New Moon “Personal Manifesto” Supplies List and Prompt/Warm Up Questions

A NEW MOON is coming up on July 16th, 2015…

For the next Moon cycle we are going to focus on developing and writing a PERSONAL MANIFESTO…below you will find a description of a personal manifesto, along with, a supplies list and some prompt/warm up questions.

What is a PERSONAL MANIFESTO?

A personal manifesto is a written declaration of who you are, what you are all about, and who you want to be. It is a declaration to yourself and to the world…it is a promise to yourself to live the life YOU WANT.

In preparation for writing one I’ve come up with a list of supplies and some prompt/warm up questions to get you to start thinking. Start to answer the questions before the next new moon…don’t worry too much about grammar at this point….just answer the questions from your gut…as the moon is waning, try to cultivate a reflective state of mind. When the new moon gets here we are going to write our first draft of our personal manifesto. Keep in mind it will be a first draft…a personal manifesto is going to be rewritten, revised, and tweaked several times before you feel it just perfect.

Supplies List For your Personal Manifesto:

JOURNAL and a pen

or

Computer, if you prefer typing instead of writing.

And a candle if you want to set the mood!

Prompt/Warm Up Questions:

1. Imagine yourself and describe what you see. Really evaluate yourself…the good, the bad…the things you want to work on. Write this as long or as short as you want. Write it in paragraph format…but don’t get too caught up on grammar at this point. Just let it all out.

2. As you are still imagining yourself list the top 5 things that you absolutely LOVE about yourself. It can be one word…a sentence…or a couple of sentences for each one. If you have more than 5 or less than 5…that is okay too. 5 is a suggestion.

3. With the same frame of mind list 5 things you want to improve on in your life: The things you don’t like as much but want to change. Use the same format as question #2…but then add next to each item a suggestion on how to change it. Then think about how those things have positively shaped part of you.

4. List your top 5 heroes. They can be real people or fictitious characters. Beside each hero describe their personality and the things you like about them.

5. List the qualities that you have that are the same as your top 5 heroes. And then list the qualities you want to cultivate. The qualities can be from ANYTHING or ANYONE. List your ideas of good qualities in a person.

6. Describe the person you want to be RIGHT NOW. Right now in this moment…who do you want to be? Write it down.

7. Describe and write down how you want to be remembered. If you are a parent, a friend, a daughter, a son, a grandparent, a sister, a brother….how do you want your family and friends to describe you? Write it down.

8. List all the things you are waiting for. Are these things that you feel you need to have happen before you can “be happy”? If so, why? Write down what you think is holding you back. Now think about how that makes you feel. We are going to turn that around!

9. List any doubts you may have. Next to each describe why you have that doubt. Then next to that…write down what you could do about that doubt to make it go away.

10. Write the following quote by Pippi Longstocking TEN TIMES:

“I am the sea…and nobody owns me.”

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Take the next 4 nights to answer these prompt/warm up questions…then on the 5th night, when the moon is new, we will begin writing the first draft of our personal manifesto!

Love & Moon Light,

Kelly

Last Quarter Moon in Aries | The Walden Moon

Last Quarter Moon | The Walden Moon by Kelly Walden

Last Quarter Moon in Aries Tonight…

Ah…the last stage of working with the four major moon phases. This is the time to really sit down and reflect. Really think about how far you’ve come…or how much more time it will take to accomplish the goal you set at a new moon. This is another (second) half moon and half point.

If you planned to complete your goal in one complete moon cycle…meaning…you set the goal at the new moon, checked in at the first quarter, accomplished by the full moon…then now is the time to be thankful that you did it. Be grateful. Say HELL YEAH!

If you are still working on your goal (for example you wanted to complete something in three full moons) then now is a time to check back in with yourself. Reflect on your progress and think about the next step. At the new moon your can set the next step during that phase to get it done.

Most importantly this is a time to reflect. Look inward. Be thankful for the things that have come into your life and what is now leaving your life. Think about what you want to accomplish…WRITE IT ALLLLL DOWN. Working with the moon is great when it is accompanied with a journal! You’ll start to see patterns and it’s also a stress reliever!

