The lunar cycle is every 29.5 days. Google the lunar cycle to see where you are in terms of the current cycle. Ideally, being close to the New Moon is best for this exercise. The New Moon, New things, New Hopes, New wishes. The full moon brings new wishes and hopes to fruition. Think of it as a Spring Cleaning of the Spirit.
The moon is important. The moon is the light that made the night livable for the ancients, the nightly plunge into darkness was not so scary with the moon to shine down and illuminate the land. Over time, rituals and beliefs became associated with the Moon in its own right. Where it was in the sky, what phase of the moon all helped describe the progress of days, weeks, and a month. Astrology and the beginnings of astronomy soon took over as the human mind expanded and experimented with the way the world and the heavens worked.
The sun is too bright to look at unless you are looking at sunrise or sunset, but even then, you cannot look at it much after or before the final few minutes. This in part is why Druids and other ancient religions marked the Summer and Winter Solstices, at dawn, not Midday.
The new moon historically has been a time to look forward to new opportunities, new manifestation and new intentions. It has been a time to look backwards and discard what is not working, what has passed the part it is to play in your life.
You can think and dream about these things but to be most effective writing things down is best. Writing things down is a physical task, even if you type at the keyboard, you need to exercise your brain to get letters into the order required to write a word that can be read by anyone. The physical action of writing or typing engages your mind and thoughts. Those translate into letters and words. Words into sentences.
Now that you are actively thinking and acting – writing, you can bring energy and intention to the two things you need clarity on. What you are looking backwards on and what you are looking forward to.
I like the idea of having two pieces of paper, one with the heading “In with the New” and the other headed up “Out with the Old.”
You may think that In with the New is most important, and it is, but Out with the Old is equally significant.
Think of a glass into which you put water to drink. If you drink half of the glass and want to drink more fresh water you can only top up the glass by as much as you have space for. If you tip away the old water, you have a complete glass that you can fill with fresh water.
Sounds simple, obvious. We do it every day. But our lives are the same, we can only have so much of anything at any one time. The Out with the Old is the list of things that will not make it into the next Moon phase.
Start with the piece of paper title Out with the Old.
Start making a list. One line to each thing that will not make it into the next phase. Number each one. If you have a lot, consider the list and see which are connected to people and places, and what is associated with things. Things are things you can sell, throw out, or pack away such as winter clothing.
People and places need a little study. Look at why and how a person or place will not be allowed into the next phase and carefully consider why. If you have been hurt in some way, why did you get hurt, did you allow it? How could you help yourself not get into the same situation again? Once you have figured that out, put what you have to do it at the top of the In with the New piece of paper or screen.
By putting what is required within you to change at the top of the new list, the more likely it is happen. Plus, the good coming in with the New cannot be as beneficial if you have not changed. But, if you were the cause of what needs to change, express your regret on that piece of paper, understand it and consider if you need to take any action. Add what you decide to the top of the In with the New paper, it is another part of the changes you need to make n yourself to allow the new moon and the coming phase to be happy and successful.
If you’re Out with the Old includes people that have harmed you, release the energy the harm has inflicted on you. This is especially true if you have allowed the negative energy to grow and hurt you. Your ego mind enjoys nothing more than to feed off this energy and go over and over the same situation to magnify the hurt you have received. By releasing the cause, you prevent the ego mind from having anything to chew over and inflict itself on you, day after day.
By having these things at the top of the list, you can deal with them quickly and if you do it right, they should not be there at the next New Moon.
You are free to write down the new things you want to manifest in your life. Again, separating people and places from things will give you clarity as to how your life will change and what the impact on you will be.
At the end of the exercise for the New Moon, draw Cho Ku Rei over the two lists three times. If you have the ability to burn the Out with The Old paper, do so. Otherwise shred or tear it up. If it is a computer file, delete the file.
The last thing to do is clear your mind and relax as you look over the In with the New list.
Mark is a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner
Mark is a Usui Tibetan Reiki Master Teacher