A man standing before a wide river finds danger all around him, but the shore on the other side looks safe and inviting. He is able to fashion a raft from vines and twigs to cross to the other shore. Once he reaches that shore, should he leave the raft or carry it on his back over land?
This Buddhist parable of the raft is similar to the lunation cycle. In the dark of the Moon, we see something inviting us to cross to the far shore of the river. At the New Moon, we fashion our raft, our dream. As the waxing Moon phase brings us increasing light, we paddle toward the shore.
At the Full Moon, we have reached that shore.
In the waning phase as light decreases and the period of release begins, we must decide whether we will carry our raft with us over dry land or leave it on the shore.
If we do only one thing during the entire lunation process, it’s to pay close attention to the waxing and waning phases of the Moon.
Energy increases with the growing light during the waxing phase and decreases with the fading light in the waning phase. We have entered the period of decreasing energy and fading light.
There are a couple of questions we can ask now that we’ve reached the shore.
What do I need to let go of? What extra weight can I get rid of to ease my journey toward realizing my New Moon Dream? We may know immediately what we’re ready to toss. We may not be sure at this point and can’t decide until we’re deeper into the waning phase.
What will I cling to and refuse to release? Whatever it is, that’s your passion. Use it.
The tarot 5 of Cups gives us an excellent illustration of the questions we must answer. This is the card of Mars in Scorpio, a very passionate astrological signature. This card is often considered to be a card of grief, loss. However, I can easily imagine that the person in the card isn’t in the act of grieving but in thoughtful consideration. There’s a place in the distance he must reach, just as our rafter looked toward a far shore. Must he carry everything with him?
If there is something you are carrying from your original vision that isn’t serving you, that won’t serve you in the coming days, lay it down. Begin the process of release.
The work book for the Sagittarius lunation will be available soon. In the meantime, you can still use the Scorpio workbook to help get you through the Scorpio lunation. Order your copy of Manifest Your New Moon Dreams and join me on this journey.