Life cycles and the moon

There is a New Moon coming up on February 19/20 here in North America. Technically, it’s on the 20th at 2:09 am, but if you’re in a deep sleep during that time, you might miss the events of the Super New Moon in Pisces.

Pisces season!

There is one member of my family who is a Pisces and he’s about to turn into an adult.

But I’m not going to talk about Pisces today; we’ll save that for another Tarot Tuesday. Instead, we’re going to talk about the moon.

What is a New Moon?

The New Moon is invisible to us because the shadow side is facing us humans here on Earth.

It means the moon begins a new cycle in its orbit around the earth.

For many cultures, moon cycles play an important part in life and are celebrated with rituals or festivals. For people with interests in astrology, astronomy and the occult the moon is a fascinating part of interest.

And for people like me who enjoy playing with tarot and oracle cards and are enchanted by zodiac cycles and planetary influences, the moon holds a special place in our hearts.


When I was born, the moon was in the zodiac house of Cancer. This is significant because it is said that the zodiac sign Cancer is ruled by the moon. (Libra on the other hand is ruled by the planet Venus.)

Do you know your moon sign?

You can google this easily but you need to know the time of birth, or at least a general time (for instance, early afternoon rather than afternoon). I use Cafe Astrology but there are many good sites that help you find out your moon sign.

Lunar beginnings

With a New Moon a new lunar cycle begins, which means the moon once again begins its orbit around the earth. Each night it will gain a little bit of light until it reaches Full Moon status halfway through its cycle, at which point the moon will lose a little bit of light each night until it once again arrives in the New Moon phase.

New Moon rituals

The arrival of a New Moon is exciting for many people who are aligned and in tune with the cyclical nature of life. New Moons are prime opportunities to set new intentions and manifest them into reality over the next two weeks (when the Full Moon appears). A lot of fun can be had with moon rituals which, if you enjoy that sort of thing, can be seen across social media. I took an interest in these rituals from a creative perspective; stay tuned for more on this.

Cycles of life

There are 3 tarot cards associated with cycles:

The Fool 0 is the first card of the Major Arcana and when it shows up in a tarot reading, it is said a new cycle or period in your life is about to begin.

The Wheel of Fortune X is, for me, a card I’d rather not see appear in my readings. It’s the tenth card in the Major Arcana and all about cycles and patterns, especially repeated patterns. I keep thinking of the hamster wheel, where we run round and round in circles unable to escape the patterns. I found myself in these cycles for a long time until I began to recite positive affirmations on a daily basis, but especially during those moments when something negative or undesirable happened. Instead of thinking “here we go again” I thought of all the duality the Wheel of Fortune card implied and attempted to replace the negative thought with a positive one just to break the cycle.

The World XXI is the last card of the Major Arcana and you can see the portal the woman is about to step through. She has completed the journey of the Fool and is ready to begin a new cycle and a new adventure.


People often talk about manifesting a desired outcome and sometimes find it fun to perform a little ritual to help them stay focused on their intentions.

To aid with this intention setting, I created Birch Bark Scrolls exactly for that purpose: you can write little messages on your bark and keep it as a reminder to follow through with your intentions, or you can burn it and watch it become energy and return back to source.


People who wish to let go of something (self-limiting thought, toxic relationship, undesirable patterns) sometimes perform a ritual by writing the thing they want to let go of onto a piece of paper, a sage leaf or a piece of tree bark and then burn it. It’s a symbolic way of letting go whatever doesn’t suit you anymore, and people love to perform such rituals!

Birch bark is the perfect medium for such a ritual and it is a popular item in my store.

Please practice common sense and fire safety if you are into burning rituals.

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So, what do you think about this New Moon phenomenon? Do you pay attention to lunar cycles? Do they affect you like the tides in bodies of water around our planet?

Thank you for reading! See you in the comments.



12 thoughts on “Life cycles and the moon

  1. All I know about New Moon is, it was a very bad Twilight movie – one that I actually went to see in the theater with a date. Truly one of the worst experiences of my adult life. Team Jacob? Team Edward? I was Team Can’t Get The Hell Out Of Here Fast Enough!

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  2. I’m looking forward to a new cycle… Pisces is my Sun sign… things have been rough. I have a Capricorn Moon😂😂😂 Stubborn emotions. It does help balance my Pisces Sun.

    Those 3 cards are three of my favorites!

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  3. I’ve been thinking a lot about myths and rituals lately and the birch bark ritual is intriguing. I can see how it could be symbolically important for anybody. Do you know its origin? I couldn’t really find it.

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    1. The tarot readers on YouTube mention moon rituals with regards to manifestation and recommend burning sage leaves.

      But birch bark is so pretty and resembles paper, so I thought it was a nice idea to use it instead.

      This is what I found online, so I applied it to my creative idea with the birch bark scrolls:

      With the discovery of fire, early humans began to notice that aromatic smoke was produced by burning dried plants. As herbs, roots, resins and barks are changed from their physical form (of this world), they are changed by the element of fire into smoke (spirit world form). This transformation is evidence of the spirit within substances. Throughout human history aromatic plants have been used in the daily activities of people from every culture. (

      I like the link to the spiritual world via the smoke and ashes after the physical item is reduced back to source energy by the fire…

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      1. A few hours away here. 9th house for me. Am putting together a lot of planning that has been long range. Definitely higher learning. Am very interested in Pluto going into Aquarius… for 21 years

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