Last week I posted my New Moon self-care ritual as well as released the Manifesting Magic with the Moon worksheet bundle. This week I’ll continue onwards with a self-care ritual I do for the Waxing Moon.
There is SO much you can learn about the moon. In fact, you could probably spend the rest of your life learning all there is to know about the moon, her phases, what energy each phase brings, spell work for each phase, what each monthly moon represents, your own cycle with the moon, the moon in each astrological house, lunar eclipses and their energy, blue moons…you get the idea.
One thing I feel for sure is that all women are connected to the moon in a special way, and whether you’re a moon expert or not, your innate lunar knowledge and intuition will always be enough. To me it’s similar to the connection you have with your child; there are millions of books you can read on children, from how to take care of them to understanding their development, but at the end of the day you are connected to that child. It feels like you’ve known them forever and the relationship is sacred.
“Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking and loving and dreaming. At night everything is more intense, more true. The echo of words that have been spoken during the day takes on a newer and deeper meaning.” – Elie Wiesel
The moon is our guide, reminding us to to embrace all the phases required for manifestation: renewal, planning, taking inspired action, listening to our intuition, celebrating, releasing, healing, and back to resting.
The Waxing Moon is a time of energy beginning to pick up; intentions take root, dreams get clearer, opportunities begin popping up, and you feel called to take action. Here is my Waxing Moon self-care ritual, I hope it gives you some ideas to incorporate into your own.
1. Check in
I focus mainly on four phases of the moon: New, Waxing, Full, and Waning. For the Waxing Moon, I check in with myself and clarify any intentions I set during the New Moon.
I sit down in front of my sacred space clear it energetically with palo santo. I choose it over sage mainly because I just love how earthy it smells and feels instantly grounding. You can easily find it in metaphysical stores or here on Etsy.
I light incense, visualize a circular white wall of energy around me, and light a candle that represents additional energy I want to add to my intentions.
I journal how I’ve been feeling over the past week, how things have been unfolding, any clarification I want to add to my intentions (sometimes I will completely change my intentions from the previous week) and just any new thoughts that have popped into my head.
And of course I always love to pull oracle cards for divine guidance. Ideas for questions to ask during the Waxing Moon could be:
- What should I focus on?
- What opportunities are coming up for me?
- How can I raise my energy level?
- Where should I be looking to receive inspiration?
- Message from the Universe
2. Create a list of inspired ideas
The energy of the Waxing Moon is one of increased action. Opportunities and collaborations, either with others or with the Universe, will begin showing up in your experience. This is a time to remain aware and to follow through on ideas that present themselves to you.
In our current society, hard work is how we attain things. Pushing for things to happen and enduring soul-numbing “work” is what most of us are told to do if we want to achieve anything. This is not the kind of action the Moon or the law of attraction is about.
Inspired action will feel exciting and like you can’t wait to get started. It may be “work”, and it may physically tire you out, but your soul will be full.
“Hard work is not the path to well-being. Feeling good is the path to well-being. You don’t create through action; you create through vibration. And then, your vibration calls action from you.” – Abraham Hicks
The Univers is firing out inspired ideas to you that come in the form of subtle nudges, “a-ha” moments of clarity, or people who reach out to you by email/phone call/starting up a conversation with you in line at the store.
Your job is to remain open to these serendipities, say yes if it feels good and right, and write down any idea that comes your way.
I like to write down any and all ideas I’m having so that I don’t forget them. Some of these may never pan out, but I like having all these ideas down so I can pick the ones that excite me the most and go with them.
3. Write an appreciation list
You will likely begin experiencing signs of manifestation occurring during this phase of the moon. This is a powerful time to write down everything you’re appreciating to give it more energy.
I’ve begun using the word “appreciate” over “gratitude”. Gratitude can make me feel like I’m coming from a place of lack, whereas appreciation allows me to focus solely on what I’m enjoying.
I write down everything that’s been going well for me since the New Moon. It can be the tiniest of things, but my acknowledgement and enjoyment of it will cause it to grow. This exercise not only gives power to your intentions, but it raises your vibration so that you’re able to be in the same frequency to receive MORE beautiful things into your experience.
4. Visualize with more clarity
Since the New Moon, you may have refined and narrowed your intentions. This is why I like to lay down and visualize my intentions with deeper clarity. Listen to music or a guided meditation (these are some of my favorites) and allow yourself to travel to your completed intention: imagine it as done and feel everything you would feel associated with that.
What would you be doing? Who would you be with? How would you feel? How would it positively impact yourself and others associated with this intention?
Let yourself get carried away in this “daydream”. You are literally altering reality when you do this so let yourself get carried away!
“By visualizing my desired outcome, the perfect action is always inspired.” Abraham Hicks
5. Have faith and remain open
I remind myself to have faith and remain open no matter how things currently look. Sometimes things aren’t unfolding as we imagined they would (sometimes things manifest in seemingly unpleasant ways, like a job loss) because the Universe knows the fastest ways to bring us to the place we’re wanting to be.
This is not the time to throw the towel in and believe nothing is working out for you. You MUST have faith that the Universe is working in your favor.
If you recall in my last article I mentioned that one of my intentions was going to be my husband having a successful season at work because we both want this. Since then, my husband has made some very depressing comments about us not moving next year (HUGE intention of ours) because he doesn’t feel like things are looking too bright.
Initially of course this makes me want to throw all the papers in the air and walk away kind of thing, but I reminded myself of 3 things:
- Why are you focusing on him having a good season, is that what you TRULY want or is it because you think that needs to happen in order for your true intention to manifest (YES).
- One day at a time – why are you giving your attention to the one thing that’s upsetting you and not focusing on all the awesome things happening right now?
- Have faith that everything is working out in your favor, let no illusion discourage you.
Needless to say, my intentions have changed and are clearer than the ones I held a week ago. I’m focusing on what I feel is the right thing now and not letting myself get hung up on the “how’s” of the Universe, as Mike Dooley says. I’m holding the vision and having faith, while taking any inspired action I feel called to take. I’m going to allow the Universe to surprise and delight.
“Believe in what you want so much that is has no choice but to materialize.” – Karen Salmansohn
I hope you enjoyed this post; if you have a Waxing Moon self-care ritual, I’d love to hear about it! If you’d like my Waxing Moon worksheets, be sure to check out Manifesting Magic with the Moon which is a collection of moon worksheets to help guide you through the lunar cycle every month. Follow me on Instagram and Pinterest for more sacred self-care inspiration <3
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