Cleanse and Let Go
The night of the new moon (day 29 of the lunar cycle) is a wonderful time to cleanse, let go of things that no longer serve, rest, recharge and reset your energies to clear space for new things that are more aligned with your highest good. Protection rituals are also beneficial at this time and asking the moon to protect you during the new lunar phase.
The following day/evening (day 1 of the new lunar cycle) is then perfect for setting positive intentions and performing manifestation rituals for the coming moon phase. This can be in ritual, or a spell, or as simple as writing down the things you want in your life (goals, dreams, wishes) on paper, folding it up and placing it on an altar (see how to create an altar), under your pillow or tucked away somewhere safe in a bag/jar.
Rituals are yours to be creative with and to come from your heart as it is all about the intention. Where intention goes – energy flows, and with the law of attraction – to attract what you want you have to imagine it, feel it, taste it and feel the gratitude of receiving it before it has happened.
This energy you are creating there is what you want and you can follow this up with baby steps towards these goals. The more you stay in the mindset of “thank you universe so much! it has already happened” the better chance you have of manifesting what you want.
**Don’t worry if you miss a new or full moon, the energies of new and full moons are felt for at least 3 days before and after they occur so the exact day isn’t too important it is just when the energies are at their peak.
Example of a new moon cleansing ritual:
Cleansing and Smudging the House
As well as physical cleansing have a good energetic clean. Use sacred smoke, preferably from smudging sticks (see what is smudging), and use it all around the house. Go room to room fanning the smoke into every corner above and below.
Door handles, windows, fabrics, every place where negative and stale energy may collect and cling. You can wipe surfaces with salt water or rose water, sprinkle salt in the corners of rooms.
Diffusing essential oils (such as sandalwood or peppermint) and nice relaxed and positive music such as nature sounds or 417 Hz cleansing frequency music (lots on YouTube).
Personally, I also like to fill a glass with salt and place 3 bay leaves sticking up to absorb negativity and provide protection. I place this on my windowsill.
My favourite thing!! and not only reserved for a new/full moon.
Regular ritual baths can keep you lovely and grounded and help to wash away stresses and negativity of life.
After smudging the house (and the bath tub) gather some relaxing things such as salts, candles (a white candle preferably), crystals, oils, relaxing and cleansing music.
The main ingredient here is salt, for the cleansing and grounding. Any salt will work but unrefined sea salt, dead sea salt, Epsom salt or pink Himalayan are good due to their more natural unprocessed state. The closer to nature the products are, the more grounded and connected to mother earth you will be.
Personally, I like to use pink Himalayan and I mix this with Epsom salt and add dried lavender and rose petals for a lovely unconditional love vibe. You may want to substitute or add other herbs such as rosemary and/or rue herb for protection and purification.
Set up your bath area how you want it and then run your bath and add plenty of salt, a good 2-3 handfuls.
You can add oils to the bath as well if you are drawn to.
Chose oils to cleanse or promote relaxation, such as lavender or rose oil.
- Get into the bath and lay back, relax and unwind.
- Imagine that all the negativity is being drawn out of your body into the water and you are being purified.
- Visualise an orb of white light all around you; protecting, cleansing and uplifting you.
- Call in your energy support team and ask them to help you remove all that is not for your highest good.
- Set the intention of purifying your mind body and spirit for your highest good
- Cup the water in your hands and pour over your head (I tend to do this about 3 times)
- Then just lay back, relax and soak for 20-30 minutes
- Remember, where intention goes – energy flows, so keep your thoughts quiet and still, light and loving or around purification.
- You may find it useful to perform some mindfulness techniques focusing on your breath or even following a guided releasing meditation.
When you get out of the bath give thanks to your energy support team for helping you to purify yourself, and then dismiss them with love.
As you drain the bath, state that you are sending all the released energy that was not serving you back to mother earth to be transformed and reused. Then thank her for this, and for her grounding, protection and love.
Post bath – try to air dry your body if possible. If you have to use a towel to dry yourself, try to pat dry rather than rub to keep the salts and oils on your skin.
There are lots of ways to approach and set the intention of releasing the things that are not serving your highest good.
This can be done by journalling, burning rituals, releasing spells, cacao ceremony (see benefits of cacao) and more.
Example basic release spell
One example of a simple letting go spell would be to use candle magick (see candle magick guide).
You will need:
- 1 x white candle
- 1 x paper and pen
- fireproof bowl/cauldron
Cast a circle (as explained in the how to cast a circle guide) and write something on the paper that you want to release and let go of emotionally.
Take the white candle – preferably anointed with cleansing oils & herbs (middle to the top then from the middle to the bottom) to increase the power or intention – and inscribe it with something like RELEASE then light it.
Light the paper in the candle flame and once on fire place it to burn in the fireproof bowl.
Visualising the release of this from your life and your heart as it burns. Feel the negative feelings being burned away transmuted by the light of the flame. Sit with this for a while and when you are ready close the circle (as explained in the how to cast a circle guide) but let the candle burn down to the end.
Casting protection spells, or rituals, to protect yourself or you space, are great at this time. (See Protection/Banishing Spell for an example of a protection spell and also see how to draw banishing pentagrams).
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