Living in sync with the rhythms and beats of the universe allows your life decisions, events, and ventures to flow naturally. Hundreds of years ago, our ancestors even planted their crops and hunted their foods in harmony with the cycles of the moon. Setting intentions in accordance with the phases of the moons is a deeply powerful way to align with the universe. The new moon represents new beginnings, while full moons are associated with change of direction and closure. That is why it is best to begin a project, or “plant seeds,” at a new moon, and “harvest” after the full moon. Creating your own new moon ritual can be a regular reminder to connect with the world around you and provide guidance in your life.
Gather friends, family, or like-minded people.
Celebrating the new moon is a spiritual way to connect with yourself, your friends and family, and the universe, so take advantage of this opportunity and gather a group. You may find your friends and family are eager to join in a peaceful ritual each month, but if not don’t be afraid to reach out to soul-seekers like yourself that you haven’t met yet by creating a public event or working with a local space or yoga studio to host the event. Introducing new energies into your life can have a deep impact on your spiritual journey.
Create a celebration atmosphere.
Like any other party, the atmosphere adds to the celebration, and there are a few things you can do to create a personal and authentic new moon ritual. If the weather permits, set up an outdoor space to perform the ritual. You may want blankets or cushions to sit on, candles or a fire pit, and an altar space to add sacred pieces and healing crystals to the ceremony. You can use an indoor space as well, just be sure to clear the room of cell phones and other distracting items.
Express your intentions.
Writing down your intentions and sharing them with others helps to achieve them faster. In one study, the people who wrote down and shared their goals with others were 33% more successful at achieving those goals. Setting intentions during a new moon can be extremely powerful, so make sure your intention is something you truly desire. After you’ve written your goal, share with others in the group. If you feel your goal is too personal to share, express what it would mean to you to achieve it or what has held you back from achieving it in the past instead.
Create an altar or sacred space for your moon wishes.
Keeping your goals somewhere you will see them everyday will also provide motivation. Set up an altar or sacred space at home with healing crystals that support your intention, candles, fresh flowers, and anything else that you gravitate to. Place your written intention under your crystals to amplify the power of the intention. We recommend placing a crystal point atop your written intentions, as these are the most powerful crystals for manifesting your intentions.
Add a unique component.
This is your time to celebrate a new start, so add in some fun to make it a deeply personal ceremony. You could end the ritual with a walk under the moon, moon salutations, or even playing music. Whatever excites your spirit the most will help to make your new moon ritual enjoyable and something you want to continue to do each month.
Follow the moon phases.
The new moon is ideal for setting intentions and beginning to working towards something new. Two weeks later, the full moon comes and holds intense energy. During the full moon, it is especially powerful to push your new moon intention forward. The two weeks following the full moon is the time to notice what is holding you back and tie up loose ends, so you can move forward towards achieving your intention.
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