Creating manifestation rituals
Around the moon cycles is a powerful way to connect with our hearts and the universe on a regular basis. New moon rituals range from simple, elaborate, and to everything in between.
The most important aspect of your new moon ritual is that you connect with it and set aside time to engage with your practice each month. Manifesting with the moon's cycles as a cosmic timer drastically boosts our chances of becoming accomplished conscious creators and deliberate manifestors.
A lunar cycle
Is the time it takes for the Moon to pass through its eight phases (New, Crescent, First Quarter, Gibbous, Full, Disseminating, Third Quarter and Balsamic), and this takes less than 30 days.
New moons represent the beginning of a cycle and the full moon represents a clearing or release. In farming traditions the new moon in the time when the soil is most fertile and wet. Many farmers and gardeners plants seeds on the new moon as the moon’s lunar gravity pulls water up. The new moon is considered a growth phase and is an ideal time to plant seeds in our gardens as well as our hearts for the future. The new moon is an invitation to start fresh, call in intentions, and set the tone for the next cycle.
Asking the universe for what you want is a very powerful practice. Combine asking for what you want with the clean slate of the new moon and you have a potent recipe for creating the vision you most desire. The new moon offers an energising and exciting time to recalibrate your energy for the upcoming cycle and bring a upgraded level of consciousness to the dreams you long to make a reality.
Time to ask
Learning to clearly ask for what you want is a big part of this practice. It requires you to dig deep into your heart and listen to what it is telling you. Often we find ourselves caught up in what we think others want and feel guilty when we put our needs first.
This usually stems from feeling a big sense of lack in our lives, and that we don’t deserve what our hearts want or we don’t feel worthy enough of our true desires. These belief systems need to be addressed in order to make the most out of these new moon intention rituals. All we need is an open heart and a willingness to explore what surfaces in our life with courage.
The new moon occurs every 29 1/2 days making it is easy to create a monthly intention setting ritual. Check the moon phases calendar and then take a moment to plug in all the new moons for the year right now, that way you have them and you don’t have to think about it each month (I plug dates in my Outlook diary, plus have a Moon calendar at work and at home).
Consistency is key with any practice or ritual and the more energy you put into it each month the more you will receive back. Setting aside time each month on the new moon to get clear on what you want to manifest is number one. I typically suggest taking the few days leading up to the new moon to start honing in on what you want.
Invite a tender and curious energy into your daily breathwork and meditation practices and notice what reveals itself. A good technique is to stop for 3 minutes a day (a couple of times a day, if you can) and really visualise and FEEL the intention you are manifesting. The more you can feel what you desire, the more of a vibrational match you will be.
After a few days of paying attention you will have much more clarity when the new moon arrives on what you want to call in.
If something you are working on hasn’t materialised yet you can add it to the list again. Keep your new moon intention lists to ten items. All ten items can be centred around the same subject or you can focus on different areas. Either way, stick to ten, more than that and lists become scattered and way less potent. Better to keep things clear, concise, and simple. Universal energy is most efficient when we are. Think about it for a moment, absolutely no energy is wasted in nature – this is a key lesson here in writing out intentions and manifesting.
New Moon List
Ideally, your new moon lists should be written by hand on paper. Something very magical happens when you put pen to paper and this is key in the intention setting process. If you like you can designate a notebook just for your moon lists.
And finally, you have 48 hours once the new moon begins to set your intentions. These hours are the most potent for manifesting and it’s good to get in the habit of working within this 2 day time frame.
STEPS FOR SETTING INTENTIONS WITH THE NEW MOON
Pray for openness
Anytime you set out to write your new moon list it’s very important to begin with a simple prayer. The prayer itself can be an intention to hold space for yourself while you write out your list. Keep it simple. Keep it honest. If you don’t have a prayer practice, you can use this one:
"Dear universe, I am here to connect with spirit, truth, and love. Please make me a channel of your divine wisdom and help me see clearly in all aspects and help me tune into the greatest good in my heart."
