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Harvesting Lunar Energy: Essential Monthly Rituals for Your Self & Your Space



The Sun loves the Moon so much that he dies every night to let her breathe, and in return, she reflects his love.

Jeffrey Fry




Each of us has a ancient sacred relationship with our natural world, As children of Mother Earth and Father Sky we are magnetically tied to its family of celestial bodies - Our Sister Stars, Brother Planets, Grandfather Sun and Grandmother Moon.


Unlike the Sun - simple, steady, consistent with Yang energy- the Yin moon is in constant transition and movement. It's powerful vibrational frequency that is proven to impact both planet and people- shifting the sea tides, affecting animal behavior, and even influencing our own human bodies, moods and emotions. It provides magic for the soul and light for the senses.


Each astrological sign is ruled by a celestial body. As a "Double Cancer" both my sun sign and moon sign ruled by the moon, so to say I am sensitive to the lunar phases is an understatement. I have a lifetime of first hand experience in seeing their ties on the heart, soul and spirit.


Across the course of history, different cultures and people - farmers, witches, sailors, philosophers, light-workers, mediums, mystics and beyond - around the world have incorporated moon phases into their spiritual ceremony and metaphysical rituals.


If you'd like to boost the effectiveness of your own manifestation practices look no further than the earth below, and the heavens above. And even if you're not doing manifestation work, aligning, harmonizing and synchronizing your energy with the cosmos is a great practice for overall wellness and spiritual connection.


.When worldly troubles and everyday hardships bring confusion, sadness or stagnation, it is completely natural - even instinctual- to look towards the moon for sanctuary and solace. Some people are so dedicated to the cosmos that they will plan major life events such as marriages, births, and surgeries and business launches around the movement of the planets and moon phases.


"The moon does not fight.
It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others.
It keeps to its course.
But by its very nature, it gently influences.
What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore?
The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished."

Deng Ming-Dao


The Moon as Your Mirror


Each phase of the moon can reveal different parts of yourself, and allow you to flow in a greater emotional and spiritual journey.


The eight phases of the moon represent various natural cycles in life: birth and death, beginnings and endings, openings and closings, inhaling and exhaling, retreating and expanding. Our lives ebb and flow along with these rhythms- always changing, growing and evolving and eventually repeating.


A New Moon and a Full Moon in particular are opposing yet complementary celestial events and each can be used to harness different energies for your life - the divine feminine and the divine masculine. Their transitional days create a powerful vibrational frequency that can support your personal wisdom and ascension.


The Yang (masculine) aspects of the moon represent your ideas and intuition, and turning your dreams into reality whereas the Yin (feminine) aspects of the moon represent your shadows and wounds- both the repressed memories and hidden beliefs buried in your subconscious mind, and the traumas of the individual or collective past.


Lunar energy allows us to safely and gently...

  • Work out what’s on our hearts and minds

  • Connect with Spirit and receive insight and messages

  • Release heavy subconscious energy and emotions instead of burying them inside you.

  • Imagine, dream and plant seeds of intention

  • Explore the steps you need to move forward in your life without full commitment or action

When you become more aligned with the natural rhythms of cosmic you will begin to feel more vibrant, creative - guided and supported by the Chi all around you.


Tuning In


"We do spiritual ceremonies in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings so that we don't have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down. We all need such places of ritual safekeeping"

Elizabeth Gilbert


You can easily monitor the Moon’s natural cycle by keeping a calendar or subscribing to digital one. Plan ahead to set aside time for your self on the days of the full moon or new moon. You can also harness the same quality of energy for up to a week before or after these phases.


To begin tuning into the moon's energy you can consider keeping a moon journal. Every week simply draw a circle on a page, representing the moon but also YOU. Outside the circle draw what you currently feel in your life. Sometimes this will be negatives and sometimes positive. Inside the circle write (or draw) what you want in your life, or what you want to feel Focus on bringing those desires inside of you to the forefront.


Rituals and ceremonies are powerful tools to use as they help to communicate to higher spirits and create an energy of trust, faith or protection. Over time these rituals can even become habitual, built in to our everyday systems.


Moon rituals are a sacred practice that date back to ancient cultures of the east who were intimately tune with nature's systems and cycles. The New Moon and Full Moon are powerful energetic days and no matter how we decide to spend them, it should be focused on self empowerment - either internally or externally.


The following practices incorporate the care of your self, your space and the spiritual realm so you can experience a holistic approach to self-development and mastery. These can be completed in solitude in the privacy of your home - perfect for addressing challenging emotions that you don’t necessarily feel safe exploring publicly just yet. Or for the most powerful shift, practice lunar rituals in community, together with like-minded spiritually-aligned friends or family members.




THE NEW MOON

The New Moon is the start of a new rotation around earth, a beginning of new lunar cycle. This is when the moon sits directly between sun and earth so from our vantage point it manifests as full darkness in the sky. This clarity allows for an energy of openness and opportunity.

Despite the lack of visible light you can consider a new moon as a beacon of hope and guidance. The new moon, along with waning moon phases, embody receptive, absorbing Yin energy. This means it is the perfect time to perform rituals that invite us to go inward and those that relate to new beginnings.

A new moon is a time for rest and introspection, looking inward, practicing patience, trust and building potential for what's to come. Who doesn't love a fresh start?


Use the new moon to...


TURN YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY

Visualize and act upon your soul's wishes. First, imagine and define your greatest potential for joy (a dream). Then turn those dreams into individual targets (goals). Next, break your goals into smaller steps (a plan). Lastly, take one step at a time (action!).

CLAIM YOUR WORTH

You are a creative force and meant to thrive. Become your own biggest cheerleader, prioritizing and advocating for your self with confidence. Know you are deserving of your desires, and open yourself to receiving them (or perhaps something even better), You are enlightened and evolved, exactly as you are.