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There is an art to making wishes.
I have found that whenever I am setting an intention, manifesting my heart’s desire, or casting a wish upon the wind, I must be entirely and fully aligned with it in every way or it will not ‘work’. If even just one obscure or deeply hidden thought does not believe in that which I am hoping to create, or if my mind has even the tiniest seed of doubt that it can happen—then the whole process will crumble to the ground without ever having a chance to succeed.
Once while listening to a Native American elder speak about his life as an activist and leader of his people, he mentioned that at one time he had quite a bit of doubt that he could do all that he was hoping to do with his life. He had the feeling that this was his life path and life’s work, and he desired to see it realized, but he just could not see it coming true. It was not until he had a very strong, inner vision of his dream that he was able to fully trust it, and believe in it with such surety that it was as if it had already happened. This deep visioning acted like a catalyst that set into alignment his thoughts, his feelings and his emotions so that the vision could come down from the above to be realized in the below.
How often do we use the word realize, without ever really understanding its meaning? The word ‘realize’ means: ‘actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed’. To real-ize, then, is to bring something intangible and non-existent from the realm of the imagination into the physical realm of being. How magical is that!
While your thoughts are very, very powerful, they are also quite unstable, and fragile. Vibrating on an energetically subtle plane of existence, they need a very strong intention and ‘call to action’ to be made real, or they simply drift away like leaves falling onto a gently flowing stream. Thoughts have no tangible substance, and therefore cannot ‘do’ anything tangible, i.e. simply saying ‘I think I will swim across the English Channel will not cause you to suddenly appear in the frigid water, swimming hard against the current. But…once you ‘realize’ that thought, take action steps to see it come true, then you may just find yourself swimming towards England.
The art of wish making is to align your thoughts with your feelings and with your emotions. This alignment, by the way, works in both directions; both positively and negatively. Align your thoughts, feelings and emotions towards a negative outcome and you will manifest just that. But, oh, when you align them all in the direction of the positive—stand back because all kinds of unexpected and wonderful things can, and will happen.
The essence of the new moon, which is coming up on the 15th of this month, is a time of birthing, emerging and materializing. During the new moon we can birth ourselves anew and we can bring to earth that, which once existed only in the etheric realm. It is a time for turning fantasy into reality.
The new moon initiates the lunar time of waxing, or increasing and comes to us renewed from its time within the fertile, womb-like darkness and deep void of the dark moon, a place that is wild, mysterious, primordial, uncharted, and un-manifested. Like a newly born babe, the new moon carries the possibility of anything and everything…so don’t hold back with your wishing—wish big, bold, wild and powerfully.
While the dark moon guides us to be still, to wait, watch and to make ourselves ready…the new moon phase is like the horn blowing, the gate opening and the race starting—it practically shouts to us; ‘GO!’ It’s all about beginnings, fresh, new starts and about emerging from the dark of the unknown into the light of the known. The new moon is the best time to acknowledge beginnings, plant seeds (ideas) for the future, begin new ventures, make repairs (both physical and spiritual), to encourage growth and to make wishes.
This upcoming new moon, which will be visiting the sign of Libra, which is all about balance—offers us the perfect opportunity to balance and align our thoughts, feelings and emotions. The nature of Libra is to socialize, join in, be a part of and balance everything and everyone! The essence of the new moon is in alignment with this, and you may find yourself a bit more social the day before, the day of and the day after the new moon.
Libra encourages us to balance our moods and emotions, which for many of us is a welcome relief from the upheaval, chaos and urgency that you may have been feeling the last several weeks leading up to the partial solar eclipse that we experienced today. You may have noticed a strange sense of calm, and inner peace coming over you, along with a profound sense of organization and flow as we approached this celestial event. This is due to the balancing and harmonizing effect of eclipses. Everything (literally) comes together during an eclipse as the sun/Divine Masculine, the moon/Divine Feminine and the earth/human soul are all in alignment.
What will you wish for on this new moon? What seeds will you plant this week and what will you allow to increase and grow in your life as the moon waxes brighter and brighter? This almanac post is themed around the new moon, and is designed to help you bring to earth your heart’s desire. It’s filled with lots of ways to do this, including an introduction to some of the goddess that can assist you. You can also visit my Pinterest board called ‘Goddess’ for further inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/tothegoddess/goddess/
YOUR GODDESS ALMANAC FOR AUGUST/SEPTEMBER:
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ZODIAC SIGNS OF THE MOON
Sep 11, 2015 01:55 PM / Moon enters Virgo: work with wholeness
Sep 14, 2015 02:41 AM / Moon enters Libra: work with balance
Sep 16, 2015 03:42 PM / Moon enters Scorpio: work with passion
Sep 19, 2015 03:31 AM / Moon enters Sagittarius: work with awareness
Sep 21, 2015 12:32 PM / Moon enters Capricorn: work with order
Sep 23, 2015 05:51 PM / Moon enters Aquarius: work with magic
Sep 25, 2015 07:43 PM / Moon enters Pisces: work with emotions
Sep 27, 2015 07:28 PM / Moon enters Aries: work with energy
PHASES OF THE MOON
Sep, 12, 2015 Dark Moon: a time of calm
Sep, 15, 2015 New Moon: a time of initiation
Sep, 20, 2015 1st Quarter Moon: a time of harmony
Sep, 24, 2015 Waxing Gibbous: a time of provision
Sep, 27, 2015 Full Moon: a time of liberation
LUNAR ASPECTS As the moon’s light increases, so does its power—upon you and upon the zodiac sign that it visits with. This means that during the Libra new moon you may begin to feel extraordinarily drawn towards balance and order, a feeling that will increase as the moon continues to grow brighter and for as long as it is in this sign (until the 16th), then it will increase the power of each of the signs it visits with. You can use the chart above to guide you. When you prepare to make your Libra new moon wish, do so in a very balanced, thoughtful way (Libra is an air sign, which governs the intellect); take time to make your wish, do not rush or panic and most of all, trust.
