Manifestation is a powerful practice that magnetizes the power of your thoughts and transmutes your dreams into reality. You may know this by another name: the law of attraction. However, it differs from Manifestation rituals, which are active practices that help call in experiences you desire to have or banish energy from your life. The two are often confused, especially when it comes to New Moons, Full Moons, and eclipse season, a time where manifestation occurs (or is actively avoided).
Eclipses Aren’t As Scary As You Think
You must have heard it before; the dreaded ‘Do not manifest during eclipse season’. Manifestation rituals are a way of manipulating energy that is used in different forms of traditional and modern divination. Accelerating the timeline of your life and shifting your reality can be done via methods of candle and elemental magic, crystals, herbs, and spellwork. The Moon is the most common celestial body that is worked with to strengthen manifestations, specifically during times when it is most powerful, such as during a New Moon or Full Moon. But eclipses work a little differently.
The whole point of eclipse season is to let go and allow the universe to take lead, but it’s our perspective that we should be doing a lot more of this on a regular basis.
Eclipses are supercharged New Moons and Full Moons that fast-track your spiritual evolution and realign you with your destined path. They align alongside the North Node (an astrological and mathematical point signifying acceleration, increase, and destiny) and the South Node (the opposing point signifying decrease and your past or past lives). The discouragement behind avoiding manifesting during an Eclipse comes from the notion that Eclipse energy is too turbulent to work with. When the universe delivers inevitable and sometimes abrupt changes, you should instead sit back, reflect, reset, and observe rather than fight against forces that are far more powerful than you are. Some people also believe that manifesting during eclipse season can have major repercussions and could cause an energetic backlash or undesirable effects to actualize in place of what you were hoping for.
Intention & Vibration Is Everything
Now here’s our take. If you do intend to work with lunar energies in your rituals, it’s best to do so when the Moon’s energy is stable and in good conditioning. However, if you’re manifesting from a low vibration (wanting, needing, and chasing out of envy or the fear of missing out) or calling in something that you are not ready for, it is never going to work, regardless of your methods or when you do it. You cannot change the intricate details of your fated path, which you chose before your incarnation. But you can accelerate or reroute your journey by holding positive energy that stimulates your growth and inspires you to fulfill your potential in all avenues of your life. On top of this, the conversation being had around manifesting during eclipse season is one-dimensional. There is little talk about not manifesting during your nodal returns, reverse returns, or nodal squares**, which are equally powerful times when the nodal axis in your chart is just as magnetized as a lunar or solar eclipse. As for the idea that eclipses can cause an energetic backlash — if eclipses bring forth the inevitable, then the backlash was always destined to happen.
The whole point of Eclipse season is to let go, so any manifestation practices which prohibit you from letting go aren’t recommended. There’s are a lot of differences between manifesting through the law of attraction and manifestation rituals, but the biggest one is this: Rituals signal to the universe that you aren’t trustful or ready to relinquish control, while the law of attraction shifts your energy into higher vibrations to attract what was always destined for you. If you are working with cosmic energy in rituals, it’s best to do so when the Moon’s conditioning is supportive of your goals.
** Nodal Return = When the transiting north node returns to the position it was in during your time of birth. (Every 18/19 years approx)
Inverse Nodal Return = When the transiting north node crosses your natal south node (Every 18/19 years approx)
Nodal square = When the transiting north node squares your natal north node (Every 9 years approx)