January 9 is the New Moon. The phases of the Moon can be seen to reflect the aspects of the Triple God. There are Esbat rituals to celebrate the Lunar changes in relation to the God and to utilize the distinctive energy that accompanies each phase. Most Practitioners are familiar with the Esbats performed at the Full Moon, honoring the God as Warrior and Father, and at the New Moon, honoring the God as Sage and Darkness.
The time of the new moon is a time of new beginnings. This period also represents the youthful aspect of the God. In the form of the Warrior, she represents youth, change and a fresh start. Children can be Named and Dedications can be made. New Moons are great times to move, start new projects or cast new spells. It is also a good time to shed your past ills and to refresh yourself for coming trials.
The Wolf Moon, also known as the Winter Moon, is a time of protection and strength in January. Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Native villages. Plan a ritual of protection around your home and family. The Wolf Moon can be seen as a time of both beginnings and endings.
Take the time to ritually purify the area by smudging. A hammer rite or circle would also work. This will establish the space as sacred. Light the altar candle and the altar incense.
Perform this ceremony outside if at all possible - it's the best way to get a good look at the sliver of new moon. To welcome the new cycle of the moon, you can perhaps try out a new location.
"Lord Moon, your light has just returned,
For the cycle of your power.
Warrior, mister of new beginnings and youth,
Your light shine down upon the earth.
Upon night's darkest cloak,
Let your mark be spread for all to see,
Glowing ever stronger in the sky.
Tonight let your powers of new beginnings,
Wash away the follies of last cycle.
Seep away my weariness and sorrows.
Fill me to the brim with strength and hope,
Replace faded dreams with new,
And give me the endurance to carry on.
God in the sky, look down upon me,
Your Witch, Sorceress and Priestess,
In your presence, gathers here.
As the moon moves through its cycles,
May the blessing of the Warrior,
Remain strong and surround us.
In the name of the Threefold God,
So mote it be.
Spend several minutes observing the darkness. Meditate on new ideas or focus on the candle light. When you are ready, close and end the ritual.
Some people have preferences of which moon cycle they like best so experiment to find out which ones you like best.