Happy New Moon!

I've always felt super connected to the moon - I use it to track my cycles, and innately believe in our connection to it, and the ways we can work with it. We can work with the phases to optimise our energy, manifest the reality we're seeking, and can utilise it to harness hope in despairing times.

With all that said, let's jump into my favourite new moon rituals!

1) Journalling

My favourite pastime is journalling. There's nothing more effective and potent than thinking you're about to sit down to vent all your frustrations on a poor, unsuspecting page, to find yourself reasoning and problem-solving deep into your sub-conscience. Hello, free therapy! I also love to journal when there's nothing *wrong*, rather, when I'm wanting to sit down and connect with myself.

This month we have a new moon in Leo. This Leo energy signifies fire, creativity, fame, Sun, and sovereignty. Here are some journal prompts that could help you go deeper with these themes:

  • Am I connected to my creativity? Why/why not?

  • In what ways am I staying small and unseen? What is stopping me from dreaming bigger?

  • What does sovereignty mean to me? Where do I feel controlled in life? Where do I feel too controlling? What aspect of life can I surrender to?

The organs influenced by Leo's energy is the heart, aeorta, blood pressure and blood circulation. Let's explore the metaphysical energies around these organs:

  • Heart - In what situations or triggers do I withdraw love? Where do I feel unworthy of receiving love?

  • Aorta - Does my home life/work life/social life align and sync? What forces unconsciously limited my potential growing up? Does what I communicate to others often become misconstrued with others? Am I communicating the whole

  • Blood pressure (high) - How can I express anger, aggression, and rage in healthy ways? In what areas of my life can I release control and surrender?

  • Blood pressure (low) - How can I believe in my potential? Where do I self-sabotage? What is my soul yearning for? If there were no limitations, what would I manifest?

*(ps. these questions are not to be received as medical advice)

2) Bath/Shower Meditation

As your resident water sign bish, I love me a body of water. Bath, ocean, shower, river - you name it, I'll submerge in it. I also love working with water in spiritual practices. Since we're up to 60% water, I'd like to think of it as a potent cleansing tool to reset our energy. Similar to cutting ties in Reiki.

Shower Method:

  • Run the water

  • Breathe - while the shower is heating up I like to take a few deep breaths to reset my nervous system. You could box breathe - equal counts breathing in, pause, breathing out, pause. Or even better, you could work your way up to doubling the counts breathing out to in. If you're breathing out less time than in, you're going to activate your nervous system and cause an anxiety response.

  • Visualise (insert day/week/month situation/cycle/pattern) washing away with the water down the drain.

Bath Method:

  • Run a bath. Add 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar + Epsom salts.

  • Breathing as above

  • Visualise as above

3) Set an intention

I have to be real, I haven't been doing this. I really struggle with setting intentions or specific goals (Again, see: water sign) and then wonder why I'm not getting anywhere in life??? But I do like to use certain zodiac szn's for that crystal clear clarity and a road map.

So this month I am going to actually set an intention! New moon: set intention, full moon: release. Bit counter-intuitive but let's do it.

This month my intention is to:

  • Continue to identify and release barrier-causing fears

  • Move house and settle

  • Connect with more humans in real life

  • Connect with more people over the phone (read: stay in touch!)

I've learned that something that really fills up my cup and energy levels is connecting with people - but it's definitely conditional! I have newly discovered boundaries on my energy - it needs to be wholesome, authentic, not necessarily positive... but absolutely not negative and draining - just real, feel-good connection. There needs to be vitality in the connection. I'm putting boundaries on disrespectful (read: on ya phone), triggering, backhanded-compliment-type-of-folk, can't-get-a-word-in interactions with people where you come out feeling worse than you came in... ya feel?

4) Give

This isn't *technically* a ritual, but something I've started to do more of intentionally to show that I'm abundant and to keep the energy flowing, rather than blocking. When you feel like you don't have anything to give, that's when you need to give the most!

Here's how I give when I don't feel I have anything to give:

  • Go through clothes I no longer wear anymore and send to my sisters

  • Accept the round-up request at places like Woolworths or online, giving to a charity

  • Send friends packages with random homemade gifts - art, digital art, letters etc.

