Again, we have had a great question brought up in the forum, thanks Colleen and Curio, about moon rituals and rituals in general and their role in spirituality.
I think rituals or ceremonies create a sense of orientation for us. It’s like how we sometimes say, “It feels like a Monday”, or “this just doesn’t feel like my birthday”. The way we get a sense of time is by the rituatls we go through on a daily basis. When you think of it, we have a go-to-work ritual, or a day-off ritual, birthday rituals, going-to-bed rituals and so on. Even if we don’t have more formal rituals like moon ceremonies, we still somehow keep track of the passing time in some way. If we live in a seasonal climate, then we talk about the changing weather and we look out our windows and notice the leaves or the days get longer or shorter. In climates where the weather doesn’t change as much there will be other cues, holidays that roll around once a year, for example.
Many rituals have some focal point, or reason for being. Holidays can simply be time off work for some people, and for others the meaning may be deeper. Christmas for some people is quite spiritually based, while others experience it as simply a time to get together with family and exchange gifts. Regardless of how people decide to experience Christmas, it acts as mile marker. It signifies the end of another year.
With all of that said, I would like to share the New Moon ritual that Forrist and I did for several years.
If you want a little tool to help you keep track of when the new moon is, here is a link http://www.fourmilab.ch/moontoolw/ to one that creates an icon in your tool tray for Windows users.
This is a powerful ceremony Forrist, my life partner at the time, and now my business partner, taught me a few years ago. He learned about it from his astrologer, Louis Turi. We have since then kept some of Dr. Turi’s ideas, and have integrated some of our own. We continually remain open to other ideas and incorporate them as we like. We encourage you to do the same.
There is no magic in saying certain words, or having just the right candles or the perfect incense. The power is in your intention. The more of your heart you allow to be in the ceremony the more power you give to the universe, thus the more energy there is working to manifest your intentions.
The New Moon is the time of new beginnings. It is the time to start new projects, sign new contracts, travel, or make plans to travel. The Full Moon is the time of completion, letting go, clearing out the old to make room for the new.
You will need:
3 candles; White, Green, Blue
1 incense (my favorite is Nag Champa)
Pictures of your favorite Spiritual and Celestial Beings
Your written intentions and a safe place to burn them
Green represents the future
Blue represents the past
White represents the present
These are any that hold powerful energy for you. Here are some examples;
Writing your intentions:
We like to write our intentions in a way that create a tension from the way it is now to the way we intend it to be, as though it is already that way. There is an example later on in this message.
Here is our opening:
We announce our intentions with confidence, knowing that all will be for the best and highest good of all concerned. And as always, we thank you for hearing us, loving us and granting our wishes and needs.
We express our gratefulness and appreciation for our Current Reality while holding faith for manifesting needs and desires yet to come:
Here is our closing:
together and apart, are Co-Creating with Spirit this vision. And so it is.
I AM that I AM.
Thank you. It is done. It is done. It is done.
Writing your intentions:
Here is an example of our own style of writing the intentions themselves:
Current Situation: We have a strong desire to own a hot tub, currently we do not have one.
We are manifesting: A nice, affordable hot tub and all the extras to create a peaceful and enjoyable atmosphere to spend time in on a regular basis.
NOTE: We started writing this intention about six months ago. (This has now been several years ago) This week it is coming into reality! Through a long string of synchronicities that I won’t spend time telling you about here, we are now having a deck built off of our bedroom. Our landlord, lowered our rent by $80.00 a month, he is supplying the labor, we are supplying the materials. He had to cut a door into our bedroom so the deck can be built outside our room. We found a beautiful hot tub that is used, but has been professionally refurbished, and would have cost abour $4500.00 if we would have gotten it new, for about $2500.00 from a private party, used and not refurbished. We bought it fo $1000.00. Since the woman works with hot tubs as her business she was also able to put in an ozonator and a few other goodies at very reasonable prices.
Write the current situation and then what you want to manifest. That creates an energetic tension to help the universe pull in what you want.
Once you have your intentions written, set up your table with all of your candles, incense, bell and any pictures you have gathered together.
* Light your incense and candles. We usually place the candles at three points of a triangle with the incense in the middle.
* Now open your ceremony by ringing your bell.
* Invite all of your favorite angels, guides God and so on.
* Read your intentions.
* Blow out two of your candles and use one to light your intentions. It doesn’t matter which candle you use to ignite your intentions.
Once your intentions have gone up in smoke you are done.
That’s all there is to it. We usually keep a copy of our intentions in our computer, that way we can just edit them each month. Also it gives us a record of what our intentions have been and how much has come to pass. Our whole ceremony takes less than 10 minutes, and it is so worth it!
Ok… that’s it. Enjoy!