Today will see the earth and all her inhabitants enjoying the first new moon of the New Year. This time in the lunar cycle can be considered a new beginning; a time to start afresh. Many women enjoy and benefit from using the energy of the new moon to set some intentions in their life for the next 30 day cycle while also taking the time to reflect on the past 30 days.
New Years resolutions grab a lot of headlines and that's all well and good but I have found that having small but meaningful intentions are more manageable and achieve a better success rate. And each victory, however small, leads us ever closer to the ultimate gold. For example, say your ultimate goal is to write a book. I suggest that instead of making a resolution to "write a book" which is daunting and bound to make you feel completely alone and frustrated, break it down to "write 25 pages between now and the next new moon (Thursday Feb 15)". By setting smaller goals for yourself you achieve two things - the first being that this objective won't fill you with dread (or should't) because you're not asking too much of yourself, and secondly, the sense of pride and accomplishment you feel when you achieve it will fill you up and motivate you for the next cycle. Before you know it, you'll have written a book.
There are lots of suggestions on the internet about how one can go about celebrating and honouring the new moon, among there are saying prayers to the moon like this one,
and having a new moon bath ritual. If you're fortunate to have windows around or near your bath, make sure the curtains are open so you can let in as much natural light as possible (even if it's mostly starlight).
Whether you make a conscious effort to honour and acknowledge the moon cycles with a small and intimate ceremony, or just continue on your everyday routine, the fact remains that this particular phase of the moon brings with it many gifts.
This time is known to be the beginning of new relationships and adventures. I encourage everyone to never close their hearts or minds to either.
Positive changes are believed to be easier to make happen now thanks to the energy of the moon and a little willpower.
Decide what you want to achieve and focus on the 3 R's -
REMAIN, RELEASE, RECEIVE
take note of what
you're grateful for,
what you want to release
and what you want to
I hope you find contentment, abundance and success during this lunar cycle.