In previous blogs I have expressed my preference in calling the moon when it is completely dark the dark moon, and that first little sliver of moon you see perhaps the next night the new moon, but I am in the minority.
I like to think about the phases of the moon as being symbolic of our lives. When the moon is waning from full to dark, it is time to think about releasing things from your lives.
I received an email from someone this week who was interested in breaking a curse. Do I believe in curses? I believe in the power of the spoken word, so in a sense, I guess you could say yes. I believe in the power of intention, in the power of belief, and in the power of vows. I believe that sometimes generational tendencies are passed down from our ancestors that may need to be broken. The dark moon is the perfect time to break these.
Rituals are powerful because of our belief in them. They are also powerful if they have been performed in the past by others. It is like the difference between cutting a path through the woods with a machete, or traveling down a paved highway. If many have traveled the path before, or performed the ritual before, it has more power. If we believe it will work then it will. Our belief is everything.
If someone has spoken out in gossip, in contempt, or with the intention of harming you in some way, I believe it is possible that you may suffer the effects of those words. Your vibration will determine to what extreme you will experience the effects of said curse. However, by keeping your vibration high, by speaking out and breaking the power of any words spoken against you (or words you have thought or spoken out against yourself) you can break any power words have against you.
The dark moon is the perfect time to do this! The great thing is that any ritual that means something to you will work, but I am giving you some suggestions here.
To release something out of your life and to add the power of the dark moon to your ritual, you will need to perform it sometime before or exactly at the time of the dark moon. After that, the moon will begin to wax, and you will need to be thinking about what you want to bring into your life. It is perfect if you release what you want to get rid of right before the time of the dark moon, and then add in light and love to the places in your energy field that were affected right after.
Of course make the words you speak your own. I like to incorporate the directions and numbers into my ritual so I like to walk counterclockwise in a circle nine times (the number of completion) while speaking out something like this: