Early this morning, about 1 am Pacific Standard Time, the New Moon phase began. At this stage the Moon is very close to the Sun, so close in fact it does not cast a reflection of the Sun’s light and is not visible to us. It is the new beginning, the first chapter in a book, the first step in a direction, the fresh start. The territory is unknown as one cannot see what lies before them. The potential to create is at a peak since there is essentially a blank slate, a time we can plant in the dark soil underground a seed. This seed contains our wishes, our intentions, and our thoughts that will grow into bloom at Full Moon’s light. This tiny egg we create can bring something into our lives or it can be to release something not serving our highest good. It depends on our thoughts, words, actions, motivations, energy, and what we as creative beings call in. This month the Sun is in Cancer giving us a New Moon in Cancer and a Full Moon in Capricorn. The sign of Cancer is about embracing the full range of feelings we experience as humans and in that emotional experience always keeping an open heart. We associate Cancer with the Crab who has a hard outer shell which protects the soft and tender, vulnerable inside. As the Crab outgrows the armor and deepens its trust in what it feels, expanding and opening the heart, it sheds and releases its coating of protection. It builds another layer to keep it safe but this new layer has a more compassionate heart behind it. If the crab is wounded by feelings, it may scuttle away and close down the heart. So for each of you, engaging in this phase, we have the opportunity engage with our heart. Is our heart in need of releasing past hurts that have closed us off to our emotional world? Or are we in a place of feeling secure with great love that we want to give ourselves the opportunity to deepen emotionally? Does our heart feel expanded or restricted? This is a time to write down your intentions on that blank chalkboard, tell the universe what you are seeking, what you are feeling, and ask for what would help and heal your heart. Is it letting go of love, calling in love, or both? We can always have more love for ourselves. So light a candle, meditate, inviting in the stillness, focusing on your beating heart, listening to its rhythm and opening up the imagination to unlimited possibilities from Mother Moon. End this ritual with gratitude as if what has been put forth has already come into fruition. When the Full Moon comes in 2 weeks, this seed will bloom manifesting what you intended when planting that seed. Love and blessings to all.