If the moon has the power to create the ebb and flow of the ocean’s tides, it no doubt also has the power to influence human beings, especially as we are 60 percent water.
My family and I recently moved out into the Australian bush where there is very little ambient light. Since the move, I've become truly aware of the lunar cycles and how they influence me. Now, more than ever, I use the lunar cycles as guidance.
Paying attention to the moon cycles by setting intentions at the new moon and releasing and letting go at the full moon is such a powerful way to align with the Universe—and ourselves.
The lunar cycles allow me to recharge and recalibrate my energy in alignment with the Universal energies that are flowing around me. It's pretty awesome.
Today, I want to focus on the full moon. When the moon is at its biggest and brightest, it's the perfect time for honouring your achievements and releasing what no longer serves you.
To support you in the process, I've created a powerful Tarot ritual for you to perform.
The key to performing this ritual is to be fully present with an open heart, an open mind, and a willingness to be open to all possibilities.
I promise that you'll be amazed by the results.
The Full Moon Ritual
Let's start with preparation.
The best time to do the Full Moon Ritual is, surprise, on the full moon or in the days leading up to the full moon. If you're not sure when that is, check the lunar phases for your local area at www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases.
For the ceremony, you'll need to find a space where you will not be disturbed for at least thirty minutes. I know that this can be a challenge, especially if you've got roommates, kids, or noisy neighbours. Outside is ideal, but if that’s not possible, then inside is just fine. If you can, open a window. Give your flatmates and family members a heads up that you need some quiet time.
Now, with all of that in order, it's time to get all of your materials together.
Your small arsenal of tools will include your favourite Tarot cards, a pen, and notebook, as well as a separate sheet of paper.
Next, grab candles, an herbal bundle, matches, a fireproof bowl, and anything else you feel called to have with you for the ritual. If you want to include a piece of jewellery, special photograph, or even your favourite teddy bear, go for it.
Create a Sacred Space
Now, make a small altar with your favourite things or lay out a crystal grid. Whatever helps you to create a beautiful sacred space that makes you feel both connected and relaxed. This will look different for everyone, so don't feel you need to do it a certain way.
Then, put your fireproof bowl on the altar with the matches close at hand.
Light your candles and dim the lights.
Next, light your sage/dried herbal bundle and gently wave the smoke over the front and back of your body, as you clear and cleanse your aura.
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The Full Moon Tarot Spread Ritual
Take out your Tarot cards and do this simple, yet powerful spread. Arrange the cards however it feels natural to you.
- What have I created and manifested since the new moon?
- Where am I now?
- What is coming into my conscious awareness?
- What is no longer serving me?
- How can I release and let go of these energies?
- What additional resources are available to me as I release and let go?
Record the reading in your notebook and write down your key insights for each card. Be sure to take your time.
Honour Your Achievements
Next, reflect on the intentions you set during the previous new moon:
What did you create and manifest?
And what new opportunities emerged?
Write these down in your journal, honouring each achievement as you go. Give thanks for what you have created and learned along the way. You may surprise yourself with the important things you've accomplished. Again, take as much time as you need.
Release and Let Go
Now, on a separate piece of paper write down what is no longer serving you and what energies you want to release. Give yourself a good amount of time to fully express yourself until it feels that there is nothing else left. This part is always very cathartic for me.
When you're finished, light this piece of paper with a match over the fireproof bowl. As it burns, say out loud:
“I release and let go of any excess energy that no longer serves me. Through Divine Will and unconditional love, so be it.”
Once the paper has finished burning, affirm out loud, “I release you. I am done.”
Take a moment to fully experience this feeling of release. Full disclosure: It can be very powerful.
Close Out the Ritual
At this stage, check in with yourself and your intuition to see if there is any other activity you need to do before closing out the ritual.
For example, you may feel called to shake off any residual energy, to write a letter of forgiveness, or to meditate with your favorite crystal. Go with your instincts on this one and you can't go wrong.
When the ritual feels complete, close the circle by giving thanks to your guides and your intuition. Say out loud, “And so it is done!”
Finally, blow out the candles and gently turn the lights back on, returning to your everyday life once again.
There you have it. I hope you enjoy the experience of my Full Moon Tarot Spread and Ritual. I know that it has a very powerful and positive effect on me, whenever I perform it at home.
To learn more Tarot spreads and rituals that you can incorporate into your everyday life, be sure to check out my new book, Everyday Tarot: Unlock Your Inner Wisdom and Manifest Your Future.