The new moon is the best time of the month for new beginnings. Each month we are given a fresh spiritual reset, an opportunity to set new goals and see them grow. A new moon usually takes places in the same sign as the solar sign of that month: so let’s say we are in April and we know that April is traditionally the month ruled by the Aries’ solar energy (as many Aries are born uner this sign in the first three weeks of April). This means that the new moons we would normaly experience in April is a New Moon in Aries. The process is then creatively potent as Solar energy merges with new energy of the Moon in birthing new experiences, emotions and creations in our world here on Earth.
Full Moons work inversely. For example, we have an upcoming New Moon in Pisces at 15:46 degrees on the 6th of March 2019. Whatever we seed now, what intentions we put into place now with our ‘list’ we can expect some material manifestations on the 14th of September 2019 when there is the Full Moon in Pisces at 21:04 degrees taking place during the season of Virgo, the opposite sign to Pisces in the astrological wheel. Please don’t worry if you miss this new moon energy, since each month we have a new moon and a full moon points, so nature and the cosmos are giving us plenty or fresh starts and times to reap our rewards.
Also, right before a new moon, a dark moon phase occurs. This is because the moon disappears completely from the sky robbing us of its energetic imprint (those moonbeams can be ‘nightly gold’ for our energetic bodies, charging us up here on Earth like tiny batteries). This means that we usually tend to feel very sleepy (especially if you are an empath, introvert or light-worker) and we can experience a decrease in energy and vitality. It’s generally harder to be active during this low-energy time and it takes longer for us to get out of bed each day, while the Moon replenishes itself – almost as if we are gadgets running on low battery, trying to find the energy plug. So new moons are moments when we might feel like a great brown bear waking up from its winter slumber – groggy, moody and in need of copious amounts of caffeine (I know I do at least), especially with the new moons which occur during the Winter months.
This week’s New Moon is extra special since we have the planet of unpredictability, Uranus changing signs from Aries (the god of war) to Taurus (the celestial bull, symbol of abundance and fertility). Not only that, but we have Mercury beginning its first retrograde motion of this year (Mercury retrogrades three times per year). This aspect is making all our logical verbal and written communication a bit hay-wire, as it conjuncts the planet Neptune (the planet of escapism, higher and divine love, and utmost creativity). However, if you lean into your intuition and just go with the flow during this period, the time is magical for manifesting big dreams! It is spring and therefore what we spiritually ‘plant’ now (to be read as what we ‘aim for’ and ‘set out’ to achieve) we can reap as rewards during the harvest monhts, or in the autumn-winter period.
New Moons are great times for cleansing and cleaning, for sorting out the old from the new, so this is ideal for cleaning out your wardrobe, sorting out your closet, throwing old things away or donating what can be reused, mopping the floors. If you read tarot, this is ideal time for cleaning your decks as well. It’s also an excellent period for smudging (burning incence sticks), and for tacking long hot baths with crystals and other pampering beautiful things.
New Moons are also good for chord-cutting rituals, for removing old energy and what no longer serves you. Prepare yourself in this way to receive the new, to bring in fresh new things into your life that support your changing sense of self. One practical thing you can do to align yourself with this energy and bring some magic into your life, is to light an orange candle (for Tuesday) or a yellow candle (for Wednesday) to call in benefic spirits. As co-creators, we can merge our human minds with the intentions of the Divine, so new Moons are perfect for this dual communication between our daily reality and the unseen world of Spirit. The best way to receive inspiration is to write a list of intentions (sentences that help you figure out what you would like to materialise). Keep in mind that intensions should be written in the present tense, as if they already happened, in order for them to ‘work’. Below is a list of other things that New Moons are good for:
- Letting go of an addiction – you can do as little as saying ‘I’ll start doing this thing less from today’ and then see how the energy builds up gradually to support you. But you have to keep this goal in mind, and not deceive yourself in the process. This intention will create circumstances that will hinder you from falling back on that addiction, so be mindful of what you wish for and commit to it to see results. You might encoutner external obstacles when you are tempted to revert to your old bad habits, and remember that challenges can actually be blessings in disguise for your manifestation. For example, I promised myself to cut out processed foods and when I went to get a doughnout at Krispy Kreme in a moment of weakness, my card wasn’t working and the server was really rude for no reason; after my momentary anger subsided I realised that it was a challenge to stick to my intention and what I consciously commited to a couple of days before). In this way you are manifesting your heart’s desire, within the limitations of the material world.
