Ahh, la bella luna. The moon, in all its radiant beauty, is the closest celestial body to Earth. The 28 day lunar cycle, the energetic ebb and flow as the moon waxes and wanes, has a profound effect on us all – especially energetically sensitive souls.
Many people with chronic illnesses report that their physical and emotional symptoms increase with the full moon. When I was very ill with Lyme disease, I also experienced this phenomenon. The cyclical symptom increase caused me to temporarily lose appreciation for the beauty of the full moon and to dread its overwhelming energetic force. Then a shift in perspective helped me recognize the full moon as a perfect time to clear all that emotional and physical junk that surfaced. When something is activated, it’s usually the best time to acknowledge, release, and heal it.
Our ancestors and ancient cultures paid much more attention to the phases of the moon. Planting and harvesting coincided with moon phases, and celebrations were timed with the light of the full moon. Tuning into the cycles of the moon and flowing with that natural lunar energy can help our bodies reclaim and activate our primal innate wisdom. New moon and full moon rituals are a perfect way to send lunar love notes as a way to facilitate self healing.
The Moon Phases
New: The dark of the moon is the beginning of the cycle. It is a time for quiet reflection, turning inward, solitude, and rest. It is also the best time to plant seeds and set intentions for what you wish to bring into your life.
Waxing: As the moon waxes, it grows fuller. This is a time of growth, surging energy, increase in vitality, and action.
Full: When the moon is at its fullest, its power is at its greatest. Creativity and energy surge. This is prime time to actively release and let go of what you no longer want or need in your life.
Waning: As the moon wanes, its visibility decreases and energy is slowly receding. There is a gradual shedding of the old. There is an increase in the need to rest and recharge.
Why do a Full Moon Ritual?
Doing a full moon ritual does not mean you must dance naked around a bonfire – although you can if you really want to! The purpose of the full moon ritual is to identify and release what no longer serves you with sincere intent, ceremony, and symbolism at a time when the energetic vibrations are most intense.
Elements of the Ritual
A Sacred Space: A good place to begin the ritual will be quiet, uncluttered, and will feel positive and peaceful. You need a writing surface, paper, and a pen or markers. Because this is a ritual, choose paper and a pen that you find pleasing. Light a candle. Add crystals or anything else that feels good to you.
Intention: Center your energy with a few minutes of quiet breathing and let your thoughts come to rest. Listen to your inner guidance and decide what you want to release. Write out your intentions for release. Do not make this into a long list. Choose one or two items that are most important at this time. If you like, place a quartz crystal (or other stone) on the paper to increase the energetic vibration. Symbols are a form of universal communication so draw a symbol such as a heart, star, or anything else that has meaning to you.
If the weather allows, go outside in the light of the full moon. Don’t worry if the weather keeps you inside or if cloud cover prevents you from seeing the moon. The ritual will still work.
Fire: Read your intention aloud and then light the paper with the flame from the candle or a sage smudge stick. Drop the burning paper into an abalone shell or fireproof bowl. Or use a fire in a fireplace or an outdoor fire. Watch the paper curl and disintegrate as it burns and hold the intention that what you have written on the paper is releasing with the smoke.
Sound: As the smoke is rising, strike a chime to let sound vibrations carry away what you intend to release. (I use a Zenergy chime.) You can also use a singing bowl or even your voice through singing or chanting.
Water: Cleanse the energy by rinsing your hands in clean running water or a bowl filled with clean water. If you wish, add flower petals or crystals to the water to enhance the energy.
Gratitude: Give thanks to God and the Universe that your intention has been received.
These are some suggestions to get you started. Use your intuition and create your own full moon ritual! All you need is an intention for your greatest and highest good and to offer that intention with sincerity.
Set your intention for clearing. Release it to the magical power of the full moon. Exhale and let go. Inhale love and gratitude.
Trouble Trying to Decide What to Release? Here Are Some Suggestions
limiting beliefs (example: it’s not possible for me to be well, I don’t deserve wellness or good things, I’m not good enough), fear of change, unhappy relationships, unhappy job situation, money worries, physical symptoms, physical and/or emotional clutter, caring about what others think of you, needing to be in control, need to be perfect
What are you going to release?
Check back in 2 weeks for the new moon ritual of planting the seeds and inviting what want into your life.