Moon rituals: How do I manifest the life I want using the moon?

Nov 04, 2021
"How do I manifest" is a popular search topic. New moon rituals and manifestations have gained a lot of popularity in recent years. It might feel a little woo-woo, magical, even unattainable but I believe there is a sliver of hope inside that this article, right here right now is what you are meant to read to spark the beginning of your new life.
I've spent years trying to be consistent in my manifestation practice. Not seeing immediate results led me to be even more inconsistent and start to question, "Is this what manifestation should be?"
There is so much information out there about all the ways you can become more successful and manifest your dream life. It can feel extremely overwhelming. And If you're a perfectionist like me, you may find yourself spending more time researching, "how do you start manifesting what you want?" the right way than actually just beginning and finding your own rhythm.
How many times have you googled "how to manifest ___" or "morning routines of successful people"?
In this post, we are going to cover all things manifesting and moon rituals so you can have more clarity on the next steps to manifesting the life you want.

What is Manifesting?

There are many different definitions for manifestation or manifesting. The simplest definition is bringing something to your life through attraction and belief.
Most commonly, people practice manifestation to attract more love, wealth, success, and healing to their lives. Manifestation is an inward journey.
Constantly searching for answers outside of oneself can lead to a lack of trust in themselves, which is exactly why you may be spinning your wheels when it comes to manifesting what your soul is called to do and the life you want.
Your most powerful creative guidance comes from your inner spirit. So when you're out there hustling, trying to force outcomes, and desperately seeking answers from gurus, you're blocking the most powerful guidance to lead you to the most perfect answers for you and your life.
How do you manifest true magic into your life? You have to shift from an obsession with how you're going to make things happen to surrender and trust that you will attract the magic that's already yours. That is just what you will do when you learn to practice manifestation with moon rituals.

Manifesting and How It Works

When practicing with manifestation and moon rituals, you start to find peace with the ebb and flow of life. You learn to recognize that there are seasons of movement and times of rest. There are times to create and there are times of integration, allowing all that has been created to settle into your mind and body as a true knowing before rushing on to the next creation.
By focusing inward and getting quiet during the different moon phases, you are then able to listen to yourself, your needs, and your desires and clearly tell the Universe what you want and what you need. You can write down your intentions in a journal to make them clear. Then it is time to actually do the work. Manifestation isn't about making a wish and sitting back and waiting, you must take action on the goals you've shared with the Universe.
How do I manifest?
There were moons where I embraced my full flamboyance with all the fun and celebration of pulling out crystals, candles, journals, and earthly alter offerings to fully indulge in the entire ritual experience, and there were new moons where my soul needed rest so deeply that my ritual simply consisted of saying a prayer for the healing I was craving as I laid down for some extra restorative sleep. The more I practiced, the more I began to trust myself and believed that if I listened, I would always be guided to the most perfect way to practice and I didn't need to always seek someone else's answers anymore.

What are moon rituals?

Moon rituals are an ancient and sacred practice that originated in countries such as Egypt, China, India, and Babylonia, that worshipped the moon and her vibrant beautiful energy.
The beautiful thing about moon rituals is that they invite you to create a sacred space for you to get quiet, focus inward, set intentions, and feel empowered. They are a source of self-care because you take the time to ask yourself what your needs are, your goals, and how you want to spend your time on earth.
Similar to how morning rituals can set the tone for the day, evening rituals can ground us after an overwhelming day, helping us have a restorative evening, Moon rituals can also remind us to recommit to that which we are wanting to create on a consistent basis.
I spent a lot of time early in my moon ritual journey walking late at night, having conversations with the moon. I began to feel connected and supported, remembering that I wasn't the one who had the answers and that when I let my guard down and my personal agenda and timeline go, the Universe can make incredible things happen.
Practicing rituals and making space to listen to the moon helped me get out of the way and allow spiritual guidance to lead me.
How do I manifest more space in my life for guidance? Check out my moon ritual guide to help you create your own moon ritual. I felt the support of the Universe, as synchronicities unfolded around me the way we often hear people talk about how manifestations come to fruition.

What are the moon phases?

