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Five Easy New Moon Rituals for the Solitary Witch
The Power of the New Moon
Often witches hear all about the Full Moon and the power it gives to those who bask in its glory. Rarely do we hear about the New Moon and all the power it can bring into a witch's life. Each phase of the moon holds a different importance to our lives - be it full, new, waxing or waning. When we attune ourselves to the phases of the moon, we will begin to notice patterns in our own lives syncing with the patterns in nature. When we align ourselves with the forces of nature, including the moon, we align ourselves with our higher selves.
In this article, we will focus on the importance of the New Moon and how we can use the New Moon's energies to bring change in our lives. We will explore five easy new moon rituals for the solitary witch.
5. Try Something New
This may be an obvious sentiment, but because the moon is new this is a great time to try something new. It can be something as simple as trying a new restaurant or food you've never tried before. Or it can be as elaborate as trying a new adventure or traveling somewhere you've never been before. Don't have a lot of money? You don't have to have money to try something new and exciting. Take a day trip somewhere out of town and spontaneously find places to explore.
Trying something new can turn into a new moon ritual if you remember to do this every New Moon. This ritual will not only bring new, adventurous energies into your life, it will shake up your old routines and ignite a fervor for life you might have been lacking before. Remember...this life is beautiful. It is a gift. And there's so much to see and do that you haven't done before! Life is magical.
4. Draw a Card (Quick Divination)
There's something refreshing and cleansing about the New Moon phase. A ritual I like to do each New Moon is draw a card from my oracle deck. This is a quick and simple New Moon ritual that will give you guidance and spiritual wisdom you might not see otherwise. You could also draw a card from a tarot deck, if you prefer.
If you don't have an oracle or tarot deck of cards, use some other means of divination that you are most comfortable with. This can be as simple as pulling a rune stone out of a bag or cloud-gazing for a divine message. Whatever method you use to divine, surely just making an effort to connect with the Divine will be enough to give you an important new message on the New Moon. Once you've divined, leave the card out somewhere you can see it until the next New Moon or write the message down in your journal or book of shadows so you can review it on the next New Moon to see what has changed.
3. Light a Candle & Meditate
Everyone hears the word "ritual" and they automatically think it has to be an elaborate ceremony. This is just not the case when it comes to real spirituality. A ritual can be something as simple as a prayer every morning. This New Moon, sit down with a candle, put on some soft soothing music, and let yourself drift off into another time and place. Focus on your breathing and allow whatever has been bothering you to melt away. Let the Divine New Moon energy fill you up with a new, cleansing attitude.
Make this a ritual every New Moon and you will feel rejuvenated and re-energized. The New Moon's energies are subtle but often very effective. By meditating each New Moon, you will be open to receiving messages from the Divine and you will be open to new opportunities in your life.
2. Speak with a New God/Goddess or Ancestor
If you are an eclectic witch or pagan, perhaps a simple ritual for the New Moon is to study and speak with a new deity. If you prefer to stick with a tradition, use this time to get to know an ancestor or spirit you might not have paid attention to before. You can start before the New Moon and set out an offering or libation for whatever deity or ancestor you'd like to contact. You can also put a picture, statue, or representation of this spirit on your altar or somewhere in your home where you feel most comfortable.
Each day talk to the deity, be it out loud or in your head, and thank him/her for coming into your life. Study the deity's attributes, the mythology associated with him or her, and whatever symbolism they might bring into your life. Learn something new from this god/goddess or ancestor.
Things to do on a New Moon
A New Exercise
Read a New Book
Take a Cleansing Bath
Pull a Card
Study a New Myth
Connect with a New God
Set a New Goal
1. Start a New Self-Love Habit
Probably my favorite thing to do, and one that is necessary for your health and wellbeing, is to start a new self-love habit on the New Moon. What do I mean by this? Have you been neglecting yourself? Perhaps you take care of everyone else around you - your significant other, your children, your parents, your friends, your clients, etc. and you don't leave enough time to take care of yourself? For you to function at full magical power, you must take care of yourself. You need to be healthy on every level in order to be your most powerful.
So on this New Moon, do something to take care of yourself. To tell yourself that you love you! Physically you can take a cleansing herbal bath at home, or if you have a little extra cash go get a massage, facial, pedi/mani! If you'd prefer to be active, get outside and go for a run, a walk, a swim, a bike-ride, whatever you enjoy doing that gets your physical self moving. Work out those toxins in your body. You'll feel amazing. I promise. As for your spiritual and mental sides, meditate (as previously mentioned), or just relax by listening to some soothing music while sitting or lying comfortably in bed or a comfortable chair. Light some incense or a candle and allow the aromas to soothe your senses. Tell yourself that you love yourself. You think that seems arrogant or selfish? It's not. You have to love yourself first before you can fully love others...cliche but true.
Then, every New Moon, come back to this ritual of starting a new self-love habit. Whatever makes you feel most at-ease, loved, and connected to yourself is what you should do each New Moon. Try it for a few New Moons in a row, come back here, and tell me how it's changed your life!
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© 2016 Nicole Canfield