The lunar phases as it approaches a new moon.

Embarking on a journey of self-discovery and manifestation with the New Moon offers a unique opportunity for growth and renewal. The New Moon, representing new beginnings and potential, is a time when the universe opens up to receive your deepest desires and intentions.

This article delves into a variety of new moon rituals that are accessible to both seasoned practitioners and those new to manifestation. These rituals aim to empower your intentions and deepen your connection with the cosmos, facilitating a transformation that can turn dreams into reality.

What Is The New Moon In Astrology?

What is the New Moon in astrology? Well, it's when the Sun and Moon have come together at the same zodiac sign and degree. That's called a conjunction. The Full Moon is when the Sun and Moon are in opposite Zodiac signs at the same degree (that's an opposition).

A New Moon in Aries at 2'20, for example, would be the Sun and Moon both in the sign of Aries, at 2'20 degrees. The conjunction signifies the completion of a cycle, and the beginning of another. This monthly dance between the Sun and Moon gives us 8 major phases for manifesting and timing your projects and initiatives.

Why New Moon Phases Are Ideal for New Beginnings and Manifestation

The new moon holds meaningful symbolism across diverse spiritual traditions, rituals, historical texts and astrological books, regularly connected to fresh starts, restoration, and the prime moment for establishing objectives or materializing wants.

This phase of the moon, when it is invisible in the night sky, symbolizes a clean slate, making it an auspicious time for planting the seeds of new projects, goals, or aspects of your life you wish to develop.

  1. Symbolic Fresh Start: The New Moon represents the start of a new lunar cycle, mirroring the potential for personal renewal and fresh start in your own life. It's a period that encourages reflection on what you wish to bring into your life.
  2. Optimal Energy for Intentions: During the New Moon, the alignment of the sun and moon exerts a gravitational pull that can feel like an energetic high point for many. This is seen as an optimal time to channel your desires and intentions into the universe, setting the stage for their manifestation.
  3. Focus on Manifestation: The quiet time and darkness of the New Moon is seen as a fertile ground for planting the seeds of your intentions. It's a time for clarity and focus, where you can specify your goals without the distraction of the moon's light. This symbolic darkness is like the soil ready to nurture the seeds of your intentions until they blossom.
  4. Increased Intuition: Many believe that their intuitive abilities are heightened during the New Moon, making it easier to tune into internal desires and what the universe is guiding them toward. This heightened intuition can assist in setting more aligned and authentic intentions.
  5. Cyclical Alignment: Just as farmers traditionally plant seeds during the New Moon for better growth, aligning personal or professional projects with lunar cycles can leverage natural rhythms, potentially increasing the effectiveness of your efforts.

How To Prepare For a New Moon Ritual

Each month brings us a New Moon, and sometimes more than one in a month but that's not as common. Using this fertile time is great for New Moon intentions, rituals and getting clear on what you want to bring into your life, and what you wish to leave behind. Get ready with these ritual preparation tips.

1. Determine Your Goal

You can either be super casual and just go with the flow for your new moon ritual, and cross fingers the universe delivers your dreams. Or, you can take the initiative and self-awareness to be super intentional when calling in the power of the Moon.

Go with intentional for your New Moon Ritual:

  • Get clear on what you would like to manifest in your life.
  • Align with this month's New Moon energy and opportunities. Or just focus on what's on your mind and heart.
  • Focus your efforts on one area of your life at a time. Don't complicate your new moon ritual.
  • Understand your birth chart for maximum results.
  • Play with your moon sign's natural skills for manifesting.

2. Choose A New Moon Phase Date

  • Pick your ritual date from the latest moon phase calendar. You can't really plan for a ritual if you don't know when a New Moon is occurring. Start there first.
  • Once you know the exact date/time of the New Moon, decide when you want to conduct your new moon ritual.
  • Pro Tip: Pick the Saturday after a New Moon to harness Saturnian energy into your new moon ritual and efforts. Saturn's energy can help give form and structure to the new beginnings initiated during the New Moon.
  • Remember each New Moon is a time for setting intentions that require patience, persistence, and dedication.
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3. Gather Your New Moon Supplies

I find rituals that engage the senses in various manners can be impactful to embody the New Moon energies, and immerse oneself in the present moment. Use this list to inspire you. Get wild. Get crafty.

