Historically, the Moon has been worshiped by civilizations for centuries. Scientists have found evidence of Moon rituals being carried out by Ancient Egyptian, Babylonian, Indian, and Chinese cultures. Participants in these rituals viewed the Moon as a symbol of rejuvenation and new beginnings. In a modern view, Moon rituals are a time of introspection and meditation. It is a time to reflect on your values and the places in your life in which you find anything lacking. It can be used as both a connection with nature and your inner being by separating yourself from the materialistic and digital worlds. The light emitted by the Moon is actually a reflection of the Sun. A New Moon happens when the Sun and the Moon align perfectly, causing the Moon’s surface to seemingly disappear. It is a time of equal balance between the feminine energy of the Moon, yin, and the masculine energy of the Sun, yang. There are harmony and equilibrium during a New Moon. When channeling the energy of the lunar cycle, the New Moon phase is best utilized for its ability to reset your desires and focus attention on the areas of your life that need the most work. To get the most out of the cycle, you should identify the parts of your life that feels as if they are lacking and turn your intentions to improve them.
The most important step to a New Moon ritual is the preparation. Because you are diving deep into your personal desires, you’ll want to really assess where you are in life. In the moments leading towards your ritual, ask yourself honest questions. How is my happiness affected by the things around me? The people? What is hindering me from experiencing full tranquility and solitude? What part of me could benefit from more love and guidance? Are there any outstanding desires that have yet to be fulfilled? After you’ve determined these trouble spots, you are ready to begin. Start by cleansing your environment of all negativity and stress. Clearing the physical air with sage or aromatherapy candles can help to clear the mind. Set out a clean and sleek station using a cloth or rug. When the timing feels right, begin to make a cosmic connection with the forces around you. Feel the energy presence of everything in your immediate vicinity. Then, extend that awareness further to channel the presence of the planets. Using a fresh piece of paper, begin to write out your manifestations. Focus on the words you are creating. You are using the energy you have harnessed to create a physical representation of your deepest wants. Write the manifestations over and over again until you feel that they have established their place in the physical world. Lastly, work through another personal meditation. Solidify your connection to the things you have manifested. Package them tightly in your thoughts and release them up to the Moon. Thank the cosmic world for providing you with the energy to complete this ritual and move forward with your lunar cycle!