How to Maximize the First New Moon of 2021
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How to Maximize the First New Moon of 2021

On the night of January 12th, 2021 (or early morning on the 13th if you’re on Eastern time), there is an extra-special lunar moment: the first new moon of the year. A new moon is the start of the lunar cycle, and represents a black canvas or a clean slate. It offers the chance to set new intentions, make new wishes, and set new goals. But because this is the first new moon of the year, it is even more powerful. 

This new moon offers the chance to set new intentions, especially related to your career and finances. It is an opportunity to identify what you want to build, what you want to create, and what you want to focus on in these two areas of your life. 

If you missed out on the chance to set new intentions at the beginning of the new year, or if you want to refresh your intentions, this new moon is the perfect time to do so. It is like a second chance at a fresh start – this time, the start of the lunar cycle. 

To honor this special new moon, here is a special new moon ritual designed specifically for January 12th, 2021. Here's what you'll need:

Step 1: Light your Activation Crystal Candle.

Using a crystal candle is one of the most powerful ways to start any ritual. The fire energy ignites the fire within and opens up the energy of the space. For this new moon ritual, use the activation candle because the yellow energy of the candle represents newness and freshness. This candle also has Red Jasper, which is a powerful stone for taking action and bringing your goals to fruition. 

Step 2: Write your goal, wish or intention on a piece of paper.

After lighting your candle, decide on one wish, intention or goal related to your career or finances that you want to focus on during this moon cycle. Write it down on a piece of paper, preferably in blue or black ink. 

Step 3: Place your intention underneath a crystal (we suggest a pyramid!).

Place the piece of paper with your intention written on it underneath a crystal that corresponds to your intention. For this new moon specifically, the energy of a pyramid is powerful because it offers a sense of stability and foundation upon which you can build. 

For career and finance related intentions, I suggest a yellow stone like Pyrite, or Clear Quartz for manifestation – but you can choose any stone that calls to you! 

Step 4: Anoint yourself and your crystal with the New Moon Oil 

The final step in your new moon ritual is to anoint yourself and your crystal of choice with your new moon oil. The blend of essential oils and Labradorite crystals within it, plus the Clear Quartz crystal rollerball, work to unleash your unlimited potential and strengthen the power of your intentions. 

Although this special new moon ritual is designed for the first new moon of the year, working with pyramid energy throughout 2021 and the lunar cycles this year will be an especially powerful way to manifest and seed new intentions. Don’t forget to follow the moon cycle and keep up with your new and full moon rituals all year long!

Heather Askinosie
Heather Askinosie is a crystal expert and leading influencer on the power of crystals, Feng Shui and holistic healing. For nearly 30 years, she has been researching the scientific and spiritual aspects of energy. After studying with the best healers from all over the world, she has used the past three decades of her career to translate ancient wisdom into simple tools that anyone can use to transform their life. In 2000, she co-founded Energy Muse with business partner, Timmi Jandro. Energy Muse provides tools of empowerment and inspiration in the tangible form of jewelry and crystals. Her crystal teachings can be found in her book Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune into the Real You as well as mindbodygreen, Well+Good, The Chalkboard Mag, and more. Learn more about Heather at

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