When one of my yoga mates learned I was an astrologer, she said “I used to plant by the Moon and I got great results. Then I stopped paying attention. I fell out of sync until my friend Judy shared an exciting secret. For years Judy used Moon signs to guide her plantings, but now, she plants on any day she wants and swears she gets the same results.” Her secret? She just calls in the energy of the moist and fertile water Moons (the best days for planting) no matter what the day’s Moon sign actually is.
Judy is right! This is one of the gifts of working with the Moon over time: like a musician who’s practiced notes and scales, you eventually get to improvise. You’re training yourself to become a virtuoso in the instruments of energy and time. This necessarily begins as an observational practice. You must study the changes each Moon sign brings. And this can’t be dull book study: it must be lively, fun, receptive, compassionate, and changeable as the Moon herself. With gentle or diligent practice–your choice–you will eventually improve and refine your sensitivities, until you discover this simple trick: You can “summon” the vibrational changes you need.
I imagine what Judy did is similar to what I do when summoning a planting Moon: I attune myself to the common vibration in Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces (it’s something liquid, dark, and rich); then, in imagination I mingle this with the plant’s roots, stem, and leaves. In other words, I can evoke the benefits of a good planting Moon on a bad one. Adepts who work with the energetics of food use a similar practice: by holding a wilted carrot and then drawing in the highest potential of a fresh carrot, you can convert the tired carrot into one that’s more vital. The point is that at each moment the world is always alive with possibilities.
The Moon helps us to recognize that we live in a sea of shifting vital energy. She also gives us a means for working with these vibrations. That’s the point of her apprenticeship program. Through her, we learn to recognize the changing nature of energy in time, a nuance that clocks and calendars can’t indicate. Moon signs are like decoder rings or the Rosetta Stone. They help us to translate our nonverbal inklings of the day’s energy into something more specific, tangible, and predictable. As we grow more familiar with the frequencies, we get to play. The reward for Moon adepts is a gift for “flow,” for knowing when to pause, leap, or draw down a little magic. It’s a wonderful skill that’s fun to learn.
Want to start your virtuoso training? Just visit our “Today’s Moon” link and at least once or twice a week, make the connection between our Moon sign pointers and your actual experience that day. If you’d like to go deeper, do try my Moon-nourishing workshop. Make 2015 your year with the Moon!