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how to set intentions on the new moon

Are we really affected by the phases of the moon? Does the moon exert some magical pull on our watery bodies or our primitive minds? Maybe. What I do know for sure is that to flourish, we need to feel connected to the world around us. The practice of patterning our lives, even in small, symbolic ways, on the patterns of nature can be very affirming. For me, the cycle of the moon is a beautiful reflection of the cycles of increase and decrease in my own life.

It’s moon circle time again! Here on the Artful Life we meet at each New and Full Moon to share inspiration and intentions, and to align our energies with the lunar cycles. You can read more about it here.

Since it’s been a while since the Artful Life Moon Circle met, I’m sharing some New Moon wisdom gathered from previous Moon Circle posts. I hope it helps you to enjoy this month’s powerful New Moon – Solar Eclipse!

I love New Moon! To me it’s like a mini-New Year’s every month. It’s a chance to begin a-new, reset the cycle, plant seeds, plant goals, be fresh. One night it’s all in darkness; the next night there’s this delicate sliver of silver, just a thread in the twilight, setting with the setting sun. It always takes my breath away. I get this little surge of hope, an affirmation that it is always possible to begin again, that we all, always, have a chance at a clean slate. I love that magic! It’s a time for cleansing, renewal, setting intentions, and beginning anything to do with abundance, the emotions, etc.. Do you want something to increase? Then take steps towards it, symbolic and practical, on the new moon. It’s magical thinking, it’s metaphor, it’s folk tradition, it’s really just another way to feel a sense of belonging in the world, by seeing your intention mirrored out there. And we so need that sense of belonging. So give it a try.

How to Set New Moon Intentions
  • Choose an area of your life where you want to see increase. do you want your veggie garden to grow? do you need more clients, more income, more money? are you yearning to get pregnant or adopt? do you need more time for yourself, more love, more peace of mind, more sleep?
  • Write down your intention; be clear, specific, and simple. “My intention is to grow my client list by 5 clients this month” “My intention is to grow enormous dahlias”
  • Share your intention with at least one other person (share it here in the comments, we would love to see it!)
  • Take some time on New Moon Day  (today!) to seed your intention. You can be formal or casual, whatever feels most natural to you. You can create a little ritual, light a candle, do whatever you do to connect with Spirit – the most important thing is to open your heart, and hold your intention.
  • Listen to your intuition. does your ritual feel awkward? what is your heart really telling you? is this the right intention for you now? be willing to let go, change your focus, revise your desires, and listen to your heart-wisdom.
  • Ask for peace.
  • As the month progresses, watch the moon, and connect your heart with the power of the waxing light.

What do you need to bring out into the light?

What unhealthy habit is ready to leave your life?

Can you set your New Moon Intention around one of these questions? Join the Moon Circle by posting your intention in the comments.

Bronwyn Simons

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Jo - Hi Bronwyn
I love your blog and I got such a lot out of reading this post and the beautiful illustration made so much sense to me that I have liked up to it on my blog. I hope that is okay.
Jo x

admin - Hi Jo, Thank you! You are always welcome to link back to my posts, and share info and images with link and attribution of course!
xo Bronwyn

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samantha - My intention is to increase overall health and energy.

Bronwyn - Wonderful intention, Samantha, may it be so. xo

Carol - thank you for giving a space to share intentions!

my intention is to have at least 25 of my photographs to sell in the next 15 days (either matted and framed or printed on canvas!) and for that number to increase 3-fold monthly thereafter ~ having said that, my intention also is that I live in comfortable abundance (always more than enough money to spend and live off of!) without pigeon-holing abundance to income and/or to work.

and so it is! :-) <3

WRC - My intentions are for unlimited abundance from the Universe, as that’s unlimited! Also for my love relationship to flourish into a lifetime partnership! So it is!!! <3

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