  • Gift ceramics to friends and family

  • Physical touch and intimacy (where appropriate and welcomed)

  • Handmade birthday presents

They're my top 4 rituals for the upcoming Leo New Moon. Let me know if you try any, and what worked for you.

Meg. Xx

Find link to interview here.

Hi Meg take a moment to introduce yourself!

Hi, I’m Meg – 27-year-old Kuku Yalanji woman from Ayr, North Queensland and currently residing in Melbourne on Kulin Nation. My current passions (and projects) are Marie Kondo-ing every aspect of my life (Saturn Return, everything must go!), prioritising my health and healing journey, practicing speaking my truth, integrating all aspects of myself (past versions, present, shadow), taking up space and building my business up to a point where I can transition into full-time creative, hand-making clay vessels and ritual items. Last year I hit a total rock bottom (as I am sure many of us did in some kind of way) and so the journey begins to rebuild myself in a sustainable way that offers grace, acceptance, forgiveness and being kind to myself.

What do you do for work?

I currently WFH in social work as a domestic violence case worker. I dropped out of my Bachelor of Social Work degree at the end of 2019 as I continued to struggle with my health. There’s a lot of shame attached to that as I have dropped out of many degrees before. I was lucky enough to be offered a job in the field, ¾ of the way through my degree. I learned after 3 years that I don’t have the energy reserves to continue to do this work long-term. I noticed that the only work that continues to generate more energy within me is when I am working with my hands. I am currently working on establishing my ceramics business to a point where I can do that full-time.

What does celebrating International Women’s day mean to you?

I usually spend a lot of time reflecting on the women who came before me and the challenges they might have faced and overcome for the privilege that I hold today. As kids I don’t think we can totally relate to the stories of hardship and barriers of our mothers’ (or women role models around us) and appreciate what we have in that context. As I grow older, I feel like I am healing a genetic maternal line within me as I reflect on my mothers’ experience at the stage of her life that I enter – I begin to understand, soften and truly appreciate the energy she invested in us and herself. And then I begin to think about that in the context of the world – how current barriers faced develop from historical barriers, and how we all independently challenge them on a micro level, that eventually form movements and change. It’s a lot of extra labour we unconsciously take on in this lifetime and IWD is a good chance to acknowledge and celebrate that.

Tell us about a female role model in your life that you cherish

Is it too corny to say my mum? What I cherish about her is her curiosity around health and her ability to step out of her comfort zone to explore them. I feel like I grew up in a household where mum was strict and stern, and a bit straight 180. And looking back I think that might have been to do with the fact that she was a young mother and may have felt the need to prove her capabilities. Safe to say it was a no BS zone. Of course, my sisters and I challenged her daily on that – which reflecting may have been her permission sent from the universe to release and play. Growing up, my mum raised us, completed a nursing degree, worked, completed another post-graduate degree, has become a carer twice over whilst navigating her own health journey. She books into mediums, reiki sessions, practices yoga and saves battery farm chickens (27 and counting). Mum continues to release old belief systems that don’t serve her anymore, which could potentially affect relationships with her children. She is one of the most proactive and hopeful people I know, which I feel has rubbed off on me too. She’s continued to give so much love to us children, despite not being shown much love growing up. I’ve watched her fall back in love with life and step back into her power, which is role model material in my books.

What do you hope IWD and the positive reinforcement it brings can achieve? I hope that IWD reminds us who the f* we are! We’re so conditioned to be critical of ourselves and police/make up strict rules for ourselves in all aspects of life. And for what? We purposely avoid stepping into our power, because our conditioning convince us that our insecurities are our truth. We think everyone sees what we think of ourselves and we shrink ourselves down to match that. Hopefully, IWD encourages us to reflect on our personal achievements (no matter how big or small… celebrate everything), healing, health, wellbeing and level of ability – and helps us feel proud and find acceptance of where we are at in our journeys. I hope that IWD can facilitate us to all step into our power much sooner.

Favourite book by a female author?

