Thursday, May 13, 2010

New Moon Intentions

Setting intentions and making wishes at the time of the New Moon is as ancient and as new as a waxing sliver of moonlight. Having survived the dark of the Moon, our hearts lift as we see her return. Gardening by the Moon applies to the garden of our desires as well as gardens of earth.

A lunar way of setting intentions flows better for me than will-based affirmations and the idea that we create our own realities. With a Pluto-Moon-Ascendant conjunction opening my chart, I am all too aware that reality creation happens completely outside my control most of the time! And yet our yearnings, our wishes, do manifest ... sometimes in unexpected ways. Working consciously with the Moon brings opportunities for clarity, and for aligning ourselves with larger patterns.

Making wishes with the New Moon is a yin way of working. The Moon is yin to the Sun's yang, and the New Moon is the yin part of the lunar cycle. As each point of this duality holds its opposite within, so this most yin time holds the greatest potential for bringing new things to light and to life.

Some months ago, astrologer Dena DeCastro interviewed Shon Clark about working with the Moon, a great introduction how this might work for you. Another good resource is Jan Spiller's book New Moon Astrology.

The keys are:
• wait until after the New Moon has come exact,
• align your wishes with the energies of each New Moon and your birth chart
• create wishes that resonate with your heart––if it doesn't feel right, rephrase
• make your wish and release it to the Moon and the cosmos.

You may see the effects of your wishing as early as the Full Moon after the New, or they might unfold over the next six months as the Moon reaches a Full Moon in the sign of the previous New Moon. Sometimes, of course, life does not unfold as we expect, and this too is part of the Moon's wisdom. Whatever happens, becoming aware of the Moon's cycles and patterns brings gifts of its own.

May all your best wishes come true!

(photo of Aquilegia vulgaris by Frank Vincentz, Wikimedia Commons)

1 comment:

  1. Oh! I didn't know about this. Making a wish during new moon really true? I might try this. lol. By the way, thank you for recommending the Jan Spiller's book New Moon Astrology. Been wanting to read books about those topics.