How To Perform A Solitary New Moon Ritual

Solitary New Moon Ritual

Cleanse yourself with the new moon….

This ritual, which signifies letting go the hurts of the past in a way that allows you to move forward with fresh energy into the future, can be performed at the time of the New Moon. By carrying it out every new moon you are gradually able to cleanse yourself of the detritus, of the past, often as far back as childhood.


Cedar or Sage smudging stick (or cleansing Incense)

White candle

Athame or ritual knife


Cakes and wine or juice


Cast your circle using the smudge stick or incense to ‘sweep’ the space as you move around the circle clockwise.

Think of your space as being dome-shaped over your head and cleanse that space too.

Ring the bell with your arms in the Goddess position (in a ‘V’ above your head, you should be standing with your feet apart) and say:

Great Goddess, Queen of the Underworld, Protector of all believers in you, It is my will on this night of the new moon To overcome my shadows and bring about change.

I invite you to this my circle to assist and protect me in my rite.

Hold your athame or knife with your hands in acknowledgement of the God (crossed over your chest, feet together) and say:

Great God, Lord of the Upper realms, Friend of all who work with you, It is my will on this night of the new moon To overcome my shadows to bring about change.

I invite you to my circle to assist me and protect me in my rite.

Light the candle and say:

Behind me the darkness, in front of me the light As the wheel turns, I know that every end is a beginning.

I see birth, death and regeneration

Spend a little time in quiet thought. If you can remember a time either in the last month or previously when times have not been good for you, concentrate on that. While the candle begins to burn properly remember what that time felt like.

Now concentrate on the candle flame and allow yourself to feel the positivity of the light. Pick up the candle and hold it high above your head.

Feel the energy of the light shower down around you, the negativity drain away. Now draw the power of the light into you and feel the energy in every pore. Pass the candle around you and visualize the energy building up. If you wish, say:

Let the light cast out darkness

You might then wish to perform the protective pentagram to protect you from similar incidents in the future.

Now ground yourself by partaking of the food and drink.

Thank the God and Goddess for their presence. Withdraw the circle.

The giving of new life can be fully celebrated at the time of the crescent moon, so this is a good time to welcome a new child with a suitable ritual.