The Ultimate Guide to Moon Rituals

This year started with an astrologically significant event. The moon grew full in Cancer, reaching its peak on the 2nd of January. What does this mean to you personally? The lunar energy is calling you to bring your creativity and ideas forth! If you’ve been waiting for positive changes to occur for a long time, then this is the year of inspiration and opportunity. And the moon can help you manifest your dreams, if you know how to harvest its energy with the help of certain rituals. Here’s your ultimate guide to moon rituals that you can perform in your own home.

What are moon rituals?

We’re all interconnected – not only with each other, but also with the phenomena that we see in nature. This includes the moon and its different phases. Each month (every 29.53 days, to be precise), the moon travels cyclically, gradually passing through various lunar phases. You can find a full list of moon phases for 2018 here.

Performing certain rituals at particular points in the moon cycle can help you to release negativity, increase your abundance, attract love and make other positive changes in your life.

How to prepare for a moon ritual

It’s important to enter any ritual with a clear mind, having cleansed yourself and staying grounded. Before you attempt any of these rituals, make sure you cleanse your mind of negative thoughts and wash it free of any worries or concerns that you may have faced in the day.

Moon rituals are best done in the light of the moon, so take a warm bath with sea salt before you begin your ritual. You can also cleanse the room where you’ll be performing the ritual by burning some white sage or incense sticks. You can also do a short meditation before you start, to ensure that you’re grounded and fully present in the moment.

Having an altar will help you to focus your intentions and make it more powerful. If you can, place some items on your altar, such as crystals, candles, herbs or small objects that hold a particular meaning to you and therefore works with the ritual you wish to perform.

Rituals of the new moon

The new moon symbolises new beginnings. This is the best time to start new projects and make changes in your life. The idea is this – as the moon grows, so will your wish or intention that you’ve set during the new moon ritual. The new moon can also aid you in eliminating any bad habits you may have.

New moon ritual for setting intentions

The new moon offers a burst of energy to carry your dreams and wishes forth. This is the perfect time to declare to the Universe all the good things you wish to bring in your life. Write them all down in a journal – no matter how crazy or big they may seem right now. What do you long for most? What does your heart crave? This is the time to dream big, so don’t hold back, no matter how crazy or unrealistic your ideas may seem at the time.

Once you’ve written down your dreams and wishes, close the ritual with a prayer or a releasing meditation. In other words, surrender your intentions and dreams to the care of the Universe.

In the days that follow, keep checking back on your list – pin it to a board or keep it in your purse, so you remember to take small, consistent action towards making your dreams a reality.

When an intention comes true, cross it off the list and thank the Universe for its deliverance. Then, add another intention or wish to your list, if one comes to you – the list can keep growing and developing as your needs and desires change, and the moon waxes full.

New moon rituals for love

There’s a number of new moon rituals for love that you can perform, but this particular ritual, inspired by the Elephant Journal, is designed to cleanse any blocks standing in the way of love. Love needs to flow freely – just like Universal energy does – and these blocks that get in the way of its flow, can be caused by arguments, resentments or misunderstandings. This ritual will help you to release and eliminate them.

Before you start, think carefully about the intention you wish to set during the ritual. It’s good to have a clear and focused mind, with a clear intention before you get going.

To perform this new moon ritual for love, you’ll need elements of the earth, water and fire to strengthen this ritual. You’ll need to get your hands on some soil that you can use for planting, a small container and a seed (this can be any seed of your choice – a plant that most appeals to you or one that you associate most with love). You’ll also need a paper and pen, as well as a candle and some water (preferably gathered from a natural resource, such as a river, lake or the sea).

Once you have gathered these materials, choose an item that’s particularly important to you and that may be enveloped in negative energy. This could be a photograph of a loved one, some jewellery, a note or anything that’s significant to you about the loved one. You can also use a crystal to strengthen the ritual. You can perform this ritual indoors, but it’s preferable to head outdoors in your garden or a nearby park.

Once you’ve found the perfect place where you can be sure you won’t be disturbed, call on the goddess of love. Venus, the Roman goddess of love can come to your aid. Or you may connect better with the deity Parvati, the Hindu goddess of love and devotion. Or perhaps Frigga, the Norse goddess of fertility and marriage, inspires you more and matches your intention best. Once you’ve identified with a goddess, call on her to enter your ritual and come to your aid. To do this, softly chant her name several times.

Now, light the candle you brought with you and place some soil in the bottom of your pot. If you’ve brought a crystal with you, hold it in your hands for a moment, then place it also in the pot.

Think of the person with whom you wish to improve your love relationship with. Write their name and your name on a piece of paper. Now, add the note to the rest of the items in the pot.

