This past year was a deep dive into the “mystic world”
Too much of anything isn’t good for you and I became obsessed with monthly “tarotscopes”, horoscopes, birth charts, jyotish charts, new moons, and full moons. But what I found was that everything sounded the same. Every week I was being asked to “release” and “let go”, to set intentions and perform rituals. I was left overwhelmed and uninspired.
I was consuming too much and it was keeping me from taking action.
So I stopped.
I stopped reading it all. No more horoscopes, no more reading what this moon was about. I was done. I needed to listen to my own feelings, my intuition, and slowly I started to feel the clarity I was searching for.
I eventually leaned back in, but with a narrower lens. I was more selective with what I read and who I followed. I took what resonated and left the rest without thinking twice about it. Slowly I started to create my own practices and rituals and rather than feeling stressed and overwhelmed, it felt fun, freeing and true to myself.
Below is the ritual which stuck. I offer this up as inspiration only (not a guideline). If you’re curious about this, I encourage you to test it out and see how it fits. There are no rules, there’s no right or wrong way to do any of this, and it may feel strange and that’s OK – everything does at first. This may seem like a lot of unnecessary work, but I think there’s something to be said about ritual and ceremony as if it tells our subconscious mind we are committed to our growth. It can draw an imaginary line in the sands of our journey and mark turning points in our life.
Rituals are great for New Moons because they’re all about dreaming big and planting seeds of intention. But then again, perhaps you do nothing but sit on the couch, the floor, or your favorite chair and let yourself daydream of all you want. In the act of dreaming, you are already doing.
New Moon Ritual:
- Take an Epson salt bath.
- Smudge your self and area (you can use sage or palo santo)
- Light a candle (or 2 or 3)
- Turn on soothing tunes (my go to), or stay silent and listen to the empty space
- Now sit.
This my friends is the hardest. Isn’t it funny how the hardest part is the only part that requires no action? As you sit you’ll get restless, and anxious and want to get on with the process. But if you don’t sit, your ideas won’t boil your emotions won’t make themselves known. Think of yourself as a pot of cold water on the stove, give yourself, your soul and your heart time to warm up.
6. Ask yourself…What is it time for?
What emotions are running through your body, what thoughts are filling your mind? You may want to ask more structured questions like…
What ideas have been nagging at you for awhile and have yet to leave you alone?
What are you sick and tired of?
What/who do you wish was no longer in your life?
What do you wish was in your life?
How do you wish you felt?
Write what you want to create, to feel or let go of. Write what you want to say, see or do in the coming cycle. Maybe it’s as simple as “breath more”.
Write as little or as much as your heart needs to.
Now close your notebook. You are done.
Let the seeds soak in, but don’t forget to give them water and light. Re-visit your words, keep them front of mind as you move through your weeks and at the next New Moon, sit down again and see what has and hasn’t happened. Reflect, and feel grateful. For even what didn’t transpire is a lesson.
And one last suggestion…no judgment allowed.