lunar cycles


Welcome to Moon 5: New Moon in Sagittarius. 

Today we are continuing our exploration of The Sacred Blueprint, a trinity of cyclical time measurements that give structure to our days, months and years. The rhythms of the earth and the rhythms of our bodies are deeply aligned - this is the original imprint of how we experience the passing of time.


It is very easy to lose track of these natural cycles in the thick fog of techno soup we live in. When you begin tracking the Sacred Blueprint with conscious intention, you are returning to a template of wholeness that was always there to begin with. 

{For MOONRISE|13 sisters, aligning with the Sacred Blueprint will give you a living and breathing framework to help you bring your lunar intentions and solar projections deeper into your bones, weaving cyclical time into the very fabric of your being}


The Wheel of the Year and the Four Seasons


“Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.” Juvenal


Unless you live near the equator, you will experience shifts and changes in climate and light throughout the course of a calendar year due to the trajectory of earth’s movement around the sun. We label these shifts the four Seasons: Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer. This demarcation leads us to believe that they are distinct from one another, and while it is true that the Solstices & Equinoxes mark the “official” beginnings and endings to a season, you’ll begin to notice that the seasons tend to overlap. Meaning, Winter will often arrive before the actual Winter Solstice. And Spring will come early some years. There is a lot of fluidity because Mother Nature, while quite ordered, is also free to change things up at her whim.


I’m sharing from the lens of my geographical experience, which is in the Northern Hemisphere - the SF bay area in California to be exact. Wherever you live will determine how the seasons manifest for you. If you are in the Southern Hemisphere you will be on the opposite end of the spectrum from the Northern Hemisphere - our spring/summer is your autumn/winter, etc.


I’m not a gardener, but I am a plant person. As I observe the life cycles of different plants in my yard and neighborhood, I am witnessing the rhythms of transformation over and over: beginning, blooming, ending and beginning again. The plants remind me that the only constant is change, and that attachment to any one state will lead to stagnation. This is a simple yet profound spiritual truth. Like the plants, the seasons offer me a model that mirrors my own process of internal and external growth, release and change.


The Wheel of the Year

The Wheel of the Year is a earth-based spirituality tradition celebrating the cycles of the earth/sun dance throughout a calendar year. On the Wheel of the Year, eight major seasonal holidays are celebrated: Winter & Summer Solstice, Spring & Autumn Equinox and four “cross-quarter” holidays which fall between the Solstices and Equinoxes. The exact dates of Solstices and Equinoxes may vary a bit from year to year; they generally fall somewhere between the 20th and the 23rd of the calendar month.


I use these earth/sun based holy days like points on a compass. For me, the seasons aren’t really about the climate, but the quality and amount of light that is ever changing - retreating, returning and retreating again. I contemplate and celebrate the themes of the season with simple gestures: lighting candles; gathering flowers, seed pods, pinecones and other treasures from the natural world to bring inside and put on my altars; eating local and seasonal foods from the farmer’s market. My energy levels, sleep patterns and food cravings tend to shift with the seasons as well.


Connecting with the flow of the Sacred Blueprint is an ancient dance. It is old, but not outworn. It is a remembrance. Whether or not you celebrate the earth based holy days, you can easily notice and acknowledge the way the light changes throughout the solar year. You can observe your own energetic flows rising and falling throughout both the lunar month and the solar year.


Taking it a step further, you can begin to create self-care practices that are tailored to your constitution and the elemental energies of whatever season you are in. For instance, I find myself engaging in the practice of warm oil massage more often in the autumn and winter. I tend to be cold and dry during these times, and so replenishing in my body what is lacking from my environment becomes a priority.


The Wheel of the Year and Psycho-Spiritual Development


When viewing the Wheel of the Year through the lens of psycho-spiritual development, we honor the connection between the seasons in nature and the corresponding seasons of our life, both literally and metaphorically. We’ll explore this concept deeper next Moon with the Medicine Wheel and the Four Directions. Until then, I’m sending you Solstice blessings as we celebrate the return of the light.


