For a couple years now, I’ve been writing New Moon intentions. The new moon is the first phase of the moon, and it represents the beginning of a cycle. (A full moon represents the closing of a cycle). The new moon is considered to be an ideal time to plant the “seeds” of the things we want to bring into our lives/accomplish. Each new moon is an opportunity to start fresh, create your intentions, and set the tone for the month ahead. Kinda like New Years’ resolutions, but each month.

New moon rituals can range from simple, elaborate, to everything in between. Mine very much err on the side of “simple”. I see my new moon ritual as a time to get my priorities straight both in my mind and to put my dreams/goals/desires “out there” to the Universe.

Okay, so what do I do? And how? 

Set aside time each month on or around the new moon to get clear on what you want to manifest is the first step. I typically take a couple days leading up to the new moon to start honing in on what I want to add to my list. You can write them out on the official day of the new moon or up to 48 hours after. I like to do mine as close to the official new moon time as possible. These hours are the most potent for manifesting and it’s good to get in the habit of working within this 2 day time frame.

Start with a clean slate. With each new moon I like to start anew . If something I am working on hasn’t materialized yet, I can add it to the list again. If it has, there is always space for something new.

Write it out. Once you’ve identified what you want, write it down. I keep a “new moon journal” (it’s just a journal from the dollar store – but yours can be as fancy or as simple as you’d like). The act of really writing it (versus typing or making a mental list) somehow makes it feel more ‘real’ and is a physical reminder for me to keep my intentions in mind.

Keep it short(ish). I keep my new moon intention lists to ten items. Yours can have more or less, though I don’t recommend having more than ten. More than that and lists become scattered and more of a “to do” list for you, rather than a powerful tool to bring in what you want.

Be clear & succinct. It’s better to keep things clear, concise, and simple rather than to over-complicate them.

Learning to clearly ask for what you want is a big part of this practice. It requires you to dig deep into your heart and listen to what it is telling you. Often we find ourselves caught up in what we think we should want, what others want for us, or we feel like our dreams are “impossible” to reach because we get caught up in the day-to-day of work/parenting and feel exhausted considering adding anything more.

Consistency is key with any practice or ritual, and the more energy you put into your intentions list each month, the more you will receive back.

Manifesting – does it work or is it hogwash? 

Years ago, I read the E2 book. Essentially, it lays out simple experiments you can conduct that prove reality is malleable and that you can shape (much of) your life with your mind. It worked for me. Every single experiment provided the results I aimed to get. Every single time. I know you may be reading this thinking incredulously, “Yeah, right.” I highly recommend the book – it can’t hurt. I no longer work with the experiments in the book, but I do take the time to lay out my monthly intentions under the New Moon.

Here’s a sample of a few of my New Moon intentions:

  • Be present with the people I spend time with. (This is my reminder to get off my damn phone).
  • Earn an additional $800 this month doing intuitive readingsEvery time I set a specific number, I reach it. Every. Single. Time. Of course, I do make sure the numbers are realistic. If I say I want to earn an additional $1 million, it’s likely not going to happen.
  • Be as patient, loving & understanding as a mom as I can be.
  • Do 1-2 “random acts of kindness” for people who aren’t expecting it.
  • Do all things with love.

As you can see – my list is a good mix of feeling and doing. At one point in time in early 2016, I set an intention to meet my “Person” that year. And that’s exactly what happened.

Does everything on my list always happen? Well…I’d say a good 90% does. Anything that doesn’t, I know that I either haven’t done the work, or it just isn’t the right timing. In order to make things happen (apart from taking action), the most important step in this whole process is:

Get out of your own way. Believe that you can bring the things (and people!) you want and need into your life. Know in your heart that you deserve it and that you can make your dreams a reality. I like to write my lists and then forget about it. I tuck my new moon intentions book away for the rest of the month with the belief that the things I set out to achieve or bring into my life will happen. And usually, they do!

Intentions for couples 

For two people who live 1400 miles apart, my partner and I do a lot of things together. Setting intentions – both for ourselves as individuals and as a couple – is something we like to do and share with one another. For a short time, we were sending each other daily “intentions” but that wasn’t working for us – those were starting to feel like a daily to-do list, so we’re sticking with our monthly New Moon intentions.

When we are together around the time of the New Moon, we are always sure to carve out some time to map out the months ahead and set intentions/goals as a couple.

