3 Rituals To Harness The Energy Of The Harvest Moon
Harness The Energy
The full harvest moon is appropriately named because it's an ideal time to harvest everything you've worked on manifesting this summer. If you're looking to harness the energy of the full moon to reap everything you've sowed, practicing some harvest moon rituals can give you a little cosmic boost. It’s important to practice compassion, patience, and kindness to ourselves and others.
In the cycle of death and rebirth, the full moon represents the starting of the death phase. If you're ready to retire the dark and twisty energy of the summer of eleven-million retrogrades, try one of these harvest moon rituals to cleanse your mind, body, and soul.
Here are 3 simple steps that I’ll use to begin my full moon ritual:
1. Light a candle and burn some Palo Santo
Palo Santo is an ancient wood used in South America for cleansing spaces and releasing negative energy. One of the easiest full-moon rituals is performing a simple cleanse, so get a sprig of sage or a stick of Palo Santo, light it, and use it to cleanse your aura and your home. The act of engaging all of your senses when releasing or manifesting is so important. For me, candles hold space and symbolize ritual. The flicker of the flame gives me something to focus on as I set my intentions. While this is great to do during the full moon, you can actually do this whenever you want to rid yourself and your space of negative energy.
2. Set an intention to release
What isn’t serving you right now?
What is holding you back; creating a block in your energy?
This is what needs to be let go. It may be a negative thought, a relationship, or simply a shift that you need to make in order to move forward in peace. I plan on writing down all of my “what ifs”...every single one that sneaks its way into my mind, including all of the questions that do nothing for me except perpetuate fear and hold me in a space of anxiety. After I get them all down on paper, I’m going to burn them outside as a symbolic farewell.
3. Send up the praise
I try to infuse gratitude into everything I do these days. The simple act of “counting my blessings”-- especially during a time of stress--has the ability to shift my energy from lack to luck; from aching to abundant. Since writing things down seems to really intensify the energy of gratitude for me, I bought some cute Thank You cards to write to my loved ones this full-moon evening. I’m grateful that I am finding a spiritual practice that feels like home to me.
What are the things in your life that you are grateful for?
Who do you need to say “thank you” to?
What gifts has the universe given to you lately?