The New Moon is the beginning of the lunar cycle, and this is when the moon is "dark" or not visible from Earth. The New Moon is all about rebirth, renewal and clearing away the old, to make room for the new. The New Moon is also a time of initiation and new beginnings a time to plant a metaphorical seed of what you want to grow in your life in the coming month. Making a wish, an intention, a promise, or a vow is a common custom. It is believed that as the moon grows, your intention or goal will too usually by the time the moon completes its cycle and returns full circle to new again. So the New Moon is a wonderful time to harness that energy by setting some intentions for the month ahead with a New Moon Ritual with crystals.
First, it's important to cleanse your space, yourself and your crystals. You can use a Sage stick or incense for this, or another herb. Smoke cleansing is a safe and therapeutic way of cleansing your home, office or person. You will need a sage stick, a candle, and a fireproof bowl to begin. Clear your mind. Light the sage stick or incense with the candle. Remember to hold the stick over the bowl at all times so loose herbs don’t escape. Moving clockwise from the front door, gently wave the sage to release the smoke into every room. Make sure to spend more time in rooms that easily accumulate stagnant energy, and while you do this keep in mind your intention to clear away any negative energy. Make sure to cleanse every living space, including wardrobes and cupboards, for best results. Always make sure you concentrate on your breathing and clear your mind. Remember to cleanse your crystals too.
Then, cleanse yourself and jump in the bath or shower and give yourself a gentle scrub. Show yourself love and gentle care as you cleanse your body with the soap. While you're in the water visualize the water washing away any negative energy or fears that you may be holding onto.
After your cleanse, get some paper and pen and find a quiet place. Light a candle or Ritual Candle and place your crystals next to the paper. Now it's time to set your intentions with your crystals. Do this by writing your intentions or wishes on a piece of paper. You may even like to play some relaxing music while you do this. I like to diffuse my favourite essential oils. It's important to really take some time out to reconnect with your own spirit and what you feel would be for your highest good in the near future, in your life. Take your time and focus on what it is that you really need in yourself or your life right now. There are no rules, other than it's best to focus on what you need, rather than a want and it must be things that won't bring harm to anyone else.
Pick up each of your crystals, connect with them and think about your intentions as you pick them up. It's important to connect with your crystals. You may like to keep the crystals you set intentions with next to your bed or on your work desk so that they can be in your Auric field. They work best when they can be close to you for at least a little while every day. You can even talk to them, and let them know how they can help you.
If you lit a candle when you wrote down your intentions, you may like to blow it out now and give thanks to the Universe, God, Mother Earth, the Moon, your crystals or whatever feels right for your personal beliefs. Just expressing that gratitude is really important, no matter where you chose to direct it. It is up to you what you would like to do with the paper you write your intentions on. You may like to keep it until the next New Moon, or you may like to burn it and return it to the earth by burying it or scattering it in your garden. What really matters when doing any ritual is that you trust in your intuition and do what feels right for you.
You may even like to do a Crystal Grid as part of your New Moon Ritual. We have a divine selection of Crystal Grids on the website.
All crystals can be set with any intention you like. You don't necessarily have to do this ritual, even if you only have one crystal in your collection or a piece of crystal jewellery, you can set intentions with it. In fact, it's very important to regularly cleanse and set intentions with your crystals. Your intentions don't have to match the properties of the crystals, but it can be more powerful to work that way if you are able to. You can work with whatever crystals you have in your collection.
Properties of Common Crystals to Use in a New Moon Ritual;
I love to use Clear Quartz in all my grids because it's the Master Healer. It has the power to amplify energy and thought, as well as enhance the properties of the other crystals I am using. It's a must-have for any collection because it balances and revitalises the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes.
Amethyst is a powerful stone and has strong healing and purification powers. It relieves stress, soothes irritability, balances moods and dispels anger, fear and anxiety. This beautiful crystal can also help to soothe anyone who is grieving or experiencing sadness. Amethyst is wonderful for meditation, as it assists in entering a meditative state. It's also wonderful for intuitive work, as it stimulates the Third Eye and offers spiritual protection. This purple stone enables us to surrender to the Divine and enhances psychic abilities.
A stone of transformation, Labradorite is a useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance. It balances and protects the aura, raises consciousness and grounds spiritual energies. Excellent for strengthening intuition - promoting psychic abilities. Powerful in revealing the truth behind illusions, Labradorite banishes fears and insecurities and strengthens faith in the self and trust in the universe. It stimulates the imagination and calms an overactive mind, developing enthusiasm and new ideas.
Selenite provides for clarity of the mind, expanding one's awareness of the self and of one's surroundings. It opens the crown and higher crown chakras and accesses angelic consciousness and higher guidance. It can be used to access past lives as well as future lives.
You may choose to go that extra mile and do this ritual out under the New Moon. Whatever works for you is perfectly fine. It's the ritual of it all that is important and trusting in your own intuition and what feels right to you. Feel free to add extra elements and make the ritual your own. This is just a basic framework, and you can add things like a Tarot reading, dancing, singing, journaling, meditation, using a pendulum or whatever you feel guided to do. Making a ritual your own only increases its power, so trust in your intuition and do what feels right for you.
New Moon Dates for 2022 in Australia. These dates may vary by a day for other countries;
Happy New Moon!