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Full Moon Incense / Letting Go…
The monthly lunar cycle gives you many chances to do rituals to mark a personal turning point or let go. At the New Moon, you can go into the dark and be symbolically reborn. New Moon rituals help you summon your whole Self, and in that magic moment, commit to intentions.
At the full Moon, the energy builds and builds….there’s an explosive aspect to it. All of nature grows and is more vital at the full Moon. This surge allows you to take action on behalf of those new Moon intentions you set two week prior. This ritual might involve taking one solid step, with a symbolic action. And it can be a powerful time to release, cast out, unburden yourself, purge, etc. You celebrate your emergence by stepping out of an old skin, identity, behavior, attitude, relationship. The ritual helps you by marking this inner transformation in a formal way.
A full Moon ritual might involve purification by one of the elements. Most often, it’s fire, and done by casting something you don’t want into the flames. One idea: 1) Write what you’re releasing down on a stick. 2) resolve to let go as you throw it into the fire. 3) Throw the stick into the fire. This can be done as a group, with everyone sitting ’round the fire…or in your own private ceremony. Each person can seal their action of letting go by speaking it aloud, if there’s trust in the circle.
Water can be used to cleanse in rituals. I remember a very meaningful full Moon ceremony I had at my house with three other women. We had filled a blue bowl with water and some rose petals. Each of us wrote down what we wanted to draw into our lives on a piece of paper. After we read them aloud, we put our hands in the bowl to signify the cleansing of the old, to open to the new. It’s still one of my favorite memories. Mainly it worked because we all trusted each other to be open hearted and share our dreams. When that’s there, you can evoke the magic of shifting consciousness at will because the support is palpable
Full Moon Release Ritual
The time towards the end of the waxing of the moon, just before as it goes into the waning of the moon.
Items you’ll need: Floating candles, a large bowl, water, matches, sage, incense, a pen.
- 1. Create sacred space with candles, sage smudging and/or incense powder, and setting up altars with powerful totems. For some rituals, you might use a sacred feather that a friend gave to you to represent wisdom or strength.
- 2. Smudge the area you are going to use and smudge yourself and others if they are participating with you.
- 3. If possible, stand or sit under the Moon. Allow yourself to feel a relationship with the moon, connect yourself with all of nature and become one with nature and yourself.
- 4. Do a grounding exercise, to rid yourself of the chatter of small talk and into ritual/sacred space. Feel the earth under your feet and release the tension in the body.
- 5. Place the large water-filled bowl in front of you, or in the middle of your gathering on a table or the ground.
- 6. Light the incense.
- 7. Each person writes what they’re releasing on the floating candle. It’s not important that it shows up, just that the intention is there.
- 8. As you place the candle into the bowl, declare what you’re releasing.
- 9. Light the candle.
- 10. Allow yourself to feel the transfer of what you’re releasing to the candle. As a group focus on letting go into the water, holding hands if that feels right.
- 11. Celebrate this release by sharing a feast under the full Moon! All foods should be prepared by those who are part of the ceremony so everyone feels as much part of it as possible, if someone cannot help with the preparation it is fine but those who can should.
Allow the candle to keep burning in the bowl as a symbol of the letting go process. The flame is a purifier, and symbolizes the sparks of inspiration as well. If you blow out your floating candle, and your bowl is in your home, relighting it will remind you of your commitment. Place inspiring pictures and totems around it that remind you of who you’re becoming. Above all, give yourself thanks for honoring your own growth.
New moon ceremonies have to do with creation, manifestation, birth, and rebirth. The full moon completes the cycle, representing death, change, or tying up loose ends. The full moon symbolizes the ending of a cycle, shedding light on the things that we no longer need to hold on to.
Full Moon is an appropriate time of the month for purging rituals to take place. At the end of waxing of the moon the light illuminates those things that are interfering with our spiritual advancements and goals. Once we have become enlightened to ways that are blocking us, the easier to let go. The full moon ritual is for releasing or purging the things in our lives that no longer serve us such as addictions to food, drugs, or sex, relinquishing suffering involved in hurtful relationships, discharging physical and emotional pains, etc.