New Moon Friday and a Secret

Hello! I want to take a few moments to thank all of you who have ordered my book “Moon Days.” It is such a pleasure to share what I have learned about the moon cycle and I am grateful to those folks who agreed to take a peek at the lunar system for their own use.

Stick with me for a minute and I’ll reveal a moon cycle secret.

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LAST QUARTER + 5 DAYS

On this LQ+5 Last Quarter plus 5 days, June 22, there are several items listed in Moon Days that resonate with me today.

“Use daily priority lists.” This may sound like a simplistic thing to say for any day, but it means more during Last Quarter week than any other week of the cycle. While the emotional body and spirit body are making adjustments from the last cycle and looking forward the next one, this advice keeps everyday tasks moving along while the inner musings are processing. Lists ground my day during this time.

Here’s another one: “How It Feels: A shred of hope returns. The new cycle begins in a few short days. Treasure the recent wisdom gained.” I am also strongly identifying with this stage of the cycle. I’ve participated in a major transition during the last week and I do feel that shred of hope for better days ahead. I need hope to survive or I wither in negative emotions.

These are only a few of the entries for this moon day. I purposely made them short to reveal the most important points of the day and allow for the most personal interpretation. Each person will take a unique perspective from it. My shred of hope is very different from yours!

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NEW MOON FRIDAY

Now we are poised at the threshold of the New Moon on Friday June 23.

In the “Moon Days” ebook or paperback, I especially like the image for the New Moon day: “The seed swells with the rain.” The cycle eases through the phases. Some people will be ready to act and others of us will be simply percolating with new ideas.

New Moon Day: “What to Do: Let the day be okay. Notice where attention goes. Choose the tone for the cycle. Tend a New Moon ritual.” There is no demand of activity for this day, only the opportunity to acknowledge it.

One of the Journal Topics for the New Moon day is “Compared to last week, today I feel like…” I believe it is important to take some perspective on occasion. Sometimes it feels like the world is too hard and then it all changes during the next part of the cycle. This helps me through the hard times knowing that the lunar rhythm will carry on and I will move along with it.

One of the secrets to enjoying the tremendous benefits of the lunar rhythm is that the cycle engages when you decide to participate.

What to Watch – The Moon Cycle Today FM+5

Moon Musings. Today, June 14, is what I call FM+5, or Full Moon + 5 days in the lunar calendar today.

What to Watch FM+5 Moon Cycle Today

It’s called the Waning Gibbous moon.

Each moon phase day stands in relation to the whole 29-day cycle from Full Moon to Full Moon.

GIBBOUS

Gibbous means bulging when the Moon is more than half full in the sky. We are poised gracefully between the hard edges of the Full Moon June 9 and Last Quarter coming up June 17.

This rest period of opposing forces is called a Waning Trine in astrology-speak when the Moon is 120 degrees behind the Sun.

JUST FOR TODAY

The Moon Days book entry for FM+5 says, “Just for today let the anxieties ease up a bit. Be here now with whatever you are doing.”

It is coupled with tomorrow’s FM+6 that says, “Just for today be who you are, just as you are, right now.”

This is the harmonious rhythm in the order of the continous cycle of the Moon.

WHOLE CYCLE

We stand now opposite in the cycle from June 3-4. Seems so long ago, doesn’t it? These precious days in the lunar rhythm offer a short time to catch our breath and have a bit of a beach resort holiday in the cycle. We can relax and process the huge changes experienced recently.

WHAT TO WATCH

In the “What to Watch” section of the Moon Days FM+5, it says, “Letting go is the way to move ahead. Don’t resist the need for change.”

A few of the suggested Journal Topics for musing this moon phase are:

My letting go meter is High, Medium, or Low.

I lay in my virtual hammock and muse about…

I am grateful for…

It’s a time to let go. The opposite choice is to hold on to past feelings and beliefs which will increase fears and pain. Better to choose a new vision now of a positive future experience.

Giving up, letting go, releasing – these choices open a new door of experience.

