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Moon Rituals: How To Manifest With The Moon

Do you want to learn how to manifest with the moon?

If you’ve been following along with me or participated in one of my moon cycle challenges, (I’ve been teaching this work since 2001) you know there is tremendous power in harnessing the rhythmicity of the moon to manifest. Whether you want to improve your health, your career, or your relationships, the eight phases of the moon are an intelligent and straightforward roadmap to manifestation. And when you align with these phases, you can work with natural forces to clarify and continually refine what you want to call into your life until it comes to fruition. Over time, when you commit to learning how to manifest with the moon, in all her phases, you ultimately live more in sync with your natural environment and with your truth.

But let’s be real. While the moon has its magic, manifestation is a process. Your most significant desires don’t merely arrive overnight; they take time, and you must trust that timing. Tuning in to the phases of the moon provides a framework to turn to over and over again. And it can empower you to find peace and understanding in the unfolding of your lives.

One of the best ways to connect with the moon and start leveraging its energy is with a moon ritual.

The Modern Moon Ritual

Moon rituals are an ancient and sacred practice that originated in Egypt, Babylonia, India, and China where moon worship was a part of the culture. The phases of the moon influence the growth or decline of plants, animals, and human life. So, basking in the moonlight was seen as a sacred and necessary part of every cycle.

Today, the moon ritual carries just as much sacredness and brings a beautifully primal practice into the modern world. It’s something we desperately need in our always-looking-at-a-screen way of life, and when life itself is often filled with challenges, heartbreak, and despair.

The beautiful thing about rituals, especially those related to the moon, is that they invite you to get quiet. They ask you to plant seeds of intention and be one with nature. Hopefully, free from distractions.

And while there are 8 phases of the moon, the most potent phases are the new moon and the full moon

Understanding How To Manifest With The Moon Via The 8 Phases Of The Moon

The new moon

This happens when the sun and moon come into alignment; when the yang (masculine) energy of the sun merges with the yin (feminine) essence of the moon, and the moon rises with the sun at dawn. During this phase, the moon and the sun conjoin in the sky (align at the same degree astrologically) so we don’t see the moon. This is the start of a new lunation, and it’s time to get still and plant new seeds of desire. During a new moon, it serves us to breathe new life into any area of stagnation or any place in your life where you would like to impact positive change. This is the perfect time to set an intention to manifest with the moon.

The waxing crescent moon

During the days that follow a new moon, when the moon begins to rise after the sun, it’s time to anchor into your intentions. Focus on one thing you want to bring into existence during this lunar cycle. To that end, practice visualizations and affirmations at this time. Write your new moon intention out clearly and succinctly, and read it daily. Doing this will help you manifest with the moon.

The waxing quarter moon

Now is the time to look at the challenges you currently face and make decisions about how you want to proceed. This is the time of the moon cycle when the sun and the moon square each other. A square in astrology is when two celestial bodies form a 90-degree angle. This allows you to see the issues that have arisen since the new moon and enables you to adjust your plans accordingly. Face adversity with a resolute mind. Find workarounds. Work productively with challenges. They are your greatest teachers and a necessary part of manifesting with the moon.

The waxing gibbous moon

This high-energy moment, right before the full moon, offers perspective. With the lunar momentum waxing to peak, things should start to feel like they are aligning. Therefore, this is time to ramp up the energy in your life. Take massive action on behalf of your intended desire. Go after what you want to manifest with the moon wholeheartedly.

The full moon

In essence, full moons are nourishing. Think about it: the moon, symbolic of the feminine, receives the light of the sun, shining it back to us with illumination. When the moon is full, its strong gravitational pull on the Earth makes for a time of peak creative energy and incredibly powerful intuitive breakthroughs. But even more so, since the full moon rises when the sun sets, the two luminaries grace the sky concurrently making for potent time.  The full moon accentuates the intentions set during its waxing phase. Take time to reflect on what the full moon brings up for you. Get outside at night and let the light of the moon shine upon you. Then, bring your attention back to what you want to manifest with the moon. What needs to shift for you to bring your goal to fruition?

