New Moon Blessings……

Merry Meet my friends!  Blessed New Moon night to you all.  The first one after the New Year…the first one in 2011!  This one is even more magickal indeed as there is much happening in the sky.  Last night during the dark of the Moon, there was a meteor shower and early this morning with the Sunrise, there was a solar eclipse…magickal indeed!  Did you see it?  I was able to see a bit of the meteor shower but the clouds came in and that was that.  I love the New Moon almost as much as the Full Moon…the quiet and peacefulness, a black starry sky, and reflecting on the possibilities.  There is some amazing workings that can be done during the Dark and New Moon….if you aren’t utilizing it..you are missing out indeed!

Let’s start first with some correspondences about the New Moon:

 Time: From Dark Moon to Waxing Moon.

New Moon – The magic should be performed between dawn and sunset for the best use of this magic.  I have to say that I do not do my New Moon magick during the day.  I do mine before midnight!  I like to be out in it..out in that black inky sky.

Dark Moon – As odd as this may sound, the strongest pull of the dark moon is around 10:00 a.m.  Again, I like to be out at night :) 

Goddess Aspect:   Maiden

Dark Moon Godesses:    Hecate, Kali, Morrigan,  Callieach, Banshee,

New Moon Goddesses:  Inanna, Juno

Pagan Holiday: Winter Solstice
Goddess Name: Rosemerta’s Moon
Goddess Energy: Goddesses of growth
Offering: Milk and Honey
Theme: Abundance
Rune: Fehu for abundance, Kenaz for openings, Gebo for love
Tarot Trump: the Fool

Magickal Attributes:   Banishing,  Releasing the Old, Removing Unwanted Negative Energies, Wisdom, Psychic Abilities, Scrying, Reversing Circumstances. Also a great time to cleanse and consecrate your altar tools.

New Beginnings:   Weight loss, Goal setting, Planning, Cleaning, Personal Cleansing, General beginnings and considerations.

Spellwork for:     Starting new ventures, new beginnings, love, romance, health, or job hunting, and creative ventures.

New moon – beauty, health,  self-improvement,  planting gardens,  job hunting,  love and romance.

Dark moon – addictions, change, divorce, enemies, justice, obstacles, quarrels, removal, separation, stopping stalkers and theft.

As you can see, there is sooo much you can do during the New Moon.  Creative ventures to start?  How about working on your Book of Shadows, setting up a witches cupboard, starting a blog, writing spells.  Self-improvement? Being on time, finding balance in your life, exercising more, spending more “me” time.  Because the New Moon is a time for starting a-new, the spells will be very powerful to help you to manifest these types of desires.  Being the New Year, you may have some resolutions you want to stick to…the New Moon energy will help with that too!

The New Moon is a great time to cleanse and consecrate your altar tools, crystals, magickal jewelry etc.  Here is a ritual that I like for doing that.  I have had this ritual for a long time and don’t know where I got it from….Of course where it says (Tool), you will say what it is you are consecrating such as wand, athame, crystal, candle etc.

 Gather supplies needed and tools to be consecrated:

South/Fire…A white candle

West/Water…A chalice of water

North/Earth…A small bowl of salt

East/Air…incense

If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now. Light the candle and the incense. Take the tool or other items you wish to consecrate in your hands, and face north. Pass it over the salt and say:

 Powers of the North, Guardians of the Earth,
I consecrate this (tool) and charge it with your energies.
I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.
 

 Now, turn to the east and, holding the tool in the smoke of the incense, say:

Powers of the East, Guardians of the Air,
I consecrate this (tool) and charge it with your energies.
I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.
 

 Next, face the south and pass the tool over the flame of the candle  and speak the words:

Powers of the South, Guardians of Fire,
I consecrate this (tool) and charge it with your energies.
I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.

Finally, turn to the west, and pass your ritual tool over the cup of water. Say:

Powers of the West, Guardians of Water,
I consecrate this (tool) and charge it with your energies.
I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.

Face your altar, hold the (tool) to the sky, and speak the words:

I charge this (tool) in the name of Old Ones,
the Ancients, the Sun and the Moon and the Stars.
By the powers of the Earth, of Air, of Fire and of Water
I banish the energies of any previous owners,
and make it new and fresh.
I consecrate this wand,
and it is mine.

So Mote It Be!

Now you’ve not only consecrated the tool, you’ve claimed ownership.

I will also make this Dark Moon oil blend and use it at my altar and on my tools.  Smells delicious!

Dark Moon Oil.

 7 drops Jasmine

      3 drops Chamomile

  3 drops Patchoul

 1 drop Sandalwood

 

New Moon Ritual

    In early societies, the reappearance of the moon was often a cause for celebration – after all, it meant that the dark had passed, and the full moon was on its way back. The following rite is one which welcomes the moon back at the beginning of her cycle.

     First, if your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so at this time. If you don’t normally cast a circle, take the time to ritually purify the area by smudging or asperging. This will establish the space as sacred.

     Perform this ceremony outside if at all possible — it’s the best way to get a good look at the sliver of new moon. You’ll need a moon candle, wrapped in a black cloth, to place on your altar. This is traditionally a white unscented pillar-style candle. You’ll also need a hand-held mirror. Tie some silver and white ribbons on it if you wish. Finally, have a small bowl of Blessing Oil handy.

     Hold this ceremony at sunset if you can. Turn to the west, and watch as the sun goes down (without looking directly at it). Once the sun has dropped below the horizon, you’ll be able to see where the new moon is rising. Once you see the moon in the sky, unwrap the candle. Hold it up high and say:

Welcome back, Moon!
we’re glad to see you again.
Another cycle has passed
another month gone by
and our lives have moved forward.

