Moon Mornings is a 28 day course hosted by Merilyn at Mylky Moon Lab, her teachings follow the moon cycle and zodiac wheel. Merilyn shows how the moon can be used as a map for our daily lives. I am by no means an expert, merely a resident moon enthusiast, who is willing to share my experiences so far with you all.
The moon moves into a new zodiac sign every 2/3 days and each sign has a different effect on the energy and universe. The structure of the course followed the same pattern each day. Every morning, at the same time, a group of us gathered live via video link in the equivalent of a digital women’s circle. First we tuned into how we felt that morning and then checked in with each other. Merilyn, the course organiser and chief moon lady, would then discuss the cosmic weather of the day, looking at where the moon is in it’s cycle (quarter, half, full), what sign we are in, and how this energy might affect us and how we can best work with it. We would then do a short practice, either a mediation, mudra (which is like yoga for the hands), breath or visualisation technique to work with the energy. This might mean a grounding practice or energy shift depending on how we felt.
So here goes… things I learned from following the lunar cycle for 28 days…
- I have become more intentional about actions and decisions.
- Set new habits. When the moon is in Virgo it’s a good time to cultivate new rituals or habits. I started journalling. On the days I was solo parenting, I woke up early (before Indy) to take time to write morning pages, have a cup of tea and do 20 mins of yoga. This really helped to set the day up. I found I focused better and had greater patience with Indy throughout the day.
- Gemini is a fun energy to play with. The opportunity to try different personalities to see what fits. Play with it. It’s a good time to be in a new environment, or to meet people for the first time.
- Getting out of my head and into my body. Through the various practices and visualisations I began to connect with an inner voice and started to understand what feels right in my body, and to trust that. To listen to my intuition and gut. This helped me to gain a little more clarity in the direction I’d like to take Lulubells and personal decisions to make next.
- A greater awareness of the universes natural energy. Taking a fresh approach to how we work and plan. The moon is an incredible map for our daily life. Moving away from Mon-Fri 9-5pm structure that’s so familiar to us, and moving towards more cyclical and seasonal living. Within each lunar cycle, we have four seasons, like we do in our calendar year. Very simply, the new moon is winter, waxing quarter moon is spring, full moon is summer, and waning three quarter moon is autumn. We transition through these seasons each month. There are many more layers to how this affects us, as we overlay zodiac energy, planets and where we are in our own menstrual cycle if we have one. This is the most natural way of tracking your energy and moods, and will show a true reflection of your inner calendar and seasons.
- A recognition that I need to tap into my feminine energy. The doing energy is very masculine. This is the dominate energy in the working world and I have definitely spent many years working with this energy. I’d like to explore the feminine and lean into it more.
- Trust in timings. Learning not to panic and stress about making things happen now. It will all happen, as it should, and when the timing is right. The universe has her plan. Yes she’s a woman.
- Scorpio and Leo energy are challenging for me. Indy’s birth sign is Scorpio.
- No matter how much we are told by society that we should be happy all the time. We are not always happy, and that’s okay. Life is about balance. To learn to embrace the times of inward reflection and discomfort, and understand why things are coming up and why at that time. To sit with it, sometimes with uncomfortable feelings. This is part of the personal growth I have experienced from taking more time to analyse myself and the moon.
I definitely felt some resistance in changing my relationship with consumption. Old habits to comfort and escape feelings of discomfort. Be that eating chocolate, drinking wine, binge watching Netflix or scrolling on my phone. I also realised that although I had set out on this path, not everyone around had signed up, so when I tried to get deep with my husband on multiple occasions to REALLY understand him, a ) he found it quite annoying, and b) he informed me that sometimes there isn’t a hidden meaning – the reason he chose a salad for lunch was because he fancied it, not because on some level he tuned into Taurus energy to nourish himself! So I guess what I’m trying to say is have some perspective and don’t get too into analysing every single detail.
At the same time as doing the course, I also listened to a podcast called Sober Curious. I was absorbing a lot of information. And there’s a part of me that would quite like to go back to before because it was easier to passively consume but now that I’m more aware, I’m tuned into every bloody decision I make and doing things with intension impacts EVERYTHING – what to buy, what to eat, where to shop. I can’t undo that process, or unlearn the knowledge gained. The affects are lasting. I wouldn’t change it. But it’s not necessarily an easier way of being or state of mind. Don’t get me wrong I still VERY frequently slide into habits. I’m just more aware now. And like many things, being able to choose is a privilege that not everyone has.
The world has shifted quite considerably from the time I drafted this piece, and for a few weeks I felt too overwhelmed by the news, the impact of Covid-19 on our society, health of loved ones, and concern over future income. With the anxiety, I stopped most of my daily practices. I’m sure many of you can relate to this right now. And to be honest we all need time to react and process in our own way. This past week I made a conscious effort to circle back to the teachings, to wake up early to journal, take notice of the moon, and to watch nature unfurl as we move into spring, it’s been a real anchor. I wanted to share this because it takes ongoing work to change habits. I stumble, then try to realign myself.
Merilyn at Mylky Moon Lab will be running the next 28 Moon Mornings in May if you would like to be guided through the zodiac wheel and she has kindly offered any friends 50% off, how amazing is that! please use code LULUMOON.
Merilyn and I are also super aware that many people have or are facing financial difficulty with the current crisis. If you are in this situation, you can apply for free tickets here. Also Merilyn is offering a donation based moon lab which is part of the membership, for those who are keen to learn more but can’t sign up to the moon mornings.
Merilyn has written a book Moon Power which is now available to buy in the shop.