New Moon in Leo is good for both leisure and work. The energy is fun, flirty, and perfect for a holiday. Working on this Sunday could be beneficial as well because the new moon provides a perfect energy to brainstorm and develop new ideas. Leo will bring in the creativity.
Fall season openings at many galleries and art spaces
10, 11, 12 September
Monda, Tuesday, Wednesday
The moon in Virgo will stimulate critical observation. Use patience and empathy to analyze your own and others’ practices and projects. This can bring both fresh insight and help formulate practical solutions.
You can see Daddy Longlegs everywhere
11, 8 AM - 9 PM, GMT+2
On Tuesday the three fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) form a triangle or “trigon” of 120°, projecting a strong fire energy that overrules Virgo. This energy is characterized as fiery, impulsive and passionate. Present new ideas with conviction and use the fiery perseverance where needed.
13, 14 September
Optimism and empathy with others is an important virtue these days and could come in handy for social activities. Any discord with collaborators? Use the diplomacy and charm of Libra to take a step back and reflect with an open and creative mind.
Fall season openings at many galleries and art spaces
15, 16* September
(*Sun moves from Leo to Virgo)
Scorpio is emotional and feels very involved with its relationships. This weekend could be great to spend with long time friends or to deepen relationships. When there is work that really can’t wait until after the weekend, Scorpio can provide focus and concentration.
This might be a perfect weekend for gathering chestnuts
17, 18, 19 September
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
This moon phase and Sagittarius are all about getting things done. During this period of of addition and growth, anything added to our work and bodies will have more impact. With its fiery attitude, creativity and enthusiasm for the future this archer will help to find the right mindset.
20, 6 AM - 4 PM, GMT+2
After adding and building, now is a great time to take a break and if possible, don’t plan anything important. Avoid sending important emails, applications or planning meetings.
20, 21 September
Capricorn is the most ambitious and organized sign, making these days great for wise and strategic planning. Use this moment to shuffle, think long-term, go over plans and adjust where needed. What is working and what isn’t?
Find some beeches in your area and gather beech nuts
22, 23 September
Aquarius brings a creative and open-minded energy, it is social, progressive and anti-establishment. Enjoying the weekend with company or a good book can create an original and inventive spark. Any brainstorm will benefit from this energy.
Astronomical start of autumn
24, 25, 26 September
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Take a step back and feel dreamy and romantic during this full moon in Pisces. Pisces relates to empathy, contemplation and artistic creation. Connections with other people but also materials, music and arts can move deeper and enhance creativity and flow.
27, 28 September
The waning period is the perfect time to get rid of anything unneeded. Aries offers support with any challenge and gives the energy to continue the projects that you are committed to carrying through to completion.
Squirrels and dormice start hoarding
29, 30 September, 1 October
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
The recent phase of the waxing and full moon took a lot of energy. Taurus in disseminating moon is the time to take a step back, get enough sleep, eat well, and enjoy something relaxing. Accept that where you are is where you should be.
Gather rose hips, blackthorn, and hawthorn with the backdrop of trees in their autumn colors
2, 3 October
This is a great period to finish, re-organize, and structure tasks. Use the social and intellectual energy of Gemini to talk about your project with other people, feel more articulate, and feel receptive to feedback when explaining your ideas.
Cancer has a great imagination and rich emotional life, it can be very social but also homey. This is a great time to do creative work and reflect with some unexpected fiction. Don’t expect to work late and instead make time to enjoy the home.
5, 6, until 4 PM, GMT+2
The perigee is the point within the track around the Earth closest to the Earth’s centre of gravity. At this point the moon will reach its fastest movement causing an unfavorable energy; creating the perfect time for rest and not undertaking things of great importance.
6, 7 October
The last days before the new moon are called balsamic. This is not about a tasty Italian vinegar but refers to balm, the application of anything healing or soothing. It is a great time to take it easy and surrender. Luckily Leo is all about self-care.