Sprinkle some more soil on top of this, and plant the seed, using up the rest of the soil to cover it up. Pour some water on top to signify cleansing. Keep your mind clear, focusing on getting a positive outcome to the intention you set.

Meditate awhile in the light of the new moon, if you wish to. Then, take the pot home with you and watch the seed as it grows, thinking of the positive power of love and how its releasing your from any negative energy surrounding your relationship. 

Full moon rituals

As opposed to the new moon which is all about beginnings, the full moon is about coming a full cycle. It’s about completion and marking a time for change. It’s the perfect time to let go of things that you no longer need and that may be holding you back from living your dream life.

Simple full moon rituals

Performing full moon rituals needn’t be difficult or strenuous – there’s a range of rituals you can try, even if you’ve never done one before and have never consciously worked with lunar energy before. Here are some simple rituals that you can perform at home, so you can harvest the power of the full moon and see it work its magic in your life, even if you’re an absolute beginner to this.

Full moon rituals for beginners

Full moon ritual for letting go of things that no longer serve you

Every now and then, we need to stop and take stock of where we’re at and where we want to be. This can help us work out what we need to let go of and what no longer serves us, so that we can move forward.

Allow 20 to 30 minutes for your ritual. Make sure you won’t be disturbed during this time, so you can be fully present. It’s good to place some candles on your altar, or a cauldron that you’ll use later.

Take a pen and paper and write down all the things that you want to let go of. Some may come easy, such as clearing out your wardrobe to allow some space or clearing the garden. Others may be harder. For example, letting go of a job, an addiction or a toxic relationship. No matter what emotion you feel at the time, be truthful – ask yourself if the thing you’re letting go of is serving your highest good and the highest good of all – or would you be better off without it, even if you can’t imagine what that would be like right now.

Just like our thoughts, words are very powerful. They carry a creative power with them. So, once you’ve written your list, read the words out loud – declare them loud and clear! You’re allowed to get angry, if you wish. Add some emotion to the ritual – say it like you mean it! Then, set the list on fire (stay safe – this is where the cauldron comes in handy).

End the ritual with the words “And so it is done” and believe in your heart that you’ve taken powerful action towards releasing that which no longer serves you.

Full moon rituals for attracting love

The full moon can also be a powerful ally in manifesting love. If you feel that you’re ready to let the all-embracing power of love into your life, then this is the time to make it real.

It’s a good idea to take the usual cleansing bath before any of the moon rituals. However, since we’re talking love here, you can turn your usual bath into a love bath. Sprinkle rose petals around your bath and induce the water with some rose or sandalwood oil. As you bathe, imagine what it would feel like to be held in the arms of a lover who loves you for who you are.

If it’s not too cold outside, you can take this ritual outdoors – take a mat to a romantic spot somewhere in nature and bring a journal and some crystals with you that will help enhance your ritual. If that’s not an option, you can perform this ritual indoors on the night of the full moon equally well. Draw the curtains open, so you can bathe in the light of the moon.

In your journal, write a list of all the things you’re grateful for in your life. Feel the love and energy of gratitude fill your heart. Now, using that energy, write down what qualities you’d like your soulmate to have. Don’t focus on physical attributes (such as tall, dark, handsome etc) but rather write down what qualities you’d like them to possess (caring, kind, thoughtful etc).

Then, meditate for five to ten minutes, visualising what it would physically feel like to have your soulmate appear in your life. How warm and safe you’d feel in their caresses, how attractive you’d feel when they kiss you, how understood you’d feel they talk to you.

Finish the ritual by writing down how thankful you are to the Universe for bringing your soulmate to you – and believe in your heart that they will manifest at the right time.

Full moon rituals for money

If you struggle with attracting money into your life, or if you find your thoughts get caught in perpetual cycles of financial worry, then this full moon ritual is for you. The energy of the full moon is expansive, and this speaks in favour of increasing your finances.

Question your beliefs around money

Before you start the ritual, spend some time searching your mind. What are your views about money? Many people wish for more riches but find themselves constantly struggling. One of the reasons for this is that they hold some negative beliefs surrounding money. You may have a subconscious belief that money is somehow bad, evil or dirty. And this may contradict your desire to attract more into your life. This is because having conflicting beliefs around money – especially, subconscious ones – sends a conflicting signal out to the Universe, of both financial abundance and lack.

Now, spend some time questioning your mind and all the beliefs that you hold surrounding money. Write any negative beliefs surrounding money on a piece of paper and start to question them, so you can eventually reverse these beliefs, and turn them into more positive ones.

How to perform the ritual

There’s a number of ways you can perform full moon rituals for attracting money. For this particular ritual you’ll need a cauldron that’s half-filled with water. You’ll also need a silver coin. Place the coin in the cauldron and the cauldron on your altar or a sacred space (if possible, place it somewhere where the light of the full moon falls on the cauldron).

