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the new moon: lean in and cultivate

photo:  leaning into crescent pose in celebration of the New Moon

On February 4th, the moon and sun will align, blocking the view of the moon in the night sky. This phenomenon occurs once approximately every twenty-nine and a half days and is called the new moon.

As the relationship between these two celestial bodies changes throughout the month, different portions of the moon are illuminated by the sun, creating the phases of the moon.  Humans have witnessed and appreciated this dance between the sun and moon for millennia. Many cultures have practices aligning with the different qualities each lunar phase promotes. 

Today's (the 4th of February) new moon is particularly significant because it falls at the beginning of the Lunar New Year - the start of a year whose months are coordinated by the phases of the moon. Perhaps you are familiar with the celebration of Chinese New Year? This most important traditional Chinese holiday stems from the Chinese lunisolar calendar. Although the traditions associated with Chinese New Year vary greatly, the essence is the same: it's a time to celebrate the approaching warmth of Spring; it's a time for fresh starts and new beginnings of all kinds.  It is not uncommon for farmers to plant during a new moon because it is a time that has long been understood to promote growth. 

chattra invites you to lean into this potential for a fresh start with today's new moon. Perhaps journal about what seeds you’d like to consciously plant for yourself, be it personal, professional or creative.  Another suggestion is to make a collage, a visual representation for what you desire to bring into your life over the next year. Or maybe explore "leaning" into the new moon with crescent pose, then sit with the energy of the new moon and listen for guidance from within on what you are called to cultivate. 

May whatever path you choose be fruitful.


about chattra blogger Jillian Bobwicz

Jillian is a yogini based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She leads weekly public yoga classes for adults and specializes in yoga for kids and families. Her studies have led her to complete trainings at YogaWorks, Karma Kids and Yoga Playgrounds. Jillian feels blessed to practice and teach yoga and is particularly passionate about empowering her students with tools to navigate the modern world with ease.

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