAfP5lNHOZ8-zWg/

Positive Vibes Playlist

In the playlist I’ve linked to on my YouTube channel, there’s also the Yoga with Adriene video that was on today’s calendar, “Anchor in Hope”. I started the day with this video and partway through, Adriene encourages us to say to ourselves, “I trust”. I found myself having to say that to myself a few times today too when the negativity threatened to overwhelm me. What else can we do at times like these?

Today was a good lesson in remembering that when I am triggered it is a reflection of something within me that needs my attention. When I focus on that, instead of whoever I perceive as having caused the upset, it is easier to re-centre and re-connect.

I’m sure I’ll need reminding of this lesson a lot more before I learn it for good, but I’m just happy to be ending the day in positive vibes.