Updated: Aug 7, 2020
First off - What is a new moon?
In astronomy, the new moon is the first lunar phase, when the moon and sun have the same ecliptic longitude. At this phase, the lunar disk is not visible to the unaided eye, except when silhouetted during a solar eclipse. Daylight outshines the earthlight that dimly illuminates the new moon. The actual phase is usually a very thin crescent.
The original meaning of the term new moon, which is still sometimes used in non-astronomical contexts, is the first visible crescent of the Moon after conjunction with the Sun. This thin waxing crescent is briefly and faintly visible as the Moon gets lower in the western sky after sunset.
Because it's the start of a new lunar cycle, some feel it's the perfect time to set new goals for themselves. Being synchronized with the rhythm of the universe allows your life decisions and ventures to flow naturally. Hundreds of years ago, our ancestors used the moon for all different reasons, they planted their crops and hunted their foods in-sync with the cycles of the moon.
Setting intentions in-sync with the phases of the moons is a great way to align with the flow of universe. The new moon represents new beginnings, Creating your own new moon ritual can be the reminder we need to connect with the world around us and provide guidance for your life.
Celebrating the new moon is a spiritual way to connect with yourself, and the universe, so take advantage of this opportunity. Introducing new energies into your life can have a deep impact on your spiritual journey.
How can I start a new moon ritual?
There are a few things you can do to create a personal new moon ritual. That could just mean sitting down in a quiet space and writing out your goals for the next 30 days, or you can go a step further to create a more relaxing environment to help you stay focused before you set your intentions. If the weather permits, set up an outdoor space to perform your ritual. Set out candles or a if you have fire pit, or an altar space to add sacred pieces and healing crystals to the ritual. You can use an indoor space as well, just be sure to clear the room of distracting items, cleanse your home with sage, play meditation music, or light a new candle or just being with our dearest friends, and practice some self -care.
Express your intentions.
Writing down your intentions and sharing them with others helps. Setting intentions during a new moon can be extremely powerful, so make sure your intention is something you truly desire. After you’ve written your goal, think about your intentions or you share your intentions with someone who you are comfortable with. If you feel your goal is too personal to share that is fine, write it down any way and you have the option to burn the paper while thinking of your intentions.
Example of thoughts - What it would mean to you to achieve it or what has held you back from achieving it in the past instead.
Create an altar or sacred space for your moon wishes.
Your altar is where you collect your sacred objects, pictures, found objects and the like. Using herbs with healing or symbolic properties adds to your ritual. Stones and crystals are another powerful ally. Candles are magical, and in its form contains all four of the elements. A small journal on hand allows you to keep a record of your intentions.
Keeping your goals somewhere you will see them everyday will also provide motivation. Set up your altar or sacred space at home with healing crystals that support your intention, candles, fresh flowers, and anything else that you gravitate to. Place your written intention under your crystals to amplify the power of the intention.
Adding a unique touch.
This is the most important part of ritual, since your commitment is the key.
This is your time to celebrate a new start, so add in some fun to make it a deeply personal.
You could take a ritual bath with sea salt to clear your field of any negative energies sage is a herb used to clear a space, and make it sacred for ritual.
You could end the ritual with a walk under the moon or even playing music. Whatever excites your spirit will help to make your new moon ritual something you want to continue to do each month. Follow the moon phases.
A big part of success with new Moon intentions is what comes after. Two weeks later, the full moon comes and holds intense energy. During the full moon, it is especially powerful to push your new moon intention forward.
Find ways to keep them in the front of your awareness. Put them in a visible spot, or keep them in your wallet. Make notes in your journal about your progress. At the full Moon , find ways to take action on those intentions, and celebrate any signs of change.
The two weeks following the full moon is the time to notice what is holding you back and tie up loose ends, so you can move forward towards achieving your intention.
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