Moon Magic: New Moon vs Full Moon Rituals Compared

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Did you know that the different phases of the Moon can have a significant impact on the success of your rituals?

Understanding the unique energies contained in the New and full Moon phases is key to fully embracing the natural rhythms of the Moon.

When you know how to harness the particular energies of each phase, the purpose and effectiveness of your Moon rituals will be enhanced and amplifies…

So let’s get started!

Understanding the basics of the New Moon and Full Moon

The Moon and her lunar cycle influence SO many aspects of our lives! Understanding the basics of the new Moon and full Moon phases is a powerful way to better connect with the rhythms of nature, and the rhythms that we, as women, also embody.

Energy of the new Moon

The lunar cycle lasts approximately 29.5 days, with the moon transitioning through various phases as it revolves around the Earth. During a new moon, the Moon is positioned between the Earth and the Sun, causing its dark side to face us. This results in a barely visible, dark moon. As soon as the first waxing crescent forms, the new Moon has arrived.

Recognized as the start of a new lunar cycle, the new moon is often associated with beginnings, fresh starts, and setting intentions.

Energy of the full Moon

In contrast, the full moon occurs when the Earth is positioned between the sun and the moon, illuminating the moon’s surface fully. The full moon appears bright, round, and mesmerizing in the night sky.

This phase is commonly connected to completion, manifestation, and release.

Throughout the lunar cycle, the moon’s gravitational pull affects various natural phenomena on Earth, such as tides and the behavior of plants and animals. These moon phases also bring about subtle energetic shifts that impact our emotions, intuition, and inner world.

For example, the new moon’s energy might inspire you to embark on a new project or set goals, while the full moon might heighten your emotions and encourage you to reflect on your progress and release what no longer serves you.

The new Moon and full moons represent two significant milestones in the la Luna’s ongoing dance around the Earth.

By familiarizing yourself with the lunar cycle and understanding the energies associated with these transformative phases, you can gain deeper insights into your own emotional landscape and more skillfully navigate the ever-changing currents of life.

Also read: How the Moon Phases Affect Your Magic

New vs Full Moon Rituals: The Differences

New Moon rituals and full Moon rituals serve different purposes and are meant to help you align with the unique energies of these lunar phases.

**Note how I said: help you align. So this is not about doing the ritual then handing over all sovereignty to the Universe/ God/ Goddess/ Source! Participation is required.

But we’l get onto that later. For now…

Things you could do in a New Moon ritual

During a new Moon, la Luna rises with the Sun so the sky is dark. This symbolizes the deep and fertile soil of a fresh start and new beginnings.

Here are some things you could do on the New Moon

1. Set intentions

New Moon is the perfect time to set intentions and plant your seeds for future growth. Dedicate some quiet time to reflect on your goals, desires, and dreams, and decide what you want to nurture and cultivate in your life.

2. Meditate

Meditation can be a helpful tool for visualizing your intentions and connecting with the energy of the new Moon.

It needn’t be complicated – simply find a comfortable place to sit, close your eyes, and focus on your breath for a few minutes. As you breathe in, imagine drawing in the nurturing, clarifying energy of the new Moon, and as you breathe out, visualize releasing any negative thoughts or obstacles that no longer serve, and may be holding you back. Then tune into what is revealed… what images, dreams, and desires remain in this fertile field?

3. Journal

Journaling is another great practice for the new Moon.

Write down your intentions and goals, and make a list of action steps to help you achieve them. Not only will this process help you organize your thoughts, but it also creates a tangible reminder of the seeds you’ve planted during the new moon. Revisit your journal on later days to see how your progress aligns with your initial plans.

Also read: The 50 Best Shadow Work Journal Prompts for Beginners

4. Cleanse and clarify

Cleansing and clearing your space during the new Moon is also a really important practice.

This can create an environment for your intentions to thrive! Use (ethically sourced) white sage or palo santo to dispel negativity. Or better still, use local dried herbs instead such as rosemary, mugwort or yarrow. Make your own bundles for burning during the summer months, and these will last you all year.

Plant allies can help you make room for positive growth, and what you want to manifest to enter in.

Take a Moon bath

Additionally, consider taking a sacred bath with essential oils or bath salts to cleanse your body and mind, allowing you to fully embrace the new beginning being ushered in by the new Moon.

