January 17th will see the start of a new lunar cycle with a new moon. Occurring approximately every 29 days, a new moon is when the Earth, Moon, and the Sun are positioned in line. This means we cannot see a new moon in the sky because, during this time, the Moon is sitting between Earth and Sun, with the suns light shining on the side of the moon that we cannot see.
So why is this phase of the moon important?
The moon is an undeniably powerful force, responsible for moving oceans, and tides, and many believe we as humans are also affected by this powerful energy.
The good news is that a new moon symbolises new beginnings! making now the perfect time to harness the energy of a new moon to achieve your goals or to start a new project. During a new moon night, take the time to reflect back on your old goals and set yourself new ones. This magical time is the perfect opportunity to start afresh, taking new steps to your most authentic life.
How to use the new moon energy
Take a little time to enjoy creating a new moon ritual for yourself; harnessing the energy of the new moon to fulfil your visions and make your desires come true.
Relax into a comfortable space, light a candle or incense, lay out any significant crystals* or totems. Listen to your heart and write down in your journal what you truly desire in life. Set clear intentions for yourself and your path. Try and capture the feelings behind your wish, the values that drive you.
*Carnelian and Tangerine Quartz are both considered powerful in boosting motivation and self-confidence.
At least every month, sit down and remind yourself of your new moon goals, and work through the month with them in mind. If it helps, make a list and put it somewhere prominent — reminding yourself of the goals you have set and inspiring you to direct your energy toward your dreams!