Creating rituals around the energy of the Moon has been an ancient tradition across cultures. Each phase of the Moon describes a different energy or quality, either building or receding.
"The Moon is an astonishing companion on the human journey. She both lights the way and invites us into the dark."
-Bethroot Gwynn © Mother Tongue Ink 2017
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.
“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. "
The New Moon is a time to plant seeds. This is a time of new beginnings—the start of the lunar cycle and a great starting point for intention setting! Reach out, start a project, dream big!
“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...
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.
Set goals or aspirations during this phase that you would like to work towards or bring into your life. As the Moon grows, your actualization gains power to eventually root in your reality.
“The Full Moon brings a culmination of energy and celebrates a high tide. Emotions are running high and our subconscious can run the show...
Dark Spirits Roam Free © Glenda Goodrich 2015
The Full Moon embodies self-expression and action! It represents completion, illumination and celebration.
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. The New Moon is a time to set your intentions, while the Full Moon is a celebration of your manifestations, however small.
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.
Here I've offered a step by step guide to starting and implement your own ritual. Use the resources above inspired by The Hoodwitch's page on New Moon Rituals. Visit her website above for amazing articles and resources!
Choose significant items to integrate into your 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 alo 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. Make sure the space your are inhabiting is clean or decorated for your ritual. Draping a chair in velvet for you to sit in, vacuum the rug you sit on. It's important to honor both your body and your space for magic to brew!
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.
Ask yourself, why you are doing this ritual and what you would like to gain. Get very clear about the intentions you are setting.
Elven Alchemist & Bast © Lindy Kehoe 2017
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 a song with your intention or create a beat on your thighs with the words reverberating through your body.
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.
We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For © Emily Kell 2016
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