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Today’s full moon in watery Cancer is emotional, and the message for today’s ritual is very much about finding our personal power and balancing our passions and responsibilities. Significantly, The Magician in its reversed position represents the overall subject of the reading; when we notice obstacles in the path, how do we react? Is it with jaded cynicism and woe, or do we calmly move around and continue on our way? If we want to live in the flow, we need to take a good, hard look at our actions and reactions, and make room for ease in our lives.
The emotional themes in the reading addressed our motivations and reactions to challenge. It indicates a need for emotional maturity and releasing ties to negative situations in our lives. On a personal level, I resonate very closely with the motivation aspect; how not only attitude, but also authentic desire and joy can either make work feel like fun… or vice versa. I’ve certainly been one to overload myself, and then whine that I was “so busy” I couldn’t eat well, exercise enough, do anything fun… and so on and so forth. But I also would complain that I wasn’t accomplishing anything meaningful, I felt stuck, wasn’t happy… ad nauseum. This month I saw some of those old patterns creep back into my life, and I’ve chosen to release that energy back into the earth to make room for more of what I actually want in my life.
In terms of my rituals, I prepare in advance by reviewing old journal entries. I compare what I said I wanted at the last full moon, how it was going at the new moon, and then take a while to meditate about that. Then I start free-writing and gathering the crystals (let’s be clear… they’re rocks. But like, cool rocks.), light a candle, meditate some more and then do a tarot spread (as shared above). I express gratitude for what I’ve been given, and then release what no longer serves as I also ask for guidance about how to get where I want to go. And I listen… perhaps the most important part! Finally, I make sure I capture the messages, guidance, goals and intentions in a journal page that I can save and review during future rituals, so I can make sure I’m making progress.
If you are interested in starting your own practice, go ahead and download (totally free, no strings attached!) my journaling pages using the link above. This 2 page .pdf contains some of my crystal recommendations, intentions, and the messages from my reading, but gives you space to write in your own as well. If you try it, I’d love to hear about it!
New moons are a great time for evaluating and processing current events and situations, and crafting new intentions for the upcoming weeks. Among other things, a new moon ritual can serve as a check-in point for goals, a pause for quiet reflection, and time to express gratitude for life and its treasures. I will share my latest rituals with you here!
I started journaling about my intentions a few days in advance of the ritual. I reviewed my previous intentions and goals, and decided on some things I wanted to change. Once I decided on a direction, I chose crystals that represent my intentions. This new moon group is very supportive of the Heart and Crown chakras, and you will see that my intentions are very focused on those areas. I also set out a gold and silver candle for balancing the masculine and feminine energies, and lit a special new moon candle by a local artist (Libby’s Handcrafted Magick).
Once I had my candles lit, I put pen to page once again and began writing what came to mind. This particular new moon brought up the idea of making more intentional decisions, so I allowed myself to express the specific ways I wanted to embody the energy of intentional decisions. I wrote out a bunch of statements about the way I want to show up in the world, and I’ll use those for daily reminders and journaling prompts over the next few weeks.
Then it was time for my tarot reading… this one was interesting. You’ll notice that I wrote a statement after each card. I struggled in my interpretation at first, because a Celtic Cross is usually used for reading the energy of a situation. My mind wanted to apply the messages to specific situations, and while logical, it felt “off”. Later I connected with a friend, whose words mirrored the message in the original context. I am learning a new way to “be” in the world, and the way I show up emotionally must change.
After processing the message, I expressed my gratitude for the gifts and did a quiet meditation. I spent a little time working on a plan to apply my intentions to my week, and went to sleep. And that’s it! If you’ve read this far, I’d love to know if you also did a new moon ritual, and how you felt about it! Feel free to leave a comment below!