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Some more common new Moon rituals include:

  • Ritual intention setting
  • Creating vision boards to visualize your goals
  • Setting yourself a dreaming intention, for divination or clarity
  • Meditating
  • Practicing yin yoga or other gentle movement practice
  • Shamanic journeying
  • Booking a session with a tarot reader or other spiritual guide
  • Creating a crystal grid
  • Rest and retreat

The energy of the new moon is all about the building blocks of manifestation, and laying the groundwork for the progress toward achieving your dreams.

Things you could do in a Full Moon ritual

The full moon represents the Moon in its most luminous and powerful state, and is a time of heightened energy and spiritual awareness. It’s also a time of completion, reflection, and letting go. As la Luna is fully lit and luminescent, she shines deep into our shadows, illuminating things in your life you might not have seen before.

Here are some things you could do on the Full Moon

1. Journal

To journal with the energy of the full Moon, write down all the things you want to let go of or anything that’s been holding you back in life. As you do so, visualize the full Moon’s light cleansing you of these negative energies, allowing you to feel lighter and rejuvenated

2. Give gratitude

Expressing gratitude for all the things you’ve been blessed with is also a beautiful Full Moon ritual practice. Include the people you love, the opportunities you’ve encountered, or even the simple pleasures of life.

3. Self love

And don’t forget yourself! Engage in your favourite self love practice to give gratitude and appreciation to yourself too.

4. Reflect

Reflection is another essential aspect of many full moon rituals. Take some time to look back on your past actions, decisions, and growth, especially those occuring in this lunar cycle. Acknowledge your progress and any lessons learned, which can provide valuable insights into your future.

5. Celebrate

Finally, don’t forget to celebrate your achievements, big or small. Recognizing your accomplishments can bring you joy and motivate you to continue working toward your goals with confidence.

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Some common full Moon rituals include:

  • Ritually releasing what is no longer serving you
  • Reflecting on progress made since the new Moon
  • Spending time celebrating with friends, loved ones and kin.
  • Lighting a fire!
  • Practicing gratitude for the blessings in your life
  • Full Moon meditation and Moon gazing
  • Charging and activating crystals
  • Doing shadow work (under the Moon’s full illumination)

During a full moon, your practice should concentrate on letting go of negative energies or old patterns that have been holding you back.

This isn’t written about much, but if you feel like your heart’s desire needs a little boost, then the Full Moon manifestation rituals can be SURER effective for quickly magnetizing a big goal. This post will describe how to create a full Moon ritual for manifestation.

Remember, new moon and full moon rituals are powerful tools for personal growth and transformation. By aligning your practice with the lunar phases, you can harness their energies to enhance your intentions, let go of density, and guide you on your journey.

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Creating a Sacred Space

When it comes to new Moon and full Moon rituals, setting up a sacred space is an essential part of the process. This area serves as a comforting and focused environment that allows you to connect with your intentions, and the lunar energies.

Here’s how to create your own sacred space:

First, find a quiet place in your home or in nature where you feel comfortable and at peace. This could be a designated room, a corner of your living space, or even a spot outdoors. You don’t need a large area; just ensure it’s free from distractions and resonates with you.

In your sacred space, consider using an altar as a focal point for your new moon or full moon rituals. This can be a small table, shelf, or even a flat stone.

The altar is where you will place meaningful and symbolic items that help you connect with your spiritual practice. Some examples of items you might include are candles, crystals, and other pieces that hold personal significance to you.

Crystals play an important role in many moon rituals, as they help to amplify your intentions and balance the energy of your sacred space. Popular crystals to include in your setup might be clear quartz, selenite, or purple amethyst.

Choose crystals that call to you or ones that align with your specific intentions.

To invite a soothing and meditative atmosphere to your sacred space. Light candles and incense. The soft glow of candlelight and the aroma of burning incense are powerful tools to help you focus your attention and align your energy with the lunar cycle.

You can choose candles and incense that correlate with your intentions or simply opt for ones that please your senses.

Remember that your sacred space is personal and should reflect your unique journey.

Use your own intuition, and customize your area with photos, artwork, or any other items that hold special meaning to you. As you prepare for your new moon or full moon ritual, take a moment to appreciate the tranquil ambiance of your sacred space and the journey you’re about to embark on.

