For every full moon, there is a dark moon. The New Moon is a powerful moon phase and marking it is essential to deepen your connection to the moon, her phases, and your deities. The Dark Moon is the height of power of the waning moon, just as the Full moon is for the waxing moon. The New Moon marks the beginning of the lunar cycle. It is a time for starting a new, planting seeds of growth and finding balance with the darkness. It is a time to look inward, to look to those who have gone before, and to the dark so that you may know the light all the better.
The Dark of the Moon
Honoring the New Moon is a new practice for me. Like many of you reading this, I focused my intention on the Full moon. Yet for a long time, I always planned on honoring all of the moon’s phases. The best intentions didn’t end up working very well. My practice became lax, not only when it came to moons but also sabbats. That is until one day, something serendipitous happened. While cruising my usual haunts on the internet (reading my Facebook feed) I came upon an interesting article. One done by one of my favorite herbalists & witches on New Moon rituals.
I read it and was struck with a sudden feeling of knowing. This is what I was looking for, this is how I was meant to spend my new moon: honoring the Goddess’s darker side. In spiritual practices as in life, it’s easier to gravitate to the light and run from the dark, the scary and hard truths. Yet, you can’t our run the darkness forever. Eventually, it will catch up with you. I had been running, well, more aptly wandering aimlessly. Lost and unsure of where to head. At that moment direction found me. The deep, dark wildwood was calling.
On the night of the new moon. I gathered my offerings, black bread, and dark chocolate filled with deep raspberry. Dark gifts for a dark goddess. I started my ritual, lit the candles and the incense and made offerings to my dark goddess. I sought her guidance and made a promise: to follow the path no matter where it leads. No matter how dark, or twisting, I will stay, and I will walk it. That is in part why I made my recent return to blogging. My path was here, and I had to start walking it.
So this New Moon, I wish for you the same. To find your path, to start your new beginnings so that you too may find where you need to be.
1 | Intentions, Goals, and New Beginnings
The New Moon marks the beginning of the moon’s cycle. The Moon is hidden in darkness and will grow slowly over time until the next full moon arises. That makes the New Moon or Dark Moon the perfect time for any sort of ritual, spellwork, or magick that involves setting intentions and goals or bringing forth new beginnings.
New Moon Ritual Ideas for New Beginnings
- Plant a seed. Literally! Plant a seed and empower it with your intentions for growth. Take care of and nurture your seedling and as it grows so too will you.
- Light a candle carved with your new goal or intention and burn it in a fire safe container until it completely burns out. (White candles are good for any need, otherwise, try a green candle especially for financial growth.)
2 | Cleansing or Banishing
New beginnings need a clean start. The waning moon’s power peaks at the Dark of the Moon, that makes it an excellent time to get rid of negativity and cleanse you, your home, your ritual tools, sacred space and anything else that needs a good cleansing. If a simple cleansing is not enough, a banishing might be in order. It’s time to be rid of what no longer serves you, whatever form that might take.
If it fits your path, hexing and bindings are also appropriate for this phase of the moon.
Simple Cleansing and Banishing Ritual Ideas for the New Moon
- Light a black candle, pour your negativity into it, or inscribe it with words or symbols of what you wish to banish. Light your candle and let it burn out in a safe space.
- Cleans your space with sage bundles, or other cleansing herbal incense or diffuse essential oils.
- Sprinkle salt water around the boundaries of your home to rid it of negativity.
3 | Divination
Samhain it is said, is the time when the veil between the worlds is thinnest. So too is the New Moon. That makes the dark of the moon a good time to practice any divination that involves working with those who have passed over or reside on the other side of the veil.
Divination Ideas for the New Moon
- Hone your mediumship skills.
- Work with your ancestors or ask them for guidance.
- Work with your familiars, fetch, or spirit guides.
- Practice scrying, or any other divination tool you prefer.
- Cleans your divination tools.
4 | Honor The Darkness
The dark of the moon is the perfect time to honor the darkness. For darkness is just as much part of life as the light. Darkness brings you rest and rejuvenation and dreams along with the wisdom they bring. It brings you closer to the new dawn of a new day filled with new opportunities and beginnings. Honor the darkness as fits your tradition. If you honor any death, underworld, or darkness related deities it would be appropriate to leave them offerings and honor them as you see fit.
Ways to Honor the Darkness this New Moon
- Decorate your altar or sacred space with images of the New Moon, black candles, skulls or other symbols that you associate with darkness.
- Leave offerings to Hel, Persephone, or any other chthonic deity you are close to or the chthonic aspect of a deity you work with.
- Honor your ancestors with offerings of food, drink, song, or prayers or create an ancestor altar.