How to Create Intention Stones for the New Moon

N E W   M O O N. Intentions are prayers. Offer them to the Universe.

These gentle whispers got me wondering – How do You Explore and Honour your Intentions?

I set them all the time. I’m very good at writing them down. But lately, after a day or two, they rest on my journal pages, cast aside and forgotten about. So, when I sat breathing in the light of the almost-winter sun the other morning, I felt it necessary to do things differently. I decided to create intentions stones in anticipation of a fresh lunar cycle.

I like the thought of using tactile things (especially elements of Nature) to draw my intuition and the dreams in my heart out to the surface. The idea of intention stones offered itself as a pathway to invite the essence of Spirit into my physical experience a little more.

Thinking of intentions as prayers reminded me of some research I did years ago when I took a course on the history of beads. I discovered that the word bead is derived from the old Gemanic word ‘bede’, which means ‘prayer’. Literature on the history of beads relay stories of hermitic nomads known as the ‘Desert Mothers and Fathers’, a group of women and men who are said to have roamed the Egyptian desert around the 3rd century AD. As part of their spiritual practice, these desert mothers and fathers would recite 150 Psalms. The illiterate among them who couldn’t count well were given a bowl of 150 pebbles in order to help them keep count of their Psalms.

Each pebble became a Psalm, a soulful prose, a purposeful prayer…something that I find incredibly beautiful.

It must have been difficult for these spiritual nomads to carry around the weight of so many stones, because with time the bowl of pebbles was replaced by a knotted string (with 150 knots tied into it). Through the centuries the knotted strings evolved into strings of prayer beads. Adopted by various different cultures and religions they became the malas, prayer beads and rosaries that we know today.

I’ve seen many beautiful and different kinds of intention stones, inspiration pebbles or gratitude rocks. Most have a single word or short phrases carved into them to use as a mantra or meditation. I’ve heard stories of how some of the Japanese gather pebbles from temples, write their prayers on them and place these prayer pebbles at their household shrines. The prayer pebbles are then returned to the temples when their prayers have been answered. So I drew inspiration from all of these ideas when I created my own intention stones. I’ve used some of the smoothed stones that I collected at the Cape Agulhas beach (the Southern-most tip of Africa) last winter, the place where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. Cape Agulhas was a childhood bucket list item, so it felt like a good way to bring the inspiring energy of having that particular dream realised into the my new intentions. Also, since one of my intentions focuses on ‘gentleness’ and ‘loving myself’, I chose to use a rose quartz pebble for that one.

I’ve put my intention stones on my bedside table and on my writing desk. That way I pick them up in the mornings when I wake up and in the evenings before bed. They stay in my awareness and I revisit them at various points in the day. It feels good to hold each of stone close to my heart, honour each of my intentions one by one, visualise them and offer a prayer. I’ll forever remember Marissa Moondaughter’s profound description of stones. She said: “Crystals and stones are the bones of Mother Earth; she willingly fractures her body so we can heal and commune with her energy”. Her words have added to the sacredness of my experience since working with these intention stones.

How to Make & Use Your Own Intention Stones

Making: The intention stones are pretty simple to make.
Take a moment to centre yourself, connect with your intuition and write down your new moon intentions. Then depending on what suites you best, typing and print the key words/phrases or write them down on small bits of paper.
Select the stones or crystals that you’d like to use. Stick the words/phrases onto your stones. Another option is to write your intentions on the stones with a marker. However, I thought it made sense to use bits of paper that I can easily clean off when I’m ready to set new intentions.

Using: Place your intention stones at your bedside or in a place where you will see and pick them up regularly.
Whenever you pick them up, hold them in your hand, meditate on them, visualise and be open to any guidance that may come to you.

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Walking the Path of the Wild Mother

How has January been unfolding in your world? Are you finding your feet in its novel wildness and stepping into the new you that 2015 is calling forth?

I hope so.

I’ve been a hermit in my own space, cocooning and incubating ideas and intentions. I’ve been breathing in the warm azure skies, drinking in the summer rain and enjoying the slow pace at which my wild essence is emerging in this fine January. It seems life lies before me, a blank canvas waiting for me to create something beautiful with the colours and contents of my wild heart. So, I’ve been taking my time in deciding what it is that I want to create.

My wise inner voice keeps whispering in gentle hushed tones – “Be still. Dream. There is no need to rush.” And I am heeding these wild whispers. This has been a recurrent theme for me for several months now, and I think I’m getting better at listening to what my soul needs.

By now, I’m sure that many of you have found your word for the year, identified your cored desired feelings and mapped out your goals. What word/s did you choose? What have you decided to work towards, manifest or focus your time on?

It took me a while to find a word focus for 2015. In the end I decided on a two-word mantra – ‘Wild Mother’.

Last year, my word was Birth. I’d hoped that focusing on the vibration of that word would invite two things into my life – birthing my book, and birthing my baby. While I am grateful that one of those came to pass, publishing my book, Wild Essence, my pregnancy didn’t go as I’d hope. So this year, my attention is geared towards my deep soul desire to become a mother.

A Kundalini healer once told me that the process of conception, pregnancy and childbirth is about wild abandon. She said that this involves releasing fear and surrendering the need for control. It’s about releasing a restrictive mindset and attuning to the flow of the Universe, as well as drawing out the inner wild woman. That makes a lot of sense to me, hence the choice of words for my mantra.

I feel that in the last couple of years, life has been bringing these lessons into my experience in many ways, especially when it comes to the lessons and wisdom I’ve stumbled upon through my connection with the wild Earth. As you know, I’ve been exploring ideas of wildness for a while. I’m now devoting myself to consciously delving deeper into what wildness and motherhood mean for me. I am inviting the archetypal energy of the Wild Mother into my consciousness.

As I set out to walk the path of the Wild Mother, I invite a few allies to journey with me – Goddess, Great Mother Earth, Archangel Gabrielle, the ancient Grandmothers and the guiding light of all those who embody divine femininity. Those who can light the path for me, walk with me and catalyse the healing and inspiration that I need along the way.

I have no idea how walking this path will unfold. I know that it won’t always be easy. But I am optimistic and remain hopeful that it will unearth a chest of positive and inspired blessings.

And so the journey begins….

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New Moon Blessings

 Take a moment to breathe in Love, then exhale Gratitude. It’s a new week and New Moon!

While those in the North honour the Corn Moon, I am honouring the Sage Moon here in the Southern Hemisphere. Today, I begin another lunar cycle participating in Moondaughter’s Lunar Flow e-course. So, I’ll be taking a moment to light a candle, meditate with amethyst crystals and to clarify me intentions. I am super excited to be reconnecting with the Moon energy and the loving presence of Goddess in this way. I’ve neglected to do so in recent months.

Nevertherless, this is just a little message to send you all New Moon Blessings and to remind you that now is the perfect time to focus your intentions on the light, abundance and beauty that you want to attract. What do you want to feel this week? What do want to feel in this new month of the moon cycle? Turn these feelings into mantras and meditations. May your hearts desires be blessed and made manifest for your highest good and the highest good of all. 

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