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Intention Setting Rituals for Every New Moon

When setting an intention, all you have to do is state your goal. So why do we practice intention setting rituals? And for that matter, what is an intention setting ritual? Rituals are simply mindful practices. 

It may sound elaborate, but a ritual can be as easy as stretching and drinking a cup of tea in the morning. It’s any practice done with a sense of awareness and purpose. Adding a ritual to intention setting helps frame your mindset around your goals. By forcing you to take pause and notice your needs, rituals set the mood for positive self-growth.

We like to set our intentions on the new moon because it’s the beginning of a new lunar cycle. Let the new moon represent a fresh start for your goals. Since every moon cycle has a unique name and meaning, we theme our intention setting rituals to the essence of that moon.

Use these rituals as a guide. You can swap out the individual steps to reflect your unique goals. Feel free to use items included in your monthly Lunarly box to enhance your practice. All that matters is that this monthly intention setting ritual inspires peace, self-care, and the motivation you need to achieve your goals.


Intention-Setting Ritual for the Wolf Moon

The Wolf Moon embodies the part of us that craves change. Rather than howling at the moon, give your spirit a sense of direction with intentions geared toward how you’d like to grow in the month ahead.

Step 1: Nourish Your Body

Take ten minutes to stretch and get your blood flowing.

Step 2: Set the Space

Create a calming environment with soothing meditation music. 

Step 3: Shift Your Spirit

Holding a crystal in your hand, sit down for a series of breaths to settle and focus that wild Wolf Moon energy.

Step 4: Set Your Intention

Now it’s time to set your Wolf Moon intention. What goal will set you on a healthier, happier track? Do you want to invest in your physical health and fitness? Would pursuing avenues toward enhanced mental wellness benefit you at this time?

Once you know what you’re ready to focus on, begin to format your intention. For example, “I love my body and am committed to my fitness.” Or, “I honor my boundaries and the needs of my wellbeing.” Set your intention by stating it out loud.

Step 5: Closing Ceremony

Close out your intention setting practice by rejuvenating your body with a cup of refreshing peppermint tea.


Intention-Setting Ritual for the Snow Moon

Let the chill of the Snow Moon invigorate your intentions! Even when cold winter months keep you cuddled up inside, you can spark an inner fire with a goal to invest in your passions.

Step 1: Nourish Your Body

Give your body a treat with a soothing facial massage to release tension and begin your practice feeling anew.

Step 2: Set the Space

Light a stick of incense and allow the scent to ground your focus.

Step 3: Shift Your Spirit

Holding a crystal in your hand, sit down for a series of deep, energizing breaths. 

Step 4: Set Your Snow Moon Intention

Now it’s time to set your Snow Moon intention. Think about a change you’re ready to invest in. What is something you can do that will make you feel like you’re not just surviving these cold months, but thriving in them? Do you want to take up a new hobby? Devote time to making advancements at work?

Once you know what you’re ready to focus on, begin to format your intention. For example, “I am open to new experiences.” Or, “I am taking the next step in my career.” Set your intention by stating it out loud.

Step 5: Closing Ceremony

Close out your intention setting practice by rejuvenating your body with something warm to counteract this chilly weather. We suggest a cup of hot cinnamon tea.


Intention-Setting Ritual for the Sap Moon

The Sap Moon just oozes good fortune! This is the time of year when maple trees are tapped to harvest their sweet sap for maple syrup. Make sure you tap into the right opportunities so you can enjoy a flow of abundance. 

Step 1: Nourish Your Body

Engage your body in a quick ten minute yoga flow to get your heart rate pumping.

Step 2: Set the Space

Create an atmosphere that signals self-care, whether that means lighting a candle or bringing plants in your sacred space.

Step 3: Shift Your Spirit

Holding a crystal in your hand, sit down for a series of breaths and visualize bringing in positivity and abundance with each inhale.

Step 4: Set Your Sap Moon Intention

Now it’s time to set your Sap Moon intention. What kind of energy will you tap into this month? Will you seek out new work opportunities? Will you invite romance into your life? Maybe you want to embrace more spontaneity.

Once you know what you’re ready to focus on, begin to format your intention. For example, “I open my heart to joy and love.” Or, “I say ‘YES!’ to the adventures that await.” Set your intention by stating it out loud.

Step 5: Closing Ceremony

Close out your intention setting practice by rejuvenating your body with a cup of maple apple cider in honor of the Sap Moon.


Intention-Setting Ritual for the Pink Moon

Named after the pink flowers that bloom this time of year, the Pink Moon has a flowery essence. Embrace that rosy perspective whenever you can. Let your positive thoughts be the sunshine that helps your intentions to bloom.

Step 1: Nourish Your Body

Treat yourself to a relaxing foot spa using a large bowl filled with water, bath salts, flower pedals, and a few drops of lavender essential oil.

Step 2: Set the Space

Give your space an uplifting spritz of room spray, or use an essential oil diffuser to release energizing scents like citrus or peppermint essential oil.