The waning gibbous moon

After the full moon, while the light of the moon wanes, it’s essential to consider what you need to release. During this phase, reflect on what is blocking you from receiving your desired outcome. Pay close attention to any energetic leaks or roadblocks holding you back from expressing the actualization of your desired result. Embrace the ease and let go of what’s blocking you from having what you want.

The waning quarter moon

When the moon begins to wane, and the light disseminates, there is a call to go within and do the internal work of seeking answers and heart-driven guidance. Grant yourself full permission to honor your feelings during this phase. Particularly during this time, your emotions are encrypted with messages regarding where we need to speak up or perhaps make changes in our lives. Listen intently for direction and guidance.  It’s a time to shed what’s holding you back from manifesting your desire with the moon.

The waning crescent moon

This presents the final phase of the entire moon cycle. It occurs right before the next new moon. That said, it provides an opportunity to reflect back on the whole lunar cycle that has come to pass. What have you learned? What has happened? What hasn’t? Reread your new moon intention and evaluate how you’ve changed since you wrote it. Then consider how you want to get reorganized for this next new moon.

A New Moon Ritual: Manifest with the Moon

The new moon is a blank page, a fresh start, a moment to turn inward and consider what we want to call into our lives and what we need to let go of. It’s indeed a time for rest and reflection, so the perfect ritual would be in the comfort of your own home.

How to Begin:

1. Set the environment.

Before engaging in any ritual, clean and organize your space. Straightening up and getting rid of clutter sets the tone for the ceremony. I like to burn incense, light a candle, turn on soothing music, and chill. I keep a few pieces of sacred paper and a pen on hand for writing.

2. Conjure a connection to the Divine.

Call upon a connection to the source energy you feel supports you the most: guides, angels, or any other divine connection. Personally, I like to connect with each of the four elements: air, fire, water, and earth. Then, I honor the Sun and Moon.

3. Sit comfortably and write.

Grab those pieces of paper and write down the things in your life you either wish to call in or are ready to release. This could be certain feelings, fears, or barriers—anything you know is not serving you or what you want to call into your life. This could be a job opportunity, a relationship, more financial abundance, an adventure—you name it.

4. Declare.

The next step is to read your desires—the stuff you want to call into your life now—out loud. Speaking them aloud plays a crucial role in bringing them to life. You may notice that they evoke even more emotion when spoken, and that feeling is essential to manifestation.

5. Meditate and complete.

Now that you’ve let go and made space for what you truly desire, sit quietly, follow your breath, and visualize your desires coming to fruition. Set the intention to stay open to these elements and experiences entering your life, and any other growth opportunities you may need along the way.

As mentioned, you can either do this ritual solo or invite others to join you. While doing it alone is beautiful, there is also something compelling about being heard and held by those you love, so that they, too, can hold your desires for you—and vice versa.

A Full Moon Ritual: Manifest with the Moon

When the full moon arrives, it’s time to create space to take stock of what has and hasn’t come to fruition just yet.

A full moon ritual is a time to get quiet, reflect, and celebrate. Unlike the new moon, the full moon represents fruitfulness and completeness and brings with it a lot of energy.

Here’s how to approach your ritual:

1. Get centered.

Since there is likely quite a bit of energy present, it’s best to find a way to bring calmness into your space, so that you can harness the energy to your benefit. Take a few cleansing breaths, align with your space, and chill.

2. Write it out.

Take a moment to reflect on the past few weeks. What has transpired? Where are the successes? What are you bumping up against? Where do you see opportunities for growth and expansion?

3. Release and Declare.

Once you’ve clarified what’s come to fruition and what hasn’t, it’s time to write down and release what is getting in the way of the experiences that haven’t arrived yet. You can either ceremonially flush these “written barriers or blocks” down the toilet or burn them in a fire-safe vessel.

4. Take a moon bath.

If you can, get outside and let the moonlight touch your skin. Just like our bodies need Vitamin D from sunlight, we also benefit from moonlight. It’s said to help reduce inflammation and known to support our menstrual cycles.