The Art of Gathering – How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker. My social work and counselling obsessed brain and Scorpio depth froths over the intelligence that comes with critically analysing and deconstructing whether the way we meet is the most conducive to presence and connecting with others.

I have just started Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Maree Brown which is quickly becoming another fave!

Favourite female artist

Solange Knowles – such an expander for me! Producing her best work in her 30’s (so far), finding a way to create and express whilst navigating an invisible illness, aesthetics on point, not to mention the healing that her work has facilitated within her culture and community. We love that. Need I say more?

Best way to unwind?

Yin yoga sessions for a full nervous system reset and a bath with Earth Jiinda ‘calm’ bath soak.

What is a 10/10 series you’re watching?

I just finished three seasons of ‘Good Girls’ which was really fun to watch. I started ‘Ginny & Georgia’ on Netflix this week which is also pretty great. I’m just really enjoying all the new series and movies released that are centred around womens stories and their perspectives. I feel like I’ve never been more into TV/movies than I am today.

Honest coffee order?

Almond latte! I am on a really strict diet for another month and really miss nut mylk cappuccinos to be honest.

Sweet or savoury?

I said savoury before, but it’s starting to become sweet as I am delving into the world of baking! I’ve devoured three batches of homemade SIBO Anzac biscuits in the last two weeks. Solid fave.

I was so blessed to be asked to answer some questions from beautiful Darby @ HillSixty blog. Darby is the most amazing writer and such an eloquent storyteller. Check out her instagram here, and her blog here.

Sunday interlude: Meg Croydon

Hey Meg! Tell us a a bit about yourself.

I am a Kuku Yalanji woman and I also have dutch heritage. I was born in Ayr, QLD and moved to Yugumbeh/Kombumerri area when I was 5 years old in South-East Queensland. We moved around a lot when I was younger. Whether it was trips to and from Ayr and Brisbane, moving house, long Sunday drives. I loved it all. I moved from Meanjin to Bundjalung 5 years ago and another move in the making hopefully soon to Narrm! We were brought up to work hard and honestly, to put our all in and do things properly. Which in hindsight has been such a blessing as it has served me through all my experiences. Sometimes it can be a little frustrating if you just want to switch off.

Coming from a very busy and driven household, I didn’t have many hobbies. The messaging was that there wasn’t much value held around doing something with no ~tangible~ yield. These days I have so many – clay, painting, roller skating, working out, Groove Therapy dance sessions on Zoom, teaching myself video editing. I also just took up sewing again after 13 years and hopefully surfing and maybe even pole after ISO life ends! Basically, just anything I’ve ever told myself or been told that I can’t do, I am doing it. Not to necessarily get better or prove anyone wrong, but to continue to practice playfulness and bravery and stepping out of my comfort zone on the daily.

What do you do for work each day? 

I work as a domestic violence specialist case manager at an Aboriginal women’s refuge. We’re the only one of our kind in our area and we work hard to advocate and support women to find long-term and sustainable housing post-domestic violence experience. We also support women to access services that support their mental health and well being, and love getting flexi and creative to maintain culturally safe practices within the system.

If you weren’t working in this area what would you do? 

If I wasn’t working in this area, I would totally be an interior decorator or a ceramicist. I think I will always have like five things going at once. One of the things that lights me up the most is designing beautiful spaces and putting together a good outfit. Getting the ambience right is the most important thing for me, and from there you can create the magic!

Let’s talk about Waymbul Studio.

Waymbul Studio was created one Saturday on a really slow shift as a support worker. I was researching my country and came across a dictionary. Out of curiosity, I spent most of the afternoon looking up words. One that stood out was Waymbul meaning slowly, gently. I don’t think I had even started ceramics yet but I wrote it down to remember as I resonated with the intention. I started ceramics in 2018 and officially selling pieces last year, so fairly new still.

I started off as murrigrl clay as a spin off to my Instagram name but wanted to change the name to make room for expansion. I always put so much pressure to put myself in a box, or a specific niche. I feel like Waymbul Studio gives me more licensing to explore different modalities. I will always be ceramics, but also have a strong pull towards dying fabrics with foods and plants, painting and making art and prints.

