The Many Moons Lunar Planner

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The Many Moons Lunar Planner

The Many Moons Lunar Planner is sold out of our store. Thank you so very much to everyone who ordered, and to all the stores who ordered it. I wanted to write this post to explain our studio’s ethos, and our process, by way of this project.

We are a tiny studio. It is just myself and an incredible studio manager who works 2.5 days with me. I also read tarot cards for many clients each month, write, teach, podcast, and am a graphic designer— so I do not work on my store full-time. I always want to keep my studio small and self-funded. We have no backers, no investors, there is no rich parent in the background. Everything I have ever produced has been paid for either with my credit card or through creating a pre-order, along with getting orders from stores that carry my work, which generally covers production costs.

This planner was a very challenging project to create for a number of reasons. This was by far the most expensive publication we’ve ever produced, so we had to be incredibly careful of the amount we ordered — if we didn’t sell out, we would loose money. I based my final printer order off what stores ordered, and what was pre-ordered by our wonderful customers, then added half the amount of the pre-order to get a final number. Compared to past orders of Many Moons products, stores overall barely ordered any. In fact, some stores never even got back to us about carrying them. I posted for 2 months on Instagram and through my newsletter about the pre-order for the planners, getting the word out as much as I could. As a small business owner, one truly does not know if what you are creating will be received well, or whether it will sell. When doing timed projects, it gets even more dicey, as there is only a certain window of time one can sell the work. We always want to make our work as available as possible—as long as one pre-orders our timed projects, one will be sure to get it.

In the capitalist mindset, there is a idea to make more, more, to go faster, faster, get bigger and take over everything. It is weird and it is competitive and it is wasteful. That’s not at all the way I run my business. Whenever we ship out orders, my small shipping team, my studio manager, and myself, get incredibly overwhelmed. We get many angry emails from customers, insulting us, saying nasty things to us after they put in the wrong address and it does not get delivered, random people thinking we are Amazon because we haven’t immediately shipped out their order and we haven’t immediately responded. We are not Amazon and we never will be. (Thank the Goddess for that!) Our main focus is to pour our heart and soul into self-published items that people enjoy and cherish. As a business owner, I value health—physical and mental—over profit.

Designing this planner was difficult. I gave myself 3 months to design/create it, and hired 2 other people to fact-check and look over copy and other information. Halfway through the process, I underwent a routine medical procedure that went wrong, and that left me in excruciating pain that no pain killers could take away, with serious nerve damage that I still am dealing with, and unable to use my right hand for 3 weeks. 4 months later and I still cannot work regular hours. I am still not back to normal; I sleep with a brace and have been plagued with carpal tunnel and other related mobility issues as a result of this unexpected injury.

Sadly, as a result, the planner was compromised—I lost almost a 3rd of the time I had scheduled for the process. As a result, it is less than perfect. There are 3 pages that are incorrect, that escaped our 3 pairs of eyes, and need to be updated. They are the monthly views for March and June. You can get the files for them here.

There is also a free, heart-opening meditation you can download and listen to, as a thank you for any inconvenience this has caused you.

We apologize for creating a less than perfect item. We are, first and foremost, humans. I have most certainly learned my lesson: next time, I will almost double the time allotted for design, and instead of hiring 2 people to fact-check/copy edit, I will hire 4. The only thing we can do is learn from our mistakes and move on. I am lucky enough to have a partner who is a nurse, who frequently reminds me that if a problem isn’t life or death, then it is probably ok to let go of and move on from.

Thank you to every one who ordered the planner and has sent along such kind words. I pour everything I have into everything I make. I only want to help people, inspire, and delight people. It lights my heart up every day to know that there are people resonating with our work. We love you!

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Comments 13

  1. Zaneta says on December 13, 2018

    Thank you Sarah for owning humanity and gracefully inviting us to share what that means. I appreciate your honesty. I wish more professional folks owned mistakes and cued the public to them. The belief that services and goods are independent of human heart, mind, body and spirit is sad and harming all of us. Sending you lots of light and wellness in the holiday season!

  2. Nicole says on December 13, 2018

    I didn’t even know there was a problem until someone else told me lol I am very thankful for your products. Keep up the good work!

  3. Lalania says on December 13, 2018

    Blessings. I run a subscription box business and I agree that people can have unreasonable expectations from small businesses. Thank you for making an incredible meaningful planner. Your work is deeply appreciated. Heal up. Blessings, Lalania

  4. Nicole J Corbo says on December 13, 2018

    I am so sad to have missed out. I was waiting for the shop I’ve purchased from the past 3 years to announce the new workbook (didn’t know it was ending), and there’s been nothing…maybe they were one of the stores you never heard back from…anyway, today I finally went hunting online. I was doubly disappointed – no more workbooks, and planners sold out pretty much everywhere…my disappointment is not a criticism in any way; it is a testament to the richness your good work brought to my life and spiritual practice. And so, really, I just want to say thank you. ❤

  5. cathlin walker says on December 13, 2018

    thank you. for pouring yourself and your brilliant heart and mind into your work. i am so grateful to have this tool with me throughout the coming year.

    i love the mistakes. its good reminder that we are all human and perfection isn’t important to getting your message into the world.

    i hope you heal stronger than you were before.

    thank you thank you thank you

  6. TDS says on December 13, 2018

    Sarah, you are a true tour de force! Thank you for contributing so much of your wisdom and magick with us. I feel like my life changed for the better once I began working with Many Moons <3

  7. Erea says on December 17, 2018

    Thank you Sarah for share this amazing learnings and wisdom. Thank you so much again for helping me connect to myself and the moon. Thank you for being an amazing guidance in these crazy yeas.
    I wanted to ask you also if there’s any chance of you reprinting many moons calendar… I didn’t have the chance to buy it and the book has been an amazing help for me in the last months.

    Thank you!

  8. Hayley Christopher says on December 22, 2018

    Your workbook was such a big part of my 2018 rituals and I really hope you’ll still continue to make the planner as it’s sold out everywhere I have looked. Your hard work is much appreciated and I would love to continue this tradition in 2019 and was also hoping to share with all the wonderful women in my life. Wishing you a speedy recovery and the prospect of more planners printed <3

  9. Maisha says on December 22, 2018

    Thanks for all that you do! I’ve been enjoying the Many moon books for all of 2018. I missed out on the 2019 calendar. I guess everything has a season. I can also relate to taking care of health over everything else 🙂

    I am so sorry to hear about the challenges. I am so grateful for the energy that was put into creating such a wonderful workbook. It sometimes took energy for me to pick the book up and use it. I found the rituals so helpful. I will use two books from 2018 to continue the rituals.

  10. Kathryn Watkins says on January 20, 2019

    I wish so badly I could have gotten one! Your health is most important. Be well and stay magical!

  11. Rechel Williams says on February 10, 2019

    I wish I could get a planner. I found my first many moons book 5 months ago and had no clue what it was. After reading and learning about myself I realized that self healing and self love are more affective when aligned with the right stages of the moon. I understand how important this is so take care of yourself! If you consider selling some based off orders. I am down. If anyone wants to send me a copy of theirs I can also make sure I add some tips to the virtual tip jar.

  12. Sarahi says on February 22, 2019

    I heard from you through a podcast I follow (meathead hippie) and was so excited to find it. I am sad I can’t find the planner anywhere. If you print more will you let me know? Or is there a way to preorder or put myself on a list? I’m willing to order even just for half the year.

  13. Rudy loewe says on February 24, 2019

    I love the planner so much. Thank you for all of your hard work. I carry it with me everywhere, I can feel the love that you poured into it and it’s been a great help to my soul work and mental health! ❤️

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