I was scrolling through my old blog posts from 2015, which sort of feels like a life time ago. . .I had written about several of the Full Moons and New Moons. . .as I read through the old blog posts, I felt sooooo disconnected from what I had written. . .the process made me realize that I want to share my personal take and rituals for the Moon.
Tomorrow is the New Moon in Gemini at 12:44 pm (PST) to be exact ?. In my heart space, I always feel a deep connection to my ancestors and the rhythms of the Earth when I acknowledge the Moon, as she is responsible for the ebb and flow of the oceans and many other precious gifts. The astrological sign of Gemini will be influencing the New Moon, so be open to your perspective shifting & thinking expanding, you may feel drawn to learning, and you might also feel a bit distract, which isn’t always a negative.
Please know that you don’t need to do a ritual for each Full Moon or New Moon, only connect to the ones you feel drawn to. Your ritual doesn’t need to be complicated. At times, I’ve lit a candle & said a prayer and that was enough. Also, you can do your ritual a day before, on the day or a day after the New Moon, as the energy is still potent. My soul is craving to do a ritual to dig deep and revel in the energy of Jyeshtha Amavasya, which is the Hindu name for this month’s New Moon.
In Vedic Jyotish, tomorrow marks the entry of the Sun into Taurus, not Gemini. Personally, I feel more connected to celebrating the New Moon as being in Gemini, not Taurus as I follow Western Astrology and am currently learning about the Vedic system. From the little that I know of Vedic Astrology, the New Moon will be located in the Rohini part of the night’s sky, which is believed to be where the Moon is the most creative and fertile. In Indian mythology, Rohini is Chandra’s (the Moon’s) favorite wife, who was a dancer, artist, and a master of creativity. Thus, the New Moon tomorrow is a powerful time for artist, writers, and all sacred creators.
If you take a glance around your home, you will find sacred tools that connect with the energy of the New Moon and the astrological sign of Gemini or Taurus, if you follow Vedic Astrology. The secret to creating an altar is to only use sacred tools that connect with you and hold a magical purpose in your ritual. Please remember that there is no wrong or right way, only do what FEELS right in your heart. You are welcome to use my ritual or adopt parts to help you create your personalized one.
I started gathering sacred tools last week, as I was going to be at the cabin for the New Moon. I brought my mala with me, as I want to start a new daily mantra; a peacock feather to represent the Element of Air, which rules the astrological sign of Gemini; a white and black candle to represent the dual nature of Gemini; Kali and Shiva statues to honour the feminine and masculine, a powerful duality that rules all life; two small onyx bowls, one for salt and the other for water; black moonstone to program with a new intention; palo santo to cleanse my sacred outdoor space; Om tingsha’s to begin and end my ritual; an oracle deck for insights; and finally my rattle to journey with.
I start my ritual by cleansing myself then my sacred tools & space with a piece of palo santo. As the sacred smoke fills the air, I focus on releasing blockages in my mind, body & heart. I place my sacred tools intuitively where I am called to on my altar.
I start my ritual by ringing my Om tingshas. I light my black candle first then the white one and wait until the candles start burning brightly before continuing. The candles signal to me that I am ready to hold sacred space for the ritual, as they represent my sacred flame.
I pour the salt into the water and accidentally drop a bit of it on my altar. Perhaps, my altar needed to be blessed ?. As I mix the salt and water together, I focus on the dualities within me and visualize them integrating & harmonizing with one another to create balance.
To ground my energy and centre myself, I chant my new mantra, “Om Klim Kalika-Yei Namaha” dedicated to the Hindu Goddess, Kali on my mala, I will continue to do until the next New Moon. I will most likely start a new mantra on the next New Moon unless I feel that I need to continue with my current one. You can create an affirmation or search for a mantra that would be helpful for you via Google. If you don’t have a mala, don’t sweat as you can count to 108 repetitions.
When I feel that I am ready to journey, I hold my black moonstone in one hand and my rattle in the other & gently shake it back and forth creating a simple rhythm. I stay in that meditative space until I hear myself being called back. . .usually sound that brings me back to reality.
After I return to consciousness, I program my crystal with my intention for the New Moon. One of the simplest methods to program a crystal is to hold it in your dominant hand and visualize your intentions being poured into the crystal until you soul feels connected.
Finally, I ask for a message from my grandma who passed away this Monday. I sat with the card for awhile to let the wisdom integrate with my higher-SELF. I received the DREAM card from the Seeds of Shakti Oracle, which was perfect as I’ve been asking her to communicate with me at night through my dreams.
The candles have almost burned out and my heart feels complete, so I close my ritual by ringing my Om tingshas together. I put my sacred tools in my box and pour the salt water onto the wood, as that is where I keep my outdoor altar.
Tomorrow, I will be laying a few cards to connect further with my Higher-SELF. You can use a Tarot or an Oracle deck for the Gemini New Moon Spread. Please tag me in your spread on Instagram, as I’d love to know how you connected to the spread ❤ New Moon Blessings to you!