The Flow

  • Winter Solstice/Yule: December 20-23
  • Imbolc/Candlemas: February 1/2
  • Spring Equinox/Eostar: March 20-23
  • Beltane/Mayday: April 30/May 1
  • Summer Solstice/Lithia:June 20-23
  • Lammas/Lughnasad: July 31/August 1
  • Fall Equinox/Mabon: September 20-23
  • Halloween/Samhain: October 31/November 1


The Wheel of the Year aligns beautifully with the Lunar Cycle 


  • New Moon = Winter Solstice/Yule
  • Crescent Moon = Imbolc/Candlemas
  • First Quarter Moon = Spring Equinox/Ostara
  • Gibbous Moon = Beltane/MayDay
  • Full Moon = Summer Solstice/Litha
  • Disseminating Moon = Lammas/Lughnasadh
  • Last Quarter Moon = Fall Equinox/Mabon
  • Balsamic Moon = Halloween/Samhain


Coming next month:

Moon 6 | New Moon in Capricorn

The Sacred Blueprint{part three of three}
The Medicine Wheel and the Four Directions

Kristina Wingeier is a Lunar Mystic, Soul Counselor, and Intuitive Healer. Her services include: Soul Counsel Depth CoachingIntuitive Tarot Readings, and The Conscious Empath Sessions: Re-Patterning Energetic BoundariesHer e-course, The Conscious Empath // Foundation Sessions begins with the New Moon in Aquarius, 2/8/16. Find out more information and/or sign up HERE.

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Welcome to Moon 4: New Moon in Scorpio.


The Sacred Blueprint is the name I have given to a trinity of cyclical time measurements that give structure to my days, months and years. The more I live in alignment with these natural cycles, the closer I am to both earthly and cosmic rhythms, as well as my own truth.

Keeping time in this way reminds me that I too am made ofthe same matter as the universe: stardust, fire, water, earth and air. 

As above, so below.

For me, the calendar month is a boxed-in, linear, intellectual way of timekeeping, whereas I *know* The Sacred Blueprint in my body. This is the way the ancestors kept time: watching planetary bodies dance in the skies; noting the ever-changing light’s increase, decrease and return; tracking these patterns with stone, bone and blood. 

The Sacred Blueprint is ancient, timeless and absolutely relevant to 21st century living. Over the next 3 moons I will share a little about each cycle in this trinity: The Lunar Cycle, The Wheel of the Year and The Medicine Wheel & The Four Directions.

By exploring these external rhythms in the world around you, you will begin to see how these cycles of change are reflected within your own inner landscape. You'll also begin to see how the trinity overlaps and interweaves, reflecting aspects of themselves within each other. 


The Lunar Cycle


The Moon has captured our imagination since we first began noticing and tracking the movement of planetary bodies in the sky. The Moon is our planet’s only natural satellite, and she is the closest planetary body to Earth. 

While there are many theories about the Moon’s origin, none are certain, and so she remains a mystery. In many myths from cultures around the globe, the Moon is often connected to the Goddess or Divine Feminine. She is Maiden, Mother, Queen and Crone, depending on which phase she is going through on her monthly journey of transformation.

Each night, the Moon is either growing/expanding (waxing) or shrinking/contracting (waning). She is never static, always changing. Since her cycle around the Sun (as viewed from Earth) takes approximately 29.5 days and the “average” menstrual cycle takes approximately 28 days, the Moon has long been a symbol of women’s innate rhythms & feminine energy.

The Moon reminds us that the only constant is change, that endings become beginnings become endings, and that light and dark are forever entwined, both in the outside world and inside of our own psyches.

As above, so below.


The Dance of Earth, Moon and Sun

The Moon and Earth are in a magnetic field of opposite force, and the gravitational pull of the Moon influences the tides here on Earth, drawing water up and down the beach twice a day. Since our bodies are about 60% water, it would make sense that the Moon’s rhythms effect our own internal tides as well. However, tides aren’t just in the ocean, both the Earth’s atmosphere above our head and the Earth’s crust beneath our feet rise and fall to lunar rhythms.

The Moon and the Sun are in a relationship. One of the keys to understanding the lunar cycle is to notice where the Sun is, because the Moon’s phases depend upon the light from Sun.  There is an intricate dance between the Sun, the Earth and the Moon. Each day, the Moon rises in the east and sets in the west, like the Sun. She takes about one month to orbit Earth. The lunar month (a “moonth”) is measured from each new Moon to the next. There are 13 lunar months in a lunar year.

The Earth is spinning on her own axis as she rotates around the Sun. Simultaneously, the Moon is rotating around the Earth.  As the Moon rotates around Earth, the rays of the Sun bounce off of the Moon at different angles, which is why she is a different size every day/night.

This brings a key teaching of the Lunar Mysteries: the Moon acts as a mirror, reflecting the light of the Sun. While it is impossible to look directly at the Sun with the naked eye, we can easily observe the light of La Luna in all of her phases. In our action/light/yang obsessed culture, the Moon reminds us that darkness is an integral part of light: you can’t have light without shadow and shadow requires light. But I digress…


Contrary to what she looks like from our view on Earth, the Moon is not actually round. Research out of the University of California suggests the Moon actually looks more like a 'squashed sphere' that bulges at the side and is flat and the top and the bottom. One of the contributors says she resembles "a lemon with an equatorial bulge.” 

