How to make… a moonboard

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The Joys of Moonboarding

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I’ve always had a love for the Moon…

As a child growing up in rural Lincolnshire, before the village had street lights, we would skid and slide down the lane, on bitterly cold winter days after school, under the bright moon and stars (it was pitch dark by 4pm!). In the summer, we’d camp out in the neighbour’s field telling each other stories and counting the stars.

Mama Luna has always been a reassuring presence, but it was only a couple of years ago that I really started to notice, and be fully mindful of, her changing faces and how it made me feel.

In September  2013, I read an interview with Jamie Ridler and her Full Moon dreamboards, and was immediately smitten… Not necessarily by the ‘visioning’ and ‘manifesting’ aspects, but the desire to make art to mark this significant, yet beautifully regular, event.

So I bought a cheap A4 scrapbook and decorated the cover, then throughout the following days I gathered words and images from old cards, diaries, magazines, junk mail that answered the question: What do I want an abundance of?

Then, on the Full Moon in October 2013, I made my first Full Moon dream board:

1st board

And I’ve been making them every month since!

Throughout the last two years of Moonboarding my process has developed, as my dexterity has improved.

In May 2007 I suffered a serious stroke (aged 43 at the time), that resulted in my right side being paralyzed, losing my speech, and being in hospital for 4 months unable to swallow, to sit up, to walk, to dress.

Over the past 8 years, I have learnt to do everything left-handed (yes, I was right-handed and my right side is still paralyzed), I have been diligent in all my therapies and can now speak, eat without choking, walk short distances with a stick, draw, paint, peck at the keyboard, and most importantly for me, read and write.

And while it wasn’t a conscious decision, making the monthly moonboards has been wonderful therapy – improving my manual dexterity, my reading, writing, learning – as well as healing my wounded Soul.

cover

My process

Having started with Jamie’s format (she’s Canadian and uses the Native American moon names), I quickly realized I wanted to follow a more British system, and after searching the internet, found a Celtic Tree calendar and much enlightening material.

I’ve always had a great affinity with trees, so as best I can I get out on my mobility scooter and find the tree of each month to spend time with, to ask its spirit questions, to share my hopes and worries.

I then write down any thoughts in my journal, and as the Full Moon approaches I begin to gather images and words. You’ll notice most of my images are straight-edged, as I can’t use scissors one-handed and I rely on my trusty Fiskar paper cutter! Every piece of junk mail I get, I scour for anything useful for my boards.

And this month will see the last moonboard in my trusty scrapbook as it’s getting harder and harder to close…

full book

Last October (2014), I started to make New Moon dreamboards as well, but in an A3 scrapbook, so my plan is to combine my New and Full Moon boards, until that gets overfull and too heavy to handle ?

Now it’s your turn!

All you need is:

  • A scrapbook or heavy paper/card
  • A glue stick
  • Scissors/ paper trimmer
  • Old magazines, diaries, cards, junk mail
  • Some peace and quiet – I find making my moonboards quite a meditative practice…

Some questions to ponder…

  • How does seeing the Moon make me feel?
  • Can I sense the energy of the Moon in this particular Season?
  • Is it different from the last lunar cycle? (The more often you ask these questions, you will notice differences/similarities.)

Last year’s Ivy Moon, with a theme of letting go – it was very poignant to make this as our son had just left home to go to university:

ivy moon

Last year’s Reed Moon (November), pondering the festival of Samhain with many more poems and writings (old We’Moon diaries are a favourite source of poems and images):

reed moon

I do love months where there’s a festival to honour. I’m following the pagan Wheel of the Year, while responding to Mother Nature’s rhythms. As a woman entering the menopause, my own monthly rhythm is all over the place, but this Moonboard practice has grounded me in ways I could never have imagined two years ago. I suspect this grounding will only deepen as the months and years pass, and I can imagine my own rhythms getting more and more in sync with Mother Nature’s and Mama Luna’s.

And I believe, the more people there are in the world living and working in sync with the natural rhythms around us, the more hope there is for us all on planet Earth.

You can find all my Moonboards here.


meAbout Claire

Claire Sauer is a keen blogger at Woman of Art and Mind, a less enthusiastic Facebooker, and an occasional Pinner.

A lifelong Seeker of Truth, a passionate Lover of Art (human and Nature-made). Her degrees are in Theology, and she was a lay minister in the Anglican Church for many years, till she left over a decade ago after much soul-searching…

Since then, she has embraced all spiritual paths and is currently enrolled on Sage Priestess training.

21 comments

  1. chloetarot says:

    Love this personal story of using art in healing. And what you say about this also healing your soul. Some beautiful moonboards there, Claire, and some great inspiration – thank you! :)

  2. tuitarot says:

    Wow what an inspiring story!
    The idea of “moonboarding” sounds so wonderful as well. I am quite the insomniac and I usually go to sleep at around 4-5am. I have been trying to figure out a ritual for those long full moon nights and I think I finally found it… My only concern is getting enough scrap paper!

    • Claire says:

      Thank you so much! If you’re struggling for images, I have tons (a decade’s worth!) I’m happy to mail you some :) There’s a Contact Form on my blog if you want to reach me – I only have the one email address so I don’t give it out publicly…

  3. Ellen says:

    Thank you for reminding me of this powerful practice. I’ve been introduced to making these moon board by Jamie Ridler as well. You story moved me deeply since my own husband had a stroke when he was 48, eleven years ago now. Although a lot of his abilities are lost or diminished, he still loves to paint and it gives him a purpose in his life

    • Claire says:

      Oh Ellen, I’m so sorry to read this… Strokes are cruel!! And he was not much older than I when I had mine… I’m glad he can paint – we SO need to find expression and purpose…
      Sending you peace and love – and a big virtual {HUG} x

  4. Kate Robertson says:

    Claire, Wow that was a fantastic post. I am going to have to share it. You have imparted much wisdom and a few things I hadn’t thought about. Thanks for being such a wise woman to me.

    Much love,

    Kate

  5. SJ says:

    I was afraid this would be a version of an art journal, which has never really spoke to me. But this is way better. It could turn into a good monthly ritual for me: how does the moon speak to me, how do I get to know its rhythms better. Thank you for sharing!

    • Claire says:

      Hi SJ, thank you for this :) It’s definitely a monthly ritual/meditation practice for me… I have learnt SO much over the past 2 years about Luna’s rhythms, and by extension, my own :) I’d love to know how you get on!

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