WELCOMING IN THE WORM MOON
WORDS: LILY MYERS
IMAGE: KATE WEINER
Two nights ago, the moon was full in the sky, signaling another passing of our shared monthly cycle (yes, no matter your gender or lack thereof, you too have a monthly cycle). The complete orb shone brilliantly down upon us, as it does roughly every thirty days. And while it may look the same each month, each full moon is actually unique. Each one ushers in a brand new phase, and if you are attuned to the change, you can take ownership of the new transitions and manifest conscious change in your life.
Historically, each full moon was called a different name depending on its month. March’s is the Worm Moon. I know, it sounds weird, but bear with me. The moon has traditionally been used to mark the seasons for the cycle of planting, growing and harvesting. “Worm Moon” refers to the newly softened soil, on which earthworms reappear, causing the robins to come out and play. It’s a symbol of the new spring, just after last weekend’s spring equinox and the start of daylight saving time.
The symbology of this springy Worm Moon can remind us to invite the brand new energies we want into our lives. To recognize the Worm Moon is to embrace the new season, the new warmth, the sweeter air. It’s a natural marking of transition; what better time to make a conscious transition in your own life? Syncing up with the earth’s cycles serves to strengthen our own intentions. I’m taking this natural transition as permission to let go of the past. We’re in a new era, baby. I’m all about embracing what’s next.
Just as the moon was once used to mark agricultural seasons, we can now use it to mark our own seasons; the ever-changing undulations of our own lives. You’re always growing something, after all: a creative project, a blooming new relationship, or a new practice of self-care. We plant seeds when we begin one of these things, and we water these seeds, nurturing the habit or relationship. We watch them flourish, and, perhaps, die. If we accept that all is cyclic in nature, like the moon, the ending of phases can be less painful. The ancient moon doesn’t operate on linear time. Why should we?
This ongoing cycle reminds us that we need not get too attached to any one state, because we’re always changing. When something exits your life, when a relationship ends or a project finishes, it’s creating the room (the soil, if you will) to plant a brand new seed.
The moon can help us track the time of these cycles, pace ourselves, and give our life’s changes a rhythm. When the moon is waxing, it’s a nightly reminder that we too can grow. A waxing moon is an ideal time to put outward, external energy into the world; to be social, to expand a project, to seek out completely new experiences. A waning moon reminds us to go inward, check in with ourselves, and relax. It’s a good time for meditation, bath-taking, reading, and journaling. With the moon’s cycle evenly split between wax and wane, it reminds us too to devote equal energy to our waxing and our waning; our external and internal worlds, our introspection and our expanding. The full moon reminds us we need both to be full.
And speaking of balances, this month’s full moon is in the airy sign of Libra. It’s going to be helpful for partnerships, according to The Hoodwitch. This is both in terms of human partnerships--romantic, creative, professional--but also appreciating the partnerships of opposing forces: yin/yang, light/dark, self/others. The full moon in Libra invites us to make room for both, to see that both sides are necessary to make a full orb, to make something holistic. Libra is all about balance: its image is the scales, reminding us not to go too extreme in any one direction, but rather pursue a more holistic lifestyle. A fantastic in-depth reading of Libra’s full moon can be found here on Mystic Mamma.
The monthly cycle can also be a good way to pace yourself through a longer project or learning process. It can serve as a reminder (i.e., each full moon will remind me to renew my meditation practice) or a push to move to the next level (i.e., each full moon I will learn one new yoga pose). I’m currently reading Marian Green’s “A Witch Alone,” which is structured to be read over the course of thirteen moons. I read one new chapter at each new moon, and it’s a really interesting way to incorporate knowledge in a slow and mindful way rather than inhaling a book quickly (though I love doing that too). If there’s an information-dense text you want to tackle, spacing yourself out this way can help fully integrate the knowledge.
In this and other ways, you can tune in to the monthly orb, consciously syncing up the rhythms of your life with its monthly rhythm. Experiment with welcoming in this Libra moon’s new energy; you may be surprised at the wildly new transitions that occur.