It is the gravitational pull of the Earth that draws the larger hemisphere of the Moon towards us, so that she looks round when we view her in the sky. Thus, we are actually only seeing one side of the Moon at any time. She also has a “dark side” which we cannot view from Earth, and this side of the Moon becomes beautifully lit on each Mew Moon and dark each Full Moon.

The Phases of the Lunar Cycle  

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The lunar cycle is usually broken down into 8 phases; each phase lasts approximately 3.5 days. Together, these phases total one lunar month.

The lunar cycle begins with the New Moon. You can't actually see the Moon in the sky during this time because the moon rises and travels across the sky with the sun, setting when the sun sets. The only time you can see the New Moon is during a solar eclipse.  Then the Moon passes in front of the Sun and becomes visible, surrounded by the Sun's fiery corona. Energetically, the New Moon is a place of rest and rejuvenation. This is the time to set intentions or goals - ideas that you wish to cultivate and create during the upcoming lunar cycle. The keyword is for the New Moon is SEED.

Round about the third day of the lunar cycle, a tiny sliver of the Moon appears, called the Crescent Moon. This is when we can first see the Moon in the sky. She has moved 45 degrees away from the Sun and can be found hanging sweetly on the horizon right after sundown. Whenever I see the Crescent Moon I find myself feeling so much joy! Energetically this is a time of quiet incubation, similar to the germination of a seed beneath the soil that brings the first tender shoots of a plant. The keyword for the Crescent Moon is SPROUT.

She continues to be identified as Waxing Crescent until she is halfway to full - then she is called the First Quarter Moon. She is now 90 degrees away from the Sun. Think of these words, half full, and you can feel into the energetics of this phase. This is a time of choice and commitment to your New Moon intentions. It’s a great time to reaffirm the direction you are going, using discernment to course-correct as needed while you take action to realize your vision. The keyword for the First Quarter Moon is GROWTH.

As the Moon continues to wax (grow) she is called Gibbous Moon. She is now 135 degrees apart from the Sun, and while her continued growth represents the growing consciousness and outward expression of your intention, you must remember that even though the Gibbous Moon looks full, she isn’t. The energy is one of waiting, which can be the hardest thing to do! Feel free to fine-tune and analyze but don’t look for results yet. The keyword for the Gibbous Moon is BUD.

The peak of her waxing/expansion is the Full Moon. La Luna is  in direct opposition of the Sun (180 degrees apart), rising on the eastern horizon as the Sun is setting in the west. This is the most intense time during the lunar cycle and emotional energy is at a peak; in fact, the word lunacy is derived from luna and was thought to be a by-product of seeing too clearly by the light of the Full Moon. Over the years I've watched some of my biggest outbursts and arguments occur around the Full Moon. In my life I try to slow down during the day before, day of and day after the Full Moon. Energetically, you can use the light of the Full Moon illuminate the full meaning of the seed you planted back at the New Moon. The keyword for the Full Moon is FLOWER.

The peak expansion of the Full Moon lasts only a moment and then she begins to wane, making her way back towards alignment with the Sun. She is 225 degrees ahead of (or 135 degrees behind, depending how you view things) the Sun, and as she begins to slowly shrink she is known as the Disseminating Moon. The built-up tension of the Full Moon has been released, and the fruition of the cycle is complete. It feels right to disperse and distribute information at this time - teaching/sharing, writing, and journaling are all wonderful ways to engage with this energy. Look over the Waxing Moon cycle and notice what worked & what didn’t - take note of the results from the first half of the lunar cycle. The keyword for the Disseminating Moon is FRUIT.

As the Moon continues waning, she reaches the Third Quarter Moon. She is 270° ahead of (or 90° behind) the Sun. The time between the Full Moon and the New Moon is a time of shedding and releasing as the energy continues to wind down from the Full Moon high. The energy supports continued examination of the earlier part of the cycle: it is time to take stock, noticing where you might have veered off course from your intentions. You might even realize that the intention/goals you set for yourself weren’t quite in alignment with your true desires. This is a good time to figure out what to keep and what to let go of and to actively release whatever is outdated. The keyword for the Third Quarter Moon is HARVEST.

