Setting Intentions at The New Moon

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On any given night, when we lift our gaze up to that bright glow in the dark sky, we always admire the beauty of the moon, but what about it’s effect? It can't be coincidence that significant physical and mental fluctuations change with the rhythm of the lunar cycles? Approximately every two weeks, the moon becomes either a “new” moon or a full moon.  Though there is substantial myth around the magic of the lunar cycles, we as a culture don’t tap into its power.

The tale of the New Moon is that for one day a month, the sun and the moon are in alignment. They are willing to collaborate on how “wants” and “needs” can be merged.  They discuss how the subconscious and conscious minds can work together.

So, what does this mean for you and how can you take full advantage of these lunar cycles?

A New moon is a great time to start something! Whether it’s to refocus your dreams, set new intentions or reconnect with old ones. This is the time to start that art project, recommit to a new asana or meditation, or to start that book that’s been calling to you.

New moon rituals have to do with creation, manifestation, birth, and rebirth. On the day of a New Moon, you should wipe the slate clean and plant new seeds. New moons have everything to do with new beginnings.

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A Simple Intention Setting New Moon Ritual

Create the medium through which you write your intentions.

Start with a pen and blank piece of paper. Perhaps keep a journal to regularly refer back to. There is no set format for intention setting. However, for an intention guideline click here.  (Intentions are considerate to manifest best when they created by hand - either written or drawn).

Create a Sacred Environment

Whether it’s an altar, kitchen table, a place under a tree, or in bed, create an environment where you feel comfortable. Use candles, essential oils, and nostalgic items that inspire you to connect. If it’s in your practice, burn an herb like rosemary, mugwort, or sage that is harvested from a local source to cleanse the surrounding air of toxins and open the physical space to new energy.

Create the mental space you need

Before you begin writing, take a few moments to connect with your breath. Allow your mind to quiet with a 10 minute meditation. You can either count the breath or just observe where you are mentally and how you are feeling. Meditation allows you to actively relax and allow for your desires to flow from your higher self. Another option is to say a couple mantras. Here at The Yoga Viva, we like the Narvana Mantra: 


This mantra is known to manifest focus and goal orientation. We are asking for blessings and protection. It can also increase your self confidence and faith. It is a mantra to invite in the goddesses Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kali, and Durga to support us on our journey towards our goals and to remove fear and difficulties.

Once these three things are in place. Craft uninterrupted time to make a list of what you want to bring into your life and don’t put any limitations on it. The sky's the limit.

The New Moon is the time to conjure what seems impossible. The first step in creating an action plan and making it a reality.  These are not just pen to paper, as you write your intentions and dreams, you are committing to doing the work to make them real. With the help of harnessing the power of the lunar cycle, the potential for dreams to move into motion is endless.