You’ve come to the correct place if you’re looking for a beginner’s guide to what a new moon ritual is and how to design your own new moon ritual.
Because the moon’s cycle mimics our own sacred cycle, working in tune with it is a great tool for us as women. We’ll go over this in further detail later in this article.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF A NEW MOON RITUAL?
A ritual is a unique ceremony that you do for yourself or others. It’s a method of making room for yourself, being still, checking in, and providing much-needed self-care and attention. You may unplug from the outer world, sit still, and connect with yourself and nature.
Don’t be turned off by the word “ritual.” It’s just another term for routine, but it conjures up images of magic and power, as well as a sense of spirituality.
Many people, for example, discuss their morning routines and how to establish them. However, I prefer to refer to it as a morning ritual.
Moon rituals have been done since the dawn of time by ancient societies all across the planet. The moon is associated with the Goddess, and Goddess worship was the earth’s first religion. Because she oversees the oceans and follows the same pattern as we do in our menstrual cycle, the moon has always been revered (roughly 29.5 days). There’s also evidence that plants grow better when they’re fed by moonlight rather than sunshine, so ancient people would organize their planting, growing, and harvesting schedules by looking up at the sky.
A moon ceremony now can be just as sacred and powerful as it was in the past. Every day, more women are remembering this long-forgotten link and tuning in to their moon cycles to find more balance and flow in their lives.
The moon’s eight phases
You can work with all eight phases of the moon, but the most important four are:
- New moon
- Waxing moon
- Full moon
- Waning moon
The new moon and full moon are the most powerful of the four phases to work with. These are the two for which I always develop a ritual.
A new moon ritual is also a great place to start if you’re new to working with the moon.
WHAT DOES THE NEW MOON REPRESENT?
The new moon corresponds to Winter. The sky is black because the moon is dark.
If a woman follows a white moon cycle, this is usually the bleeding phase of her menstrual cycle. Every woman is unique, and our cycles will shift frequently depending on our stage of life and our primary desires.
The new moon is an ideal time for a fresh start. It represents a blank slate, a new beginning, and the planting of new seeds of intention. The full moon, on the other hand, is a time for gathering, expansion, and celebration.
Our intuition is at its peak during this time of year. Because the veil between the two worlds is thinned, our spiritual essence and our earthly essence become linked. Now is the time to seek out moments of calm and silence to get the intuition and insight that you desire. Now is the moment to reflect on the events of the past so that you can move forward with more clarity, direction, and purpose.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF PARTICIPATING IN A NEW MOON RITUAL AS A WOMAN?
I think it’s vital to understand why you might want to work with the moon before I teach you how to make your own new moon ritual.
Our menstrual cycle as women, the four seasons of the year, and the four feminine archetypes are all mirrored by the moon cycle (maiden, mother, wild woman & crone).
There’s a reason why so many of us feel stressed, exhausted, and disconnected from our bodies. Our contemporary society is patriarchal and masculine-oriented, with women seen as second-class citizens. Weekdays, weekends, calendar months, and years are all man-made constructs.
Before the invention of this method, every human followed the moon’s natural cycle. Instead of 12 months, each year had 13 moons. During their bleeding days, women would rest and concentrate on themselves. We weren’t fighting our natural rhythm like we are now.
Living in harmony with the moon cycle is a wonderful method to connect with your own cyclic nature as well as Mumma nature.
But don’t worry if you’re new to working with the moon and don’t know where to start. Starting to work with the moon and creating your own new moon ritual, setting intentions, and manifesting magic in your world is simple.
How to make your own new moon ritual and cast spells:
1. MAKE YOUR NEW MOON RITE ONE-OF-A-KIND
When developing a new moon ritual for oneself, the most essential thing to remember is to make it feel special and in tune with you.
So don’t let the number of suggestions below overwhelm you or make you feel obligated to act. Today, we already have far too much of this pressure on our shoulders.
When planning your new moon ritual, let your intuition lead the way. Take what you want and leave what you don’t. Look at some other possibilities.
Getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things is a terrific thing to do. However, if something feels awkward or forced, it may take your attention away from your ritual, preventing it from being as forceful and potent as it could be.
It could take a few tries to discover what works best for you. Allow yourself that time and be patient with yourself. Experiment with one or more of the options below, and follow your gut instinct wherever it leads you.
Set aside your preconceived notions about what you should do. Do what feels right to you at the time. And keep in mind that this may change from moon to moon.
2. PICK A TIME THAT WORKS FOR YOU.
For most individuals, evenings tend to work best when work is done and the kids have gone to bed.
This is also a great time for a new moon ritual because the moon governs the night. Plus, during a full moon, when the sky is clear, you’ll be able to view it shining overhead in all its majesty.
But it’s fine if you can’t find time during the day. While the frequency is still high, try to schedule your ritual within two to three days of the new moon.
