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 If you’ve been following along with me for a while , you know there is tremendous power in harnessing the energy and rhythmicity of the moon.

 Whether you want to improve your health, your career, or your relationships, the eight phases of the moon are an intelligent and straightforward roadmap to manifestation. And when you align with these phases, you can work with natural forces to clarify and continually refine what you want to call into your life until it comes to fruition. Overtime, when you commit to learning how to manifest with the moon, in all her phases, you ultimately live more in sync with your natural environment and with your truth as a woman (regardless of whether you menstruate).But let’s be real. While the moon has its magic, manifestation is a process. Your most significant desires don’t merely arrive overnight; they take time, and you must trust that timing. Tuning into the phases of the moon provides a framework to turn to over and over again. And it can empower you to find peace and understanding in the unfolding of our lives.One of the best ways to connect with the moon and start leveraging its energy is with a moon ritual.

The Modern Moon Ritual

Moon rituals are an ancient and sacred practice that originated in Egypt and parts of mother africa.

 So, basking in the moonlight was seen as a sacred and necessary part of every cycle. Today, moon ritual carries just as much sacredness and brings a beautifully primal practice into the modern world. It’s something we desperately need in our always-looking-at-a-screen way of life, and when life itself is often filled with challenges, heartbreak, and despair.The beautiful thing about rituals, especially those related to the moon, is that they invite you to get quiet. They ask you to plant seeds of intention, and be one with the energy of our environment. Free from distractions. 

 

The full moon

In essence, full moons are nourishing. Think about it: the moon, symbolic of the feminine, receives the light of the sun, shining it back to us with illumination. When the moon is full, its strong gravitational pull on the Earth makes for a time of peak creative energy and incredibly powerful intuitive breakthroughs. It’s about embodiment. The full moon accentuates everything that you’ve been working on during the waxing phase. Take time to reflect on what the full moon brings up for you. Get outside at night and let the light of the moon shine upon you. Let her light nourish your soul. .

 

A New Moon Ritual

The new moon is a blank page, a fresh start, a moment to turn inward and consider what we want to call into our lives and what we need to let go of. It’s indeed a time for rest and reflection, so the perfect ritual would be in the comfort of your own home.

How to Begin: 1. Set the environment.

Before engaging any ritual, clean and organize your space. Straightening up and getting rid of clutter sets the tone for the ceremony. I like to burn sage, light a candle, turn on soothing music, and clear energy. And keep a few pieces of sacred paper and a pen on hand for writing.

2. Conjure a connection to the Divine.

Call upon a connection to the source energy you feel supports you the most: guides, angels, or any other divine connection. Personally, I like to connect with each of the four elements: air, fire, water, and earth. I correlate each one with a direction on the medicine wheel; East, South, West, and North. Then, I honor the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine via the Sun and Moon.

3. Sit comfortably and write.

Grab those pieces of scrap paper and write down the things in your life you either wish to call in or are ready to release. This could be certain feelings, fears, or barriers—anything you know is not serving you. Consider what you want to call into your life. This could be a job opportunity, a relationship, more financial abundance, an adventure—you name it.

4. Declare.

The next step is to read your desires—the stuff you want to call into your life now—out loud. Speaking them aloud plays a crucial role in bringing them to life. You may notice that they evoke even more emotion when spoken, and that feeling is essential to manifestation.

5. Meditate and complete.

Now that you’ve let go and made space for what you truly desire, sit quietly, follow your breath, and visualize your desires coming to fruition. Set the intention to stay open to these elements and experiences entering your life, and any other growth opportunities you may need along the way.As mentioned, you can either do this ritual solo or invite your soul sisters to join you. While doing it alone is beautiful, there is also something compelling about being heard and held by the ladies you love, so that they, too, can hold your desires for you—and vice versa.

A Full Moon Ritual

When the full moon arrives, it’s time to create space to take stock of what has and hasn’t come to fruition just yet.A full moon ritual is a time to get quiet, reflect, and celebrate. Unlike the new moon, the full moon represents fruitfulness and completeness and brings with it a lot of energy.

Here’s how to approach your ritual: 1. Be calm. Since there is likely quite a bit of energy present, it’s best to find a way to bring calmness into your space, so that you can harness the energy to your benefit. Take a few cleansing breaths, sage your space, and chill. 2. Write it out. Take a moment to reflect on the past few weeks. What has transpired? Where are the successes? What are you bumping up against? Where do you see opportunities for growth and expansion? 3. Release and Declare. Once you’ve clarified what’s come to fruition and what hasn’t, it’s time to write down and release what is getting in the way of the experiences that haven’t arrived yet. You can either ceremonially flush these “written barriers or blocks” down the toilet or burn them in a fire-safe vessel. 4. Take a moon bath. If you can, get outside and let the moonlight touch your skin. Just like our bodies need the Vitamin D from sunlight, we also benefit from moonlight. It’s said to help reduce inflammation and known support our menstrual cycles. 5. Dance it out. Whether you’re celebrating or still calling in your dreams (remember, it doesn’t happen overnight!), dance to your favorite music to move any stagnant energy out of your body and bring more lightness and joy inside.

Carving out space during both of these moon phases to go inward and take stock of what’s showing up for you, creates the opportunity to create intentions and find rhythmicity in your own life.