Get your moon magick on
A New Moon and a Full Moon are very different celestial and metaphysical happenings. A New Moon invites us to focus on new beginnings while a Full Moon gives power to letting go and completion. You can also follow the Moon’s natural cycle by starting at the New Moon by setting intentions and then use a Full Moon ritual to let go of what’s holding you back, finishing with the next set of intentions at the next New Moon.
The Celestial Science
New Moon: A New Moon is a dark Moon. It is day 0 of the Moons rotation around the Earth when it’s face is towards the Earth and is in full darkness. It sits directly between the Sun and the Earth.
Full Moon: Is when the Moon sits on the opposite side of the Earth than the Sun. Its face is illuminated brightly by the light of the Sun. We see a beautiful glowing Full Moon in the night sky.
New Moon: This is a phase to invite new beginnings. Welcome new challenges set yourself new goals or ask for your heart’s desire. During a New Moon Ritual, it is usual to set intentions and focus on how you will manifest these intentions during the coming month. A dark New Moon is a very intimate and powerful ritual, so check what you really want before you make your requests to the universe.
Full Moon: This is the time to let things go. Let go of problems, worries, unwanted behaviour, and toxic people so that you can heal and move forward without these things holding you back. The Moon’s brightness offers hope, white celestial light to guide your forward, and confer blessings from the Moon Goddess Selene.
How to Prepare
New Moon: First, take a meditative bath with some salts and calming essential oils such as Lavender to still your mind so that you can focus on what you really want without the “noise” of everyday stresses. Smoke cleanse (smudge) your sacred space with incense such as Patchouli which is linked to love, wealth and money, or burn sacred herbs such as Sweetgrass for divine feminine guidance, or Palo Santo for your requests to be granted.
Full Moon: For New Moon Cleansing you can use White Sage to help cast out negative energy. Leave a window open for bad energy to escape through. Palo Santo is also an excellent smoke cleansing tool as it refreshes the space, filling it with positive energy so that as you release and let go of those worries and problems, their space is filled with better energy.
Setting your Intentions/Affirmations
New Moon: During a New Moon you want to set positive intentions for yourself so that during the ritual you can commit yourself to manifest these, asking the universe or your spirit guide for help. Try to limit yourself to only a few so that you can really give them proper focus and attention during this Moon cycle. For example:
- I am ready to …
- I want to …
- I ready to meet my new love
- I want to find my true path in life
- I will find a new job
Full Moon: Get ready to cast out those demons (or ex’s). Look at what is really holding you back – now is the time to let it go. Be honest with yourself and the universe will answer with its help.
- I release myself from ….
- I cleanse myself of ….
- I free myself of ….
- I forgive myself for ….
- I let go of my ex
- I will stop smoking
- I free myself of needing to be liked
The Best Crystals to Use
For both Moon rituals, you can use Clear Quartz and Moonstone to give power and moon energy to your requests to the universe. You can also use Selenite and Labradorite for both rituals but if you do wish to separate your crystals for these rituals then you can use Selenite for Full Moon rituals and Labradorite for New Moon rituals.
New Moon: During the dark arctic winters when there is no light from the New Moon you can see the Northern Lights dance across the midnight sky. The native peoples of Canada believed Labradorite was created of frozen fire from the Northern Lights. Labradorite is the interdimensional magick fixer helping you manifest those intentions under dark and mysterious skies. It is a deeply magick crystal, meditate while watching its colourful flashes and keep recommitting to your New Moon intentions.
Full Moon: Selenite emits pure light energy into your space and during a Full Moon it is at its peak of energy. In Greek, Selenite means stone from the moon, representing its ethereal moonlight and is named after the Greek Goddess of the Moon, Selene. Using a piece of Selenite or a Selenite sphere helps you to channel that divine energy and to power your affirmations, helping you to truly let go and replacing that negativity with positive energy. Keep your Selenite near a window so it can channel this energy into your space during the month and act as a visual reminder to stick to your affirmations.
Closing Your Ritual
New Moon: Smile and take 3 deep controlled breaths. Feel your confidence grow and stiffen your resolve that your intentions will be manifested. Sip on hot tea such as fresh mint or green tea or a hibiscus infusion to focus your thinking by refreshing your body and mind. Hold your ritual crystal and know what it will help you manifest your intentions. Keep this crystal close to you this month. Take a meditative salt bath with essential oils such as peppermint or pink grapefruit to stimulate your creative thinking to help provide the answers you need.
Full Moon: Allow the energy you have created to surround you. Sip on a hot tea such as Ginger or Mandarin/Orange to recharge your batteries and comfort you as you let go of those toxic things in your life. Hold your ritual crystal, draw an Oracle card for extra direction or insight on how to keep your positive energy flowing. Keep your crystal with you that evening, then the next morning pop it near a window so that it can recharge and remind you that you have already let go of those negative things should they pop back into your mind.
For my friends of a more magickal nature…
Spells & The Moon
New Moon: With this Moon phase being aligned with asking for your hearts deepest desires or setting true intentions, this is also the best time to undertake love and prosperity spells. The fresh new moon gives you a new drive and the darkness of the night encourages you to peek into your soul.
Full Moon: A time for casting out and removing problems and barriers. Ideal for banishing spells and asking for psychic protection. With the white silvery light of the Moon, white magick abounds so you can ask your requests of the universe guided by that powerful white light.
I hope you liked my little guide. Remember you can download a short guide containing all you need to perform your own Full or New Moon Ritual here
Wishing you love and moon blessings,