Remember, there's no right or wrong way of doing things for new moon rituals (just avoid eclipses, please. you've been warned), just be intentional and be prepared, and all will be fine.

Things to consider:

  • Your monthly journal, digital or paper.
  • Grimoire pages to capture this lunar phase's details for your magick.
  • Gather your crystals for New Moon rituals and intentions, and use during your ritual.
  • Crystal grids to organize your crystals and imbue sacred geometry into this moment.
  • Sphere and Sundry candles
  • Essential oils, tinctures, herbs, etc. (optional, see New Moon rituals list for making and using these supplies).
  • Choose a Tarot and/or Oracle Cards deck that speaks to you. I personally love the Moon Oracle by Caroline Smith, and Sacred Rebels by Alana Fairchilds.
  • Flower essences sprays to clear your space.
  • Sound bowls, or your fave subliminal playlist.
  • Matches, lighter to light and burn things.
  • Fire safe bowl. Be mindful of your surroundings.
  • Whatever else is needed for your chosen new moon ritual (see list below).

4. Do the Thing

The day and time has arrived, and now we do the thing. Whatever your intention may be, and however complicated your new moon ritual may be, always do the basics:

  1. Set up your space.
  2. Get grounded by taking a deep breath before you begin.
  3. Clear the energy: Burn your favorite herb, or play a sound to clear your aura and your space of any negative energy, making room for new beginnings.
  4. Release what no longer serves you: Write down what you wish to release or let go of, then safely burn the paper to symbolize its release from your life.
  5. Now, write down your intention for this New Moon, if not, pick the 1st new moon ritual to get you started.
  6. If you need to, meditate and visualize what you're calling in for yourself. Even if creating a new altar, meditate on what that means for you. Is the altar for love and relationships? Then what is the desired outcome in your love life and relationships?
  7. Start your new moon ritual.
Burning herbs for a new moon ritual.

Pick A New Moon Ritual

1. Do An Intention Setting Ceremony

Each New Moon phase is an excellent opportunity to let the universe know what you wish to create for yourself, and what you wish to call in. Manifesting is multilayered including writing, speaking, acting, and believing in your wish. The heart is just as important as the logical mind. And if you don't take action toward your dreams, well, then, you're living in a fantasy world.

Even Jim Carrey, after writing himself a check for $10 million dollars, went to work each and every day. He cashed in that check 3 years after writing it. Epic.

  1. Grab a piece of brown paper (white is fine too); if you have time make some magical papyrus paper.
  2. Write down your intention or goal for this new lunar cycle. Be as specific as possible. Use phrasing that assumes completion and success, ex: I am wealthy, I am healthy. I have high-paying clients.
  3. Dress your candle with herbs or ritual oils to help support your efforts.
  4. Now place your candle on top of your brown paper. Light candle.
  5. Spend the next 5-10 minutes connecting with your intention and goal, while visualizing its success.
  6. Do this while looking at the flame. The candle is fueling your dreams, and you are fueling the candle. Visualize pouring your energy into the candle.
  7. Say thank you, and express gratitude for receiving your wish.
  8. Blow the candle out, or leave burning if you're around. Otherwise, put it out for now.
  9. Repeat steps 4-8 until the candle is almost out. At that point, grab your intention paper, and burn with the candle's flame.
  10. Burn your paper, and let the candle fully burn down. Say thanks and walk away.

The time you have spent meditating and visualizing your success is invaluable. Give yourself praise for doing this!

2. Create A New Moon Vision Board

What part of your birth chart is this New Moon activating? Is it a new moon in the 11th house? Go back to Step 1, from how to prepare for your new moon ritual, if you're uncertain of your goal.

Now let's craft a vision board that represents your New Moon aspirations.

