Try this New Moon Crystal Grid to enhance your new moon rituals. Release the past, let go of limiting beliefs and negativity. Or plant seeds for manifesting, starting new projects or developing positive thought patterns with these lunar crystals.
The New Moon
The New Moon is considered the start of a new cycle of energy in astrology and to many people who work with the Moon. A true New Moon is when we see the first sliver of light start to create a crescent Moon shape. This keeps growing as part of the Waxing Moon phase.
The New Moon usually happens once a month. You could see this as a gradual building of energy, like a seed growing out of the dark earth. Our goals all start as thoughts and ideas.
Use the New Moon phase to:
Begin new projects
Start new habits
Develop positive beliefs
Manifesting something new
What is the Dark Moon?
The other way is to work with this Moon phase to release things (here comes the Moonology). The date often given as the ‘New Moon’ starts with a short phase of a Dark Moon. This is when the Moon is not visible because it is 100% covered by the shadow of the Earth.
You can use an app like Deluxe Moon to see when the Moon is 100% dark, regardless of the time of day or weather. Reliable apps need your geographical location to give accurate Moon phases. See this Moon phase as a void, a hole that you can release things into and move on.
Use the Dark Moon phase to:
Let go of the past
Release old or toxic relationships
Stop limiting beliefs
Cleanse negative energy
End bad habits
The Calendar New Moon
These two quite different phases have been lumped together as a ‘New Moon’ on calendars and by most modern day Astrologers. You could look at the day of the New Moon as the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one. People use this time for both letting go and starting something new. It’s up to you how you work with it.
If you want to be precise, check a good Moon app or website (Like Deluxe Moon) to see if the Moon is around 0% full for the Dark Moon for releasing things. When it is around 1% full or more we are in the New Moon which is better for starting new things.
TIP: Some people (myself included) prefer to wait two or three days after the Dark Moon (Calender New Moon) because this is when the New Moon has more power behind it. I only use the Dark Moon for releasing things.
What Are New Moon Rituals?
Lots of people like to use this time to create a crystal grid. The grid is used to further cement their intentions and anchor the lunar energies over the coming month. New Moon Rituals are anything that you do on the New Moon to work with these energies and often involve a small ceremony, writing down your intentions or saying affirmations. Some may just call them New Moon Intentions.
“New Moon Rituals are completely personal and may reflect your spiritual ideas and beliefs. There is no right or wrong way to do them.“
Formulate Your New Moon Intentions
If you do not already have a reason to create a New Moon Crystal Grid then think about some intentions now. You can either focus on things you want to release and cleanse or you can focus on a new project or something you wish to manifest within the next month. This can be for a single thing or multiple things and you could include both beliefs you want to let go of and new ones you want to adopt.
You may want to limit yourself to 5 things to avoid overwhelm, but some people do 10. You are going to write these down and they will be a part of your crystal grid. Here are a few examples below:
I commit to eating only healthy snacks between meals
I release my attachment to my ex
Money flows to me easily
I will devote Sunday afternoons to writing
The past has no power over me
I will open my own Etsy shop
I will start Yoga classes again
The Seed of Life Symbol
My New Moon Crystal Grid uses the Seed Of Life symbol. This sacred geometry symbol supports new cycles and personal growth. You can use your own Crystal Grid base/cloth or print off the template given later in this article.
What You Will Need:
My New Moon Crystal Grid uses 13 crystals. 13 is a lunar energy number that relates to the cycles of the Moon.
1 Medium or large Selenite/Satin Spar
Selenite and Satin Spar are lunar crystals that cleanse energy that no longer serves you. I am using a Selenite Tower (Satin Spar) but you could use other forms like a Crystal Point, Egg, Pyramid or Sphere. If Selenite is unavailable you could use Rainbow Moonstone, Snow Quartz (aka Milky Quartz) or Clear Quartz.
