We've just stepped into July and currently find ourselves in the midst of summer, enjoying life and soaking up the tranquil sweetness that this season has to offer. These sunny days are turning into luminous nights as we approach this month's full moon, which will land on Sunday, July 9th just after midnight. With fall equinox on the horizon, this full moon is calling for us to enjoy these remaining moments of total calm and count all of our blissful blessings.
For a fuller heart and positive shift in your point of view, here is a ritual that you can do in the next couple of days to make the most out of this month's full moon.
What You'll Need
- a white sage smudge stick or a Palo Santo incense stick
- crystals and/or other items that are special to you
- a candle
- a small bowl or shell
- a journal and something to write with
If possible, this ritual is great to do outdoors, under the full moon. If you aren't able to get outside, find a quiet place indoors. This is also a powerful ritual to do with with your friends, so feel free to round up your soul sisters.
1. Create a Sacred Space
Find a place that is clean and decluttered and place crystals and other special items to surround yourself by throughout it. You can play soothing music if you'd like, as well. The aim is to create a personal sanctuary that will allow you to fall into a state of peace and stillness.
2. Clear Your Energy
It's important that your physical surroundings are clutter-free for this ritual, but you can clear the energy around you as well. To do so, light the end of a white sage smudge stick or a Palo Santo incense stick and blow on it until there is a light glow. Let the smoke blow all around your body and throughout your space, which will clear stuck and negative energy away.
3. Write It out
Take a few deep breaths to center yourself. Then write down what it is that you wish to release from your life. What do you need to let go of? Perhaps it is a limiting belief, an unhealthy habit, or a toxic relationship. Take some time to really listen to what it is that is calling out to you.
4. Out with the Old
Tear this page out of your journal, take another deep breath, and say to yourself, “I now let this go, and it is so.” Then, light one corner of the page and place it into the empty bowl or shell and watch as the flames burn what you are releasing.
5. Count Your Blessings
On a fresh page in your journal, write down everything you are grateful for. If you happen to be surrounded by your soul sisters, say these things out loud to each other. Doing so is incredibly powerful and can help manifest your feelings more clearly and give them form.
In yoga, the full moon energy corresponds to the end of an inhalation, which is when the force of prana (energy) is the greatest. This upward and expansive force makes us feel energetic, experience strong emotions, and can make us feel ungrounded. Observing moon days in yoga is a way to acknowledge and honor nature's rhythms so that we can live in harmony with them.
Enjoy a wonderful, gratitude-filled July! What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate full moons?