  1. Supplies needed: pens, markers, magazines, scissors, glue, books, ephemera, old calendars, objects that you love (a heart sticker, for example) and are easy to glue down the paper, and a clean surface to work on.
  2. Light your candle or ritual incense if you wish to set your space to a vibe.
  3. Gather supportive crystals for fire signs to help ground you, and fuel your creativity.
  4. Go through your magazines, books, and pamphlets and pull out images and words that align with what you wish to manifest.
  5. Now start laying out everything!
  6. Pull out your markers, pens, and paint. Add layers to your board. If you can't find the right words from a magazine, then write them!
  7. Glue down your selections, and objects to add another layer of meaning.
  8. Finish your board and let it dry.
  9. Set crystals and candles around your board as it dries. Charge up your vision board.

Once your vision board is done and ready, place it in a location where you will see it often. Meditate with it. Visualize yourself within it.

A Candle magic ritual for the new moon.

3. Try A New Moon Candle Magic Ritual

Candle magic is an old type of manifestation ritual. It generally consists of using a candle that represents your desires, burning it, and staring at the flame as it burns.

For this ritual, you will do that and more:

  • Grab a candle that represents your goal. Green=growth, Red=passion, White=healing, Blue=creativity, Yellow=clarity, Black=protection, Pink=love, Gold=wealth
  • Carve on the candle (use a toothpick, a pen, or whatever is nearby): your name, your goal, and any sigils you wish to activate.
  • Sprinkle herbs or dress the candle with ritual oils that speak to your goal
  • Light your candle to symbolize the light in the darkness.
  • Meditate on your desires as the candle burns, visualizing them coming to fruition.
  • Put out your candle when done meditating.
  • If a wick remains, return to your candle meditation every day after your ritual.

The more time and energy you give to your candle, the more energy you're giving to your intentions and dreams. Remember, what you give attention to, grows.

4. Reprogram Your Crystals

The New Moon, symbolizing new beginnings, is considered an ideal time to cleanse crystals of any stagnant or negative energy and to charge them with fresh intentions. While most crystals can benefit from this process, some are particularly receptive to the renewing energy of the New Moon.

  1. Gather your crystals like Moonstone, Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Black Tourmaline, Labradorite, or Selenite (yes, it benefits from charging in the new moon).
  2. Place your crystals outside or on a windowsill under the New Moon to cleanse stagnant energies.
  3. Or, use herbal smoke to clear your crystals, if you're unable to place your crystals outside or on a windowsill during the new moon phase.
  4. While your crystals are being cleansed, write down your new intention for your crystal.
  5. After your crystals are cleansed, hold each crystal and speak to it with your new intention. This is called programming your crystal.
  6. Say thank you to your crystal, and begin using it in your practice.

5. Prepare a New Moon Bath

Baths are a powerful practice for cleansing your body and energy with intent. Support your baths with supportive moon ritual tools such as new moon teas, candles, sprays, salts, etc.

  • Clean up your bath area. Start with a clean space.
  • Light your candles and ritual incense.
  • Add crystals and music to your space if you need more ambiance.
  • Start your bath, and add your new moon bath recipe, ritual oils, salts, and herbs to help support you. Lavender, rosemary, and mint are great additions to a new moon bath.
  • Enter your bath, and once settled, start meditating and visualizing the release of old energy.
  • After the old is released, begin calling in the new.
  • Once finished, release your bath water and say thank you. Always show gratitude for this new phase in life.
Chamomille infused moon water for the new moon ritual.

6. Create a Moon Water Elixir with a Twist

Instead of simply making moon water, infuse your New Moon water with herbs or crystals that align with your intentions.

Crystals and Herbs to Consider:

