On the night of the largest supermoon in 69 years, what better time to ask the question: Are you running your life and your business by the Sun cycle or the Moon cycle?
The Sun cycle is based on the seasons and the year – four quarter cycles and one full Earth cycle around the Sun.
The Moon cycle is based on the weeks and months – four quarter cycles and one full Moon cycle around the Earth.
Since we adopted the Gregorian Calendar as our standard, most of the Western World works mainly by the solar calendar. We make annual plans, get annual pay reviews and file quarterly reports.
Yet most of the East still works by lunar calendars. The Chinese and Hindu Calendars are both lunar, and here in Bali every new moon and full moon is celebrated.
Which calendar is best for a business today? The answer is that the lunar cycle is far more effective for a modern-day startup and fast growth company. For three reasons:
Reason #1: Flow vs Grow
In today’s fast-moving times, what is even more important than how well you grow (your size), is how well you flow (your speed). While the sun cycle gives four seasons to grow, the moon cycle gives four seasons to flow:
The four solar seasons to grow:
The four moon phases to flow:
Waxing new moon: Plan
Waxing first quarter: Act (push)
Waning full moon: Connect (pull)
Waning third quarter: Complete
By breaking each week into a specific stage of flow, as the Chinese have done for over 5,000 years, there’s a right time to move fast and a right time to move slow.
“As in nature, all is ebb and tide, all is wave motion.” ~ Nikola Tesla
Imagine the moon as a wave, which begins with the last wave washing back from show (New moon), building up into the next wave (First quarter), cresting as the next wave (Full moon) and breaking towards the shore (Third quarter). A surfer doesn’t fight the flow, but moves out with the wave, gets ready for the full moon, and surfs. When I see entrepreneurs tune in to this cycle, it is amazing to see how much more results they achieve with far less effort and stress.
Reason #2: Frequency
The word “Month” comes from the word “Moon”, and the word “Week” comes from “Turn”, with each week representing a seven-day quarter turn of the moon.
When you work with a weekly frequency, there is a far more rapid review and renew spiral within your business. Having weekly metrics, weekly financials, weekly review sessions and weekly goals.
Set each month as a cycle in itself, and treat the four weeks as four seasons. In the week after the full moon, maximise your creation (This is ‘Dynamo’ / spring frequency). In the second week, maximise your action (This is ‘Blaze’ / summer frequency). In the third week, maximise your connection (This is ‘Tempo’ / autumn frequency) and in the final week, maximise your recovery and review (This is ‘Steel’ / winter freqency). By doing the right thing at the right time, you’ll find each week far more effortless and effective.
Working to this rhythm, you can achieve as much learning in one quarter as it used to take in one year. Every 13 weeks, run a quarterly review which is the equivalent of an old annual review, and renew the business for the quarter ahead.
Reason #3: Feminine Energy
If you travel to Bali, India, China or any country where the culture is more connected to the moon cycle than the sun cycle (and where the biggest celebrations and festivals are linked to the moon), you will notice a distinct difference in the energy, which is a more “Yin” energy than a “Yang” energy.
In these cultures there is more of a focus on “flow” than “grow”, and more focus on connection than competition.
The entire world of business has moved from hierarchies to networks, and from products to people. When you tune in to a lunar frequency, you upgrade the energy within your culture to one that is more in sync with the world we live in today.
Never underestimate the power of the moon. With this supermoon, earthquakes were predicted before the tragic quakes in New Zealand yesterday. Supertides will be hitting tonight.
Our bodies and brains are 70% water, so tune in to the moon’s cycle, and surf.
“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe