Use these guidelines to create ceremony around the phases of the moon that suit your specific needs. The sun and the moon naturally control our rhythms. When we honour this and take the time to cycle with it, true flow begins to spill out into all aspects of your life.
New Moons: Creation. Setting intentions. Goal Setting/ Planting Seeds
Full Moons: Illumination. Reflection. Assessing Progress/ What Needs Work
This ritual can be performed on the light of a full moon or the dark new moon. Write down all that you would like to let go of on individual pieces of paper. Take the time to reflect, light a candle and as you take your pen to the paper allow it to move through you and into the ink. Out on the paper. This is a visualization in releasing.
On a separate piece of paper write down all of your intentions moving forward. Use 'I am' statements. Embody it in the present moment.
With the flames of a fire or a fire safe pot begin by burning some sacred herbs and allowing the smoke to gently cleanse your energy. Take what is needed from the plant medicine and let go of the energies which aren't. You can use a mix of cedar, sage, lavender, clove – or whatever invites you.
Once you've rebalanced and set intentions begin to throw each of your pieces of paper into the fire and watch them ignite. Allowing the things you no longer need to release with the ash and rise back out into the wind. Charge your heart and mind with the moonlight.
And so it is.
FULL MOON MEDITATION:
Take time to create sacred ceremony around you as you prepare for this ritual. With intention place objects around a space that feels calm and reflective.
Sit quietly. Light a candle. Place crystals and cards near you if you have them.
Begin by closing your eyes and breathing deep. Find your way into long, slow, connected breaths. Feel as if the hips and pelvis are getting heavy and are deeply rooted into the ground. From there, lift up the spine and lengthen it towards the sky. Feel the crown of your head lengthening toward the sky. Imagine the full light of the moon.
Feel its light filling you up and charging you with warm, calming energy. Breathe slow. Stay here.
When the mind begins to wander, draw your attention back to the moon. Breathe in its light.
Stay in this place for 10 minutes minimum. When you feel ready to open your eyes, take your time to transition out of the meditation slowly and with intention. Stay open to receiving messages before, during and after – tapping into the subtle energies that are at play. Feel free to journal, write or pull a card afterwards.
This is essentially moon gazing. Bathing by moonlight. But I also like to incorporate an actual bath or shower afterwards to connect with water, cleanse and refresh. We are 70% water so just as the moon affects the tides, it stirs us as well.
For this ritual you will need to be able to see the full moon. But I do practice it during other phases as well. Simply sit quietly and stare directly at the moon. Breathe deep.
Begin to release all of your worries and fears out into the sky. Visualize them floating away, disintegrating, becoming tiny particles and then vanishing into the ether.
Let your body and breath attune to the moon. Stay here as long as you need.
Follow your meditation with a bath or cleansing ritual taking time to move with great intention. Add herbs, flowers and oils. Think of this as a clearing of the mind as well as anything that's accumulated onto the physical body and the subtle bodies. Release and wash away any final feels that are uneasy.
Stay open and soft.