Friday, December 23, 2011

The Balsamic Butterfly Moon

The Balsamic phase of the Moon cycle is the three days before the New Moon when the waning crescent can be seen an hour or so before Sunrise. The Balsamic Moon is called the "Wishing Moon" because this is a good time for sending wishes to the Moon. The Balsamic moon phase coincides with my personal progressed Moon phase which says take appropriate action. At this time the Moon is chasing the sun at a 45 degree angle, slowly gaining up to meet up, kiss, make 'moonsun' love and become one during the New Moon.

A wish made at the Balsamic Moon is more likely to come true because needs are felt more deeply now. The more deeply a need is felt, the more invocative energy goes into the Moon cycle and the more likely this need will be met. Fulfillment comes at Full Moon in response to what is seeded at the New Moon. Seed intentions may be more consciously sown when the Crescent Moon appears.

The balsamic Moon is said to relate to one's commitment to destiny, so whenever the Moon is placed in this position it is at a very crucial point, and attention should be made to the earthly events that occur during such an astrological configuration. The balsamic moon also is said to relate to healing and rest, since it is the last phase before the New Moon.


Here's what you can do during this Balsamic Moon which is also the Dark of the Moon with a 3 day period before the New moon.

Pick one drawer, one corner, one cubby or perhaps one little space in your basement or garage and CLEAR IT NOW. I chose my office desk and the book case that sits next to it as well as the table that holds my CDs, DVDs and other junk. This is my last day to finish up the clearing process. When I started on Wednesday, I began to feel the shift happen inside of me, a noticeable lightness and a surge of extra energy.

Just don't make a big deal about doing this. As Michael Jordan says, "Just Do It!" Otherwise you will find every excuse not to. Make sure you target a manageable space - nothing big - like one of those cluttered spaces that nags you. Toss what you don't need. Consider a simpler life. Now do the same with one of your mental closets. Release an attachment that binds you. Then rest.

In clearing a physical or mental space you make a metaphysical statement: You're changing your environment and your mind. You're inviting something better and new to pour in at the next waxing moon. This is one of the most potent times in the entire lunar cycle, when you prepare by dissolving, detoxing, letting go. Eat light. Drink lots of water. Reduce stimulation before bedtime. You may enjoy particularly inspirational dreams. Cultivate peace. Practice the art of refraining. Reflect events around you like a still, serene pond.


Butterflies in winter? Why not? When a butterfly wants to rest it will land on a flower and slowly spread its wings. The butterfly is "basking", which literally means - "to lie in or expose oneself to a pleasant warmth or atmosphere." Butterflies couldn't fly without moments of basking: cells in the design of their wings work like solar batteries. From the warmth of the atmosphere, they collect the energies that power their future flight. At the Balsamic Moon solar energy is low. The Moon reflects just a sliver of sunlight. This is nature's sign that it's time to bask. Stop your flight. Find your flower and spread your wings. Gather energy from the warmth that is around you. A secondary meaning of "basking" is "to take pleasure in your circumstances." When you find something to enjoy in your life right now, you're actually gathering the energy that will power your forward movement at the next Moon cycle.


Friday: The moon is currently in Sagittarius and will enter Capricorn and become New at 8:47am on Saturday, December 24th. The Moon is still in a fire sign all day today. The Sun is sure to shine. Relax by feeding your soul dance Do something pleasurable, something self-expressive and creative; read inspiring literature, pray. This is supposedly a good day for a horseback ride. I don't own one but I love them and do know that the Sagittarius Moon is a good time for widening your horizons. If you can't go someplace exotic today, as you drift to sleep tonight, imagine yourself waking up tomorrow in another country... feel the excitement of new possibilities.

Saturday: Relax during this earth Capricorn New Moon by getting into motion (inactivity can lead to melancholy). Don't skip the gym, hike through nature, take a walk. Enjoy the strong steady feeling of being more grounded when you're done. If you decide to do your moving in your own garden, this is a good Moon for weeding (taking things out at the root.) But even better, lay out a new stone path or reposition the fences. It's a good Moon for laying cornerstones.

This Balsamic Moon phase, I am creating my "Green Womb & Earth Sexy" group/community on facebook. Please join us for an expedition through the WOMB!!

Wishing you an Eco-sensual and Green Holiday Season!

Love, Surya

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