Create a sacred place / altar
This can be an altar, desk, or corner in your home. Create a little area that is beautiful and reserved for your spiritual practices. This can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. You can also build it with a particular intention in mind. For example, if you want to manifest Love, you might put Rose Quartz, shapes of hearts, pictures or ornaments of two lovers.
Deeper dive into creating altars
1. Find a location
You will need to pick a special area of your home where you can set up your altar. This can be a corner of a room, a table or a nightstand. There is really no one “perfect” place for your altar, the point is to find just enough space where you can put your key items and be able to sit near them on a daily basis. Once you choose a location for your altar, you can move on to creating the altar itself.
2. Pick a theme
If you are following the new moon cycles specifically in relation to your astrological sign, then each new moon will relate to a particular area (known as a House), like career, relationships etc. You can follow this to help amplify the energy of manifestation or intuitively decide which theme works for you in the moment.
Themes and energies of each New Moon:
- 1st House (Aries) - your appearance + image, self-identity, how you come across to others
- 2nd House (Taurus) - money, property + possessions, values, including how you value yourself
- 3rd House (Gemini) - Communications, siblings, neighbours, quick trips, early learning + education
- 4th House (Cancer) - home + family, all things domestic, where you belong, your past
- 5th House (Leo) - romance, creativity, kids (your own or someone else's), pursuit of pleasure, love affairs
- 6th House (Virgo) - daily routines, including at work, your health, duty
- 7th House (Sagittarius) - your lovers, your spouse and your ex, open enemies, any sort of partner, including business partners, co-operation and competition
- 8th House (Libra) - joint finances, credit cards, debts, sex, anything you consider taboo, inheritance, transformation
- 9th House (Scorpio) - study, travel, the Great Cosmic Quest, the Internet, higher learning, religion, spirituality, dreams
- 10th House (Capricorn) - your career and ambitions, how you make your mark on the world, what you're known for, your reputation
- 11th House (Aquarius) - friends, networks, social circles, hopes and wishes
- 12 House (Pisces) - your fears, your spirituality, self undoing, withdrawal, secret or hidden enemies. This is the deepest, darkest, most sensitive part of your chart
3. Choose 5-10 key items
According to the theme you are working with, pick out a set of items that inspire you and represent your highest self. Again, there are no “right” or “wrong” items for your altar, so just trust your intuition and allow yourself to be led to the ones that resonate with you the most.
- Candles (high quality) + different colours have different meanings: White means destruction of negative energy, peace, truth and purity; Purple means spiritual awareness, wisdom, tranquillity, Green means money, fertility, luck, abundance, health (not to be used when diagnosed with cancer), success
- Diffusing pure essential oils (I use doTERRA and Zephorium)
- Fresh flowers or herbs
- Inspirational stones
- Crystals (especially amethyst or quartz)
- Spiritual or inspirational books
- Photos of people you love
- Photos or print outs of spiritual figures (like Archangel Michael)
- Printed literature that holds special meaning for you (poems, lyrics, quotes)
- Elements of nature (such as seashells, coral, stones, feathers)
- Oracle or tarot cards
- Bells or chimes
4. Bless your altar
When you feel that your altar is complete, set aside a few minutes to bless the space and invite good energy into this new area. You can do this by saying a prayer and/or setting a positive intention for what you want to bring MORE of into your life. For instance, simply light a candle and say a prayer of gratitude for what is and what will be.
5. Use your altar on a daily basis
Once you’ve written out your intentions (this is covered later), you can fold them up and place them in the altar. Then each day, mentally and emotionally check in with the altar and say thanks for all your manifestations that have already happened.
By creating, blessing and using your altar, you send a powerful message to the universe that you are ready to receive all that is being prepared for you.
You can also do a technique called ‘anchoring’, and this helps with the embedding the intentions you are manifesting. Checkout my blog post on this.
New Moon Breath work
Breathing is a key aspect of manifesting and it will help you release any tension in your body so that you can write down your new moon intentions from a heart centred space.
