15 Aug Moon Magic – How to Create Your Own Unique Moon Rituals
Everyone is talking about the moon. Even if you are not following the moon calendar, you know after a restless night or two, it must be the full moon. Again!
New moon intention setting circles or full moon rituals are popping up all over your Instagram feed. And while there are many different new moon and full moon rituals out there, you can totally DIY your own. We’ll show you how to create a unique ceremony. It’s a personal journey after all, and you’ll find it’s more meaningful and a lot easier to commit to when your ritual has got your name written all over it.
New to all this moon ritual business but keen to try it out? Here are some ideas that you may support you in creating your own moon rituals. There are no rules when it comes to the moon, you can be as creative as you like. It’s your unique ceremony, after all. Let your intuition guide you – the sky’s the limit.
1. Cleanse Yourself
Start your lunar journey with a clear mind and body. One way is to declutter your surroundings and tidy up a bit, to make new space for better things to come quite literally and spiritually. You could take a nice long relaxing bath which’ll help cleanse your mind, and finally use that bath bomb you’ve been saving for a particular day – this is it!
No stress if you don’t have a bathtub, you can quickly turn your shower into a tiny spa in no time. Perhaps hang a bundle of eucalyptus on the shower rod, away from the spray of the water. You can also add a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil to your shower instead. The crisp and effervescent scent evaporating when you have a hot shower is pure bliss.
2. Have A Sacred Space
Most moon rituals are happening outdoors, but it’s all about what’s most comfortable for you. You don’t have to swim naked in the sea at full moon if that is not your thing. Your sacred space in your home can be your comfy lounge chair, the foot of your bed, the nook by the window, or a big cushion on the carpet in the living room. Pick your spot and deck it out with your favourite crystals, candles, oracle cards, books and other cherished objects that give you ultimate goddess feels. You don’t even have to build an altar if it doesn’t bring you joy. This little corner is your unique space where you can withdraw from the world for a few minutes or longer and sit down to meditate, practice yoga or sit down with a cuppa to journal without any interruptions.
3. Clear The Energy
When you’re ready, start by cleansing your sacred space. Clear the energy by burning sage smudge sticks, Palo Santo wood, incense, or your go-to essential oils. Again you can get as creative as you desire. Maybe you can even make your smudge stick out of your favourite dried or fresh herbs or flowers, like lavender, rosemary, thyme, or any other scents you prefer. You can wander through your house, clearing it of all negative energy that is lingering around, anything that doesn’t serve you anymore. Playing your favourite music or chanting your favourite mantras, the choice is yours.
4. Journal It
Moon rituals are all about setting intentions during a new moon, then letting go of what no longer positively serves you during the full moon. Meditation and journaling with the moon’s phases are vital parts of this process. When thinking about your goals or things you need to let go of, imagine already achieving them, then hold on to all the thoughts and emotions that fill you and start writing them in your journal. You can write them down digitally, but writing everything down on paper is very special.
Having a journal exclusively for your moon rituals will help you stay committed to this practice and rebuild a stronger connection with yourself and the universe. Your thoughts will no longer be abstract ideas in your head. Writing things down makes them more real. New to old school writing and afraid of being stuck in front of a blank page with nothing to write? Just try to relax and write whatever comes to your mind, no judgment, no pressure if it’s only two sentences – just free-flow. You will be surprised how refreshing it will feel to empty your head on paper. Once you get used to writing, it will come to you more quickly and more naturally.
New to meditation or haven’t found your meditation style yet? Try out one of these different meditation techniques – from candle gazing to mantra meditation – and pick your favourite ones.
5. Close The Ceremony
Finally, always close your ritual. You may opt to sing a song, chant some moon affirmations, or read what you’ve written in your journal out loud. For new moon intentions, you may end your session with “and so it is,” and finish your full moon releases with “and so it is done.” You could also write everything that you need to let go of on a full moon – again no judgment, no rules – on a piece of paper and burn it to symbolically. You may even end with a dance, a meditation or a quick restorative yoga session for maximum relaxation.
And there you have it! Tweak it, add to it, or completely change it as you wish. It is your unique ceremony, and it can change every single time. You can invite some of your moon lover friends over and create some magic together. In case you need more moon-spiration, check out Ezzie Spencer’s moon planner, which you can download and illustrates all the different phases of the moon so that you can plan.
Curious for more? Follow us on Instagram, where we’ll be talking about our moon rituals based on the month’s zodiac. Let us know how you choose to plan your moon ceremony and remember – Your Rituals, Your Rules.
Now create some moon magic, yogis!
Written by the Yogaholics team