I feel like the meaning behind Waymbul is the perfect sentiment for the brand and business – it costs so much to set up, buy supplies and equipment and be consistently producing. Waymbul to me is starting when you’re not ready, imperfectly and growing with your business. Moving with the cycles rather than responding to deadlines and being true to myself in that way.

Have you always been a creative?

I have always been creative but I haven’t always embraced it. When I was 15, I wanted to be a photographer more than anything and had plans to study it out of school. That was until a family member warned me to start thinking about more practical options. I had no idea what to do but felt a mounting pressure to choose. A few days later I overheard someone say they wanted to be a psychologist. I instantly imagined what I would wear, decided I would look BOMB AF in a pencil skirt and made my mind up! The idea also made my family really happy.

It turns out, it was never aligned. After years of suppressing my creativity, I had to unblock the fear and shadow around being creative. I had to show my subconscious I would still be loved, accepted and most importantly safe, to do so. I started slowly with ceramics and since then have opened a whole can of worms! I still hit blocks and will continue to as I think that’s the case when we have been programmed against our innate ways of being but have been enjoying allowing myself to explore.

My inspiration comes a lot from the internet/Instagram. I always save photos of people who are living in their full design, creating, or have something that I admire but never thought possible or that defies mainstream social constructs or expressions of a normal career. Also, my long-distance friend Jade Lister Buttle (@jadelisterbuttle) has been the most amazing source of inspiration and who is unapologetically creating some of her best art yet whilst experimenting dropping new-age ~spiritual~ teachings and basically anything we’ve been programmed the we need (degree etc) before we can be an artist.

She’s a huge inspiration to me. My rubric for something to serve as inspiration is that I need to feel represented. Like there’s something about that person’s story or position that I’ve felt before and it feels like a sign from the universe that it’s possible. I am a big believer that you can’t be what you can’t see. If you’re finding it hard to find inspiration, don’t look for the biggest or best in the industry, rather the people and stories you resonate with the most.

How do you take care of yourself during these unprecedented times?

I had a whole heap of expectations through these times and put a lot of pressure on myself to make use of the time as strategically as possible. This didn’t last long and ended in many internal meltdowns, I have to admit. Naturally living so close to Byron, I put extra pressure on myself to strip down to basics, meditate extra hard and to start cooking from scratch and reject the masculine patriarchy. After a few weeks of trying different things that seemed to be the ‘right’ way to isolate, I started to practice following my gut and being more impulsive.

Some weeks it looked like three masks in less than seven days and panic-buying oversized sweats. Other weeks it’s been 7-hour straight sessions of clay and making art prints for my store. I have also taken up dance lessons with Groove Therapy on Zoom twice a week and am enjoying moving my body in different ways.

I have made an extra effort connecting with friends and family, and then disconnecting just the same when needed. I have been mourning the beach a lot and taking depression naps when needed, watching KUWTK for hours on end, doing inner work via ‘to be magnetic’ and redecorating lots! The collective energy is low and mourning which makes it hard to be productive at the best of times. Learning to not compare experience with others and exercising releasing my expectations of self and others.

What is a valuable lesson learned recently?

Recent valuable life lessons would be to cut ties with toxic people. It’s one of the hardest things you can do in life but there’s literally no way around it. I think Brene Brown helped me realise that nearly everyone is doing their best. It’s both terrifying and liberating because now the responsibility is in our own hands again and for us to decide whether that person has a place in it anymore. 

Quick Fire

Favourite book? You Were Born for This by Chani Nicholas – Oooft what an astrological game changer! 10/10 recommend! Oh, and the Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson. 

Best way to unwind? Wine and clay!

What is a 10/10 series you’re watching? Favourite series watched recently was The Morning Show and Big Little Lies (little late to the game). So good! And Reece Witherspoon!? Phwoah, amazing!

Honest coffee order? Large long black with cream. My first ever coffee order was a small extra shot soy latte with caramel – cue *started from the bottom now we here* by Drake… shame!

Sweet or savoury? Savoury always! Anything slow cooked and with deadly aromatics – legit weakness of mine.