Intention Setting for the New Year

It’s the start of a new year!

Whether you are reading this on January 1, your birthday, or the at the beginning of any yearly marker in which you are seeking new beginning, undoubtedly, you’ve resolved to make some changes in your life. Many people like to mark the beginning of a new year with a set of resolutions of things they will do differently in the upcoming year. The trouble is, as well meaning as resolutions are, they are often too big, too vast, and too vague to really be made into a reality. 

As adults, our interest level and attention span can be a lot like a child’s.  When a resolution is shiny and new, we are devoted to it and give it all of our energy.  However, while your excitement and motivation may be high at the beginning of the journey, as life presents its obstacles and setbacks, you may find yourself less than motivated, or wholly uninspired to stick to  your resolutions, and might even find yourself feeling disappointed with lack of progress.

There are a million reasons why some resolutions stick while others fade away. One of the most common reasons people cite for their inability to manifest the results of their resolutions is due to the overwhelm of trying to attack too much all at once.

I strongly believe that if we focus our energy on just one intention at a time, giving it our full attention, we can truly integrate the new space and mentality in our lives.

One easy way to do this is to make smaller intentions for each month in the New Year rather than making sweeping intentions or resolutions for the entire year.  For example, if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to be healthier, you might focus on making exercise a daily routine in January, using February to increase your water intake, make March about cutting out sugar, and so on. Or, you can use each month to focus on a different aspect of your life, such as January for jump-starting your dating live, finances in February,  etc.

I personally love to connect to something bigger when I make my New Year’s resolutions.  I like to use the path and energy of the zodiac to guide my intention setting. I believe that by tapping into the energy outside of ourselves that can help support and guide our efforts, we can truly create a space to manifest our deepest intentions!

Each sign of the zodiac is associated with different areas of life:

  • Aries – Seeds, new beginnings, inspiration, new projects, birth.
  • Taurus – Earthly success, material wealth, physical health.
  • Gemini – Communication, messages, information.
  • Cancer – Relationships with self, other people and higher forces.
  • Art, romance, luck, free will, creativity, love.
  • Virgo – Service, family, community, organisation.
  • Libra – Harmony, balance, negotiations, resolutions.
  • Scorpio – Magic, philosophy, sex, death, alchemy.
  • Sagittarius – Spirituality, universal consciousness, law, science.
  • Capricorn – Power, authority, fame, empire building.
  • Aquarius – Renewal, evolution, transcending the old, transpersonal.
  • Pisces – Soul, karmic matters, mysteries, far journeys.

Here’s a sample New Year’s Intention Setting Ritual using astrological signs:

What You’ll Need:

  • 12 white candles or tea lights
  • A match or lighter
  • 12 symbols that represent the sign of the zodiac, or  print a Zodiac circle here to cut out.
  • Piece of paper or journal and a pen

Preparing for the Ritual:

  1. Before you begin, take some time to quiet your mind so that you can connect with your inner voice.  This might be through a light meditation or just taking some deep breaths to ground yourself.
  2. Review the descriptions of each sign in the Zodiac (listed above).  Sit and think about what you would like to manifest in your New Year that is in accord with each house.  For example, for Aries, which is concerned with new beginnings, you might write an intention such as: I am excited about beginning to exercise regularly. Be as clear as you can, and write your intention in the positive (what you want as opposed to what you don’t want) and in present tense (it is happening, rather than it’s something that will happen or you wish would happen).
  3. (Optional): Review your intentions and rephrase in the words of a spell or prayer: 

Source* of all, I ask of thee,

Bring (add your desire) to me

With harm to none, in perfect love and harmony

This is my will, so shall it be.

    4 (Optional): Take a shower or relaxing bath and cleanse away any         remnants of the old year.

*You can direct your words to any personal entity you choose other than Source. For example, you can use Universe, Jesus, My higher self, or any entity you personally feel will get the job done for you.

Performing the Ritual:

  1. Mark out a circle with the 12 house of the Zodiac.  Place Aries in the one o’clock position, Taurus in the two o’clock position, and so on. You can make a circle around you, or create a small circle on a table or space in front of you. Have all of your candles in the space with you.
  2. Take three deep breaths, relax, and loosen any tension and evoke:

    On this night, I bless the year to come.
    My will be heard, my will be done.

  3. Light the first candle and place it in the one o’clock position in the house of Aries.
  4. Focus on what you wrote for the house of Aries. Say your intention out loud or speak the words of your spell. Feel what it would be like to have this intention manifested.
  5. When you feel satisfied that you have completely stated your intention, light the second candle from the first and place it in the sign of Taurus.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5, working through each sign until all the candles are lit.
  7. Move your hands over the candles in a clockwise motion and feel the energy in the space. Close your ritual by stating: 

    On this night, I bless the year to come.
    My will was heard, and it is done.

  8. When you finish, snuff out the candles (don’t blow!) or, if it is safe, leave the candles to burn until they extinguish themselves.

What will you be manifesting this year? Comment below and bring your intentions out into the world!