The new moon is one of my favourite times of the month. The start of a new lunar cycle, the new moon is the lunar equivalent of Winter. Traditionally, this is when women would bleed. With no moonlight in the sky or modern-day street lights, there would have been a lot more natural darkness, and so it makes sense then this is a natural time of going inwards for reflection and deep release. You may find yourself feeling Wintry and more tired than usual. If you’ve made social plans you may decide to cancel them opting for a mug of hot tea and quiet time instead.
In today’s modern world it’s easy to get lost in the noise and busyness of it all: never-ending to-do lists, competing demands, social media, expectations….the list goes on. The pressures are constant and if we’re not careful, can lead to a whole host of wellbeing issues such as anxiety, burn out and feelings of inadequacy.
As women we are by our very nature cyclical beings. Like the tides, we ebb and flow, and yet too often we ignore our body’s whispers and push on through until we have no choice but to stop. In the age of women rising, now more than ever it’s important that we create space in our lives to tune into our cycles and rhythms.
This is where the moon cycles come in as a handy reminder. Here are 5 ways you can harness the time of the new moon for your wellbeing:
- Honour your natural rhythms. We live in a world that is constantly go, go, go. Nothing ever switches off anymore, often including ourselves. We place undue pressure on ourselves to push through and keep going. As a woman, whether you have a period or not, you still go through your own cycles and seasons. Take the time to check in with your body, what is it telling you? If you’re tired, give yourself permission to slow down, and be gentle with yourself. It’s perfectly okay to switch off and take time just for you. In fact, I’d argue it’s essential. To help you better honour your natural rhythms it’s really useful to track your cycle. In terms of where to start, day 1 is the first day of your bleed. Don’t get periods? Track your mood and energy levels with the moon. There are lunar apps and websites that tell you where the moon’s at in its cycle. See what you notice and then act accordingly. The key is to create space in your life to tune into body’s whispers. From this grounded place we are able to live the fullest expression of our lives and have a greater impact.
- Take time to connect and reflect. One of my favourite things to do on the new moon is to sit quietly and reflect. Our brains can be really noisy places at times. Making time to slow down is essential for our wellbeing. Find a quiet spot in one of your favourite places and simply be. Take as much or as little time as feels right for you. Listen to your heart and follow her calling. Maybe you feel called to write? to paint? to take a walk in the park? This is the time to indulge your soul.
- Set your intentions. The new moon is a great time for setting intentions. To do this yourself, grab a piece of paper and think about a few things you’d like to see happen in your life in the coming month/s. You can ask, ‘what seeds would I like to sow in my life?’ You can then write them down or draw them. Put the piece of paper in a box or envelope for future reference. Personally, I love to look back and see which of my intentions have become a reality. For example, I wrote about running a sold out workshop and this year ran 2 sold out self love workshops. When you set intentions, you set your brain’s filters to notice related opportunities. Don’t have anything specific, you could simply pick a word for the coming cycle such as joy or courage.
- Create your own new moon ritual. When it comes to wellbeing rituals are powerful because they anchor feelings to particular actions and activities. Again whatever you choose has to resonate with you. You could, for example, light a particular candle to signal the start of your reflection time or you could decide to create a new moon dance whatever works for you. Personally, I love to spend a few minutes outdoors looking up at the night sky while thinking about my intentions and the wonder of nature. I also love to pull an oracle card for guidance.
- Start a new chapter. Finally, you could use the new cycle to start a new chapter in your life. This could be in terms of health, romance, work, whatever you choose. Decide that you are committing to doing something differently. One powerful way to do this is to create your own ceremony to mark the occasion. What’s important here is that whatever you choose to do is meaningful to you and as far as possible have it include all the senses. For example, you could choose to have a ceremonial dip in the sea to signify the shedding of old parts of you as you embrace and embody a new you. Taste the salt on your lips, feel the water on your body, hear the sounds all around, smell the sea air and tell yourself positive statements.
The beauty of creating rituals and habits in line with the moon is that they connect us with the natural rhythms of life, reminding us that it’s ok for us too to wax and wane according to the cycles of our bodies.
I’d love to know, do you do anything on the new moon? If so, what’s your favourite ritual? Comment below!