The moon is more powerful than you think in its ability to turn your intentions into reality. Not sure where to start to do a moon ritual? Read on.
The moon is around 4.425 billion years old. Since humans tilted their necks to look at the sky for the first time, we’ve been drawn to it. Its gravitational pull is the main cause for the rise and fall of tides, its various phases influence the growth or decline of plants, and dictates migratory animal behaviour. These rhythms are “embedded in the life cycles of every organism” says mind stylist and manifestation coach Chala Guzel.
This power is why many cultures throughout human history have worshipped and performed rituals dedicated to the moon, ancient and sacred practices that originated in Egypt, Babylonia, India, and China.
In today’s modern times, Guzel believes “there is still tremendous power in harnessing the energy of the moon” to influence your mood, relationships, energy levels, and even manifest your intentions.
How does a moon ritual work?
Guzel uses moon rituals “as a way to reconnect and check-in with myself,” but also encourages her clients to do the same.
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“Taking an hour to pause, reflect and express not only keeps you focused and feeling aligned, but also sets the tone for the month ahead,” she says, and the beginning and end of the lunar cycle is the ideal opportunity for this.
“The New Moon symbolises a new cycle; an energy of new beginnings where you plant seeds and ask for what you want,” she says.
“The Full Moon represents releasing what no longer serves you; clearing and cleansing.”
Being aware of these days “serves as an opportunity to take some time out for yourself, particularly given most of us are living highly demanding lifestyles where hyperconnectivity is on overdrive.”
How do I perform a moon ritual?
Guzel recommends seeking out a women’s community as a starting point, as they may host moon rituals and be a way of getting together with like-minded people who may have the same goals as you do.
“Go in with an open mind and heart, and I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed,” she says. But there are ways of performing one at home, too.
1. Take a bath with sea salt to clear your field of any negative energies, or have a shower.
2. After you cleanse yourself it’s important to cleanse the space with sage, which is a herb used to clear space and make it sacred for ritual. Light the end of the sage and blow on it until there is a smouldering glow. Use it around your own body, and in the space of your ritual.
3. Now it’s time to clear your mind with meditation, using music or just quieting down in your cleared, sacred area. 4 Start by lighting a candle, focus on getting present and letting go of everything spinning through your mind. Spend a few moments thinking about what you want to release, and what you want to call in.
5. Next write down and be clear with your intentions for the new moon. Journal prompts include:
a) What do you want to accomplish?
b) What do you want to focus on this month?
c) What are your intentions?
d) How do you want to show up?
e) What action steps will you take?
Guzel concludes: “The secret to manifesting isn’t just visualising and creating a mood board, it’s taking inspired action steps towards your desires: showing up monthly for yourself to create intentional change.”
Dates to observe
New Moon: Jan 13th, Feb 12th, Mar 13th, Apr 12th, May 12th, Jun 10th, Jul 10th, Aug 8th, Sep 7th, Oct 6th, Nov 5th & Dec 4th.
Full Moon: Jan 29th, Feb 27th, Mar 29th, Apr 27th, May 26th, Jun 25th, Jul 24th, Aug 22nd, Sep 21st, Oct 21st, Nov 19th & Dec 19th.