A practical guide to new moon rituals.
Living a more spiritual and authentic life style is what many are craving more in today’s world. Actively practicing gratitude and sharing this with your friends is no longer considered taboo or strange. A new moon ritual is not so much about dancing under the light of the night sky, or burning all your photos of your ex, it is much more simple than you think.
If you are just now thinking that perhaps new moon rituals are something that you would like to explore, here are some basic tips to get you started.
Research what New Moon is coming up
Each moon has an energy attached to it. It has an astrological meaning, a spiritual meaning, a meaning for us all. There are many great websites to read more about what is coming up. MYSTICMAMMA houses a wealth of information from some amazing individuals on all things spirit, life and love.
For example, a New Moon in a certain zodiac sign may focus on growth, expansion and abundance. Where you see words like this, look to the aspects of your life that you wish to grow in, expand on or live a more abundant existence. A trap with the word abundance is that we can think money straight away. I believe this not to be wise because if we focus on the parts of our being and make us who we are at the core, then abundance will flow however it chooses. Don’t be overwhelmed with the language you will read when doing your research. You will read a lot about planets being in houses and zodiac signs being in other zodiac signs. Look for the words that resonate with you which are often about feeling and change, focus on those.
2. Create a sacred space
There is no need to rush out and buy crystals and salt lamps and smoke your house out with incense. You can still create a sacred spiritual space without these things. A sacred space is somewhere that you feel completely at ease. Somewhere that you can be alone with your thoughts and not be interrupted. You may find that the more you come to this space, the more you will want to decorate it. Allow decorations and inspiration to come to you, not the other way around. Everything that comes to us for a spiritual purpose does so of its own accord. It is then up to us to decipher the meanings.
3. Have a notepad and pen handy at all times
New Moon intentions are best written by hand. There is something more authentic about hand writing. The words seem to flow much better from thought to print and it is nice to be able to reflect back over previous intentions. Having a notepad and pen handy at all times allows you to write down thoughts as they come to you. This will come in handy when the time comes to set your New Moon intentions.
4. Don’t feel pressured to reach a certain number of intentions
There is no right or wrong number of intentions you can set in any kind of ritual or goal setting exercise. Remember that it is the intent behind all that we do that becomes the driving force. Some will say that five is a good number, others will say ten. If, for your first time, you can only think of one or two, then perhaps that is all you need right now. Let it be.
5. Get your friends involved
By now you are possibly living a life where you have started to clear out some of the people that drag you down, and you are spending your days with people who lift you up. If so, get them involved in this process with you. The core purpose of an exercise like this is firstly, self care and self love, but secondly, it is about helping others. By focussing however, on helping yourself first, you are getting yourself into the best frame of mind you can in order to help others. This is a gift, don’t let anyone tell you that you are being selfish, you are in fact being the opposite.
Intention behind our actions is everything in the world of spirituality. Keep this in mind at all times when putting your intentions and thoughts out there to the New Moon, or the Universe or who or what ever you choose. By writing your intentions down each month with each New Moon, you will be able to track your progress, which is something we love doing. Please do be careful here in that if you feel you have not met a goal or an intention, do not allow your mind to punish you. Know that you did the best you could and focus on what you did achieve, allow what you did not to fade away until it is ready to reappear.
7. The Ritual
By now you have gathered all of your photos of your ex and all other memorabilia and are ready to torch them. I’m joking.
You may though, just now, have felt intense emotion at reading these words. I do this for a reason. Often by the end of any cycle in life, we can feel an immense cleansing sensation, we are ready to release the old and make way for the new. Embrace the intensity of this, but do so with a calm and clear mind, and though it may be hard at first, with the best of intentions for those who you are perhaps trying to cleanse from your life.
Bringing it all together
When you are just starting out, there is no need to light a fire on the beach and dance around it with your friends. But by all means, if this is what you want to do, go ahead. We should try as many things as we can in this life. There is no right or wrong action here, providing that your intention in your actions is positive, and does no harm to another, allow the process of the ritual to come together and unfold as it will.
I hope that for the beginners out there, this short list has helped clear some confusion about what a New Moon ritual is. It is easy to become overwhelmed when trying something new in our lives. It can also be a bit daunting when we feel we are dancing with the unknown. Keep everything as simple as you can, and allow life to unfold before you.
I’ll write about the manifestations of the New Moon intentions in the coming weeks.
Look forward to coming together again soon.