A Deeper Connection with the Moonlight

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Moonlight is different. More gentle, more subtle. It’s just enough light to see shadows, but not enough to see details. It’s nuanced. Moonlight ebbs and flows, just as the oceans move under its influence.

Plants grow differently in response to the changing energy of the moon, and so do we.

The moon, like the sun, transits each of the classical zodiac signs as it revolves around the earth. Spending only about 2 days in each sign, the moon shifts energy as it moves through. We know that the solar zodiac signs have different personalities, and most everyone has read the description of their personal solar zodiac. The moon has similar personalities when it transits the zodiac signs. 

Each of the twelve signs is assigned to an element. Fire signs include Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Earth signs are Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo. The water signs are Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio. Finally, the air signs are Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra.

Lunar signs are a key facet of biodynamic farming. In biodynamics, farmers use the different elements to direct certain actions in their planting and harvesting season.  During fire signs, the focus is on fruit. Plants that create fruits and seeds (including squash, grains, and beans) are best planted, cultivated, and harvested during fire signs. Root crops do best when planted, cultivated, and harvested during earth signs. Water signs are best for plants grown for leaf production, and air signs are for flower bearing plants. You can find some great lunar gardening calendars online, but this one is my favorite. 

About six months ago, I found the Lunar Lab podcast, which started out as a way of engaging business according to these same principles. While Maia and Becca decided that managing their life according to biodynamic lunar cycles was pretty complicated and hard to follow, I found the process to be fascinating.

In their perspective, fire sign days were used for creativity and destruction – making new things, trying something new, experimenting in the creative space, but also time to close activities, to move on from them, and to choose to stop. On earth days, they’d focus on money and systems — those foundational items that are essential to keeping your business growing. Air days are saved for communicating – best days for marketing, advertising, and teaching. Water days are for meditation, contemplation, and examining your processes — letting the information percolate through and be deeply absorbed.

Fire days are best for creative pursuits, endings, and experiments. Includes Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.

Earth days are best for money matters, system development, and foundation work. Includes Taurus, Capricorn, and Virgo.

Water days are best for introspection, examination, and deep contemplation. Includes Pisces, Scorpio, and Cancer.

Air days are best for teaching, communication, and marketing. Includes Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra.

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As a person who doesn’t have a set business schedule because I tend to work when time is available to me rather than regular hours, I found the organization of the cycles to be rather interesting, because it gave me a focus for the time blocks. When you have a to-do list that’s pages long, choosing what to do in a given block can be overwhelming. So, knowing that Tuesday (for example) is a money and finance day was helpful to narrow down the tasks.

If you have set business days and hours, adopting a biodynamic calendar may be more difficult for you, because you’ll find yourself running behind in key tasks because the right day happened when you weren’t working and the next one doesn’t come up for at least a week.

While I don’t follow these ideas every day, I do often make choices about when I do major business activities based on the lunar sign. For instance, my monthly-ish newsletter comes out on an air day, because that’s best for communications. When I am leading classes that are about inward reflection and really taking in the depth of an herb, I try to schedule on water days, so my students are best prepared to get the most out of their experience. It doesn’t always work out because of resource availability, but I find that I’m more successful when I can follow the lunar signs in pretty much everything I do.

Even if you don’t run a business, keeping the lunar sign in mind as you plan activities could benefit you. It may be best to send out invitations to a party or event on an air day so your communications are clear and well received. You may want to balance your checkbook, pay bills, or update your calendar on earth days so you’re in the right frame of mind and avoid errors. Perhaps you can use fire days for experimenting with a new recipe or trying a new creative pursuit. Water days are wonderful for your personal time off – retreats, quiet reading, a hot bath.

Some scientific research shows that the moon has an impact on the way our bodies work.  We don’t always understand how the moon affects us, yet it is a fascinating aspect of our health picture. I hope you will give lunar signs a try and see if it makes a difference for you.

There’s great comfort in cycles and ritual. If you’re feeling a bit disconnected, then try a short ceremony of looking up the moon sign, and reflecting on how that sign is affecting you today. Maybe you can shift your activities or your train of thought to more align with the activities of the sign

Grab my Moon Signs Calendar in my Free Resources library and see how the moon can play into having your best year in 2018.