A full moon ritual is the perfect way to celebrate and sync with the moon.
If you’re new to moon magic, the reason why living in flow with her can be so powerful is because women and the moon are inextricably linked.
Women have been looking skyward since the beginning of time, and tuning into their natural cycle.
The moon has four main phases:
- New moon
- Waxing moon
- Full moon
- Waning moon
Each phase represents a different archetype, and a different phase of our menstrual cycle. And each phase brings its own unique energy and power.
What does a full moon symbolise?
A new moon symbolises a reset, and planting new seeds. In contrast, the full moon is a time of completion, celebration and expansion. It’s high energy and increases your sensitivity – which can mean you feel more emotional than usual around this time.
But ignoring the emotions that arise would be a mistake. Bringing awareness to what’s rising within you and learning to address it has the power to create transformational shifts, both inside and out.
Creative energy is also at its highest during this time. Growing steadily through the waxing phase, and reaching its peak on the full moon. And slowing down over the next 14 days toward another new moon.
In essence, a full moon is nourishing. This is represented by the light of the sun shining on the moon, and this light being reflected back down onto earth.
Remember that the moon symbolises women – the feminine within us all. On a full moon, the feminine is being illuminated, and she is asking you to embody the feminine within you.
What are the benefits of a full moon ritual?
Moon rituals have become popular recently, along with ritual items like crystals, candles & incense. But a full moon ritual is about so much more than this.
It’s a way of tapping into and generating change in your unconscious mind.
It’s a way of opening a door to your soul and to the Divine (or Spirit).
And it’s a way of accessing your true potential, and creating deep transformation in all realms of your being.
This is the power women can access and embody when working with the moon.
How to create your own full moon ritual
The most powerful full moon rituals are ones that are imagined and created from your intuition.
Don’t worry if you’re not yet in tune with your intuition, because working with the energy of the moon is one of the best ways to strengthen this.
If you’re not sure where to start, I’ve put together a list of ideas – as well as a step by step guide – to help you create your own magical full moon ritual.
Keep in mind that the best time to have a full moon ritual is on the night of the full moon. If you’re not sure of the moon times and dates where you live, you can check them out here.
Keep it authentic
For a full moon ritual to work, it has to be meaningful with and aligned to you.
Some women love to sing or chant or dance naked under the moonlight. Others enjoy meditating and journaling.
Some women love to take part in a moon circle with other women, and others prefer to create a solo ceremony.
It really doesn’t matter what you choose to do. What matters is that it’s an extension of you, and your heart and soul. Because this will create a high vibration that resonates with you on a soul level.
So forget about what anyone else is doing. Keep your full moon ritual authentic.
Gather your tools
Here are a few things you might want to have to create your own full moon ritual with:
- essential oils
- sage/palo santo
- a diffuser
- oracle/tarot card deck
- notebook & pen
- a nourishing drink (ideally something plant based)
- music (check out spotify for some amazing ready made moon playlists)
- a plant or some fresh flowers in a vase
- a yoga mat/comfy cushion
- a pretty scarf or piece of fabric (to create the base of your altar)
Again, it’s entirely up to you. pick a couple of things you’re drawn to, and see if they work for you. If they don’t, try something else.
Keep adding or removing things as you see fit. This will probably vary with each ritual you create, depending on how you’re feeling and the feeling you want to evoke.
Create a sacred space
Creating a sacred space is vital for any ritual. This signals to your unconscious mind that the space is sacred and of importance, which sets the ritual apart from regular day to day activities.
Choose a place in your house where you can sit comfortably (on a yoga mat, or sofa), in quiet, and not be disturbed.
Use the tools you’ve gathered to set up an altar somewhere in the room. This could be on a window ledge, a mantle piece, a balcony – anywhere you can find some space.
Once you’re done, you might want to cleanse and purify the space around you. You can do this by:
- burning sage
- clapping your hands
- using a diffuser
- visualising a purified circle around you
And voila – you have just created a sacred space!
I like to put on a peaceful playlist, get comfortable, close my eyes, cross my legs, and sit in silence for five to ten minutes.
I do this to ground myself – physically and mentally – into the space. And also to begin connecting to myself and my inner wisdom.
It doesn’t matter if you really struggle to stay focused and keep out other thoughts. Meditation is a practice, and our thoughts will never stop. When you notice you’ve become distracted and detached from your breath, gently guide your mind back to it.
That’s all meditation is. So don’t be put off out of fear of not doing it right, or not being “good” at it.
The full moon is a wonderful time to think about all that you’re grateful for in your life today.
It’s up to you how deep you want to go with this. You might simply list out three things you’re grateful for. Or you might think about what you are specifically grateful for over the past two weeks of this moon cycle. Alternatively, you might feel called to express gratitude on the past few moons, year, or beyond.
You might also want to break this down, and think about what you’re grateful for in different areas of your life. Your home, health, wealth, sacred work, and relationships.
Focusing on all that’s good feels great. But this energy also expands and creates more of what’s good to come into our lives.
Grab a pen and a notebook or piece of paper, and free write. Allow anything and everything to pour out of you. Resist the urge to censor yourself.
Here are a few inquiries you could also use to journal on:
What needs to be released?
What needs to be illuminated?
Are there shadows lurking below that need to come to light?
What archetype/Goddess would I like to embody the energy of?
What can I celebrate this moon?
Avoid judging or over-analysing anything that comes up. Let it be. Reflect on what does come.
The full moon is a great time to create an empowering or healing affirmation that aligns with the vibration you wish to call in.
I love to begin my affirmations with “I,” and write them as though they are already in motion.
Here are a few examples:
I am a strong, empowered and courageous women.
I open to connecting with kind and loving people.
Or, I love and respect my body.
Once you’ve got your affirmation, write it down. Next, repeat it out loud three times.
If the moon is within sight, you can look up to the mean as you do this.
Many women choose to venture outdoors, plant their feet on the bare earth, and bask under the moonlight. Traditionally, women would do this naked, or wearing minimal clothing to maximise the effects of the moon’s rays.
But this isn’t always practical – especially if you don’t have a private garden, or you have neighbours living close by.
So if you’re unable to go outside or you don’t feel comfortable doing so, you can find a room indoors where you can see the moon from the window.
Lie down, and drink in the moonlight. You might even want to run a bath and lie here if the moon can be seen from there.
As the light washes over you, allow her to heal and nourish you. Imagine ever inch of your being soaking up this new, illuminating light. Feel awakened and uplifted. Your affirmations amplified.
This is why we create space at the beginning of our ritual. So we can then fill it consciously with something of our choosing.
Spend at least 20 minutes in the moonlight if you can.
Close your ritual
Closing any ritual is important otherwise your mind gets confused, and won’t be able to distinguish between the ritual and every day life.
Choose a way to close it that feels right to you in the moment.
This might be:
- Ringing a bell or chiming a bowl
- Meditating again, and noticing any changes within
- Saying a short prayer
- Bringing your palms together and saying a phrase (e.g. as above so below, as within so without)
- Singing or chanting
- Moon salutations
Once you’ve closed your ceremony, be sure to replenish and drink plenty of water. Be open to any other inner guidance you receive, and act on it.
Check in with yourself, and observe any effects of the ritual in the coming few days.
Remember – there is no right or wrong way to create a full moon ritual. Trust yourself, follow your intuition, and be open to making magic.