“I LIKE TO THINK THAT THE MOON IS THERE, EVEN IF I AM NOT LOOKING AT IT.” – Albert Einstein
And in my case, “…EVEN IF IT IS NOT LOOKING AT ME.”
From a photography perspective, I’m always very excited for the appearance of the Full Moon. Mother Nature isn’t always on board with me taking pictures and will occasionally throw clouds in the way to block my view (as was the case for March), and I am okay with that. There are certainly times when I don’t feel like being seen, so I can understand the Moon’s wish to hide. Tomorrow’s forecast for my area calls for clear skies in the evening, and I am very grateful that I’ll have the opportunity to see my friend again.
The Full Moon in April goes by many names…Egg Moon, Planter’s Moon, Flower Moon. It is commonly known as the Pink Moon, as it coincides with the emergence of the bright pink phlox flowers. April is also my birth month, giving this Full Moon an extra-special feeling and intention of “new beginnings.”
I am especially excited that the Full Moon for April falls on the 11th day since the number 11 is a powerful Angel Number. I am still a novice in the realm of numerology, but I do know that Angel Numbers resonate deeply with me. I use them as part of the “language” I’m developing in order to better communicate with my guides. Very simply, I ask for any messages to be shown to me through patterns, images, symbols, song lyrics, numbers, etc. that I have determined a specific meaning for. According to Doreen Virtue, “Angel Numbers are a shorthand code between you and your angels. In the case of 1’s, they represent the post of an energy gateway. The more 1’s you see, the stronger the path is…1, 11, 111, and 1111 in Angel Numbers all mean: Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts are manifesting instantly into form. Focus only upon your desires and not upon your fears.”
How divine! I feel that combining the power of this number with a Full Moon ritual will most definitely give my manifestation practices a magnificent spiritual boost! (The Full Moon is the best time for letting go of anything that truly does not serve to positively enrich your life.)
There are some amazing resources available on the internet for creating and performing a Full Moon ritual. I don’t necessarily follow any particular one to the letter…as with any spiritual practice, intuition is the key…it has to feel right for you. What works for another person might not work as well for you.
This is the ritual I use…it is very basic and short.
Flame ~ Sage ~ Meditate ~ Note ~ Burn ~ Cleanse
(If you choose to perform this or any other Full Moon ritual, please use caution around open flames.)
Items needed: candle, sage, paper & pen, 1 empty fire-proof bowl or container, 1 bowl of clean water.
Flame: Light the candle. (I prefer to use a white candle as this color represents the destruction of negative energy while symbolizing purity and truth.)
Sage: Using the candle to burn the sage (or Palo Santo if you prefer), smudge the area around you and yourself to cleanse your aura.
Meditate: Spend a few minutes quieting your mind, breathing deeply and grounding yourself. Ask your guides to join and assist you during this ritual.
Note: Write down the things you wish to release…fears, self-doubts, worries, concerns–anything you wish to be free from. Sign your name and date the page.
Burn: Fold the paper and place it over the candle to ignite it. Toss the burning page into the empty bowl. Watch as the flames consume your worries, releasing them as smoke into the skies and reducing them to ashes.
Cleanse: Place your hands in the clean water to signify the release of the old and the welcoming of the new. Take a few moments to adjust to the new, empty space created by the release and allow it to fill with positive affirmations. Give thanks as you blow out the candle. Empty the ashes onto the ground, returning them to the Earth. (I personally empty mine into my garden area.)
It isn’t a very dynamic ritual by any means, and the (first) step I did not include is the one most personal to me…taking pictures of the moon prior to performing the ritual. Being able to see the moon’s surface more clearly through a telephoto lens creates a profound energetic connection to this celestial body for me. However, I do recommend you try this step even if the only camera you have is a smartphone…no matter what viewfinder you look through, you’re still focusing on the moon and tuning everything else out.
Some really inspiring rituals I’ve come across and would recommend are:
- From my friend, Lavender Moon
- Moon + Quartz (also offers excellent guides specific to your astrological sign)
- Forever Conscious
- Energy Muse
How do you celebrate the Full Moon? I’d love to hear about your own rituals for letting go under the light of this lovely, silvery orb.
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