Moon Cycles: a guide to starting New Moon rituals

This week’s New Moon in Taurus occurs on April 26 at 12:16 UTC.

Surprise (you knew this already)! Doing things intentionally makes you feel some type of way.

A ritual can be anything. For me, it varies. I tend to engage in specific rituals when I need to chill out, because I am a constantly anxious person who needs grounding. I don’t have a specific ritual for when I get down to being creative, but I do have things I need to do beforehand and things that help after.

My favourite rituals happen to be for the New Moon. I’m excited by the word “new.” I love feeling energized and refreshed. I love new beginnings. I love that there are so many opportunities for them.

The New Moon, as you may have guessed, represents starting fresh. From ThoughtCo:

New Moons are a great time to set intentions for things you’d like to create, develop, cultivate, make manifest. There are many ways to initiate this communion with the Universe from lighting a candle to elaborate rituals. What matters is that you’re committing yourself to your vision, and open to receiving guidance, healing, support from Spirit.

You don’t have to be a believer in the metaphysical aspect of moon cycles to enjoy rituals, specifically this New Moon one. I like having timelines set out for me and following the moon is pretty much like having it all laid out for you already.

Building your New Moon Ritual

Think about it

I like to take a couple of days before the New Moon to think about what’s been going on and what I need to start doing. Lately, I’ve been feeling uninspired, impatient, and bored. I know that I need to hang tight because I’ve done all the right things and will see the good results soon, but I become frustrated when I don’t see immediate movement. I’ll think about what I need to calm down from this state.

Set an intention (or some “Moon Wishes”)

I’ve decided that I’m going to set intention for patience, which will bring clarity. I’ll keep it in mind and write it down on a piece of paper. And I won’t get discouraged because I’ve set millions of intentions to practice patience and it’s still not my strongest virtue. You can set as many intentions as you like, but personally, I can only focus on one thing at a time.

Moon Wishes are essentially the same thing – what do you want to let go of during this moon cycle? What do you need to work on to achieve these goals?

Get ready

What will you do on the night of the New Moon? This is where you’ll be thinking about your intentions/wishes and releasing what isn’t going to serve you on the journey.

You can take a bath or shower with essential oils. Eat a favourite food in silence, really enjoying it. You can go to a yoga class and have a moving meditation (great if you want to be around others, but not talk to them). Draw a picture. Rip up a photo of someone who hurt you and throw it away. Smoke a joint. Write down everything that’s going through your head. Take a walk.

I can only recommend making space for yourself that’s comfortable and mindfully contemplating your intentions/wishes. Any or all or none of the above suggestions will work for you. Find what feels good for you.

What I do: Sometimes, I’ll make it to yoga. I like to light a ton of palo santo, make tea, play with tarot cards, and ignore my phone for a few hours. I’ll think long and hard about what I want to do and what I need to do, and what I can stop feeling obliged/held to that isn’t working. I’ll go to bed happy and excited for the next day (even if I have to force myself to feel that way – optimism doesn’t always come easy).

Get to work

You’ll wake up on April 27 feeling refreshed, even if all you did was think about your intention. Now, you need to put in the work. I want to be blessed with patience, so I usually break this down into a few categories:

  • Patience for myself: I will notice when I start acting like a dick to myself because I can’t write or paint or get to the gym. I will stop immediately and thank myself for being alive to even do those things. I will eat sugar cones out of the box if I want to.
  • Patience for others: I will take a few minutes to respond to an email that annoys me. I will unfollow the baby-obsessed people on Facebook. I will decline invitations if I don’t feel like socializing. I will thank someone for checking in on me, even though this drives me nuts.
  • Patience for the world: I will be happy and supportive of the people fighting for our climate and social justice. I will maybe not obsessively read the depressing news for one whole day.

When does it end?

The New Moon cycle ends within two weeks, when the Full Moon hits. You can start to reflect on your work and intention – how is it going? Is there anything else you can do? Are you exhausted? Has anything changed?

We’ll talk about the Full Moon in another post – so let’s get started with the New Moon. I’ll be posting my rituals and things on Instagram (@elzbthbrns).