A few months ago my daughter was going through a particularly rough patch. I decided it was time to explore our connection with the moon. I wanted to create something, meaningful, interesting and fun.
After searching several websites and jotting down ideas to incorporate, here’s what I came up with.
I started by setting up our crystals/rocks we have collected and a couple of candles and set them out on a table on our back yard. When Jaymie saw what I was doing she said “cool”, coming from a 9-year old, I took that as an encouraging sign.
We waited until it got dark and then we invited Jim to join us. Happiest of surprises he did!
We took a quick stroll under the light of the moon, just taking it in. Once we were all seated together, we each wrote a few lines of gratitude to the moon in the form of a poem and read them aloud.
We then shared something we wanted to let go of in our lives and burned these pieces of paper. Next, I had a small carafe of water which we each held while we shared something we wanted to bring more of into our lives—we left it out over night to create moon water and drank it the next morning.
Finally, we once again shared our gratitudes to the moon and blew out the candles. It was lovely, surprisingly connecting and touching to hear what was on everyone’s heart that night.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RITUALS
Rituals are one impactful way we can create stability and belonging in our lives and the lives of our family members. Rituals are comforting, they provide structure and dependability in a world filled with chaos, they connect us to one another with invisible threads.
It is scientifically proven that rituals reduce anxiety and enhance confidence.
A ritual can be anything that you deem as such. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Trust me, the above ritual I share with you took no more than 15 minutes to pull together. I had a need, I had a desire, I spent 5 minutes researching on the internet and then I made it happen.
avoid this trap
Perfectionist Karen would have had the thought and the desire and then would have killed it through researching it to death (because I knew nothing about moon rituals).
I would have obsessed over getting it ‘right’! Do I have the right crystals—which ones are the right crystals, what order does everything need to be done, what do we need to do, what do we need to say, what time is the optimal time/day for the ritual—and on and on…
Our Full Moon Celebration is just one of the ways I am creating family ritual and bringing in more of the sacred. Just one more way to creating a magical life.