Each Full Moon is a climax.
It’s a time of culmination. And with that comes powerful illumination and crystal clarity. But what’s super-important to honour, is the powerful reversal of energies, as the Moon shifts from waxing, to waning, and the potent opportunity that this axis of the cycle carries with it.
It’s the perfect time for ritual.
There’s no one way in which to perform a Full Moon ritual. But there are two significantly different kinds of rituals that I love to perform. Each serves a very different purpose, so which one I use (or whether I incorporate elements of both!) depends on the circumstances of the moon cycle, and of course, how my intuition guides me. The first Full Moon ritual is beautifully simple (but can be exceptionally powerful) and marks the peak in the rise in lunar tide by giving gratitude. The second is a ritual of release, and commits to harnessing the Moon’s waning light to release and purify over the second half of the cycle. Head HERE to read that post.
First: Grounding and Have YOU Asked Permission?
Before starting any lunar ritual, you first need to ground yourself, by connecting to Mother Earth. And secondly, you need to ask her permission to perform this ritual on her sacred land. You can do this in whichever way feels right for you, but here’s what I do: I enter into a quick meditation by closing my eyes and taking a few long, deep breaths. I feel the love in my heart, which I have for the Earth, grow and grow until it’s strong. Then I send it down, down into her core, from my heart, my womb, and through my root. Before very long at all, I feel her send it back (I feel this as a sensation of warmth, love, peace, and affirmation).
Our connection is formed and made conscious.
She will grant you permission for this work. If you do this quick grounding meditation, her response to you, and her flow of love to you are an expression of this, but if this isn’t the case, you will know.
The Full Moon Ritual of Gratitude
If possible, go outside and sit under the Full Moon. (She may not be visible in the sky in your part of the world at the actual point of Fullness, but this doesn’t matter. AND You can perform this ritual up to a couple of days, either side).
1. Create Sacred Space
Light a candle. If you like, light some incense, and/or use white sage or palo santo to smudge the space and your own energy field. You may want to call in the directions or any Spirit allies, but you must do what feels right for you. These are such simple and uncomplicated rituals, I don’t usually feel it is necessary for me.
2. List What You Are Grateful For
Spend a little time with a pen and some paper, listing the things in your life you are grateful for. They maybe qualities in yourself, they may be the people in your life. They may be achievements or attainments connected to your New Moon intentions for this lunar cycle; they may be levels of awareness or material security and abundance you have manifested over a much longer timeframe. Or, if you have been facing a lot of resistance up to the Full Moon, and have been struggling with your life, then don’t forget that this too has a purpose. The opportunities for growth and change are enormous during times of contraction and difficulties, so if you can, express your acknowledgment (and appreciation) of this. The point is, you don’t need to create any restrictions on what goes onto your list. Be free.
3. Connect to the Full Moon
Sit on the ground (or a chair) and connect with the Full Moon energy. Imagine your crown opening up like a flower, and the light of the Full Moon streaming down and through it, filling up your body with a silvery, white light. Let this light go wherever it needs to go – in your physical body, your emotional body, your light body…
4. Read through, and ponder your gratitude list.
You may want to read it out loud, or silently inside of your heart, but take your time and allow appreciation for anything else to rise within you too. Your words may be as simple as: “I thank you, Grandmother Moon, for enabling / supporting / showing me……” Or you may want to thank the Mother Earth, Great Spirit, or yourself! Thanking and feeling proud of yourself is definitely something great to practice and if you feel uncomfortable doing this, then all the more reason for you to try! The key to this part of the ritual is to feel the gratitude. The words are simply the framework to hold together the energy created and contained in the ritual, and to help your mind to focus. Really, it’s conjuring the feelings of appreciation, and making them present and real, which are creating the magic and lasting effect. By expressing genuine gratitude, you are opening up the energetic channels for more movement through your lives. It’s impossible to generate or manifest positive change, if we’re stuck in the mentality of lack, so giving gratitude is one of the most powerful agents for change. And it feels so good!
5. Sit with this feeling
Let it tip over into joy, and move from your heart to your whole body. Stay there for as long as you like, sitting, lying, or dancing in the moonlight if the mood takes you! This need not be a somber or serious occasion – you can let the spirit of celebration move through you!
6. Set an Intention to Hold onto Gratitude
To complete the ceremony, I always like to set the intention to hold this vibration of gratitude and joy in my heart, to stay there and be there whenever I need to find it again. Don’t forget to blow out your candle and incense
If you have friends, the DO THIS TOGETHER!
Take it in turns to talk about what you give gratitude for. Speaking your words out loud, in the company of others is incredibly powerful as it manifests your feelings about them more clearly and directly, giving them form beyond only your reality. (Do this with your intentions at the New Moon too).
Perform this Full Moon ritual with your children.
In a much simplified and fun-filled form, it is a really wonderful exercise to connect them to their own hearts, help them to realize what they have, and to connect them to both the phases of the Moon, and the larger cycles of nature. I hope you have fun with this. It is such a simple and fluid ceremony, so include more or fewer elements, as you like.
Here’s an invitation to keep a regular practice.
Marking the cycles through simple repetition can be incredibly enlightening, as well as deepening our connection to our own cyclic nature, so intimately connected to those of nature. There is hardly anything more beautiful. K x