The early days of July will be spent basking in the restful period of the new moon in Cancer. After the full moon of the 17th and the Summer Solstice (Merry Yule to the Southern Hemisphere!), we’re all due for a break in the hectic energy.
To be honest, I’m not much of an astrology person. By that, I mean that I’m no good at it-- I don’t understand how to make it work. I rely on others for that! But I know enough to know that a new moon in a water sign is a sure message to breathe into that feminine space.
You see, this is my summer to be fearless.
New moons are the perfect cycle to start new, plant seeds, and decide on directions. It’s a breathing space for decisions and movement. I’ve been working on making some big decisions and now I’m ready to start walking. Some things I’m walking away from; others I am walking towards. I’ve recognized some awesome new business and career opportunities, and I’m anxious to get them going!
With this new moon, I’m digging in and down, but I’m moving out and leveling up. I’m saving up money for my first tattoo-- a key for Hekate with a triple moon symbol at the handle-- and changing my hair to purple. I’m becoming more active in Leviathan’s Cove, the business my friend Ashley Jones started a year ago, and in which I’m a partner. I’m attending events to learn and educate myself on business, social media, and herbalism. I’ve started freelance writing-- which I’ve REALLY grown to love-- and am taking steps to solve some big life issues.
Cancer rules the stomach and womb/ovaries. For a long time in Medieval history, the stomach-- or liver-- was thought to be the seat of courage. Queen Elizabeth even spoke about it in her famous Speech to the Troops at Tilbury: “I have the heart and [stomach/liver] of a King” (translations vary as to which word was used). As this is my summer to be fearless, I’m charging myself to spread that in others.
Step into your truth and live it.
Fearless New Moon Ritual
You will need:
Black or white candle (birthday candles are fine!)
Neutral oil such grapeseed, sunflower, safflower or argan oil
Essential oils of either clove & orange OR pine & lavender
Herbs: sage, hawthorne & a bay leaf
Baking sheet or pan (use one that is old and unusable for baking)
Smudge your sacred space, and if you choose to call a circle, go ahead.
If you choose to create and carve a sigil about being fearless, go ahead and do that. Otherwise, mix your neutral oil with your essential oils. If you’re like me, and you forsee a continued use for a Fearless annointing oil, pour your neutral oil into a small glass bottle that has a screw-on lid or dropper lid. Drop 9-12 drops of each essential oil into the jar and close it. Label it, sigil it if you like, and shake.
On your baking sheet (or pan), sprinkle the sage and hawthorne. Sage is good for clearing and hawthorne is good for the heart. Bay leaves are the “wishing herb,” and as you wish for courage, break it apart and add it to the mix. (Alternative: keep it whole, write your wish on it with marker, and burn it.)
Anoint your candle from root to tip with the oil blend (you’re drawing the energy towards you), concentrating on your intention. You’re trying to infuse your energy into the candle.
Next, roll the candle towards you through the herbs (again, you’re drawing energy towards you). Heat the bottom of the candle a bit with a match or lighter to soften the wax and then place it firmly on the tray or in the pan (this will help it stay in place).
You may choose to now take a sacred bath, and burn proceed to the ritual immediately. You can also choose to let it “marinate” for a day or two (or longer-- whatever feels good to you).
I always smudge before ritual, and take a sacred bath with music, but you do whatever ritual prep you are called to do. I also cast a circle and invoke deities. Good choices to include in this ritual are: Lilith, Hekate, Persephone, Psyche, Freya, Odin, Thor, Tyr, or even Horus.
Pick up your straight pins--carefully! Visualize each pin as something you wish to release fear of or something about which you want to be fearless. Concentrate hard on each pin, and as you feel the intention fill you up, warm it in a flame and stick it into the candle.
Light the candle, and let it burn all the way down. (If you cannot do this in one sitting, do not fret! Simply put out the candle, thank the Gods, and return to the ritual tomorrow.) As the candle melts, the pins may fall out. They should stay in the wax, and lean into the wax as it melts. As each pin drops, visualize letting go of a fear and stepping into fearlessness.
When the candle is done burning, thank the deities and release the circle. Say something such as “The spell is done; the work released. My will be done; blessed be.”
Step confidently into your next move.
New Moon blessings, sisters & brothers!
- Witchwriter of Silfren Circle