Full Moon Release Ritual
Note: this can be performed alone or with other people.
- floating candles
- a large bowl or cauldron
- pure water
- a tool to carve the candles (toothpick)
- a table or other sturdy platform
Set up a sacred space with candles, smoke cleansing and setting up altar(s) with items, flowers and symbols associated with the moon. You may want to make the bowl or cauldron of water the center point.
If possible, stand or sit under the Moon. Allow yourself to feel its gentle energy over your body and enjoy the night air. Breath deeply and relax, perhaps do a grounding exercise, to help you focus and to enter the right mindset. 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 should carve whatever they intent to release/let go of into the floating candle. It’s not important that it shows clear/legible, just that the intention is there.
As you place the candle into the bowl, declare what you’re releasing, then 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.
Now is a good time to celebrate the realize of burdens and negative energy 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. It’s a good idea to pour the water out after a little while, before repeating the process.
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