You can think of the New Moon as a blank canvas. A clean slate before the Sun starts filling her up with his reflection. Since the Sun and Moon are lined up with one another, the tides are lower than usual and energies are aligned. This is a great time to plant the seeds for whatever it is we would like to see come to fruition in the coming months. The power of a New Moon lasts around three days. The first day is beneficial for the planning phase and sowing excitement for our new venture. The next couple days are best to apply that energy in the real world with those first steps- schedule the meeting, make the phone call, you can launch that new project with the blessings of this fresh New Moon. Oh, and the Black Moon really is really just an astrological phenomenon when there are two new moons in one month. The last time this happened was 2016.
The Moon just joined the Sun, Venus, and Mars in the cardinal fire sign Leo. Mercury also just went direct in nurturing Cancer, so the stage is set lovingly for anyone regardless of their sign to get into their fun-loving, creative, storytelling, and self-expressive side. August 1 is the day of Lammas, or August Eve, which is an ancient ritual tradition which celebrates the first wheat harvest of the year. Even if you don’t grow wheat crops, the same can be applied to whatever your work or passion is. It’s a great time to reflect and celebrate all the work you have put into this year so far, look at what you have created that’s tangible and soak in the feeling of manifestation and creation, reaping and sowing.
The following is a simple New Moon ritual that can be easily applied by anyone, with recommendations for a few easily attainable magical tools.
NEW MOON in LEO RITUAL GUIDE
My personal favorite way to Ritual for the New Moon is with smudging, intention-setting, candle-burning, and Power Bathing. You can replace the bath with meditation, but I prefer to be submerged because of the encompassing nature of it. It’s a great way to get in touch with the world around you, your physical self, your inner world, and most importantly, what you truly want. In our modern age of social media and never quite turning off, it can become really confusing to maintain focus on our own true goals. For instance, do you really want to drop everything and take that trip to Corsica, or did you just get FOMO from some random post you saw on Instagram?? It’s time to turn off the noise and distractions and realign with what you really want that’s best for you.
Leo is all about loyalty, honesty, creative self-expression and childlike ideals. This would be a great time to reconnect with your inner child and listen to what it has always wanted, at least entertain it. Here are a few things you will need for this ritual:
- Sage or Palo Santo to clear the space energetically
- Gemstones: Citrine, Tiger’s eye, Orange Calcite, Carnelian
- Pen and Paper
- Himalayan Sea Salt
- Herbs: Rosemary, Chamomile, Anise
- Yellow candle
First, clear the space by burning the sage or Palo Santo in a fire-safe dish. Draw a hot bath, add the salt and herbs (keep the herbs in a satchel to keep it clean) while you write your intentions. Give thanks for everything you have created so far this year. Listen to your inner Leo who really wants to be seen and heard. Write down whatever you would like to see in yourself and reflected in the world around you. With these intentions fresh in your mind, and the bath full and hot, light the yellow candle and soak. As you close your eyes and relax, visualize everything you have just written down as if it were a movie. See it, feel it, experience it vividly in your mind. For as long as you want, let yourself get completely lost in your wildest dreams. After visualizing, as with any meditation, finish it with gratitude and statement of surety such as: So let it be. (Personally I do a cold dunk/rinse right after to zap me out of imagination and into reality.) If you can, let the candle burn all the way down.
Do you have a ritual you do with the phases of the moon? Let me know what you do in the comments!