From this week's Horoscopes and Transit report:
Similar to exalted planets in that they are "full" and can't be "added to", a Full Moon (or Purnima) means that it is full to capacity, there's no more room for it to expand and grow; it is complete. In this way, we can interpret the Full Moon as a "New Moon" in that it marks the beginning of a new cycle of emptying itself and refilling itself (mirroring our internal process). Beginning a lunar month at the Purnima is called Suklanta and differs from starting the count from the New Moon (Amavasya) which is the point when the Moon is empty and is waiting to be filled by the Sun. Purnima is in the middle of the Lakshmi phase of the Moon cycle whereas Amavasya is the moment during the cycle where Kali and Durga meet. Clearly, the energy is quite different; mirrored in our internal experience as well. These different methods of starting the lunar calendar remind me of the saying "is your glass half empty or half full?!" When do we start our "New Moon" calendar and begin our new lunar month? When we are full and satisfied or when we are empty and needing to be nourished? It is with this question in mind that I came up with this week's Creative Engagement Activity. Read more about the importance of the Moon.
Often for a New Moon or a Full Moon, I like to work with the image of a mandala. Mandalas help us to create and express fullness, to fill empty space, to work with what is. Mandalas are a container, filled, with our visions, creativity and desire- much like a metaphor for life.
With this idea of "creating within a container" as well as half the image of full/empty, I invite you to draw a large shape on a piece of paper. Divide this shape in half. Cover up one of the halves with a sheet of paper while you create within the other half. The theme for this half is "being filled". When you feel complete, look at both halves. One is "full" and one is "empty". What thoughts come to you? What feelings? Write a few notes down.
Then, begin on the second half. The theme for this half is "being emptied". When you feel complete, write a few notes down about this half as you look at the entire piece. Then harvest your thoughts on this process. Circle ten words that leap out at you. Form these words into a three to five line poem. (Adding extra words is ok).
Extra credit for dancing (embodying) your poem at some point this week.
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