In our post about how to create a new moon ritual, we shared the importance of living in harmony with the cycles of the moon, and how to live in tune with the moon to bring action to your intentions. After setting intentions at the new moon, it’s important to use the full moon to amplify your intentions through the second half of the cycle.
The full moon has an intense amount of energy and its important we harness it in some way. After the full moon, it wanes; it is symbolic of the closing of a chapter or reaching a goal. That is why a full moon ritual includes a releasing exercise. Although our new moon intentions ritual included a ceremony with others, you may find a full moon ritual to be intensely emotional or personal. You may prefer to do this on your own or with a close friend or two. It is always beneficial to connect with the people you set your full moon intentions with, however a short phone call or email might be a better approach.
Clear your energy
Burning sage or Palo Santo incense cleanses your body and your space. The energy of the moon is the most powerful when it is full, so you don’t want to be surrounded by negativity or any negative influence while your performing your ritual. Using an abalone shell to catch the ashes, begin your sage cleansing ritual by smudging your body and crystals with sage smoke. When you include sacred Palo Santo wood, it adds a sweet and comforting aroma that amplifies the cleansing power of sage. One of the quickest ways to instantly neutralize bad energy, Native Americans have been using these space-clearing tools for thousands and thousands of years. As you perform this energy cleansing ritual, be mindful of your intention of transformation and renewal. Feel your mind-body-spirit gently releasing negativity with each plume of smoke swirling into the atmosphere.
Form a sacred space
Connecting with the full moon energy is most powerful when you are directly under it, outside in nature. Gather a few items, like healing crystals, candles and any other sacred items that speak to you. For this ceremony, you want to have a candle, a loose piece of paper, a pen, and some form of water. The water can be in a small bowl, your bathtub, or the ocean, but have something in mind. You can also create a spiritual ritual if you have rutilated quartz, which can be part of an alter to honor the divine spirit of the Moon Goddess, a symbol of feminine power and conviction. You can also include statues, flowers, and anything else that inspires your creative spirit.
Create Magical Healing Elixirs
Because of the full moon and its power to cleanse and recharge, cleansing rituals become even more effective under the glow of moonlight. Harness the transformative energy of the moon with crystals like moonstone, selenite, and amethyst, which amplify your energy field with the healing vibrations of earth and its constant cycle of rebirth and renewal.
To make a gem essence, place your favorite combination of cleansed moon stones in a bowl of purified water. Allow the moonlight to penetrate the water and infiltrate it with its healing vibrations, a process that takes several hours. In the meantime, continue burning sage, Palo Santo, and other cleansing tools to enhance the energetic fields. Make your gem essence even more powerful when you chant a healing prayer such as a Tibetan mantra, which works to reinforce your intention for cleansing and purification. When this energy clearing technique is used in combination with cycles of the moon, your feminine power and strength becomes even more intensified.
After several hours, remove the stones and pour the water into a spray bottle, which can be used on specific areas of the body. The healing properties of a moon stone gem essence help to clear and activate the crown chakra, the energy center associated with wisdom and insight. Whenever you feel spiritually or emotionally stuck, spritz your face and neck with a moon stone gem essence, which will invigorate the senses and renew your sense of wonder and creativity.
Organize a Drum Circle
Because full moon energy is linked with the divine spirit of womanhood, creating a fellowship with other like-minded souls makes a powerful ritual for adding fuel to your spiritual fire. Just like our Native American ancestors, gather your kindred spirits around a bonfire and rejoice in the magic and mystery of being a woman. Sacred drumbeats also infuse beautiful healing vibrations into the air, a natural rhythm that flows with the beat of our hearts and the gentle cycles of earth and its transformative energy. Sitting around a fire also creates a magical setting for sharing stories that resonate with the heart.
Reflect on the waxing moon
Looking back at your journal or closing your eyes and recalling the past two weeks, what has come up for you? What things have held you back? Why is this intention inspiring to your soul? As you clear your mind and center yourself back on your full moon intentions, take the piece of paper and write down what you would like to release. This could be a belief you hold, a habit, anger or sadness—anything that is interfering with aligning with your intention. Sometimes the very thing we release is the intention itself, if we realize they no longer fit the person we’ve grown into, or we set the intention for the wrong reason. Sign and date the page and write, “I now release this.”
Release what does not serve you
Allow yourself a moment to sit with what you are releasing and say to yourself, “I now let this go. It does not serve me.” Take the corner of the piece of paper over the candle and allow it to burn away what you are releasing. Watch as it literally dissolves before you, and it no longer exists in your life. Sit for a few minutes and meditate on what you can achieve and what can come forth now that you’ve released what was blocking your journey. As you destroy one thing, something new has room to come into your life. Make sure you use the light of the full moon to manifest the new as well.
Cleanse and re-energize yourself
Releasing of anything is a deeply emotional journey. It is simple to create a moon bath. Set yourself a hot bath filled with Himalayan salt. As the salts work to pull toxins out of your body, you can relax and check in with yourself and refocus your intentions. You may also find it more empowering to go for a swim in an ocean or lake under the full moon. If neither of these options works for you, you may place your hands in a bowl of filtered water and gently massage them to cleanse. As your full moon intentions shift each month, and you release different things, you may also change which way to cleanse based on what feels right at the time.
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