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New Moon Intention

new-moonThis persons forecasts are indispensable. So grounded in the earth and seasonal cycles, very elemental and even observing the pagan wheel of the year (witch?!). You can read more and subscribe if you like: Follow the Moon: by Teri Parsley Starnes. I find it to be a faithful friend, reflecting to me the sides of things I can’t always see. As a witchy-woo I try to set an intention every moon and since I found this, I just use hers! It may sound lazy but I swear they are perfect every time…

What gets in the way of self-care? For me, there are lots of answers. Perhaps the most common stumbling block is that I forget self-care is as important as keeping my commitments—being a good parent, a good friend, a good partner, a good daughter—or as vital as what I create, what I do for my spiritual work, or even my relationship with the Earth. I put self-care at the bottom of the list and wonder why I run out of energy to do all those other really important things. Self-care is talked about often and is a topic that usually makes my eyes glaze over. Do you have the same reaction? I tell myself that self-care is trite or even one of those pet concepts that is a luxury of privilege. I am an expert at excusing away anything to do with self-care.
I have a suspicion that the reason I conveniently “forget” to practice self-care actually goes much deeper. I’m pretty sure it has something to do with self-esteem and self-worth. Following the intention to practice self-care leads me to much more uncomfortable terrain than simply remembering that care of self helps me care more for everything else. I quickly want to jump ahead to my self-worth being based on what I can do for others. I need to justify my existence. I bet there is some good work for me to do here.

Last week, at the New Moon in Pisces,* I set an intention of self-care for this lunar cycle.  This theme fits with this time of year. In many traditional cultures this season—late winter to early spring—is set aside for cleansing diets and lifestyles. The practice of fasting during Lent may have roots in the seasonal wisdom of preparing ourselves to emerge from winter’s dormancy into new growth. As the mutable sign that leads us into spring, Pisces offers wisdom about how to do this preparation. Pisces evokes themes of love, empathy, compassion, and a longing to shed the armors of defensiveness and isolation. Images of ocean paint Piscean realities where we dissolve the boundary between self and other. Self-care becomes feeds a larger purpose. It works the other way as well: The more I listen to the cries of others, the more I hear my own. Turning to self-love, we turn to Love itself. May this ocean cleanse us as we move through the final shadows of winter.


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