New moons are a great time for evaluating and processing current events and situations, and crafting new intentions for the upcoming weeks. Among other things, a new moon ritual can serve as a check-in point for goals, a pause for quiet reflection, and time to express gratitude for life and its treasures. I will share my latest rituals with you here!

I started journaling about my intentions a few days in advance of the ritual. I reviewed my previous intentions and goals, and decided on some things I wanted to change. Once I decided on a direction, I chose crystals that represent my intentions. This new moon group is very supportive of the Heart and Crown chakras, and you will see that my intentions are very focused on those areas. I also set out a gold and silver candle for balancing the masculine and feminine energies, and lit a special new moon candle by a local artist (Libby’s Handcrafted Magick).

Once I had my candles lit, I put pen to page once again and began writing what came to mind. This particular new moon brought up the idea of making more intentional decisions, so I allowed myself to express the specific ways I wanted to embody the energy of intentional decisions. I wrote out a bunch of statements about the way I want to show up in the world, and I’ll use those for daily reminders and journaling prompts over the next few weeks.

Then it was time for my tarot reading… this one was interesting. You’ll notice that I wrote a statement after each card. I struggled in my interpretation at first, because a Celtic Cross is usually used for reading the energy of a situation. My mind wanted to apply the messages to specific situations, and while logical, it felt “off”. Later I connected with a friend, whose words mirrored the message in the original context. I am learning a new way to “be” in the world, and the way I show up emotionally must change.

After processing the message, I expressed my gratitude for the gifts and did a quiet meditation. I spent a little time working on a plan to apply my intentions to my week, and went to sleep. And that’s it! If you’ve read this far, I’d love to know if you also did a new moon ritual, and how you felt about it! Feel free to leave a comment below!

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