“The Moon is an astonishing companion on the human journey. She both lights the way and invites us into the dark. She grows light then dark, changes shape daily—disappears even, and then most certainly returns to round brightness. She models the cycles of birth/life/death/rebirth in which all beings participate.”
-Bethroot Gwynn © Mother Tongue Ink 2017
The Moon itself symbolizes our inner world, what happens in the dark, our unconscious, the hidden and habitual. It represents our emotions and the inner self we keep safely away from the rough edges of the outside world.
First Crescent © amara hollow bones 2013
A ritual could be as simple as lighting a candle, howling at the open sky, gathering with friends or sitting alone. To turn any action into a ritual, use your intention and let that intention reflect out bright as the stars on a dark new Moon night.
There are many guidelines and recommendations for rituals but if it doesn’t resonate, try doing something uniquely you and celebrate it.
Rituals can be as simple or complex as you dream them to be. Here are a few short guidelines to follow if you wish to do so! They can be modified for any New or Full Moon ritual.
This can be any item or natural artifact that has meaning to you or your goal. Research herbs that resonate with your cause and integrate them into your ritual.
Colors also hold meaning and a candle in your color brings both light and energy to any ritual, candles have power in and of themselves. Journals are great tools or any crystals or stones that feel good in your palm.
Personal items gather power into your ritual, as does the mere act of researching which supplies to bring to your Moon ritual altar.
Cauldron © Sophia Rosenberg 2008
It’s important to set the space, both body-mind and physical. Clean your body, whether that be in rose-scented water, or anointing your body in the dirt from your favorite forest hideaway.
Quiet your mind and let your focus shift to your ritual. Don’t let the distractions of mundane life intrude on your task. This time is for you.
Once your intentions are clear in your mind, shoot them out into the universe like a bright flaming arrow! Write them down in a journal or say them out loud! Solidify them in your body. Sing song with your intention or create a beat on your thighs with the words reverberating through your body.
Elven Alchemist & Bast © Lindy Kehoe 2017
Get creative with the actions of the ritual. This is a where you can also have a lot of fun and freedom. Create a dance, make music, listen to a song, sing loudly, light a fire, sit quietly. There are no limits, here. Cut your hair as a ritual, make a meal. The choice is yours.
The Hoodwitch offers some great resources for rituals and astrology!
“Here's where you get to be creative. If your intentions are to write a book, or broadcast your ideas out to the world, tie them to a helium balloon and send them off. Write them on a stick and offer it to the fire. To open to love, put lavender and a rose quartz in a small pouch, along with the qualities you're seeking. If you're inspired, add a symbolic act to your intention-setting ritual.”
We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For © Emily Kell 2016
“Around the time of the New Moon, check in with your feelings, hunches, and goals. Listen to your nighttime dreams and daydreaming meanderings for clues about this next cycle.
Initiate a new path. Start a project. Reach out.
Traditionally, this is a time to do a simple Moon ritual. Think about what you want to accomplish on a practical, emotional or spiritual level this month. Write or speak that intention clearly and take action in that direction.”
“The New Moon—the fertile dark, from which life springs anew. Unseen seeds swell and crack in the moist soil of darkness, rooting toward deep growth.
At this edge of origins, we celebrate the Dark Goddess archetype, those Goddesses who embody mystery, the volatile underbelly, the power of Shadow. This is a great time to manifest a dream, a longing wish or plant the seeds for a new project. As the Moon grows in light, so will your intentions you set during this time.”
-Excerpt from the Call for Contributions for We’Moon 2022: The Magical Dark
The New Moon promotes new growth and gives you a fresh start to the lunar month ahead. Starting a garden during this time helps establish strong roots in your plants and in yourself. Dirt work is always cathartic and grounding during this Moon phase.
“The Full Moon brings a culmination of energy and celebrates a high tide. Emotions are running high and our subconscious can run the show. If we’ve been acknowledging and integrating our feelings all month long, we’ll get a swell of harmonious energy but no big surprises.
Dark Spirits Roam Free © Glenda Goodrich 2015
If we’ve been suppressing how we feel or not honoring our inner nature, that awareness can rip through us now. With this extra swell of emotional energy, it’s a powerful time to perform or make a presentation that really grabs our hearts…
What part of us now needs to be expressed? Do we need to dance the night away or sing in the shower? Go for it.”
How much have you grown this past month, honor the small and large victories. What questions arose, or need to be illuminated?
Our emotions and even physical body are heightened during this phase of the Moon. Listen to the needs of your body and mind.
The opposing energy of the Sun (ego, or self) and the Moon (inner-self, subconscious) can cause tension or even explosions of emotions. Because of this tension, this is a great time to express yourself creatively, and your rituals can reflect this.
Meditate under the full Moon to ground yourself, to illuminate burning desires or questions you might have. This is a time when answers and questions flow between inner and outer worlds.
Gratitude is important during this phase. Have gratitude for the culminations of the intentions you may have set during the New Moon, recognize your movement and yourself.
While the New Moon phase is often solitary and independent, the Full Moon is a great time to gather and be with your community.
Alice's Bear Hills II © Carol Wylie 2003
Burning intentions in fire or letting go of emotions that no longer serve you are often seen as Full Moon rituals.
As the light of the Moon grows, we foster the things we hold dear, we tend the fires of our hearth. As the Moon grows dark, we release and let go. Cleanse the space, the mind and the body.
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