IF YOU HAVEN’T HAD THE TIME OR INSPIRATION FOR ANY NEW YEAR RITUAL OR INTENTION SETTING, IT’S OKAY. IN FACT, RIGHT NOW IS A PERFECT TIME FOR IT AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE DARK MOON TO THE NEW MOON IN CAPRICORN THIS JANUARY 11TH, 2024.
This “New Year, New Moon Journal Ritual” is most aligned if done between now and January 15.
As a Celtic Witch, it should come as no surprise that I believe the Gregorian calendar is an old, broken system to track time. I prefer to live attuned to nature’s cyclic rhythms, feeling myself held within the patterns of the sun and moon.
Even still, our collective calendar has a powerful hold on us and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t effected by it. A New Year ushers in the promise of a new chapter. We get inspired and make resolutions, set goals or intentions, and hopefully let ourselves dream into where our lives may lead us in the coming months.
This year, 2024 is soon joined by a powerful cosmic companion—the New Moon in Capricorn, January 11 (check online for exact timing based on where you live).
This celestial event, often overlooked in the hustle of resolutions and celebrations, invites us on a more inward, intuitive journey into the unfolding year.
I’m sharing this simple New Year, New Moon Journal Ritual for your empowerment and enjoyment.
You may wish to prepare yourself or your space for the ritual beforehand by meditating or dancing/ stretching, anointing yourself or diffusing oils, lighting a candle, toning or chanting. None of this is necessary if you feel ready to just start writing.
Give yourself at least 15 minutes uninterrupted for this journal ritual.
Write out your top lessons from 2023 (life, business/career, health, relationships, spiritual path, etc.)
List what you are NOT bringing with you into the new year (thought patterns, habits, relationship dynamics, etc.)
If you wish, BURN this.
Next, write out what you are most grateful for right NOW in your life.
Then allow yourself to free write on your top desired feelings for 2024.
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I believe it’s so important for us to take time for reflection, so we integrate what we’ve learned and how we’ve grown.
If Journal writing isn’t your thing, you could do this ritual through solo contemplation or conversation with a soul friend.
Remember, we are the writer, producer, director and star in the movie of our life! How do you want your story to go?
As we embark on this journey of a new year, guided by the gentle energy of the new moon, let’s reflect on the powerful ritual we’ve just explored. The act of journaling under the new moon is not just a tradition; it’s a sacred practice that invites us to release the old and welcome the new with open hearts and minds.
I honour you for taking this opportunity to pause and intentionally set the tone for the year ahead. By acknowledging and letting go of what no longer serves us, we make space for fresh beginnings and untapped possibilities.
As you close your journal and bid farewell to the old, remember that change is a gradual process. Easing into the year allows us to savor the transformation, ensuring that each step forward is purposeful and meaningful. Here are a few final thoughts to carry with you on this journey:
1. Embrace Slow Progress: The beauty of starting anew lies in the gradual unfolding of our intentions. Be patient with yourself and allow the seeds you’ve planted to bloom in their own time.
2. Celebrate Small Wins: In the midst of setting grand resolutions, don’t forget to acknowledge and celebrate the small victories along the way. Each step forward, no matter how small, is a testament to your growth.
3. Stay Open to Surprises: While it’s empowering to plan and set goals, leave room for spontaneity and unexpected joys. The universe has a way of surprising us when we least expect it.
4. Connect with the Moon’s Phases: Throughout the year, continue to tune in to the moon’s cycles. Whether it’s the full moon’s illumination or the quiet reflection of the new moon, let these phases guide you through different aspects of your journey.
May this year be filled with self-discovery, growth, and the unwavering belief that you have the power to shape your destiny. Happy journaling, and may the new year bring you endless blessings on your path.