Updated: Dec 21, 2021
Much attention is given to full moon cycles, especially because of folklore and old wive's tales that have been perpetuated throughout history. The full moon is often associated with madness, chaos, and drama. However, little attention is given to new moon cycles that can be just as proactive.
Albeit, the new moon is a quieter time when we tend to relax and settle down. Though, that doesn't mean that the moon is any less magical at the start of her monthly rotation. Contrarily, this is a perfect time to plan and initiate magical rituals and engage in spiritual work. In fact, all major moon cycles are important as they help us grow and develop in many ways.
New moon cycles are a particularly beneficial time to set intentions and to initiate manifestation work. They are also the ideal time to start or launch new projects, publish creative works, begin new relationships, or engage in almost anything in its start-up phase. This is why I encourage my coaching clients to work with the new moon as often as possible.
New Moon Intention Ritual
One of the most basic practices for working with new moon energy is an intentions ritual. This is a simple, yet powerful process that can yield abundant rewards. Intention rituals are a form of manifestation work. Intention rituals conducted during the new moon are amplified by the moon and other planetary energies at play during this cycle.
The purpose of a new moon intention ritual is to set goals for things that you want to manifest in your life. The keyword is "want' when conducting a new moon ritual. New moon rituals should not focus on things that you don't want in your life. Instead, you should engage in full moon release rituals for that purpose.
In order to conduct a new moon intention ritual you will need the following items:
Table or other surfaces for ritual items
Notebook or journal
Pen (preferably red)
Lighter or match
Glass of water
Blue or white candle
Uplifting incense (lavender, sandalwood, frankincense, etc.)
Dry gin (optional)
Offering for the moon (optional)
Florida water (optional)
The first step is to take some time to meditate on the things that you want to bring into your life during the new moon cycle and beyond. Your list can be as brief or comprehensive as you desire. However, I typically recommend shorter lists of about 5 or fewer items.
Be as specific and realistic as possible with your new moon intention list. For instance, if you desire a new vehicle outline as much detail as you can about it. List the make and model, color, interior and exterior features, etc. of the vehicle. If possible, get a picture of the exact vehicle that you want.
Keep in mind that the vehicle you desire to manifest should be realistic based on your time frame. If you are experiencing economic challenges, it is not practical to set intentions for a vehicle outside of your income bracket. While you may desire a million-dollar car, this is not a practical short-term goal. Instead, set your intentions on manifesting things that are within your reach. You can always set long-term intention goals as you grow and develop in life.
Once you have spent time meditating about what you want, write the list down in your notebook or journal. I recommend keeping a separate notebook or journal for your new moon intentions. This will allow you to easily review them from month to month. Add as much detail as possible related to your intentions and include images such as vehicles as outlined in the example above.
Next, you need to set up a table or other surface to hold your ritual items. It is best to use natural surfaces like wood, glass, or stone for spiritual work. Lighter colors are best, but you can also cover the surface in a white cloth to invite in the energy of light. Afterward, collect your ritual items and place the following on the table in an orderly fashion:
Glass of water
Dry gin (optional)
As mentioned in the ingredients list, the dry gin and offering are optional items. I only recommend adding them if you are accustomed to working with these items in ritual work. Otherwise, it is best to leave them off. A simple offering of honey, coffee, and/or coconut oil is fine for the moon. However, feel free to use customary offerings from your tradition if you practice within one.
Once you have placed all the items on the table, light the candle and incense. I recommend cleansing the candle with Florida water before lighting it, but this step is not absolutely necessary. If you do use Florida water to cleanse the candle make sure that it is dry before lighting it. Florida water contains alcohol, which is highly flammable. Once you light the incense, waft the incense smoke around the room to clear the energy. You can also say a short invocation prayer while doing this if you desire.
After your table is properly prepared, stand in front of it with the notebook that you wrote your intentions in. Speak a prayer of gratitude to the moon, your ancestors, and any other orisha, loa, or spirits that you normally engage with during prayer sessions. If you put an offering on the table, tell the moon that you brought her an offering for her assistance.
Then, ask the moon for help in manifesting the things on your intention list - call them out one by one. Be sure to pray with heartfelt intentions and use your intuition as a guide for what to say. It is best to only focus on what you desire to manifest during this ritual. Once you finish this step, close the process by saying a prayer of thanksgiving and gratitude.
Typically, it is best to leave the ritual artifacts on the table for at least three days. If you prepared food or coffee offerings be sure to remove them before they start to rot. Generally, I don’t recommend leaving the artifacts on the table for longer than seven days. But, let your spirit guide you in this regard. You can discard any food or drink items in nature or the trash. You can even use certain items like water, honey, coffee, coconut oil in a spiritual bath.
Ideally, it is beneficial to close a new moon intention ritual with a spiritual bath. It is a great way to cleanse your spiritual body to prepare yourself to receive the things you asked for during your ritual. There are many ways to take a spiritual bath, which I have outlined in greater detail in this post.
In conclusion, you should expect to see your intentions start to manifest about six months later during the corresponding full moon in which you set your intentions. However, keep in mind that more complex or time-sensitive intentions will take longer to manifest.
For instance, if you set intentions to become a medical doctor and you just completed your undergraduate studies, it is not practical for your desires to manifest within six months. Instead, you may receive an acceptance letter or begin your medical school studies within the next six months.
Also, keep in mind that the goal of this ritual is to elicit the help of the moon and corresponding planetary energies in achieving your goals. You have to put in your share of the work. These energetic forces can open up gateways for you and strengthen and embolden you to complete your goals. However, they are not going to do all the heavy lifting.
For instance, in the example above you need to work hard to successfully complete your medical studies and board certification exams. But, the moon and other energies will likewise work hard in pointing you in the right direction and providing you with the right resources to help you accomplish your goals.