While the Sun governs our Soul, the Moon rules our feelings. The Moon deeply affects our emotions and heart.
During the New Moon phase, the moon is fully dark, with no illumination from the sun. It symbolizes a quiet time -- a time before anything begins. The New moon, since it is the start of a new lunar cycle, represents a new beginning.
A perfect time to set new goals and intentions for the cycle to come. Prepare for the first phase of the moon cycle by focusing more on your wishes. That could just mean sitting down in a quiet space writing out or verbalizing your goals during the night of the new moon. This moon phase is good for planning, dreaming and scheming, basically, less action more intention setting. It paves the way for us to listen to our intuition, connect with our hearts and align with our spirits.
New moon rituals have the power to recharge and calibrate your energy. Begin by keeping a track on the moon cycle and note the upcoming new moon.
(you can install an app, get a lunar calendar or check online) When the day comes, schedule a 20 to 30 minute (or more this is totally up to you) ritual. It is important to tailor your ritual according to your intentions. Gather the items you will need for the actual ritual like notebooks/paper, pen, candles, crystals, sage, incense, and music.
New Moon bath salts
Flowers (Jasmine or Rose)
Remember that before any ritual it is important to get rid of any unwanted energy. Cleanse with the intention to create room for new love. Smudging your sacred space, your home or office, or even your body with sage is like taking an energetic shower, or doing a deep metaphysical cleansing. You can use herbs in smudging, burn and sage. Or you can your sage spray or clearing mists.
3. The Ritual
For an intimate vibe, performing a bath ritual is great. Run a warm bath with the New Moon bath crystals, with rose petals, and surround it with 4 candles that will represent the 4 compass points -- North, East, West, and South. On 4 pieces of paper, write down the qualities that your heart desires in a partner (be elaborate
and focus on what you really want). Immerse yourself in the tub, relax and soak up the energy for 10 minutes. Close your eyes and visualize all the qualities you desire in a partner that you wrote down. Do this bath for 7 consecutive nights.
Adorn your altar with love attracting pieces -- rose quartz rose and jasmine flowers, etc. The Universe loves specificity and hand-written requests. On your journal or a piece of paper, write down a list of things you want in your new romantic partner. Be specific about the way you want them to make you feel, attributes they should have, even their name (you can also draw or visualize a desired partner). Light a red candle, place rose quartz crystals, and your journal or the piece of paper on the altar and verbalize what you have written. Make sure to say it with confidence and it should come from the heart.
A green candle
A labradorite crystal
A clear quartz point
Cleanse yourself, your tools, and your sacred space before you start the ritual like how you regularly would; use sage herbs, sage mist, or incense. While you do this, condition your thoughts on your desires and clear the energy around you that would stop those desires from being becoming a reality.
3. The Ritual
Begin by lighting the green candle, then place your crystal point the quartz crystal towards you so that the energy you will harness will flow directly to you. Time to set your intentions, on a piece of paper and write down a list of things you want for your job, business, academics, and life. Remember to always be specific. Burn the candles at least once a day moving forward until the new moon to complete the cycle.
A white candle for newness and purity
Amethyst to connect with your intuition
A piece of paper
With smudging and cleansing, you already started the ritual to have a healthy lifestyle. Get your smudge kit out and start clearing bad energy on you. Start from your toe up to your head and then include your aura space. Proceed to smudge your sacred space, your room, the equipment and tools you will use for your exercise and the ritual.
Charge your candle with your energy with an oil of your choice. Concentrate and start writing the healthy habits you want to improve and maintain. Always be specific when it comes to this. After writing, place the journal or piece of paper under the candle and state your intentions out loud. When you feel like your ready, burn the piece of paper on the candle. Sweep the ashes of the paper and bury it outdoors under the new moon.
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As the lockdown eases around the world, and we are slowly allowed to get outside more, it has been precious to see the sunshine making an appearance this month. Litha 2020 is promising to be a little more flexible than Beltane, and, while we can’t necessarily do all the things we might like to do to celebrate this Sabbat, we do have the freedom to breathe in the air of Mother Nature and observe the growth and abundance that the Earth provides in the Summer.
There is some difference in precisely when Litha is celebrated, according to different traditions. Astrologically, Litha occurs at the time when the sun is at its highest point, which, in 2020, occurs on the 24th June. However, Litha is traditionally celebrated in many traditions at the midpoint of the Summer (Midsummer), which occurs on June 20th or 21st. As with all things spiritual, there are no hard and fast rules about how you conduct your own practice, so go with what feels right for you.
We are currently in a very unusual time in our society with the COVID-19 pandemic. The uncertainty and lack of control can cause anxiety. Now is a perfect time to cast a protection spell to shield yourself against negativity. Protection spells can be cast for yourself, someone else, a pet or even a physical structure like your home or office.
The pandemic began a few months back and our world is continuing to adjust our daily living. Wicca has become more popular recently with healing and protections spells requests increasing daily. When a client requests a spell-like this, we need to differentiate between the two.
Healing spells are used for someone that is sick either physically or emotionally. Healing spells can be done with someone that has an upcoming surgery, disease or to improve mental health such as depression. During COVID, we would use a healing spell if an individual has the virus. You can cast a spell on yourself or someone else to heal. When doing a healing spell for someone else, if they are not close to you, you can use a photo or article of theirs to cast the spell.
What’s not to love about the summer? The days are getting longer, little lambs frolic in the fields, the summertime blooms are taking over pastures and cities alike. Well, for witchy folk, pagans, Wiccans and those following Gaelic/Celtic traditions, there’s another, even better aspect of the celebration of the commencement of the Summer season – the fire festival of Beltane.
Much of the traditional pastimes associated with Beltane come from the pastoral traditions of the Gaelic herdsmen and farmers, who marked the beginning of the warmer months by casting protection over their animals and crops. For spiritual folk, we still celebrate Beltane with protection, growth and prosperity in mind. As well as that, however, there is a definite, shall we say, romantic element to this Sabbat. Mythically, this is the time when the God has reached sexual maturity, and can now court the Goddess.