The moon—la luna—is a powerful sphere of energy and matter whose gravitational pull affects things including the ocean tides and women’s cycles here on Earth.
This year, I’ve become much more aware of her.
I’ve moved closer to the earth and become more in sync with nature, both my own internal intuitions and the power of the planets in the sky. Since adolescence, I’ve been intrigued by astrology, ever since discovering a battered old paperback of my mother’s entitled How to Find Your Mate through Astrology.
I’ve felt more affected by many of the new moons and full moons throughout 2015. (And the Mercury retrogrades!)
The period between the new moon and the full moon is the waxing time, and the two weeks between the full moon and the new moon is the waning time. So, each four weeks, there is the week of the new moon or dark moon, the waxing week, the full moon week, and the waning week.
Generally, the new moon is a time for planting seeds, setting intentions, and beginning new projects or new phases of an existing project. It is a period when we are endowed with increased attention, pep, social energy and the capacity to perform.
Two weeks later, the full moon energy generates an increase in self-awareness, focus, solitary energy and the ability to see things from a clearer vantage point.
The week after the full moon is a time for celebrations, reward-driven learning and revision or editing of our plans and manuscripts.
The week prior to the new moon is less reflective and a better time to focus on structural tasks such as organizing, cleaning and simplifying your living space.
Thanks to living in the heart of the Mayan highlands here in Guatemala, I’ve been inspired by the wisdom of the Maya. The Mayan Calendar, which is an ancient lunar system with incredible intricacies that offers illuminating wisdom regarding the energies of each day as well as our unique personalities.
Tuesday marked the beginning of a new trecena (cycle of 13 days) and the day is 1 Water. Wednesday was 2 Dog, Thursday 3 Monkey, Friday 4 Road, and so on.
In The Book of Destiny, Carlos Barrios writes that the water sign (Toj/Muluc in Mayan language), “means Tojil, the Sun God, atonement, offering, payment. It is the fire of the spirit of Ajaw, Heart of Sky and Heart of Earth. It is the raindrop, the start of communication from higher life. This day lifts us up to the same level as the supreme deity so that we can be judged benevolently. It reconciles us with life and brings hope.”
Let’s take a look at the recommended activities for each day in the cycle of 13, based on its number tone:
1 days are good for starting projects, using our creative energy and tackling challenges.
On 2 days, we can follow our instincts and find balance in relationships as well as equilibrium between the earth plane and the spirit world.
3 days are ideal for initiating change and variety and freely expressing ourselves.
On 4 days, we can connect with our roots and our home, whatever that may mean for us, and follow routines and plans.
Days with the number tone 5 are good for inspiring and persuading others, investigation/research and productivity.
On 6 days, we can effectively negotiate, be responsive and find solutions, and focus on being kind to ourselves.
7 days are great for meditation in solitude and taking time to ponder life’s enigmas.
8 days facilitate travel, seeing things from a new perspective and inventing.
On 9 days, we need to focus on details, work toward goals and cultivate patience.
Days with the 10 tone are powerful days to create or manifest—bring something new into the world.
11 days help us let go, clear away and overcome obstacles by doing deep healing work.
12 days are about endings (and new beginnings), setting a new course and generating novel ideas. As well, these days are good for counseling others and completing projects.
Finally, 13 days are for tying up loose ends, embracing intensity, connecting with our intuitive powers, making breakthroughs and taking things to the next level.
May this interpretation of the Mayan calendar and moon cycles be of benefit! In Lak’ech (I am another you).
Author: Michelle Margaret Fjakus
Editor: Catherine Monkman
Image: Jeronimo Sanz/Flickr