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.
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.
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.
Do you have any full moon rituals? We’d love to know! Share with us on Instagram @EnergyMuse or in the comments.