Spiritual Meaning of the New Moon

Manifestation and the new moon - learn how it works and why. 

by Sarah Petruno, Shamana

The new moon marks the start of a lunar cycle, where the moon travels around the earth.

Occurring approximately once every 29 days, this is a time when the Earth, Moon, and the Sun are roughly positioned in a line, with the Moon sitting between the Earth and the Sun.

The reason we can’t see the moon hanging in the night sky during this time is because the sun is shining on the side of the moon we can’t see - the side that is often referred to as the dark side of the moon.

When the moon begins to move into subsequent phases and towards the full moon, we begin to see more and more of the illuminated side of the moon, and less of the dark side.

Why does this matter for you and your life?

The positioning of the sun and moon is the responsible for moving entire oceans, managing tides, and even regulating the growth of plants and the breeding cycles of animals.

If, as humans, we were to think that we were immune from these effects, we’d be sorely mistaken.

Even changes that are seemingly so far off have ripple effects in our lives.

Let’s think of the moon’s positioning as a metaphor for your own life.

The new moon marks the start of a new lunar cycle and is the time when the sun illuminates the side of the moon we never see.

Like the moon, there’s a side of you that most people never see. These are your hopes, your dreams, your fears, your wishes, and your desires - the things you scarcely share with others.

In shamanism, this side of you is known as your shadow side.

We all have a shadow side, it’s part of what makes us balanced. And we can see that even the moon has a shadow side.

Our shadow side is simply all that we choose to keep hidden and unexposed from the world - good or bad.

As the moon travels around the earth, starting at new moon and progressing towards full moon, the part that we see becomes less and less hidden, and more and more exposed.

You can see this in the sky as more and more of the moon becomes visible to us during this progression.

If we choose to, we can use the moon’s energy as a sort of buddy system to help us do the same thing.

We can use the moon’s energy to help our hopes and desires, or our fears and worries, to become less and less hidden and to bring them forth from out of the shadow.

The energy of the new moon can be used to bring all the things you wish would happen and desire to happen up from out of your hidden shadow side and into your reality. You can illuminate and bring forth your hopes and desires - all you have to do is disentangle them from the fears and worries also hanging out on your own dark side of the moon.

Here’s how it works. Imagine you’re a 9 year old little boy at an outdoor concert with your dad (in this example, the moon is your dad). There are crowds of people, and you can either look to your dad to give you a boost and lift you on his shoulders, or you can go it alone and try to make your way through the crowd to see the stage on your own, or see through to your desires.

You can either look to someone bigger and with more energy that you to give you a boost, or you can go it alone.

Manifestation and the new moon - learn how it works and why. 

The moon is an orbiting entity - it’s energetic field is immense, and like we said earlier, moves entire oceans. The moon has more available energy than you, and you can tap into it in your quest to bring your hopes and desires out of your shadow side and illuminate them into your reality.

This is why it’s said that the period of the new moon is best used to manifest your desires, create new plans, and start a new cycle.

It’s because when position yourself to start at the same place that the moon is starting with the beginning of the lunar cycle, you can essentially piggyback on the moon’s energy to make things happen.  

The moon is already in a process of illuminating its own shadow side when it starts to move from complete darkness to light, it’s up to you to decide, “Hey, I want to do that too.”

The keys to tapping into moon energy are two-fold:

1. Deciding you want to get on board

Make the decision that you want to line up what you’re doing in your life with where the moon is. The new moon is for making big changes, and bringing things that were hidden about ourselves into our reality - good or bad. Generally, the idea is to use the new moon energy start a major project, to manifest into reality a goal or abundance opportunity, or to make a life transition. These are examples of the hopes and dreams that you may want to  bring out of your hidden, shadow side and into your reality, or into illumination. Imagine you and the moon are side by side on a track - you start your thing at the same time the moon starts its thing and it can pull you on the same trajectory - towards illumination. You get your energy in the moon’s energy field and you tag along. One way you can do this is through an intention setting ceremony.

2.  Making sure that you’re in the right frame of mind when the new moon starts

Once you’ve made the decision to piggyback on the new moon’s energy, you need to pay extra careful attention to your mindset in the days approaching, and on the day of, the new moon. Whatever element of your shadow side is in the forefront, this will be the element illuminated with the moon’s energy. So, you want to make sure your focus is on dreambuilding, and not on your fears. If you’re in fear, worry, and panic state, that might be the part of you that dominates, or is illuminated, during the moon cycle.

Just by intention alone, you can position, at least in part, your energy within the energetic field of the moon. In a way, by setting an intention, you’re tossing a little piece of your hopes and dreams into the moon’s energy field and saying, “Hey, Moon, carry this with you into illumination.”

Your hopes and dreams = your energy.

Throw up some hope energy into the moon, and it can carry that hope into reality.

With love,


LAST UPDATED: August 6, 2015

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