Set your intentions with the New Moon

Tonight is the New Moon. Just as this is the beginning of a new lunar cycle, some believe it is also a good time for new beginnings — a fortuitous time to visualize your fondest dreams and to attempt to manifest them into reality.

Here is an easy New Moon enchantment to try. Remember to only wish for good things for yourself and others that happen in a way that does not harm anyone else.

You will need a piece of paper, a pen and a white candle, which symbolizes sincerity, hope and new beginnings.

Alternatively, you could use a yellow candle, which is associated with Mercury and the day, Wednesday. Yellow candles are good for intentions related to knowledge, school, focus, communication, travel and optimism.

But since it is fall, maybe you would rather use a pumpkin-scented candle. It is really up to you to use whatever makes you feel calm, focused and magical. Even a birthday candle or electric tealight will do.

On the paper, write what you want to happen, in as much detail as possible. Slip the paper underneath the candle. With your feet flat on the floor, take three deep, cleansing breaths, and light the candle.

Gaze into the flame and visualize your wish coming true and what your life will be like with this new reality, like a vision board in your head. (Consider making a real vision board before or after this ritual.) What affirmations come into your mind? If you feel self-doubt or anxiety creeping into your thoughts, just notice these thoughts and feelings, without judging, then gently turn your mind to a more optimistic and constructive direction as you reflect on your intention.

What does quiet determination and calm confidence feel like to you? You might imagine positive energy in you and all around you, supporting you as you set this intention. If desired, you may ask for the strength, resolve or resources you need to make this change happen (from God, Spirit, the Universe, benevolent beings, your best self, etc.).

Take all the time you need to connect with the thoughts and feelings this intention inspires. When you feel ready, feel gratitude for being heard and express your thanks, silently or aloud, three times.

Extinguish the candle and place the paper somewhere safe while you work to make your wish come true. Burn the paper on the next full moon, which is Halloween.

Safety tip: never leave a burning candle unattended.

About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a mom, teacher, and blogger. Her blogs include Autumn in Virginia, Cool Yule Blog and You Can't Make This Stuff Up, among others. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.
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