The mysterious Dark [New] Moon rises above us once again! I will be honest with you – the New Moon is actually my preferred moon phase. It is a time to hit the proverbial reset button, wipe the slate, wash your hands…etc. Right now, in the eyes of the collective, the notion of ‘darkness’ still has quite the negative connotation. I believe the fear of darkness is rooted in a fear of the unknown. In ancient times, there were many villages with an established rule ‘do not venture beyond the walls at night!’ Why? Because you simply do not know what is out there. And, as we lovely humans tend to do, we imagine the worst. We make up stories about terrible creatures lurking in the shadows, thieves and bandits who wait in the cover of darkness. As I will detail in metaphysical musings, we attract the same frequencies that we put out. If we believe that something terrible will happen to us when we venture into unknown territory, then we set up a situation, find a stage, and bring in the necessary characters who will act out this belief. All with the power of our minds. I challenge you to view the dark and unknown in a different way. Since you do not know what is out there, it means that anything can be there. The unknown is full of possibility, not tragedy…depending on how you choose to approach it, of course.
So, let us stay in the energy stream of possibility. The time of the New Moon is not a time for action. Not many of us choose to dive headfirst into the unknown, and for good reason, right? We want to make a plan first. Now is the time to map out what you intend to do, manifest, or accomplish this lunar cycle, which also makes it a prime time to seek out guidance. If you do not already have a divination practice, I highly encourage you to start one. Working with the Tarot, oracles, runes, scrying, pendulum, and many others can help connect you to your higher guides and the Universe to receive wisdom and advice as you map out your plan for this cycle.
New Moon Practice
This is a basic framework for a New Moon practice that you can adapt to your personal practice to suit your tastes. If you are not sure what you like yet, just try a little of everything until you find something that feels right to you!
New Moon Bath or Shower
Before any practice, ritual, or energetic work I do, I always want to cleanse myself first. Since I am usually at home for lunar practices, I opt to take a bath (if you prefer a shower you can do this as well). Make your bathroom cozy – dim the lights if you can, light a candle or two, have a fresh towel waiting for you. If you are drawing a bath, consider adding Himalayan or Epsom salts to the water – they are great detoxifiers and can relax your muscles. You may also add essential oils if you wish (being sure to check if they are safe to use in the water). When you get in your bath (or shower), visualize yourself being cleansed from the inside out. If you are in the shower, imagine the water washing away any negativity or energetic debris and allowing it to run down the drain. While you are bathing or showering, you could listen to a guided meditation or a magical ambient playlist via a Bluetooth speaker, or simply relax in the stillness of silence. If you are in the bathtub, pull the plug and stay in the tub until all of the water has drained out – taking with it any negativity or energetic waste. When you get out, gently dry yourself off and do anything else that makes you feel fresh and clean – like moisturizing your body, washing your face, drying your hair…etc.
New Moon Practice/Ritual
Prepare a quiet, sacred space. Light a few candles or incense if you like [New Beginnings Incense available here]. Connect with your Higher Power(s), however you know them as. Now is a great time for divination work, utilizing whatever method you prefer. Consider doing a specific New Moon reading or spread to connect with your intuition. After you have done your divination and received some guidance and advice, you are ready to make an informed intention and plan for this new cycle. Write down your intentions, wishes, and desires (being sure to keep them all in present tense!). After you have written these down, take a moment to close your eyes and visualize your desires or intentions in their completed, finished state as best as you can. The more detailed you can see your desires, the more power and energy you give to them, making it more likely to bring them into the physical plane. See if you can imagine how it feels, how it sounds, what it looks like, and perhaps what it could smell and taste like. How would you feel emotionally at the completion of these wishes? After you have done as much visualizing as you can, fold your paper up and keep it in a safe place. Try to reconnect with your intention(s) each day until the Full Moon and practice visualizing them.
New Moon Journal Prompts
I love writing things down. It gets them out of the jumble of my thoughts and clearly onto paper that I can physically see, and therefore, better organize. Consider answering these New Moon questions in a journal:
- How have you been feeling lately?
- Is there anything that you are ready to release, let go of, or heal?
- What are you ready to call into your life right now?
- What is/are your intention(s) for this lunar cycle?
- What is your reason for wanting to manifest these?
- Who benefits from your intentions, and how?
- Using one word, what is the main feeling this/these intention(s) bring you?
New Moon Correspondences
‘Correspondence’ is a word you will encounter a lot when reading about magic and spellwork. I explain energetic correspondences as objects, ideas, or practices that carry complimentary energy. The more correspondences you can layer onto your magical work, the more energetically powerful it becomes. So, here are the common correspondences of the New Moon:
- Colors: Black, silver, purple
- Gemstones: Labradorite, Black Moonstone, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Hematite, Black Tourmaline, Black Obsidian, Smoky Quartz, and Clear Quartz.
- Herbs: Angelica, Bay Leaves, Blessed Thistle, Calendula flowers, Cardamom, Catnip, Chamomile flowers, Ginger, Jasmine flowers, Lavender buds, Lemon Balm, Nutmeg, Oats, Passionflower, Red Clover blossoms, Rose buds, Rosemary, Sage, Skullcap, and Witch Hazel.
- Oils: Angelica, Bay, Calendula, Cedarwood, Cypress, Ginger, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Melissa, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, and Sweet Orange
- Deities: iNyanga (Zulu), Khonsu (Egyptian), Artemis (Greek), Diana (Roman), Luna (Roman), Mani (Norse), Selene (Greek).
This is not an end-all, be-all list, of course. Always listen to your intuition. If you have strong feelings to use a certain tool for New Moon energy, then by all means – use it!