 

Place the candle on the altar and light it, still facing the moon. Say:

 

 Today is a new day,
and a new month begins.
As the tides flow, and the moon rises above,
we are thankful that She has returned.
She watches over us, ever constant,
yet always changing,
and we are thankful for her light.

   Next, turn to face east, where the sun will rise in the morning. Pick up the mirror and hold it so you can see the new moon behind you. Say:

Bring us your wisdom, your guidance,
your protection, in the coming month.
You are behind me at every step,
watching and guiding me,
and I am thankful.

     Place the mirror back on the altar, beside the moon candle. Take a moment to reflect on your goals. After all, this is a time of new beginnings, and a good time for new commitments and vows. Warm the Blessing Oil over the candle for just a moment, and then anoint your forehead. As you do so, say:

May the blessings of the moon be with me.

     When you are ready, close the circle and end the ritual. If you choose, you can move into healing rites or magical workings, or a Cakes & Ale ceremony.

 

I love this ritual and find it very magickal.  I often call on Hecate to help me at the time of the Dark of the Moon; especially if I’m not clear on my course of action, what I want to focus on or change in my life.  Remember that she is a dark goddess and she is the Goddess of the crossroads.  She will help guide you if asked.  So I hope that each of you will take advantage of the energy during the dark and new moon and see what  changes, new beginnings, or adventures you can manifest in your life.  But don’t forget that you have to do the work as well!  You can’t do a spell to say, bring balance to your life, and then just sit back and hope it will happen.  Asking  the Goddess for help is wonderful, finding the Goddess within you and doing the work yourself..well,  that will make you feel powerful, strong and joyful in your accomplishment.  Perhaps keep a journal of what you are trying to manifest, your goals for achieving it, the work you do to make it happen, and the outcome.  Writing it down will help you to focus and get the job done!

So good luck my friends, and again, New Moon Blessings and Goddess Bless, Autumn

*Sources..I’m afraid I have had this information so long I don’t have my sources..if you know, feel free to tell me.  I appreciate very much whoever wrote them :)    Also, these two pictures are from the internet.

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11 responses to “New Moon Blessings……

  1. Deb Hillman

    Good morning and thank you so much for posting this information. I learned so much! I want to add to your list of Dark Goddesses: Mary Magdalene. There is a wonderful book entitled: Invoking Mary Magdalene by Siobhan Houston. She says this: “Where does Mary Magdalene fit into all of this (Dark Goddess discussion)? She has become the Christian Dark Goddess, carrying the cast-off, shadow attributes such as sexuality and independence that the Church eradicated from their characterization of the Virgin Mary.” Many believe that the Black Madonnas throughout the world are Mary Magdalene, not Mother Mary. “There is speculation that some of the Black Madonna statues portray Mary Magdalene with her child, the fruit of her marriage with Jesus.” Very interesting reading and thought! Namaste!

    • Hi Deb! We have talked about this subject recently and I find it fascinating! I have been a lover of Mary Magdalene when I was a christian and I remain a lover. :) She is the exact example of how the Church diminished the role of women and the feminine divine. I will have to look up that book…thanks so much for coming by again!!
      Blessings and Love, Autumn

  2. Zoe

    Goddess Bless and all the blessings of the New Moon be upon you also, Autumn. Another beautiful post, and many things to think about. I have just been able to, for the first time (!) set up a new altar! A permanent one I might add, in the living room. I’m so excited about it, and have all my wonderful things out on display and so your post, with the consecration ritual will work perfectly I think :o) I have my own regular one, but I like to try out what others are doing too…you never know what you will find! Blessings and hugs! xXx

    • Hi Zoe…O How wonderful that you have found a place to put up a permanent altar..you will love that!! Took me many years before I had a place to do that too. Let me know when you try the ritual, I’d like to know how it works for you my friend! I love to consecrate my tools and my altar during the New Moon..and I do it pretty often!
      Blessings and Love, Autumn

  3. FANTASTIC BLOG! I enjoyed reading it very much! I like Deb’s comment about Mary Magdalene. I enjoy reading about the alleged marriage of Jesus and Mary. The church absolutely despises it. Which I can understand. It would crumble everything they use to control people with. I also enjoy working in the dark of the moon and the new moon. Until recently I have always worked under a full moon. Now I am finding that a dark moon is just as wonderful! Thank you again for a great blog!

    • Hi friend! Thanks so much for coming by again..I find the “Mary Magdelene as a dark goddess” to be a wonderful thing as well. I was like you, kind of focused on the Full Moon’s..but once I discovered the New Moon magic..I was sold on it and practice it every month! I also am a Hecate follower and the Dark of the Moon is her time.
      Blessed Be, Autumn!

  4. This is a great post Autumn! Lots to learn, but that’s life isn’t it? A lesson each day! And I love that. Self-improvement is what I focus on at this time, I read the Tarot to see what I can learn about myself, go for walks at dusk and watch the sky. I saw the crescent moon last night, it was so pretty! But it clouded over and I didn’t see the meteor shower, but my eyes will be on the skies tonight!
    Take care,
    Rain

  5. Hi Rain..Thank you so much!
    I missed the meteor shower too..too cloudy! But I went out anyway! LOL..Self improvement is a good thing to think about during the winter when things slow down a bit isnt’ it. So nice to hear from you again!
    Blessings, Autumn

  6. Love reading anything to do with this, thanks for the post.

  7. Great post i also love working with Hecate .The virgin Mary would be also great to work with in the autumn as The sorrowful mother aspect as the same sorrowful mother Demeter no matter the religion christian or pagan too much is the same my belief that christianity has borrowed so many things from paganism just to keep followers to the faith ! Blessed Be

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