LUNAR GODDESS The new moon symbolizes the Goddess’ Maiden nature, and the waxing phase, from new to full mirrors the time of a woman’s life when she is both experiencing and leaving her girlhood, towards becoming a woman. The idea of becoming is very powerful during the new moon and so we call upon these goddesses to assist us: Athena for wisdom and understanding ourselves more deeply, Artemis for the initiation into the lunar mysteries, Diana for the re-birthing of our inner, goddess-self, Persephone for learning about the sacred magic and mysticism of being female, Ostara for all of our new beginnings, Maia for the growth and progression of our soul, and Hebe for connecting to the maiden/youthful aspect of The Goddess.
LUNAR MAGIC The most traditional wishing magic is to write your wish on a piece of paper, burn it in the flame of a candle and then scatter the ashes upon the wind. I like this version of the tradition: determine your birth moon sign (here). Use your birth moon’s element to release your wish. Here is a list to help you:
- For the element of water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), scatter your ashes into the waves of the ocean, a pond, lake or stream.
- For the element of air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), scatter your ashes upon the wind, or blow them away with your breath.
- For the element of earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), scatter your ashes deep within the soil, or sand if you are near a beach.
- For the element of fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius), scatter your ashes into the flames of a campfire, candle or fireplace.
LUNAR HERBS & OILS Essential oils associated with new, fresh starts are fresh, refreshingly scented oils, such as orange, lemon, lime, fir and basil. Anoint your wishing paper with some oil, then your heart just before you scatter the ashes. You can also anoint your candle.
LUNAR BUSINESS I love making wishes for business, for me they are so much fun—I just love watching something manifest from ‘nothing’. When we think of business, we often think of this as income, but try wishing for other aspects of your business, such as wonderful clients, a better schedule, having more fun while working and so on. This is also a wonderful time for new business ventures, new projects and new sources of livelihood.
LUNAR BEAUTY I used to wish for straight hair, having had a very ethnic, super curly, wild mop on my head all of my life—until, over time it turned completely white and the texture changed. Now I have straighter hair, and I long for the curls to return! This is a lesson in wishing; wish hard enough on something, align your thoughts, emotions and feelings and you will manifest it. Try this deep conditioning treatment for your hair, be it curly straight or otherwise. It always helps me to love and appreciate my hair whenever I use it.
- 1 part organic unrefined coconut oil
- 1 part raw organic honey
- 10 drops of organic rose essential oil (you can also use lavender essential oil)
- Mix well, saturate dry hair with the mixture, leave on 1 hour, shampoo and rinse. No need for an additional conditioner.
- You may experience dripping, as your skin will warm the honey and oil; use a plastic shower cap while the mixture is on your hair.
- You can also use this as a full body treatment just before a bath or shower.
LUNAR LOVE The new moon is a great time to wish for love, including self-love. Use this moon to allow new feelings, fresh ideas, innovative perspectives and different viewpoints about romance, relationships and love to emerge, blossom and grow. Wish for love in ways you never thought possible.
LUNAR CREATIVITY It never fails: I cannot bring forth anything creative until the moon begins to wax. I have given up trying, and now primarily work on all of my creative projects during this cycle whenever possible. Use the new and waxing moons to start, begin, initiate and carry out any creative project. You can also make wishes for your projects to be successful, fruitful, effective and prosperous—or whatever else you need them to be.
LUNAR ABUNDANCE The new moon was made for abundance wishes. It is the perfect time to get into the flow, align with Universe and plant seeds/ideas in the garden of your dreams. Make wishes for things of increase (better health, more money, more business, more clients, more joy, more fun, etc) on the new moon, and water those seeds daily with affirmations, rituals and positive thoughts, feelings and emotions until the full moon. Then let go, and let Goddess.
LUNAR DREAMING As the dark moon ends and the new moon emerges, expect your dreams to be very internally focused, contemplative and highly intuitive—your subconscious is waking up, emerging and moving to the surface of your awareness. Keep a dream journal nearby as you may want to record your dreams first thing after waking up.
LUNAR AFFIRMATION I awaken, and emerge into the essence and light of my goddess-self. Each day is a new opportunity for me to open my heart to love, to seek my bliss, to bring in more and more abundance and to connect to my feminine wisdom. I am a goddess on earth.
YOUR GODDESS MOON is the moon under which you were born. If you were born under a new moon, you may enjoy and seek spontaneity, new projects, starting things—lots of things! For you, life a magnificent adventure filled with many possibilities. You may prefer to live in the moment, letting the past fall away as insignificant. Being born so close to the dark moon, you may have learned to respond to life with your instincts and to rely almost solely upon your intuition. If this is your Goddess Moon (you can order your Goddess Moon forecast here), know that this is your time of power. All that you are doing during this phase is amplified and accentuated.
UPCOMING EVENTS & CLASSES
I am excited to remind you that a sample page of the upcoming Lunar Dream Journal will arrive in the next Goddess Almanac post, which is on the full moon: September 27th.
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As always, I am wishing you Goddess blessings and lunar light!
Moonologist Renée Starr spends most of her time researching, writing and teaching ancient Goddess and lunar wisdom. Read her full bio here.