Wisdom of the Waning Moon
At the Full Moon we luxuriated in the power of our creative manifestation and celebrated the ripeness of what we seeded and nurtured throughout the first part of the month. Many women identify with this phase of the Moon because of its creative magnetism and fullness. But how many of us were ever taught to follow the wisdom of the Waning Moon?
Following the wisdom of the Waning Moon is a lost art and yet it is an essential part of our creative journey as women. The Waning Moon is an invitation to enter into a holy interval of reflection, self-assessment, and course correction. It is a time of looking within so that we might see more clearly how to navigate in the coming month.
Some of us are tempted to skip this part of the lunar cycle because we are still on a creative high and want to keep following the flow we experienced in the waxing and full periods of the Moon. When we follow the natural rhythms of Nature and tap into cosmic energies it feels as though we can sustain this high level of creative manifestation forever.
But it is a lie.
Like the Moon, we have intervals and periods of creativity that take us from utter fallowness and darkness through to fullness and radiance. And like the Moon, we too must learn the art of waning if we are to sustain the creative rhythm we are meant to embody each month.
Ironically it is by the waning light of the Moon that we can see our soul’s compass most clearly. The Waning Moon is a quiet summons to intentionally slow down. It is an invitation to reflect on our journey and to soul-centrically course correct by asking ourselves some potent questions:
- What situations and circumstances no longer seem life-giving or appropriate?
- What relationships need nurturing, restoring, or ending?
- What behaviors, attitudes, and habits are blocking your full creative growth?
- What do you need to let go of or prune back?
In the nature-based concept called The Year of the Soul, Autumn is the season that supports this depth of soul-centric realignment on a yearly basis. If we created an annual ritual each Autumn, in which we asked ourselves these life-altering questions, then each month the Waning Moon would support us in staying True North. Year by year and month by month we would find our lives becoming more authentic and creative as we age. I suspect entering menopause would be a very different experience than most modern women have in our anti-nature, anti-aging culture.
Next week is the Winter Solstice when we enter a different phase of The Year of the Soul with its own glorious attending tasks. Before we leave the realigning power of Autumn and the Waning Moon behind, consider taking an hour, a day, or more to prune back what doesn’t belong, let go of what no longer serves, and course correct according to your soul’s compass. Winter deserves no less.
Edveeje is the Director of Operations for TreeSisters. She lives off-grid on ten acres of raw mountain land in the Mother Forest of Southern Appalachia where she is passionate about the power of place and how our relationship to Nature can infuse, inspire, and call forth, not only our souls, but our part in the Great Turning.