  • Mugwort: Considered a moon herb for all phases, mugwort has been associated with the feminine energies of the moon and has traditionally been used to balance the menstrual cycle.
  • Lavender: Known for its calming and purifying properties, lavender is perfect for moon water intended for relaxation, stress relief, or spiritual cleansing.
  • Mint: Mint is refreshing and invigorating, ideal for moon water that's meant to stimulate new ideas, enhance energy, and promote clear thinking.
  • Rosemary: This herb is associated with protection, purification, and mental clarity. Infusing moon water with rosemary can create a powerful tool for cleansing spaces, objects, or the self.
  • Chamomile: Chamomile is well-regarded for its soothing and healing properties. Moon water infused with chamomile can be used for emotional healing, peaceful sleep, or meditative practices.
  • Sage: Sage has strong cleansing and protective qualities. Sage-infused moon water might be used for clearing negative energies, spiritual protection, or promoting wisdom and decision-making.
  • Basil: Associated with wealth, abundance, and protection, basil-infused moon water can be used in rituals or spells aimed at prosperity or to guard against negative influences.
  • Bay Leaves: Known for their association with success and psychic powers, bay leaves can be added to moon water to enhance intuition, promote victory, or encourage wish fulfillment.
  • Crystals: When using crystals to infuse water, I don't recommend adding them to the water unless you have a way of shielding the water from the stone. Why? Well, not all crystals are safe in water. Instead, line your jar/water vessel with crystals on the outside perimeter. Creating a circle around the jar. Use a mirror on the bottom to symbolize the Moon, and reflect energy back to the water. Consider using crystals for your zodiac sign for your moon water, or select one that's aligned with the New Moon sign.
  1. Choose Your Herbs: Select one or more herbs based on your intentions. Ensure they are clean and preferably organic to avoid any pesticides or chemicals.
  2. Prepare Your Water: Fill a clear glass jar with clean water. If you're using tap water, you might want to let it sit open for a day to allow any chlorine to evaporate.
  3. Add Herbs: Add your chosen herbs to the water. You can place them directly in the water or wrap them in a clean, thin cloth if you prefer not to have bits of herbs in your water.
  4. Charge Under the Moon: Place your jar of water with herbs outside under the moonlight. Leave it overnight to absorb the moon's energy. Ensure it's a spot where it will get direct moonlight.
  5. Retrieve and Store: The next morning, bring your moon water inside. You can strain it to remove the herbs or leave them in for a stronger infusion. Store your moon water in a cool, dark place. Date the bottle for future reference.
  6. Use With Intention: When you use your herb-infused moon water, do so with the intention you set for it, whether that's drinking it (make sure all ingredients are safe for consumption), using it to wash your face, adding it to baths, or sprinkling it around your home.
Planting seeds for a new moon ritual

6. Plant Your Favorite Flower Seeds

Physically plant seeds in a garden or pot as a metaphor for your intentions. As the plant grows, so will your desires.

  • Grab annual flower seeds for faster results, things like Marigolds, Zinnias, Sunflowers, Cosmos, or Petunias would be perfect.
  • Check your local garden nursery for tips and suggestions on what works best for your location and space.
  • Write your intention and goal for this new moon on brown paper (grocery paper bag is fine).
  • Place your paper inside your pot, and add soil.
  • Add your selected seeds into the pot, and water!
  • Say thanks and keep giving love to your flower pot.

Your flower seeds will take time to germinate, grow, and flower. Same as your intentions and goals. Give your flowers, and your own intentions, attention, and love for the next 30 days.

At the next New Moon, reflect on what you have planted and where you are in your intention's growth.

8. Start a Mantra Chanting Practice

The history and use of mantras for healing, spirituality, manifestation, love, and anything related to the mind and heart, is ancient. This Hindu practice of chanting words, mantras, is meant to help focus the mind, and get into the heart.

Etymologically, the word “mantra” stems from the Sanskrit words “man,” which means “to think,” and the suffix “tra,” denoting an instrument. A mantra can thus be understood as an “instrument of thought” that focuses, strengthens, and elevates your mind. It acts to concentrate your awareness on spiritual ideas and internal states in a way that ordinary thinking does not.

When Saturn began its transit in my 11th House, I began a 2-year daily mantra practice for my relationship with Saturn. I began the ritual on a Saturday after a New Moon with my handmade mala (one of the rituals I recommend) in hand.

I chanted 108 times each day with my mala (made of turquoise and sandalwood). In the end, I learned the significance and importance of commitment, consistency, and the power of words vibrating in my body. That vibration is healing.

How do you pick a mantra? You can pick one from this amazing book: Healing Mantras by Thomas Ashley-Farrand, develop your own, or follow the one below for Ganesha.

This mantra is traditionally chanted to start new endeavors with positive energy and to remove obstacles.

Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha
Om Guhm Guh-nuh-puh-tuh-yea
Nah-mah-hah

Om and salutations to Ganapati (Ganesha)

  1. This meditation involves chanting aloud or silently repeating the mantra to help focus your mind.
  2. Use your mala, or dried beans (108 of them), to count your repetitions.
  3. While chanting, focus on your breath, and visualize your spiritual goals as already achieved.

Why 108 times? Well, from a numerology perspective, 1+0+8 = 9. Nine is considered completion. The end of a cycle. In the Hindu religion, each of those numbers has a specific significance. 1 = God, the universe, or your own highest truth; 0 = emptiness and humility in spiritual practice; and 8 = infinity and timelessness.

9. Journal Your Future

Speak to your future self. Let's focus this New Moon on writing to your ideal state of self-love, self-discovery, intimacy, community, passion projects, and your bank account.

  1. Start a new Moon Journaling effort to help plan your goals and dreams.
  2. Use New Moon journaling prompts to help guide your focus and efforts as this New Moon highlights a new chapter for the season.
  3. Write about your spiritual goals, and dreams and how you plan to achieve them.
  4. Add affirmations that support your efforts.
  5. Draw sigils to draw in and focus energy on your intentions.
  6. Date your entry, and say thanks! Return to this journaling session in a month's time, or 6 month's time to see where you are at.

Tip: Use ritual oils and sprays to imbue your future self letter with more focused energy.

A person writing the words i am grateful for in a notebook while contemplating the placement of jupiter in the 12th house.

10. Create Affirmations For Your Birth Chart

Write and recite positive New Moon affirmations that align with your intentions to program your subconscious mind positively.

  1. Pick which house, or planet you wish to write affirmations for.
  2. Write out 3-10 affirmations that speak to you.
  3. Create an affirmation card with one affirmation on it. Do that for all of your affirmations.
  4. Place your affirmations around your space, such as in front of your computer.
  5. Take a photo, and use it as your mobile's background image.
  6. Recite your affirmations often. Use a mala to help focus your attention if you need to.

11. Do a Tarot or Oracle Card Reading

Pulling divination cards is one of my favorite New Moon rituals, simply because of its simplicity and powerful ability to help guide me.

Use these questions to help guide your New Moon reading:

  • What should I focus on manifesting until the next Full Moon?
  • What is blocking my path to growth, and how can I overcome it?
  • How can I align more closely with my highest path and purpose during this lunar cycle?
  • What part of my birth chart needs more tending to?
New moon ritual to set up altar.

12. Setup Your Manifestation Altar and Space

Create or refresh your altar or sacred space with items that reflect your current intentions and desires.

  • Clean your space, or create a completely clean and clutter-free space for your altar.
  • Burn herbs and incense to clear the energy, or ring a bell.
  • Use a colored altar cloth to align with your intent. You can use the same colors as you would for candle magic.
  • Grab photos and images that correspond to your intention. Animals, places, things, people, etc.
  • Place crystals, mementos, and any object that aligns with your goals. For example, my money altar always has green dice, coins, dollar bills, and a small statue of Ganesha.
  • Add your candles, a small cup of fresh water, and ritual incense.
  • Now sit with your new altar and meditate. Visualize your goals and say thanks to the universe for their success!

13. Create A Lunar Powered Oil

Creating a lunar-powered oil is a beautiful way to harness the energy of the moon, especially during significant phases like the New Moon or Full Moon. This oil can be used for anointing objects, in rituals, or simply as a personal fragrance to align yourself with lunar energy. Here's a simple recipe to make your own lunar-powered oil:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of carrier oil: Jojoba, almond, or olive oil are good choices as they are stable oils that don't spoil quickly.
  • Herbs corresponding to lunar energy: Consider using lavender for relaxation and spiritual connection, jasmine for dreams and divination, or moonstone chips for intuition and emotional balance. Choose one or a combination that resonates with your intentions.
  • A small clear glass jar or bottle: This will be used to infuse the oil under the moonlight.

