The moon and female energy are inextricably intertwined. Phases of the moon take 29.5 days, similar to a woman’s menstrual cycle. As early as 25,000 years ago limestone reliefs such as the Venus of Laussel depict the similarities between the number of lunar cycles in a year and number of menstrual cycles in a year or number of days from menstruation to ovulation. This connection is still demonstrated today as many languages use the same root words for menstruation and moon. In religion and art, the female energy and the moon are presented together in many cultures. The Romans used Luna as the embodiment of the moon and the Greeks used Selene as the same. The Mayans had the Maya Moon Goddess and the Chinese had Chang'e. Even Roman Catholic art in the Middle Ages began associating the Virgin Mary with the moon. As such, the full moon is a true opportunity to embrace our feminine energy. As a key inflection or turning point in the cycle, it is a chance to slow down, reflect and manifest. By letting go of what no longer serves us, we can move forward more freely.
A Ritual is not just a practice, but necessity
What is a ritual? Why are rituals meaningful? Why do all cultures and religions create rituals? Because where intention goes, energy flows! A ritual is something you consistently do and as Aristotle taught, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Rituals are a way to clarify our intentions, create new habits, and grow beyond our current limits. Through rituals like meditation we can connect to our authentic self and practice drawing that best version into our daily lives. People have been performing rituals since as early as 70,000 years ago and all around the world they are still performed today. Whether its a modern wedding in North America or Salat, the five-time-daily praying, in the Muslim world, rituals are a sacred practice and a way to reconnect with your mind, body, and spirit.
Creating your own Full Moon ritual
Our society seems to value productivity and multi-tasking more than ever. We are consistently on the go and not always fully aware of our mental, physical and emotional states; nonetheless, our spiritual state. Using our own rituals can allow us to check-in and relieve our stress. What can you do during the full moon to adopt a ritual? Read this list to start your personal ritual experience.
Create a safe space - To relax and explore within, you need to create a safe space. Perhaps you cleanse the space with sage to remove any negative energy and welcome your new, clear, intentional space. You can cleanse your ritual space or your whole house, however your intuition guides you. Try to remove any sources of loud noises or distractions. Declutter and remove forms of stress or anxiety. Decluttering helps boost creativity and helps remove any stagnant energy: let the energy flow!
Check the vibe - Now that you created a safe space, set the mood. Moods spark your interest and increase motivation. Put on some music, light some candles or some incense. Your space is clean and the mood is set. You can feel safe and free.
Grab your tools - Rituals are performed by using an array of tools for your own personal connection. During a ritual, having a journal is important. You will need your journal to write down intentions, manifestations, and anything that arises in between. Grab your crystals and charge them under the full moon all night. Also, any instruments or tools, like a singing bowl, tarot cards, or whatever suits you. Just go for it! You never know where your creativity may lead.
Soak it all in - Have you heard the benefits of bath soak? Bath soaks are a great way to relax, check-in, and set intentions. Ilumina 108 botanical bath blends can provide a specific botanical bath blend to enhance your full moon ritual. You can also sign up to receive a free, personalized mantra each full moon (coming soon).
Remember to enjoy the journey as you connect and grow. This is a practice, not a perfect!