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.
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 heavens above.
Even if you're not doing manifestation work, aligning, harmonizing and synchronizing your energy with the moon 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 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.
"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"
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.
Rituals For Your Self & Spirit
CLARIFY YOUR INTENTIONS
This is a time to revisit and reflect deeply on your next steps in life: what your larger mission, passions or purpose is, what is something nagging away that you've been meaning to accomplish, what choices or decisions are needed to move forward, or what new things are free to start in your life.
In your journal write or draw out the following prompts and review them as daily affirmations for one week following the new moon. Aim to be as specific as possible!
I am ready to be/do/have...
I desire to be/do/have...
I dream of being/doing/having...
Write your top 3 intentions down and seal them in a red envelope kept by your bed at night. Do not open the envelope until the following new moon.
Remember that intention must then be followed with some ACTION and follow-through! It's imperative to think about (and ideally make a list of ) exactly HOW can you achieve what you've intended. The new moon is a perfect time to send emails, make a call, book an appointment or reservation, purchase tools, ask for help or do whatever small or simple tasks that will help get things in motion and further you you closer to achieving your goals.
For extra energetic power, place your to-do list in a prominent place in your home or within your calendar so you'll be reminded daily to take action, no matter how small or insignificant it seems.
Wear all white clothing to represent the purity and wisdom of your sacred inner mother. Look into mirror with unconditional love and acceptance of all parts of your being, both the light and the dark, strengths and weaknesses. Appreciate your outer and inner beauty, including all of your emotional and spiritual growth thus far. Write a letter to your inner child to acknowledge all of your needs. as a way to overcome attachment wounds and heal from past traumas - burning it in a fire for added release. Also reflect on your role in the bigger picture- your purpose in the relationships around you. Strive to shine brightly and wholly - just like that moon is, regardless who is looking, regardless of circumstances and seasons outside of itself..
GROUND IN GRATITUDE
Light a white candle in the darkness. Put on ambient, binaural beats or solfeggio sound frequencies. Slow your thoughts and center your heart with breath-work and meditation. Be mindful and thankful of the present moment, exactly where you are today. Then let all worries and anxieties melt away, as if what you have asked for is already yours. In the candlelight, write down as many things, small and large that you are grateful for in your life. Continue to add to the list throughout the month and keep it accessible to refer to when feeling low.
SOAK IN SERENITY
Draw a spa-like and spiritual bath complete with all five earth elements - either in color or in Ayurvedic property.
Water: soap bubbles, diffuser of essential oils
Wood: lavender sprigs, rose petals, lemon or grapefruit slices, coconut milk
Fire: tea light or pillar candles, music speakers ,
Earth: healing crystals, epsom salts or sea salt
Metal: candle holders, sparkling hardware, baking soda
INDULGE THE SENSES
Consume luxurious foods and drinks such as crystal water, herbal teas, dark chocolate, fresh fruit and champagne. You can have a full-body spirit-expanding sensory experience by doing this in the pitch dark night!
Explore archetypal psychology beyond your astrological sun and moon sign. Do you embody the Maiden, or the Queen, the Warrior, the Magician? You can gain additional insight through personality and self-discovery tools such as Human Design, the Enneagram, Myers Briggs, Dosha Types, Aura Readings and more.
CREATE & PLAY
Follow what feels good. Honor what flows. Draw, paint, craft, sing, dance, practice yoga, especially yang-types like hot yoga, explore sound healing. Special bonus if any of these can be done outdoors in nature!
LOVE & LIGHT
Explore energy therapies such as Reiki to transmit universal healing across your body through touch. Find a certified practitioner in your area. Write your wishes for love, abundance, prosperity, health and beyond on a bay leaf and burn them in a fire.
Spread love and abundance by volunteering, donating or providing other acts of service in your community. Pay it forward, so that positive energy spreads far and wide, and eventually back to you.
VISUALIZE YOUR DREAMS
Create a vision board complete with images of both your short and longterm goals.
CHARGE & INFUSE
Set your phone/wallet, keys, cellphone or computer or favorite crystal in a window beneath new new-moon "light" (ie dark).
The new moon energy will allow you to reflect, absorb wisdom and information better than other times of the month. Seek the advice or counsel of a healer or medium. Consult an oracle deck tarot or psychic reading to gain deeper insight that you might be overlooking, Complete any love or wealth "spells" you've been meaning to try.
Rituals For Your Space & Surroundings
FRESHEN & CLEAN
Wash your mirrors with vinegar and a white cloth, Change your bedsheets, or spray linen spray on them to freshen. Turn on a diffuser of peppermint, lemon and lavender.
PLANT SEEDS OF POSSIBILITY
Hydrate your houseplants with moon-water, or start a garden of native wildflowers or plant kitchen herbs in pots.
SET UP AN ALTAR
Give offerings of salt, dried rice or lentils, wine, moon or rainwater, white flowers, crystals and lucky charms in exchange for guidance and support from your spirit guides, angels and ancestors. Include a frame of your favorite mantra or inspirational quote, a photo of a cherished loved one, or an illustration of your family tree.
Did you know... when a new moon aligns perfectly with the sun it results in a solar eclipse?
"The moon is a reminder that no matter what phase you're in, you're still whole"