ArtJournalingForTheFullMoonSummerSolstice2 scaled | Teresa Lynn Creative

Hello, hello! This is TLC, and today I’m going to walk you through an art journaling practice to celebrate the full moon and summer solstice happening today, June 21st, 2024. However, you can do this anytime you feel the need to tap into a creative, somatic experience. Let’s dive in!

Materials Needed:

  • A large sketchbook
  • Various colors of Sharpie markers
  • A tarot deck
  • Your favorite crystal

Today, we’re celebrating and releasing around this Capricorn full moon energy. This particular moon cycle is unique because we have two full moons in Capricorn: one this cycle and one in July making us report on again and again what we have tangibly produced this year so far. Additionally, it’s the summer solstice—the longest day of the year and a halfway point in our calendar year. This is a perfect time to check in on projects, goals, and resolutions. But also like…chill and take some sweet moments to make art.

The full moon and summer solstice help illuminate both goals and the need to honor rest. HOME GOALS is the biggest theme that came up for me as I worked this process. Every time I look back at the final image, I am reminded of my need to secure a home I can ground into. How perfect for the start of Cancer Season!

Step 1: Set the Scene

To begin, turn to a blank page in your sketchbook. Grab your chosen crystal. I’m using a lapis lazuli, but you can use any stone or flat marble you can push around with a pen or marker. This helps to connect with your body and get out of your head, settling into the heart of Cancer season with the solid rock representing Capricorn.

Step 2: Follow the Stone

Using your pen, start pushing the stone around on the page, allowing it to guide your marks. Don’t worry about the color or appearance—just let go and enjoy the process. This is about releasing control and comparing yourself to any idealized version of yourself. Let the marks be messy and spontaneous.

Step 3: Reflect and Question

Now that you have a page full of marks, grab your tarot deck. Draw three cards, focusing on these questions:

  1. What no longer matters to me?
  2. What is my focus now?
  3. What have I produced this year that I can celebrate?

Lay out the cards and take a moment to contemplate their meanings. Look beyond the traditional interpretations and focus on the symbols and colors that resonate with you.

Step 4: Color and Symbolism

Choose colors that stand out from your cards and begin to fill in the marks on your page. For example, I’m using yellow, pink, and blue. As you fill in the spaces, think about the meanings of the cards and the questions you asked. Let your intuition guide you.

Step 5: Embrace the Mess

This process is not about creating perfect art—it’s about personal exploration and expression. Your page might look like a tangle of marks, but it’s your unique mess. Reflect on what the symbols and colors mean to you. Write down any words or phrases that come to mind.

Step 6: Celebrate and Release

Acknowledge the struggles you’ve faced and the progress you’ve made. Celebrate the little moments of joy and the accomplishments, no matter how small. Consider the goals you set at the beginning of the year—are they still relevant? Are they truly your goals, or were they influenced by others?

Step 7: Keep Working It

I kept working with this page long after I stopped filming. The more a picture formed , the greater connections I made. Flowers, leaves and light shapes highlighted eventually looked like a stained glass drawing. There’s no way to do this right or wrong. You just do it. Trace the lines. Break the lines. Find new lines and shapes.

Every time I look back at this image, I am reminded of my need to secure a home I can ground into. How perfect for the start of Cancer Season!

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