The Cancer New Moon on July 9-10, 2021, brings the start of a new lunar cycle. Just like the Moon can begin again, so too can we.
The New Moon is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean, to start fresh, and to see things from a new perspective. It is our opportunity to release the old and focus on the new that is emerging.
Chiron, the asteroid known as the wounded healer, is also very active at the time of this New Moon, encouraging us to focus our attention on gentle healing. With Chiron, healing is not about reaching some level of perfection, rather it is learning to source wisdom from our wounds and use that wisdom to guide the course of our lives.
The energy of the Cancer Moon also encourages a deep and unwavering self-love. It is a time to truly nourish yourself from the inside out.
To support you under these energies, here is a ritual to guide you. As always, feel free to adjust this ritual to suit your needs and your own intuitive expression-
Cancer New Moon Bedtime Bathing Ritual
This ritual is best done in the evenings right before bed. You can do it anytime between July 8-18. I recommend reading this ritual through once before starting it.
You will need:
- Assorted cleansing herbs/plants (dry or fresh), any of the following will work-
- Lavender, chamomile buds, basil, oregano, rosemary, mint, sage, thyme, eucalyptus, lemon slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, tea leaves, rose petals, sea salt, etc.
- Your favorite crystal
- Cosmic Healing Meditation
- Clean white pajamas (or any light color will do)
- Journal and pen (to use the next morning)
This is a bathing ritual that is designed to be done just before bed.
1.) Start with your Cosmic Healing Meditation. This meditation is designed to bring subtle healing frequencies to the body using certain hand positions. It is easy and relaxing to follow along with, and will help to prep you for the rest of this ritual.
2.) Once your meditation is complete, get your bath/shower ingredients ready. Select whatever cleansing herbs resonate with you. You can use one or a combination of herbs, just go with your instincts and use what is on hand. Combine all of your herbs into a bowl and add to warm bathwater.
* If you don’t have a bathtub, you can mix the herbs with water in a jug to pour over yourself in the shower.
Feel free to make your bath as relaxing as possible with candles, music, and maybe even some fresh fruit or chocolate.
3.) As you bathe yourself, repeat the following mantra nine times. (You can also repeat this mantra as you are blending the herbs as well)-
“The power of these herbs are going to cleanse, nourish and restore my soul. May they draw out the things that need to go and replenish the energy of my mind, body, and soul.”
Enjoy your bath/shower for as long as you like.
4.) Once you have completed your bath/shower, change into clean, white pajamas or even into a white t-shirt. The color white is purifying and will help you to continue the cleansing process as you sleep. If you don’t have anything white to wear, sleep naked or choose another light-colored piece of clothing.
5.) Get ready for bed, then take your crystal and holding it in your hands, recite the following prayer or write your own-
“As I sleep may I receive clarity on (state whatever you would like to receive clarity on). As I sleep, I would like to wake up feeling (list 3 emotions). As I sleep I ask my Divine Spirit Team to help cleanse, recharge and nourish my soul so I feel aligned on my highest path and know the best next step to take. As I sleep I ask that I am restored from head to toe. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.”
Place the crystal under your pillow or somewhere close to your bed.
6.) The next step is easy- go to sleep! But before you do, make sure you leave your journal and pen by your bedside as you will use it first thing in the morning.
7.) As soon as you wake up in the morning, take your journal and begin writing down the first things that come to your mind. You can write down any dreams you had, how you are feeling, or any other thoughts that appear.
For best results, try to write 3-4 pages back and front without lifting your pen off the paper. Just keep writing, even if it doesn’t make sense or you have to write gibberish. Just go with what flows. You may just find some surprising messages or insights in your words, or you may feel a powerful shift.
8.) Be gentle with yourself for the remainder of the day and be sure to drink lots of water. Sleep with the crystal by your bed for the next 3 nights before cleansing it. You can choose to keep your journal writing or you can tear it up – the choice is yours.
*Note: You will probably have herbs clinging to your shower or bathtub that you will need to clean. If you can, try to leave the herbs overnight and scrub them away in the morning. Do not reuse them though! They contain old energy and need to be returned to the Earth or discarded.
Happy New Moon!