No More Playing Small: The Waxing Moon Demands Growth

No More Playing Small: The Waxing Moon Demands Growth

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Chapter 2: The Waxing Moon

Okay, enough with the timid tiptoeing. The Waxing Moon isn't about polite suggestions; it's a cosmic kick in the pants reminding you of the untapped power simmering within. It's time to ditch the excuses, shed the self-doubt, and embrace the messy, glorious journey of growth. Because playing small serves no one, least of all you.

Let's be honest, the New Moon was all about intentions and dreams. But the Waxing Moon? This is where the rubber meets the road. So, prepare for some soul-stretching, some shedding of those worn-out thought patterns, and a whole lot of claiming your place in this world.

The Symbolism of the Waxing Moon

The sliver of light grows stronger each night, mirroring the potential building within you. We aren't  wishing for overnight miracles, we're creating intentional, consistent action building toward that vision you set under the New Moon. Each step might feel small, but it contributes to the magnificent whole.

Growth can be uncomfortable. It challenges us, demands we venture beyond those oh-so-familiar comfort zones. But that discomfort is your power in the making.

The Phases of the Waxing Moon & Their Power

Waxing Crescent:

This is where you smash through inertia. Take those initial, maybe slightly terrifying, steps toward your goals.

First Quarter:

Time for a gut check. Are you on track? Do those intentions still ignite you? This phase allows for adjustments, to find that sweet spot of challenge and flow.

Waxing Gibbous

Now the focus sharpens. This is about refining your approach, tackling obstacles head-on, and building unshakeable momentum.

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    Overcoming Blocks to Growth

    The Waxing Moon's fierce energy illuminates more than goals; it exposes the fears and hidden beliefs holding you hostage. Let's tackle a few of those sneaky culprits:

    Fear of Failure & Success:

    Yep, it's weird, but we sabotage our own happiness. Dig into those "What if I fail?" and "What if I succeed?" worries. Oftentimes, the real cost of inaction is way bigger than any temporary setback.

    Overthinking & Analysis Paralysis:

    Endless planning and research can disguise themselves as preparation, but deep down, it's fear in a fancy hat. Action, however imperfect, breaks that cycle.

    Imposter Syndrome & Fear of Being Seen:

    That voice whispering you're a fraud  who doesn't deserve success? It's surprisingly common, especially in ambitious people. Acknowledge that voice, then choose to act in spite of it. Visibility isn't always comfortable, but it's necessary for growth.


    Perfectionism as Self-Sabotage:

    The quest for a flawless execution before you even start is just fear in disguise. Done is better than perfect. Start messy, refine as you go – that's how the magic happens.

    Action Steps for Transformation

    • Recognize, then challenge: Simply naming your fears takes away some of their power.
    • Embrace the "messy middle": Growth rarely looks pretty from the inside. Focus on forward movement, not Instagram-worthy perfection.
    • Don't Go It Alone: Transformation is infinitely easier with support. Find your people – a mentor, a friend who gets it, or an empowering community. That's why we're building one right here! Share openly, cheer others on, and know you're not alone on this journey.

    • Celebrate Progress: Your brain is trained to look for problems. Actively counter this by acknowledging even small victories. Journaling, sharing with your support network, or a simple reward system can make a huge difference.

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    Your Waxing Moon Action Plan

    Journal Prompts

      • Where in my life am I settling or playing small?
      • What obstacles might arise within myself, and how can I proactively plan for them?
      • What strengths can I leverage to overcome challenges?
      • What's the worst that could happen if I pursue this goal? And is it truly that bad?
      • Who can I reach out to for support as I step into a bigger version of myself?

    Energy-Boosting Ritual

    • Candle Ritual: Choose a red (passion, action) or orange (creativity, breaking barriers) candle. Carve your intentions into it, or simply meditate on the flame, visualizing courage and overcoming fear.

    • Visualization Journey: Picture the best possible outcome – who you are, what you achieve. Embrace the feeling, let it fuel your actions.

    Bruja's Herbal Tea for Focus & Motivation

    • Simple Recipe
      • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
      • 1 tsp dried spearmint leaves
      • 1 tsp dried peppermint leaves
      • ½ tsp dried ginger (or a few slices of fresh ginger)
      • Hot water
      • Sweetener of choice (optional)
      • 2 cups of spring water

    Instructions: Combine herbs in a mug or teapot. Steep in hot water for 10 minutes. Strain and enjoy!

     Harness the Lunar Energy

    Power of the Phases  Remember, each phase of the Waxing Moon asks different things:
      • Crescent: Big leaps, smashing through procrastination, saying "yes" before you're fully ready.
      • First Quarter: Refining strategy, facing doubts, asking for constructive feedback.
      • Gibbous: Focused work to overcome obstacles, fine-tuning your plan, seeking expert help.

    Rituals for Resilience: Daily rituals build mental muscle for the long game

    • Mindful Meditation: 5-10 minutes, even in your living room, link breath, body, goals.
    • "Worst Case Scenario" Busting: Take that fear, write the absolute worst thing that could happen. Is it survivable? Likely yes. Frees up a surprising amount of mental energy.

    Ground Yourself: Even amidst action, make space for these:

      • Body Movement: Walk, stretch, dance – feel embodied and connected to your power.
      • Expressing Gratitude: Trains your brain away from "lack" thinking, building prosperity.

    The Waxing Moon won't coddle you, but it will catapult you forward if you let it. This is gritty, messy, life-changing work.  Trust that you have everything needed within you. 


    Up next: The Full Moon Illuminates Your Truth: Time to Own Your Power we’ll talk illumination, revelation, and the potential for breakthroughs.

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