Yes, so I finally did it! For the last few cycles of the moon, I’ve been eying the date of the new moon to do a little ritual seed planting (not physical planting of seeds, but metaphorically planting seeds in my life), but something would always come up and in short, I wouldn’t end up doing it. But, I finally did get around to it last night. Now, isn’t it ironic that I get around to it when I’m actually at my busiest! I always find it funny how things work out that way. But, everything happens in its own Divine timing, so I trust that yesterday was the day! I also love how last night was the new moon and today the summer solstice in the Northern hemisphere. I kind of felt like I hit two birds with one stone (geez, what an awful expression!).
Anyways, let me back up for a moment here. For those wondering what I’m talking about, the new moon is a great time to plant seeds. From what I understand, it’s actually a traditional, organic farming method that operates on the premise that certain types of seeds planted during the new moon will have a higher chance of germinating and will germinate quicker. Now, I’ve got the opposite of a green thumb here, but apparently it has to do with the gravitational pull of the moon and how that affects the absorption rate of water by the seeds.
I’m definitely drawn to many different flavours of spirituality from the earthy, to the pragmatic types, to the high vibrational ethereal types. I’d say that using nature as a metaphor for our own lives and matching our rhythms with its cycles is definitely an earthy type of spirituality. And, so that is what is going on here. In doing a metaphorical seed planting at the new moon, we are tuning in to the rhythms of nature. The new moon period essentially represents a time of fertile ground and open possibilities. In doing a ritual at that time as we set our intentions, we are essentially harnessing that energy. And, if you’re more the pragmatic type and don’t sense that open energy of the new moon period, consider that ritual is a way of harnessing your intentions by shifting your subconscious in the direction of your intent. So, either way, it’s a nice excuse to do a little ritual to make life sacred and special. (And, for those more into the ethereal types of spirituality- we’re transmuting energy!)
So, last night I felt like I went all out. I committed intentions to paper, wrote declarations of intent, got a special box to put those in with a cloth to wrap around the box, and clear quartz crystal points to set around the box in a triangle grid formation. It was wonderful. I smudged everything with sage and made the whole process special. You see that’s the thing with ritual. It’s all about intent. It helps to harness intent as it’s something that draws you outside of your ordinary day-to-day thoughts and feelings. Ritual brings the sacred right into your living room and I will argue that it is a great tool to help manifest what you’d like into your life.
What we attract into our lives is directly tied to our energy field. If you’re feeling bright and happy, then bright and happy events/people/things have a good chance of coming into your life. If you’re feeling down and miserable and well, you might stub your toe. It’s not always like that- sometimes we’re having a rough time and we are given a touch of grace and sometimes we are amazingly happy and we encounter tough times. Of course, the higher our vibes, the easier those tough times will be to digest!
That said, our vibrations really do affect what we attract into our lives and ritual helps us shift our vibes. How? One of the key ways to shift your energy is via shifts in your subconscious mind. Rituals, apart from the fact that they really do bring us in touch with the sacred, help to reset the subconscious in the direction of the underlying intent of the ritual.
Well, dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed your summer solstice today and your new moon yesterday! I’m thinking after this experience that I should consider making this a monthly ritual as it has helped me feel so wonderfully connected! You should try it out if you haven’t already!
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