I’ve never done monthly intentions with anyone I’ve been in a relationship with, and it feels really good to share this practice with her. The act of writing out our shared hopes and dreams brings us closer and I can’t help but think that when two people work for something together, that collective energy will make the actions and intentions more powerful.

The next new moon 

The new moon occurs every 29 1/2 days making it is easy to create a monthly intention setting ritual. Check the moon phases calendar. This month’s New Moon falls on October 19. 

My favourite astrologer – Chani Nicholas – has an amazing website with a wealth of information about the new moon and other astrological topics. She’s queer, she’s into social justice, and she’s a gifted Astrologer too.

Do you practice a new moon ritual or make daily/weekly/monthly goals for yourself? I’d love to hear about your practice in the comments.

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Children as young as three years old (and sometimes even younger, if they’re particularly verbal!) have been known to share stories they remember from their past lives. Not all children remember their past lives, or feel the need to express them. All children are born with a clear channel to Spirit. After all, they’re much closer to having been on the “Other Side” and are still in tune with that energy.

My daughter Evelyn began speaking of memories of her time in “Heaven” when she was about 2.5 years old; things surprised me and lead me to believe she is tuned into the spirit world.My daughter has consistently spoken of “choosing” me to be her mom and has shared some of the reasons why she chose me to be her mom in this incarnation. I’ve written before about how souls choose their parents. Even as someone who practices listening to my intuition & guides daily, her clear channel astonishes me.

If you suspect your child is intuitive, you are likely right. Here are some signs your child is intuitive:

  • Able to read others. Intuitive children have great instincts about people – they seem to know who is ‘good’ and ‘bad’ as soon as they meet them. A couple of months ago my daughter met someone who has a history of being a nasty person. Although she’d never met or heard a story about this person, my daughter immediately felt this person’s energy and upon leaving their house said, “I really don’t like (name).” Intuitive kids also have a finely tuned “bullshit meter” – they know instantly if someone is being honest or lying. Nothing gets past my daughter.
  • Sensitive to the energy of others. I don’t have to speak a word for my daughter to know how I’m feeling about any particular topic or in any given moment. If she’s in the same room as me, she seems to just know. These kids can and do absorb the feelings of those around them, and it is our job to teach our empathic children how to protect their own energy.
  • Sleep issues. Intuitive children have trouble quieting their minds and falling asleep. They often have vivid dreams/nightmares and wake often in the night. My daughter is 4.5 years old and I can count on one hand how many nights she’s slept through the night in her life.
  • Overwhelmed in crowds. This comes part and parcel with being an empath and absorbing other people’s feelings. It is overwhelming for sensitive children who are picking up on the energies surrounding them. These kids prefer 1:1 or small groups over busy places. My daughter is always the first one to “melt down”/be ready to leave when we are in busy places.
  • Memories of past lives. Intuitive children sometimes remember their past lives and speak of it as if it just happened or talk about their time in “heaven” or “the sky” (as my daughter puts it).
  • Speak of choosing their parents/family. Intuitive children often have memories of choosing their parents and even why they haven chosen them.
  • Sensitivity to spirits. These children often ‘see’ or ‘speak’  with spirits – “imaginary friends” or even deceased loved ones come to visit these children and they sometimes let us know by talking about them. Don’t be surprised to hear a story about your intuitive child mentioning your deceased parent came around to say ‘hi’!

If you are raising an intuitive child or have one in your life, here are some ways you can support him/her: 

  • Stay open to her perceptions without judgment.
  • Try to stay grounded when you hear what he is saying – don’t inflate the story or put words into his mouth.
  • If the child is an empath, realize that she may need your help in learning how to manage the more stressful parts of picking up on other people’s feelings. Plenty of alone time and yes, even meditation, is good for empathic children.
  • In that same vein, help him learn to distinguish between what is “his” and what belongs to others. Help him determine whether what he’s feeling is someone else’s mood, aches, pains, or worries. Gently remind him not to feel responsible for how others feel.
  • Help her feel comfortable with feeling and seeing life through an intuitive lens and let her know she is not alone.
  • Encourage him to develop these skills, just as you would any other talent such as soccer or painting.

Recommended Reading: 

If you or someone you know is raising an intuitive child, I highly recommend the book Raising Intuitive Children.  I also recommend The Highly Intuitive Child.

Exceptional Reincarnation Stories is a story chock-full of interesting reincarnation memories.

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