I journal and do morning stream of consciousness exercises, and
I’m again participating in Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday.
I write to a timer, 15-20 minutes, no editing except spelling, and of course I add my art!
You can do it too!
The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is
a word beginning with “cele-.” I choose celestial.
I work with lunar energy.
I don’t know when I become interested in celestial bodies, but the one that
interests me the most if our sister planet, the moon.
Her pull on my body was felt much more when I was younger, pre-menopause, especially when I moved out into the country and lived with far less electricity around me.
It may be then that I connected with the idea of the Native American Moon Lodge,
and the idea that women who were menstruating went into the Moon Lodge,
not, as many of our patriarch wold believe, because they were dirty,
but because they thought that this was their time to dream, to have vision to imagine. When they were through, they came out and the tribe listened to
what they had to say, and found ways to put these dreams into action.
It blew my mind when I found out that they also roughly did this together —
bled together. Seems the moonlight ran their internal menstruating clocks.
Being surrounded by non-stop electricity in out culture,
this doesn’t happen anymore.
Anyhow, I think this was the first time I tied creativity and productivity to the lunar cycle, and began looking for it in other cultures and traditions — what I do —
I like looking for the connecting links in the traditions.
I found some vestiges of this information in other traditions, the idea that women, especially, but men too, were tied to our sister planet. Think about it,
the Moon controls the watery tides and all cultures plant by the lunar cycle.
I used to take the New Moon off and simply be quiet —
a day or two right before and on the New Moon I would meditate,
sleep and eat rich warming stews or rice casseroles. I don’t know where that last came in but they are a comfort, and can be cooked ahead of time.
I try to have us take days off around that time in the business
but there are times when the heaven conspire and we can’t — t
his Monday-Wednesday is a good example, when all the crazy storms have
pushed appointments out on days when we would normally take it down or take off.
If we can’t take off then at least I try to have quiet days in the studio,
no phones answered, no electronics.
I seem to get sleepy around the Dark of the Moon — the days just before and on the New Moon. I want to be quieter and sleep in and have everyone leave me alone!
Bell went off — time to stop! There is much more to this and
I am writing about working with this energy.
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That annoying loud-mouth editor/critic in your head? GONE! How great would that be?
Nicely done, Kate. You’ve made me think. I have always felt that the moon plays a role in human behavior, more than just joking about odd things happening during a full moon. I hope you write more about this at some point.
A book slowly in the works! Sssshhhh!
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I loved this. I love our female connection to the moon and I wonder how much we’ve lost. Pieces like this always remind me how many of us are still TRYING to listen. I don’t sleep through in a full moon. I know this, because I see her. I must have twenty photos of her, waking me in the night these last 4-5 years.
Yes… and the cats are WACKY on Full Moon nights!
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