New Moon

Here’s a helpful ritual for the New Moon to set intentions for the upcoming month.

New Moon Altar

The New Moon is today at 1:12pm Mountain Time.  I’m planning a private ritual to set my intentions for the upcoming month.  Do you take advantage of the moon’s energy when you’re working on an important project?  It’s a very powerful ally to have in your tool belt!

First:

The first thing I do is to think about what I want to accomplish in the next month.  I generally do this a day or so beforehand.  Sometimes I have a big project and know exactly what needs focus.  Other months I have to think about what I really want.  Once I’ve decided, I write my intention out on a slip of paper.  I will also write my goal in my journal along with a full description of exactly how achieving this goal will impact my life.

Another thing I like to do the day before is to try to locate the New Moon in the sky.  I like this website to help me figure out what time the moon rises and sets, and it’s approximate location.

Next:

The next thing I do is to create an altar for this New Moon.  I look to see which sign it will be in and which planets govern that sign.  In this case the New Moon is in Libra which is governed by Venus.  I’ll add some jade, amazonite, and rose quartz to my altar to honor Venus.  My altar also includes a carving of my spirit animal, and a gift from a friend who has passed.  Then I’ll include some incense.

Last:

Once I have my altar set up, I can begin my ritual.  At the time of the New Moon, or as close as I can get depending on my schedule for the day, I’ll head outside to see if I can see the moon.  The New Moon is hard to see; it’s just a tiny thumbnail!  And, especially on a sunny day because it tends to blend in with the background of the blue sky. Don’t freak out if you can’t find it.  Know that its energy is all around you.  Also, if I can’t be outside for any reason, I just do my ritual inside.

Next, I’ll ground and connect to the Divine.   (I have a quick description of my grounding process on my blog about Full Moon energy.)   I’ll think about my intention for the month.  Then, I’ll call in my spirit guides, guardian angels, and archangels.  I tell them what my intentions are.  I ask for their blessing and assistance in accomplishing my goals.  I ask them to watch over me and help me make good choices during the month.  Finally, I’ll thank them for their guidance.

Since my altar is generally inside, once I’m done with the ritual, I’ll go to my altar, light some incense and place the slip of paper beneath one of the crystals.  Daily, during the next two weeks, I’ll think of my intentions and ask my guides and angels for their assistance.

This can be a powerful ritual!  Please let me know your results in the comments below.

Blessings!

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