Creating a New Moon Ritual To Set Intentions for Wo-Manifestation
Wherever you are, sister, I love knowing that you and I gaze at the same moon!
And I love knowing we’re connected with women throughout time who also gazed at that same moon—and created ritual and ceremony to honor her different phases.
Ready to engage the natural energies of the moon to support you in your daily life?
My favorite way is to set intentions through a new moon ritual.
Maybe you feel unsure about exactly how to set intentions in a new moon ritual. Perhaps you have some doubts or fears popping up. I understand.
Know that there’s no one “right” way of how to set intentions. I’ll lay out my recommendations of how to write out your intentions, set up your sacred space, and simple steps to follow to create your own meaningful and potent ritual for the new moon.
And then you’ll make it your own. Honor your uniqueness.
Setting intentions doesn't have to be daunting—it can be simple and fun. And effective! As you work with your intentions from one new moon to the next, you'll find they help you align your focus, time and energy towards creating what you desire.
Table of Contents
- As a woman, you’re innately connected to the moon
- New moon intentions support your wo-manifestations
- When to do your new moon ritual
- How to write your intentions and prepare your ritual
- Creating sacred space for your new moon ritual
- How to set your new moon intentions—7 steps for your ritual
- Make a practice of setting new moon intentions
As a woman, you’re innately connected to the moon
You carry the cycle of the moon within you, so when you connect with the moon’s energy, you're connecting with something deep inside yourself, too.
If you're still menstruating, your body is following a 28 day cycle similar to the moon. Before electric lights, women usually bled at the dark of the moon and often retreated to a “moon lodge". Today the timing of women’s cycles varies much more—yet whether your period is on the waxing, waning or full moon, you're still in sync with her cycle.
Are you in menopause or beyond? Me too! What I’ve found is that in those years, your connection to the cycle of the moon continues. In fact, the effect of the moon’s cycle on your psyche may be even stronger, as your menstrual hormonal cycle no longer pulls you in the same way it used to.
Throughout the ages, women’s connection with the moon has been a powerful source of creativity, arts, and culture. According to Judy Grahn, women tracking the moon was the beginning of mathematics and science! (See her book Blood, Bread and Roses—How Menstruation Created the World).
The rhythms of the natural cycles are reflected in the spirals we walk through—from day to night, dark moon to full moon, winter to summer, youth to old age and death.
We honor our natural cycles—our ebbs and flows.
Within those natural cycles, the new moon is the time of beginnings—a time for planting seeds that can grow throughout the remainder of the cycle.
Now let's take a closer look at intention setting.
How new moon intentions support you in your wo-manifestations
Setting intentions in a new moon ritual is a way of engaging the natural energies of the moon’s cycle to support you as you envision your life and how you want to move forward.
Your intentions are an invitation to Spirit, to work with you to create—or wo-manifest, as I like to say—the life you wish to cultivate.
When you set an intention, you're planting a seed for what you want to grow in your life. You’re sending focused energy out into the universe to bring yourself in alignment with that intention. In doing so, you declare out loud to Spirit that you're open to receiving that intention.
I’ve set intentions for many years for my personal life as well as my work.
My personal intentions are often about where I want to dedicate my time, attention, and energy. At times they revolved around self-care, mothering, projects I was passionate about or qualities I wanted to experience in my relationships
When to do your ritual for the new moon
In the Wise Woman Tradition, we honor the full spiral of the moon’s cycle, from dark to light, without hierarchy.
We embrace the dark of the moon,which invites us to pause and reflect—as much as the outward focus and celebration at the full moon.
Some women like to do new moon rituals on the evening of the dark of the moon—sending the energy of their intention into the void, into the place of rest before the next cycle of the moon begins.
Personally, I prefer to consider the dark moon as a quiet time of reflection. For three nights—including the nights before and after the dark moon—she isn’t visible in the night sky at all.
So I usually do my new moon intentions 2-3 days after the dark of the moon. That’s when the first sliver of the new crescent appears in the sky around sunset.
