30 x 22.5 inches
Collage with Linoleum Block Elements on Cotton Rag Paper
This piece celebrates my practice of being aligned with the cycles of the moon. In my healing work, I have learned to be more attuned with the rhythms of the natural world, and that includes moving with the seasons and moving with the cycles of the moon. I've been more connected to my menstruation and I love that my cycle is aligned with the rhythms of the moon.
Over the last two years, I’ve been doing rituals that celebrate the moon in its fullness and newness. I have found that aligning with the moon gives me space to rest, reset and replenish. It also allows me to recognize that death and new life are part of nature’s cycle. I've learned that sometimes things die and make room for other things to emerge.
In the past I had nostalgia about what could be. Yet as I've become more of a gardener and understanding of the patterns of the soil, and how these patterns relate to the seasons and the moon, I have a whole new appreciation for how we might mimic ecology.
One of the most important lessons for me has been to recognize that cultivating relationships is like cultivating seeds and crops in my garden. I have to make decisions around where I put seedlings, thus decisions about where I am putting my energy. How am I feeding and supporting these new seeds, these new relationships, so that they can grow strong.
When I start my plants from seeds, I take care of many seedlings. And yet some of them simply don’t survive and that's okay. Similarly, sometimes the new relationships that I might be exploring just don't survive. As they fade away, or compost, they make room for new relationships that may be more aligned. And the compost creates fertile soil for what comes next.