The Moon continues to wane until she has almost completely disappeared from the sky with the Balsamic Moon, sometimes called the Waning Crescent. She is 315° ahead (or 45° behind)the Sun. This is a great time to rest if you can - if possible, plan some down time during this phase. Even an afternoon off can do wonders for your own waning energy. This is the perfect time to clean and discard what you don’t want. Let go of whatever didn’t work out this cycle, no need to keep that energy lodged into your body/mind. Notice the tone of self-talk and move into as much compassion as possible. The keyword for the Balsamic Moon is COMPOST.

Living with La Luna

These days, it is very easy to follow the lunar cycle, as there are numerous lunar calendars available, including plenty of choices of apps for your smart phone. If it feels to overwhelming to pay attention to all 8 lunar phases, you can simply begin by becoming aware of the New Moon and Full Moon each lunar cycle.

From New Moon to Full Moon La Luna is waxing, and we are in the light cycle, while from Full Moon back to New Moon she is waning and we are in the dark/shadow cycle. Inhale and exhale, ebb and flow, start to notice how your own energy matches (or doesn’t) the lunar flow. Write notes in your calendar, in your journal, in your phone or right here in your copy of On Path.

You can also create a New Moon altar and/or intention at the beginning of the lunar cycle, using the keywords for each lunar phase to work with your intention over the course of the lunar month.

If you enjoy the Full Moon energy, place a quart of water outside overnight the eve of the Full Moon. The next day you will have charged Full Moon water to drink or to use for ritual. Likewise, you can lay out any magical tools you’d like to infuse  with lunar magic - crystals in particular will draw in her energy quite well.

In whatever way feels right to you, I encourage you to begin to deepen your relationship to La Luna by noticing her movements across the sky and in your life. Her rhythms are a reliable source of guidance during uncertain times. Tracking the lunar cycle is especially wonderful for peri-menopause when the familiar compass of the menstrual cycle begins to deconstruct. Unlike our unpredictable lives here on Earth, the Moon will never let you down. She always arrives exactly on time.

Next month Moon 5 | New Moon in Sagittarius 

The Sacred Blueprint{part two of three} -  The Wheel of the Year

Kristina Wingeier is a Lunar Mystic, Soul Counselor, and Intuitive Healer. Her services include: Soul Counsel Depth CoachingIntuitive Tarot Readings, and The Conscious Empath Sessions: Re-Patterning Energetic BoundariesHer e-course, The Conscious Empath // Foundation Sessions begins with the New Moon in Aquarius, 2/8/16. Find out more information and/or sign up HERE.

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Horoscopes are a compass for where intention may be accessed & illumination most happenin’. What you’re working with & need to know. For heightened insight, read for your rising/ascendent sign. If you don’t know yours yet, go ahead with your Sun sign! This is the Full Moon of the Taurus New Moon in May of this year, if you track. 

Full Moons in Taurus makes me think of full bellies, satisfied cravings, & hearty harvests. Venus. The toddler in everyone. Taurus is all about the senses. How life feels. Tastes. Sounds. Smells. Looks. If you’re familiar with what grounds you, it is essential this Full Moon. If you know what wets your appetite for life, feed it to yourself! Taurus knows how it wants to feel & how to make it happen. On a lunar level, if you haven’t been in touch with what is/isn't nourishing you emotionally, be ready for illumination. This will be your life raft during the depths of Scorpio season. In real time: listen to your body, your instincts, your senses. 




ARIES: You know who you are, sweet Warrior. You probably know what you want & are fiercely invested in it. So mother earth moon's question for you is this: is it feeding you? Is it a relationship that keeps you in touch with all your humanness? Sustainable. Sweet. What we do, what we want, what we need: all interconnected & demanding your full attention right now. Get in touch with yourself for full force satisfaction. ~Ariana


TAURUS: Earth goddess. What you want to know is if you’ll ever BE enough. Here’s a secret: any of the drama you’re experiencing right now is not because you’re not enough, it’s because you always have been & always will be. Once you integrate that truth into your approach to life, you will receive more. From others, from yourself, from Universe. We give ourselves everything when we’re ready to receive. It doesn’t mean we cease to become. Just that whoever you are right now- you are whole. Enough. ~Ariana


GEMINI: There may be pieces of the past you don’t feel done with. No closure. No satisfaction. The kid in you is still crying about it. So this firm mother earth moon is here to hold you. There’s a New Moon in Scorpio in November that you can use to reset your regimes/health/work. Right now though, focus on healing. Deeply. It may be difficult to admit that you even hold on to anything- you’re a Mutable Magician. There’s always “more than meets the eye” & that’s where your soothing will show up. ~Ariana


