Each New Moon is a brand new beginning.
It offers the opportunity to make a change, re-orient, or to conjure a new aspect of yourself and your life into being. New Moon is the beginning of the lunar cycle but it’s more than just a temporal marker. It’s the turning point, at which Luna’s energetic influence begins to grow, as the light energy she receives and reflects to Earth from the Sun starts to steadily increase. This affects our own emotional, mental and physical energy.
Why Set Intentions for Change with the New Moon?
This lunar cycle is one of many continual rhythms of high – low – high – low energy, that are constantly flowing around and through us. Nature knows this, it’s how it builds itself up and consolidates, in stages, and doesn’t burn itself out. This is our natural template for growth and change, too, even though we may try to override it and work at a constant pace. The change you desire to make will be far more effective if you work towards it to this same rhythm, and do so with conscious intent, rather than letting your subconscious be in control (as we all know, the subconscious tends to sabotage…) Not to mention allowing change to happen, without exhausting yourself in the process. These are the roots upon which many people hold New Moon rituals: To make the most of these points in time, when Luna energy begins to move from a low to a high level, so that whatever desires and intentions are set, can also make the transition from low energy, or thought form, into their higher energy state, and real-life manifestation. The idea of a ritual can be scary for some people, as for them it may conjure up the (devilishly untrue) scenes of witchcraft, and the occult, not to mention potential danger if done incorrectly. But in this context, the ritual comprises of simply sitting down in a quiet space and spending a little time in deep thought and intent.
The New Moon Ritual
There are so many variations on this theme, but here, I’ve put together a super simple list of steps to follow, to create a short, yet effective New Moon Ritual. I have also included a method for really supercharging your ritual to bring about some pretty intense results!
1. Think about your intentions for the lunar month.
During the last phase of the previous lunar cycle (leading up to this point), we were all encouraged to spend time in self-reflection. It’s good to use this dark time to assess where we have reached in our lives, and where we’d like to go from here, so you may have already formulated your intentions – great. If not, spend a little time now digging deep, and see if you can uncover what it is that you want, that will take you to the next stages in your life. Make a list of your desires and intentions, either mentally, or write it on a piece of paper.
2. Create sacred space
This may mean literally creating space in 3D, with incense, a candle, flowers or whatever else you feel you want to make it work for you. I love to burn a little Palo Santo (holy wood), it’s hugely purifying both for real space, and for the aura. Years ago a friend introduced me to it on a workshop and its scent never fails to instantly take me to a place of deep spiritual power. Sacred space really is a metaphysical place away from the activity and concerns of normal life, somewhere you can go internally that is safe and peaceful and where your thoughts and intention carry with them the purpose held in your heart. There are so many ways to do this, but for now, being still, centering and focusing on your heart are just perfect.
3. Ground yourself
It is really important to connect with Earth and her energies, particularly when performing a New Moon ritual. If you’re going to channel, or harness universal or Luna energies (see the next point) then grounding will help it to become effective in the realm of 3D. Doing this ceremony outside is a good place to start, but not essential, and don’t forget that the New Moon can occur at any point during the day or night, so there’s no need to wait until the sun goes down to perform this ritual! The way I like to ground is by sitting and generating a deep love and affection for the Earth in my heart, then with intent, sending, and feeling this love go deep into Earth’s core. Before long, you can feel this love come back and a connection is formed (or remembered).
4. Open your crown to Luna energy.
Do this by feeling or visualizing your crown star (the energy center that lies right at the top of your head, and is ‘facing’ upwards, unlike the other stars (or chakras) which are facing forwards) open up like a flower. You may feel this as a tingling sensation, or not, both are perfectly fine. Then with this star open, see, sense or feel lunar energy streaming down from above, entering right into it, and flowing into your body. Really connect with the Moon and know that you are absorbing this energy into your physical, and etheric bodies. This step is often omitted or overlooked, but it’s exactly what takes your ritual from being effective to being supercharged, because it embodies the power that actually goes to the root of this whole process, I’ll explain: The vibrational codes that lunar energy contains include magnetism and attraction. This is because lunar energy is fundamentally feminine, yin or Shakti energy, as opposed to solar energy, which is masculine, yang or Shiva energy (which is also why generally, women are affected by Moon phases more than men are). Think about the differences between masculine and feminine power. Masculine power is initiating, active, controlling and competitive, whereas feminine power is more alluring, nurturing, yielding and graceful. **I want to clarify that both men and women contain masculine and feminine energies – this is not something based on gender. Now think about the Law of Attraction (which is what we’re utilizing when setting intentions through a New Moon ritual). This Law doesn’t require us to work like crazy, chasing our dreams, for this would only lead to more of the same. What it does require of us is to open up to the interconnected flow of life, to nurture and nudge it in the direction of our desires, by knowing what we want, loving it, delighting in it and being a magnet to it, then being there, open-hearted to fully receive what it offers to us. So the Law of Attraction operates on what are essentially feminine qualities. We already know that lunar energy also contains these feminine qualities, so it follows that when we intentionally accept and absorb lunar energy into our beings, we are assimilating exactly the vibration needed to activate the Law of Attraction. So this is why step four of this ritual is so powerful!
5. Read or speak your New Moon intentions
When you speak your intentions out loud, it is the first step in conjuring them into being. Things become different when you say them out loud, they go from being ideas existing only in the realm of thought, to potential realities outside of your own body. You are also releasing your claim over these intentions, and allowing them to be formed and supported by forces beyond only you.
6. Give Gratitude
By closing the ceremony with thanks, you enter into an agreement that your desires are manifesting! Remember the Law of Attraction – gratitude brings more to be grateful for! There are many, many variations on this ritual, but the most important aspect to every step you take, is enjoyment. It is not meant to be a solemn affair, so have fun!