I love looking at the moon; it’s one of those things that never fails to amaze me each and every time I look up at it. But it’s something that so many people are disconnected with, despite how influential it is in our lives!
Did you know that the moon influences our bodies and emotions, much in the same way that it affects the rise and fall of the tides? This is precisely why we should be paying more attention to power of the moon!
One of the ways in which we can connect more to the moon is by moon journaling. This is a super easy activity that comes with powerful benefits!
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The Benefits of Moon Journaling
There are many benefits to moon journaling, some of my favourites are:
How to start a moon journal
Starting a moon journal is easy with these actionable steps! If you follow them it will soon be part of your sacred self care routine!
What you need to start a moon journal
1. A lunar calendar
The first step to moon journaling is getting in touch with the phases of the moon. This will change depending on your geographical location and you can either use an app or a physical calendar to track this.
My printable 2020 lunar calendar is now for sale so you can easily track the moon. It can be blown up and used as a poster or added to the front of your moon journal as a reference!
I have also included the astrological signs that the full and new moon fall in for more targeted manifestation. I hope you love it as much as I do!
You’ll find that even this step alone can help increase your connectivity to the moon and make you feel more aligned!
2. A moon journal
Next, you’ll want to purchase a moon journal. Ideally, this journal should be used exclusively for moon journaling and any other journals should be kept separate. This helps to ensure that your moon journal remains focused and intentional!
Best moon journals
This moon journal by Sandy Sitron is the one that I personally use because it is so beautifully illustrated and set out for daily moon journaling! It is perfect for beginners because of the guidance it offers in the form of affirmations, rituals and journal exercises!
This beautiful journal contains lined paper with space to write the date and the moon phase when journaling. It features affirmations and the seller even includes a personalised note in your order making it a very special purchase! Not only this, the paper is safe for burning, which is perfect for full moon letting go rituals!
I absolutely adore this moon journal! It is so beautifully designed and contains the moon phases from July 2019 to June 2020, making it perfect for late starters. Each month contains in depth prompts and details of the zodiac sign the moon is aligning with at that time. This is the perfect moon journal for those who prefer a structured journal format to follow!
This is more of a simplistic moon journal, which is well suited for those who want to be more creative with their own designs. There is the option of plain pages, ruled, graphed or dotted giving you full control over the look of your journal! Another feature that I love is the option to personalise the first page of the journal with your name and favourite quote for that signature touch!
3. A pen
I would always advise on using a pen rather than a pencil to journal as I believe the permanence is a factor which increases the connection you will feel.
Any pen can be used but if you want to keep the theme going here are some adorable moon inspired pens!
This moonology book is one of my favourites for moon journaling, which is why I feature it in the best spiritual books of all time! The book describes each moon phase in detail and rituals, affirmations and visualisations you can do to connect with each phase! It’s perfect to have alongside your moon journal to give you a helping hand when you don’t know what to write about.
These moon phase affirmation cards are a great addition to moon journaling because they feature reflective questions and affirmations for each phase of the lunar cycle. They’re perfect for placing in your journal to take on the go when you need extra prompting!
I love these moon phase stickers for adding some creative flare to your journal! One sticker sheet contains 28 beautiful watercolour phases of the moon, as well as six labels for the main phases! This makes them perfect for daily journaling!
The focus of each moon phase
Each moon phase comes with its own energies. The best way to connect to these energies is to tailor the focus of your journal entry to the phase that is occurring!
The New Moon
The new moon is associated with new beginnings. If you’re working with the law of attraction, this is the perfect time to set new intentions for the month ahead! It is also a good time for inspiration and new ideas.
Questions: Where am I stuck? What is something that I would like to manifest?
Affirmation: Tonight, my soul will make room for all that is to come
The Waxing Crescent
The Waxing Crescent is a time to narrow down your visions and get a clear picture of what you need to do going forward. This is a good time to collect new information about your intentions and get in touch with your confidence and ability to manifest.
Questions: What can I do to work towards my intention? Where are my intentions being blocked?
Affirmation: I remove the things I do not need to make room for the new
The First Quarter
This is the time to take action! The first quarter is all about actively taking the steps towards your intention. This is a good time to meditate on your intention and step out of your comfort zone to overcome challenges.
Questions: How have I been taking action towards my goals? What can I do to improve this?
Affirmation: I am completely committed to my intention
The Waxing Gibbous
The waxing gibbous encourages you to place your faith in the universe and trust in its ability to provide you with what you need! Practice feeling your desires coming true and continue taking any actions you need to manifest them.
Questions: How does it feel to have my dreams come into reality? What is working well for me?
Affirmation: I am in perfect alignment with the universe
The Full Moon
This phase is when the moon is at its fullest with the strongest of energies! This is the time to release all that is no longer serving you and open yourself up to receiving everything you have been working towards. This is the perfect time to practice gratitude and to engage in full moon rituals!
Questions: What can I let go of at this time? What am I grateful for?
Affirmation: I release all that does not serve me
The Waning Gibbous
The waning gibbous is a time for rest. You’ve been working hard to move towards your intentions and now is the time to take a step back and practice self-care.
Questions: What have I enjoyed about this moon cycle? How can I take care of myself better?
Affirmation: I love and accept myself unconditionally
The Third Quarter
This is a good time for reflection about the previous moon cycle. Look back at your time during this cycle and analyse what you have learned and what new knowledge you can use going forward. During this time you should not start any new projects or commitments.
Questions: What have I learned during this moon cycle? What habits can I change going forward?
Affirmation: Each day I am growing and getting wiser
The Waning Crescent
This is the last phase of the moon cycle and signifies things coming to an end. This is a time to clear your energy and focus on bringing more positivity into your life to enter the new cycle. Tie up any loose ends that are likely to hold you back.
Questions: What can I do to raise my vibration? How do I feel about the previous moon cycle?
Affirmation: I rest in the knowledge that all is well
I hope that these tips will provide you with some ideas to get started with moon journaling. If you’ve used this guide to get started then I’d love to see your journal entries! Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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Esther Cundall is a psychology graduate and certified yoga teacher. She is the founder of the blog Hopeful Lotus, which guides readers to grow to their fullest potential using spiritual and personal growth practices. By sharing her own journey, she helps others find their own hope and heal from within.