Following on from the last post about Full Moon Visionboards, I’d like to share a little with you about the New Moon.
When the Moon is new, the Sun and Moon are aligned in the same sign, and a powerful energy portal is opened. New Moons are a great time to set intentions for things you’d like to create, develop, cultivate, make manifest. There are many ways to initiate this communion with the Universe from lighting a candle to elaborate rituals. What matters is that you’re committing yourself to your vision, and open to receiving guidance, healing and support from Spirit.
Why Follow the Moon?
When you tune into the Moon’s phases, it’s reassuring to know that there are many chances during the year to tap into lunar energy. Like the tides, the Moon ebbs and flows, a rhythm that women understand intimately. New Moons are a blank page on which to speak your dreams out loud, and Full Moons are for taking action and celebrating the fruit of your efforts.
In the chaotic and temporal world, looking to something larger, that is also part of yourself, can fill you with awe and make you feel connected. For whatever path you’re on, opening to working with planetary energies links you to the power of the divine.
Preparing for the New Moon
It’s a good idea to spend some time reflecting in the days leading up to the new Moon. Knowing exactly what you want to draw into your life is not always easy. Part of preparing for the new Moon is making sure you are clear about your intentions. Sometimes it’s a quality you’d like to cultivate like forgiveness, courage — other times it’s a more specific request like a promotion at work or new place to live.
What is a new Moon Ritual?
This depends on your personal tastes, the pace of your life and the time you have to devote to it. Some simply light a candle, while others gather objects and pictures for their altar. You can write your intentions on a 7-day candle and leaving it in a prominent (and safe) place. With a candle, you can return to it and relight it whilst meditating on your intentions.
Ritual helps focus your entire being on the quest at hand. In the days leading up to the new Moon, you might gather pictures and totems that symbolize your goal. Creating a collage gives you a visual reminder of your dreams.
What does it mean in each different sign?
Every new Moon is different, and this gives you the chance to claim the energies of each different sign. Even if you don’t have planets in the sign for a given month, it falls somewhere in your birth chart. We each have elements of the entire Zodiac in our make-up, with some more emphasized than others. Find out where the new Moon falls in your chart for clues as to what to “call in” that month.
How is it different from the Full Moon?
The new Moon has a more inward feel, has a void or empty quality, and therefore can be frightening to those not comfortable with uncertainty. Can you learn to trust the dark? It’s the moment when the old passes away and the new is not yet here. That’s why it’s a powerful time for sending out your prayer, wishes, desires to the Universe.
The new Moon is the birthing cycle of the Moon’s various phases. The new Moon phase is an optimal time for planning and seeding your intentions. Seedlings need a period of gestation before they break through the soil and reach for the sunlight. This is also true for our ideas and our desires. The dark side of the Moon, with its mysterious unseen forces, offers a nurturing environment where our intentions can establish roots before their miraculous manifestations begin to sprout and reach out to the stars.
Ceremony for Birthing Your Wishes and Desires
Setting aside a few minutes each month during the new Moon phase to focus on yours wishes and desires will help give you clarity of mind and fill your heart with promise. When it comes to setting goals or planning ahead for your future there is no better time to get started than during the new Moon. Any intentions stated or written down carries power, so please take care in considering the things that you really want. The saying “Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.” is fair warning whenever setting your new Moon intentions into motion. But, no worries. The Moon has its phases and so do our individual wants and needs. This is why it is a good practice to rededicate your list of intentions each month when another new Moon visits.
Preparing for Upcoming New Moon Manifestation
Check a Moon phase calendar for the next new Moon.
Set aside 20-30 minutes to do the ritual itself.
pen and coloured markers
Prepare yourself a sacred space where to perform the ceremony when the new Moon arrives
Setting your New Moon Intentions in Motion
Cleanse your sacred area with an opening prayer, a sage smudging, and/or by burning some incense.
- Light one or more candles.
- Centre your being and calm yourself in whatever way is appropriate for you.
- Take some deep cleansing breaths, slip in a meditation CD to listen to, and/or leisurely sip on a cup of relaxing herbal tea.
- Open your notebook, and date the first page. Write down these words “I accept these things into my life now or something better for my highest good and for the highest good of all concerned.” or something similar. Below your affirmation statement, begin writing down your desires. Your list may consist of only one item or you may have several pages written down. Try not to limit yourself. If having many things in your life helps to fulfil you then don’t deny yourself wanting these things.
During the month when an item on your new Moon list comes to you, don’t merely cross it off of your list, take the time to re-write the list in its entirety eliminating the manifested item from the list. This is highly recommended. At the same time you may add whatever else that you have decided you would like. Feel free to re-word any of the original phrases if they better fit your life now. It is natural that your desires will change as time advances.
It is helpful to salt and pepper your manifest list with smaller items that will manifest quickly, such as tickets to the ballet, lunch with a friend, or a day at the spa. You may think that smaller things are too trivial to put on your intention list… Wrong! Things that tend to manifest with little effort still deserve to be written down. Write down everything that you desire, no matter how little or simple. If it is something that makes you happy, write it down. Manifesting smaller items on our lists actually creates a steady flow of energy to the list. These smaller manifestations create movement, allowing an ebb and flow of the tides. We are dealing here with the Moon cycles after all. Besides, sometimes we forget to appreciate the smaller pleasures in our lives while we are waiting for the BIG stuff to come in. If you only write statements like, “I want to win the lottery” in your notebook then you are limiting yourself by not allowing abundance to flow to you from other avenues.
A second notebook will be used as a manifestation scrapbook where you paste in pictures or catalogue clippings of items that you want to manifest.
This is a fun project so enjoy yourself. You will soon be amazed how these things begin to find their way into your life once you start this process.
Moon Phases 2012
New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Third Quarter Duration
23 Jan 07:39 31 Jan 04:10 7 Feb 21:54 14 Feb 17:04 29d 14h 55m
21 Feb 22:35 1 Mar 01:22 8 Mar 09:40 15 Mar 01:25 29d 16h 03m
22 Mar 14:37 30 Mar 20:41 6 Apr 20:19 13 Apr 11:50 29d 16h 41m
21 Apr 08:19 29 Apr 10:58 6 May 04:35 12 May 22:47 29d 16h 29m
21 May 00:47 28 May 21:16 4 Jun 12:12 11 Jun 11:42 29d 15h 15m
19 Jun 16:03 27 Jun 04:31 3 Jul 19:52 11 Jul 02:48 29d 13h 22m
19 Jul 05:25 26 Jul 09:56 2 Aug 04:28 9 Aug 19:55 29d 11h 30m
17 Aug 16:55 24 Aug 14:54 31 Aug 14:59 8 Sep 14:16 29d 10h 16m
16 Sep 03:11 22 Sep 20:41 30 Sep 04:19 8 Oct 08:34 29d 9h 52m
15 Oct 13:03 22 Oct 04:32 29 Oct 19:50 7 Nov 00:36 29d 10h 06m
13 Nov 22:08 20 Nov 14:32 28 Nov 14:46 6 Dec 15:32 29d 10h 33m
13 Dec 08:42 20 Dec 05:19 28 Dec 10:22 29d 11h 02m