Step 3: Shift Your Spirit

Ground the spirit by taking a few minutes to hold the polychrome jasper in your hand, and tap into the sense of joy and security that it brings.

Step 4: Set Your Pink Moon Intention

Now it’s time to set your Pink Moon intention. How will you commit to bringing more positivity into your life this month? Is there something creative you’ve been wanting to do? Is there a way you’d like to spread happiness in your community, such as donating food to those in need?

Once you know what you’re ready to focus on, begin to format your intention. For example, “I will create more art and commit to a positive mindset.” Or, “I will help my community by ensuring that the less fortunate can eat.”

Step 5: Closing Ceremony

Close out your intention setting practice by rejuvenating your body with a cup of pink hibiscus tea in honor of the Pink Moon.


Intention-Setting Ritual for the Flower Moon

Named after the flowers that bloom this time of year, the Flower Moon is about making sure you’re nourishing yourself with what you need to thrive. Take time to smell the roses. Just as flowers need sunshine to blossom, you need moments of lightness to welcome fresh opportunities.

Step 1: Nourish Your Body

Lay flat on the ground and treat yourself to ten minutes of restorative meditation.

Step 2: Set the Space

Bring a bouquet of fresh flowers into your intention setting space.

Step 3: Shift the Spirit

Take a few minutes to calm the mind and get connected to your intention by holding a crystal in reflection.

Step 4: Set Your Flower Moon Intention

Now it’s time to set your Flower Moon intention. What will you do to help yourself blossom this month? Which activities will you incorporate into your daily routine for a happier mindset?

Once you know what you’re ready to focus on, begin to format your intention. For example, “II dedicate 30 minutes each day to dance and exercise.” Or, “I am learning new skills and my future is bright.” 

Step 5: Closing Ceremony

Close out your intention setting practice by rejuvenating your body with a relaxing cup of chamomile tea in honor of the Flower Moon.


Intention-Setting Ritual for the Strawberry Moon

This moon marks the beginning of strawberry season, when berries are finally sweet and ready for harvest. That makes it an ideal moon for enjoying the fruits of your labor. Start keeping your eyes open for the juicy opportunities that are appearing in unexpected places.

Step 1: Nourish Your Body

Treat yourself to an exfoliating facial scrub for a sense of renewal. 

Step 2: Set the Space

Create a space that gets you in the mood to set positive intentions. Light a candle, set out your crystals, place a pillow down to sit on—whatever makes you feel calm and inspired.

Step 3: Shift the Spirit

Holding a crystal in your hand, exercising mindful breathing by inhaling joy and strength, and exhaling fear and doubts.

Step 4: Set Your Strawberry Moon Intention

Now it’s time to set your Strawberry Moon intention. How will you add sweetness to your daily routine? What opportunities are primed for the taking? 

Once you know what you’re ready to focus on, begin to format your intention. For example, “I create art, music, and joy.” Or, “I am strong, capable, and ready to take on a new challenge.”

Step 5: Closing Ceremony

Close out your intention setting practice by rejuvenating your body with a bowl of strawberries in honor of the Strawberry Moon.


Intention-Setting Ritual for the Buck Moon

The Buck Moon calls for change. This is the time of year when bucks begin to grow a whole new crown of antlers. Embrace it as a time of growth. Discover untapped strength. Make the intention you set this month about holding your head high as you look toward new beginnings.

Step 1: Nourish Your Body

Take 10 minutes to enjoy a facial mask, engage in a deep stretch, or do something that physically awakens you.

Step 2: Set the Space

Signify the beginning of your intention setting practice by lighting your candle and creating a comfortable space to relax in.

Step 3: Shift Your Spirit

Hold a crystal in your hand as you focus on breathing out insecurities, and breathing in confidence and clarity.

Step 4: Set Your Buck Moon Intention

Now it’s time to set your intention for the month ahead. How will you grow? What strengths will you nurture? 

Once you know what you’re ready to focus on, begin to format your intention. For example, “I am fearless and ready to take the next leap.” Or, “I release the past and what does not serve me.”

Step 5: Closing Ceremony

Close out your intention setting practice by blowing out your candle, and enjoying a cup of tea.


Intention-Setting Ritual for the Sturgeon Moon

The Sturgeon Moon is the perfect time to reel in new opportunities. That’s what makes putting a line out so important. Abundance comes in many forms, so whatever you want more of, be prepared to fish for it during this moon cycle.

Step 1: Nourish Your Body

Start your self-care practice with a treat for the skin—whether it’s a soothing lip balm or a DIY face mask.

Step 2: Set the Space

Create a space that feels peaceful by turning on a calming playlist, like with the sounds of a stream or ocean. 

Step 3: Shift Your Spirit

Hold a crystal in your hand for a series of deep, invigorating breaths. Tap into a place of confidence and determination within.

Step 4: Set Your Sturgeon Moon Intention

Now it’s time to set your intention for the Sturgeon Moon. How will you bring more abundance into your life? Will you network? Reach out to loved ones? Create a productive morning routine?

Once you know what you’re ready to focus on, begin to format your intention. For example, “I open myself up to receive love, kindness, and generosity.” Or, “I welcome new ideas, interests, and inspiration.”

