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A Simple Ritual for the Full Moon

The full moon is all about letting go of what no longer serves us. This time shines a light on what is ready to be released, so pay particular attention to where you feel overly emotional or stuck! This will be a big hint to the thoughts, habits and behaviours that are ready to be let go of. Once they are released back into the Universe, you are making space for something better to take root. 

a full moon ritual

A ritual doesn’t have to be complicated or need lots of tools to be powerful. I’m going to guide you through a simple ritual that you can do each full moon to help shed what is no longer needed, so you can make steps towards the person you’re meant to be.

As each moon has its own flavour of what needs to be released and might be requiring your attention, you can go deeper into this moon’s meaning. I like to use Forever Conscious, Chani Nicholas and Kirsty Gallagher for reference.

You will need:

  • A journal and pen

  • Paolo Santo, sage or incense

  • A candle and a bowl of water

  • Tarot cards or oracle cards (optional)

  • Somewhere quiet where you’ll be undisturbed

To begin, cleanse your space with Paolo Santo, sage or incense. If you don’t have any of these to hand, you can always light a candle to set the mood!

1. Meditation

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Rituals are great for clearing space, but if our minds are busy, we won’t be able to focus our attention on what needs to be let go of! So meditation will help ground you into the present moment and connect you to your body. 

For a simple meditation, start with a few deep belly breaths to centre yourself before starting, or some box breathing exercises. Then, focus your attention on relaxing your body, starting with a gentle body scan. Notice any points of tension or tightness and breathe into them, trying not to label or judge these feelings. Keep bringing your attention back to your breath each time your mind wanders for approximately 10-15 minutes.

If you wish to choose a guided meditation, look for ones which are all to do with helping you let go or connect to your intuition. A few teachers I recommend are Davidji, Tara Brach and Sarah Blondin.

2. Journal

Journaling is a great way to sift through what’s going on in your life at the moment and to see what is weighing you down. It also gives you clarity on what needs to be released right now so you can make space for something better to come through!

I would suggest 10-15 minutes of journaling to begin with and you can always keep going if you’re in the groove. These questions are a great starting point:

  • Where have you been feeling particularly stuck or out of alignment recently?

  • Where have you been feeling emotionally charged in your life recently?

  • What is clearly no longer working for you?

  • Which habits/way of thinking/behaviours have been showing up for you that are unhelpful?

  • If you were to get rid of these habits/way of thinking/behaviours what would you be making space for instead?

  • How will it feel once you've made space for this?

3. Burn, baby, burn for this full moon!

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This is my favourite part of a moon ritual! It’s where you can physically start to feel that change taking place and release that stuck energy from your body.

Look at your journal answers and see what repeating themes have been coming up for you.

On a separate piece of paper, write up to 10 things that you want to let go of. Start each sentence with “I release” or “I banish”.

Once you’ve written that on the paper, fold it three times away from your body. As you fold the piece of paper, say “thank you” out loud. What you’re writing down has served to protect you in the past, so it’s important to be grateful, even if it’s keeping you stuck now.

Have your bowl of water handy - you're burning what no longer serves and not your home! After you’ve folded your paper, hold it in the flame. As your paper burns, feel all those things you’ve written down being released from your body. Once your paper has been extinguished, sit for a few moments, breathing into the space you’ve created.

4. Sling Some Cards (optional)

Would it be a ritual without a juicy card spread? Cards are a great way to get some clarity and direction and to gain some more information about what's going on for you right now.

If you’ve only got an oracle deck at hand, you can simply ask your deck “what do I need to know about this moon?”. If you have a tarot deck, you can use the below spread to help bring some clarity to this full moon. 

And if you don’t have any cards, that’s ok! You can skip this step and go straight to the next one.

tarot spread for the full moon

5. And relax!

You’ve just done some deep work to clear some space, so it’s important to be gentle with yourself. You can take this time to run yourself a lovely bath, make a delicious meal or spend some time connecting with people who help you feel nourished.

After this potent time clearing space for yourself, you may also start to get some hints from the Universe. So take note of any insights, especially those that pique your curiosity!

And that’s it! A super simple full moon ritual to help you clear the way, so you can live more fully in the world.

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