New Moon, New Year January 1st, 2014
With the new year approaching, I decided to write about something I don’t typically share on my website. My usual postings offer easy dinner ideas, recipes, party planning tips and inspiration, from one busy mom to another.
Therefor, it may seem out of character for me to be discussing the significance of the new moon, and more specifically, the tremendous significance of the upcoming New Moon falling on the New Year, 2014.
The truth is, however, the moon has influenced everything I’ve posted on The Organized Cook or any other website I’ve written for, including RECESS, and perhaps the very existence of any of these publications. Whether you’ve tuned in before to download a Weekly Meal Plan, or learned how to make a Skip The Frosting Cupcake, the moon’s guidance was silently present.
Let me take a short intermission to answer some questions. No, I’m not a Wiccan, although I’ll never take insult in being called a witch. Yes, I believe in GOD and Christ and, in fact, we talk several times a day. Although I don’t technically belong to any one particular organized faith, you’ll probably find me at mass on Sundays and at midnight on Christmas morning. And while my children prepare for First Communion, you’ll find me teaching them to question, seek, think bigger and form their own personal relationship with Christ.
I embrace all faiths, and am one of many who agree that Christianity is not the only path to GOD, although it’s a part of my path. Yes, that means that I do not believe that Buddhists are going to hell despite what some LDS friends once told me. I not only believe in reincarnation, I know that it’s at the very core of our spiritual journey.
Okay, now that we’ve got those questions out of the way- back to the New Moon, New Year.
The Moon Cycle
Anyone who has ever worked with me, befriended me or married me knows that I don’t sign contracts, start new projects or get engaged on the waning moon. I will subtly (and without drama or attention) navigate such important decisions and events to safely guide them to fall on a waxing moon. Here is a breakdown of how I organize my life into the moon cycle:
New Moon (1st Quarter) Waxing
- Start new projects.
- Take new jobs.
- Make new friends.
- Buy new clothes.
- Make major purchase decisions
- Change my hairstyle or color
(2nd Quarter) Waxing
I continue to bring new things into my life in accordance with what I started during 1st Quarter.
(3rd Quarter) Waning
- No major purchase decisions, new projects or changes
- Work diligently on what was began during the waxing moon 1st and 2nd Quarter
(4th Quarter) Waning, Full Moon
- Complete projects
- Tie up loose ends
- Reorganize office and desk
- Clean out closets and get rid of unwanted items
- Again, no new projects, changes or major decisions
Using this moon cycle is just a natural rhythm of my life, and I’m always amazed (but not shocked) at how the universe works side by side with me to help navigate that all-important Strategic Planning Session to fall smack dab in the middle of 1st Quarter. Thank you GOD.
Now just revel at how significant the New Moon falling on the New Year is. The New Moon holds the energy of new beginnings and the gift of possibility. It was Holly Golightly who once said, “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I”M POSSIBLE”.
This truth is also the same for the New Year. Each December 31st, we look to all of the possibilities the new year has to offer and make resolutions to bring them to fruition. Now, when we combine both the New Moon and the New Year, what is conceivable is achievable.
So what do I do?, you may be asking.
In the days following Christmas, my grandmother sat and watched as I was compelled to empty out all of the glasses from my wine cabinet and clean them all in vinegar and wipe down the shelves. “Are you going to wash all of those glasses?”, she asked. Something was drawing me to do it. In fact, this invisible energy field pulled me to clean our and organize my garage, reorganize my linen closet, and clean my office all within the matter of a few days.
Today I’m making a list of all of those projects that are left lingering from 2013 and I’m going to Starbucks-Red-Bull-it to get them all done and out of the way so that my plate- and desk- and free and clear to bring me all of the things I desire for the New Moon, New Year.