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Moon Phases Activity

Creating a moon phase calendar can be an engaging and practical activity for an Enactive Daoist, providing a tangible way to connect with the cycles of nature and integrate the lunar phases into their daily life. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory provides a wealth of information that can help in this endeavor.


Here's a step-by-step guide on how you might create your own moon phase calendar with the help of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's educational resources:

  1. Gather Materials: You'll need access to a computer, printer, paper, and writing tools like pens or markers. You might also like to have other art supplies on hand to decorate your calendar.

  2. Access the Website: Go to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's website. Specifically, you'll want to find their Moon Phase and Libration, 2023 page (or whatever the current year is). This page includes diagrams of the predicted moon phases for each day of the year.

  3. Create Your Calendar: Start by creating a blank calendar for the upcoming month(s). You might choose to do this on your computer (using a program like Excel or Word) or by hand on a large sheet of paper.

  4. Record the Moon Phases: Using the Moon Phase and Libration, 2023 page as a reference, note down the moon phase for each day on your calendar. For example, you might simply write "New Moon," "First Quarter," "Full Moon," or "Last Quarter" on the relevant days. For the days between these phases, you can use the diagrams on the NASA page to make a small drawing of what the moon will look like.

  5. Highlight Enactive Dao Practices: Next, consider your Enactive Dao practices for each lunar phase. You might choose to write a brief reminder of each phase's focus or practices on the calendar (e.g., "New Beginnings: Silent meditation" on the New Moon).

  6. Decorate Your Calendar: If you wish, spend some time making your calendar visually appealing. This might involve drawing or painting, using colored markers, or even attaching pictures or quotes that inspire you.

  7. Display Your Calendar: Finally, place your calendar somewhere you'll see it every day. This will help you stay attuned to the lunar cycle and remind you of your Enactive Dao practices.

Remember, this is your calendar, and it should reflect your personal connection with the Dao. Feel free to modify or add to these steps as needed. And most importantly, enjoy the process of creating and using your moon phase calendar!

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