The New Moon marks new beginnings, making it a great time to set intentions, initiate new projects, take action on new goals, manifest your desires, and “level up” in your life.
The moon is not only known to have an effect on the planet, but also on us. We're mostly made of water, so it's no surprise that we're influenced by the gravitational pull of the moon, much like the tides are.
Asking the universe for what you want with the clean slate of the new moon is a very powerful practice. This moon phase offers a time to recalibrate your energy for the upcoming cycle, and step into an upgraded level of consciousness to bring in your desires.
New moon rituals can be simple or elaborate. The important part is that your rituals and practices should be YOURS and feel right for YOU.
The steps I'm about to share are what I like to do during a New Moon ritual, but go ahead and make necessary changes or adaptions to make it into something that fits best with you. As you begin to do more moon rituals, you'll be amazed at the magic you begin to experience in your life, and the rate at which you will see things manifest.
1. Cleanse Your Space
Before the ritual, ensure you have a nice clean space. I tidy up the room, clear away any clutter, and vacuum if necessary. I personally find this makes space for maximum zen vibes.
Going into the ritual, start off by releasing and clearing your space of any stagnant or negative energy. This can be done by burning Palo Santo or White Sage, and wafting the smoke around your room and yourself (make sure the windows are open so the smoke can clear out). You can also use a smudge spray like my White Sage Smudge Spray as a smokeless alternative. This spray contains Clear Quartz crystals, Himalayan sea salt, and White Sage essential oil which are all fantastic for clearing away negative energy.
2. Set The Tone
There are a number of ritual tools you can use in your ritual to help set the tone and energy, as well as connect to the elements and ground yourself. These are the ones I always incorporate into my rituals.
Put out some crystals that you feel drawn to at this particular time in your life - it's entirely up to you. These could include crystals that resonate with things you are trying to manifest, such as Citrine for abundance and wealth, Rose Quartz for love, or Carnelian for creativity.
Moonstone is a great crystal to have out as it is a stone of 'new beginnings' and encourages inner growth and strength. It's used to attune to the ebbs and flow of the moon's energy, making it a fantastic stone to use during moon rituals.
I like to have Clear Quartz out when I'm manifesting. By clearing your mind, body, and spirit of any clutter, a Clear Quartz crystal can help you align with your highest self and achieve your highest potential. Clear Quartz is all about clarity, light, reflection, and amplification. This clarity and amplification can be particularly useful when it comes to manifesting and intention setting.
Add fire to your ritual by lighting some candles. I always light one of the New Moon candles which has delicate aromas of Sandalwood, Vanilla Amber, Black Pepper, and Campfire Smoke. It's also topped with Moonstone & Clear Quartz.
Additionally, lighting some tealights inside of some crystal tealight holders also help set a lovely ambience. The crystal holder you chose can based on your intentions for this ritual. I love using Selenite in all of my moon rituals so I always have at least a couple of those tealight holders out.
Burning White Sage and Palo Santo at the beginning of your ritual connects with the element of air, but you can also do so by lighting some incense during your ritual. I absolutely love the smell of incense so this is common in my rituals.
Set the mood with some relaxing music. I play 432hz music on YouTube.
Meditating before you begin intention setting or manifesting helps to ground and center you so you're setting your intentions from a heart centered space. You can meditate for as little as 5 minutes, or even as much as 20 minutes, which I like to do. Focus in on your breathing, and feeling present in your body.
If you'd prefer, you can do a guided meditation using an app like Insight Timer or simply by searching for guided meditations on YouTube.
4. Express Gratitude
While this isn't something you'll see in all New Moon rituals, this is something I've always done. By expressing gratitude for the things you already have in your life, you attract more things to be grateful for.
I will write a list of 10 things I am currently grateful for, ensuring I truly feel the gratitude as I write them. Gratitude raises your vibrations and puts me on a really positive buzz before I continue with the rest of my ritual.
5. Set Your Intentions / Manifest
Now's the time to set your intentions for the next moon cycle, and let the universe know what you'd like to manifest. There are a number of ways you can set your intentions. Here are some methods I like to use.
Scripting involves writing a letter in present tense, as if you've already received what you are trying to manifest. The key here is to feel as if you've already received it while you're writing the letter. Go into as much detail as possible, describe how it makes you feel, use emotive language.
You might start the letter off with, "I am so happy and grateful now that I..." before diving into the details of your manifested desires.
Make a List
This one is a really simple one - you write a list of the things you want to manifest. Key things to note here though is you want to only use positive affirmative language, you want to write in present tense, you must believe that what you're writing is possible, and you must be clear in what you're writing (don't be ambigious, e.g. I want to be rich. What is rich to you?).
Some examples of how you can start your sentences are:
- I am so happy and grateful now that I...
- I am attracting...
- I am so thrilled to...
- I am enjoying...
Affirmations can work really well when used correctly. The critical element is belief. If you feel that you are lying to yourself, of course the affirmations won't work. So if you use affirmations that are a blatant lie like, "I am a millionaire!" when you've only got $30 in your bank account, you're not going to believe it and in turn just affirms how broke you are. So we want to stay away from those types of affirmations.
Aim only for affirmations that you can actually embody and feel (or at least work towards it). Here are some examples of affirmations that are more suitable:
- I am a money magnet. I attract money naturally and it flows easily to me.
- There is always an abundance of money available to me.
- I am the creator of my success.
- Everyday I attract people who help me with my goals.
- I am powerful and confident.
- My life is full of endless opportunities for success and happiness.
- I am receiving abundance now in expected and unexpected ways.
- I love nourishing my body with wholesome foods that make me feel alive and energetic.
6. Closing & Let Go
When you've finished writing your intentions, read it back with all the feeling and emotion, tuck it away somewhere safe and re-read it every now and then with all the same feeling (some like to re-visit it every night or every morning). Make sure you let go of the desires when you are going about your every day life.
Letting go means letting go of the desire for what you're manifesting, as by desiring it, you're vibrating at the frequency of lack. Say you want to manifest a relationship. If you're walking around all day thinking, "Where are they?" "I need this relationship to complete me!" You're vibrating at the frequency of someone who does not have that relationship, therefore, how do you expect to attract it? The person who has that relationship doesn't feel the desire to have it because they already have it.
You also want to let go of any attachment to the outcome. Don't limit the universe in how it can deliver to you. Expect that you will receive 'This or something better' and trust in divine timing.
The world is a whole lot more magical than we've all been led to believe, and you'll begin to see it too as you do more rituals like this. You have the power to create your own reality. Trust in the process.