How To Use Moon Cycles For Manifesting

Lunar cycles run approximately 28 days, and begin in/are ruled by a different zodiac sign each month.

Every year we experience twelve lunar cycles, each flavored by the distinct archetype of a different sign. When harnessed, lunar cycles can be a potent tool for balance and expansion in all areas of life.

Unique to you (and others who share your rising/ascendant sign), each lunar cycle also begins in one of the twelve astrological houses. This sheds awareness on what you may want to focus on for the month; the area of your life that’s currently illuminated by the cosmos. This monthly theme repeats yearly.

Use your personal theme (the astrological house the new moon falls in) and the lunar cycle’s theme (the sign the new moon falls in) to craft an intention or goal uniquely suited for you.

NOTE: While most “experts” suggest setting your intention on the New Moon, I say not just yet. The New Moon, also called the Dark Moon, is a time when it appears as though the moon is absent from the sky. Mirroring this energy, we should take the time to retreat and turn away. It’s an ideal time for self-care, research, meditation, cleansing rituals, journaling, sound healing, etc.

Use the time immediately surrounding the New/Dark moon to cleanse your space, perform ritual and visualize what you’re looking to actualize over the next lunar cycle. Wait until moon moon appears as a silver sliver in the sky to set your monthly intentions.

figure out your monthly theme:

  1. Find a natal chart calculator (I like — + enter your birth data.

  2. After you’ve searched + saved your birth info, click “Free Horoscopes” in the Menu bar at the top of the page. Select “Extended Chart Selection.”

  3. Once in the “Extended Chart Selection”, change the “reference place” to your current city, or the city you will be in for a particular astrological event.

  4. Change the start date to the date of the next New Moon.

  5. Look for where it says “Please select the type of chart you want”. From that drop-down menu select “natal chart + transits”. Then click the button to get the chart.

  6. On this screen notice your birth chart same as when you initially entered your info; the symbols for the planets in black on the inside of the circle show their place in your natal chart. Now you’ll also see the planetary symbols in green on the outside of the circle. These are the planets in transit, or moving around your chart.

  7. The house (numbered 'pie' slice in the chart’s center) that the green planetary symbols “fall in” on the outer rim of the chart is the house where the transit, or in this case, the New Moon “falls,” where it happens for you.

  8. In addition to considering the archetypal energy of the sign of the new moon, take note of the house it falls in within your chart. This will allow you to set an intention that’s hyper-focused and super charged through cosmic alignment.

Note: The chart calculator displays 0:00 UTC. If the moon or planet falls close to a line (or “cusp” between two houses) check the day of, before, and after the transit. In reference to the time of the new moon, estimate the main house it falls in for you.

You can find out more information about the twelve astrological houses by clicking here.


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