Sacred Ritual for the New Moon in Cancer

The night sky will be dark and the stars will be shining brightly, as the New Moon enters the astrological sign of Cancer at 7:32 pm (PST) on Friday, June 23rd. The Cancer New Moon is a potent one, especially for introverts and empaths like myself. Cancer is a water sign, therefore, you may notice that you are feeling more deeply and desiring more emotional security & safety than usual.

Cancers are known to love their abode and often don’t drift too far from home, as sacred space is important for them. Another abode is your body, so self-care is an important theme for the Cancer New Moon.

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 yearning for a ritual that ignites the magic of self love and involves water, as the monsoon rains will soon be cleansing the dry earth of the Indian subcontinent of India. The ritual focuses on lovingly washing away old hurts that might be deterring your heart space from expressing and embodying self-love.

My ritual for the New Moon in Cancer involves creating bath salts that are infused with self-love, but also your soul’s energy. The intoxicating smell of roses intuitively triggers love, as the scent is sweet and light. For the ritual, you’ll need Himalayan salt, but you can also substitute in sea salt; rose essential oil (I used absolute 10%, as pure rose essential oil is extremely expensive); 3 dried roses or 1 fresh one; and rose quartz crystals. 

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. For example, you can easily substitute essential rose oil with lavender, use amethyst instead of rose quartz, and replace rose buds with dried lavender.

Create sacred space by lighting a candle and taking a few deep breaths to centre your energy. Release all worries, stress and tension from your heart, mind and body. Give yourself as much time as you need to in order to feel grounded.  You want your energy to be centred before you start to create your bath salts for your ritual.

Measure 333 grams of Himalayan salt. I prefer to use a scale, as the weight of salt can vary depending on the size of the crystals. The Himalayan salt that I used had fairly large crystals and measured to approximately 1 cup. I created my bath salts in a singing bowl that is connected to the heart chakra, the centre of unconditional love. You can use a regular bowl too.

As I crushed the 3 dried roses with my hands, I delved into my heart space and visualized my heart chakra expanding and radiating self-love. Magic is created through intention. As you make your bath salts be mindful and don’t let your mind wonder. Stay in the present moment and focus on expressing self-love.

Next, I added 30 drops of rose essential oil, which is a light dilution. . .about 1%. As you add the essential oil to the bowl, focus your energy on all that you love about yourself. What traits are you proud of? What are your strengths?

Now, you’ll need to mix the 3 sacred ingredients together. I prefer to use my hands as my rose essential oil is diluted in jojoba oil, and yours most likely is too. If you have sensitive skin, I recommend that you can use a mixing spoon. As you mix the ingredients together, shift your energy and focus on falling in love with what you perceive as your flaws and imperfections.

Your bath salts are now created, but you may want to energize them with rose quartz, which is known as the stone of unconditional love. You can place a large piece of rose quartz on top of the bath salts or add a few tumbled pieces. I also placed a statue of Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of prosperity (both material & spiritual) on top of my bath salts, as she is also known as the embodiment of inner & outer beauty.

Energizing my bath salts with rose quartz and Lakshmi feels so potent in my heart space for expressing self-love. You’ll intuitively known when your bath salts are energized. What Goddess symbolizes self-love for you? You can add a statue or even an oracle card of her to your bath salts. All that matters is your intention, so even saying her name can invoke her energy. 

In my eyes, abundance can only be created when a person falls in love with all their scars, imperfections and flaws. Hold sacred space for yourself tonight or even tomorrow, as the energy of the New Moon lingers for a day or two. . .and let yourself fall in love with who you are now, not who you were or who you want to be.

Plant the seeds of self-love under the New Moon in Cancer. Allow the seedlings to germinate in your heart space and manifest into unconditional love not only for yourself, but for all those who you cross paths with. May love always inspire you. 

Pour yourself a warm bath and add the salts into water slowly while saying an affirmation, for example, “I love all my sacred imperfections, which are divine perfections.” You can create a personalized affirmation or use mine. As you bathe, lovingly wash away all that you are holding in your heart and let the salts heal & cleanse your heart, mind and soul!

As I bathe, I will start a new mantra, “Om Sri Maha Lakshmyai Namah” dedicated to Lakshmi, on my rose quartz mala, which I will continue to do until the next New Moon. I may 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.

Tonight, I will also be laying a few cards to connect my Higher-SELF and universal energies. You can use a Tarot or an Oracle deck for the Cancer New Moon Spread Please tagme in your spread on Instagram, as I’d love to know how you connected to the spread ? New Moon Blessings to you!


About The School of Gypsy Arts

Sharron weaves together her personal experiences and teachings from Paganism, Core Shamanism and other traditions to create unique experiential workshops & events. She is a six sensory intuitive guide, meditation facilitator, certified crystal healer, reader of the Tarot & Tea Leaves.