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Modern Moon Rituals For Extremely Intense Times

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Moon rituals are an ancient and sacred practice that originated in Egypt, Babylonia, India, and China where honoring the moon was a part of the culture. The phases of the moon influence the growth or decline of plants, animals, and human life. Basking in the moonlight was seen as a sacred and necessary part of every cycle (rightfully so).

Today, moon ritual carries just as much sacredness and brings a beautifully primal practice into the modern world. It’s something we need all the time, but especially during times of high stress and instability, it’s essential to our emotional well-being

The beautiful thing about rituals—especially those related to the moon—is that they invite you to get quiet. They ask you to plant seeds of intention, and be one with the energy of nature’s full potential. Away from the fast-paced, high-stakes news cycle, away from societal and performance pressure. Just you, your heart, and the moon.

While there are 8 phases of the moon, traditionally, the most potent phases are the new moon and the full moon.

That said, these are unprecedented times of transition as a collective. We’ll come out on the other side much stronger than we started, but the breaking down of long-held societal structures is stressful at best, devastating at worst.

It’s important to continue to honor the new and full moon phases, but we should also pay special attention to the first (waxing) quarter and third (waning) quarter phases. These phases mark a turning point in the cycle. They ask us to re-check ourselves and release any tension that’s built up. These phases are all about catharsis. Take extra care to release tension through movement, meditation, connection, and creativity.

Here are my go-to new moon and full moon rituals to help you get started.

A New Moon Ritual

The new moon is a blank page, a fresh start, a moment to turn inward and consider what we want to call into our lives and what we need to let go of. It’s indeed a time for rest and reflection, so the perfect ritual would be in the comfort of your own home.

How to Begin:

1. Set the environment.

Before engaging in any ritual, clean and organize your space. Straightening up and getting rid of clutter sets the tone for the ceremony. I like to burn sage, light a candle, turn on soothing music, and clear energy. And keep a few pieces of sacred paper and a pen on hand for writing.

2. Conjure a connection to the Divine.

Call upon a connection to the source energy you feel supports you the most: guides, angels, or any other divine connection. Personally, I like to connect with each of the four elements: air, fire, water, and earth. I correlate each one with a direction on the medicine wheel; East, South, West, and North. Then, I honor the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine via the sun and moon.

3. Sit comfortably and write.

Grab those pieces of scrap paper and write down the things in your life you either wish to call in or are ready to release. This could be certain feelings, fears, or barriers—anything you know is not serving you. Consider what you want to call into your life. This could be a job opportunity, a relationship, more financial abundance, an adventure—you name it.

4. Declare.

The next step is to read your desires—the stuff you want to call into your life now—out loud. Speaking them aloud plays a crucial role in bringing them to life. You may notice that they evoke even more emotion when spoken, and that feeling is essential to manifestation.

5. Meditate and complete.

Now that you’ve let go and made space for what you truly desire, sit quietly, follow your breath, and visualize your desires coming to fruition. Set the intention to stay open to these elements and experiences entering your life, and any other growth opportunities you may need along the way.

As mentioned, you can either do this ritual solo or invite your soul sisters to join you. While doing it alone is beautiful, there is also something compelling about being heard and held by the ladies you love, so that they, too, can hold your desires for you—and vice versa.

A Full Moon Ritual

When the full moon arrives, it’s time to create space to take stock of what has and hasn’t come to fruition just yet.

A full moon ritual is a time to get quiet, reflect, and celebrate. Unlike the new moon, the full moon represents fruitfulness and completeness and brings with it a lot of energy.

Here’s how to approach your ritual:

1. Be calm.

Since there is likely quite a bit of energy present, it’s best to find a way to bring calmness into your space, so that you can harness the energy to your benefit. Take a few cleansing breaths, purify your space, and chill.

2. Write it out.

Take a moment to reflect on the past few weeks. What has transpired? Where are the successes? What are you bumping up against? Where do you see opportunities for growth and expansion?

3. Release and Declare.

Once you’ve clarified what’s come to fruition and what hasn’t, it’s time to write down and release what is getting in the way of the experiences that haven’t arrived yet. You can either ceremonially flush these “written barriers or blocks” down the toilet or burn them in a fire-safe vessel.

4. Moon Gaze.

If you can, get outside and let the moonlight provoke your mind. Just like our bodies need vitamin D from sunlight, we also benefit from moonlight. It’s said to help reduce inflammation and support our menstrual cycles.

5. Dance it out.

Whether you’re celebrating or still calling in your dreams (remember, it doesn’t happen overnight!), dance to your favorite music to move any stagnant energy out of your body and bring more lightness and joy inside.

Carving out space during both of these moon phases to go inward and take stock of what’s showing up for you, creates the opportunity to create intentions and find rhythmicity in your own life.

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