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5 New Moon Rituals — And What That Means For Your Love Life And Relationships

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New moon nights are the perfect time for making wishes and vows, and setting intentions for the future. After all, the new moon marks the beginning of the waxing phase during which the moon goes from zero to one, much like your goals and intentions.

But there's a catch. You need to align yourself with the energy of the zodiac sign ruling that month's new moon to reap the maximum benefits from this cosmic event in astrology. And on October 8th, we welcome the new moon in Libra, making way for new moon rituals to change our lives.

So what exactly is the energy of a new moon in Libra like? Well, as a sign ruled by Venus, the planet of love and harmony, Libra energy is all about fair play, balance, and peace in your closest relationships, especially the romantic ones. And that makes this particular new moon perfect for anyone interested in revolutionizing their love lives.

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In fact, with Mars in Aquarius trining with it on this fateful day, the intentions you set now will be supercharged with heightened courage and willpower. So if you are ready to spark up a bonfire in your love life, here are some simple new moon rituals for you to try at home.

Just remember: you don't need to do them all. Just do the ones that appeal to you, but do them wholeheartedly.

1. Analyze your romantic timeline. 

Libra is the only zodiac sign that has an inanimate object as its symbol: the weighing scales of justice. So before you set your intention, it's important to engage with the analytical nature of Libran energy and dissect your romantic history.

Do you always end up dating the "wrong sorts"? Do you have a history of settling for mediocre relationships that end up combusting sooner or later? Are you currently in a relationship with someone who doesn't tick any of the non-negotiable traits on your ideal-partner checklist?

Answering these questions can be tough, but denial has never helped anyone. So go through your romantic timeline and take note of the recurring themes and problems. And once you have done that, write down clearly what is it that you really want in your love life. And remember: focus on what you want. Not on what you don't want.

2. Do a new moon meditation.

This ritual is best done when paired with the one explained above. Just remember: you should do this only after the moon has entered the new moon phase at 8:46 PM PST, not a single minute before that.

To do this, light a few incense sticks (always in odd numbers) and wave the smoke around your body to clear your energy field. When doing this, start from your feet and go upwards to your head in a clockwise direction.

Next, wave the incense smoke around your house to clear the energy of your space. And don't forget to open a few windows and doors before you do this so the smoke can escape and take the negativity along with it.

Finally, hold the sheet of paper on which you have written your new moon intention and clear its energy by waving the incense smoke all over it. Fold the sheet into a manageable shape before you do this so you don't set anything on fire.

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After you have done the above, sit down in a comfortable space where you won't be disturbed and close your eyes. Breathe in deeply three times and visualize your intention as if you have already achieved it. Use all five senses while imagining this outcome so you can feel it intensely.

Once your body is flooded with positive emotions, release your wish to the Universe by saying, "Dear Moon, please help me achieve [your wish]."

3. Create a love altar.

Collect objects that represent your wish and find a clean space in your house to set them up. You can use fresh flowers in a vase to represent a desire for a healthy and flowering relationship, a rose quartz crystal to magnify your desire for a good love life, pictures of you and your partner together if you want to strengthen your bond, and any other tokens that feel right to you.

Then light a few scented candles and incense sticks (odd number always) and clear the energy of this space. Repeat your wishes and visualize the outcome before your altar each day to keep boosting your willpower. Use rose-scented candles if you want to attract new love or rekindle a spark in an old relationship.

4. Keep a bunch of bluebells or large roses in your home.

Bluebells and large roses are the flowers most commonly associated with the month of October and Libra. And you can keep a bunch of them in your house on October 8th to increase the energy of your space and open up new opportunities in your love life.

Just remember: bluebells are the flowers of rebirth. So place them in your house only if you want to transform your love life dramatically.

5. Wear a rose quartz pendant.

Rose quartz is a powerful crystal for attracting new love into your life and improving your romantic relationships. Plus, it's the natural crystal of the Libra moon. So if you are keen on rehauling your love life you can magnify your wishes by wearing a rose quartz pendant around your neck so it touches the center of your chest (the heart chakra).

Just make sure you clear the energy of the rose quartz before you use it. You can do this by waving it in incense smoke for a few minutes (not as effective) or by placing it in a glass bowl out in the rain for a few hours (most effective). You can also hold it underneath a running body of pure water, like a river or the ocean, if you live close to these natural sources.

And have fun while you are at it. It's a Libra new moon, after all!

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Valeria Black is an author and Tarot reader known for her in-depth psychological analyses. You can connect with her on Twitter @ValerieRBlack.