By: Ashley Austin
The first new moon of the year is this Friday (January 24), and it’s bringing some pretty intense energy. We’re talking unexpected changes and crazy mood swings. While this may seem overwhelming, you can take advantage of this downpour of amplified energy and make it work for you.
The new moon is the perfect time to set positive intentions for the new lunar cycle. Specifically, the seeds you plant now will begin to manifest during the next full moon — which will take place on February 9th.
If you’re nervous about the upcoming new moon, don’t be. Here are some ways you can embrace the new moon’s energy.
Create a Sense of Community
This year’s first new moon is in Aquarius, which is the sign of community and group activity. This moon’s energy may encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and vibe with others. If you’re introverted, challenge yourself to meet up with people who share the same interests.
Used to working solo? The Aquarius new moon might point you in the direction of new group projects or opportunities for collaborative efforts.
Nix the Negativity
During the new moon, energy is amplified. So, if you’re feeling negative, that negativity will be multiplied. The best thing you can do during this time is to think positively.
We know this is easier said than done. But it helps to make a list of things that make you happy and bring feelings of gratitude. Look at this list when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed. Doing this will increase your mood and train your brain to think positively.
Do your surroundings need extra cleansing? Remove stagnant and negative energy with a white sage stick.
Manifest Your Dreams
With its intense energy, the new moon is the best time to manifest. Take some time to imagine your goals and desires coming to fruition.
You can even create a manifestation or vision board. Whichever manifestation technique you choose, the new moon gives it an extra kick!
Increase Your Good Karma
Aquarius is the sign of philanthropy and social justice. So let the moon’s energy guide you to get involved in a few worthy causes. You may even be compelled to make a donation.
This new moon encourages us to send positive energy in the world and increase your good karma.
Embrace Sudden Changes
Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, which is the planet of sudden changes and radical breakthroughs. So, expect this new moon to shake things up a bit.
While some may shudder at the idea of the universe throwing crazy curve balls, there’s nothing to fear. This new moon’s energy is encouraging you to try a different approach that’s out of the norm. It’s also calling for you to be less rigid.
Are You Ready for the New Moon?
Although the new moon’s energy is intense and turbulent, it can force you to make and embrace positive changes. Try your best to send out loving energy during this time. If you’re still freaking out, take a few moments to meditate and find stillness.