Put It Together:

  1. Prepare Your Herbs: Begin by selecting the herbs or stones you feel most drawn to for your intentions. If you're using dried herbs, a teaspoon should suffice. If you're incorporating crystals or stones like moonstone, ensure they're small enough to fit in your jar and have no sharp edges that could pierce the container.
  2. Combine Ingredients: Place your chosen herbs and/or moonstone chips into the clear glass jar. Pour the carrier oil over them, ensuring they are fully submerged. Screw the lid on tightly.
  3. Charge Under the Moon: On the night of the New Moon, place your jar in a spot where it will be bathed in moonlight. This could be outdoors or on a windowsill. Set an intention for the oil, focusing on what you wish to draw into your life or release. Leave the jar overnight to absorb the moon's energy.
  4. Retrieve and Store: The following morning, bring your jar inside. If you wish, you can strain the herbs from the oil using cheesecloth or a fine strainer. However, leaving the herbs in the jar can continue to infuse the oil with their properties.

Use your lunar-powered oil as needed. You can anoint candles, add a few drops to bath water, use it as a personal fragrance, or apply it to pulse points when seeking to align with lunar energy or during meditation and ritual work.

Embody your Jupiter in the 12th house energy with a spiritual sound healing session.

14. Attend a Sound Healing Event or Do Your Own At Home

If you don't have the tools for a proper sound healing session, seek out local community or online practitioners for an incredible sound healing experience.

Alternatively, utilize bells or chanting to purify your space and mind, harmonizing your energy with your intentions.

15. Declutter Your Energy, Commit To Digital Detox

Commit to reducing screen time or taking a break from social media to clear mental clutter and focus on your intentions.

  • Pick one social media channel/account and remove it from your mobile device.
  • Don't visit or engage with this account for 30 days.
  • Journal about this experience, and notice what happens to your mood without this constant dopamine hit.
Including elements of nature in a new moon ritual.

16. Get Out in Nature and Just Be

Let's be honest here. You shouldn't need a ton of instruction on how to incorporate this ritual into your life.

  • Go! Take a walk in nature to ground yourself, observing the new beginnings and growth around you as inspiration.
  • Let this be a simple day, walk. No journal, no music, no distractions. Just you and nature.

17. Practice Kubera Mudra for Manifestation

The Hindu and Buddhist culture has a long history of using body poses (asanas) and hand and body gestures (mudras) to open your heart and mind to receiving and manifesting.

The Sanskrit word Kubera mudra is a combination of two words “Kubera” and “Mudra.” Kubera is the Hindu god of wealth and prosperity, and mudra means gesture. This hand gesture is said to bring abundance and financial stability to those who practice it.

Like chanting, practicing a mudra helps to focus your intention and energy for manifesting, in this case wealth.

  • Fold your little finger and ring finger together and place them at the base of the thumb
  • Join the tip of the index finger and the middle finger with the tip of the thumb
  • That's the Kubera Mudra.
  • Do that for both hands.

To practice, place the back of your hands on your sides or knees, and meditate or chant any mantra in this posture for 10-15 minutes.

18. Write a Letter to the Universe

Write a letter to the Universe expressing your desires and thanking it in advance for their manifestation.

  • A simpler version of journaling for your ritual, let's just focus writing a letter on one piece of paper.
  • Use language that assumes you're already in the future. Don't write “I will buy a house”, write “I live in a cozy home, filled with plants and books”.
  • Spend as much time writing thanks and gratitude as you do listing what you want.
  • Feel the gratitude in your being, don't let it just be words on a piece of paper.
A person holding a mala in the grass, contemplating their spiritual connection during a new moon ritual.

19. Make A Mala

This is a longer craft project, so prepare ahead of time if you can. To string your mala, plan for 1.5 hours from start to finish.

