How Detaching From Outdated Patriarchal Capitalist Structures and Working with the Lunar Cycle Can Grow Your Business, Increase Your Creativity and Free Your Mind
By: Madi Murphy, Founder CosmicRX
Working for the man has led us down a…um, weird path. To say the least. We somehow have become consumed with work, productivity and tethered to the world at every waking moment through some sort of digital umbilical cord called a “Slack channel.”
Let’s drop in for a quick vibe check: do you feel like you are never ever doing enough? Or find yourself with zero motivation to do the tasks that once came easy for you? Wake up in the morning with a wisp of existential dread about being a cog in the machine? Or feel weird sending “circle up” emails about Q4 sales while the world burns down?
You may have a case of internalized capitalism and you’re not alone.
What is internalized capitalism, you say? Psychotherapist Nikita Banks defines internalized capitalism as:
“A revision of the protestant work ethic. It is this idea that to be unproductive is sin, and as such, this idea that you must always be producing is in direct relation to your worthiness.”
Now, I’m not a doctor (more of a cosmic consultant, but more on that later). In my opinion, internalized capitalism can be distilled down to an individual’s need to be as productive as possible to feel like a worthy member of society. The individual may or may not be aware of it, per se, but they will surely be aware of the pressure to be constantly productive. It’s an incessant pressure that is as pervasive as, I don’t know, air.
The truth is, in a lot of our modern concepts of career trajectory, your working hours never truly end at the closing of the workday. The “man” has put us in an endless rat race…takes, takes, takes….and then discards us when we have outlived our usefulness.
So.. what are we to do? TBH, many of us are not meant to run away from work, we are here to rewrite our story around it. Because the truth of the matter is that if you are here and breathing, you have purpose, and it feels good to bring it out into the world. Some of us like work—just not what it has become.
So, if you’re ready to break up with the worship of “hustle and grind culture” and find a high vibe replacement, we’ve got you.
The first step to reprogramming ourselves is releasing the idea that we constantly have to be productive or in “go” mode.
The next step is finding an alternative to how we can stay on rhythm and on track.
Enter… the Moon.
Yup, gazing at the Moon and using the Moon’s energy has guided humans for eons, and scientific studies show the Moon has effects on our mood and energy. For centuries, biodynamic farmers have planted crops and harvested at particular times depending on the Moon. We know that the lunar cycle affects the tides, reproduction in fish, melatonin levels in birds, and even hormonal changes in insects. And, just like the Moon affects the tides, La Luna can also impact the saltwater that arises within our own bodies which are composed of 50-70% water.
Humans have a natural connection to the Moon. Through her, we remember we are cyclical creatures (read: the exact opposite of the linear hustle and grind mode). It’s been celebrated by ancient cultures and civilizations forever.
Working with the Moon gives us an opportunity to regularly check in with ourselves, validate our insights, set new intentions, and plan the next steps with greater ease. And, this works not just for ourselves, but for our businesses, brands, and creative projects. Turns out, you can use each phase of the Moon to heal that big ol’ case of internalized capitalism.
Whilst at first it may seem a little woo-woo, harnessing the energy of the Moon as she moves through her phases is actually something that is very strategic and logical, and it can make planning—in both your business and your life much easier.
The Moon is often depicted as a symbol of the feminine. An embodiment of the rhythm of time. A metaphor for the cycles of womanhood. In fact, the qualities of the Moon—its radiance, its mutability, its sly influence and keening distance—are imposed on a socially constructed femininity. It’s no surprise that a patriarchal society would come into conflict with the great mother in the sky.
In the early modern witch-hunts, aka emerging capitalism’s great war against its women, the root of the witch’s unbearable powers was believed to lie somewhere in the web of connections between the body, the menstrual cycle, and the Moon above us. The Malleus Maleficarum, the great and hideous Catholic treatise against witchcraft, insists that demonic powers are “deeply affected by certain phases of the Moon.”
So, it would make sense that if we want to dismantle the system, throw a middle finger at the patriarchy and stop working for the man, we would start here.
Quick intro to the 8 phases of the Moon and how to work with them
Each lunar cycle is roughly 29.5 days and is made up of 8 distinct phases. Depending on which phase the Moon is in, our energy levels rise and fall, and our creativity peaks and valleys, meaning there are times that are optimal for planning, starting new projects, writing blog posts, decluttering and closing out on projects. When we do those things at the most optimal lunar time, it can help us to be more focused, energized and successful.
Basically, following the lunar cycle lets you more easily accomplish what you want, with less stress and struggle. The cycle then starts over—it is very predictable and a constant in our life as much as the sun rising and falling every day- which makes it easy for us to plan what we want to work on based on the Moon phase we are in. So how can we tune in and harness the cycles of the Moon to make magic in our business? Here’s a breakdown.
You may even start thinking about what your next New Moon intention is going to be. If your intention didn’t fully manifest during this cycle, it’s okay. You can create the same intention again or you can create the same intention with some tweaks or you can create a whole new intention. It’s totally up to you.
So that’s it. Then we go back to the New Moon and start all over again.