Welcome to this fortnights blog…the New Moon. Together, we will explore the magic of the lunar world and learn how to harness the New Moon’s energy (the next New Moon occurs on Wednesday 16th August). 🌑✨ Whether you’re an avid lunar expert or a curious soul, our blog will guide you through the lunar phases, and the beauty that emerges when we learn to let go and allow space for new beginnings. Let’s go…
The Lunar Cycles
Lunar cycles, also known as lunar phases or moon phases, are the recurring patterns of change in the Moon’s appearance as observed from Earth. These cycles are driven by the Moon’s orbit around the Earth and its changing position relative to the Sun. The primary lunar phases are New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Third Quarter, and Waning Crescent.
The cycle starts with the New Moon, where the Moon is positioned between the Earth and the Sun, making its far side visible and its near side hidden from view. As the Moon orbits the Earth, more of its illuminated side becomes visible, leading to the Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, and Waxing Gibbous phases. The Full Moon occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, fully illuminated in our night sky.
Following the Full Moon, the Moon’s illuminated portion gradually decreases, leading to the Waning Gibbous, Third Quarter, and Waning Crescent phases. The cycle then completes as the Moon returns to the New Moon phase. The entire cycle takes approximately 29.5 days, known as a synodic month.
Lunar cycles have been observed and used by various cultures for millennia to track time, plan agricultural activities, and celebrate religious and cultural events. These cycles also influence tides on Earth due to the gravitational pull of the Moon on our planet’s oceans. Understanding lunar cycles connects us to the cosmos and offers insights into the rhythmic nature of the universe.
Tell Me About the New Moon Energy
The New Moon is a captivating celestial phenomenon that marks the beginning of a new lunar cycle. During this phase, the Moon is positioned between the Earth and the Sun, with its illuminated side facing away from us. As a result, the New Moon appears dark and virtually invisible in the night sky, blending into the backdrop of a million stars.
This phase is a time of hidden potential and fresh beginnings. It symbolises a blank canvas waiting to be painted with intentions and aspirations. Cultures around the world have attributed significance to the New Moon, using it as a point to set new goals, make resolutions, or embark on new ventures. It’s a time of introspection, where one can reflect on the past and contemplate the path ahead.
New Moon Rituals
Lots of you lunar followers will probably have your own well established New Moon rituals, but for the beginners out there, here are just a few of our favourites:
- Set Intentions: Clarify your goals and desires for the upcoming lunar cycle.
- Cleanse Space: Purify the area where you’ll perform the ritual using incense or sage.
- Gather Supplies: Collect candles, crystals, herbs, and any tools that resonate with you.
- Create Altar: Arrange your items in a sacred space as a focal point for your ritual.
- Meditation: Begin with a grounding meditation to connect with your inner self.
- Light Candles: Ignite candles representing different aspects of your intentions.
- Affirmations: Speak positive affirmations aligned with your goals aloud.
- Visualise: Envision your goals manifesting in detail, engaging your senses.
- Write Intentions: Jot down your intentions on paper and keep them in a visible place.
- Release: Let go of any doubts or fears, trusting the universe to support your journey.
You can choose as many of these as you like. You might find some resonate more than others. Just remember, the most important part, as always, is your intention! Always be as clear and as concise as possible.
We’ve Got You Covered
At Spiritual Quest we’ve got a number of products to support your New Moon rituals. Here is just a small selection. Do take a look at our website, give us a call or pop in to see more of the goodies we have on offer. Use the code moon2023 on any online or in store purchase to receive a free Moonstone tumblestone between now and 31st August 2023.
Here are a selection of courses and workshops. If you are interested in any of them, please click the images and you’ll be directed to the necessary pages.