New Moon in Sagittarius – Dawn of Joy

We’re coming to the end of Scorpio season. And we’re about to enter Sagittarius season. We’re also heading towards Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year – and a myriad of religious festivals.

I don’t know about you, but I am not a huge fan of the darker days, so the 22 December is always something I look forward to fervently [though somehow the second half of winter always seems longer than the first! But still.] So it seems only fitting that we use Sagittarius season to celebrate light and joy – because otherwise I might not remember what either of those are!

While we are still riding the wave of dark, introspective Scorpio and starting to settle into the third quarter moon phase – where we slip into our private caves and reflect on the month just passed, I wanted to take a moment to lighten the load [because let’s be honest, this cycle has been HEAVY] and talk about JOY.

We explored this topic in the Howl & Blossom Online Community back in August – when the sun was hot and the days were long, in the Northern Hemisphere at least. Back then, our sisters in the Southern Hemisphere were experiencing what we are experiencing now – darkness, winter.

So it’s rather poetic that we are revisiting this topic now – on the flip side. Here in the Northern Hemisphere the light creeps in through cracks in the weather, while in the Southern Hemisphere, Spring has sprung and the light is flooding in.

But wherever you are, practicing JOY is important for your own strength and resilience. The more connected you are to JOY, the more you can tap into that light with ease and grace, the more you’ll be able to illuminate your own darkness, when needed.

And let’s be honest, it will inevitably be needed, because that is part of the human experience. We cycle through emotions and experiences like the rest of nature. Sometimes we are light, and summery, and sunny, and full moon vibrant. And other times we are dark, and wintery, and cloudy, and new moon colourless.

We cannot be summer all the time. We all experience internal winters. And so by tapping into what brings us joy, and intentionally cultivating joy in our lives, we create a balance and an anchor for ourselves – so that when we feel dark, we can cling to our joys and ride out the weather.

 

How do we cultivate more joy in our lives?

 

The simplest way to do this, is to make a list. Write it down. [Pen and paper preferably, not a computer screen for once.]

Write down ALL THE THINGS you can think of that bring you joy. Big things, small things, things you think are ridiculous but are nonetheless true and joyful for you. All. The. Things.

Write them down.

You may want to think of them under the following headings:

  • Taste
  • Touch
  • Visual joys
  • Smells
  • Sounds
  • Experiences
  • Creative activities
  • Physical activities
  • In a group
  • Alone

Once you’ve created your list of JOYFUL things [can anyone else hear Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music right now? A few of my favourite things… anyone?] you can have it on hand as a guide for whenever you need more joy in your day. You can use it to lift you up in the darkness. You can pick one thing from your list of JOY and integrate it into your day.

When you don’t know what to do with your weekend, you can pick things from your list of JOYS!

The simple act of writing these things down will just make you more intentional with cultivating joy in your life – even if you don’t refer back to it as I’ve suggested above. So take 10 minutes out of your day to make a list.

If you want to explore this theme a little deeper, you can join me in-person or online at a Moon Circle. See below for details.

You may also want to listen to the podcast episode on Prioritising Joy.

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