Yep, I said it. That’s real.
Think about it for a second. People have based decisions of consequence for their entrepreneurial endeavors around the cycles of the moon and the planetary alignments for centuries. Millenia, even.
Just take the Farmer’s Almanac. People’s ability to eat was based on the moon- when to plant seeds, when to harvest, when to expect an abundant yield from their crops- all based on where the moon was at certain times of the year.
But, how often do we take the moon’s cycles into account in our creative and entrepreneurial lives?
Seriously- I’m not talking to you from loony-land right now, I’m being serious- I have on my big girl hat. While I’ve always paid a vague attention to the moon and its cycles- particularly the full moon- I’ve never really paid close attention to my creativity and production energy based on a waning or waxing moon.
Three weeks ago, I was rolling! My blog was blowing up with lovely new visitors, I was Tweeting my little ass off and business ideas were spewing from my mouth like the Exorcist.
A few days before the full moon, I was talking with a very wise Goddess (she’s in tune with Mother Earth, the universe and planets in ways I can only hope to emulate) and dear friend about her entrepreneurial adventure and the next step to building her business. I made a comment about putting some online endeavors into action in the following week and she said nope, we were approaching a strong waning moon and she was gonna batten down the hatches and hunker down till it passed.
Huh? What the hell? Waxing moons? Waning moons? The moon approaching Leo. Shit, I’m gonna have to learn this now?! I don’t have room in my brain for this! It won’t fit between the HTML code I’m learning and the Final Cut editing techniques I’m trying not to forget.
And sure enough, the day after the full moon, I awoke to a frightful scene. My brain was empty. No words, no internal conversations that evolve into blog posts, no brilliant brain farts that extract new business ventures. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Just the sounds of crickets shouting out mating calls in my brain.
Damn it. I had lost my momentum, as if someone had pulled the plug on my frothy, warm, aromatic bubble bath of productivity and left me with a soggy, pruned ass stuck to the bottom of a dry bathtub. Sigh.
The following 14 days sucked. Every business move and activity was a struggle and pulling the creative juju out of its hiding place was an all out war. Writing a blog post felt like getting a root canal. My brain lost the ability to focus and I flopped around between Twitter and Facebook like a dying fish on the dock- accomplishing nothing during its manic gyrating but a faster death.
As the new moon approached, I even applied for jobs, real jobs. With the dreaded words that give me hives- salaries, 401Ks and vacation time. (DISCLAIMER- National Geographic- if you’re reading this- I totally want that job- all hives aside- those words and fears don’t count when it’s Nat Geo) I was ready to just call it a day and hang up my travel shoes for a bit and wallow in my single-hood state.
Knowing that these feelings weren’t genuine and feeling like space aliens had invaded my psyche, I called my Goddess and asked her what the F**K was going on! Is this the moon because this can’t be me!!
“Oh no, its not you. Its the moon- its a big waning moon. And oh, Mercury’s in retrograde.”
Well that explains it. Me and Mercury in Retrograde do not play together very well. Last year’s retrograde I was a train wreck!
So, I have to wonder, should I start really paying attention to the cycles of the moon and plan my business and creative endeavors around its energies? I do this for my personal life, so why not my professional life as well?
Is it possible to crank out content, projects and business ideas for two weeks straight during the waxing moon and then go into the creative cave for the remaining two weeks- for the waning moon- and get all introspective and shit? Maybe I’ll just sit on the beach for that waning moon and read a good book. Then run around like a banshee for the waxing moon and put all my intentions out into the Universe.
Since the dark moon has passed- I feel like my old self. Mercury is in retrograde, so I’m still a little twitchy, but the juju is returning. I drooled over Lonely Planet today, accomplished my business tasks with vigor and feel my ideas generated in the last waxing moon resurfacing to manifest into something fabulous!
But, I believe I am going to study the moon cycles a little closer and see if I can’t make a calendar of sorts for action and introspection based on the moon. I’ll keep you posted on my progress as I journey down the work/moon balance.
Any thoughts about your work/creative moods and the moon? Post them below!