The moon is both tangible and spiritual in interconnected ways. The gravitational pull moves our oceans and creates the tides, and the cycle of the moon from new to full has been a way for humans to keep track of time since ancient days. It has also held deep, spiritual significance for centuries. She is the goddess.
The Moon and Her Cycles
The sun is often seen as the spiritual encapsulation of masculine energy, and the moon as the feminine. She rules the night, mysticism, intuition, spiritualism, psychism, and the divine feminine spirit. The moon cycles through a complete phase roughly every 28 days. Each step in the cycle is an opportunity to embrace the power of the moon, but none more so than the Full Moon and the New Moon, which represent an apex in the cycle.
As the moon waxes, or gets bigger, we can harness that energy ourselves and use it to bring things into our lives. Once the moon is full, we reach a point of maximum fulfillment and begin to focus instead of release. During the time when the moon is waning, we release negativity, bad habits, things we no longer need to hold within ourselves, and become purified.
Manifesting with the New Moon Cycle
The New Moon is the apex of this cycle of release, but it is not enough to take time once a month to make requests of ourselves and the Universe. Use the days leading up to it to focus on what you want to be rid of in the coming weeks. The last days of a waning crescent moon is a great time to ask yourself what you would like to see more of in your life.
This could be love, money, inner peace, strength, good health, or something more specific. This is the end of the cycle of letting go, and a time to refocus on what you would like to bring in.
A New Moon Ritual
A ritual bath is a great way to connect with the Universe and with yourself. The moon controls the tides, so honoring her with water is always appropriate.
What You’ll Need
Your ingredients may change depending on what you’d like to bring into your life during this moon cycle. A great place to start with any ritual bath is salt. It’s good for your body, and it works to cleanse and purify you spiritually.
If you’re focused on love, add dried jasmine, rose, and hibiscus.
If you’re focused on money, try adding a bit of honey, peppermint, cinnamon, clove, and orange.
If you’re focused on health add chamomile, basil, and ginger.
A lot of these can be found in household cupboards and tea bags. It’s also fine to use essential oils instead of loose flowers, as cleanup is easier, although flower petals make a much prettier bath.
Focus Your Mind and Body
Before your ritual bath, take a moment to focus on your physicality, your body, and breath. Add the salt directly to the bath water. The rest of the ingredients can be added directly to the water or added to a bowl of hot water and allowed to steep first. Either way, you will need either a cup or a bowl to pour the water over your head.
A New Moon Mantra
Once you’re in the bath, begin your mantra. It always begins with “I am opening up space in my heart, my home, and my spirit for the things that I need.” The rest will change depending on what you are focusing on.
Be specific with the Universe about the things that you need. The clearer you are when you set intentions, the easier it is for you to remember what you want, and for the Universe to hear and respond to your call. Here are some examples.
“I am opening up space in my heart, my home, and my spirit for the things that I need. I need to find a partner who shares my values and supports me. I need to keep my body strong and healthy so I can continue to work and support my family. I need to clear obstacles in my way so I can get the promotion I deserve.”
As you repeat your mantra, use the bowl or cup to scoop the water up and pour it over your head. Imagine this energy entering your body through the top of your skull, allowing yourself to feel it dripping down through every part of your body, becoming one with your physical being. Repeat your mantra three or seven times.
Before you finish, take a moment to thank the moon for letting you connect to her energy, for listening to you, working with you, and through you. It’s best to avoid distractions like screen time after your bath, so try to make this the last thing you do before bed and enjoy waking up refreshed and ready for the next cycle of the moon.
A Tarot Spread for the New Moon
Another way to harness the renewing power of the New Moon is with a tarot spread performed in her shadow. This spread will help you better focus your desires and intentions for the New Moon, and prepare yourself for the release of the Full Moon in the near future. Watch the video below to learn how to perform the spread.
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