CYCLES WITHIN CYCLES
Let’s look at multiple cycles as a ring - with the breath at the core. As we tend to the outer rings we can bring awareness to the inner core.
Time is repetition of rhythm.
Breath is the core cycle in the human experience around which everything else revolves.
The moon is a guide for learning to connect with rhythms.
Circadian Rhythms are the way the body knows night from day - this is regulated by light and other internal factors. Here is a great TEDTalk about the Circadian Clock if you’d like to learn more.
Explore the Body Clock in Chinese Medicine from this concise article. This is another way to connect with time and rhythms.
It is relaxing to be rhythmic! As lunar guides with cyclical awareness, we can help people to slow down enough to feel these rhythms. (More in the blogpost Reset your Rhythm).
Your assignment is to make a visual and build outward in rings of cycles: the breath cycle, night and day, the week (days named for the planets), waxing and waning of the lunar cycle, the menstrual cycle, the seasons, the eclipse cycle, the Venus cycle, the life cycle … keep going and add meaningful cycles as they occur to you.
When facilitating moon circles or working with clients, you make choose to focus on one of the rings of these cycles. Build up a foundation to find rhythms within each of the rings. This is a lifetime of material for growth and transformation.
When you choose themes for your lunar offering - feel into the pulse of each cycle by considering the season, the astrology, the elements associated with that time of year, in addition to what themes you would like to explore.
You may also choose to adapt the creative practice of the HARVEST MOON MANDALA which will be posted in the BONUS tab next moon cycle :))
You may also wish to revolve your work around the eclipse seasons. Eclipses are like portals and opportunities to step into new ways of being. Every year there are two “seasons” of eclipses that have at least one solar and one lunar eclipse. Eclipses occur on the North and South nodes of the moon - known as Rahu and Ketu in Vedic Astrology.
Chart and notice what is happening around eclipses, it will bring a whole new level of awareness. For a list of eclipse dates and signs check out the Astrology Zone reference.
METONIC + SAROS CYCLES
Two other cycles associated with the moon:
The Metonic cycle is about 19 years in which the phase of the moon return to the same day. For example if there is a new moon on Winter Solstice, it will be the same phase on the same day 19 years later. So if you save your New Moon Calendar Journal until then, you will be able to use it again.
This cycle was discovered by Meton, an Athenian astronomer. It was the basis of the ancient Greek calendar and is still used for calculating movable feasts such as Easter.
The Saros cycle is a cycle written about ancient Assyrian texts which contains a series of eclipses that begins with a solar eclipse in one sign and returns to that same geometry of alignment of the earth, moon, sun and zodiac 18 years later. For example: The August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse in Leo is part of the Saros 145 series. The previous total solar eclipse in this series occurred on August 11, 1999 in Leo. The next one will be on September 2, 2035 in Leo. This is a cycle within a cycle that can illuminate life lessons and big themes of development.
RHYTHM + REPETITION
Listen to this short and sweet inquiry to think about what is on repeat and finding ways to be like the moon.
Now it’s your turn: How do you bring cycles and rhythm into your work? What new idea or insight from this lesson are you going to incorporate into your life?