How is it used
the Lunar Mandala?
How to use the lunar diagram
What is it?
The lunar diagram is a space for the daily and synthetic record of what we live and feel. Filling it out regularly creates a colorful infographic that allows for quick visualization of aspects of our lives in each cycle. With this, it is possible for us to see the whole, perceive patterns and establish correlations between what we do and what we feel; at the same time that we stay connected to what is important at all times. People who menstruate can also observe their menstrual cycle and perceive patterns and potentialities.
It works by lunation
A lunation is a complete cycle of the moon, beginning each new moon and going through all its phases until one day before the next new moon. A lunation lasts between 29 and 30 days, but the cycles of the moon are not synchronous with the months of the Gregorian calendar, therefore, a lunation generally begins in one month and ends in another. Each diagram that you can find in the book represents a lunation of the year 2023.
For people who menstruate
If you menstruate, you can also record your menstrual cycle count. This begins on the first day of bleeding (bright red blood) and continues until the start of the next period, when the count begins again. The menstrual cycle lasts about the same time as a lunation, but it is very rare for both to begin and end on the same day. Therefore, your menstrual cycle will almost always be divided into two diagrams. You can draw a red line between the two cycles to mark the start of each new cycle.
The diagrams are spaces to nurture research about yourself throughout each lunation. The legends you will create on your bookmark are born from that self-investigation about what you really want to observe in yourself — with courage, curiosity and compassion. What questions can help you map your path to self-knowledge? What are the points in your life, personality, habits and relationships that you would like to illuminate and see better during each new lunation? You can use any path you want to create your own legends. We offer you a suggestion with some examples below.
Create honest lists about:
- Physical aspects that you would like to map in your body (menstruation, headache, appetite, hot flashes, tiredness, insomnia)
- Habits that are hindering your process or intentions (spending a lot of time on social media, using screens until late at night, picking up your phone as soon as you wake up)
- Your true motivations and interests
- Your main emotional and mental challenges (wounds, aggression, fear, anxiety, procrastination)
- Habits that help you relax, nourish and soften (exercise, read, dance, show affection)
- Qualities or values that you want to nurture in your life (affection, creativity, self-esteem, presence)
From your lists, select the aspects that you consider most important to study throughout this year or during some cycles. Observe which aspects are specific and which vary in intensity. Create the legend of colors and icons on your bookmark for the aspects you choose to study about yourself in your Lunar Mandala following the following guidelines.
For sensations and feelings that vary in intensity (affection, creativity, intuition, tranquility, fun, extroversion). The bookmark will be your guide: define a color for each sensation, paint the corresponding space and write the meaning of that color. Keeping the same colors throughout the year makes it easier to purchase the diagrams upon later reading.
To mark specific events or actions, habits or routines (meditation, walks, study, dance), eventual use of addictive substances (coffee, sugar, alcohol or tobacco), physical issues (cold, headache), emotions and sensations (happiness , sadness, fury, anxiety, creativity), actions or events (interpersonal conflicts, contact with nature, sexual relationship, important dreams). For those who menstruate, notes on the menstrual cycle (ovulation, menstrual pain, breast pain). You will build your icon library throughout the year.
On a day-to-day basis, grab your bookmark and scroll down to the current lunation page. Find the day you are on, place the bookmark next to it, lining up the rings on the diagram and your own legend. Ask yourself about the presence of each of the aspects that you have chosen to observe and color each ring with more or less intensity and/or draw the corresponding icons.
Revisit and harvest information from your diagrams
There are several ways to interpret your already filled diagrams. In a simple way, you can observe:
- Correlations: between how I have felt, the cycles of nature and what I have done.
- Cyclic patterns: events that repeat over a given period of time.
- My story: looking towards what was most alive in me at each moment.
Observing a day's notes allows correlations to be made between themes. How I am feeling may be related to what I have done today or the previous days. The analysis of a diagram allows us to perceive correlations between the themes of my study, the phases of the Moon, the menstrual cycle* and the oscillations that can occur, whether subtle or intense. Comparing some diagrams allows the perception of cyclical patterns, as well as observing sensations, predispositions and actions (or the lack thereof) that are repeated in each lunar phase, month, season, period of the menstrual cycle* or other cycle that you are experiencing.
Do it how you want
The Mandala is a customizable blank for your needs. Just like each person, each Mandala is unique and there is no “correct” way to use it. You can use each of the available spaces in the bookmark or just some of them; record physical, emotional and mental aspects every day (or just some of them); change the topic of your self-study whenever you feel the need, for example: evaluate your own organization (schedules, rhythms, diet, rest), keep track of your fertility, your professional life, physical health, relationship with nature, etc. .. If you want, you can create a draft of your bookmark before writing on it or write in pencil first.
The Mandala is a tool for you to use when you feel the need. If the moment in your life doesn't ask you to turn to it, it's all good!
Example of use of the Mandala
In the bookmark proposal that you can find above we have chosen to observe 9 cyclical energies inspired by the chakras, which we call “powers”.
Presence: being present in the here and now.
Intuition: perceiving and trusting one's own instincts and sensations.
Extroversion: directing your psychic energy outwards.
Affection: giving and receiving love.
Self-confidence: recognizing our personal value and loving who we are.
Sexual energy: sexual desire or libido.
Power of action: exercising the power of achievement through action.
Vital energy: feel the life energy pulsate in you.
Click here to read more about each of these powers.
In each period of our cycle, we present different powers in different intensities. Knowing our patterns we can plan to take advantage of the potential of each phase; and by identifying the lack of these powers in other mandalas, we can avoid subjecting ourselves to situations that we already know are not conducive to certain moments in our cycle.