Step 5: Closing Ceremony

Close out your intention setting practice by rejuvenating yourself with a cup of hot tea.


Intention-Setting Ritual for the Corn Moon

The best way to pay our respect to the Corn Moon is to feed your spirit with meaningful sustenance. Take time to get clear on what your spirit is craving and celebrate the gifts you have reaped so far this year.

Step 1: Nourish Your Body

Begin your practice by giving your body a treat. Give yourself a massage to relieve tension in your hands, legs, and face.

Step 2: Set the Space

To create a peaceful environment for your practice, immerse your home in bountiful fall scents by boiling cinnamon sticks and orange slices in water.

Step 3: Shift Your Spirit

Hold a crystal in your hand for a series of deep, grounding breaths.

Step 4: Set Your Corn Moon Intention

Now it’s time to set your Corn Moon intention. What opportunities are you ready to harvest? What will help you to feel full and nourished in the month ahead? Is it a focus on family, or maybe a different direction in your work? 

Once you know what you’re ready to focus on, begin to format your intention. For example, “I am ready to embark on a new path in my career.” Or, “I make space in my life for what’s truly important.”

Step 5: Closing Ceremony

Close out your intention setting practice by rejuvenating yourself with a hot cup of tea.


Intention-Setting Ritual for the Hunter’s Moon

Every hunter needs a target. What will you set your sights on this Hunter’s Moon? Traditionally, Native American hunters used this cycle as a time to stock up on food before winter. Embrace that essence of productivity in your intentions this month.

Step 1: Nourish Your Body

Take 10 minutes to relax with a soothing hand soak, using a small bowl filled with warm water and used coffee grounds to exfoliate your skin.

Step 2: Set the Space

Create beautiful imagery in your intention setting space by filling a small bowl with crystals, shells, or other objects from nature.

Step 3: Shift Your Spirit

Holding a crystal in your hand, think about three actions that you can take toward a goal you’d like to work on. Nail down one action that you can start tonight, one that you can work on this week, and one that you can do before the end of the month.

Step 4: Set Your Hunter’s Moon Intention

Now it’s time to set your Hunter’s Moon intention. Think about the area of your life where you’re just itching to make progress. Is it your relationship with your partner? A business idea you’ve always wanted to pursue?

Once you know what you’re ready to focus on, begin to format your intention. For example, “I am taking the next step in my career.” Or, “I am committed to growing in the way I communicate with, respect, and love my partner.”

Step 5: Closing Ceremony

To close out your intention setting ritual, stay mindful as you rejuvenate your body with a cup of hot tea.


Intention-Setting Ritual for the Beaver Moon

Settling into a peaceful space is what the Beaver Moon is all about. Just as beavers build dams to get their rest, we need a tranquil spot to enjoy our R & R as well. Set intentions that help you to relax and transform your home into a den of zen. 

Step 1: Nourish Your Body

Turn on a favorite tune and engage in mindful movement, whether it’s stretching or dancing.

Step 2: Set the Space

Establish peace in your sacred space by lighting a candle and laying out a coffee table book full of tranquil images.

Step 3: Shift Your Spirit

Holding a crystal in your hand, imagine that you are breathing in calming, positive energy and breathing out any tension or negativity.

Step 4: Set Your Beaver Moon Intention

Now it’s time to set your Beaver Moon intention. Consider the ways you’d like to nurture your spirit. Will you set more boundaries in your relationships? Enhance nights in by giving yourself a spa experience, starting a new hobby, or diving into a new book?

Once you know what you’re ready to focus on, begin to format your intention. For example, “I respect my need for healthy boundaries.” Or, “I am worthy of the time and care I devote to my wellbeing.”

Step 5: Closing Ceremony

Close out your intention setting practice by rejuvenating yourself with a hot cup of tea.


Intention-Setting Ritual for the Cold Moon

It may be chilly out, but the Cold Moon isn’t about hiding under the blankets. Frigid temps just mean that you’ll have to put a little more effort into spicing things up. For your Cold Moon intention, consider what will get you active. What passions are you willing to bear the cold for?

Step 1: Nourish Your Body

Treat yourself to a gentle facial massage, focusing on areas the temples and jaw joints to relieve tension. 

Step 2: Set the Space

Create a serene environment with mood lighting—dim your lights, light a candle, or turn on a himalayan salt lamp.

Step 3: Shift Your Spirit

Standing firm, hold a crystal for a series of deep, stabilizing breaths.

Step 4: Set Your Cold Moon Intention

Now it’s time to set your Cold Moon intention. Consider the ways you’d like to infuse more action into your life. Are there things you’ve been putting off, like taking your car in? Is there a hike or a trip you want to take? 

Once you know what you’re ready to focus on, begin to format your intention. For example, “I am ready to set my appointments and stop procrastinating.” Or, “I am ready to get active and explore.”

Step 5: Closing Ceremony

To close your intention-setting, take a couple slow deep breaths - envision the breath warming and energizing your body with each inhale and exhale.