New black moon-supermoon, wood sheep & lent

Have you been feeling an energy rise today? Or perhaps you're feeling a little down and overwhelmed? Or a bit hesitant about your path? Or you're happy and full of energy? Or a mix of all? I have. 

A whole lot is happening today. There's a new moon which also happens to be a black moon and a supermoon. It's also the start of the Chinese New Year or the year of the Wood Sheep. And Ash Wednesday or the start of lent for Christians around the world. 

Let's start by talking about the moon. It's the closest new moon of the year which is why we call it a supermoon. It is also a black moon, or the third of four new moons in the current season (December's solstice to March's equinox), meaning it is almost the last new moon of the winter (yay!). It's an opportunity for a clean start, a very fertile time that allows us to birth new projects, or babies, or dreams and adventures. A chance to let go of what doesn't serve us anymore and tune into our creative spirit. Diving into the darkness of this black moon allows us to come out on the other side revitalized and ready for the spring and its infinite possibilities. 

Today is also the beginning of the year of the Wood Sheep which happens to bring a feminine Yin energy. It relates to the Western sign Cancer, associated to the mother and nurturing force. It invites us to develop more intimacy with our family and friends (like a sheep in a flock), and to cultivate gentleness and sensitivity. It opens our hearts to love and kindness and  encourages creativity and team work. 

Lent is the season for renunciation and sacrifice for many Christians. It begins with Ash Wednesday, a ritual of putting ash on our foreheads to symbolize a commitment to prayer in preparation for Easter. The traditional purpose includes penance, repentance of sins and almsgiving. Even for non-christians it can be a time of letting go, a time to feel more grounded and connected to nature. Perhaps a time to focus on meditation, or on a creative project like writing or learning a song, or dancing more often. 

Today is a good day. A lot is happening and it's up to us to tune into it and make something out of it, to welcome new beginnings.

Start with a ritual, maybe meditate or say a prayer, light a candle, take a bath. Do something that makes you feel good, scream, cry, hug someone you love. Dance your face off. Take a walk. Take a deep breath. Take another deep breath.

“If nothing saves us from death, at least love should save us from life” Pablo Neruda