I saw this image right before falling asleep yesterday. It didn't look exactly like the picture above but the energy and quality that it represents has been preserved. This New Moon Mandala feels quite different from the other ones I've created over the past year and a half. It feels strong and clear. Especially in comparison to the last Full Moon Mandala, which was heavy, shadowy... in need of release.  

The last lunar cycle was quite difficult. My daughter was bitten by a dog, my son fractured his foot, at work and in the news endless suicides and all by hanging. Suffering and drama. The energy was so heavy that it almost swallowed me. I couldn't stop crying and felt so tired I wished I could quietly disappear into the darkest cave.

But the last few days I noticed a shift. Clarity emerged from darkness. Focus, direction, and more energy. It feels like something crystallized after all and some new structures are ready to support me on my path. 

I am ready too.

Let’s make a deeper commitment; one that cannot be broken or lost. To presence. To meeting in the here-and-now. To bringing all of ourselves. To knowing, and letting ourselves be known. To telling the truth, today; knowing that our truth may change tomorrow.
— Jeff Foster


If you would like to try creating a mandala for a new moon and you don't know how to start I invite you to read this interview and to explore The Moon Is My Calendar website.