Now to the nitty gritty…the Moon is in Aries tonight…so you may feel a bit gung-ho and revved up! Aries is a VERY assertive and sometimes aggressive sign…The RAM…a fire sign…a VERY “I AM” sign…COURAGE comes to mind…listen to that intense intuition…act on it…DO IT! (With carefulness not to get too hasty and careless). If you feel the need to clean out the fridge DO IT…and then be thankful that you did…because after all YOU WANTED TO DO IT. Don’t take yourself for granted…and think about all the good things that have come into your life by PAYING ATTENTION to your own needs and wants…

If you are working through some problems…ACKNOWLEDGE them…ACCEPT them for what they are…and then LET THAT FEELING GO! Ask yourself…is this helping me? If it isn’t…and there is nothing that can be done…accept it for what it is AND THEN LET GO AND LET GOD…it may not make the feeling go over night…but it’s the first step in moving on…two good tips for letting something go and making a promise to yourself to move on…

ONE: Write it allllllll out on a piece of paper…every bit of it…DO NOT DOWNPLAY YOURSELF OR BLAME YOURSELF…shit happens. Learn from it. When you’ve written it all down and you are ready to let it go…BURN IT! (Safely) BURN IT…Especially TONIGHT! I mean….the Moon is in Aries tonight…and Aries is a FIRE SIGN. Burn it and imagine it disintegrating…you don’t need it…LET GO AND LET GOD.

TWO: Or…write that bad feeling or thought on a rock and THROW IT INTO A LAKE OR  THE SEA OR POND OR ANY BODY OF WATER….let it sink to the bottom…because you DON’T need it anymore…LET GO AND LET GOD.

To round off the night…if you are just happy…BE HAPPY…

Remember the Law of Attraction…if you think happy…you get happy…

AND for your personal pleasure…a GREAT Message from Shia LaBeouf!

Full Moon | Thunder Moon in Capricorn

Full Moon | The Walden Moon by Kelly Walden

Full Moon | Thunder Moon in Capricorn

Tonight is the first full moon for the month of July 2015. It sits in Capricorn…the Sea-Goat. If you are feeling a bit driven today it may be the Capricorn’s essence weaving into your life…as with the Capricorn zodiacal sign comes a sense of ambition…to get things done. Half mountain goat…half fish…the Sea-Goat tends to meet tasks head on. Given any circumstance the Sea-Goat will prevail…he can scale a mountain side and swim through the sea…with such determination the Sea-Goat can come across as emotionless…but that is not what he is about. He does love deeply. To the Sea-Goat his primary agenda is to find inner peace with himself. Once he finds that through solitary practices, deep self-reflection, and self-acceptance he learns how to approach the world…and has many skills to do that…after all he can be on land or in the sea. For Capricorn he doesn’t care too much of what others think of him, even though he may be in the spotlight and the roles he takes on may require an intense outwardly presence. For Capricorn the primary challenge is to see clearly and not get blinded by the glittery world and the glamour of what his roles “appear” to possess…ie power. For power, in a Capricorn’s world, is about self-respect…not worldly approval. Authenticity…integrity…and ambition rule this Earth zodiacal sign.

July is the month of the Thunder Moon…named after the many thunder storms that happen during this month…hence we are in the middle of the hurricane season. For this Full Moon we can explore a little about the Norse god Thor….the god of thunder. If you are interested in Norse mythology…this is the guy you’ll want to read about this full moon. STRENGTH comes to mind.

July is the month also known as the Buck Moon…named in response to this period of time when the bucks start growing their new antlers. For the furry and animal friends this may be a good time to pay homage to the deer.

FULL MOON…in some parts of the world the Full moon shines tonight July 1, 2015…in other parts of the world it shines tomorrow July 2, 2015. Within the course of these two days I’ll give you some more things to think about…ie worksheets to be uploaded tomorrow about how to work with the moon in your life.

For tonight start to think about this full moon’s influences with Capricorn…Thunder/Thor…Bucks.

Words to think about to incorporate into your life: Authenticity, Ambition, Integrity, Strength, Self-Respect, Self-Acceptance…and always love.

Summer Solstice 2015 Herbs & Essential Oil DIY Project from The Walden Moon | Lifestyle by Kelly Walden

For this Summer Solstice 2015 I’ve got three Herbs and Essential Oil recipes for you!!! Please on your own time review the warning and caution signs on the essential oils before using!

