The new moon is symbolic of new beginnings which means it is the ideal time in which to set new intentions that you hope for manifestation in the new cycles. You can take advantage of the energy created by the new moon and connect on much deeper levels. For many, this is the most important time when it comes to working within the law of attraction and most self-improvement practices. Utilize the tips below to create your own new moon ritual and start seeing real results.
When to Perform the Ritual
This one is pretty obvious. Hold off on your ritual as long as possible so that it falls closest to the time of the new moon. Since every person is different, work when you feel the most energetically connected. Some find the morning brings the strongest connection while others feel more connected at night or even late evening. Do not worry about norms, instead working when is best for you. As an aside, when it comes to new moon rituals, the ritual is not best done at night like full moon rituals, but earlier in the day. This is in part because you do not need to make use of the moon’s light because there is no light being reflected during that time. Even if you prefer to wait until the day following the new moon, the important thing is being as close to the new moon time as possible. If you need a time frame, 12 hours before or after the actual new moon is ideal. This is when the new moon phase is strongest. If necessary, 24 hours on either side can still be effective, just make sure it feels right to you and not forced.
New Moon Ritual Fundamentals
Understanding the fundamentals of a new moon phase will help you design your own new moon ritual that uses the energies available. This is the backbone of your ritual so you can remember the purpose. The main thing to remember is that the new moon is about starting anew and new beginnings. If you happen to have carried out a full moon ritual in the cycle just before, this will ease you into the ritual as you were already focused on letting go and releasing things that do not serve your intentions. Even if you did not perform a full moon ritual, new moon rituals can still be effective. This is because the new moon ritual shifts your focus forward, not to the past. This is when you need to forget all that has occurred and view the future as a blank slate to write your new path.
While looking forward, set the intentions of what you are going to make occur. The past is no longer relevant, so you can set intentions of what will materialize in the future. This is the time to dream big because anything is possible. The new moon is grounding and the best time to connect yourself and explore your inner workings. Truly getting to know yourself in this way can create a heightened sense of awareness that helps guide your intentions and serves your upcoming growth. Learn to listen to your body and what you truly need in that moment. This is also a great time to clear your mental state as you connect to nature and Mother Earth.
Steps to Creating Your Ritual
Follow the steps below in order to create a unique new moon ritual all your own that will lead to manifestation.
- Create a Sacred Space – The best way to begin a new moon ritual is by creating a sacred space that allows you to feel grounded and connected. There is no right or wrong way to do this and if you are a beginner, it can take time to help it feel right. Explore different tools and items to enhance your space. Some will prefer a minimalistic approach while others want more for connection. Do not stress about perfection because you have time to adjust as needed.
- Connect and Ground – Engage in a practice that works to ground and connect you. Some use meditation, but there are many options. Choose what works for you.
- Seek Guidance – The modern world keeps our minds cluttered and makes it difficult to listen to intuition. The new moon is a great time to seek guidance from outside yourself. Use tools to connect with spirits and guides like a pendulum, runes, tarot cards, or tea leaves. This can help you add clarity.
- Set Intentions – This is possibly the most important step for the ritual and general manifestation. Tune in and set your intention for what you want to manifest. Some choose to go long term with the intention while others limit it to a 28-day cycle of the moon for the intention to come to light. Be clear on what you want and your intention no matter the set time.
- Affirmations – Affirmations are a good tool to use with rituals because they get you in the right mindset and help with intention setting. You can create your own affirmations or use prewritten ones. This is your ritual so create what feels best. Use the affirmations in the way that works best for you by saying them out loud, writing them down, speaking them into your mind space, or recording yourself and playing them back.
- Visualize – It is ideal to visualize your affirmations as you practice them, but you can also add visualization exercises if you choose. Some examples of exercises could include vision boards, scripting exercises, or any others that help you.
- Journal – Many people like to follow each ritual with a journaling session. This can help you self-reflect and deepen your connections. It can also help strengthen manifestations. It can be simple, like just recording your intentions and other thoughts or feelings that arise.
There is no right or wrong way in which to practice a new moon ritual. Explore and experiment with new things, even if they are not in your current belief systems. By being open to exploring, you will find what works best for you.