Are we really affected by the phases of the moon? Does the moon exert some magical pull on our watery bodies or our primitive minds? Maybe. What I do know for sure is that to flourish, we need to feel connected to the world around us. The practice of patterning our lives, even in small, symbolic ways, on the patterns of nature can be very affirming. For me, the cycle of the moon is a beautiful reflection of the cycles of increase and decrease in my own life.
Hello Beautiful!It's moon circle time again! Here on the Artful Life we meet at each New and Full Moon to share inspiration and intentions, and to align our energies with the lunar cycles.
I love New Moon! To me it's like a mini-New Year's every month. It's a chance to begin a-new, reset the cycle, plant seeds, plant goals, be fresh. One night it's all in darkness; the next night there's this delicate sliver of silver, just a thread in the twilight, setting with the setting sun. It always takes my breath away. I get this little surge of hope, an affirmation that it is always possible to begin again, that we all, always, have a chance at a clean slate. I love that magic! It's a time for cleansing, renewal, setting intentions, and beginning anything to do with abundance, the emotions, etc.. Do you want something to increase? Then take steps towards it, symbolic and practical, on the new moon. Want some specific advice about how to set intentions on the New Moon? Read this post.
Some Folk Magic for the New Moon
A Romany verse for greeting the New Moon:
Here is the New Moon,
The New Moon has arrived!
Be lucky for me, Moon,
Leave me rich and prosperous.
Leave us with abundance
Leave us with good health
Leave us with love!
A Little Love Spell for New Moon
When you first catch sight of the new moon, spin clockwise on one foot saying "Moon! Twist (name the object of your love) around me just like I'm twisting around you!"
Cut your hair on the New Moon (but not the dark moon just before!) for extra nice growth in the coming month!
*the above folk magic was gleaned from The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells.
Anyone is welcome to join the Moon Circle!If this is your first Moon Circle, read this Moon Circle post to find out what it's all about. Check out all the Artful Life Moon Circles here.
The new moon this month is in the sign of Virgo, so set intentions or cast wishes regarding your health and self-care, or perhaps about serving others, or about spending time alone, in retreat and solitude. Set your intention now, by joining our comments circle!
p.s. You are welcome to post your intentions anytime during the waxing (increasing) moon - that is for the next two weeks!
p.p.s. Do you want more moon magic? Become part of the the Artful Women's Magic Moon Circle, coming soon!