It’s that time again, witches & warlocks (and all other associated mystical beings).
We have an incoming New Moon in the sign of Libra, direct at about 6:20 AM CST. If lately you’ve felt like you’ve wanted to hit the reset button, start anew, clean the slate…then this is the time!
Before we dive into the New Moon itself, we should take a look at this moon’s flavor – Libra.
Sweet, sweet Libra. Lovers of beauty, art, comfort, academia…lovers of love, too. They’re fair and balanced, of course, seeing as that their symbol is the scales of justice, so naturally most people look at Libra and think they have it all together! (Well, most of the time they do. I’ve had quite a few Libra friends who I love to death, but hot mess can be another one of their descriptors at times.)
When I see a New Moon in Libra, it makes me reflect on how I’m dancing with self-love in that moment. It’s been on my mind quite a bit as of late, if I’m honest. I’ve noticed that some of my daily habits just haven’t been serving me anymore. It could be a variety of things, including the changing of the seasons, but for me, they seem to not fit anymore because I’ve recently outgrown that version of me in another uncomfortable spiritual ‘glow-up’ (that’s the flyaway fairy way of saying evolution or shift but I do like using the fae-leaning terminology every once in a while.)
So for me, this cycle is going to be about creating new daily routines that support who I am now.
Every moon cycle begins with a New Moon, hits its energetic peak at the Full Moon, and then gently cascades down into the darkness to renew itself again. New Moons are the time for new beginnings – if you want to work with the power of the Moon to usher change into your life, then I would pay attention.
The process of manifestation can happen anytime, clearly, since we’re constantly manifesting things into our lives (and it’s mostly on us if it’s, well, ikke bra – not good.) In order to draw what we seek to us, I often say we must dress the part. We need to be attractive to what we want – the easiest way to do that is to embody and surround ourselves with the same vibration and frequency of what we desire. Great! So how do we start?
First keep in mind that the New Moon is just the beginning – it’s your planning stage. Don’t work yourself up and think that you have to manifest your intention tonight – you’ll actually be continuing this process for another two weeks, until the Full Moon, if so you choose.
New Moon Practice
This is a brief overview of what I generally plan for New Moons and can also be viewed on my New Moon Magic page. Please feel free to cut and paste and adapt to your tastes and preferences! That’s how you create your practice. If you’re not sure what you prefer yet, then just try a little bit of everything and see how it goes!
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
First, familiarize yourself with what sacred space is, and then know that you can set it up however you wish, as simply or as intricately as you would like. Lighting a candle in a clean space is enough. Lighting a lot of candles, smudging, calling in the directions and deities, and burning incense is also enough. I have done both ways, always dependent on how I’m feeling or how much energy I have in me that particular night.
Before anything else, I tend to do my divination first because I like to be made aware of anything that is currently in the dark prior to my intentions and planning. To me it just makes sense – you want to see the full picture before you decide what you want to focus on! We’ll keep using me as an example – today I drew from my Moon Deck, my Chakra Oracle Deck, and my Starseed Oracle deck. The Moon Deck told me that I need to focus on nourishment – both food and nourishing practices. Yeah, well, that fits considering the self-care aspect of what I’m thinking about. The Chakra Oracle deck gave me an Earth Star card, advising me to connect in with Jord (Mother Earth) at this time and to trust that she can help me care for my needs. Noted. And lastly, the Starseed deck reminded me that since I am a leader forging new paths, I need to remember to take care of myself. Yeah, well. I get it. Working on it.
So, great – most of what I had already felt, but good advice and inspirations nonetheless. Now it’s time to write down my intentions. These are more in the rough-draft stages, but:
I am quickly made aware of and easily understand my body’s cues.
I find it easy to commit to routines that nourish me.
I have all the necessary time, funds, and ingredients to create nourishing meals.
And I make my self-care a priority every day.
Always write your intentions in the present tense. If they are in the past tense – they’ll stay in the past. If they are in the future – they’ll stay just out of reach.
After you write down your intentions, close your eyes and think about them for a few moments. How do they look? How do they feel? Bring those energy streams down to you through your thoughts – they’re not so far away. See if you can imagine 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!