The Summer Solstice is a time when the days become long and the nights become short. It is also a time when we spend most of our days outside. And that means…bugs and sun. For this summer solstice 2015 DIY project I will be showing you how to make:

  • Bug Spray
  • Bug Itch Spray
  • Anti-aging Serum

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Recipe for Lemon Balm Bug Spray source

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • Handful of fresh Lemon Balm
  • Handful of fresh Mint (I used spearmint)
  • Handful of basil
  • Handful of catnip
  • Witch Hazel (one bottle)
  • 1-2 drops of Basil Essential oil
  • 1-2 drops of Citronella Essential Oil (I used citronella java)
  • 1-2 drops of Lemongrass or Lemon Eucalyptus Essential oil (I used both)
  • Distilled Water
  • Dark glass Spray bottle (I used a four oz glass bottle)

Directions:

Place the fresh herbs into a glass jar with a bottle of witch hazel and place in a dark and dry place in your house. Let the witch hazel extract the fresh herbs for one to two weeks.

Once you have let the fresh herbs extract in the witch hazel for a week or two…you are now ready to make the Lemon Balm Bug Spray. To a four oz bottle fill it up half way with the witch hazel herb base, fill the second half with the distilled water and then add your drops of essential oils. Shake and spray.

Fresh Herb Leaves from left to right: Basil, Catnip, Lemon Balm, and Spearmint.   

Witch Hazel extracting the fresh herbs.

Essential oils used for this Lemon Balm Bug Spray.

Overall this really did keep the mosquitos away!! I’m not sure if it keeps gnats away…will have to use it again to be sure! One thing I do recommend though…if you are camping…try really hard to keep the bugs out of the tent (even spiders)…because while you are sleeping you can’t reapply in your sleep to keep from being bitten.

Another thing I’m going to try in the future is vanilla and water…something my Grandma came up with…I’ll let you know the recipe and if it works!

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Recipe for Bug Itch Spray for Sandflies and Mosquitos

source The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • 10 drops of Lavender
  • 10 drops of Eucalyptus
  • 10 drops of Thyme (I used Red Thyme)
  • 1 oz dark glass spray bottle

Directions:

Add your drops of essential oils (lavender, eucalyptus, and thyme) into the glass spray bottle. Fill up the rest of the bottle with the sweet almond oil. Shake and spray on bites.

Ingredients and supplies for Bug Itch Spray.

This really works well for sandfly and mosquito bites…My sister tried it on some ant bites and it didn’t work as well.  <—-update she reported back and said that about an hour later after she put it on she forgot the ant bites were there…so I guess it’s not so much for instant relief…but it does work!

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Recipe for Anti-Aging Serum source

Ingredients and Supplies:

(modified for a two oz bottle)

  • Sweet Almond Oil (or jojoba oil)
  • 4 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 4 drops Rose essential oil (I used Rose Absolute in jojoba oil)
  • 4 drops Helichrysum essential oil (I used Helichrysum in jojoba oil)
  • 4 drops Sandalwood oil (I used Sandalwood in jojoba oil)
  • 4 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 2 oz dark glass bottle

Directions:

Add all the essential oils into the dark glass bottle and fill up the rest of the bottle with the sweet almond (or jojoba oil). Shake before each use.

Ingredients and supplies for the Anti-Aging Serum.

Overall time will tell if it really works…. 🙂 I will say though, the Geranium does not smell good! hahaha. But it feels good when you apply the serum to your face! It’s moisturizing.

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For the sake of not making this post too long…I’ll end it here but will come back later with the benefits of the essential oils used in these recipes.

Until then…have a pretty Summer Solstice!

Love,

Kelly

July 2015 Calendar | The Walden Moon | Lifestyle by Kelly walden

The Walden Moon | Lifestyle Kelly Walden Calendar July 2015

or click here… July2015_thewaldenmoon_kellywalden_thunder

So here is to prepare you for the following month! Something neat to notice about July 2015 is that there will be two FULL MOONS in the Month!!!

Important dates to remember…

July 1st, 2015

Full Moon in Capricorn

July 8th, 2015

Last Quarter moon in Aires

July 16th, 2015

New Moon in Leo

July 24th, 2015

First Quarter Moon in Scorpio

July 31st, 2015

Full moon AKA “Blue Moon” in Capricorn

Briefly…

For this upcoming July 2015’s first FULL MOON we will be celebrating the “Thunder Moon” aka the “Buck Moon”. Small facts from your Farmer’s Almanac…the reason why the July Full Moon is called the “Thunder Moon” is because there are a lot of thunder storms that happen in July…seems appropriate since we are focusing on the Earth element WATER for the summer! Another term used for the July Full Moon is the “Buck Moon”…because this is the time when deers grow new antlers…facts for the friends who love animals!

Stay tuned for the Full Moon material for July’s Full Moons.