- Begin by taking a long exhale out of your mouth.
- Place one hand on your belly and one on your heartbreathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Make your inhales and exhales long and smooth
- Breathe in this fashion for several minutes, until you become very clear and grounded
- Finish the practice by placing both hands on your heart and sending gratitude to your body
Write your list
Take out a sheet of paper and write the date and the following:
"This, or something better, now manifests for the highest good of all concerned."
This statement gives the universe permission to substitute as needed to keep your manifestation karma super clean and clear.
Next write a list of what you want to manifest. Remember, 10 items tops! Be sure to write your statements in positive and affirming language, “I am” and not “I need” or “I want.”
Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. This sounds basic but in the beginning it can be a little challenging, especially if you are accustomed to spending lots of energy thinking about what you don’t want.
Using essential oils
Using oils can help with not only clearing the space, but helping to anchor new pathways into your brain.
To clear the space, recipes are:
- Lemongrass (cleansing), Basil (renewal) and Melaleuca (creating energetic boundaries)
- Eucalyptus (wards of evil), Clove (banishing, repelling, and exorcism), Lemon (purification), Rosemary (exorcism, protection, purification)
Mix 2-5 drops in a glass bottle and add water. These oils are perfect for clearing and cleansing any negative and/or malevolent energies. Spritz around the room and send the intention that all stale or toxic energy that is not there to serve your highest good be removed and sent into the earth where it can be transmuted into love.
Oils good for diffusing are:
- Sandalwood : The Oil of Sacred Devotion
- Frankincense : The Oil of Truth
- Roman Chamomile: The Oil of Spiritual Purpose
You can also choose an oil that you might want to inhale in your palms or rub on your third eye and pineal gland (back of skull).
Below are my recommendations:
Wild Orange is known as "the oil of abundance". It is an uplifting citrus oil that inspires good fortune. We all want more abundance in our life, whether is it more love, time or wealth. When we are beginning a new process of manifesting on the new moon, it is important to come from a place of abundance and not scarcity. Wild Orange helps us release any beliefs around lack that can from in the form of fear, anxiety or perfectionism. As we let go of these thought patterns we tune into an abundant vibration which allows us to receive throughout the rest of the moon cycle.
Patchouli is known as "the oil of physicality" and is both an aphrodisiac, and a digester of toxic materials. Perfect for officially cutting the cord to any blocks or stagnation as you start fresh for a new moon.
Lavender is known as "the oil of communication". Lavender helps us clearly speak of our needs and wants. As we connect to our deepest desires on the new moon, Lavender supports us in clearly communicating this with the universe. It allows us to connect honestly with our emotions and thoughts that we may be resisting. Any possible fears we have about our dreams and goals cab be brought to the surface and released with Lavender. A drop of this oil on your throat chakra or on your aroma necklace is perfect during this new moon ritual.
Clary Sage, known as "the oil of clarity and vision". Clary Sage aids us in changing our perceptions and allows us to see what is really in front of us. When we use clary sage on the new moon we become open to new ideas and experiences. As we begin to set intentions on the new moon and think about what we want to see and feel in the future this oil helps us expands our vision and think big. Any blocks we have dissipate and we become open to all the possibilities. A drop of clary sage is ideal for your third eye chakra or in a diffuser.
Hawaiian Sandalwood, "the oil sacred devotion" supports your sexual energy and, in turn, your creativity. As the Moon moves towards waxing, it is time to get those creative juices flowing and open your mind to new opportunities and resources.
Motivate (the encouraging blend) is made up of citrus and mint oils (peppermint, clementine, coriander, basil and Melissa). It is the ideal blend to motivate you to sit down and get clear about what intentions and goals you want to set for the month ahead and future. The universe is much quicker to respond to what we want to manifest when we are crystal clear about our desires and dreams. This oil is also known for helping you to reconnect with your desire to serve others and align with your larger purpose.