3 Moonstone Tumble Stones
Moonstone is the stone of the Moon and supports new beginnings. These stones can be substituted with Celestite, Black Moostone or Merlinite (Dendritic Agate).
3 Labradorite Tumble Stones
Labradorite helps you transform yourself. These crystals can be substituted with Chrysoprase, Malachite or Healer’s Gold.
3 Smoky Quartz Crystal Points
Smoky Quartz clears negative energy and thinking. These crystals can be substituted with Black Tourmaline blades/points or Tibetan Black Quartz Crystals.
3 Clear Quartz Crystal Points
Clear Quartz further amplifies your intentions.
A Seed Of Life Crystal Grid Template
Please see below for more information.
Using a Crystal Grid Template
I have a created a FREE printable Crystal Grid Template that you can download and print yourself. You don’t need to sign up for anything. Just click the link below to download the PDF file. You can then print it out on some paper or card.
TIP: You could trace the Seed of Life symbol with a silver pen for added lunar energy.
Alternatively, you can use your own Seed Of Life cloth, printout or base. I got my wooden Seed Of Life grid base from Coppermoon Boutique.
TIP: Enhance Your Ritual With Sacred Scent
This is an optional extra step. Sacred scent helps create an environment that supports your intentions. Camphor is associated with the New Moon, it helps cleanse negative energy. You could add a drop of natural pure essential oil to an oil burner or diffuser before you begin your ritual. Alternitively burn natural Camphor incense.
Simple Crystal Grid Activation
If you already know how to activate a Crystal Grid, feel free to use your prefered method. Otherwise, to keep things nice and easy, I am going to show you a really simple method to activate the grid which does not use an Activation Wand. Activation programs or charges the crystals with your intention, so they can begin to do their work for you.
Before you begin, write on a small piece of paper a list of your New Moon intentions or affirmations. You could use a silver pen if you have one. As this is part of a New Moon Ritual I recommend that you read these out loud three times. Then fold the paper up twice so it will fit under the central stone.
How To Activate Your New Moon Crystal Grid:
1. Hold all your cleansed crystals and the note in your hands (or work in batches).
2. Close your eyes and take three deep breaths.
3. Raise your crystals up in front of your Third Eye Chakra (brow area).
4. Focus on your desired intentions, use visualisation and emotion. Say to yourself or out loud a statement of your intention like “I program this crystal grid to support me with my new intentions” or “I program this crystal grid to assist me in releasing what no longer serves me”.
5. Lastly, arrange your crystals into position (see below).
Setting Up Your Crystal Grid:
Now that your crystals are programmed and charged with your intention, all you have to do is arrange them. Use a flat surface that will not be easily disturbed. Please see the diagram above.
(1) The Selenite goes into the centre, on top of your folded note.
(2) Then the three Moonstone Tumble Stones* can be placed around it, forming a triangle.
(3) Then the three Labradorite Tumble Stones can be placed around it, forming a triangle.
(4) Next, the three Clear Quartz Crystal Points should be placed around the edge, pointing outwards.
(5) Lastly, the three Smoky Quartz Crystal Points should be placed around the edge, pointing outwards.
*If you have other shapes or forms of these crystals other than Tumble Stones, feel free to use them.
A New Beginning…
Your crystal grid will be left in place as a constant reminder as you begin taking action that is in alignment with your intentions and goals. Most people leave these grids up for a month, until the next New Moon. They will either finish with the grid, keep it going or start with a new or updated list of intentions. I recommend you cleanse the crystals if you want to keep the grid up.
If adding new intentions you should also deprogram the crystals (see below) and reprogram them again as part of your New Moon Ritual.
When you have finished with your crystal grid, remove the crystals and cleanse them. Remember to deprogram all the crystals before using them again for anything else. See my article on How To Deprogram a Crystal for more info.
What do you like to do for New Moon Rituals? I would love to hear from you in the comments below (please keep any questions you have concise and on topic if you want a response).
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