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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Welcome to our collective favourite season, witchy folk! Perhaps that’s a generalization, but the Autumnal vibes are an absolute mood in the spiritual community, and for so many reasons. This season we have two Sabbats to celebrate; the first of those is Mabon, otherwise known as the Autumn Equinox, and the hemispherical counterpart to Ostara, in which we celebrate the Spring Equinox.
Not only is Autumn the season of flavoured lattes and pumpkins, it is the season of the colours of the Earth – oranges and reds and browns, greens and glorious yellows. We have beautiful harvest vegetables and burgeoning berries; a veritable feast of offerings from our beautiful Mother Earth to celebrate.
For Mabon, we focus on the beginning of the end of the harvest season and the descent into wintery darkness. Spiritually, we are reaching the closing-down portion of the year – as the days get shorter and the evenings are longer, we assess the outcomes of our labour (physical, financial, emotional, spiritual) across the past twelve months. Summer is celebration, and Autumn is when we reap what we’ve sown. So, as we draw towards the end of this summertime haze and commence the darkening and hibernation periods, we’re beginning to wind down business and take stock of what we’ve achieved.
Seasonal altars are a great way to focus our attentions and intentions towards that for which we are grateful, and the things that we want to manifest in our lives. Not only does the season dictate our physical activities, it also directs our spiritual lives, and the altar is the witch’s way of centring that energy.
With so much to love and celebrate about Autumn, let’s take a look at some traditional (and not-so-traditional) items to feature on our altars during this time.