It's coming upon the Summer Solstice here in the Northern hemisphere and this year we have a powerful New Moon Solar Eclipse along with it! This is some BIG energy to work with and we can expect to see something major happening on the world stage with all of this cardinal energy. In your personal life, you can use this time to set some powerful intentions for yourself to carry out for the rest of the year and possibly even longer. Below is a simple new moon ritual I wrote that you can use to guide you on how to set your intentions and release them to the universe. I also found a wonderful guided meditation for welcoming in the Summer Solstice if you care to listen in on that:
NEW MOON RITUAL Here is a quick and easy New Moon ritual for setting intentions in your life. For each new moon, you can focus your intentions around the themes of the zodiac sign for added emphasis. For this ritual, you will need a piece of paper, a writing utensil, and depending on if you use fire as your element: a fireproof bowl or other type of fireproof container, a lighter or matches. Or depending on if you use earth as your element: a shovel or hand trowel. Optional tools would be: crystals, candles, incense, sage, a way to play music. Astrologically, the New Moon marks a time of renewal and fresh starts. It lays the groundwork for future manifestations. This is a time for setting your intentions for the coming month, for focusing on improving yourself and for assessing where you are on your life path. Before you begin, take a few moments to think about what you would like to manifest in your life. Be sure to cover every aspect of your life: home, family, health, work, career, relationships, spirituality and any area where you feel you could use some self‐improvement. Note: If you are wrestling with an especially emotional issue, you may want to spend some time sitting quietly with the emotions. Do not be afraid to let the emotions be felt, they simply need to be acknowledged and felt by you before they can be released. Sit with it and let it be felt, it will change in a short amount of time and you will feel the relief. Ask yourself some questions to help you focus. What would you like to see differently? What would you like to draw into your life? What do you need to let go of? What sort of person do you want to become? You can put time limits on your desires, if you like. Be playful about this but keep your manifestations realistic enough to fit into your belief system. Once you have discovered a desire, write it down in a sentence using the phrase “I intend”. Some examples: • “I intend to release the need for smoking cigarettes.” • “I intend to manifest a higher income for myself by the end of the year.” • “I intend to meditate for fifteen minutes every day.” Once you have your manifestation sentences written down, read each one again and spend one to two minutes reveling in the feeling of it being true. Visualize it as if it has already happened; imagine what it would feel like and let yourself feel it. This is where the real magick begins, in the emotions, so be sure that you are connecting with your intention through positive emotion and do not let any doubt, worry or fear enter your visualization. Do this for each intention and state them out loud if you can to reaffirm it to the Universe. When you are done with your list, you have one or two options:
1. Fire: Using the element of fire symbolizes swift action to assist you in manifesting your desires as quickly as possible. Light the piece of paper on fire and allow it to burn in your fireproof container. As it burns, say to yourself or aloud that you are releasing your intentions to the universe as you are consciously making room in your life for new and better things to come.
2. Earth: Using the element of earth symbolizes a slow but steady growth of something that will last. Bury the piece of paper in the ground and as you do so, say to yourself or aloud that you are planting your intentions to the universe as a firm foundation for future growth. Once the paper has completely burned or is buried, thank your spiritual entities for attending and spend some time reflecting on the idea of opening up space in your life for the new things to come.
If you used fire, dispose of the ashes as you please and if it was an especially emotional time, ground yourself in a manner that feels best to you. Some suggestions: eat good food, have good sex, take a hot bath, meditate, walk barefoot upon the earth or go to sleep. Now for the following moon cycle, watch as the universe works with you to see your intentions come to life. Remember you are an active participant in this, so your emotional alignment is important – do your best to keep in a positive state of mind when it comes to your intentions and let the universe work out the details for you. Happy Manifesting!