CANCER: What’s your vision of a perfect world? Does it center around who’s or why’s? What I mean is this: if your visions/wishes are relying on how others will show up, we may be attached the unmet needs we have, whispering through our altruism. Don’t be detached, just know what/who you’re attached to. How does it feel to invest into people/places/things in a long term sense? Are you satisfied with where you fit into the grand scheme of the Universe, Moonchild? Here’s your time to find out. ~Ariana



LEO: What’s your pride, Lioness? What have you invested in & seen manifest? What do you protect? Now’s a really good time to discern the values you’re using to make life happen. Not just what you want to make manifest, but also what has manifested. It’s all you. It’s all real, all important. Better yet, life has the potential to satisfy you in every sense, if you’re in touch. Also ask yourself: what do I need to be able to move on from ancient history into full-time presence? ~Ariana



VIRGO: Honestly, you should be pretty freakin’ excited about existing right now. Jupiter, Venus, Mars, all in Virgo. IF anyone’s making magic happen, it’s you. If you can’t see that or haven’t realized you even could be that, this Full Moon is for you. Full & Beautiful & ready to help you replace rigid perspectives with feel-good, life affirming ones. Taurus wants to bring you soothing stories of contentment & how everything turns out aright. You just gotta quiet your mind & listen to yourself. ~Ariana


LIBRA: So, all those promises you made to yourself to protect from vulnerability? You don’t need them anymore. They’re unnecessary. Being the sugar & spice & everything nice you are, you may not even realize you ever made any of these promises. Until now. We all want to be safe & secure in the most intimate version of ourselves. This mother earth moon is telling (not asking) you that you ARE strong. You ARE beautiful. You ARE capable of giving yourself everything you need. And your full-presence is needed. ~Ariana


SCORPIO: Oh, Phoenix. You may have managed to make love & war on a consistent basis, & you’re pretty good at healing up. Of course. Yet constant evolution may cause some distortion of who really has our backs. It’s easy to be into what who we've let go or what we’ve become. Self-reliance is the most satisfying armor. So for right now or forever, focus on gratitude. Focus on satisfaction. It is possible to do both. Know who you’re loyal to & who’s loyal to you. You’re gonna need them when the armor gets heavy. ~Ariana



SAGITTARIUS: Saturn is in your sign, making the next two-ish years more serious ones for you, whether you are the Queen of Nonchalant or not. I mention this long transit because you can consider this Full Moon a checkpoint, where you can get all your mundane matters straightened out to support the true magic that will be happening. Don’t make it boring, make it mean something. Get in touch with your senses & what they’re influenced by everyday. What you do, taste, feel, see, smell, listen to. Be nurtured. ~Ariana


CAPRICORN: You’re a real pro. At everything you commit to. Super cool. Super calm. Super collected. Full Moons are madness though, and this one especially so for you. Because what this mother earth moon wants you to do is find your inner child & let it play. HARD. Let yourself off the hook & just know that experiencing any taste of joy or bliss or fascination is a touch of what used to fuel our life. Innocence. Knowing what we wanted & asking for it. Just because. You have permission. ~Ariana


AQUARIUS: Your senses are a transit into stories you’re telling yourself, knowing or not. Maybe you needed the comfort of what was. Maybe you need it now. Maybe you don’t. All you can know is: what are you feeling? Are you allowing yourself to feel? Are you receptive to your relationship to body/the past/heart space? Or is it output only? Whatever you are figuring out on the inside, the internal attachment to pain doesn’t have to be eternal. And if you’re not in pain, are you happy? No objectivity allowed. Subjective viewpoints only. Find your sweet spot & see if you can stay there. For you. ~Ariana


PISCES: Spending so much time in space is your gift to earth, Sea Angel. Full Mother Earth Moon is encouraging you to check in with your mental space- what’s going on, in, & out of there. Do you have peace of mind? Or is your mind in pieces?? I hope not. Center on what’s important to you- love, music, eternal beauty found everywhere, everyday. Don’t get attached to needing every concept you entertain to materialize. They come, they go. Let them. ~Ariana 

Ariana Felix

Ancient seafarers navigated the sea by the stars; I use them to access intuitive strategy for navigating in your sphere & anchoring in storms. 


Illumination on the bi-monthly lunacy & how to sync like the tide using your own chart. New Moons are clarity of intention; Full Moons are climax. Get yours. 

 {Readings are via email correspondence, with optional intro via phone/Skype, allowing space & time for an intuitive & interactive conversation.}                   

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