I’ve always been interested in astrology, and recently I have been tuning into the full and new moon energies more. I’ve held a couple of events that were a lot of fun. I believe getting feminine energy together can be powerful – now add the energy of the moon to that and watch out!

Do you follow the phases of the moon or do anything special on a full or new moon evening? I thought I would share some of the practices/rituals that I walk through – in case you may also be intrigued to connect with the moon energy.

First, in astrology, the moon represents our emotions, moods, instincts, feelings, memories, vulnerabilities, and a sense of safety and comfort. The new moon represents new beginnings, and the full moon is about releasing. The energy of the moon varies depending on the astrological sign that the moon falls in.

The new moon in May falls in Taurus, which is about foundation and feeling grounded. Taurus also rules the throat chakra and this new moon can help us free our voices.

I personally include practices and rituals that help me to release what is no longer serving me AND intention-setting practices.

Here are some practices and rituals you can incorporate tonight to help you harness the Taurus new moon:

Let it go or release it:
Set your timer for 3-5 minutes and answer the question, “What am I ready to let go of?” Try not to overthink your answer, just start writing down anything that comes up. It could be a habit you have been trying to break, the way you treat yourself or someone else, an outcome, or a goal that you need to let go of or adjust. It could be unrealistic expectations you have for yourself or others or maybe it is someone in your life that you need to let go of. There is no right or wrong answer.

You can choose to either tear up the sheet of paper or burn it (in a safe manner). While you do this, thank the thoughts and give them permission to be released from your mind, body, soul. Sit in silence for a moment, take a couple of deep breaths and visualize everything you wrote down being gently and lovingly released.

Set Intentions:
Now that you’ve released what is no longer serving you, we are going to set some intentions. Set your time again for 3-5 minutes and think about the answers to the following questions, “What do I value? What is important to me? What do I want to bring more of into my life?” Now write down whatever comes up, without judgment or overthinking. After the time is up, look over what you wrote and choose a word or a phrase as your intention. It can be a word such as abundance, love, peace, freedom, confidence, heart, kindness. Maybe you would like to use a phrase, such as I intend to love unconditionally. I intend to see the divinity in everyone. I intend to lead by example.

Once you have selected your word or phrase, take a couple of deep breaths and repeat your intention out loud, three times. Take a couple of minutes to visualize and connect to your intention. Now release your intention and hand it over to god, the universe, source, etc. Letting it go so it can expand in whatever way it needs to. Trusting that your intention will manifest the way you stated it or in a more expansive way. We don’t want to restrict our intention by holding on to it too tightly.

Connect with your voice:
Since this new moon is in Taurus and connects us to our throat chakra – it would be a perfect time to use your voice, which could be by speaking up about something, singing, humming, or chanting. Your throat chakra is connected to your ability to communicate and speak your inner truth.

Chanting involves repeating a phrase or mantra and has been shown to decrease stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms, as well as increase positive mood, feelings of relaxation, and focused attention. Humming can also create a meditative and soothing vibration. You can find various chants online or you can create one that resonates for you. It can be as simple as repeating one of the following – I am love. I am enough. I am at peace. I trust. Or you can use your intention as your mantra.

These are practices you can incorporate with the full or new moon – or anytime. I believe anytime is a good time to release things, to clear them out, so that we can make room to bring in more light, more clarity, and our intentions.

No matter how hard the past was, you can always begin again.” Buddha