The winds of change began to call to me in early 2021. As we careened through unprecedented instability for our modern age, I was an intimate observer and companion to the effects this had on my clients. This troubled me deeply. How do we retain resilience and (dare I say) joy in an age of unpredictability? How do we stay true to ourselves when we're constantly being pushed to forsake ourselves for numerous reasons? How can we find connection when our inner rhythm is so deeply disrupted by an erratic outer staccato of events?
What kept being whispered through my bodymind was "come back to the Moon, come back to Mother Luna".
This began the quiet gestation to rebirth my practice as Moon Haven Astrology.
Why the Moon?
Around the globe Luna was the original celestial body by which we judged the quality of time. The dance between the Sun and Moon would tell us the difference between day and night, but the qualitative difference of time was measured by the change in Moon phases. The words moment, memory, month, mind, and Monday are all derived from the same root as the word Moon—for good reason.
As time goes on the Moon is known as the Generatrix who governs all growth and decay on Earth. As esoteric as that may seem, there’s countless studies showing that the Moon governs more than just oceanic tides (which I plan to share so much more about in the coming months) .
In short, the Moon’s waxing and waning is the rhythm of nature itself… And whether we feel like it today, or not, we are also part of nature.
Is it any surprise that for centuries we worked with the cycles of the Moon for every part of our lives? Not only did we time planting, weeding, and harvesting our crops, but we’d also time breeding farm animals, raising a house, cutting hair, doing surgery, and much more.
In the continuum of the physical and the spiritual, the Moon is the great connector between these spaces. We have been syncopating devotion and ritual with the movement of the Moon since the dawn of time, and today that’s reflected in how global religions have major holidays coinciding with particular Moons throughout the year.
Lunar Rhythms, Inside and Out
The more I learned about the Moon, the more I craved living by her rhythms and intimations. Knowing when to rest and when to act. When to plant and when to harvest. When to compost and when to weed.
More than just gardening metaphors, this happens in our life on a cyclical basis both within and outside of us.
Most importantly, the Moon has taught me that our embodied experience determines our ability to engage with the enchantment and spiritual nature of this world and within ourselves—as well as the ability to feel rooted and at home.
When we feel rushed, out-of-sync, unsafe, or disconnected from our own rhythms our lives begin to feel aimless, uninspired, untethered, malnourished. When we reach that state of imbalance an insatiable hunger arises.
We can see the result of this insatiable hunger in the world right now, as our precious home is depleted of her natural treasures for the sake of a destructive myth: unmitigated, endless growth.
Outside of ecological destruction, it’s destroying humans too—our vital force and authenticity is extracted from us with little compunction when we remain blind to our own rhythms and their unique ways.
They are a reflection of the same need. The need to return to nature’s rhythm, as orchestrated by Mother Luna.
We don't have to deny our wise inner-animal. We can reclaim our wild and lunar-driven roots at any point in life, starting today.
Replenish with the Waters of the Moon
This pivot is not really a surprise. Since the beginning of my practice, I've been talking about how we need to be more spiritually-embodied in our daily lives, rather than holding out for the occasional peak spiritual experience.
What was a surprise, as I deep dived into the Lunar mysteries, was just how much simplifying a practice to work with the Moon affects every facet of my life, as well as the lives of those who have kindly played guinea pig while I test, poke, and prod this process.
It turns out that when you work deeply with your birth chart's Moon and its unique rhythms, it reorders and replenishes your life from the top down.
Over time you have greater rooting in your life, health and vitality, intuition and spiritual acuity, connection to humans and more-than-humans, discover our authentic core, tap into the deepest wells of creative inspiration and drive inside of us, and make peace with our ever shapeshifting changeable nature.
After years and many iterations of being a professional astrologer and spiritual counselor, this is what I hope my greatest contribution will be: to help normal people, like you and me, escape the destructive hamster wheel of “modern” time keeping, and come back to the true pace of our wonderful, vibrant animal selves that are deeply spiritually connected to the world, guided by the wisdom of the Moon.
As I finally open Moon Haven Astrology to the public, my hope is to help you rewild and reroot within your particular cradled place in the cosmic ecosystem. You belong, you are vital, you are beloved, you are never alone. Home is where your feet touch the pulsing heartbeat of the soil--if you retune yourself to sense it and dance to the beat.
My dream is for you to reawaken to the call of co-creativity that comes from seeing your life as living art, and the mundane as incredibly magical at all given moments--whether in motion or at rest, whether waxing or waning, by the uncanny dark Moon or the biggest super Moon you've ever seen in the night sky. All of it is worthy of our presence.
To quote Wendell Berry:
"We pray not for heaven and earth, but to be quiet in heart, and clear in eye. What we need is here."