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Full Moon Release Ritual

At the time of the full Moon, the energy builds and builds

Copyright © 2005 Gray Seal

The monthly lunar cycle gives you many chances to do rituals that mark a personal turning point or to let go. At the New Moon, you can go into the dark and be symbolically reborn. New Moon rituals help you summon your whole Self, and in that magic moment, commit to intentions.

At the time of the full Moon, the energy builds and builds. Some would say that there's an explosive outgoing aspect to it. All of nature grows and is more vital at the full Moon. This energy surge allows you to take action on behalf of those new Moon intentions you set two weeks prior. A full Moon ritual might involve taking one solid step, with a symbolic action. And it can be a very powerful time to release, to cast out, to unburden yourself, to purge, etc. You celebrate your emergence by stepping out of an old skin, identity, behavior, attitude, relationship, etc. The full Moon ritual helps you by marking this inner transformation in a formal way.

A full Moon ritual might involve purification by one of the elements. Most often, it's fire, and done by casting something you don't want into the flames. Heres's One idea:

Write what you want to release down on a stick. Resolve to let go as you throw the stickit into the fire. Next, throw the stick into the fire. This can be done as a group, with everyone sitting around the fire. Or it can be done in your own private ceremony. Each person can seal their action of letting go by speaking it aloud, if there's trust in the circle.

Full Moon Release Ritual

Items you'll need: Floating candles, a large bowl, water, matches, a pen.

Create sacred space with candles, sage smudging, and setting up altars with powerful totems. For some rituals, I'll use an owl's wing that a friend gave me, to represent wisdom.

If possible, stand or sit under the Moon. Allow yourself to feel a direct relationship to it, as a mover of the living waters of the Earth and within our own bodies.

Do a grounding exercise, to bring you out of the chatter of small talk and into ritual space. Feel the earth under your feet and shake out the tension in the body.

Place the large water-filled bowl in front of you, or in the middle of your gathering on a table.

Each person writes what they're releasing on the floating candle. It's not important that it shows up, just that the intention is there.

As you place the candle into the bowl, declare what you're releasing.

Light the candle.

Allow yourself to feel the transfer of what you're releasing to the candle. As a group focus on letting go into the water, holding hands if that feels right.

Celebrate this release by sharing a feast under the full Moon!

Allow the candle to keep burning in the bowl as a symbol of the letting go process. The flame is a purifier, and symbolizes the sparks of inspiration as well. If you blow out your floating candle, and your bowl is in your home, relighting it will remind you of your commitment. Place inspiring pictures and totems around it that remind you of who you're becoming. Above all, give yourself credit for honoring your own growth.