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Moon-curious? Here's everything you need to know about new moons and how to harness their powerful energy from down here on land.


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What is a new moon?

A new moon occurs once a month when the moon and sun unite in the sky, starting a new cycle of light. When the moon is new, it is invisible to us on Earth, so it slowly appears as a very thin crescent of light. While the energy of a new moon lasts about three days before and after the lunation, the moon is technically only new for a moment when the sun and moon are directly aligned in the sky (e na roda zodiacal!).

What is the spiritual significance and significance of the new moon?

Since new moons occur once a month and signify the beginning of a cycle, you can think of them as a cosmic reset. The new moon is the ideal time toset intentionsand goals you will develop as the moon approaches its fullness. Connecting to these lunar energies can provide grounding and a sense of direction.

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After the new moon, light begins to accumulate, as the moon gradually becomes more visible to us on Earth. This phase between the new moon and the full moon is called the waxing moon. Our mission during this time is to gather energy and information as everything lights up. We can use the crescent moon moment to build, work towards a goal or bring the initial phases of a project to fruition.

so comeFull moon, a time of culmination and harvest. This is the culminating moment we work towards, when our new moon intentions reach their peak. Should we stay or should we go? Do we reap the fruits of our labor or do we change course? As the moon becomes fully visible to us on Earth, we can see everything clearly.

Then the phase of the waning moon begins. As the moon recedes and the light begins to dim, we can begin to release what is no longer working for us. Reflect on what you built during the waxing phase and get rid of what doesn't feel right. As the moon disappears from view, we can tie up loose ends and say goodbye to what is not serving our highest purpose.

Astrologically speaking, new moons occur when the sun and moon are exactly the same degree in the same zodiac sign.full moonsThis happens when they are in opposite zodiac signs but to the same degree. Each new moon will culminate in a corresponding full moon six months later. For example, a Pisces new moon will fall during Pisces season in February or March, then a Pisces full moon will rise during Virgo season in August or September.

You can set short-term goals between new and full moons every two weeks. Then use lunar astrology for a longer game, creating intentions on a new moon that will unfold in a six-month window.


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What to do during the new moon


write your intentions

When we write things down, we are more likely to remember them and act on them. In a new moon that turns the page, write what you're looking formanifestoduring this two week light cycle. Spend some time with what you've written and read it aloud. Keep your wish list with you as the moon grows and revise it whenever necessary. Stay in tune with the moon as it builds and manifests your desires.


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choose a statement

What kind ofenergyWant to take this new cycle with you?affirmationsthey're a great way to be clear about what you want. Make a list of affirmations, read them aloud, and review them as the moonlight increases. While intentions set the tone of what you wantto do, affirmations are about what you wantbe and embodyExamples of new moon affirmations include: "I am confident"; “I bring peace and love into this new cycle of light”; "I share my light."


Take a refreshing new moon bath

Water-based rituals are always a great way to work with lunar energy, as the moon is closely linked to the element of water. Relax and reset in the bathtub with your favorite music. candle light,fill your diffuser with essential oils, and establish a healing environment for your bathroom. Dive in and set the stage for a new beginning as you cleanse, release and refresh your mind, body and spirit.


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Create a sacred space

Creating intentional and sacred space is a great way to invite new moon energy into your life. Often, when we create a physical environment, the energy we want flows more easily into our lives. Clear a surface (dresser, table, etc.) and place any objects, intentions, lists or images that remind you of what you are calling with the new moon. Revisit this sacred space as the moon grows. You can use it as a meditation station and light candles, usearomatherapyand oils,add crystals, and land in the energy around the space every morning. New moons can also be a time to share sacred space with others through anew moon circle ceremony.

What Not to Do on New Moon


Spend time with detractors

Use the new moon to energetically set the tone for the weeks to come. It's time to upgrade, reset and look to the future. if there is anyrelationships or friendships in your life that constantly bring you downor drain your energy, avoid spending time with these people on the new moon. Surround yourself with people who help you feel energized and alive.


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get stuck in the past

The new moon is just that: new! Stay present, look to the future with optimism and try not to let the concerns of the past get you down. Let go and let it flow.


Say no to new opportunities, people or experiences.

Pay special attention to new people, experiences, or opportunities the universe offers during the new moon. While the full moon is a time to release everything that doesn't serve us, the new moon is a time to build, create and generate new projects.

How to Shake Up Your New Moon Ritual All Year Round

A new moon always falls in a specific astrological sign. Each sign carries different energies and themes, and we can use this information to connect with the cosmos. Here are some keywords associated with each sign to help you get started on your lunar journey.

  • Aries: Identity, self, individuality, fire, beginnings.
  • Touro: Mother Earth, art, nature, body positivity, grounding.
  • Twins: Conversation, air, information, knowledge, social.
  • Cancer: Water, womb, Mother, moon, consolation.
  • lion: Fire, creativity, fame, Sun, sovereignty.
  • Virgin: Earth, goddess, harvest, separating the necessary from the unnecessary.
  • Scorpion: Deep waters, underworld, shadow, past.
  • Sagittarius: Adventure, fire, unknown, debauchery.
  • Capricorn: Earth, structure, integrity, hard work, Saturn.
  • Aquarium: Air, new ideas, revolution, future-oriented, outsiders.
  • Libra: Balance, justice, beauty, harmony, air, ideas.
  • Fish: The ocean, collective consciousness, mysticism, dreams.

More advanced astrology buffs can check outyour own natal chartto see where the next new moon will fall for them. For example, if the next new moon in Aries falls in your 10th house, it will be about setting intentions in your career and public life, which are 10th house issues. You can use this cosmic information to help guide your intention setting and areas of focus for the weeks to come.

The new moon is like a cosmic reset and a monthly gift from the universe. Use this energy to get started and set the tone for the next cycle of your life. Avoidunnecessary stressand decide which energy you want to call upon. Let the new moon empower you!

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