Cleansing Full Moon Ritual
Updated: Oct 27, 2020
Learn how to embrace this time of powerful lunar transformation and release
Before I get into the ritual, let me take a minute to explain the importance of lunar phases to those of you who may be new to the concept:
The moon has a heavy affect on water. It pulls waves out of the ocean, creating tides and currents. Given that we are 80% water, it's safe to say we would be affected by the moon as well. Many of us experience changes in emotion, energy levels, life direction, and even experience physical changes that correspond with the phases of the moon.
If you want to see how you are personally impacted, keep a moon journal. Record how you feel, what is happening in your life, and anything in particular that stands out. Keep track of the moon phase on each day and compare patterns after many cycles.
Lunar rituals are important because they allow us to completely embody the energy of the moon and surrender to the energy as it attempts to transform us.
When performing a ritual, it is always important to distinguish whether the moon is new or full, given that they both present very different types of energy.
New moons are a time for new beginnings; a time to set new intentions. They mark the end of one complete cycle and the beginning of the next: we have completed the descent and are now ready to begin the climb once again, but this time with a new focus.
Full moons, on the other hand, are a time for release. The moon has reached it's peak energy and is beginning to phase down. Full moons are therefore said to be a powerful time for completion and as we reach the top of the mountain and begin the descent. At these times, it is important to focus on releasing extra baggage so you can finish out the lunar cycle with clarity. Figure out what hasn't been working and redirect.
It is also important to understand which zodiac sign the lunar phase will be occurring in. This gives us insight into what we should be focusing on and what types of changes may be happening.
Follow the ritual below on night of the full moon to fully experience the transformative energy it provides us.
1. Set up your space
Clear your space and make sure you have a nice, clean area that feels relaxing and comfortable.
Light a candle, sage smudge stick, or start a diffuser if you have any of those.
You can also brew yourself a cup of herbal tea and surround yourself with your favorite crystals (be sure to do some research and see which essential oils/crystals align with the zodiac sign of the full moon).
2. Clear your mind
Now that you've cleared the physical space around you, take some time to clear out your mental space. Breathe, relax, and meditate if you must to release any distracting/negative thoughts. Use a guided meditation if you like or simply focus on the flow of your breath.
Journal. Write down everything you are intending to release during this full moon; anything you feel is bothering you or that is holding you back. Journal about your emotions, what have you been feeling and what do you feel it has been teaching you? Describe with detail to further enhance the releasing process.
Now take some time to visualize yourself healing and growing through all of this. Allow yourself to deeply feel every emotion. Picture yourself overcoming every barrier and transforming each emotion with love and light. Send healing energy to every problem, every person, and every situation. You can also repeat positive, healing mantras here if you find that helpful.
Now that you have come to peace with your barriers, it is time to release them. You can visualize yourself cutting ties with them, pushing them away, popping a bubble, or releasing them like a balloon- whatever works for you. You can also burn, rip up, or shred the paper you wrote on if you want to physically symbolize the release.
6. Final Cleanse
Take a relaxing bath or shower to cleanse your physical body. Add some special herbs, rose petals, or essential oil to the tub. Pamper yourself by moisturizing your skin in coconut oil when you're done. This time for energy-cleansing is so important during the full moon.
Happy full moon!
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