Some people find the new moon to a very dark, hard time. I seriously think the term ‘the dark night of the soul’ was coined on the new moon.
The new moon is a time of rest, evaluation, and research to prepare for the waxing crescent phase. This is the time for brainstorming, planning, and starting things up. Next phase is the full moon. It’s the best time for the outward energy of connecting, being seen, collaborating and communicating. The waning gibson is the time for giving attention to detail, and wrapping up projects.
As you can see, the new moon phase is often ignored in our society, although it’s a very important phase of the moon. Lots of people are afraid of slowing down, to turn off all the sound, to turn inward to listen to the small tiny little voices in our head. It’s the phase that happens AFTER the finish line and BEFORE the start. In a society that tells us that if we are not producing & meeting goals we are useless, it’s so easy to ignore this phase. And it’s one of the reasons why many of us are or have been in a place of major overwhelm.
As someone born on the new moon, the time of quietness, stillness, and darkness, I am completely energized and in my zone. Turning inward, resting, evaluating and researching all the things are what I do best.
Today I’m sharing with you one way I’ve been able to super charge the new moon energy. I started having a new moon practice in 2018. Although it has evolved since than, the core activities have remained the same.
1. Start your New Moon practice with a meditation session
This may happen right before a new moon practice, or at the beginning of the day. The best time to mediate is when you actually do it. Either way this happens before I sit down with my planner.
2. Open a clean page
I’ve been using the hobonichi planner (which gives you a blank page a day) since 2019, and I write everything in there, including my moon practices. You can use whatever notebook you like. My recommendation is to write it somewhere you’ll be able to go back to in 6 months. They say the new moon intentions show up in one cycle, on the full moon of the same sign. So it’s nice to see what has manifested, what you’re still working on, and what has fallen off – and no longer sparks joy.
3. Start with a gratitude practice
A gratitude practice is always good, and especially good on a full moon. Think of 10 people/things/situation you are grateful for, write them down, and the reason why you are grateful. These items might be the same every month, or they may change month to month. For myself, family members and our health is always on this list.
4. Write your new moon wishes/intentions
What do you want to bring into your reality? What do you want to be true? Don’t think too much in your head. Ask your heart and let it come out. Also, try not to make this a to-do-list or accomplishments you’d like to check off. Goals are important, but they don’t have to take space here.
5. Create affirmations for your new moon wishes/intentions
Want to bring them to life and have it feel like it’s 120% possible? We become what we think about all day long. So train your mind to think positively. If a negative thought comes along, replace it with a positive one. Then follow it with an affirmation which speaks to you. Do this as many times a day as you need to. At first it seems very tedious and never ending. If you continue to do this, the number of negative thoughts will decrease and the positive ones increase. That’s when the magic starts to happen.
6. *Optional* Create a visualization
I find that the more energy you put into your new moon practice, the more return it gives. Honestly I don’t do this every single month, especially since I became a mom. I will say that the first month I did do a mini vision board on the pages of my planner, and a lot of it came true. If you don’t have the time to cut up magazines & glue them down, drawing a few pictures or writing a key words on how you want to feel when your intentions come true.
There you have it. My new moon practice. If you read this far, it shows you’re interested in the magic the moon can show. I am so excited for what you’re going to create in life.
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