Make an effort to set aside at least 30 minutes where you can be alone and uninhibited. Turn off your phone, dim the lights, and make sure you’re dressed comfortably.
3. COLLECT EVERYTHING YOU’LL NEED FOR YOUR NEW MOON RITUAL
Here are a few things you might want to have on hand:
- essential oils
- sage/palo santo
- a diffuser
- tarot card deck
- notebook & pen
- a nourishing drink
- a plant or some fresh flowers in a vase
- a yoga mat/comfy cushion
- a pretty scarf or piece of fabric (for your altar)
You might make your own new moon ritual playlist on Spotify or listen to any music you’re feeling at the time.
Don’t be concerned about blowing your budget on all the aforementioned. For starters, some of them are completely free. Then decide on one or two investments that you are drawn to. It’s not so much about the tangible items as it is about what they represent to you and how they make you feel.
4. A NEW MOON BATH RITUAL IS A GREAT WAY TO UNWIND.
As previously said, the moon is the ruler of water, and water is a metaphor for washing away the old and welcoming the new.
Taking a rejuvenating bath is a lovely opportunity to pamper oneself while also making time for reflection.
You can use whatever you want to infuse your bath with. Bath salts, floral petals, or essential oils, such as Epsom or Himalayan salts. Salts are an excellent technique to rid your body of toxins and negative energy. There are some excellent organic, vegan, handmade bath salts available. Always choose a natural product that has been lovingly created.
To set the mood, light some candles and play some music in the background.
If the ocean is nearby, you could even go for a swim.
Take a step back from the world around you. Allow yourself to be carried away by the moment. Sit in the new moon’s peace and serenity.
5. CREATE A NOURISHING ENVIRONMENT
I prefer to dim the lights, light a candle or two, and listen to music that sets the scene.
Depending on my mood, I’ll sit on the sofa or my yoga mat on the floor, with my notepad and pen nearby, as well as my favorite oracle deck.
On this day, tune in to your own body to determine what you require to feel supported and nourished.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to creating your personal new moon ritual. It’s supposed to be one-of-a-kind. So remember to have a good time!
You might wish to go outside when the weather is pleasant and sit on the ground beneath the sky. You will feel more connected to nature with this.
Allow the moon’s spirit to lead the way.
Depending on whatever astrological sign the moon is in, each new moon will have its own unique energy. You might draw inspiration from this and develop a ritual to assist you to summon this energy.
6. SET UP YOUR ALTAR FOR THE NEW MOON RITUAL
The greatest technique to ground yourself is to create a ritual altar made up of the four elements. It will also make your new moon ritual more spiritual and powerful.
You can use these four elements and items to represent each of them.
- Earth: crystals, flowers, or stones.
- Fire: a lit candle.
- Air: incense, white sage, or a feather.
- Water: a bowl or vase of water or a seashell.
A candle is a must-have for me in any ritual I make. When it comes to crystals, don’t get too hung up on their interpretations. Choose the ones that appeal to you.
You can lay these artifacts on a nice scarf or piece of fabric to make your altar in front of you. Arrange them in the following order: Fire to the south, Water to the west, Air to the east, and Earth to the north.
Make use of astrology to assist you.
Every year, the new moon will fall into a different astrology sign, cycling through all 12 signs. The energy of the moon will be influenced by this sign. When constructing your new moon ritual, you can harness the energy of this sign to inspire and guide you. Different colors, crystals, and fragrances will be associated with each sign, which you might incorporate into your altar.
This is also an excellent area to concentrate your intentions. Cancer, for example, is a symbol of home, self-care, and sustenance. You could choose to center your new moon intentions around these themes when the new moon is in the sign of Cancer.
7. CLEANSE YOUR SURROUNDINGS
You’ll want to clear your space before beginning your new moon ritual. This aids in the removal of any residual negative energy.
Native Americans revered sage as a sacred plant, and they burned it for energy cleansing, healing, and rituals.
Allow any unneeded energy to escape by opening your doors and windows. After around 30 seconds, light the sage and blow on it to make smoke. A feather can be used to waft smoke throughout all sections of your home, especially those that are difficult to reach.
Palo santo wood has a nicer aroma than sage, but the benefits are identical.
A few drops of your selected essential oils in a diffuser will have a similar effect if you choose to keep things cleaner and less fussy.
8. CEREMONY WITH CACAO
Cacao could be ideal for your new moon ritual if you’re seeking a healthy plant-based drink.
Cacao is a wonderful, natural earth medicine that benefits our physical health while also having the ability to open our hearts.
Cacao has the advantage of not having to be saved for a group circle. When I’m doing my own new or full moon ritual, or whenever I want to open my heart and go into a creative zone, I adore preparing myself a cup of it.
Sip it while soaking in the tub or reflecting and journaling.
