HARNESS THE NEW MOON
by Catherine Spinley
HARNESS THE NEW MOON
Mark your calendar, don your kimono and light your candles because November 7th marks the new moon. What’s the big deal, you ask? Sit right here next to me while I explain.
The new moon is a pretty magical day, the beginning of the lunar phase when the moon and the sun have the same ecliptic longitude. Frankly, I got a middling grade in Astronomy (gotta love a curve) so lunation formulas and calendars are a bit tricky for me to understand, let alone explain, so let’s skip right to the good stuff.
Moon Rituals are ancient, intentional, personal and sacred and are important to many different cultures and religions. The beginning of the lunar phase is symbolic of the renewal and the rebirth of our spirit. It’s a time for tranquility and calm and also a time to gather our strength, energy and ideas so we can envision the possibility of things to come. It’s a time to remember that the struggles we encounter are not infinite but rather temporary. In life, we get second chances, the gift of starting anew. If you believe we reap what we sow, now’s the time to decide what it is you want to plant and grow in your life.
The first thing to do is cleanse your space. This can be done by lighting a candle, incense, palo santo sticks or by smudging your space. You want to clear out the negative or stationary energy that may exist and make room for new momentum and intentions.
Once the cleanse is complete, relax and make sure your space is quiet and still. Sit with your intuition, take some deep breaths and write down your desires and intentions on a piece of paper. Once you’re done writing these thoughts down, read them aloud while the new moon is in the sky. This is a great time to start a Moon Journal (if you want to learn more Moon Journaling, we’ve got you!). Adding a stone on your written intentions or Moon Journal will only add to the power of this ritual. A moon stone is perfect but so is choosing a stone that represents what it is you’re trying to manifest - think Rose Quartz for love or Amethyst for protection.
Finish you Moon Ritual with a short mediation or nighttime walk and let the moon work it’s magic.
Catherine Spinley is a sometimes-writer and photographer based in New York. When not stalking other people’s dogs or yelling at people who refuse to walk up the left side of the escalator, she works in the beauty industry and practices yoga. You can read more from her at Worepaint.com.