It is not only light that falls over the world spreading inside your body
Yet suffocate itself
So much is clarity
Taking its leave of you
As if you were on fire within
The moon lives in the lining of your skin.
~ Pablo Neruda
The Full Moon is complete illumination, the phase when Luna is at her brightest, most magnificent. Goddess has been building, gathering her light since the Dark Moon. Full Moon is a time of culmination. The seeds that were planted at the New Moon come to fruition. Each Full Moon carries within it the understanding and enlightenment of our Dark Moon initiations and workings.
Full Moon is Goddess Made Manifest. Standing under her radiant gaze, we are filled and empowered. All of nature responds to the cycles of the moon and at the Full Moon, she calls forth growth and abundance from all corners of the planet (think of the tides!). Her light activates our feminine essence, the soul seeds of Goddess deep within. We are nourished, supported, and brilliant reflections of Goddess Herself on earth.
“Today, I feel stronger, learning to live within the natural cycles of a day and to not expect too much of myself. As women, we hold the moon in our bellies. It is too much to ask to operate on full-moon energy three hundred and sixty-five days a year. I am in a crescent phase.” ~ Terry Tempest Williams
Our woman bodies sync to Goddess and we find this sacred mirror in the cycles of the moon. For those who are in tune to the moon cycles, the full moon is a time of ovulation and dark moon is a time of bleeding. Ovulation during the Full Moon is nature’s opportunity to pollinate the blooming yoni flower and propagate life. We also carry the moon in our Sacral Chakra, the energy center for our emotions, our passions, our pleasures. The Moon governs and directs all water, our inner and outer tides. The water and blood within our bodies responds to her call, making us more psychic, more emotional, more energized, more powerful during the Full Moon.
Working the Full Moon
One of my monthly practices for Full Moon is cleaning the altars (see MotherHouse altar above ready for Full Moon!). I find myself starting a few days before the Full Moon, tidying, rearranging, and cleaning the altars. By the time Full Moon arrives, all the altars are spiffy and have fresh candles and offerings! I like to call Full Moons boostings and blessings. We can use the super-charged lunar energy to enhance, elevate, and boost our intentions from New Moon, for specific workings. and we can also use the Full Moon for ceremonies of blessing and celebration.
Focus for Full Moon ceremonies can be: blessings and celebrations; psychic development (I personally reserve deep inner planes work for Dark Moon); intuition and divination; matters of love, fertility, prosperity, anything that you want to BOOST; altar and spell work; dream work
Check the astrology for the Full Moon and choose a focus that is in alignment with the sign of the moon. See below for recommended astrologers. Yasmin Boland has a great site to track the Moon – Moonology.com.
Lunar Crystals: white and red selenite, clear quartz crystal, moonstone, opal, beryl, alexandrite, bloodstone, howlite, optical calcite (Iceland Spar), obsidian, unakite. Choose crystals that are also in alignment with your Goddess and/or purpose. Also good for Moon Magic is silver, rock crystal, alabaster, and I also like copper!
Full Moon Goddesses
Queen of Night, Brightness of Night, The Very Manifest One, She Who Shines for All, Opener of the Gate, She Who Calls Forth, The Reward of Dreams, She who commands the rhythmic tides, The Shining One, The Brilliant One, Queen of All that Lives, Lady of Enchantments, Ruler of Night, Mighty in Heaven ~ epithets for the Moon
We may honor any Goddess during the Full Moon, but it is especially the time of the Mother Goddesses. Goddess as Mother reflects our own creatrix powers. We are ready to birth the creations that we have been seeding and nurturing. Motherhood and birthing is not just about physical birth, but about all of our creations and projects that come from our womanroots. We may also honor Moon, Love, and Fertility Goddesses during our Full Moon rituals of blessing and celebration.
Some Goddesses for Full Moon celebrations: Aphrodite, Astarte, Bast, Bona Dea, Brigid, Coatlicue, Danu, Demeter, Eurynome, Fortuna, Frigga, Gaia, Glispa, Hathor, Hera, Ishtar, Isis, Kore/Persephone, Kuan Yin, Lakshmi, Mami Wata, Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, Oshun, Pachamama, Pele, Radha, Rhea, Saraswati, Shakti, Sheela Na Gig, Sophia, Tara, Xochiquetzal, Yemaya
Call upon these Goddesses as the Moon: Artemis, Bendis, Chang’O, Diana, Hina, Ix Chel, Luna, Mama Quilla, Mawu, Selene
The Alabaster Jar Full Moon Group Practice:
Many years ago, I had started a Full Moon Group for women and used a practice that I dubbed “the alabaster jar”. At the first gathering, the group wrote down all of the goddesses that they were interested in studying. We wrote each Goddess name on a slip of paper and added it to the “alabaster jar”, a white pitcher that I used for rituals. You can use a bowl or any container, no peeking!
