New Moon: Saturday August 11, 2018, 5:59AM Eastern
The Moon moves through its many phases over a 28-day cycle and symbolizes change for many people. In some cultures, it represents the birth, life, death and rebirth cycle. In other cultures, the Moon is worshiped for the way it influences life on Earth. The phases of the Moon can also be a way to keep time and measure successes and failures.
During this lunar phase is the best time to set new intentions for the upcoming month. It is a great time to start new habits, such as a diet or new exercise routine, or start a new job or project. It is the phase that represents the planting of the seeds that will grow to maturity later on during the upcoming phases.
The following is a short list of oils that can be used to honor the new beginnings aspect of the New Moon:
- Bergamot – this oil offers a fresh, bold, sweet scent very similar to most citrus oils. The energy is uplifting and evokes the courage needed to embark on a new project, or start something new.
- Eucalyptus – this oil is clean and fresh, and opens the sinuses when inhaled. It is closely linked to the Air element and offers the energies of a breath of fresh air.
- Lavender – this oil is calming and soothing, yet has uplifting characteristics as well. The energies are clean and feminine, closely associated with Goddess energy.
To me, the New Moon phase also represents a time to go within and reflect. It is the darkness that the New Moon provides that makes me want to naturally look inward and identify things that I may want to change. It is also a time to rest and take solace in the cool darkness. To be our best, we must also rest.
The following is a blend that I use for my New Moon rituals each month. I tend to work as a solitary practitioner, but this can also be used in a small group setting.
New Moon Blend
- 7 drops Jasmine (sensual, feminine, goddess)
- 4 drops Chamomile (supportive, familiar, friendly)
- 3 drops Patchouli (dark, grounding, soothing)
Add oils to an essential oil diffuser and follow the manufacture’s instructions. Or, you can add some water to an oil warmer dish and then drop the oils into the water. To make an anointing oil, fill a 1 ounce (30 ml) glass bottle with a carrier oil, such as olive or sweet almond, and add the essential oils. Shake well.