5. Dance it out.

Whether you’re celebrating or still calling in your dreams (remember, it doesn’t happen overnight!), dance to your favorite music to move any stagnant energy out of your body and bring more lightness and joy inside.

Carving out space during both of these moon phases to go inward and take stock of what’s showing up for you, creates the opportunity to create intentions and find rhythmicity in your own life.

Make A Commitment To Moon Magic

My recommendation: commit to at least three months of mapping the moon and performing rituals to see what comes up for you. And be sure to share your experience with me in the comments below. What intentions will you set? What barriers are the way of the circumstances you most want? How has connecting with the moon made you feel?

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  • Ana

    I’m really loving this post. Thank you for the ritual ideas. I’ve haven’t had the time to set intentions for several months now…been really busy. I’m ready to get back to setting intentions, and aligning my life with my higher power. My intention is to have more patience with those around me, and not get frustrated, and angry so easily. I really want to overcome that. I know once I work out my anger issues and handle situations with more love good things will start flowing to me.

    • Lawrencia

      It is very true and I do agree to that because that will make it easier to handle everything around us

    • The Nana

      Patience is not just tolerating something/someone just to remove yourself to scream into a pillow in the next room. It’s the fruit of a deliberate life style.
      Think of the most patient person you know. You’ll probably notice that they’re very understanding, compassionate, empathetic, & selfless. Without these behaviors having a solid foothold in ones life, having any degree of patience will always be challenging.
      Speaking from experience:
      When “asking” for patience one will most likely find life events & circumstances becoming way more crazier that usual. Why? This is the “answer” to your request. You are now being provided frequent opportunities to practice and excersize having the patience you asked for! 💗

      • ana

        Oh goodness! I never thought of it that way! Thank you for pointing this out. 🙏🏼❤️

        • AnaM

          Oh goodness! I never thought of it that way! Thank you for pointing this out. 🙏🏼❤️
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      • Bolaji Olutosin Temilola

        Thanks for this post. It really helped out. Because I have been down with depression since days ago but now I am feeling better. God bless

      • Brittanee

        I never understood why you aren’t supposed to pray/ask for patience until this post. Thank you!

  • 💋Lorre Thompson Lucas

    Just wonderful and so very inspiring ~ thank you! ❤️🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼❤️

  • Alexis Jonson

    I am so excited to get started manifesting with the moon, but the next new moon doesn’t come to Seattle until November 7th. Should I wait to start the cycle until then? Or jump in on now, based on the waxing quarter moon? Thank you!

  • Nikki Bradshaw

    This subject is so interesting to me! I love this content, your post is informative and intriguing! thank you. I want to know more about your course! Reach out when you can!

  • Wendy m


    I did mine last night with my daughters at the end we each lit a candle representing what we were trying to manifest. I had a yellow, red and green one they each had a white and one had yellow. Well all the candles but the red one were done after a couple of hours, also the red one was in a plastic container which I didn’t know when I bought it. Needless to say I fell asleep briefly and woke to a small fire where the candles were on my coffee table. I dumped water on it but it made the fire bigger briefly than it went out. Everyone is fine but being as the last candle started a fire do I have to redo the spell or did the fire in someway help the new moon spell? I’m not sure what to think and I can’t find an answer online. Needless to say I learned several lessons over this, one never use candles surrounded by plastic… I didn’t even know the candle was surrounded by plastic until this happened. I work tonight so that’s why I did it last night….. thank you

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  • Jackie

    I’m excited to explore more of this blog page. Your content for moon rituals is exactly what I was looking for!

  • April Egger

    Really resonates with me i am going to commit as your recommendation cannot wait so very excited and i will updat thank you so much for creating space gathering this beautiful wisdom and holding this space for all of us so grateful for you!!

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  • Angel

    If this years full snow moon crests at 10:53 am, and am unable to conduct a ritual at this time due to work, when should i have it? I’d only be able to do it tonight or tomorrow night. But i dont want to be too late or too early

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      You have plenty of time. Do you in the evening of the full moon, or until the moon leaves Virgo!

