New Moon Ritual; April 2020

The New Moon or ‘Dark Moon’ in Taurus brings us energies of new starts, a time for things to begin again with a fresh slate and manifest new ideas and relationships with real substance.
In order for us to start anew, we must clear away negative and stagnant energies of the past cycle.
This ritual will walk you through cleansing and opening yourself up for positive change in our new season.

Gather Materials and Prepare your space

You will need:
Sage/Palo Santo or other cleansing herb of choice
Paper
Pen/pencil
White candle
Lighter/matches
Plate / dish with some water to extinguish paper

The Ritual

Start by gathering all of your needed materials and preparing your space. Place all the materials in front of you.

Once you have found somewhere quiet to sit with all your materials, smudge yourself and your space with your Palo Santo, Sage or whatever herb you prefer.

My go-to cleansing chant is “May light and love fill this space, and the hearts and minds of all those who enter here. Negative energy is not welcome.”

Set aside your smudging herbs and light the white candle.
As you do so, focus on your intention for the ritual: To cleanse yourself of the past energies and make room for the new.

Look into the flame and say aloud “I release all that no longer serves me” and let those emotions flow. Think of all the things you’re currently holding on to that no longer serve your Higher Self.
This process can be emotional and it’s important to allow those feelings to surface and be addressed in order for the process to work.
Let these things go, continue to say “I release all that no longer serves me” until you feel that you have released all these negative energies and feelings.

Tear your paper into a small piece and write down what you plan to accomplish this lunar cycle. (A whole sheet of paper will be a FIRE HAZARD)
These intentions can be as simple as “I will clean out my closet this week” or as important as “I will learn to love myself”

Hold your paper with your intention over the water dish, close your eyes and say aloud your intention, really feel it rise in you and commit yourself to the intent.

Light the paper on fire with the lighter or matches, imagine your intention rising to the Universe in the smoke that comes from it, and drop it in the dish to extinguish the flame.

Once you have completed these steps, take a few moments to reflect on the process and how you feel now that it is over. When you are ready, thank the Universe, blow out the candle and rise.

Sacred Space In Scary Times

Quarantine Day 34, well at least for my house.
It may be different where you are. You may have started Quarantine earlier because you live in a more populated area, you may have started later because you’re an essential worker or maybe your job didn’t take the threat serious enough and gambled their employees health over profits (yes, I’m looking at you Hobby Lobby). Whatever your current status is, one thing is certainly the same for all of us… Shit is scary.
I’ll be the first one to admit I didn’t think I would ever see the ENTIRE PLANET at a total standstill and it’s frightening. We don’t know what the future holds, we don’t know when this will be over and when we can get back to ‘normal’. We don’t even know what the new normal will look like, but what we do know is that we’re worried, bored out of our minds and nearly out of things to watch on Netflix. So I say we take some time to create a space for ourselves to recenter, gather our thoughts and focus on the things we are thankful for. Trust me, you’ll feel a lot better.

  • Find somewhere quiet to sit or lie down
  • Close your eyes and place your arms by your sides, palms facing up.
  • Take several deep breaths in and out, as you do so focus on relaxing your body starting at your head and working down to your toes.
    Inhale deeply, relax the muscles in your face
    Exhale deeply
    Inhale deeply, relax the muscles in your jaw
    Exhale deeply
    Inhale deeply, relax the muscles in your shoulders…
    and so on until your entire body is completely relaxed.
  • Now that you are relaxed physically, relax your mind.
    Continue your steady deep breaths.
    Let go of all of your anxious energy and worries, imagine them leaving your body with each deep exhale.
  • Your body is relaxed and your mind is clear of all negative energies, so now is the time to fill them back up with positive intention.
  • As you draw in each deep inhale, think of something you are thankful for, let it fill you with its warmth and exhale gratitude.
  • Continue to fill yourself with 10 good things, or until you are ready to slowly open your eyes.
  • Now stand, stretch, and say ‘Thank You’ to YOURSELF for allowing the time in your day for self care.

It’s important to take care of our physical, mental and spiritual health and I’m so thankful that you took the time today to do a little self care!
Try doing this at least once a week, you can even pair it with some soft music, a nice cup of tea (or wine, no judgement here) and make this your own special time of reflection and Sacred Space, you deserve it.

May your days be Blessed & full of light and love,
Mother Moon