Just as the ocean’s tides are affected by the moon, so are our moon cycles. When our bodies are in tune with the natural rhythms of nature, we bleed with the new moon and ovulate with the full moon. Since most women bled at the same time in indigenous cultures, they often gathered in a common hut or tent to bleed together. This was a powerful time of rest, pampering, creativity, and high magic in many cultures. Women in the moon hut or red tent would partake in activities such as grooming and massaging one another, writing music, reflecting on nature, lucid dreaming, visioning, doll and cake making to honor their goddess of choice, intention setting, and a variety of other rituals during this time.
In this modern day and age, there are lights everywhere. These artificial luminaries are a blessing because they allow us to extend our day beyond the sunlight. At the same time, they are a curse because they through off our body’s natural rhythms. This is the reason women bleed at different times of the month outside of the new moon. So our goal is to get back to the practices of old to make us even better in the new. One such practice is setting intentions. Since the moon is not visible when it’s new, the darkness prevails. Spiritually speaking, this is the best time of the month to plant the seeds of your intention. Throughout the month, you can water them and watch them grow. The seeds are our intentions for our lives and our prayers, affirmations, spiritual practice, and action are the four things that help bring one’s vision into fruition.
So how do you set you intentions during the new moon? Follow the steps below.
- Get a sheet of paper and a writing utensil.
- Write your name and date on the paper.
- Relax and take some deep breaths for one – five minutes.
- Ask yourself, “What’s my intention for this new moon?”
- Write down up to ten intentions.
- Speak each intention out loud and say Ase’ at the end of each intention.
- Say a closing prayer over your intentions.
- Keep them in a safe and revisit them accordingly as needed.
Here are some quick rules of thumb.
- Only write down those intentions that feel right with your spirit.
- Don’t expect overnight manifestations.
- Don’t try to do new moon intentions for other people. Focus on YOU.
- Do not throw the intensions away or burn them until they manifest.