If you don’t catch sight of her, no worries, she’s easy to miss at that time. Just go ahead and jump into your new moon ritual.
How to write your intentions and prepare for your ritual
Let’s look at how to write out your intentions in a positive, heartfelt way.
To prepare for your new moon ritual, grab your notebook or journal and write out 3-5 intentions.
What would you like to see wo-manifest between this new moon and the next dark moon?
Some tips for writing your intentions:
- Consider what you want to create in your life or what changes you’d like to make. Focus on yourself and your own life. Remember, you can’t change another person; you can only change yourself. So choose intentions around what you can do, or be, or feel . . .
- Write your intention as a positive statement describing what you want to call into your life— rather than a statement of what you don’t want.
- Make your intention believable to yourself. When you make your energetic request to the universe, you want to be able to envision it as a reality. What will it look like or feel like?
- If you're feeling doubt that your intention can truly happen, then consider breaking down your larger intention into smaller stages. What’s the first increment or the first little step needed to begin moving you in that direction? Once that one is realized, then in future months you can work with the next increment.
- Write your intentions out in a specific place, such as a special journal or dedicated notebook.
Creating sacred space for your new moon ritual
Decide where you want to do your ritual—whether that’s inside or outside. Ideally it’s a quiet space where you feel safe and you'll be undisturbed during your ritual.
One of the easiest ways to create sacred space is to simply light a candle. The candle can serve as a focal point— and the lighting and extinguishing the candle can mark the start and end of your ritual.
I suggest you gather a few meaningful objects for your sacred space to support your ritual energetically. This could be something that helps you feel more grounded or centered, or an image that reflects your beauty or supports your intentions. Or consider an object that symbolizes what you’re wanting to create.
- A bowl with a favorite herb
- A special stone, crystal, or shell
- An image that captures the spirit of your intention
You may also want to energetically clear your space, especially if the space is used for other purposes. This is a way of setting aside this space for the purpose of your ritual and clearing away any energies that do not support that purpose.
Choose one of these common ways to clear the energy:
- Burning an herbal smudge stick, or palo santo
- Using a drum or rattle or singing bowl
- Waving a feather
Keep it simple, and remember, there’s no one “right” way to do this. What’s meaningful for you is what’s sacred.
How to set your new moon intentions
Once you’ve prepared your sacred space, you’re ready to move into your new moon ritual to set your intentions. If you've never done a ritual before, no worries!
To set your intentions ritualistically, just follow the 7 steps below.
Feel free to use what resonates for you, and modify as you see fit. Make it more your own.
What matters most is that you’re present and open-hearted as you state your intentions.
With some intentions, you may see movement in your life within that moon cycle. Other intentions take longer for you to experience change.
Regardless of what you see or experience right away, trust that the energy is working in the spirit realm towards your intention. Each time you state and affirm your intention, it helps both you and the universe align more and more towards seeing it come to pass.
You may find that you have the same or similar intentions from month to month. That’s okay! The energy of your intention continues to grow each time you state it out loud.
Some things take time to wo-manifest—just like some plants take longer to grow to maturity than others. Trees take years!
Make a practice of setting new moon intentions
One of the simplest—and most potent—ways to engage the moon’s energy is through a practice of setting new moon intentions.
New moon intentions are an age-old practice of writing out your heartfelt desires, and stating them out loud into the sacred space you’ve created.
As you speak the words into sacredness, you’re letting the universe know what you’re ready to receive—and you’re sending out an invitation to the universe to support you.
It is both as simple and as powerful as that.
So pull out your calendar and make a date with yourself for the next new moon! (Check timing here.)
With this simple format for writing intentions and creating a ritual, you can begin preparing your space now and thinking about which intentions you wish to consider for the upcoming new moon.
Whether it’s your first time doing a new moon ritual or you’ve been doing it for years, you're weaving your vision for the future with many other women setting their intentions around the world and throughout time.
Think about that for a moment. Women all over the world, setting intentions with the new moon.
That gives me hope.
As you, and other women, are able to wo-manifest the life you want to live, I know the world will be a better place.
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