This post is meant to be used as a companion to my New Moon posts. Additionally, I wrote a Witch’s Guide to Full Moon Magick post. Hopefully, with these posts combined, you’ll have the tools you need to conduct your esbats. Witchcraft is very personal, so pick and choose things that you like to do, test it out, change it, and find something that works for your Craft.
What is New Moon Magick?
A New Moon, in the literal sense, is the phase in the moon’s orbit around the Earth wherein the moon is ‘invisible’ to us here on the planet. This is because the Earth is blocking the light from the Sun from reflecting off of the Moon as it normally does. The moon will appear dark during the New Moon, which occurs every 28 days.
Magickally speaking, New Moons are used for setting intentions with a manifestation point at the next Full Moon which happens about two weeks later. Also, and way more importantly, there is a second, larger manifestation at the Full Moon that happens around six months (six lunations) later in the same sign. For example, if the New Moon is in Scorpio, there will be a Full Moon in two weeks in a different sign, and six months later there will be a Full Moon in Scorpio that completes the lunar cycle.
The New Moons is an opportunity to set intentions and put into action things that really matter, and that you truly feel are beneficial to you as a person. Also, since the cycle won’t be complete for six months, I believe it’s important to do a little divination as well.
Intentions could be thought of as a magickal synonym of goals. The process of intention setting varies for everyone, so adjust what you find here to suit your needs and comfort zones. An important thing about magick is that you should only do what you feel comfortable doing. Start by figuring out, within the context of the current astrological sign, what it is that you really want to work on or accomplish during the six month cycle, as well as what corresponding emotion or habit you’d like to let go. While it’s advisable to use the astrological sign of the New Moon to guide your intentions, that’s not a hard and fast rule.
The Ritual Process
Candles (1 black, 1 white)
Candle holders (if needed)
Divination method (whatever you prefer)
Essential oil (optional)
Magickal journal (or paper/notebook)
Step 1: Preparation
With the sign of the New Moon and/or your intention (goal) in mind, gather the supplies listed above, or as many of them as you choose to work with. If you are new to setting intentions, or magick in general, it’s good to have a little checklist handy. You can pick and chose what parts of this ritual you want to do, as well, and feel free to experiment to discover what works best for you. Before working New Moon magick, I cleanse myself with sage smoke and cast a circle, but not everyone does these step.
Step 2: Set the Intentions
Once you’ve figured out what you want your intentions to be, write them down in your magickal diary. If you feel comfortable, read them out loud, starting with what you want to release. Use a dab of essential oil and ‘anoint’ the black candle, moving from top to bottom to represent diminishing power. Then light the black the candle and focus on letting that emotion/habit go until you feel ready to move on. Then repeat the process with the white candle, except say your positive intention, and then anoint the candle with oil from the bottom moving up. This works to ‘raise’ the power for your positive intention. Focus on your positive intention until you feel comfortable to move on to the next step, which is divination.
Step 3: Divination
Divination, in my case, usually means tarot, though you may have to experiment to find out what kind of divination resonates with you the best. Pendulum, runes, scrying, cartomancy, and any other type of divination works here. Ask a question related to your intention or regarding the New Moon’s energy. Write the question, the answer, and any reflection you have in your magickal diary as well.
Step 4: Wrap Up
To finish the New Moon ritual, use a candle snuffer to extinguish your New Moon candles. Some people let candles burn down completely, but never leave them unattended. I snuff them out with a rather inexpensive candle snuffer and use them for several cycles. After this, unwind your circle, if you cast one, and you have completed your New Moon ritual.
With your intentions set and advice in mind, now you can go into the New Moon cycle and put your intentions to work with actions! It’s pretty much impossible to remember something like a six month old intention, our lives are just so busy, so remember to write it all down. I think you’ll find that checking in with yourself in six month is surprisingly rewarding.
With your intentions set and advice in mind, you can now go into the New Moon cycle and put your intentions to work with actions! It’s pretty much impossible to remember something like a six month old intention, our lives are just so busy, so remember to write everything down so you can reflect on it later. I think you’ll find that checking in with yourself in six month is surprisingly rewarding. I hope you all found this guide helpful and blessed be!
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