  • 108 beads (recommended size: 6mm-8mm)
  • 1 guru bead (this bead lies outside the circle of 108, above the tassel)
  • Stringing material, I prefer silk (recommended thickness: 0.7mm-1mm)
  • Tassel
  • Glue for knot (fabric cement is recommended, to allow for flexibility)
  • Scissors or cutters

Steps:

  1. Cut Cord: Your cord should be long enough to string all your beads and allow for knotting between each bead, approximately 3-4 times the length of your desired mala.
  2. Prepare Your Cord: If your cord doesn't come with a needle, you may need to attach a needle or use a piece of tape to create a “needle-like” end to make threading easier.
  3. Start With a Knot: Tie a basic knot at one end of your cord, leaving a tail long enough to attach the tassel later. Some prefer to string the guru bead first, followed by a knot, as the starting point.
  4. String the Beads: Begin stringing your 108 beads, optionally tying a knot between each bead. The knots add durability and make it easier to handle the mala during meditation. If you choose to include spacer beads (which are not part of the 108 count), decide on their placement beforehand—every 27 beads is common, creating quarters.
  5. Add the Guru Bead: After all 108 beads are strung, add your guru bead. This bead is typically larger or different from the others and signifies the completion of your 108 recitations.
  6. Tie It Off: After stringing the guru bead, tie a secure knot. If you're using a beading cord that frays or slips easily, a drop of super glue can ensure the knot holds.
  7. Attach the Tassel: Thread the tail through the loop of your tassel, then bring it up through the guru bead and back down through the tassel's head. Secure it with a knot. Again, a drop of super glue can ensure the knot doesn't come undone. Trim any excess cord.
  8. Trim and Finish: Trim the tassel to your desired length and fluff it out to finish your mala.

Creating a mala by hand is not just about crafting a piece of jewelry but also about setting intentions and embedding them into your creation. Take your time with each step, perhaps meditating on your intention with each bead you string. The result will be a beautiful, personalized tool for your meditation practice.

20. Curate Your Ultimate Playlist

Create or curate a playlist of sounds or music that embodies the energy of your intentions. This could include nature sounds, instrumentals, or songs that resonate with the new beginning you are seeking. Use this soundscape to meditate or reflect upon during the New Moon.

21. Practice Gratitude

Make a list of things you're grateful for. Gratitude attracts more of what you appreciate into your life.

  • Write 33 things you're grateful for at this moment.
  • List the people, places, and things that make you happy.
  • Write down the lessons you have learned, and what you learned. Say thanks.
  • Recognize the small moments that make your day.
  • Give thanks to your ancestors.
  • Feel gratitude for this new moon to bring about changes for you.
Friends gathering for a new moon ritual circle.

22. Attend or Plan A New Moon Circle

Gather with friends or a community of like-minded individuals to share intentions, perform rituals together, and support each other’s manifestations. This is especially important if you're experiencing a New Moon in your 11th House transit.

If you can't find a local gathering, then plan your own New Moon Circle:

  1. Set and Setting: Go outside or stay inside, but whatever you do, make sure to be comfy, and allow space for an altar and your participants and their things.
  2. Ritual and Ceremony: New Moon Circles often include rituals or ceremonial elements, such as lighting candles, meditation, burning herbs, or sharing symbolic items, to mark the occasion and honor the lunar energy.
  3. Intention Setting: Start your circle with setting intentions. Allow each participant to write down or speak about their personal intentions or goals they wish to manifest in the coming lunar cycle.
  4. Meditation and Reflection: There is usually a period of quiet reflection or guided meditation to help participants connect with their inner selves and the collective energy of the circle.
  5. Sharing Circle: Determine how much of a sharing circle you would like to hold, and what that looks like. Set clear expectations so all can share with a sense of unity and mutual support.
  6. Energy Work: Circles may involve practices aimed at raising or directing energy, such as through chanting, singing, drumming, or group visualization, to amplify the intentions set by the participants.
  7. Creative Expression: Think about adding activities like drawing, writing, or crafting which can be incorporated to allow your friends to express their intentions and emotions creatively.
  8. Release and Letting Go: Besides setting new intentions, set aside time to release what no longer serves, symbolically letting go of old patterns, obstacles, or emotions to make room for new growth.
  9. Closure and Gratitude: End the circle with expressions of gratitude, closing rituals, or by sharing a communal meal and social time.

Use these New Moon Circles as a powerful communal gathering to connect with others on a similar spiritual path, share in the potent energy of the New Moon, and set the stage for personal development and manifestation in the lunar cycle ahead.

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