At the end of each Full Moon gathering, the women who were interested in leading added their names to a bowl. I picked a name from the bowl and then the chosen woman picked a Goddess from the alabaster jar. No trades! This woman was responsible for doing a brief presentation on the Goddess at the next Full Moon and setting up a ritual and/or meditation for the Goddess that came forward. As well, she would send out the notice to all of the members about what they should bring – colors to wear, food the chosen Goddess would like, and anything needed for ritual corresponding to the Goddess. As Priestess, I was available for guidance and suggestions, but the woman was encouraged to lead the group.
Each member of the group was also asked to do their own research and before the ritual, we would go around the circle and each woman would share what she had discovered about the Goddess being celebrated. This practice was very successful for a group, with all of us learning more about different Goddesses and also rotating leadership of the group.
If you do not have a group, you can use the same practice on your own. Write down all of the Goddesses that you would like to know more deeply. Put some in that are completely unfamiliar. Each Full Moon, pick a Goddess to honor for the next Full Moon.
Activating Your Lunar Essence – Full Moon Practice by Renee Starr
Like the dark moon, the full moon stands upon the threshold of waxing and waning, light and dark, and in between this world and the next.
Facing each other on the wheel of the 9 moons, the dark and full moons seem to divide the lunar cycle in half, as they each herald either the waxing or waning moons; the dark moon announces the waxing moons, and the full moon announces the waning moons. It is the dark moon that is all about potential, mystery and going within to seek essence and know her as your most treasured ally, guide and keeper of your feminine wisdom. Trust her as never before…she is your compass, and her guidance will always point you to your true north.
I often stand under the moon, during any phase that calls to me, and simply stare up at her, in awe of her affect on me. I close my eyes and let her light infuse me with her essence. I open my heart to her ways, and give thanks for her guidance. I know that many other women throughout time have stood under the moon, just as I do, looking up at her beauty, her light and her essence, and this opens my heart to her even further.
Standing still and quiet under the moon, and letting her light—or darkness shine down upon you, is one of the oldest and most powerful of moon goddess rituals. This practice is a way of activating your own, inner lunar essence and will help you to see yourself reflected in her ways and know yourself as a daughter of the moon, a priestess of her light and a sister to the stars.
~ Renee Starr, from the Nine Moons Lunar Priestess Course (shared by Renee for this article)
Full Moon Ritual (May be used and adapted for any Full Moon)
General Ceremony Items & Tips:
Be clear about your purpose. If your Full Moon Ceremony purpose is simply to honor a specific Goddess then make sure the items that you choose for your altar and focus are sacred to her. If you have a specific working or purpose, be diligent in choosing items and Goddess that is in alignment with that working. I outline my ritual/ceremony steps, prayers, and invocations and have it near me. I also make sure to have some blank paper and pens so I can write down AHA moments, visions, or messages.
Things that make you feel magical, energized, and joyful. Gather Goddess images and statues, crystals, malas, natural items that are in alignment with your purpose, symbols of your purpose, essential oils and mists, incense and herbs, cards for divination, fabric, and candles. Do your research ahead of time to plan what you need to boost and/or bless your Goddess and purpose. Create a focal altar for the Full Moon, add to your permanent one, or create a brand new one!
A fire-safe vessel where you can safely burn incense, charcoal and resin, sage, or Palo Santo (safety first always – Full Moons increase energy and we don’t need fireballs being the result!)
Candles – I like to use the jar candles (also called seven day candles) that you can usually get at the dollar store. I also get a Focus Candle that represents my Full Moon purpose and/or Goddess. Big candles, yummy smelling candles, candles that you can carve symbols into, whatever lights you up, do that. If you want to dress your own candle (add oils, herbs, etc…), then just buy a non-scented pillar candle. Make sure you have a safe place for all the candles.
Flowers – I love flowers for the Full Moon especially. Who am I kidding? I love flowers anytime to offer Goddess. Sadly, I have a kitty (Noodle) who also loves flowers for Goddess and will wreak havoc on an altar to get to them and eat them. But for Full Moons, I like to have a big flower offering, even if they need to be gifted to friends after the ceremony.
Goddess Music – I added my Goddess Music Spotify playlist below for you to cruise.
Choose your place – Full Moons, weather permitting, are fabulous outdoor ceremonies. You can see Luna, feel her radiance seeping into your skin! Outdoor altars can be set up on a blanket or from items that are natural to your location. Get creative! Also have a flashlight handy if there is walking involved.
Clothing – wear loose, comfortable clothing. I like to wear white for Full Moons.
Preparing for ritual/ceremony – Take a purifying bath or shower. Allow the stress of the day or week to fall away. Let go of everything that does not have to do with your intent and purpose. Use scents that are energizing and/or sacred to the Goddess you will be working with!
Specific for this Full Moon Ceremony:
- Incense that smokes if possible with a burner (make sure your ritual space is well-ventilated)
- Small candle or jar candle that may be safely passed around a group
- Small bowl of water (I like to dip a flower in the water to sprinkle it around the circle)
- Small bowl with a representation of Earth – could be: herbs, dirt, salt, mortar and pestle, even a bowl of crystals!
