End of Decade Full Moon Ritual
December 11/12th, 2019
This ceremony is best done from December 11th-16th, 2019
You will need:
Clearing plant spirit of choice (The smoke of Palo Santo, Sage, Cedar etc)
Bowl of water
Paper and Pen
Cup of herbal tea (or hot chocolate ;) for drinking during the ritual
1.) Have your ritual ingredients (including your hot drink) prepared and to the side. Start by clearing around yourself and then your surroundings.
2.)As you are fanning the medicinal smoke around yourself you might say:
“Another year is about to pass, another 10 year cycle complete. I give honor and thanks to myself for all I know, all I have grown, and the many times I have chosen love over fear. I honor my journey, my emotions, and my path, but I now ask Mother Moon, the Universe, and the grandmothers, full of light and love, to clear and release me of all that no longer serves. I am clear. I am healed. I am restored. I am clear. I am healed. I am restored. Thank you.”
3.) As you are fanning the medicinal smoke around your space you might say:
“I clear the energy of this space to make room for lightness, joy, peace, and prosperity. May all those that walk here feel protected; may my work today and all days be protected. May the grandmothers, full of light and love, bless this space with health, with healing, and with love. My space is clear. My space is free. Only light dwells here. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”
4.) Spend some time in breath and meditation
5.) Take your pen and paper and choose one of the following journal prompts to work with. Allow your intuition to guide you to the prompt that is best (usually this is the first one you are drawn to)
Write a letter to someone you are holding resentment, anger, or frustration towards; or an ex-partner or loved one who has crossed over. You are not physically going to send this letter to the person, so don’t censor yourself. Start your letter with Dear…., and then just get all your feelings, grief or angst out on paper.
Write a letter to your past self. Pretend that you are writing a letter to who you were at the start of the year but with the knowledge you have today. Think of yourself as a wise grandmother offering guidance for 2019. What messages or insights would you share with yourself? What advice would you offer?
Use the journal prompts- “I am ready to release…” or “I no longer want to carry…”
Write until all your thoughts, feelings, and words are out on paper. Aim for at least 10 minutes or more and challenge yourself to keep writing. The more you write, the greater chances you have of being able to dig deeper and have a breakthrough.
6.) With your writing in front of you, take a moment to read it over. Try not to judge, but consider anything that stands out or any breakthroughs you may have felt while writing. Acknowledge the thoughts and feelings that come up. Then take your writing and begin ripping it into long strips. As you rip, recite the following three times (or feel free to say what you feel in the moment)
“I release and let go of all that no longer serves. I am free of this. I am released of this. I bless this.”
7.) Now take your strips and burn them using the light of your candle. When they get too hot, drop them in the bowl of water. After you have finished burning all the strips take 5 deep breaths.
8.) Hold your herbal tea or hot chocolate in your hands. Feel the comforting warmth of the mug. Holding the mug in both hands, take a sip and repeat the following (or feel free to say what you feel in the moment):
“A new decade, a new year is now here. I love myself for all I have been through. I forgive myself for all I have been through. As I have traveled, I have discovered how wise I am, how loved I am, how strong I am. May the work of this ritual help release me of all that is burdensome and all that no longer serves a place in my life. As I sip, I allow this warmth to heal and soothe me, to nourish me from the inside out. I am safe. I am protected. I am loved. I am healed. I am comforted. (Take a sip). I am safe. I am protected. I am loved. I am healed. I am comforted. (Take a sip). I am safe. I am protected. I am loved. I am healed. I am comforted. (Take a sip).” etc
9.)To close the ceremony, place your left hand over your heart and your right fingertips to the earth. Thank the Universe, Grandmothers of Light and yourself Snuff out the candle and discard the water and burnt papers.