The new moon falling on New Year's Day creates particularly strong spiritual and natural forces that support new beginnings. It is a time to release old burdens as well as people and objects that no longer have meaning in your life. It is a time for welcoming the new into your life. Most of all it is a time to renew and refresh yourself both physically and spiritually.
The moon will actually be out in the daytime, rising at 6:56 am PST and setting at 5:42 p.m. PST. Chances are, however, you will not actually be able to see it. The new moon is not that little sliver of a crescent we so often see representing it. It is actually the dark of the moon.
Many people think this is a bad thing, that it draws negative forces. That is one way to see it. Others who follow a somewhat different path see this as a time of great anticipation. The moon is in the state of pre-birth. She is on the verge of rebirthing herself in her monthly cycle around the earth.
In this sense, every new moon is a good time for cleansing away the past and renewing oneself, beginning new projects, or making life changes. However, this new moon also falls on New Year's Day. This gives even more positive support for all things new because it is the earth herself beginning her cycle anew.
Here are some things people of nature may consider doing during or immediately after the new moon on New Year's Day
Abundance: First, and most important of all, recognize the abundance of your life. Abundance does not mean material things. It does not even mean not being in poverty. Your personal abundance is all you have in the emotional and spiritual sense. Those you love and who love you, your beliefs, your small joys all are part of your abundance. Call upon whatever deity you feel drawn to and making a counting to him or her.
Gratitude:Then express your gratitude. If you have life, you have a reason for gratitude. Be aware of the need to feel gratitude for whatever you have, no matter how little. You will, however, with a little thought, realize how much you have to be grateful for. Understanding that is key to the rest of the process.
Worthiness: Once you have recognized your abundance and all you have to be grateful for, recognize that you are worthy of all the universe has to give you. You are a child of the universe and she will provide for you. Accept your worthiness and know that you are entitled to be whoever you are meant to be.
Cleanse: Next, cleanse yourself of what you no longer need. Get rid of unused objects. Move on from futile or destructive relationships, and shed negativity and emotional burdens.
Literally or figuratively sweep your home from back to front with a new broom. Use a white sage smudge to cleanse each room, going into closets, drawers and other enclosed places. Just be sure not to get your smudge too close to anything that will burn.
While you smudge, you might say something like “All that does not serve me, be gone. All negative energies, I cast you out. All sorrow and worry, go away.” Say such things until you have finished.
It does not hurt to do this to your car, as well, and your work place if it is allowed.
Once you are done smudging your surroundings, you smudge is not finished yet. Place your still buring sage in an appropriate vessel such as a brass bowl. Breath in slowly through your mouth and exhale through your nose several times.
Self-cleansing: After you have done this a few times, as you breathe in, imaging the smoke entering your body, passing through it and throughout it, gathering up your emotional burdens. Breath sage in. Breath negativity out. Do this until you feel you have been cleansed.
Visualize your future: Finally, again call upon your particular deity and imaging what you want for the coming year of your life. Visualize the abundance you plan to receive, what you would like to accomplish, what you would like to do.
Give thanks: Then thank you deity, again, for all you have and all you will have. Be at peace with yourself and your life and know you are a precious child of the universe.
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