Today it’s time for my 9th New Moon Lunar Goal Setting Session. This is how I set goals for the month. I actually use the moon to keep myself on track. I use the eight lunar phases as check-in points to make sure that I’m on top of my goals for the year, and also for this month.
So lets go ahead and start with our new moon beginnings. I really enjoyed creating the my September Plan With Me. So grab a cup of tea and your favorite pen, and set your monthly goals with me!
Today I’m using the Illuminated Tarot deck. I really like this deck because it can double as playing cards and its just stunning to look at. I’m actually going to be pulling out one of the cards as inspiration for this Fall. I’m going to tuck it into the frame of my mirror so I can be inspired by it every morning.
This month I’m using Illuminated Tarot Guidebook and Deck, you can actually use this deck as playing cards as well. This layout is from my September Monthly Plan With Me. I like to start by shuffling the deck 3 times, or whatever feels good, and then I cut the deck. This month for my journaling prompts I’ll be focusing on:
I like to write down any notes that jump out at me from the guidebooks as I journal. This month AND last month, I pulled all Spades from the Illuminated Tarot Deck. I swear I’m shuffling this deck! I drew the Queen of Spades, 10 of Spades, and 3 of Spades.
For the 3 of Spades, under “to be,” I wrote, moving beyond sorrow understanding one’s own feelings.
For “to do,” I drew the Ten of Spades, which is judgement, waking up, and an announcement. It also has a really beautiful folk style rooster illustration.
For “to have,” I drew the Queen of Spades, which is strategy, intelligence, and ambition. Then I check my Lunar Leftover Sticky Note from my last Balsamic Moon Review for the 8th Moon which was just a couple of days ago.
Out of these themes, I create my mantras for this month with my Mantra Maker on the opposite side of this spread. My mantras for this 9th New Moon are:
I am intelligent & ambitious.
I can show up to be present and do.
I will move beyond my sorrow and work to understand my feelings.
I set these goals to further my progress and focus on the strategy I designed to crush each of these goals.
This month’s lunar theme is:
“gather gratitude & give thanks“
My mantra for this cycle is:
Then I write the eight steps that I’m going to be taking this month to help me achieve these goals for this lunar month. I always make sure that these steps actually relate back to my yearly spiritual goals. Sometimes these line up with the lunar phases and sometimes they don’t.
- Read 4-8 chapters this moon. I’ll be reading one chapter per lunar phase or one chapter every two lunar phases.
- Update my garden journal.
- Record 2 meditations. I’ve got two little bubbles that I’m going to fill in once I record those meditations.
- Cut all dairy this moon.
- Fit Fridays. My trigger is not being able to have coffee at home. This will get me outside of the home to go get coffee via bike or walk to cafe. This way I can get coffee and get a little bit of movement in.
- Solo Day Trip! Plan. Do. Take Photos!
- Techless Sundays. The Habit Stack for this will be coffee & hike with the hubby, groceries and meal prep, podcasts while meal prepping and reading or audio books the rest of the day and evening. This is going to help me stay off the phone and tv.
- 8 p.m. Unplug. My trigger is actually going to be a phone alarm. The Habit Stack is writing in my 5-year Journal as soon as my phone alarm goes off. Read my bedtime meditation early that way I can reflect on it while I’m doing yoga in the twinkle lights. Then I’m going to continue winding down with 15 minutes of reading in bed.
You might recognize this bullet journal spread, it’s from my September Plan With Me. Make sure you check it out to see the rest of my journal for this month and my weekly spreads! I use this journal as my daily planner now and as my lunar goal setting journal.
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! The only place you can find them is on instagram.
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 8th Moon Practice to a close. Subscribe so you don’t miss anything. To see how I make sure I’m on track with my goals for each Lunar Month check out the my Full Moon Check In.