Ah, the moon. One of those celestial orbs humankind has been fascinated with for eons. Civilizations mark their calendars around the phases of the moon. Poems and songs are written about its power and beauty. The earth and all its creatures are affected by the pull of this enigmatic hunk of floating space rock. And various religions celebrate the might and grace of the moon.
In Wiccan and Pagan traditions, the new moon is a symbol of beginnings and as a blank slate upon which to begin manifesting your desires. It is the best time to plant the seeds for what you want to create in your life until the moon is full again. Now is the time to set the intentions for growth in your life, for the moon’s power will aid you in bringing these wishes to fruition. And trust me – the moon does its part! You just need to do yours.
I’ve been doing New Moon Intentions for several years now and it’s been surprising how they work! Now, I’m not saying you can write down “I want a 2016 Mustang convertible” and expect to see it parked on your driveway on the first of the year. That’s not how it works. In my intention setting, I do ask for material things such as “a newer, better phone” or a “car that will run for years and not harm the environment”. (FYI, I got a new Samsung Galaxy 4 and Honda Civic Hybrid a few months after creating those intentions.) The point is not to dictate to the universe what you want – it ain’t Santa Clause! But to let the universe know what you’re looking for in general while being somewhat specific in what you desire, as in my wish to have an environmentally friendly car.
You can also ask for the non-material aspects in life. I’ve asked for help in creating healthier habits with exercise and food. See again – I didn’t ask to lose 20 pounds by the swimsuit season. I just asked to keep my motivation for a healthier life active through the stresses of my daily duties. And though I’ve had ups and downs and ups again with my weight and healthy habits, I haven’t ever gone back to where I was before, drinking 8 sodas a day and eating Taco Bell or McDonald’s almost every night. I’ve also asked for a job to help pay my bills, and received that as well. Though not necessarily the very next month after setting the intention.
Sometimes it will take several months to receive an answer to your intention. And sometimes you have to be open to receiving things in unusual forms or in ways you weren’t expecting. All you do is put the wish/desire/hope out there, continue doing your part in bringing out the change (if you ask for help getting a job, you still need to send out applications) and then wait for the universe to help you out. I swear by new moon intentions, if only for the fact that it also keeps your goals and dreams in your mind and thus you more likely to act on them and thus make them happen.
So here’s how to go about it. I actually got the idea from an About.com article (go figure!) but I don’t always do the whole candle, clearing, manifestation notebook thing. Just do whatever feels best for you. To me, that’s just having a specific notebook (out of the hundreds I own!) and every month, I read over then rip out the previous month’s intentions and get rid of it (no looking back, just moving forward). Then I write on a fresh new page:
“I accept these things into my life now or something better for my highest good and for the highest good of all concerned”
Or something similar. Then I list all the things, material and non-material, that I want to manifest in the month ahead. And that’s it! Then I put the book away in its place until next month. Now, doesn’t that sound easy, yet uplifting? It is. And it just so happens that the new moon for November is today! How convenient. 😉
Why don’t you try it just once and see how you feel after? And leave a comment below to let me know how it worked for you?
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