Incorporating zodiac signs and astrology into your Moon rituals

Each of the 13 Moon cycles in a year begins in a different zodiac sign. The full Moon of each cycle usually falls in the opposite sign that it started in. So the cycle that began in Aries will reach its peak in Libra, for example.

Each zodiac sign carries a particular frequency, and expresses archetypal energies and characteristics. Each sign also has a ruling planet, which enhances these specific traits and characteristics further. For example, Aries is ruled by Mars, the planet of action and energy, while Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty.

By incorporating the Moon’s current zodiac sign and ruling planet into your lunar rituals, you’ll be able to also harness the energy of these celestial bodies to align with your intentions and goals!

Here’s a quick run down of the particular focus created, when the New Moon or Full Moon falls in each zodiac sign

Aries: Starting things, initiation, motivation, self and self image

Taurus: Money, wealth, abundance, pleasure, the body

Gemini: Connection, communication, ideas, socialising, speed

Cancer: Emotion, sensitivity, mothering, family, the home

Leo: Self esteem, self expression, confidence, creativity

Virgo: Habits, health, organization, problem solving

Scorpio: Sex, money, power, shadow, taboos

Sagittarius: Travel, adventure, stories, law and order

Capricorn: Structure, strategy, career, legacy, ancestors

Aquarius: Community, the greater good, technology, potential

Pisces: Dreaming, the unconscious, oneness, intuition, divinity


So as an example, During a new Moon in Aries, you may want to focus on your personal ambitions and physical health.

If the Moon cycle begins in Taurus, concentrate on nurturing your relationship with money, and think about what you can give back to the Earth.

On the other hand, full Moons represent culmination and completion.

This is when the energy that has been building since the new moon reaches its peak. Reflect on your intentions set during the new moon and check your progress. Have you accomplished what you set out to do? If not, consider what adjustments you need to make in your life to reach those goals.

But if you want to manifest bigger things, take note of the following timeframe: When setting an intention on the New Moon of a particular sign, aim for it to manifest at the Full Moon of that same sign. That means it will manifest 6 months later!

For example, say you you set a big, meaningful intention under the Virgo new Moon in September, expect to be working towards it until the Moon is FULL in Virgo, which won’t be until the following March!

If you’re interested in astrology then consider checking where a new or full Moon sits in your birth chart. Look up the house it falls in, and align the focus of your intention with the part of your life this refers to. This can really supercharge your Moon magick because it personalises if to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s a few of the most commonly asked questions around new Moon rituals vs Full Moon rituals, with some quick-fire answers!

What are the key differences in rituals for new and full moons?

New moon rituals focus on new beginnings, setting intentions, and manifestation, as the new moon is a time for fresh starts. In contrast, full moon rituals often involve releasing negative energy, forgiveness, and gratitude, reflecting the culmination of energy in the lunar cycle.

Which Moon phase is best for manifestation rituals?

The new moon is considered the best phase for manifestation rituals because it represents new beginnings, making it an ideal time to set intentions for personal growth, projects, and desires.

That said, if you want to guickly manifest something into your life, then a Full Moon manifestation ritual can be super-effective.

What are some beginner-friendly new Moon rituals?

  • Journal your intentions, goals, and dreams
  • Meditate on your desires
  • Create a vision board to visualize your goals
  • Take a sacred bath with essential oils or bath salts
  • Perform cleansing rituals with sage or palo santo

How do the energies of new and full Moons affect rituals?

During a new moon, the moon is just emerginc from her darkest time, which signifies a clean slate and a time for planting seeds and setting intentions.

Full moon energy is more intense, signifying fruition and completion, making it an excellent time for expressing gratitude, and releasing what no longer serves you and 

What are some examples of intentions to set during a new Moon?

Intentions to set during a new Moon can include:

  • Goals around personal growth and self-care
  • Nurturing or starting relationships
  • Career development and growth, or finding a new job
  • Setting goals around inancial abundance and stability
  • Targets for your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing

Remember to focus on what you want to attract into your life during the upcoming lunar cycle and beyond.

Also read: How to Set Intentions: A Step-by-Step Guide

When should you cleanse or charge crystals: new moon or full moon?

Cleansing and charging crystals can be done during both new and full moons. New moon energy is great for programming crystals with new intentions, while the full moon’s powerful energy can effectively cleanse your crystals, removing any negative vibrations they may have absorbed.

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