This article will help you understand what a moon ritual is. Plus, how to create one that works for your needs and your beliefs. Frequently nothing I would read about moon rituals resonated with me. So, over the past few years I have tried many of the recommended ideas. Plus a few of my own. This article shares with you everything that I have learned. So, let’s get started with understanding exactly what a moon ritual is.
What are Moon Rituals?
Rituals renew us. They bring us personal power and faith. Ritual gives us a moment to push aside self-judgment and allow in renewal and new ways of seeing our life. A moon ritual, ties in a ritual to the cycles of the moon. Allowing the power of the moon to restore and guide you.
What Can You Do for Your Moon Ritual?
Short answer? Anything you want! Because rituals are meant to renew us and celebrate something, you need to do a ritual that accomplishes that for you. But I know that does not help you right now! So here are some ideas of things that you can do for your moon ritual:
Many other options
There are many other things that you can do for rituals. As I have mentioned many cultures have very different ways to celebrate the moon. So, if nothing here resonates with you, take some time to explore your own heritage and it’s traditions. Or experiment with other ideas you find.
Remember your moon practice is yours. Create one that brings you joy. One that you look forward to doing. And most importantly one that helps you with life. A draining ritual will not help you. So, trust what works for you. And if it is not working, then redo it! Even if that means taking time off from your moon practice.
How to Decide What Your Moon Ritual Should Be
Now you have a list of ideas, where do you even begin to pick what you want to do? This is how I decide what to do for my moon rituals. You can use this process to help you pick out yours.
Clear your mind and ground. This is the first thing I do to connect to my intuition. It is hard to hear your intuition when your mind is scattered, and you can’t focus. Doing this clears you to connect to what you need.
Then I tune into my intuition to determine what I need. Begin by asking for guidance on what you need to do. Allow your intuition and spiritual team to give you an answer. Usually, an answer will come quickly, but if you have a lot going on or are not fully grounded it can take a while.
If nothing comes start with either a moon specific meditation or an astrology video about the moon.
Something should appear from step three that resonates with you. If not, refer to some simple journal prompts to explore more.
Your moon ritual can change with every moon phase. It does not have to be exactly the same all the time. Trust that you will be led to do what you need to do in the moment.
When you are first starting out, it may also be beneficial to try out new things. You never know if you are going to like something until you try it!
Most importantly - don’t stress if nothing resonates. Sometimes you are not meant to do something. I have had plenty of new and full moons that I didn’t do anything more than my regular journal and meditation. And that is okay. You may not need anything at this moment in time. Trust it.
Full Moon Rituals
The full moon illuminates and energizes us. It shines a light on what you need to see. It brings the energy of awakening from the darkness.
This is when the moon and sun are opposite each other. So, there is nothing blocking the light.
This is a great time to celebrate and be grateful. It is also a great time to see what might be blocking you and where you need to change course.
Full Moon Journal Prompts
These journal prompts are great for the full moon:
Full Moon Ritual Ideas
Below I am going to give you two full moon ritual ideas to get you started if you are stuck!
Is There Anything You Shouldn’t Do on the Full Moon
You will hear people saying don’t do this before, or don’t do this while the moon is….
But here is the reality. Because the history of moon rituals is different for every culture. And because ritual is specific to you and your beliefs. There isn’t anything that you should or shouldn’t do. If something resonates with you then follow that. But do not stress that you are going to “ruin” your intentions or ritual if you do something at the wrong time.
New Moon Rituals
The new moon represents a new starting point. It is a clean slate in which to move from. This is a great time to review your goals and set new ones. And not just for things like career and money. Remember intentions for things such as emotional healing are also goals. They just might not have specific targets like you would for retirement savings.
New Moon Journal Prompts
These journal prompts are great for the new moon:
New Moon Ritual Ideas
Below I am going to give you two new ritual ideas to get you started if you are stuck!
Option 2: (this is great for when the new moon is in the middle of the night when you are sleeping):
Is There Anything You Shouldn’t Do on the New Moon
What I said before about what you shouldn’t do on the full moon, rings true for the new moon also. (Click here to see that) But I will put an asterisk next to it for the new moon.
The new moon is the start of a lunar cycle. So, you will hear people saying don’t do anything until after the exact time it is new. This does make sense because before that moment, you are in the old cycle. The new moon is about setting the course for the new cycle. It can be hard to do that as you finish out the old cycle.
Thus, I would say, do what you want. But wait until the moon is new.
I use this site, to know when the moon is at different phase. It even let’s you convert to your time zone, so you don’t have to do the calculation yourself!
Meditation for the Full Moon
I created this full moon mediation that you can use for any full moon.
You can also listen on Insight Timer and on My Mediation Podcast (Episode 60)
Meditation for the New Moon
I created this new moon mediation that you can use for any new moon.
You can also listen on Insight Timer and on My Mediation Podcast (Episode 58)
Working with the moon is not a one- or two-day occurrence. It is simply a marker point of natural shifts. Trust that often information and insights will come in throughout the cycle. It will evolve and flow. You may set a course for the new moon, and as the moon grows towards full, new insights appear. Because of this, you may also want to occasionally due quarter moon rituals. They are a nice way to continue to connect to nature at regular intervals. You can use the same moon rituals you would for the new and full moons.
Need a way to track your rituals and what you uncover? Check out my Moon Ritual Journal and Log.