Manifestation ritual? Here’s how to give your New Moon intentions roots and make them fly…

So maybe you’ve tried a New Moon ritual (or kinda like the idea?) Or have you thought about holding a Full Moon gratitude or manifestation ritual? These are both amazing ways to catalyze and integrate change.

But did you know that the two weeks between the New and Full Moon are actually when creativity, magnetism, and magic are steadily building UP momentum?

Meaning: Anything positive you do during the waxing Moon phases to further your intents and desires, will snowball! Gathering way MORE speed and strength than you alone could give them…

And that includes manifesting rituals!

Hey, friend!

If you’re new to the Moon School, welcome in!

This is a place where you can dive deep into all aspects of Moon magic and lunar lore.

Here we spiral together through the cycles of time. We drop into shadow and release at the Dark Moon, and rise into the manifestation of ecstasy when she’s full!

We’re SO glad you’re here for the ride… 

OK. So you’re here to learn about manifesting with the Moon… so first let’s talk about the Waxing Moon. What it is, and why it’s the prime time for practicing manifesting rituals.

What is the Waxing Moon?

As the Moon moves through her monthly-ish cycle (29.5 days to be precise!) the light and energy she receives and transmits changes. You can SEE this. If you tune in closely, over time you’ll feel it too.

At the dark Moon, she’s invisible, rising with the Sun during the day. No light is seen or felt.

At the New Moon, you may just see a sliver of light emerging on one edge. Over the next two weeks, this light increases, until her entire face is illuminatedthe Full Moon.

These two weeks between New and Full Moons encompass the waxing Moon phases. From the waxing crescent to first quarter, to waxing gibbous phases, the waxing Moon is characterized by the gradual expansion of light across her surface.

• In the Northern hemisphere, light increases from right to left
• In the Southern hemisphere, light increases from left to right.

You can read more about how to harness waxing Moon energy HERE.

What makes the waxing Moon SO good for manifestation?

The energy of the waxing Moon is creative, growing, building, expanding, and amplifying… 

Just like the light you see on her surface, la Luna transmits this energetic frequency down onto planet Earth too. She offers us expansion, growth, and creativity. Curiosity and openness. Attraction and allure. The waxing Moon also strengthens and fortifies. This time is all about becoming MORE! And manifestation = more.

Now, let’s talk about manifestation rituals…

What is a manifestation ritual?

A manifestation ritual is a contained* process of focusing on a desire, dream, prayer or goal, and using specific tools, symbols, practices, and actions, to bring that desire out into the physical world.

Manifestation happens ALL the time!

… BUT so much of it is totally unconscious. We’re not even aware we’re doing it.

Even unintentionally, you manifested the life you are living right now! You called it in, you aligned with its frequency, and it aligned with you. You believed it into being.

Yet due to SO many different factors, such as your upbringing, cultural, social, and familial conditioning, economic status, unhealed trauma, ancestral patterning, and even your innate ability to visualize and use your imagination (or not) … SO much of what most folks are able to manifest comes from a really limited place.

Did you know that as much as 95% of what humans manifest into the world comes from the unconscious?

We’re manifesting blind!

But it doesn’t have to be like this.

Conscious manifestation is BIG business today. There are a thousand teachers and experts out there in the wild west of the internet, each with techniques, strategies, and practices promising to help you manifest the “life of your dreams”. From building vision boards to integrating your shadow, manifesting is a full-time job, isn’t it!?

BUT… When you also add in the element of ritual to manifest, something else happens. For a short time, you’re creating a container outside of space and time where the mundane rules fall away. You’re performing a sacred act, focusing energy from many different planes of reality on one single outcome. So the results can be pretty miraculous!

The different elements you choose to bring into your ritual must be based on your own spiritual beliefs

It’s so important to be authentic when it comes to spiritual work.

Whether you call on the directions, the elements of earth, air, fire, and water, or other guides and ancestors, always do what YOU are comfortable with. Leave out the parts you’re not sure about.

Maybe you want to incorporate astrology, the lunar phases, herbs, or plants. Or crystal allies, symbols, sigils, words, movement or dance… it will all serve to amplify, and further, align you with what you’re focusing on.

But remember that the number one ingredient is your intention. Whether or not you believe in ‘magic’, you must believe in yourself and what’s possible for you in this life.

Is this the same as the Law of Attraction

Yes and no.

The Law of Attraction states that whatever manifests in your life is there because it matches your vibrational frequency.

Good vibes only and you get what you want, right?!

But we all know it’s not really that simple. The world is complex, and we all have a thousand other outside influences, that impact on the direction of our lives. From astrology to politics, ancestral trauma to the economy…

Manifestation rituals can help you both step beyond all of those influences AND re-align your frequency to match something new.

Key points and top tips for every manifestation ritual

Whatever kind of manifestation ritual you perform, there are a few things that will always improve the outcome.

Always start by tidying up!

Clearing the clutter away creates space for change. Whether it’s a new job, relationship or abundance mindset, you gotta make room!

Create sacred space

And figure out exactly what this means for you. Maybe you want to build a permanent altar for your ritual work? Or maybe closing the door and lighting some incense and a single candle will do the trick for you. Experiment a little. You may even like to go outside and create sacred space under the light of the Moon.

Keep your mind focused and your thoughts clear

A non-dualistic meditation practice can really help with this.

Be specific

When crafting the aim of your ritual, pin down the details of what you want to manifest. i.e. if it’s money you want, state an exact figure, rather than just “more”, or “lots”. A lot of people talk about “manifesting abundance” but what does this actually look like? Get crystal clear on what it is you want.