Take a Moon Bath
If you can, get outside and let the moonlight touch your skin. Just like our bodies need the Vitamin D from sunlight, we also benefit from moonlight. It’s said to help reduce inflammation and known support our menstrual cycles.
Check out my blog which covers Epsom Salt Bath rituals, that you can align with Moon manifesting.
Understanding How To Manifest With The Moon Via The 8 Phases Of The Moon
The new moon
This happens when the sun and moon come into alignment; when the yang (masculine) energy of the sun merges with the yin (feminine) essence of the moon. During this phase, the moon and the sun conjoin in the sky (align at the same degree astrologically). When this happens, energetically, it’s time to get still and plant new seeds of desire. During a new moon, it serves us to breathe new life into any area of stagnation or any place in your life where you would like to impact positive change.
The waxing crescent moon
During the days that follow a new moon, it’s time to anchor into your intentions. Focus on one thing you want to bring into existence during this lunar cycle. To that end, practice visualizations and affirmations at this time. Write your new moon intention out clearly and succinctly, and read it daily.
The waxing quarter moon
Now is the time to look at the challenges you currently face and make decisions about how you want to proceed. This is the time of the moon cycle when the sun and the moon square each other. A square in astrology is when two celestial bodies form a 90-degree angle. This allows you to see the issues that have arisen since the new moon and enables you to adjust your plans accordingly. Face adversity with a resolute mind. Find workarounds. Work productively with challenges. They are your greatest teachers.
The waxing gibbous moon
This high energy moment, right before the full moon, offers perspective. With the lunar momentum waxing to peak, things should start to feel like they are aligning. Therefore, this is time to ramp up energy in your life. Take massive action on behalf of your intended desire. Go after it with your whole heart.
The full moon
In essence, full moons are nourishing. Think about it: the moon, symbolic of the feminine, receives the light of the sun, shining it back to us with illumination. When the moon is full, its strong gravitational pull on the Earth makes for a time of peak creative energy and incredibly powerful intuitive breakthroughs. It’s about embodiment. The full moon accentuates everything that you’ve been working on during the waxing phase. Take time to reflect on what the full moon brings up for you. Get outside at night and let the light of the moon shine upon you. Let her light nourish your soul.
The waning gibbous moon
After the full moon, while the light of the moon wanes, it’s essential to consider what you need to release. During this phase, reflect on what is blocking you from receiving your desired outcome. Pay close attention to any energetic leaks or roadblocks holding you back from expressing the actualization of your desired result. Embrace the ease and let go of what’s blocking you from having what you want.
The waning quarter moon
When the moon begins to wane, and the light disseminates, there is a call to go within and do the internal work of seeking answers and heart-driven guidance. Grant yourself full permission to become more committed to yourself during this phase. Particularly during this time, our emotions are encrypted with messages regarding where we need to speak up or perhaps make changes in our lives. Listen intently for direction and guidance. It’s there for you!
The waning crescent moon
This presents the final phase of the entire moon cycle. It occurs right before the next new moon. That said, it provides an opportunity to reflect back on the whole lunar cycle that has come to pass. What have you learned? What has happened? What hasn’t? Reread your new moon intention and evaluate how you’ve changed since you wrote it. Then consider how you want to get reorganized for this next new moon.
Angels are another ally who we can call upon during manifesting manifestos.
It could be you work with a set of Angel cards and draw one or three out during the moon cycles. Or pick one and place it on your altar.
I have written a blog about the seven Archangels that you can work with everyday.
Thank you for reading this guide. I am someone who loves to align with the Moon energy. As an Empath, I feel closely linked to the ebb and flow of Mother Earth and Moon cycles.
These cycles create stirs within me, thus I have no choice other than to down tools and take a breath and connect in. Hence why I partner with essential oils, bath salts, crystals and anything else I can get my mits on.
Moon time triggers or reminds us that we can take a pause and actually be the co-creators of our lives. Life is happening for us, not to us, as the great Abraham Hicks says.
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