SUMMER SOLSTICE | The Big Reveal. The Walden Moon | Lifestyle of Kelly Walden

The Walden Moon | Lifestyle by Kelly Walden

Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent in Leo

So here we are…on the longest day of the year…the day that marks the first day of Summer…when then days become long and the nights become short…the sun is in command and at its highest…and we can now begin to focus on the Earth element of WATER!

“Water is the principle of nurturance and protection. Outwardly, its spirit is one of warmth: inwardly, of imagination and intuition. With its penetrating, sensitive quality, water’s prime function is to feel.” – Steven Forrest The Inner Sky

I’m happy to announce my website and blog on this day and share a multitude of things!! Ready to feel some good things!? Here are easy links (some still waiting for posts):

Full Moon

Moon Phases

Four Seasons

Calendars & Lists

Herbs & Essential Oils

Recipes & Menus

Also in the tool bar you can read my bio, contact, and see my artwork (photography, illustrations, and mono printmaking)

So here is a brief overview of what you will find here…

The moon in many ways is quite magical. Beaming down bright. Waning. Hiding. Waxing. Beaming down bright. Waning. Hiding. Waxing. Turning the tides. The ebb and flow of life. Not only is it magical in the way that it exists…it is also magical in the way that it can help you cultivate a life of beauty and self-acceptance…with the combination of the solstices and equinoxes you can use these natural happenings as a guideline…a natural time clock to guide you and make your life just as magical.

So how do you use the moon and seasons? By using the four main moon phases (there are actually eight) and the four seasons, to set a natural time clock, you can create deadlines to getting stuff done…four squared.  Have you ever wanted to learn to surf? Or maybe you wanted to clean out the attic? Have you let the procrastination ghost sneak up on you too often?

Well hopefully I can share some good things to help inspire your life. Because who doesn’t want a beautiful life and a feeling of self acceptance and accomplishment?

Some things I hope to share:

  • Printable monthly calendars and lists (of all kinds), because list making and planning are the key visual that you’re getting stuff done.
  • Quarterly DIY projects to go along with the seasons.
  • Tidbits about herbs and essential oils.
  • Recipes.
  • A theme for each full moon with worksheets to go along.
  • And whatever I find interesting and worthwhile to share.

Use the easy links above to find and explore with…I’ll try my best to prepare in advance for things that are coming up…

For instance I’ll be sharing a July 2015 Calendar in my next post…you’ll be happy to notice that the first FULL MOON falls on the first day of July this year…and within that same month a second FULL MOON aka “BLUE MOON” will pop up on the last day of July…so some big things can happen this JULY 2015….so get ready!

At every NEW MOON post I hope to prepare you for the FULL MOON that follows…

Without further ado….here we go!

Love, Kelly

Camping: Saturday and Sunday Adventures

Canoeing in the Redbird Creek on Fort McAllister…The big kids play while Uma is being her serene self…


   
  Night time walking and camp fire…



We had a lot of fun spending two nights at Fort McAllister…

Sunday we headed for Tybee Island to camp at the Rivers End Camp ground. Spent Sunday morning swimming in the campground pool and then a walk to the beach for ocean fun and sun. Then a walk to dinner at the North Beach Grill on Tybee Island, Georgia. On the trip back Uma snagged some rocks for her “rock collection”.





We had so much fun this weekend! Full of love, beauty, and magic.

Camping.

Camping for the soul. The second attempt at camping…in a tent. We nearly made it safe inside when the sky fell. Staying close together can be a challenge…but nothing we can’t handle.

Trails in the forest…

After the rain stopped…above and below.

The Walden Girls…and Uma’s tongue and stick…

Baby Wyatt and rain puddles…

On a hiking trail along the marsh…

Bat watching…

There is a big part of me that craves a life of beauty…and for this weekend I’m determined to make that happen…it’s important to find beauty in life…an inexpensive way to incorporate nature into your life (and in turn experience beauty) is…camping in a tent. It’s less expensive than staying in a hotel and you have nature at your feet. You laugh…you cry…you learn lessons (like, to bring more blankets and pillows next time)…but at the end of the day, you’ve experienced nature in its rawest form…you hung out with Spanish moss…trees…water…bats…and most importantly your family.

Think about planning a camping trip…plan it out…camp on a full moon…this summer solstice I hope to share worksheets on how to plan around the moon phases and some cool things you can do to incorporate nature into your life…

More pics from this weekend to come…

Camping at Fort McAllister State Park in Georgia.