State your intention in positive terms

Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t. So if you want to manifest better timekeeping, say “I am always early for appointments” rather than “I won’t be late anymore”.

Keep the focus on YOU

It’s vital to respect the law of free will, and not attempt to control or change anyone else. Even (and especially!) when manifesting love, or calling in a new relationship, it’s vital not to intentionally affect someone else. Doing this may backfire terribly…

Give gratitude

We all know you’re asking for something you don’t yet have. BUT coming to any manifestation practice with an attitude of gratitude for what you already have will invite in more of that same frequency. We’re talking more to be grateful for!

Ask for “this or better”

Don’t unintentionally impose limitations. Sure, you may want 6 figures in your bank account but if there’s potential for more, why stop there?!

Work up to the big asks

If you don’t really believe something’s possible, that inner doubt will derail your chances of manifesting that dream. It’s okay to take baby steps. Be patient with yourself.

OK… let’s (finally!) get into the waxing Moon rituals for manifestation.

1. Magnetizing manifestation ritual

A super simple ritual to literally magnetize your desire.

You will need:

  • A pen and paper
  • 3 lodestones, pieces of magnetite, or small magnets

Manifestation ritual method:

  • Simply write down your intention on the piece of paper. Remember to use an affirming phrase (“I am, I do, I have”)
  • Place the paper at the center of your lodestones.
  • Place it on your altar or somewhere prominent where you’ll see it for the next two weeks while the Moon waxes. OR for extra attraction, place it on your vision board, and place that under the light of the waxing Moon!

2. Card ritual for direction

What happens if you just don’t know WHAT to do!? Sure, you have an intention… but what “inspired action” is the best action

Performed over three consecutive days, this ritual will help you get out of that all-too-familiar creative rut and see the path ahead.

You will need:

  • A pen and paper or journal
  • A card or tarot deck
  • A green or orange candle

Manifestation ritual method:

  • Pick a time you’ll perform the ritual each day for the next three days. Maybe mornings work best for you? Or in the evening, just before bed? For best results, be consistent.
  • Light your candle.
  • Shuffle your deck. As you do, petition the Spirits, your higher self (or whatever compassionate and supporting spiritual forces YOU believe in) to show you the actions you need to take.
  • Pick one card.
  • Study its images and corresponding meanings and then write everything that comes to you, about what it may signify in relation to the possible tasks ahead. Record any and all inspiration or thoughts, regardless of how strange or unrelated.
  • Repeat on days 2 and 3.
  • At the end of day 3 (or even the day after) look over all your writing/journal entries, and make a list of any tasks, connections, actions, conversations, rituals, or lines of inquiry to follow.
  • Display all three cards on your altar for the rest of the waxing Moon.

3. Burning ritual for motivation

This a great ritual for when you’ve set your New Moon intentions, but are feeling a little lackluster and need a boost of energy and focus.

You’ll find most of what you need for this ritual in your garden or the kitchen cupboards – this is kitchen witchery at its finest!

You will need:

  • Pinch of dried rosemary
  • Pinch of dried thyme
  • Pinch of ginger powder
  • Few drops of sweet orange oil
  • Pestle and mortar
  • Charcoal disc for burning
  • Heatproof dish

Manifestation ritual method:

  • Mix and blend all the herbs and oil together using the pestle and mortar.
  • Place the charcoal in the heatproof dish and light it. Then safely add the herb and oil mixture.
  • As it burns, visualize yourself having completed all the tasks you have ahead of you, and fill up with the feelings and sensations you’ll have when you’re done!

4. Morning affirmations

Not quite a ritual, nevertheless morning affirmations are a really great way to maintain your focus and keep momentum rising! And, they can be spoken aloud in an instant – no ceremony needed.

Choose affirmations that align specifically with your intentions. Here are a few examples:

  • I always make the best choices
  • I have the power to be happy and with each breath, I am filled with more
  • Wealth lives within me and radiates out.
  • Today I will be my best self in every moment
  • I have all the skills and gifts I need to be successful in the world

For more, check out this brilliant list from Huffpost

5. Grounding ritual for deep roots

This ritual uses earth magic and is especially effective when performed when the Moon is transiting an earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), or during a lunar cycle that began in an earth sign.

Because it incorporates the element of earth, it will really help your desire to materialize in the real world. Don’t expect overnight results with this ritual, though. It’s best performed for goals that need deep roots, and slow and steady growth.

You will need:

  • A pen and paper
  • A small garden trowel
  • An offering (eg. a small crystal, some honey, a carved bead, a sea shell)

Manifestation ritual method:

  • Write your intention, prayer, wish or goal down on the piece of paper.
  • Go outside and find an oak tree. Ask permission to sit beneath it, and for support in your manifesting work.
  • On ‘hearing’ a yes (this could come through an intuitive knowing, a gust of wings, a fluttering leaf…) sit down, visualize the completion of your goal and sense how it’s going to feel.
  • Bury the paper beneath the tree.
  • Leave the offering and give thanks to the oak.

Manifestation is a journey!

Remember your ritual may not lead to immediate results. Manifesting new things into your life can take time, and we aren’t always in control of THAT part of the equation.

If everything’s aligned and you do the work, a smaller goal may manifest easily during the current lunar cycle.

But for a larger goal, be prepared for it to take 6 months of work. As a rule, whatever astrological sign the Moon was new in when you set a New Moon intention, it will come to fruition on the Full Moon of that same sign.

So don’t give up! Be patient, and TRUST. You got this.