New Moons are a time of new beginnings, a time of introspection, and fresh starts. It gives us a chance to delve inwards, to check in with ourselves, and let go of what is no longer in alignment. It is a time to analyze our needs, discover areas for self-improvement, and focus on what we want to achieve.
I like to hold a simple ritual on a New Moon, carving out a little space and time to look inside myself and set my intentions for the coming weeks/months/season. If I can, I like to include having a fire in my garden in my rituals, if the weather doesn’t allow it, I’ll move inside instead.
First, cleanse yourself and your space, using a smudge stick. I usually use white sage to cleanse negative energies and emotions. Then light some incense and candles to light your space. Make yourself a cup of herbal tea and spend a few minutes in peaceful contemplation.
With self-reflection being the key to a new moon, spend some time writing in your journal. Looking at key areas – family, home, relationships, myself, and reflect on how well you are connecting with each of these areas. Are your emotional needs being met? What do you need to change? What do you need to build on? Listen to your intuition, and think about your feelings and what they are telling you. Write out anything that comes to your mind, clearing that mental clutter and making space for positivity.
Create a list of intentions, perhaps new habits you wish to embrace, dreams you want to chase, or a promise to let go of negativity. Intentions can be very powerful, and help to focus your mind on what you want to achieve
- ‘I let go of what is no longer in my best interests’
- ‘I embrace new beginnings’
- ‘I am fully committed to the unfolding path’
- ‘I am open to receive what may come’
- ‘I welcome abundance into my life’
When you’ve set your intentions, and spent some time in self-reflection, you could have a cleansing bath, or practice some New-Moon Yoga or spend some time meditating. Whatever feels right for you.