For those of us that really like doing personal ritual during the new and full moons there are so many ideas to choose from. However I have not seen many ideas that work with the waxing or growing moon and the waning or shrinking moon. I thought I might share a personal ritual I did lately which captures the energy of the waning moon.
The waning moon energy can be intense as it starts our process of letting go. If we think about it, the waning moon starts the day after the full moon and as the moon “shrinks” it helps us get rid of our excess. Excess takes the form of unwanted attitudes, thoughts, possessions, people and any other thing that has grown out of control and needs to be shed. The waning moon for me is always a time to letting go and making room for newness. The waning moon beckons me to go under the surface and do some deep inner work, which in turn will help me burst through the surface when the new moon returns again.
I recently created a ceremony that supports the inner work the waning moon beckons us to do. Understanding a ceremony or ritual is a sacred act of creating a space in which healing is going to occur; invoke your Divine Support, set your intention and leave the rest up to Spirit.
Here is the ceremony I created. I love the symbolism of sweeping and the concept of cleaning out the old and making room for newness is not new. To create a sacred ceremony you can use a few props, set a sacred intention, set aside about an hour of undisturbed time and you are ready. The items you will need are:
- Several small bush branches with leaves
- Raffia or some other twine to tie the branches together
- Small pieces of paper and pen
- A smudge pot and sage (if you have it)
First you will collect about two or three small branches. I like to walk around the area and find ones that have fallen from trees. If I have sage, I smudge the outside of my front door area. In a prayerful way, I tie the branches together to make a natural broom. I set my broom aside. I then take some time to think about all I want to release from my body, mind and emotions. I think of what might be holding me back from living my greatest life at this time. What people, attitudes and emotional baggage am I carrying around that no longer supports me, and I write those things down on the paper slips. I then place those paper slips on my front door stoop. Again I do this very prayerfully. I focus my intention on my natural broom and I began to sweep away the slips of paper. I sweep them down to the curb and place them in the garbage. I may even do a little dance to celebrate their departure.
Be careful what you place on the paper, because magic is real, and that which you ask to leave will leave….eventually if not sooner. I close out my ceremony with a prayer of gratitude. I may then write in my journal or sit quietly and reflect. When this personal ritual is done during the waning moon, you are using the natural forces of Mother Nature to support your healing and growth and for me there is nothing better.
If you want more information on how to use Mother Nature to support your life, check out my new e-course Natural Rhythms. There are some great ways to bring the wisdom of the seasons into your life. My next e-course Personal Ritual will be coming out soon.