New Moon in Libra
Do you feel a change in the air? Every new moon offers a fresh start but Libra’s air energy makes this pretty invigorating!
You might have a strong craving for balance and harmony now. You might feel inspired to add beauty to your environment. You are might desire to keep the peace but do not be afraid to be who you really are, despite what is expected of you.
Honorable Libra has the best of intentions—but with its ability to consider various viewpoints and weigh all the options, we may feel pressure to decide what our own intentions are. Take time for this New Moon Ritual.
The New Moon is my favorite time for manifestation. The darkness is a time to reflect and connect to your heartfelt desires. The new moon is a time for self care. Rest, reflect, plan, listen to your intuition, release.
New Moon Ritual
- Prepare your alter a calming space with loving trinkets maybe some crystals, a sining bowl, goddess cards, pictures, a plant- just a few things that bring you peace and joy gathered together in a sacred space.
- Ritual Wash. Take a bath in Epsom salts and oils, the epsom salt pulls the impurities from your body and helps to clear your energetic field.
- Here’s how to practice Abhyanga:
- Lay a towel on the floorWarm oil
- Using the palms of your hands, apply the oil first to the front side of your pelvic area, including your low belly and pubic bone. Move around to the sides of the hips, then the sacrum. Use a circular motion on the hip joints, starting with the left hip first.
- Next, work down your left leg and foot with long strokes on the muscles and circular movements on the joints. Repeat on your right leg and foot.
Moving up to the navel, apply oil up and down the front side of your torso. Then work in vertical movements around the left side of your chest and along the side of the torso. Do the same for the right side.
- As much as your flexibility will allow, apply oil to your back, using up and down movements from the waist to the upper back, working on the spine as much as possible. You might like to get assistance with your upper back. Do your best to cover the entire body.
- Next, work the oil from the navel, spiraling clockwise very slowly. Move up the right side and down the left side as you spiral out. Finish down the left side of the belly.
- Move up to your left shoulder and work down your left arm and hand. Work long movements on the muscles and circular on the joints. Do the same for the right side.
- Finally, apply oil to your neck, face and head using smooth, even strokes. Be sure to give your hair a good amount of oil, as it will revive its strength and vitality and increase the quality of your hair.
- Smudge. For the new moon I energetically clear with Palo Santo and Sage. Whether alone or with friends, begin by smudging – yourself and the area you are going to be working in with palo santo and sage, call in the Four Directions, the Four Elements, or any angels and guides you feel would positively support your ritual, intending to share the benefits of your ritual with all beings.
- Grounding. Ground yourself. An easy way to ground yourself is by having all four of nature’s elements present in your space. Crystals represent earth, a candle represents fire, incense represents wind and a bowl of water with salt in it can represent the ocean.
- Meditation – Vipassana
1. Sit in a comfortable posture – need not be lotus or cross legged on the floor but any comfortable posture
2. Start observing your breath coming in and going out by observing the sensation on the area below the nostril
3. Stay with the breath and bring your wandering mind back to breath – this is also called Anapanasati
Step 1: After sitting quietly for a few minutes, bring attention to your exhalations. Becoming aware of your exhalations in the beginning is often necessary to get you going. Think of it as properly warming up. Feel the breath sensations associated with exhaling again and again—without interfering. Accept whatever sensations turn up. Let them be.
Step 2: As you become more familiar with the details of exhalation, do you find that you are interfering with the process of breathing out? If so, in what way? Instead of letting the out-breaths happen on their own, do you tamper with them? You may discover, as some yogis do, that you don’t trust your own breathing to do the job of exhaling on its own.
Step 3: There are many ways to disturb the breath—as your awareness becomes more precise, see the specific ways in which you direct the natural process of breathing. Do you give exhalations the full time that they need? If you are cutting the breaths short, notice this. Gradually, as your breathing becomes less willful, your exhalations will begin to terminate naturally, by themselves. As you begin to interfere less with your breathing, can you see any change in the quality of the breath—or your mind?
Step 4: Now begin to work with your inhalation in much the same way. Do you disturb your inhalations as soon as you begin to observe them? Any help at all by you is interference. In short, become aware of the unique ways in which you disturb your inhalations.
Step 5: Finally, become more familiar with the breathing pause—the gap between breaths. What happens during the pause, especially as it lengthens itself? Anxiety? Boredom? A tendency to get distracted? You can begin with exhalations, and as you feel them, become more aware of how your exhalations change into inhalations. Do you, for example, rush and cut short the end of your exhalations, pushing inhalations through before they are due? Are the inhalations willful and early, curtailing the pause between exhaling and inhaling?
As you observe how you tamper with this natural process, you interfere with the transitions between breaths less and less. Re-establishing the full strength of the pause, even if it is only brief, brings with it calm and satisfaction. The breath recovers on its own if you let it. You develop trust in the “recuperative” power of your own breathing process.
In allowing the breath to flow naturally, you develop a crucial skill for when your practice expands beyond just breathing in vipassana. Can you also allow the entire mind-body process to unfold just as naturally and see it clearly as it does? To do so is to invite the liberating power of insight to manifest itself and enrich your life.
7. Chant. Om shreem maha Lakshmiyei namaha. This mantra calls upon the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity and abundance, Lakshmi. Wealth should not always be associated with money and income there are other ways in which one may seek wealth or abundance perhaps through love or opportunities.
Om shreem maha Lakshmiyei namaha
- Shreem is the sound of Lakshmi energy or abundance.
- Maha is a Sanskirt word meaning “great.”
- Lakshmiyei is the formal name of the goddess.
- Namaha is a salutation that means “not mine,” but is usually translated as “I bow to you.
8. Receive Divine Guidance. (I like to pull a Goddess Card Spread)
10. Moon Salutations
11. Closing in Savasana