- Representation of Goddess that you are inviting that may be passed around circle – symbol (like a mala or even a few of the flowers), image. or statue
Full Moon Magic Ritual of Blessings and Celebrations
For the ceremony, do what feels good to you. Clear the space with sage or resins or Palo Santo. Hold the intention in your mind that you are creating sacred space. You can also use smokeless sage and spritz essential oils in the space to life the vibration.
If you would like to walk a circle, the instructions are below. You can also face each direction rather than walk the circle, or just have the elemental representations on the altar. I like to add a bit of formality to a Full Moon and make it feel special. The elements bring their attributes to our workings, and I also like to call on Goddesses for each direction for protection and oomph. Feel free to change as you will.
Begin in the East and light the incense and allow it to smoke a bit. Walking clockwise, say: “By the power that is the Breath of Goddess, I invite the elements of Air, the sylphs to my circle. I welcome new beginnings, inspiration, and the blessings of the mind. Come to me Artemis, Isis, Sophia to protect me and my circle.”
Place the incense back on your altar. Go to the South and light your small candle. Walking clockwise, say: “By the power that is the Will of Goddess, I invite the elements of Fire, the salamanders to my circle. I welcome activation, passion, and the blessings of the temple flames. Come to me Vesta, Pele, Sekhmet to protect me and my circle.”
Place the candle back on your altar. Go to the West and bring your bowl of water. Walk the circle clockwise and sprinkle water on the circumference of your circle. Walking clockwise, say: “By the power that is the Womb of Goddess, I invite the elements of water, the undines to my circle. I welcome healing, flow, balance, and the blessings of the sacred waters. Come to me Yemaya, Aphrodite, Saraswati to protect me and my circle.”
Place the water back on your altar. Go to the North and bring your salt or representation of Earth. Walk the circle clockwise and sprinkle salt or just hold that thought in your mind. Say: “By the power that is the Body of the Goddess, I invite the elements of earth, the gnomes, to my circle. I welcome stability, grounding, and the blessings of manifestation. Come to me Gaia, Pachamama, Demeter to protect me and my circle.”
Place the representation of Earth back on your altar. Go to the center of your circle with the symbol of the main Goddess that is the focus for your working. Stand and breath for a few moments. Read your prayer or invocation to the Goddess. Sit down and meditate for some time on this Goddess. Draw Down the Moon. Play music. Do divination. Cast your spell. Drum. Complete your working. Hang out with Goddess. Celebrate your blessings, call out your gratitude. Talk to Her. This is your circle center, do what feels right and be intuitive with it. Remain in center until you are done.
When you are done, we must thank and release all the energies that we called into the circle. We unwind our circle from the center and then out to each of the directions in reverse order.
Go to the center of your circle with the symbol of the main Goddess that is the focus for your working. Read another prayer or simply say Thank You. I like to say, “Go if you must, stay if you will, be blessed, be blessed, be blessed. It is done.”
Go to the North with your representation of Earth. Walk the circle counter-clockwise and imagine that the fortifications of earth from your bowl are going back into your bowl. Say, “By the power that is the Body of the Goddess, I release you gnomes and elements of earth with thanks and blessings. Thank you, Gaia, Pachamama, Demeter, and all Goddesses of Earth. Go if you must, stay if you will, be blessed, be blessed, be blessed. It is done.”
Place your earth representation back on the altar. Go to the West with your bowl of water. Again walk counter-clockwise, seeing the energy of the waters that you sprinkled return to your bowl. “By the power that is the Womb of the Goddess, I release you undines and elements of water with thanks and blessings. Thank you, Yemaya, Aphrodite, Saraswati, and all Goddesses of Waters. Go if you must, stay if you will, be blessed, be blessed, be blessed. It is done.”
Place your bowl of water back on the altar. Go to the South with your small candle. Again walk counter-clockwise, seeing the energy of the fires return to the candle. “By the power that is the Will of the Goddess, I release you salamanders and elements of fire with thanks and blessings. Thank you, Vesta, Pele, Sekhmet, and all Goddesses of Fire. Go if you must, stay if you will, be blessed, be blessed, be blessed. It is done.” When you return the small candle to the altar, extinguish it.
Place the extinguished candle back on the altar. Go to the East with your incense, light it there. Walk counter-clockwise and see the energy of the incense purifying the space again. Say, “By the power that is the Breath of the Goddess, I release you sylphs and elements of air with thanks and blessings. Thank you Artemis, Isis, Sophia and all Goddesses of Air. Go if you must, stay if you will, be blessed, be blessed, be blessed. It is done.”
Return to your altar. Hold your hands up and breathe deeply. See the circle opened. Say, “Thank you Goddesses and elementals for your blessings and protection for my circle. be blessed, be blessed, be blessed. It is done.” I like to clap loudly, ring a bell, beat a drum, to signify the transition and the closing of circle.
If you are working with a group and use this formal ceremony, a different person can call and release each direction. Invite someone to do east, south, west, north, and, if you are leading, then you do the center invitation to Goddess. Do you need to do this formal ceremony? Not at all. But it can be fun and part of ritual is that it takes us out of mundane space and time. The formality alerts our subconscious, guides, and guardians that we are doing something different, something magickal!
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