You’re ready to sit now that you’ve set up your place, grounded yourself, and cleared any negative energy. Unless you feel compelled to move, you can stay here for the rest of the new moon ritual.
I enjoy crossing my legs and settling into a relaxing lotus pose. Your hands could be in a prayer position, cupped in your lap, or down by your side. It’s entirely up to you. You may even want to lie down—just make sure you aren’t too relaxed to fall asleep!
Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Take a few deep breaths in and out. Observe your thoughts as they come and go.
You may wish to invoke your guides, angels, or any other heavenly connection with whom you feel connected.
Take in the tranquility of the moment. Continue your inward journey.
Stay as long as you like to meditate here.
10. REFLECT AND RELEASE ARE TWO NEW MOON RITUALS FOR LETTING GO
Then it’s time to ponder and let go.
This is where you use journal queries to help you better understand where you are right now in your life. What’s bothering you, what’s out of balance, whatever you’re holding on to that you need to let go of, and any fears or concerns.
New moon rituals are ideal for releasing everything that is weighing you down or no longer serves you.
Grab a pen and a journal, and start writing. Don’t be scared to talk. Keep writing even if you don’t know what to write. Allow yourself to let everything out. After that, you can go back and make sense of it.
This will assist you in clearing your mind and emotions in preparation for the new moon this month. Journaling is also a good technique to improve your intuition and open it up.
During your new moon ritual, ask yourself the following questions:
- What exactly do I want to let go of?
- What is it that is preventing me from moving forward or that is no longer serving me?
- Is there anything that has to be let go of?
- What does it feel like is out of whack?
- What am I thinking about right now?
- What am I feeling right now?
- What are some fresh experiences I’d like to have?
11. SET INTENTIONS FOR THE NEW MOON
A new moon ritual is an excellent opportunity to set new moon intentions and wishes for the upcoming cycle and beyond. Because the new moon occurs every four weeks, it serves as a reset, allowing us to make new choices.
For several reasons, intentions and goals are not the same things. Goals are more concerned with the outside world, whereas intentions are more concerned with an inward sensation.
For example, one objective might be to make $20,000 this month. Whereas an intention would be, “I want to feel financially secure.” So think about what you want to call in and take your time. Consider how you want to feel daily.
Use the information you obtained from your journaling to assist you. Any aspect of your life might be the subject of your intentions. Whatever you choose: spiritual work, love relationships, self-relationships, money, house, and health. When creating new moon intentions, be sure to be specific. The more clear you are, the easier it will be for the Universe to join you in bringing your vision to life. Take some time to write down your intentions for this moon after you’ve decided on them. Then read them to yourself aloud or softly.
This is an important step that you should not skip! This is what will help to bring them to life and make them feel more real.
12. VISUALIZE THE NEW
You’ve let go of what doesn’t serve you anymore and establish new goals for what you really want. It’s time to sit quietly once more and picture your desires coming true.
Imagine a scenario in which everything you desire has already materialized. Take a look. Hear it out. Take a whiff. It’s palpable. It has a distinct flavor.
Allow yourself to be carried away by the present moment. Consider how you’ll feel if your goals become your new reality.
You might want to think to yourself after this exercise, “This or something better awaits me.”
13. OPEN & RECEIVE
I like to select an oracle card for the next moon cycle after I’ve completed my new moon intentions. Nature’s Whispers is my current favorite deck. The photographs are stunning. Choose a deck with visuals you enjoy and with which you feel a sense of connection.
Using an oracle card to obtain heavenly guidance is a fantastic way to do it. You could start by asking yourself, “What does this moon mean to me?” When you’re ready, shuffle the cards and choose one.
Instead, I’ll do a three-card reading on occasion. The first card indicates your previous location. The second point to consider is where you are right now. And then there’s the question of where you’re headed.
Keep in mind that there are no bad cards. And if you don’t like the card you’ve drawn, you always have the option to choose again – so pull another one.
14. BRINGING YOUR NEW MOON RITUAL TO A CLOSE
I like to close my eyes once more, reconnect with my breath, and absorb the new energy I’ve created during my ritual. If you wish to meditate for five or 10 minutes, you can do it here. Alternatively, you may do some mild stretches or light yoga postures.
Keep a safe spot for your new moon intentions. Re-visit them at least once a day; read them and imagine yourself completing them.
ARE YOU READY TO CONSTRUCT YOUR OWN MANIFESTING NEW MOON RITUAL?
The new moon is a powerful time to focus on relaxation, contemplation, and resetting routines. Interpret that in any way you want, and construct a ceremony that seems right to you.
Keep in mind that manifestation takes time. Expect nothing to happen in a day or two. Believe that the Universe is on your side and trust in the process.
You can create a lovely life that you like. That’s true. Keep it close to your heart while you’re facing a challenge or going through a difficult period.
The moon and her cycle will always be available to you to work with regularly.