The new moon is a good time to come to terms with yourself and determine what changes you would like to make. The practice of performing a new moon ritual every month can bring new perspectives, advances, and manifestations into your life in the long run.
If you’re looking for an explanation for beginners of what a new moon ritual is and how to perform your own new moon ritual, you’ve come to the right place.
The new moon is a time of a new beginning. It’s the time to plant a seed of what you want to grow in your life.
Making a desire, an intention, a promise or an oath is a common process. It is believed that as the moon increases, so will your intention or goal usually come true by the time the moon completes its cycle and returns to a new cycle.
The new moon offers us its energy of intent to free us from the negative habits in our lives.
The energy of the new moon helps us rid our minds and bodies of toxic thought patterns and eliminate toxic substances such as excessive alcohol, processed foods, caffeine, and tobacco use.
It’s important to come up with a ritual that has meaning to you instead of trying to follow any set guidelines.
What is a new moon ritual?
A ritual is simply a special ceremony that you perform for yourself or others. It’s a way to create space for yourself, to be quiet, to go inside yourself, and to give yourself some much-needed self-care and attention.
They can separate themselves from the outside world, be silent and become one with themselves and nature.
Don’t be put off by the word ritual. It’s another word for routine, but it creates a sense of magic and power imbued with the mind.
Moon rituals have been practiced by ancient cultures around the world since the beginning of time.
The moon has always been considered sacred because it rules over the oceans and follows the same cycle as we do in our menstrual cycle (about 29.5 days).
There is also a lot of evidence that plants grow when they are nourished by moonlight instead of sunlight, which meant that ancient people looked up at the sky when deciding when to plant, grow, and harvest.
Today, a lunar ritual can be as sacred and powerful as it was then. And every day, more women remember this forgotten connection and tune into their lunar cycle to find more harmony and momentum in their lives.
What do you do during a new moon ritual?
When the sky is dark and the moon is not visible, this is a natural time to rest, reflect and plan. It is not a time of action.
I love doing self-care and mindset work with the lunar cycle because it touches on all aspects of self-care and manifestation.
Rest, think, plan, follow intuition, act inspired, celebrate, let go and return to a state of calm.
The moon is our constant reminder to stay in touch with ourselves. To remember to step out of this busy world and reflect, as well as to listen to our true gut feeling. Constantly doing something is neither productive nor healthy.
As women, one of our unique powers lies in connecting with our intuition, putting a feeling in our intentions, and then taking inspired, joyful actions toward those intentions.
Women are magical in my opinion. And the moon is your memory of that. You are connected to the moon and I invite you to flow with your feminine energy to keep your own body and soul in balance.
Here’s my favorite new moon ritual for clarity and connection with yourself.
1. Prepare the sacred space
At the beginning, I always like to make sure that my sacred space is clean and impressive. I wipe it off, clean it up and throw away everything that is in the drawers.
I get everything I’m going to use. Usually these are the sheets for the lunar ritual or you can use a diary – just something to write on.
Start your Neumond ritual with letting go and clarifying. This can open up your space and remove any negativity that has accumulated as you purify the environment – and yourself – for what will flow towards you as you experience the rest of the lunar cycle.
A simple cleaning can be done with the smoke of sage or palo santo, salt or even smoking spray.
2. Take a ritual bath
Water symbolically washes away the old. I love taking a bath and filling it with detoxifying bath salts.
I use simple Epsom salts (I add about 2 cups to my bath water). The Epsom salt pulls the impurities out of your body and helps clear your energy field.
I like to dim the light and relax there for about 20 minutes. I love listening to beautiful music to help myself step out of this world into the quiet world of the new moon.
As I mentioned earlier, the moon rules over the water, and water is a symbolic way to wash off the old to welcome the new.
Giving yourself a nourishing bath is a wonderful way to take care of yourself and create space for reflection.
You can fill your bathroom with anything you like. Epsom or Himalayan bath salts, petals or essential oils.
Salts are a great way to remove impurities and negative energy from your body.
Remember to choose a natural product made with love.
You could even go swimming in the sea if it’s nearby.
Take a step back from the outside world. Surrender to the moment.
3. Ground yourself
Next, I go to my sacred space and ground myself. An easy way to ground yourself is to have all four elements of nature in your space.
Crystals stand for the earth, a candle for the fire, incense for the wind and a bowl of water with salt in it can represent the ocean.
Having these elements around me has an immediate calming effect and creates a very spiritual feeling.
You can set up crystals that you’re drawn to (moonstone is an excellent crystal for new beginnings, as well as labradorite and amazonite), and light a candle and some incense if you wish. I love using selenite for pretty much all of my lunar rituals.
Close your eyes and start taking some deep, focused breaths.
Let your breath go all the way down to your abdominal area. Feel the ground under your feet and know that you are connected to Mother Earth.
Visualize a warm, white light around you or your room if you want.
4. Clean yourself and your room energetically
When I have done that, I will energetically clean my room. I love Palo Santo chopsticks to purify the energy around me and my items.
You can also use sage if you prefer. I just love the woody, earthy scent of Palo Santo.
So I light a Palo Santo rod and swivel the rod in circular motions around myself and then around my room and any objects I want to energetically clean.
Once you feel grounded and connected, a journal is a great way to continue the cleansing and open a new page.
Let go of what goes through your mind. Don’t worry about what you write, just write and let your words run wild.
They cleanse your heart and mind so that you have a really fresh start for the next four weeks.
How did you feel? What goes through your mind? Write down what you would like to experience next. What intentions, desires or visions do you have for your life?
6. Write down your plans
Once you’ve cleared your mind and thought about what you want to create/manifest, write down your intentions.
You can do this for the next 4 weeks of the lunar cycle or longer.
Be very specific when writing down your intentions about what you want to manifest.
The clearer you are, the easier it is for the universe/subconscious to realize it.
7. Receive Divine Guidance
This is probably one of my favorite parts at anym Moon ritual. After determining my intentions, I draw oracle cards for spiritual guidance.
My favorite oracle deck is Divine Guidance. It’s just always so apt and I love that each card can represent so many different things.
Whether you believe in a higher power, spirit guides, angels, or simply your subconscious, oracle cards are a wonderful way to receive divine wisdom.
They ask for advice, general or specific, and allow your intuition to shuffle the cards until you feel like you’re done, and then draw one or more cards you’re drawn to.
I always write down the messages I get from my cards because it’s really helpful and interesting to look back on them.
Next, lie down on your bed and close your eyes. Listen to music or a meditation music if it helps you focus. Visualize in your mind’s eye your already manifested intentions.
Let go and really allow your imagination to see this image crystal clear. It should be so clear that you actually begin to feel the emotions of your already fulfilled intentions.
Whatever it is, see and feel it in its final state. And then I end it by thinking, “This or something better.”
9. Complete your new moon ritual.
I like to close my eyes, reconnect with my breath and soak up the new energy I created during my ritual.
If you wish, you can take five or ten minutes here to meditate. Or maybe do some gentle stretches or light yoga postures.
Keep your new moon intentions in a safe place. Look at them at least once a day, read them and visualize them as if they were already fulfilled.