- Beginning a new healthy habit (from my experience to keep to this, it works if you understand the root cause of your bad behaviours, paradoxical I know. I stopped eating cheese for example, because I realised it’s just a form of processed fat that is not helping my body get any nutrients, and I wanted my stomach to look leaner rather than chubby and permanently gassy. And now I have a happier and flat stomach.
- Getting on with projects you’ve been putting off. For example, I’m struggling with writing my second book, so I’m now rearranging my notes, re-reading my old draft and setting the intention to commit more fully to writing a little bit each day. Find out what you prefer, as forcing yourself to do what other people do, will only backfire. I usually, write in the evenings when I feel inspired and there is more quiet around me and I can hear myself think. This goes against a lot of the popular advice on writing routines which urge early morning writing sprees, but I adapt the activity to suit my own personality.
- Align your chakras and do chakra meditations to raise your spiritual and bodily vibrations. For this step, there are loads of videos on YouTube that are helpful. As some suggestions for beginners, I like Meditative Mind , Calm Whale & Taos Wind Spirit Music The best part, is that you can listen to these clips while you do other things – I like to do transcriptions while I’m realigning my chakras, as listening to something calms the impatience I feel when I must work on a repetitive and dull task.
- Starting up a long-term endeavour such as a new job, saving up for a large purchase, beginning new contractual agreements etc. It’s best to launch things when the sliver of the moon appears on the sky (so usually one day after the New Moon, when you can actually see the Moon reappearing on the sky).
- Write down intentions. For example, you want to have more money in your life, so you can write ‘I have all the money I need and can purchase everything I want’. It’s always good to think relationally when you make wishes – for example ‘I have all the money I need to buy a house so I can start my family’ or ‘I have money to pay rent so that I can rest and relax and work better for others’. The intent has to be positive, it has to come from your heart, from a place of love and peace. The same for if you want to attract love, I advise you begin with self-love affirmations first and then include your ideal partner – ‘I have so much love in my heart for myself and for others around me, and I am attracting the love of my life’ or something similar. It should always begin from you and your heart chakra/center or energy and then spill out beautifully into the world, for others. Remember, we are all connected, whether we like it or not. Make sure to write the sentence down at least 10 times on a white sheet of paper, and as you do focus on already imagining how your life will look like if your wish is granted. In this way you are giving your subconscious specific tasks to work on while you sleep and you’ll notice your behaviour will slowly change in your daily activities, to help you attract what you have intended.
Because the new moon this month is conjunct the planet of upredictability (Uranus), factor in some surprises. You could write down as well an anti-routine (which means something you are not so comfortable with) or something new and off-the-beaten track that you’d like to add to your life. For example, I’d like to open myself up for more fun and adventures – I’m usually quite careful, I love solitude and am fairly common-sensical, but I want to do more spontaneous things together with other people this Spring. So that could be one thing, another would be to read things you wouldn’t usually read, try out new foods, go and try new sports or new beauty rituals, change your perfume or style, plan to redecorate a corner of your house that needs more love and attention, or even plan to carry your passport with you at all times for spontaneous get-aways. Add some electricity to your life, and open one part to the unexpected. It’s better if the choice is yours, rather then allowing the universe to completely take over, as it might re-arrange some aspect of your life you aren’t prepared for.
New Moons are also great for creating a mood-board (whether online or with papier mache). Mood-boards are usually collages made out of random and colourful pictures depicting how you would like your future to be, and what you would like to change in your life. Or if you don’t have time for that, simply place a picture of your desire somewhere where you can see it daily if possible – if you want a new car, print a picture of your desired car and place it on your table so that everyday when you have breakfast or your coffee you can see it and remind your subconscious that this is what you are working towards. However, don’t expect things to appear over-night, the cycle begins with each new moon and completes in 6 months’ time with the corresponding full moon, so breathe in and maintain patience (its slowly coming for you, in surreptitious ways).
** Happy Moon-manifesting **
With universal love,
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