Whether you want to improve your health, your career, or your relationships, the eight phases of the moon are a naturally divine guide to manifesting what you want. There are eight phases of the moon and you can practice a moon ritual for each of them. They are:
  • The new moon
  • Waxing crescent moon
  • Waxing quarter moon
  • Waxing gibbous moon
  • Full moon
  • Waning gibbous moon
  • Waning quarter moon
  • Waning crescent moon
To begin manifesting with the moon, you can choose to start with the two most commonly known phases, the new moon, and the full moon.
The new moon is the time to get still and to set intentions for your desires and bring new life to areas of your life that you would like to bring about positive change. It's a good time to declare what you want and release what you no longer want or need in your life. The full moon is the time for creative energy and powerful breakthroughs. It's the time to reflect and celebrate what has come to you and what will come to you.
My moon ritual guide lovingly walks you through the phases of the moon and how to create a ritual practice that feels in alignment with who you are and what you want to manifest. With time and practice, when you commit to learning how to manifest with the moon, in all her phases, you will begin to trust the Universe and let nature guide you.


How Manifestation Worked For me?

Before I discovered manifestation and moon rituals, I was battling decades of hurt and repressed emotions from childhood sexual trauma, which resulted in a deep seed lack of trust I had in myself and my choices.
I googled, how do I manifest and found an article that suggested making a commitment to practicing manifestation for at least three moon cycles to experience major transformation, and so I decided to start there. Considering the moon goes through a full cycle once a month, I felt confident that I could honor that commitment.
Now almost two years later I haven't missed one new moon ritual or full moon ritual! When you learn about the cycles and practice living with the acceptance of those cycles, you begin to see that there are times for setting intentions (in the new moon) and times for pruning and making space (in the full moon), which can be a beautiful life lesson that we don't always have to constantly be on the go and we can and should slow down. You learn the synergistic dance between action and surrender.


Using The Moon To Heal

Setting intentions felt like planting seeds to me, which allowed me to feel a sense of trust that it was ok to then go about my life without anxiety. I released the desperation that had often been a part of my previous manifestation attempts. When the moon provided the guidance, I would act accordingly and when I was in waiting, I began to trust that something was happening, even if I couldn't see it. It was a beautiful practice in trust that allowed me to find a sense of faith that I was right where I needed to be.
Iyanla Vanzant once said, "When God is working, your job is to be still." Learning to live in harmony with the moon allowed me to finally feel at peace enough to be still.
I began to experience profound healing within my practice that I would often find that I was ready to work through anything that presented itself as we were approaching the full moon. My practice involved trusting the process, making space for what had come up, journaling, crying, processing with my coach or therapist, and then resting through what had been brought to me.
Often in the beginning I would feel a sense of a full moon hangover from navigating the healing through many years of repressed emotions, but with time, the intensity became more manageable and I felt as though I knew what to expect.


How Do I Manifest Healing Using the Moon

On one particular new moon, I set the intention to experience more pleasure in my life, in all ways, particularly in my sex life. The sexual trauma I experienced as a child, taught me to feel numb, ignore my needs, and just do what was told of me. I had never experienced what everyone else seemed to know about sex being a beautiful expression.
In the coming weeks, after that new moon cycle, I experienced not only my first real orgasm (completely magical) but also broke down in an insanely profound amount of tears as I unpacked decades of hurt and distrust in myself. I will never forget the heartbreaking sobbing that made space for the fully integrated belief that my needs did and do matter. Period.

How do I manifest the life I want with my own moon ritual?

Moon rituals can be done with the simple flow of setting intentions at the new moon and releasing what's no longer serving you at the full moon and it doesn't need to feel more complex than that. If you feel called to, you can dig in to learn more about the complexities of the astrological climate to help inform your rituals.
The free Moon Ritual Guide that will help get you started creating your own magic. Rituals are a powerful way for us to commit to ourselves and show that we see ourselves as someone worthy of that which we desire, and worthy of being on our own priority list. I see rituals as checkpoints in our day-to-day life that remind us to re-center, to ground back into our intentions, and give ourselves a little love. 
Your own moon ritual journey can be whatever you want to make, and it can transform and evolve depending on what's coming up for you in your life. You can go out and buy crystals, set up an altar, and journal. Whatever you choose to do will be perfect, as long as you keep showing up, you will start to experience massive transformation in time.

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