Start by taking the customary bath to cleanse and revitalise yourself. As you soak in the bath, feel your body being magnetised. Imagine yourself as a human magnet, attracting all good things to you. Gratitude is key to this ritual, so if you struggle to feel like the luckiest person in the world, search your mind for all the things that you feel profoundly grateful for.

As you get out of the bath, make sure that you’re fully present in the moment (you can try some grounding meditation to achieve this). When you feel fully present, grounded and filled by the energy from your gratitude meditation, place the silver coin into the cauldron, and chant the following words three times:

“Lovely Lady of the Moon,

Bring to me your wealth quite soon,

Fill my hands with silver and gold,

All you can, my purse can hold.”

When you’ve finished chanting, pour out the water over earth or some soil. Take out the silver coin and keep it close-by, for example, in your purse or pocket.

You can find the full spell and other money spells on Exemplefore.

Blood moon rituals

Blood moon refers to a total lunar eclipse, where the moon blocks any direct sunlight, so that it can no longer illuminate its surface. But thanks to the Earth’s atmosphere, some sunlight still reaches th moon’s surface, giving this magnificent rock a red, yellow or orange glow. This is where the blood moon gets its name from.

The blood moon signifies a time of major, dramatic change. Therefore, the blood moon rituals are associated with releasing the old (whether that’s internal negative beliefs, a toxic relationship or a job that you hate) to make space for the new. Essentially, blood moon rituals are about opening your mind to a new, expanded level of consciousness. It’s a very magical time and therefore such rituals are sure to feel powerful.

As you set yourself up for the blood moon ritual, think of an intention that feels most authentic to you, especially in the areas of self-love and healing. Many of us struggle with giving ourselves enough attention, which leads us to neglect our own needs. This ritual is all about identifying ways you can love yourself more or place yourself on the path to healing. Words are powerful, so feel free to write your intention down.

Now, write down all the behaviours and ways of thinking that you wish to let go of. Be honest and think of ways that you may be sabotaging your own success. Think of what no longer serves you. A symbol or a deity can help you achieve this. You can call on the Hindu goddess Kali, for instance, who represents the death and rebirth cycles.

Now it’s over to you. Release the old patterns by setting the list on fire in a cauldron or a pot (remember to be careful and responsible when dealing with fire) or call on your goddess of choice. You can also use a special symbol that represents the thing you wish to let go of. Feel a sense of letting go.

Then, free up your energy for new beginnings. You can do this in several ways – by singing, chanting or dancing to express your intention to let go of anything that doesn’t serve you and make space for new behaviours.

Harvest moon rituals

A harvest moon is a full moon that occurs close to the autumn equinox. This is usually in September, when historically crops were being gathered for winter storage. The air gets chillier around this time, and we feel a natural pull towards the home and the indoors, and inner reflection.

It’s therefore a good idea to de-clutter your home around the time of the harvest moon. This will ensure that your home is warm and welcoming, and you have space to breathe when you’re indoors for all those upcoming winter months.

The harvest moon is a time to reap your rewards like farmers reap the harvest that they’ve toiled over for many months. This is a time to look back on your year and express true heart-felt gratitude for all the things that have gone well for you. You can also consider ways in which you can share this abundance with others in the upcoming months.

Once you’ve expressed your gratitude, you can ask the Universe to give you more of something you desire, or to give you an answer to a question that’s been on your mind for a long time.

You can’t go wrong with gratitude, so end the ritual by thanking the Universe for making your intention come true.

Blue moon rituals

A blue moon is a truly exciting phenomenon that occurs every 2.5 years. But what is a blue moon? A blue moon occurs when two full moons occur within the same calendar month. The blue moon is super-charged, giving off twice the power and energy that a full moon does. During the blood moon we can establish a much closer connection to the divine Universal energy. Blue moon rituals are therefore extremely powerful and bound to bring long-term results, until the next blue moon.

Blue moon is a great time to plant new ideas or make important, dramatic changes in your life. The colour blue is associated with peace and inner wisdom and can assist in clearing your mind and any blocks in your path, as well as giving you strength and courage to move forward.

On the night of the blue moon, try evoking the element of water in your ritual. Take a blue candle and light it. You may wish to surround it with blue, silver or white gemstones, such as a moonstone, quartz or Lapis Lazuli, among others.

As you burn the candle, set an intention for how you wish to move forth (whether that’s in your personal or professional life, or your healing path). Once you’ve declared your intention to the Universe, offer one of your gemstones to the water.

Afterwards, take a hot bath or even a swim in your nearest river (or even a swimming pool). Place the crystals into the water and soak up the divine energy that’s been released and set into motion, to aid your intention.

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