Forty Early Mornings

There was a New Moon on Monday, February 20 at 2 am, and by Tuesday evening, it will be a beautiful crescent, near the bright planet Venus, as though inviting this goddess to the dance. On Wednesday, growing more bold, the Moon will approach Jupiter, and so it will go, on into the evenings ahead, weaving the threads of our two brightest planets, until they meet one another next week. By that time, the Moon will be nearly full, and while we might have lost track of what’s going on now, it’s worth it to not lose the thread, because here at new phase all the secrets are being whispered in thoughts and dreams about what the coming cycle means.

The Sufi mystic poet Rumi wrote beautifully about the mysteries of the Moon.

A new moon teaches gradualness

and deliberation and how one gives birth

to oneself slowly. Patience with small details

makes perfect a large work, like the universe.

What nine months of attention does for an embryo

forty early mornings will do

for your gradually growing wholeness.

Forty early mornings. That’s about one and a half Moon cycles, and is regarded as the amount of time it takes to break, or to form, a habit. So if you would build love into the world with Venus, and abundance with Jupiter, then undertake an activity at crescent Moon phase this week and make it a practice for forty early mornings ~ from now until about the time of the first Spring Full Moon, which traditionally marks the beginning of the new year, spiritually.

With gradualness, with deliberation, with patience, for forty early mornings.


Every Monday morning, you can hear The Storyteller’s Night Sky on Interlochen Public Radio. You can also listen in on podcasts everywhere, at your own convenience!

Image above from Michigan State University Abrams Planetarium Sky Calendar.