NEW MOON CEREMONY CHECKLIST
Work out when you will conduct your New Moon Ceremony. You can check the next New Moon date on the free planner available on my website: www.lunarabundance.com.
Get specific—write down a date and time, and put a reminder in your calendar now, for 15–30 minutes at least. You may wish to sit at night. Sit as close to the New Moon time as possible, but you don’t need to be rigid about the timing.
Work out where you will be, where you won’t be disturbed.
If you need to ask someone to take care of the kids, or ask your partner or housemates to give you space, make arrangements for this.
Give some thought as to how to make your space beautiful and comfortable.
+ Music (soothing meditation or something a bit more vibrant?)
+ Taste (e.g., herbal tea, or, of course, chocolate)
+ Smell (e.g., candles, incense, oil, sage)
+ Visuals (e.g., flowers, crystals, meaningful trinkets)
+ Touch (e.g., fabrics, textiles, any of the above)
Get your journal and pen at the ready to jot down any visions, feelings, thoughts, reflections, and/or realizations that emerge.
Creating a better life starts with being intentional about the life that you want to create. To be clear: it starts here, but there is more to travel. In future Moon phases we focus on taking more focused, external action; in this dark Moon phase, the action that we take is to hone our sense of direction, and set an intention.
What is your dream life, and where is that falling short of your current reality?
Take a moment to pull out a pen and start your dreaming. Do this now—don’t skip over the exercise and say you will return to it later.
What is your dream life?
A waking dream, that is.
Take the time to journal here (don’t rush, and know there is no right or wrong):
Where do you live?
Are you with a soul mate?
What is your relationship like with your family?
What does your community look like?
Who else is in your life?
What do you do for work?
What is in your bank account?
How are you moving your body?
What are you eating?
How are you giving back?
Do you have a spiritual practice?
What are your self-care practices?
What are your hobbies?
What are your creative pursuits?
How do you feel in your body?
It takes courage to dream—to vocalize or write down your desires for your life. It might also take time. It might bring up some “stuff”—guilt, fear, and repressed emotion. Journal about these as well.
Write out specific gaps between your dream life and current reality.
Turn these gaps around into possible future intentions (frame these in the positive). For example, rather than set an intention based on releasing fear that accompanies your dream to leave the city for a sea change, set an intention based on how you’d feel when you are living by the ocean in a supportive community.
My suggestion is to work with one intention per Moon cycle. Why? Because you will actually be doing things throughout the Moon cycle, and you do not want to get overwhelmed or abandon the practice if you have several intentions at play. I encourage you to pick one intention and return to the others later.
Write down your intention for this Moon cycle.
Be realistic, and be kind to yourself. We want to set you up for success by establishing a strong foundation for the rest of the Moon cycle. This practice is only just beginning.
Spencer, Ezzie. Lunar Abundance