8, 9, 10 October
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
This is a good moment to reflect on your life; it is an appropriate time to make changes and adjustments. Organized and tidy Virgo will offer support to catch up on paperwork, administration and clear surroundings to create a fresh start without distractions.
When the sun does not shine on the side of the moon visible from earth, we call the moon “new.” This is a phase of addition; from the invisible new moon we start to see a little more of the moon everyday by the light of the sun reflecting off of the moon’s surface. Anything added to one’s body has more of an impact. This can also apply to one’s work and plans, intensifying the effects of one’s intentions and efforts, whether positive of negative. The new moon phase is the time to dream and plan first steps. The full moon ritual for setting intentions that is included in the calendar can aid in this process.
Follow the moon’s growth from invisibility to radiance and presence, visualizing those dreams and plans set during the new moon doing the same. This is a phase to have courage, work and move forward. Those prone to fear, must summon extra courage in the time of waxing crescent not to give up at the start.
During the first quarter, the moon is half illuminated. This is a time to commit to the right challenges with confidence and concentration. Go over the list of intentions to fully connect with them. Distinguish well between insecurity and lack of motivation. If it is an insecurity you find in your intentions, commit doubly to growing those dreams. If it is a lack of motivation ask whether it may be best to let go of these things. This can make more energy and confidence available for the most important things.
This time is phase of coming into full potential. Ask what is working and what isn’t. There may be a need to make some changes and adjustments in order to build momentum in the process of making the dreams more visible. In this period stamina and patience are requisite.
The full moon is a phase of completion and culmination. When sun and moon are directly opposite from each other, the sun fully illuminated the moon and the moon is visible in its full shape. These positions highlight opposing forces and polarities. Similarly, the full moon relates to the new moon within this cycle. Tasks and goals set then can now be fine-tuned or completed. This is a phase for manifesting intention; its harvest time. This time of plenty is an ideal moment to also forgive anyone and any-thing that may have hurt you. Use this newly created space to feel gratitude, filling it with the fruits of your labor.
The recent phases of the waxing and full moon demanded a great deal of energy. After the full moon the waning phase starts. Now it’s time to take a step back and relax. This decreasing phase is also a good period to get rid of anything unneeded, like negative thoughts or bad habits. Pick through the harvest and get rid of fruits which may rot. Accept “what is” and “where you are” in relation to realizing dreams and intentions. It is not the time to start something new.
Exactly in between the full and new moon phases, the moon is half full again. The sun creates a hard edge on the moon. Some discomfort can arise in this phase. Conflict may also arise. Tiredness may become more intense in this stage. To guard against things which may spoil the harvest, confront these with perseverance and an awareness of bringing the process to completion.
The moon is shrinking, nearing the completion of its cycle. In the last days it is a mere sliver, barely visible. Dreams and intentions have been planned, executed, improved, and now finished. This is the end of a period, take it easy and let go. End, stop, reflect and disconnect from the things you no longer need in your life. The reflections will allow for new dreams to enter in the next cycle.
The basic structure of the Lunar Calendar originates from biodynamic planting calendars which are based upon the phases of the moon, the moon’s relation to the twelve constellations, and the constellations’ astrological characteristics.
The twelve constellations do not just relate to individuals' with that zodiac sign. When the moon passes through a constellation, the associated zodiac and the moon's phase interact, producing a general impact on earth's living things. Regardless of a person's zodiac sign (sometimes called their sun sign), that person can experience the energy of other signs of the zodiac when the moon is situation in that sign's constellation.
In traditional agriculture it is common to pay careful attention to the moon phases and locations when undertaking planting, harvesting, weeding, and other activities. The accumulation of this knowledge is brought together in agricultural almanacs. In astrology the moon is considered one of many celestial energies influencing life on earth; these energies include the other planets in our solar system whose constant motion and their effects on earth are described in great detail.
