Ritual – What to do at full moon?

Every 28-30 days, the moon is closest to Earth, showering us with light and its powerful “yang” energy. It’s a great time to stop and connect with yourself, eliminate everything that doesn’t serve you, let go and make room for the new. Here are some full moon rituals to bring this beautiful new energy into your life.

What are lunar rituals?

Moon rituals are an ancient practice that is still performed today. They have their origins in places like Egypt and Babylonia in cultures that worshipped the moon.

Today, lunar rituals are a sacred moment to turn inward, set intentions, spread love, and feel empowered.

Moon rituals are a rich source of self-care because you take the time to ask yourself what your needs are, your goals, and how you want to shape your time on Earth.

There are eight phases of the moon, but the ones most commonly used for lunar rituals revolve around the full moon and the new moon.

During the full moon, the mood is fully feminine and is associated with food and intuition. It’s also a magical time for creativity and personal insight.

Ultimately, lunar rituals are what you need at the time and should be done based on your situation.

Perform a full moon ritual

When the full moon comes, it’s time to create space to get an overview of what has just happened and what hasn’t.

A full moon ritual is a time to calm down, reflect and celebrate. Unlike the new moon, the full moon stands for fertility and perfection and brings a lot of energy with it.

These ideas for full moon rituals are just that, ideas. No one is saying that you need to follow the exact order or the steps or suggestions that I or anyone else is doing.

Take what you love, leave what you hate and create your own full moon ritual that serves you and your own needs.

This ritual is one that I have practiced for myself and learned by attending full moon classes.

I created it in this order and with these steps because it’s what works best for me and is a really powerful full moon ceremony!

This is a full moon cleansing ritual designed to help you let go, shed everything you no longer want on your heart, and be free from worries.

1. Creating a safe and sacred place

As with any ritual, it’s important to do it in a safe place where you feel comfortable. Don’t be put off by the word “holy”, a holy place is where you think it’s sacred, so don’t think too much about it!

Practice this ritual where you have room for yourself, where you feel comfortable and where you are not disturbed.

For some people this is in their bedroom, sitting on the bed, for others it is on the floor to feel grounded, some may even go outside into the grass and perform this ritual under the full moon.

Bring anything that will help you feel grounded and comfortable. That can be your diary (you’ll need that later), crystals, incense, cards, candles, music, light, a cup of tea, whatever gets you in the right mood.

Wherever it works for you, go there, lock the door if necessary, and tell the people you live with that you need at least 30 minutes for yourself.

2. Clean your energy room

You are in the process of grasping the intention to let go and move on, and cleaning your energetic space will help you do so.

Your energetic space is the space you are physically in, as well as the aura you radiate (which extends 3 meters around you!).

I personally use sage and palo santo to cleanse the room where I perform the ritual and then myself.

With sage I say a mantra like: “I release/purify all negative energy, vibrations, dark spirits and everything that is not for my highest good from my energetic field/space.”

With Palo Santo I call the good with a mantra like: “I call all that consists of love, light and my highest good into thisn space/my energetic field in.”

You can choose to say a little prayer to the universe, God, your angels, the source, whatever feels right for you.

3. Move

Although this part can be easily skipped, I strongly recommend that you move in some form before setting your intentions, setting a full moon manifestation, or continuing with this ritual.

That’s because exercise is essential to get you out of your head and into your body.

Your body, i.e. Your heart and stomach know what’s going on. You know what you really want and need to let go, not just the superficial stuff you think you want.

I recommend dancing for at least one song. Put on a good melody that will make you dance, whatever suits you. I personally love something sensual to make me really feel into my body.

Yoga is another option and it can be incorporated into your full moon ritual or done a few days before or after the full moon when the energy is increased.

4. Be grounded

After you get into your body, it’s time to become silent. I recommend doing this through a meditation, typically a guided one, but do whatever appeals to you at that moment.

Sit upright or lie down and relax completely. If necessary, make yourself comfortable with a pillow and blanket so that you can let yourself fall into meditation and release any remaining tension from your body.

5. Draw a card

It may be that you come out of your meditation and know exactly what to let go, or you still have no idea.

That’s why I like to draw a card. It’s not necessary, so if you don’t have one, don’t worry, but it’s fun to use them in everyday life as well, so I recommend getting some! I switch between animal spirit cards, tarot cards and oracle cards.

Draw the card that appeals to you or place a card hand. A single card can help you figure out what’s on your mind that you might not have thought you should pay more attention to.

6. Create a diary of your full moon intentions

Now it’s time to formulate your full moon intentions, that is, what you want to let go of and change.

Take your journal and a pen and just let things flow. Don’t judge yourself by what you write, just keep writing until it’s all out.

7. Perform full moon cleaning

Now comes the best part! It’s time to completely let go of and get rid of the one intention you’ve noticed the most.

It’s recommended to pick one thing to let go because you put your full focus on it, which means it’s much more likely to dissolve.

Take this piece of paper and destroy it. Burn it, tear it apart, whatever you feel called to do.

If you burn it, do it outside or in a room with the window open and throw it in the toilet!

If it is destroyed, then you have completely let go of what no longer serves you. Do you feel lighter?

8. Complete your full moon ritual

You’re almost done! Don’t forget to thank yourself, the universe, God, the Source, your angels, whoever, for performing this ritual, helping yourself and letting go, whatever it is that held you down.

I hope this full moon ritual has served you and helped you let go of all the unwanted things that you carried around with you and that held you down emotionally.

You should feel lighter, but remember to have compassion for yourself, let your physical body catch up on what you just let go emotionally, the body is taking longer and longer!

Your crystals (if used) should be charged with the energy of your ritual, but decide to leave them outside overnight to fully charge them until the bright light of the full moon.

A few more full moon rituals

Full Moon Water Ritual

Take your jar, fill it with mit filtered water or water from your faucet and just put it outside overnight in the direct line of moonlight.

As you put the water outside, spend a few minutes thinking about your intentions for the coming lunar cycle.

Get the jar back in the morning and use it as you like! Here are a few ideas of what you can do with it:

Drink it – take a sip or two every day and remember your resolutions and the power of the moon.

Wash your crystals in it – your crystals can absorb all kinds of energy, a bath in your moon water will refresh them and enhance their power.

Beautify yourself with it – put your moon water in a spray bottle, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and use it as a toner every morning.

Moon Wishes Manifestation Ritual

Write down your manifestations. Let yourself be moved by the spirit of the evening! This exercise is simple and so beautiful.

First, light a candle, focus on becoming present and letting go of everything that goes through your mind.

Spend a few moments thinking about what you want to let go and what you want to summon.

Take the paper and write down one by one the things you want to see in your life over the next month – these are your full moon wishes.

Put the wish list in a special place: for example, in a pretty box – or roll up the sheet and put it in a glass – and then put it outside to soak up the moonlight.

In the morning, bring the desires back inside and put them in a place where you can see them daily.

Every night before bed, take a look at your list and think about it.

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