Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Try to Manifest During a Lunar Eclipse

Galaxy world night sky with text: Can I manifest during a lunar eclipse?

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow falls on the Moon. For this to happen, it must be a full Moon, meaning the Sun, Earth, and Moon are all in a straight line, with the Earth in the middle.

During a lunar eclipse, the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, causing it to darken and sometimes turn a reddish colour, which is why a lunar eclipse is often referred to as a blood Moon.

Lunar eclipses occur two to four times a year and can last for several hours at a time. Eclipses always come in pairs, so a lunar eclipse will happen either two weeks before, or after, a solar eclipse. Solar eclipses always happen on a new Moon

Can you manifest during a lunar eclipse?

Manifestation is the process of bringing your desires into reality through the power of intention and belief.

Many people believe that because (like a full Moon) lunar energy is heightened during a lunar eclipse, it’s an ideal time to work on manifesting their goals and dreams through ritual and ceremony.

However, according to astrologers, this isn’t necessarily the case! In fact, attempting to manifest during a lunar eclipse can be counterproductive. This is because lunar eclipses are times of intense energy and change, and attempting to control this energy can be difficult and even dangerous.

So here at the Moon School, we don’t recommend performing manifesting Moon rituals under eclipses, as their energy tends to be too erratic to direct cleanly and effectively, making your manifestation ritual risky.

Lunar eclipses can make your intentions skewed and your willpower scattered. Also, there tend to be so many unknowns being revealed under eclipse energy that it’s much wiser to let the dust settle before anchoring yourself onto one single desired outcome.

Instead, we recommended that you use the energy of the lunar eclipse to rest and reflect on your intentions and goals.

Take the time to meditate, journal, or sit in quiet contemplation. Use this time to gain clarity on what you truly want, and you’ll likely find the universe will naturally align to bring you even MORE than you dreamed possible!

Sun shining onto Full Moon, casting shadow creating a lunar eclipse

5 Reasons you should not manifest during a lunar eclipse

The energy of lunar eclipses can be unpredictable! They’re a little like cosmic reset buttons, revealing what lies inside our collective shadows, and offering unexpected opportunities to grow at a rapid pace.

This all means there are risks involved when manifesting with this astrology.

These risks aren’t necessarily risks to personal health or safety. but bear in mind, that by trying to manifest something specific, you might end up in a situation that’s misaligned for your personal growth, if you try to force things instead of letting them happen naturally.

Here are some of the reasons why you should avoid manifesting during this time:

1. Eclipse energy is too erratic

The energy of lunar eclipses is often considered too erratic to support clean manifestation. This unpredictability can make it challenging to manifest intentions clearly and effectively. You may find your focus scattered and your attention pulled down rabbit holes!

Wait until the volatile vibes pass, before you create that ritual.

2. Potential to amplify shadow tendencies

Blood Moons are caused by the shadow of Earth, being cast onto the surface of the Moon, which means the collective shadow is literally showing up, on a cosmic scale!

Under this powerful astrology, people’s shadows often show up too, so watch out for all the triggers, trauma activations, unconscious behaviours and habits and negative energy that all start getting thrown around too!

This is a fantastic opportunity for shadow work! But it can make manifestation tricky. So be mindful of your inner voice and unconscious reactions during this time, which may get in the way of any potential Moon magic.

3. A time of transformation

Eclipses are times of major changes and transformations in our lives. Often this can be scary, because the future appears shaky and unknown, making us even more eager to anchor ourselves into firm foundations.

BUT. Interfering with the transformations happening because of lunar eclipses may steer you away from your path. By trying to force your own desires during this time, you might disrupt the natural flow of cosmic energy designed to bring about transformation and growth.

It’s important to trust in the natural unfolding of cosmic events and allow them to shape your journey, rather than trying to impose your will and focus on manifesting during lunar eclipse.

4. Nothing is permanent

The sporadic and volatile nature of eclipse season means that nothing stays the same for long! You’re better off saving your energy, and waiting until a sense of normality returns before manifesting your forever life.

5. Truth is still being revealed

During a Blood Moon, we are shrouded in darkness. It’s only in the days after an eclipse when the dark clears, truths start to be revealed, and clarity can be found.

Wait until you have the full story. Wait until you have all the information you need, before committing yourself in a manifestation ritual.

Woman moon gazing beside the ocean

What should you do during a lunar eclipse?

Manifesting may be out, but there are plenty of things you CAN do during a lunar eclipse, including meditation, journaling, and rituals for protection and release. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Meditation: Use the introspective energy of the lunar eclipse to delve deep within, gaining awareness of your emotions, feelings, and state of being.

Energy cleansing: Take the opportunity to cleanse your living space and personal energy, releasing any negativity or stagnant energy that may be lingering.

Journaling: Write down your thoughts, feelings, and any insights that arise during the eclipse. Journaling (writing words authentically in response to prompts) is a great way to facilitate a process of self-discovery and emotional processing, especially amidst the potential chaos of this season.

Creative expression: Write, draw, dance, bake…. do whatever feels good to channel the eclipse’s transformative energy through creative expression. Make your art a living prayer.

Release rituals: Engage in rituals or practices that symbolize letting go of old patterns, habits, or negative energy that no longer serves you, aligning with the frequency of release and renewal.

Moongazing: Spend time outdoors observing the eclipse and connecting with lunar energies, fostering a sense of wonder and awe for the universe, and connection with the divine.

Grounding Stay calm, grounded and connected to the earth. For example, spend time in nature, go for a walk, or practice grounding exercises like standing barefoot on the ground, or holding a grounding crystal like hematite or black tourmaline.

Divination: Use divination tools like tarot cards or runes to receive insight, clarity and guidance for the future. Alternatively, tap into your dreams for hidden messages that want to come through.

Healing practices: Engage in healing activities such as reiki, sound therapy, or crystal work to harmonize your energy and promote spiritual growth.

Gratitude practice: Express gratitude for the blessings in your life, acknowledging the cyclical nature of the universe and the potential for new beginnings.

Contemplation: Create quiet time away from the chaos, for introspection and contemplation. See if you can allow the Moon’s energy to align you with your inner wisdom, and help you imagine the BEST possible outcomes for life!

Remember, eclipse season is a time of magic and power, but it’s also a time to rest and reflect. Use this time to connect with yourself and cultivate inner peace and growth.

Which Moon phase CAN I Manifest during?!

New moons are optimal for manifesting because they represent new beginnings. During this phase, the Moon is not visible, and the sky is in darkness. This deep dark state represents the void, which is a space of infinite potential.

During the new moon, you can perform manifestation rituals to help you align your intentions with the emerging field of this Moon phase, and achieve what you dream of.


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