Understand recent choices that may have put you off the path and let it be okay. Forgiveness is the foundation of the moon’s rhythmic lessons. We get another chance. Time now to allow it all to settle and prepare to move on to a better adventure in the story of life.

How you experience this lovely rest period is different from everyone else.

It might be deep thinking or simply a restful enjoyment.

There is no wrong way to do it. We are all growing and changing at the proper pace.

A conscious acknowledgement of cycle offers assistance to choose which direction to go next. Consider where you have been and where you want to go.

Share a little of what you have learned along the way and others may find a positive inkling about their next choice, too.

My Full Moon experience this cycle was personally explosive! I got to examine deep emotions that I’ve carried my whole life. They had a good use for a while and I recognize that their value has changed as I have changed. Following the moon’s rhythm helps me to process it all. I welcome this mini holiday and am enjoying the release.

Hope you are, too. Blessings on your day!

If you would like to follow along the rest of the days of the moon’s cycle, click here.

Lunar Hair Tip #5 – Thicker Hair

Just about every source in the history of lunar hair cutting agrees that the Full Moon is the best phase for seeing thicker growth after a cut or trim.

Lunar Hair Tip #5 - Thicker Hair

I like to refine that notion to include the two days before and after the Full Moon because that is the most concentrated window of time when the Moon travels through Earth’s magnetotail. If you are sensitive to the Moon’s magnetic qualities like I am, you will know what I mean. If not, that’s okay, NASA figured it out for us.

Folklore says to choose any Full Moon for this treatment. It is my experience that it is wise to skip Virgo, Cancer and Pisces. Virgo is barren and better suited for haircuts during the waning moon. Cancer and Pisces are both excluded with the ongoing Pisces-Cancer Debate. I have to say that Libra is wet and hot and would also not be my first choice.

On all the other days of the moon cycle other than the Full Moon, the focus is on specific astrological signs for the goal of thicker hair after a haircut or trim. The recommended signs in order of popularity and importance for lunar hair cutting are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Capricorn.

Taurus and Capricorn are semi-fertile; Scorpio has the class of fertile.

Taurus, Leo, and Capricorn are all dry.

Taurus, Capricorn and Scorpio are cold.

Taurus, Leo, and Scorpio are Fixed.

Leo, a popular sign for haircuts and thicker growth (think lion’s mane) is curious in this category because it is barren and hot, and so unlike the astrological qualities of the other signs. European folklore from the year 1748 has a published almanac about cutting hair at the Leo moon as the common practice. We accept the votes from folklore and history as valid, even with a little mystery. Write to me or comment if you have further insight.

Choose both a Full Moon and a recommended astrological sign for maximum impact. A Taurus full moon. A Leo full moon. A Scorpio full moon. A Capricorn full moon.

Did you miss it this month? That’s okay, grab your astrology calendar and choose future dates with the next Full Moons and astrological signs. It’s also a good practice to look ahead for the whole year to see how many dates will be available. If you need more help, all of the dates are calculated for easy reference in Lunar Hair 2017.

 

What does the Full Moon mean? June 9

The Full Moon on Friday June 9 shows its full light to us. We are now exactly opposite the New Moon. The Sun and Moon are farthest apart in the cycle.

What does the Full Moon mean? June 9

This means facing the full light of what was started at the New Moon. For good or ill, it is now time to size up the situation just as it is in the lunar cycle.

Actively pursue some type of finish to a project or issue, which could be one step in a larger plan. Declare a completion for now.

Take a few moments to look in the sky at the Full Moon.

Accept current results for this moon cycle, without too much criticism, no matter what it is:

Positive result: If there was a sincere attitude developed since the New Moon, and the challenge was faced and figured out, then the Full Moon brings a sense of resolve and determination.

Negative result: If you ignored the bumpy issue, which happens to all of us at some point, then expect a mental conflict and perhaps a stalled project. The lunar cycle moves on and it’s okay.