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    Trying out a Full Moon Ritual Tonight – I hope everything goes well!

  • Beatrice

    I am going to do the new moon ritual for first time. I checked and it says new moon at 645pm on may 4. Do i wait til then or can i do it at midnight may 4

  • Ben Adam

    Thanks for your write-ups and guidance

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  • Santana

    Question: What do I do with the scrapes of paper from the New Moon ritual once I’ve sat comfortably and wrote them out? Do i dispose of them or keep them ? I’ve always questioned this. I would appreciate your feedback. Love Love Love this Post.

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  • Brittany

    This was a beautiful article highlighting the steps one can take during full moon ritual. I can appreciate the energy you put into it fellow soul sister. Be blessed.

  • AnaM

    First, thank you for this article. Esp. the info on the different phases of the moon.
    I have a few questions that may sound silly, but I am new at this….
    1.can we do this Full Moon ritual more than once during the same cycle ( same day or next day) ? I did the ritual yesterday (Full Moon Day) but it seemed I was not fully present and therefore I have this nagging feeling of dissatisfaction in the back of my head and want to redo today or tomorrow.
    2. can we do a purging ritual and a manifestation ritual in the same sitting ?
    3. If you want a recurring intention, can you leave it on the list of intentions or do you have to remove it even if it has not fully come to fruition?
    4. Can you put affirmations on manifestation intentions list?

  • April

    Thank you thank you thank you!
    I have question,
    I performed a Full Moon ritual this past Full Moon
    November 12 2019
    I’ve done so for past 6 months .
    Is it unheard of to become physically ill ?
    Literally purging negativity ? I felt things leave my body ( vomiting and the other end violently )
    I would love to attend your Lunar Logic
    Thank you again for your time
    I appreciate your very informative post above !
    I am very interested, in your LUNAR

  • Mitali

    I am so grateful I came across this post. I have never done a moon ritual and just read a post on ig saying that the last full moon of the decade is on 12/12 @ 12:12 .. I mean just look at the numbers ! I’m a student and I’ll be having my exams starting from 11th. So I’ll set intentions for them. I’m so exciteddd

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    I’m interested in in learning more about moon magic, how do I get started

  • Maren Allen

    Consciously make the decision to LOVE through the hard people and things ❤ You’ll both come out the other side with much higher energy. Thanks for the reminder 😊 Peace Love and Light…Namaste.

  • twaine

    Were the ancients ‘worshiping the moon’ or was the moon a symbol for Goddess?

    My belief is, for the most part, it was the latter and one of the best tools for obfuscating our composite spirituality was taking metaphors and making them physical or reframing/LYING about their meanings.

    E.g. “Pagans” honored their ancestors, yet religionists reframe, aka TWIST, it as “worshiping the dead”. to smear them and rob us of knowledge of EL SHADDAI! (Goddess)

    Thanks for some great information on the relationships between the moon and ritual!

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    What does a micro new moon and micro full moon mean spiritually? Do either of them have any effect on rituals?

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    I’m doing a ritual tomorrow for the full moon. I need excitement in my life.

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    Thank you for thus information, i need to know more but i am denied access to subscribe. I also want to join your class.

  • Wendy

    Do we start our ritual the morning of when the moon comes or the next day? I hope y’all understand what I’m saying! I’m new to this🥺.

  • Nena

    Thank you for your post. Baby witches like me truly appreciate the simplicity of these rituals. Eventually, I’ll be able to create a ritual that is truly my own but until then thank you for the guidance.
    Moon rituals have really helped me grow spiritually. It takes alot of time and constant work but my full moon rituals have really helped me cut energetic ties i had to the things that no longer served me. Now I have to trust my new moon rituals and have faith in manifesting what’s meant for me.

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    Black moon: we have one tonight. I’m still learning it all…
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    have we got to do these rituals when its a full/ new moon 🌚
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    Amazing explanation given on the different phases of moon. I’m doing full moon manifestation meditation today on Halloween!

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