Kirsty Gallagher: Working with the magic of the moon

Kirsty Gallagher is a moon mentor, author, soul alignment and transformation coach, yoga teacher, meditation teacher and founder of Lunar Living. While Kirsty has always had a passion for astrology, crystals and all things alternative health, it was a trip to India over a decade ago that the true spiritual journey began.

Photo of Kirsty Gallagher by Jen Armstrong

You’re a moon mentor, author, soul alignment and transformation coach, yoga teacher and meditation teacher. Where did it all begin?

I’ve always been a bit of a spiritual seeker! Even in my teens I pored over astrology books and loved crystals, reiki, angel cards, regressional therapy and anything alternative. I’ve always been very intuitive and followed my inner guidance and loved to explore, learn and dive deep into the meaning of life, and how I can live my life to the very full. Then, around 11 years ago, I was called to India when I spent nine months on a real spiritual journey.

It was here that I first began to live by the rhythm of the moon and did my yoga teacher training, which was one of the most intense experiences of my life! I came back to the UK and started sharing the moon magic in workshops and ceremonies and teaching yoga and meditation. From there, the coaching and mentoring was a natural progression so that I could support more women through their own journey. It’s one of my greatest joys.

Getting to write a book about something that I am so passionate about and has been so life-changing for me has been absolutely magical – especially when it became a Sunday Times bestseller! I’m still a bit speechless, but it shows that more and more people are open to and interested in this kind of work and way of living, and that makes me so happy!

Tell us about your book, Lunar Living.

It’s a guide to living a lunar way of life, so living by the cycles and phases of the moon. One of the things I am most passionate about is bringing ancient mystical practices and wisdom to real modern-day people and life, in a relatable way that anyone and everyone can take something from. So, the book is plain and simple and practical and accessible, but still very magical! It covers the effects the moon has on us, the moon phases and how to work with them, the moon in each zodiac sign and so much more.

What are the benefits of living in alignment with the moon cycles?

So many! It will help you to get to know yourself like never before, go with the flow of life rather than against it, take back conscious control over your own life, realise your own power and manifesting abilities, help you to let go of things that hold you down or tie you to the past, keep you accountable and with clear intentions, connect you back to nature and the natural rhythm and flow that we are supposed to live by – and that’s just for starters!

So, where do we start?

Start simple, begin setting intentions with the new moon and releasing with the full moon. Even just taking these two moments in a month to pause and check-in with where you are will be so powerful.

If you really feel the effects of the full moon, it’s important to check in with where you currently are in your life, as this is the moon trying to get your attention.

Within your work as a transformational coach, you incorporate lunar wisdom, soul guidance readings and astrology. What can people expect from sessions with you?

Soul guidance readings can be done as a one-off, and help bring clarity, direction, focus and answers. During these readings (using only angel and wisdom cards), I work to channel the voice of someone’s heart and soul, bringing forwards deep inner wisdom and truths. We will get clear on what is keeping them stuck and small and holding them back. We look towards their greatest potential and purpose, and how to get there. This is like time with your soul, as we bring forward their own inner voice and guidance, that ‘knowing’ that comes from somewhere deep within, to bring the answers they have been looking for, clarity and a clear way forward.

For coaching, I usually work with people for three months, as we work so closely together to get real results and transformation. I truly believe that all the answers, courage, love, empowerment and truth you need already lies within you, but sometimes we all need a little help bringing it to the surface.

As a deeply intuitive teacher and healer, I am here to fully support someone in bringing their greatest visions and greatest self to life. We work together to discover deep inner callings, remove blocks and outdated beliefs that hold someone back and keep them small and stuck, hear their truth, find their self-worth and inner power and live a life of true authenticity from their heart and soul.

Drawing on my 20 years of experience in this kind of work, my coaching is a unique method blending many different techniques to bring people back into alignment with their heart, soul and intuition. I help them to step into their power, purpose and alignment with who they are here to be.

During this transformation programme, I become their biggest cheerleader and offer ongoing support, personal practices, guided meditations and rituals, soul enquiries, and, most of all, accountability for following their purpose and stepping into the greatest version of themselves.

The full moon definitely has an effect on me and many of my friends – emotionally and physically. Why does this have such an impact, and how can we lean into this power?

The full moon is the peak energy part of the lunar cycle, and so all of our energies and emotions are pulled to the surface, which can have you feeling like there is cause for celebration or an emotional mess! As the moon’s energy peaks and rises and she is fully illuminated in the sky, she shines a big, full moon light down onto your life and current reality. If you really feel the effects of the full moon, it’s important to check in with where you currently are in your life, as this is the moon trying to get your attention.

If you have been in your flow, you’ll feel the intensity of the full moon’s energy cheering you on and illuminating the way forward more clearly. This is the time of the lunar cycle to celebrate goals achieved, things going well and abundance in all forms. Celebrate you and the effort you have put into getting the things you want, and also give thanks for anyone and anything that helped you get there.

If you’ve been fighting your flow, full moons can feel quite intense, as all your emotions are pulled to the surface and you realise how you tend to hold yourself back, keep yourself small or sabotage yourself. There can be a lot of emotion around a full moon!

Be mindful of emotional outbursts and conflict and, instead, try to notice what your emotions are trying to show you. There can often be feelings of frustration and even anger at a full moon, usually aimed at chances you didn’t take, opportunities missed, intuition ignored or all the ways in which you haven’t allowed yourself to grow with the moon.

The full moon is the culmination, the peak of the lunar cycle. From here, you get clear on what you need to release to move forwards, letting go of all that keeps you stuck. It’s the time to set intentions for what you want to release through the waning part of the lunar cycle.

Where can people find you?

My website or Instagram @kirsty_gallagher_.

Kirsty runs an online sisterhood, teaching members how to weave the secret and wisdom of Mother Moon into modern, everyday life.

Lunar Living: Working with the Magic of the Moon Cycles is available now.

Want to know more? Read Kirsty’s article, What is lunar living? on Happiful.

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