A Guide to Moon Journaling for Sacred Self Care

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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!

Are you looking to get more connected to the power of the moon? This guide to moon journaling will give you all the moon journaling prompts and ideas you need to know to get started with this form of sacred self care. Complete with the best moon journals, lunar calendars and other moon journaling accessories! #moonology

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The Benefits of Moon Journaling

There are many benefits to moon journaling, some of my favourites are:

  • Feel a deeper connection with the universe: following the cycles of the moon helps you feel more connected to something much bigger than yourself!
  • Track patterns in your mind, body and spirit: moon journaling allows you to observe how your thoughts and emotions change with the moon phases and can help you understand yourself better!
  • Align your menstrual cycle with the moon: did you know that most women bleed with either the new moon or the full moon? Moon journaling can help you to sync your body up with the moon for healthier menstruation!
  • Supercharge the powers of the law of attraction: particular phases of the moon serve as opportunities to increase your strength of your intentions! We’ll get into this more later...
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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.

I recommend a physical calendar because it's a nice excuse to get some beautiful home decor up.

My own printable lunar calendar has been an Etsy bestseller for three years running (and I'm banking on a fourth!)

So naturally I had to bring it back to you for 2023 - you can shop the latest version here, worldwide.

It can be blown up and used as a poster or added to the front of your moon journal as an easy reference.

Plus it also includes the astrological signs that the full and new moons fall in so you can practise more targeted manifestation and growth rituals.

2023 lunar calendar with astrological placements. flat lay on black background with flowers, greenery, crystals and stars

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
Moon Journal: Astrological guidance, affirmations, rituals and journal exercises to help you reconnect with your own internal universe

This moon journal by Sandy Sitron is 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!

Moon Journal (Law of Attraction) | Emma Mumford

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!

Lunar Cycle Journal, witchy journal, bullet journal, moon phase journal, moon cycle, moon diary, moon bullet journal, writing journal

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.

FULL MOON - journal, travel journal, book journal, antique diary, notebook, old paper

This handmade moon journal is beautiful for anybody who wants more of a rustic feel to their journal. It is made from durable fabric and each page is dyed to give it more of a vintage appearance! 

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!

starry sky gel pens etsy
Dark Blue Moon and Stars Gel Pen
moon and stars charm pen

Optional extras

Moonology: Working with the Magic of Lunar Cycles

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.

Moon Magic ~ Working with the Phases of the Moon

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.

mini moon planner stickers

My mini botanical moon phase stickers are perfect for adding to your moon journal when you want a simple way to track the moon phase tied to your journal entries. I love using these when I just want to write a journal entry rather than get super creative with my designs.

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.


moon phases


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

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The Waning Gibbous

The waning gibbous is a time to reflect.

You’ve been working hard to move towards your intentions and now is the time to take a step back and turn inward.

Use this time to meditate and think about how you can move forward with ease.

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 letting go of the previous moon cycle.

Use your reflections to think about what knowledge you can use going forward and what can be left behind.

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 and practice self care to recharge.

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 [email protected]!

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Get more in touch with the moon phases with this guide to moon journaling. These moon journaling ideas will teach you exactly how to get started with tracking the moon and maximising your success with the law of attraction! The post features descriptions of each of the moon phases along with journal questions and affirmations to get you into alignment!

About Esther

Esther is the founder of Through the Phases.  Her mission is to guide others to grow to their full potential and create their dream life using spiritual and personal growth practices. Read more about her story here!

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