Today is a New Moon and its time to set our goals for the lunar month. So lets go ahead and start with our new moon beginnings. I really enjoyed creating the my July Plan With Me. So grab some tea and light a candle with me as we do some goal setting.
The deck that I’m using today is the Animal Spirit Deck by Kim Krans. This layout is from my July Monthly Plan With Me. I like to shuffle the deck three times or whatever feels good. The layout I’m using today is a 3 card layout with the prompts, to have, to do, and to be. For to have I drew the bat, for to do the fox, and for to be the lizard.
I also like to write down anything that jumps out at me from the guide book that goes along with whatever deck that I’m using using. The tarot cards gives my brain a little bit of a jump start, that gets me thinking almost automatically from a different perspective when I reflect on my current situation.
For the bat I wrote, darkness, letting go, death leading to rebirth. When in balance: accepts, adapts, adjusts. When out of balance: refuses to let go, reminisces. To bring into balance: watch the sun rise.
For the fox I wrote, smart, strong partner or mate, wise teacher. Skillful in business, quick to adapt. When out of balance: unsure of their identity. To bring into balance: partnership, connection.
These themes jumped out at me when I was reading the guidebook because I am an in a bit of a phase where I’m having problems executing and doing. I feel kind of stuck right now. So I feel like these themes are actually going to help me remind myself, “you can do this, keep going.”
For the lizard I wrote, instinctual, sensitive to the subtle, dreamer. Intuition, sees what it wants to manifest. When out of balance: elusive, non committal, flaky. To bring into balance: a creative project.
This month’s lunar theme is:
follow your intentions
On the next page I write my mantras for the month that popped up out of this New Moon Beginnings tarot prompts. I have four sections here, I am, I can, I’ve done, and I will. The mantras that I was inspired to write were…
Since I’ve been in such a weird place lately I decided to re-include the challenges, goals, and how I’m going to do it page.
how I’m going to do it
This month my challenges are going to be the doing and getting back into the flow of work and my spiritual practices and mindfulness routine. My goals are going to be daily movement, to unplug at 8 p.m., and have three cooking weekends. And now, how I’m going to do it, I’m going to adapt quickly and set boundaries for myself by saying no to the things that do not further my growth. And secondly, I’m going to time block for movement, creating, consuming, and re-connection. At the bottom of the page I have a little note here to make sure that these goals support my yearly goals. I think of these goals align with my yearly spiritual goals too.
This month my intentions are to get daily movement built into my schedule, unplug at 8 p.m. and have three cooking weekends. I’m also looking forward to connecting and moving at the conference and at the party the following day.
My main mantra for this month is, I have set aside time for movement creating consuming and re-connection. I’ll be saying this Mantra everyday when I check in with my journal. Now I’m finishing up my new moon lunar goal-setting practice with my New Moon Intention: I am flowering I have clarified my purpose and descended into myself to see myself clearly and change to focus on being my best and true self.
My mantra for this cycle is:
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Either by the moon or in the morning of each new lunar phase, I set a positive feeling based intention for each of the eight lunar phases. For this new moon I wrote:
Then at the beginning of each moon phase for this cycle I will come back to this spread and write a new positive feeling based intention. I’ll be posting these little mini moon updates over on Instagram, so be sure to follow me there so you don’t miss them!
On the final Crescent Moon of the lunar cycle I do a Lunar Review of the entire month tracking my journey back to the new moon. First I think about what worked, what didn’t, and what I can improve. Then I reflect on the biggest wins of the lunar month.
This journaling and goal setting practice is something that I do the night before every new moon or the morning of every new moon. This practice of short term, achievable goal setting via the lunar cycle, has grown really dear to my heart. It’s something that I can’t imagine not doing.
Using tarot cards in this way gives me a new lens in which to look at my life. It’s also given me a lot of inspiration and closure by looking at my life through a different perspective. This practice has also helped me hone my focusing skills and has enabled me to quit second guessing myself. With this practical tarot new moon journaling prompt, I look forward to each lunar cycle and the start of a new chance to achieve my goals.
Now that we have completed this Monthly Lunar Goal Setting session, we can go ahead and bring our New Moon Goals Setting Practice to a close.