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Full Moon rituals don’t need to be time consuming or complicated. If you want to connect with the full moon energy and strive for your fullest potential, try a ceremony during the brightest phase of the moon’s cycle. Syncing your energy with the moon at this phase can illuminate something inside you! It can encourage you to reflect, be grateful, be more aware of your place in the world, and light the next steps ahead.
Before you start perusing the list of rituals below, give yourself permission to be creative. A ritual read like a recipe from someone else’s experience will be less effective than if you infuse it with your unique essence. Read that again. Use your intuition to guide you through the process. Listen to what comes up as you step into the ritual. Drift away from judgement and negative self-talk and connect with your true, peaceful nature.
What I have offered below are some possibilities that can guide you through a full moon ritual. They are meant to give you some ideas of what to do so you can reap the benefits of the divine feminine within you. First, you must find out when the full moon is at its peak. Look up a moon calendar, or click here to type in your location to find out when the full moon is at its peak in your area.
Once you know the time of the full moon in your area, make a commitment to devote five minutes to honor yourself and the divine feminine around that time. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Go outside, close your eyes and sit comfortably under the gentle glow of the moon. Try to clear your mind by bringing attention to your breath. Slowly, start to intensify the sound of your breath, like you are trying to fog a mirror with the natural heat of it.
When you do this type of breathing in the back of the throat and mouth closed, it creates an oceanic sound. This type of breath is deep and powerful for stirring up energy in your body. It can be very meditative as you follow the natural rise and fall. Keep breathing in and out, like the ocean tides that wash up on shore and retreat back to the ocean. Rise and fall. Rise and fall. Slow, deep, intentional breaths.
Once you’ve connected with the breath in this way, allow your mind to paint a picture for you. Be open to the feelings or images that arise naturally. Let that be your guide for visualization. If nothing comes to mind, use the sound of the ocean breathing to paint a sensory picture for you.
Imagine being at a beach under the light of the full moon. The air is warm and salty. As the ocean tides rise and fall, notice the gentle breeze on your skin. Feel your skin where it meets the ground. Imagine your toes wiggling into the warm, soft sand. Imagine looking toward the sand, mostly dark in the night, but still sparkles in bits under the moon beams. Revel in the twinkling glitter in the black landscape stretched further than you can see. Sand like stars in the infinite and timeless galaxy. All the while, stay tuned into the deep rise and fall, inhale and exhale of the ocean breath swirling in and around you.
When you feel ready, open your eyes. Gaze at the full moon above you. Know that you can take yourself back to this place at anytime. Know that you are always here.
Thank yourself for being present with the sound of your own breath and, of course, give thanks to the moon. Be open to any messages that come to you through this exercise. You have connected with your intuition and inner creative, so it is possible that some divine messages are being downloaded to you. As you go to bed, be aware of your dreams and take note of them when you wake up. Do your best to stay in the flow you’ve set for yourself.
This is an all-time favorite activity for me. I keep a gratitude journal every day, but the full moon can be a great exercise to take stock of all the abundance in your life. Start by jotting down the first thing that comes to mind, then get more detailed as you dive into the Why’s and How’s.
Example: I am grateful for coffee, but more specifically, MY coffee because I made it myself. I ground these beans and poured the water. I waited in anticipation for it while it filtered through the machine. When it finally made its way into my cup, I poured milk and sugar in it the way I like it. To me, it is the most perfect cup of coffee!
All around are reasons to be grateful. The Law of Attraction states, “like attracts like.” So, keep your conscious awareness focused on the positive right now. When the moon is at its fullest, it is at its strongest gravitational pull. Think about the ocean tides that grow longer than usual during this time, the same idea can be applied to people. We are also pulled or amplified a bit more during this time and what we put our energy into receives more gravity than usual.
When you focus on the positive, more positive will come into your life. By putting this gratitude list on paper, you are drawing positive energy into life. The power of attraction gets magnified by the force of the moon. And so, you will be more likely to manifest positive experiences and find more reasons to be grateful. That’s science!
Most people have heard of Sun Salutations, but Moon Salutations are lesser known. Moon Salutations are similar to Sun Salutations in that they are a set of postures put together in a specific sequence. The aim of the Sun Salutations is wake up your body, invigorate your heart rate, and prepare you for practice. The Moon Salutations, as you could guess, are designed to do the opposite.
