Thursday, June 10, 2010

New Moon Ritual

By Julianne Dowse


Rituals are a way to mark turning points in your life. They can be used to symbolically welcome changes in your life. Rituals can be simple or elaborate, but the most important thing is your full presence in the moment. The new Moon is a magical time of beginnings, when you can recharge goals, or set new ones.

Rituals bring meaning to our lives by "charging" an intention with power. We're always setting intentions, and this is a way to do it in a more conscious way. There is power in coming up with visions for your life and keeping them in your sights as they come into being. But even as you fully commit to those visions, stay flexible, since new doors may open that you didn't expect.

At the new Moon, goals and wishes take root, as you reach out for spiritual wisdom, draw on unseen allies and open the door to magical change. You might get what you ask for, or something even better that you can't imagine yet.

It's important to come up with a ritual that has meaning for you, instead of trying to follow any set guidelines (unless you're part of an established ritual group). You're the one that knows your personal story best, and what to lift out of that narrative, what will infuse your ritual with power. Here are some general guidelines to shape your rituals using the unique symbols and totems from your life.

Gathering your Sacred Supplies

Your altar is where you collect your sacred objects -- pictures, found objects and the like. Using herbs with healing or symbolic properties adds to your ritual. Stones and crystals are another powerful ally. Candles are magical, and in its form contains all four of the elements. A small journal on hand allows you to keep a record of your intentions.

Preparing for the Ritual

This is the most important part of ritual, since your commitment is the key. Take a ritual bath with sea salt to clear your field of any negative energies. Sage is an herb used by the Native Americans to clear a space and make it sacred for ritual. It's available in most health food stores these days and easiest to use in its wand form. Light the end and blow on it until there is a smoldering glow. Use it around your own body and in the space of your ritual. Clear your mind with meditation, using music or just quieting down, in your cleared sacred area.

Grounding

This is something that's important anytime, for staying connected to earth energy. Signs that you're not grounded are mania, nervousness, racing thoughts and the like. Too often we forget to feel the earth under our feet. Visualize the roots going down into the Earth, through the layers, into the core and then drawing that energy back up through your feet again. It moves through each chakra, coming out the top and down around you. Try this or another variation of grounding before you set new Moon intentions.

Your New Moon Wishes

After you've cleared a sacred space and settled your energy, you're ready to set your intentions. Make a list of what you'd like to draw into your life, and Dream Big! The new Moon is a moment to conjure what seems out of reach and creating the vision is the first step to making it a reality. But these are not just words on paper - as you write them down as intentions you are committing to doing your part to make them real. Some call it co-creating, since you're opening to universal energies, to set dreams in motion.

Dreams of the Soul

Your intentions come from the longings that keep coming up. In the days leading up to the new Moon, give some thought to those longings and see what images, dreams and streams of thought come up. Use symbolic associations to go along with your intentions. Weave in the element for the new Moon (ie: for Gemini - anything to do with communication, a sapphire crystal to help with mind chatter) , and think about the houses and planets that are affected by it. For an Air New Moon, for example, you might want to use a candle or a feather to represent your intention. Rituals are a way to work with universal energies and draw attention to the particular life lessons, or arena (house, planet, etc) that it illuminates for you.

Symbolic Acts

Here's where you get to be creative. If your intentions are to write a book, or broadcast your ideas out to the world, tie them to a helium balloon and send them off. Write them on a stick and offer it to the fire. To open yourself to more love put lavender and a rose quartz in a small pouch, along with the qualities you're seeking and sleep with them under your pillow until the moon is full.

Keep them Alive

A big part of success with new Moon intentions is what comes after. Find ways to keep them in the front of your awareness. Put them in a visible spot, or keep them in your wallet. Make notes in your journal about your progress. At the full Moon find ways to take action on those intentions and celebrate any signs of change.

Julianne Dowse is a gifted tarot reader. She connects intuitively using ancient goddess teachings and her readings are insightful, honest and heartfelt. The guidance and insight come directly from spirit, reading your energy and connecting to your desire to have some answers to help you on your path. Starting her own personal growth story over 25 years ago Julianne has continued to develop and nurture her unique gifts. Julianne's Blog and Website.

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