Do you have an endlessly long honey-do list that stretches infinitely into the future? Are you overwhelmed with scheduling pressures? It’s time to look for help in the skies. The moon is there every night to guide you with subtle light and finite cycles of 28 days. Downsizing your list into manageable segments is the answer to your dilemma.
With feng shui basic principles we will figure out the tools we need to analyze and apply the cyclical data as it appears in celestial patterns. Yin and yang, qi and the bagua can all be engaged in working with the patterns of the moon. When we correlate the coordinates of the moon with the feng shui bagua, we find that the new moon is the launch pad as you enter the bagua, and the full moon reigns at the zenith of 180 degrees. The cardinal directions thus correspond with the four critical phases of the moon.
The moon has a subtle influence on our neural network and internal organs. It affects everything that has to do with liquids and water. Since our bodies are 60% water, the moon affects bodily functions but also exerts certain forces on our psyche. For example, during a new moon some people are prone to depression, digestive functions are low, and at the full moon blood pressure rises and energy levels are high.
From our vantage point on earth we see the phases of the moon according to its angle to the sun as it orbits around the earth. For our feng shui purposes we interpret these phases as the guiding light on our path and arrange our tasks accordingly.
Similar to the way we make feng shui adjustments in our space with the notion of changing energy patterns, we can utilize moon light as a source of energy. When the moon is waxing, i.e. increasing in visible light, it suggests a growth pattern that has been used by agrarian cultures for centuries. People who live with the moon’s rhythms do not start anything until they see the thin crescent of the moon.
Since yin and yang are always relative to each other, we can easily assume that the new moon is the most yin phase of the cycle whereas a full moon is yang. Qi, or lunar energy, if we may call it that, waxes and wanes, indirectly affecting internal functions and the autonomic nervous system.
In our effort to get organized and create manageable schedules, the best time to begin is the new moon. It is the dark and secret phase of the moon when moonlight is not visible. This is when we plan and scheme, inspired by all kinds of new ideas and desires. It is our time of secret creativity, the gestation period for everything new and exciting to enter the realm of wonderful possibilities.
We work our list of topics that we wish to address and refine in the next 28 days. Remember, this list is meant to be limited and manageable, so it will be best to keep our topics in the single digits. During this dark phase of an invisible moon, we secretly set up keywords that will motivate and propel us into action as soon as the first sliver of moonlight becomes visible. Now we are beginning to light up our journey toward implementing and fulfilling our plan of action. The moon is waxing, more light is thrown on our path, and more energy is moving us forward.
Frequently we check our list and get the pleasure of checking off the key activities we have already implemented or completed. Then, when the full moon throws light on everything that lies before us, we critically assess our progress and focus on additional work to be done.
As the moonlight starts waning, we enter a period of completion and unwinding. Having successfully accomplished what we had lined up, it is time to relax and nurture body and mind. Refresh and pamper yourself and feel flushed with pride as you admire your list of checkmarks and completed tasks. Don’t get rattled about unfinished business, keywords or topics that didn’t pan out. You will simply transfer those points to your next list as you enter a new cycle of lunar guidance.
The moon, with its steady revolutions and nocturnal illumination, is a soothing elixir for our at times anxiety-driven sense of time.