The Full moon is typically a time for release and taking action.
Moon rituals are something that might seem weird or wacky, but many cultures have been working with the moon’s energies for centuries. There are different types of moon rituals too for each phase of the moon, but this post will focus on how to complete a full moon ritual.
Cycles of the Moon
New Moon– Start of a new lunar cycle (average 29 days) and represents new beginnings. This is a time to set your intentions for something to grow. This is a time to make new goals, plan new projects and plant the seeds of your desires for the next month.
Waxing Moon– Your intentions from the new moon are sprouting and growing. This is the time to start something new, make big purchases, sign contracts. This is also a time for socializing and meeting new people.
Full Moon — Your seeds of intention are now in full bloom. Since the energy is now contracting from all the growth of a new moon, this is the perfect time to let go of anything that no longer serves you. Which is what we’re going to talk about in this full moon ritual post. 😉
Waning Gibbous– Time for settling disputes and making amends. Begin to remove obstacles.
Last Quarter / Waning Crescent Moon — Rest & retreat. A great time for selfcare and preparing oneself for the next cycle. A good time for beauty treatments like getting a hair cut/dye and eyebrow wax. Take time to reflect on the month and what you’d like to see in the next lunar cycle. Meditation is key here.
Tools for a Full Moon Ritual
No you don’t have to hide out in a meadow (although connecting with nature is absolutely awesome), a full moon ritual can be done right in the comforts of your own home. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 sheet of computer paper 8.5 x 11 inches.
- A candle
- Black sage for smudging
- Bowl of water
- Deep desire to change *You have to believe and be willing to let go of the patterns that are no longer serving you.
#1. Grab a piece of computer paper and tear off 3 separate strips about 1 inch thick each.
#2. On a separate strip of paper, write down 3 things you’re willing to let go of:
- Limited thinking
- An unhealthy habit
- Financial blockages
- Resentment towards a family member, friend or anyone
- Feelings of being a victim when dealing with your life circumstances
- Anything that no longer serves you…what do you need to let go of?
#2. Light a candle. Place your bowl of water next to the candle.
#3. BE CAREFUL. Dip your piece of paper into the candle, watch it catch a flame and quickly throw the piece of paper into the bowl of water.
#4. Repeat step #3 with the other 2 intentions.
#5. Light your sage stick. Hold about 3 inches AWAY from your body—do not place sage stick on your skin. Starting at your feet, slowly wave the sage stick up the front and back of your body –allow the smoke to rise from your feet and move all the way up to your head. The smoke of the sage is binding to lower energies and moving out of the space and your body. You’ll feel yourself getting lighter.
When done with the sage, allow the stick to burn out naturally or press out in a heat-safe bowl.
#6. My favorite author Gabby Bernstein says, allow yourself to be open to creative solutions beyond your physical sight. When we let go, our negative believes, patterns and things won’t clear away over night. In fact, we might be tested during the next few days to see if we’re truly willing to let go. The universe will present us with situations that would trigger the pattern or behaviour. Will you react in a different way?
Your job is to begin to take note of signs, opportunities, and resources that become available to help you release further. Creative solutions will begin to appear.
#7. Take Action. The full moon ritual was your start. Now you get to show up and do the work of letting go.
Good luck! Allow this full moon ritual to guide you on your path of true bliss.