Moon-curious? Here’s what you need to know about new moon rituals to leverage the cosmic energy of the lunar cycle.
The New Moon occurs when the Sun and Moon are aligned, with the Sun and Earth on opposite sides of the Moon. The next new moon is on December 4, 2021 at 12:43 am and it’s the perfect time to take advantage of new moon rituals and set intentions for the coming month and new year.
A new moon occurs every month when the moon and the sun conjoin in the sky, setting off a new cycle of light. When the moon is new, it’s invisible from Earth, then it slowly appears as a thin crescent of light. The moon is technically only new for a moment — when the sun and moon are directly aligned — but the energy of a new moon lasts for roughly three days before and after this moment.
What a new moon signifies
In astronomy, a new moon marks the first lunar phase and symbolizes new beginnings. The energy of a new moon is helpful in achieving goals, beginning new projects, and setting intentions. Creating new moon rituals, like intention setting and journaling, each month can help you reach your goals.
Think of the new moon as a cosmic reset each month where you can reassess your goals and work toward them as the moon waxes toward fullness. Connecting to these lunar energies is powerful and can provide a sense of grounding and clarity of purpose.
How the new moon affects your mood
According to astrology, a new moon is a time of natural introspection and a great opportunity to connect to your emotions and reflect on your feelings. During the new moon, the moon is not visible in the sky and this lack of light often equates to less physical energy. You may find during a new moon that you are more easily fatigued, recover slower, or simply have low mental and physical energy. This is perfectly normal!
Rituals for a new moon
The new moon marks the beginning of a fresh lunar cycle, so the energy is naturally supportive of starting new projects during this time. Here are our top tips for syncing your efforts with the rhythm of the new moon.
Set your Intentions
The act of physically writing down a goal or intention makes you more likely to act on it. Keep your list of intentions available as the moon waxes so you can revisit and revise as needed. Staying in tune with the moon as it builds can help you manifest your desires.
Choose an Affirmation.
Affirmations are a great way to get clear on what you want and the kind of energy you want to bring into the new lunar cycle. Intentions set the tone for what you want and affirmations help clarify who you want to be and what you want to embody.
New Moon Bath
Water-based rituals are a fantastic way to work with lunar energy and one of our favorite new moon rituals. Relax and renew yourself in a warm bath with music, candles, or essential oils to set the tone for new beginnings.
Carve out a Sacred Space
Creating and designating a sacred space is a great way to invite new moon energy into your life. Adding crystals, candles, and aromatherapy help create a physical space to help you manifest your intentions.
Meditation and Yoga
The new moon is a time to plant seeds for future growth so carving out time for quiet introspection and self-care is critical. Meditation and gentle yoga are ideal practices to tap into the new moon’s tranquil energy. Take advantage of Ohana’s all-access class pass for just $99 and choose from a robust on-demand library of classes as well as live and in-studio classes.
Erin Entlich is a certified yoga instructor, personal trainer, holistic health coach, and writer. She believes doing good starts with feeling good, which is why she loves helping people weave movement, mindfulness, and healthy eating into their daily lives. Find out more at www.erinentlich.com.