by Andrew Pacholyk, MS L.Ac
from his exciting new book, Lead Us To A Place ~ your spiritual journey through life’s seasons.
A new moon meditation is a journey into your deeper self. It is a way to connect with your spiritual resonance. A new moon is the spark of new beginnings. Our subconscious emotions connect with this moon.
When you are ready to start fresh, begin a new task or start a new project, consider starting it on a new moon A new moon meditation is a self-healing and self-discovering journey. It empowers you with the knowledge and fact that once you can pay attention to yourself, you can attend to others by giving them your full awareness. A new moon is a tool used for renewing yourself, birthing new ideas and activating creative energy within yourself. It is a very rejuvenating meditation. It is the act of setting the ground rules and beginning your path to dreams, goals, ideas, inspiration, affirmation, incantations, missions or vision.
This meditation is for your “spiritual intention”, to grow into fruition.
Moon Meditative Space
The best place to perform this meditation is within the sight of a new moon. Your next best place would be your meditation space. This is a clear, peaceful space where you can meditate deeply and freely of disturbance.
Intention Tool Options
If you prefer, prepare your meditation space with incense, crystals and/or gentle music. Consider lighting a candle.
Monday happens to be the day the Moon was assigned to “rule”, signifying intuition and a time to bring about creativity in your work.
Take a look at Crystals Associated with a New Moon. For example, obsidian stone represents the new moon. This is a strong grounding stone and is known as “the protector”. It is said to “mirror one’s soul.” This stone brings about objectivity, dis-attachment and is centering. It reduces fantasy and escapism. According to the infamous “seer”, Nostradamus, this unusual black stone is known to absorb darkness and converts it to white light energy.
Crystals can represent nature, one for each element – fire (red stone), water (dark blue or black stone), air (green or blue stone), earth (brown or grey stone.) The elements are also related to a direction and intent. Here are some to consider:
Fire – South – Fire element empowerment is related to consumption, heat, entropy, fuel, energy transfer and thermodynamics. Element: heat. Signs of Aries, Leo, Sagittarius. Candles can be used here.
Earth – North – Earth element empowerment relates to grounding, cultivation of energy and energy stability. Elements: metal, earth. Signs of Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn. A vase with dirt, stones or rocks, plants or herbs can be used here.
Water – West – Water element empowerment relates to flow, forms, cycles, combinations and manipulations. Elements: water, ice. Signs of Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces. A vase with water or ice can be used here.
Air – East – Air element empowerment harness the wind, kinetic forces, static energy, free form energy and directed movement. Elements: lightning, wind, spirit. Signs of Gemini, Libra, Aquarius. Incense can be used here.
How do these apply to your intention? They are tools to enhance energy.
Using 4 obsidian stones, or different colored stones to represent four elements. Place them in your meditative space, altar or table. You can also use any of the new moon stones, listed previously OR place them on the floor, so that you are able to sit in the middle of them.
A Master Stone: You can then use a 5th stone, or a master stone (a crystal that is your favorite to work with or one which calls to you.) Trace the outline of the crystal circle with your master stone (either on the table or sitting within your meditation circle.) Then place your master stone in the center of the circle. (If it is on your table place it in the center. If you are meditating on the floor, hold it with you – in your dominant hand – sitting in your circle.)
Your Intention on paper. If you place your circle of stones on a table or altar, you can write down an intention on a piece of paper and then place it under your master stone in the center of that circle. If you are sitting in your circle, you can hold the paper in your hand or place it in front of you. At the end of your meditation, some people choose to burn the intention paper by touching one end of it to the candle light and letting it burn in a dish or bowl in front of you. The same holds true with your candle. When you are done with your meditation, extinguish the flame, by covering the flame. In many spiritual practices, it is believed that these actions release your intention outward to the Universe.
These are different ways to incorporate “tools of intention” into your meditation. You can choose to do none of these and just close your eyes!
Working with your Moon Intention
Once your meditation space is set, get into a comfortable seated position and close your eyes. NOW, spend time with your circle, your intention and your crystals.
Gentle breath work can be done by breathing in deeply and slowly exhale out. On the inhale, take in your intention… on your exhale, release your intention.
Your intention and purpose for this meditation should really be focused around growth. Achieving, gaining, improving and the introduction of a new idea. Meditate on how you would like this to manifest. Think about the reasons why you want this to happen and how it will serve you.
Spend the time you desire to feel grounded, calm and relaxed. You will know, instinctively how much time you need.
When you are finished, you can end with a deep breath, a prayer, a large sigh… or simply open your eyes. Your intention has been set!