In the Medieval period the world was divided into four classical elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. The elements were used to organize and group cosmological phenomenon across different scales into a schema, into a cohesive whole. In the Biodynamic planting calendars the constellations and the development of plant parts are associated with the four classical elements. Each element is associated with a different phase of development: Fire with fruits, Earth with roots, Air with flowers and Water with Leaves. On the human level the elements can be associated with different types of sensations: Fire with impulse or passion; Earth with groundedness, practicality, stability; Air with the intellect, but also with being talkative or even flighty; and Water with sensitivity, empathy and mysteriousness.
The Lunar Calendar brings together these two traditions, these two bodies of knowledge, in a practical guide intended as an almanac for artistic practice.
In the Lunar Calendar cultural production is set in relation to movements of nature, seasons, and cosmos. You are invited to experiment with the material in your own way, whether studying the days’ influences in advance to use as a planning tool, or afterwards in an open-ended reflective manner.
It can be a very comforting — or terrifying — idea that many of the emotions or problems we experience are not just ours but can be influ- enced, exaggerated, or sometimes maybe caused by external forces. Such forces could be the retrograde of a planet or the phase of the moon. However, in the end our neighbors, family, partners, the weather, our sleep, stress and the food we eat exert great influence on us, reducing our sensitivity for external cosmological influence.
Moonology, Yasmin Boland, 2016
Llewellyn’s Complete book of Astrology, Kris Brandt Riske, 2017
Arrivals/ Departures Nature Calendar, Marcus Coates, 2017
One Straw Revolution, Masanobu Fukuoka, 2009
Brave Old World, Tom Hodgkinson, 2011
The Freedom Manifesto, Tom Hodgkinson, 2007
Herbal Wisdom, Roni Jay, 1999
In Harmonie met de maan, Johanna Paungger & Thomas Poppe, 2015; Enkhuizer Almanak 2018, 423ste Jaargang, 2018
Present Shock, Douglas Rushkoff, 2013
Maria Thun’s Zaaikalender, Matthias Thun, 2018
De aarde zal weer vruchtbaar zijn, Ellen Winkel, 2012
Take a moment to feel gratitude for all that’s good in your life and for the people and situations that make you happiest. Write down 5-10 people or things that make you happy and feel grateful. Connect to them in your thoughts.
Be calm and take deep cleansing breaths for 1-2 minutes.
Decide on your top 10 intentions for this month and write them down. These can include intentions related to creative practice, work, health, relationships, and so on.
Read through the intentions and visualize them by drawing them, trying to see and experience how you feel when they come true.
Create an affirmation for every intention and write it down (e.g. “I am so excited about this exhibition” or “am so interested in this new research project”)
Give marks to the items on your list of intentions of how likely each is to come true on a scale of 0-100%.
Go through the list and imagine how these intentions can become tangible.
Meditate for 15 minutes.
Jonė Miskinytė, Rupert (staff, visiting tutors and participants of the Alternative
Education Program), Matthew C. Wilson, Luc Ambagts (Vereniging Biologisch Dynamische Landbouw en Voeding), Egle Cesnakaviciute (Obelija), Charlie Cross (astrologyally.com ), Melinda Mills (Wildforest Sanctuary),
Tamara Moana (maanyogi), Freek Lomme (Onomatopee), Jogintė Bučinskaitė (Nida Art Colony), Rasa Čirienė (Demeter, Lithuania), Sarah Chow, Artūras Raila, Stefan Cools, Ramune Balciunaite, and Mindaugas Jakubauskas.
Jonė Miskinytė miskinyte.com
ADAPTED TO THE WEB BY:
Matthew C. Wilson
BACKGROUND IMAGE: Mattia Dantonio / Alamy Stock Photo
ZODIACS ILLUSTRATION: 16th century woodcut, public domain / Wikimedia Commons
The Lunar Calendar is part of the ongoing project, Almanac for an Artistic Practice, which started in the context of the 2018 Alternative Education program at Rupert in Vilnius, Lithuania.