Importance of the Moon and How it Influences Our Life
Tomorrow, 11th August is a New Moon. New moon is the first lunar phase when the Moon and Sun have the same ecliptic longitude. At this phase, the lunar disk is not visible to unaided eye, except when silhouetted during a solar eclipse.
And why am I choosing to talk about this today?
Importance of a New Moon
The new moon is a time of initiation and new beginnings. It is the time to plant a seed of what you want to grow in your life. Making a wish, an intention, a promise, or a vow is a common custom… The new Moon offers us its energy of intention, to rid ourselves of the negative habits in our life.
If you are anything like me, there are times in your life when it feels somehow right starting all over again. To give ourselves a chance and from my perspective, if there is a moon to support us, then why not to take it as an excuse? ?
It is believed that as the moon grows, that your intention or goal will too usually by the time the moon completes it’s cycle and returns full cycle to new again. The new Moon offers us its energy of intention, to rid ourselves of the negative habits in our life. The energy of the new moon aids us in ridding our minds and bodies of toxic thought patterns as well as eliminating toxic substances like excess alcohol, processed foods, caffeine and tobacco usage. Starting a new project, job or discipline should be substantially less difficult to stick to when started during the new moon. It’s important to come up with a ritual that has meaning for you, instead of trying to follow any set guidelines (unless you’re part of an established ritual group).
And what does the science say – how does it work? Did you know the human body is about 75 percent water, and so people often ask whether tides are at work inside us. The moon and the sun combine to create tides in Earth’s oceans (in fact the gravitational effect is so strong that our planet’s crust is stretched daily by these same tidal effects!).
The Moon-Mood Connection
Did you know the term “lunacy” comes from the latin word luna, meaning moon? A full moon is also supposed to send pregnant women into labor and make nursing home residents more agitated. According to ancient philosophers, the moon affects human behavior and health by its gravitational pull on body fluids.
Preparing the New Moon Ritual
1.) Gather Sacred Supplies
Your altar is where you collect your sacred objects – pictures, found objects – anything and everything that communicates to you personally. using herbs with healing or symbolic properties adds to your ritual. Stones and crystals are another powerful ally. Candles are magical, and in its form contains all four of the elements. A small journal on hand allows you to keep a record of your intentions.
2.) Preparing for the Ritual
This is the most important part of ritual, since your commitment is the key. Take a ritual bath with sea salt to clear your field of any negative energies. Sage is a herb used to clear a space and make it sacred for ritual.
Light the end of the sage wand and blow on it until there is a soldering glow. Use it around your own body and in the space of your ritual. Clear your mind with meditation, using music or jus quieting down in your cleared, sacred area.
This is something that’s important anytime, for staying connected to earth energy. Signs that you’re not grounded are mania, nervousness, racing thoughts and the like. Too often we forget to feel the earth under our feet.
I am a bit of a fairy and I like to fly away far too often, so my grounding exercises became one of my own daily rituals. In a nutshell, it is visualising the roots going down into the Earth from the bottom of your feet, through the layers, into the core and then drawing that energy back up through your feet again. It moves though each chakra, coming out the top and down around you. Try this or another variation of grounding before you set new Moon intentions or even when you feel you need to stabilise yourself, calm down or feel more confident.
4.) Your New Moon Wishes
After you’ve cleared a sacred space and settled your energy, you’re ready to set your intentions. Make a list of what you’d like to draw into your life and Dream Big! The New Moon is a moment to conjure what seems out of reach and creating the vision is the first step to making it a reality. But these are not just words on paper. As you write them down as intentions, you are committing to doing your part to make them real. Some call it co-creating, since you’re opening to universal energies to set dreams in motion.
5.) Dreams of the Soul
Your intentions come from the longings that keep coming up. In the days leading up to the new Moon, give some thought to those longings and see what images, dreams and streams of thought come up. Use symbolic associations to go along with your intentions. Weave in the element for the new Moon and think about the houses and planets that are affected by it. For an earth new Moon, for example, you might plant seeds that represent your intention. Rituals are a way to work with universal energies and draw attention to the particular life lessons, or arena (house, planet etc.) that it illuminates for you.
6.) Symbolic Acts
Here is where you get to be creative. If your intentions are to write a book or broadcast your ideas out to the world, tie them to a helium balloon and send them off. Write them on a stick and offer it to the fire. To open to love, put lavender and a rose quartz in a small push, along with the qualities you’re seeking. If you’re inspired, add a symbolic act to your intention-setting ritual.
7.) Keep Them Alive
A big part of success with New Moon intentions is what comes after. Find ways to keep them in the front of your awareness. Put them in a visible spot, or keep them in your wallet. Make notes in your journal about your progress. At the full Moon, find ways to take action on those intentions and celebrate any signs of change.
The Full Moon Rituals
The full moon ritual is for releasing or purging the things in our lives that no longer serve us such as addictions to food, drugs, or sex, relinquishing suffering involved in hurtful relationships, discharging physical and emotional pains, etc.
Inspired? I was when I heard this for the first time and even more when things I created started manifesting in my real life. The most importantly, enjoy the journey, have fun and invite your friends to be the part of this extraordinary experience and yes, do let me know how was it for you and what came out of it as your little personal miracle – you know I love to hear from you! ?
Gift for You
Here, my little freebie – link to the song I, as a woman find very empowering and often using during my retreats and yoga classes. May it fill you with joy, peace and connection to YOUR own internal wisdom.
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