Neutral result: If you haven’t the least idea of what this means, for either positive or negative, then look forward to working with the cycle to find out. The cycle works as a whole unit with necessary preparation time, goal-setting, visioning and execution – all in their proper phase. There is a chance to start again – especially now, at the Full Moon to prepare for the next round of the cycle.

Pull back a little after the immense effort of putting your mark upon the world and loosen up. Have a good laugh at all of the flapping around you have done in the last weeks to change the world. You may have changed a little, too.

If you would like short & sweet reminders of what goes on every day in the moon cycle click here to get them. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Namaste!

Moon with Jupiter Tonight

See the First Quarter Moon with Jupiter in the western evening sky Saturday Jun 3 and Sunday Jun 4 from sunset to midnite.

Look up in the sky mid-afternoon and see the Moon rising.  What a sight!

More skywatching info at http://www.astronomy.com/…/the-sky-this-week-for-may-26…

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Lunar Hair Tip #4 – Condition

Lunar hair care principles for conditioning call for specific astrological signs.

Lunar Hair Tip #4 - Condition

Which astrological signs are best.

Not everyone agrees exactly on when to condition hair with a lunar hair chart. Some say to apply moisture when the moon is in a fertile or semi-fertile class of sign presumably with the theory of “like begets like” with the property of absorption. However, many more experts on lunar hair care vote to add the wetness during barren and semi-barren signs.

Two semi-barren signs stand out for their dry, hot classes with the quality of Fire: Aries and Sagittarius.

The next two barren signs of Gemini (wet, Air) and Leo (dry, Fire) are added. Both are classed as hot.

Aquarius is added for classes of semi-barren and hot.

You may wonder, as I did, why not Virgo? While it is in the barren class, its Earth quality leaves it out. Virgo is also classes as cold which does not fit with the other hot astrological signs.

Why not Libra? It is Air like Gemini, but is semi-fertile and already classed with moisture. Libra does not offer the required qualities of the other signs.

One thing that all agree on for lunar hair care is that the best phase is the waxing moon as the right time of the moon cycle to condition hair.

Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, and Aquarius are the qualified astrological signs to choose during the waxing moon for conditioning hair.

Specific dates for conditioning hair with these signs are in the Lunar Hair 2017 book on Amazon.

 

Lunar Hair Tip #3 – Faster Growth

Are you trying to grow your hair out faster? Lunar hair cutting principles hold that the prime criteria for faster growth after a haircut or trim is the waxing moon phase.

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Lunar Hair Chart: find out which signs work for faster growth.

The simple act of cutting hair according to the lunar rhythm has the longest history in folklore. From Roman historical books depicting ancient knowledge up to 19th century rural America, shared wisdom was passed from generation to generation by word of mouth and in printed almanacs along with gardening and husbandry advice for the homestead farmer. Mere superstition faded out over the generations to leave us with principles to prove out with modern experience.

History records that sheep farmers, whose livelihood depended on knowing such things, found that cutting wool during the waxing moon ensured strong growth for the next cut.

Can we compare sheep’s wool to human haircuts? One answer from this historic information applied to human hair may be that a trim or cut removes the split ends and produces a clean, blunt end. Once the breakage is gone, the hair appears stronger as it grows at its normal rate. There are strong debates on both sides of this issue.

For seeing faster growth after a haircut or trim, the moon phase is the most quoted criteria for lunar hair cutting , which is the waxing moon. Half the reputable sources then agree that any New Moon day and the beginning of the waxing phase during the week after the New Moon has the best qualification.

New Moon week is the best part of the waxing phase for

seeing faster growth after a haircut or trim.

That’s where the agreement ends.

When all of the votes for astrological signs are tallied from western folklore and reputable astrologers, the class of fertile and semi-fertile signs that are cold win out for this category of seeing faster growth during the waxing moon. These signs are Capricorn, Taurus and Scorpio.

Another semi-fertile sign of Libra is included for this category.

Choose both the waxing moon phase (especially New Moon Week) and the signs of either Capricorn, Taurus or Scorpio for the best results.

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