Set New Moon Intentions At 2015 First Super New Moon
Tomorrow is January's first new moon of the year and it's a super moon (a time when the moon is closest to the earth and in alignment with the sun) a time of the year some describe as the 'real new year'
Have you found the time to sit down and write down your intentions for the year?
Yes I know I can hear you groaning in the background … “What? Are you crazy? I don’t have the time right now to focus on what I want? Don’t you know how busy I am?”
But what if you aligned what you want along with the natural cycles of nature and used the presence of the new moon each month to help remind you of when you could be taking time out to focus on you?
Indulge me a little bit more.
The moon waxes and wanes every month like clockwork in the sky for twenty-nine and a half days, a constant reminder that change is a constant, everything shifts and everything thing changes and we could well do remembering that as we experience daily life.
In many ways the phases of the moon connects us to the natural cycles and rhythms of the earth and if we relate to the moon as a natural clock when she is new we can open ourselves to monthly explorations of new beginnings and open ourselves to what maybe in the shadow that is time for us to release or let go of. Nature understands the cycle of shedding and renewing and the moon is a visible totem in the sky a reminder of what transitions are all about, a live movie of the seemingly death of something and the rebirth that follows.
Tomorrow is the first new moon of the new-year and it is the first of three super new moons happening in succession in January, February and March. In terms of our own physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual cycles the presence of a new moon, though invisible to the naked eye is also fully aligned with setting intentions for things you’d like to create, develop, make or manifest in the upcoming lunar cycle.
I wonder how much more natural does it feel to align yourself with the phases of the moon as a way of bringing your goals into fruition? For many the new moon in January is the natural start of the new-year. It takes the pressure we put ourselves under of making new-year resolutions on January 1st, which I bet feels like an abrupt start to the year. Instead the arrival of the first new moon of the year more than half way through the month gives us time to breathe, to unravel, to come into the year more conscious and really consider what it is we really want.
A super moon is when the moon is closest to the earth and the moon is hidden all day behind the sun’s rays when the two are aligned. Think about what that alignment means for you when you consider that the new moon rises when the sun rises and sets when the sun sets. So this is a supercharged time to set your intentions.
I’m a writer and a few years ago I ran a monthly writing group for women called Moon wRites. The group met on the evening of each full moon, which, felt like a powerful time of the month to bring women writers together. Where the light of the full moon was the guide, the darkness of the new moon offer’s an invitation to see what is ready to emerge from the darkness, a metaphor for asking ourselves what are we ready to give birth to (ideas, projects, activities, changes).
The darkness also metaphorically speaks to what we might need to let go of. To exploring what you might be holding onto that’s getting in our way. A call to ask yourself – “What is it I need to bring out into the light?”
As a writer the metaphoric occurrence of the new moon each month is like a blank page inviting you to turn over a new leaf and write down your most significant intentions for the following month based on your own internal longings. Intentions not tarnished with outer should’s and expectations.
Folklore suggests that it’s best to write your new moon intentions by hand as it super charges your intentions when you write in your own handwriting. But even more importantly you're putting fire into something when you name it in writing,that is alchemised by your own hand.
New Moon Journal Writing Intentions
- You might want to start by creating a scared space (as defined by you) in which to write your new moon intentions. It may be a simple as lighting a candle, curling up in bed to write, sitting at a table with a vase of flowers in front of you or going to a sacred space in your home and doing your journaling there.
- I like to light a candle or an incense stick as a way of setting the scene and to take a couple of slow, deep breaths before I begin.
- Think of key areas in your life or work where you would like to see increase happen then choose three of those areas from the list.
- Record the 3 things from your list in as much detail as you can stating what the intention is. My intention is to gain 5 new clients this month. My intention is to have an article published online by the end of the month.
- Make 1 of the 3 things from your list something that can be easily accomplished (but perhaps you keep putting off).
- Make the next a goal or project that you’re in the middle of and want to make ground on
- Make the third item on your list a goal that’s a bit of a stretch. It might be something you’re at the beginning stages with or something you’ve been running over in your mind. Whatever stages you’re at make sure you write it down.
- I’m going to suggest that even though you probably have more things on your “intentions” list, lets work with the most important three that fit the above criteria 3 for your new moon intentions this month. You’re more likely to gain a win when you’re intentions are specific and focused.
Of course all of the above is a guide and the best new moon intentions come from activities you create yourself. But in the meantime …
I hope you can see where we’re going here? Using the new moon as a natural marker, writing out your three intentions by hand in a ritualistic way in your journal is a great way of aligning your inner life each month with your outer life.
Your journal is a place where you can manifest and create your dreams by consciously using writing to confirm and consolidate creatively what it is you want. A little help from the moon each month to help you get to your journal and your goals does no harm instead there is much to be gained. A point captured in this quote from Julia Cameron who said, Recovery is recovering the distance we have drifted from our dreams.”
Writing new moon intentions each month allows the moon to be your muse. Writing down your new moon intentions is an invitation to tap the power within, inscribing in writing the callings and longings of your own heart.
Happy January 20th Super New Moon!