Moon Salutations are slower and more stretch-oriented. There is still a flow of postures and the movements are still connected to the breath. But, the movements are different and it results in a different kind of energy.
I have recorded a simple sequence of Moon Salutations for you to learn the sequence and practice on your own. If feel compelled to continue your practice afterward, I recommend opting for a slower paced practice. The full moon can bring out a lot of vigor and strength. When you practice asana during the full moon, you are more liable to injuries.
But, as someone who is no longer committed to the traditional Ashtanga method, I don’t see why we can’t practice during the Full Moon if we remain aware. As long as we remain aware of the body and don’t push too far, we will be more than okay.
Now, let’s take this a step further. Moon Salutations can be paired with positive affirmations to sync your thoughts and movements.
I choose the words, “Peace and Fulfillment” as my positive affirmations to embody during this practice and this moon cycle. On the inhale, lift the arms overhead and exhale, lean to the right. As you exhale, also think the word, “Peace.” When you inhale back to center and lean to the left, you can exhale and consciously think the word, “Fulfilment.” Link every cycle of breath to the words of your choosing.
You can choose a word or a mantra that resonates with you at this time. The idea is to hold onto it as a central focus for a few minutes. This practice is useful to connect the mental and physical bodies and bind them with spiritual awareness.
The divine feminine energy of the moon supports and guides you to the next step. When you finish your Moon Salutations, take a moment to greet the moon in Namaste. Honor the light within yourself and the unseen support that surrounds you.
Pulling a Tarot card or consulting the I-Ching, feels like using X-ray vision on the universe. It cuts straight through any illusions and gets to the underlying issues. I’m talking about the subconscious stuff you know on a deep level, but rarely express. The full moon is a great time to shine a light toward that part of you in a curious and intentional way. These tools are a great resource for aligning with your path and getting clear on what you want. Both the Tarot and the I-Ching have served as valuable resources to me in meditation and reflection. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
I am trying this one for the first time tonight. I have read that placing a jar of water under the moon can “charge” the water in the same way it charges your crystals, intentions, and other altar items. The water can be used the next day to enhance other things with moon energy. Sounds interesting, right?
First, you have to make it.
Now that you have your very own Moon Water, you can explore different ways of using it. Essentially, you can do whatever you want with you moon water, but do it with intention. Here are a few ideas.
I really like the idea of taking small sips from the jar on a daily basis over a longer period of time. The water from that jar acts as a physical reminder of your underlying wishes and by taking one or two sips from it a day, you consciously connect with that energy. I am always looking for more ways to sustain a connection to my goals, and this one comes with a touch of fairy dust.
When I think about talking to the moon, I am instantly transported to that scene in the Disney cartoon Pocahontas where she is talking with Grandmother Willow. The grandmother holds so much wisdom in her years and offers loving support.
Try to imagine the moon as Grandmother Willow. Picture a strong, feminine figure in your life, perhaps a close friend, relative or mentor. Someone older and wiser and someone you can trust. If no one comes to mind, put your faith in the universe and stay open.
Envision a feeling of love and support silently encouraging you to be the best version of yourself. Imagine her lending her presence to your confessions, questions, or wonders of the world. Express whatever comes to mind to this loving and supportive figure. Then, sit quietly and listen for a response. You may be surprised by what comes to you.
Last on the list for tonight, is an old classic. Setting up an altar is a wonderful way to direct your energy toward a higher purpose. Take a moment to gather any crystals, tarot cards, photos, flowers, candles, or other mementos that hold special meaning to you. These can be anything from a piece of jewelry to a handwritten card from your grandmother. Bring forth whatever you wish to honor or represent during this moon cycle.
Arrange the items in a way that they makes sense to you. You can place one particular item at the center and point the other items toward it. You could put everything in a neat vertical line. That’s totally up to you. You may want to place in a window sill so that it can get access to the moonlight or you may want it close to your bed. Again, that is up to your discretion.
Once it’s set up, take a moment to clarify your intentions. Why did you include certain items? What are you trying to embody in this cycle? Ask the spirit of the moon to support you in this. At this point, you can light a candle or a stick of incense to signify the igniting of your internal fire. Let the altar charge in the full moon and reconnect with these items in the morning.
Thank you for reading about Five Minute Full Moon Rituals! I hope this article was helpful for you in learning how to work with the energy of the full moon. If you have any questions or stories related to anything in this article today, please don’t be shy. I love hearing from you.
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