“It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.”
~ Paulo Coelho, The Zahir
On Friday, July 31, we’ll have our second full moon in one month. This double moon has become known in recent times as a Blue Moon. They aren’t very common. Our next Blue Moons will be in January and March of 2018.
This full moon is particularly significant. It is the Full Moon in Aquarius, opposed by a Leo Sun, and with Venus in retrograde.
Energetically, this Blue Moon shuts the door on the past. Especially the energies pre-2012. It illuminates the truth in our lives. The truth we know in our heart of hearts. The things we need to let go of. The things we need to walk away from.
I know, these last few years since 2012 have been crazy too. Lots of distress for many. False starts. Bad decisions. Problems. Things that seem to have pulled us off our paths or slowed us down. And yet, all of those things were necessary. The pain was necessary.
On Friday night, using the energy of the Blue Moon we can let go of old patterns, old hurts, broken dreams. It is a powerful time for leaving relationships or jobs. We can leave disappointments behind. Sorrow behind. Grief behind.
We get to shut that door, mean it, and then open up a door to what we DO want.
What do you want? I mean, what do you really want? This Blue Moon is also supportive of calling in love relationships, soul mates, life path work, all the big picture stuff.
The thing is, you need to be clear. Conscious. Aware. You need to choose.
Are you ready? Are you brave enough, and bold enough to say YES to what you want, and leave the rest behind?
This Blue Moon will affect you whether you choose to work with it consciously or not. You may feel restless, find sleep difficult, or really be buffeted by your moods. How much more powerful to choose conscious awareness, and the deliberate act of acknowledging this force for change within our lives.
Blue Moon Summonsing Ritual
Here’s a short ritual to help you get that clarity. You’ll need a candle, some paper and a pen, matches and a bowl to burn your paper in, and two small crystals or stones. One crystal needs to buried, to signify the release of what you are giving up or ending. This will be known as your Release Stone. The other stone will be kept as a touchstone and meditation tool. This stone will be known as your Anchoring Stone.
Set aside a minimum of ten minutes for this ritual, although you may take an hour or more if you want to go deep into this energy of shift and release. This can be done at any time after midday on July 31 through to midday on August 1. I prefer to do my ritual at night, when the moon is high in the sky, but it will be effective for this 24 hour window.
These are the stones I’ll be using for my own ritual. The one on the left is a clear quartz point with silver rutile. That’s my Anchoring Stone. The one on the right is a rainforest jasper. That’s my Release Stone. These stones are about 3cm or 1.5 inches in size. Choose what feels right to you. Even a stone from the garden or beach is fine.
Sit somewhere quiet with your paper and your stones. Light your candle, and then take the Release Stone in your hands. Close your eyes and offer up a prayer of intention, that you now be shown what is holding you back, and what needs to be let go, no matter how painful. Open your eyes, hold your stone in one hand, and with the other hand write a list of all of the things you now choose to let go, to release, and to finish. This list could be about the past, relationships, memories, actions, behaviours, attitudes, jobs or life circumstances. Start your list with the words I consciously choose to release… and finish your list with the words …and it is so. Then sign your name. Hold the paper in one hand and the stone in the other, close your eyes and offer up a prayer that the energetic burden of the contents of this list be transferred to the stone. Let the stone become heavy in your hand and then put it down on top of the paper.
Now take the Anchoring Stone in your hands. Close your eyes and offer up a prayer of intention, that you are now ready to draw into your life flow, love, health, success or whatever your specific dreams are for a brighter future. Open your eyes, hold your stone in one hand, and with the other hand write a list of all of the things you now choose to invite into your life, the actions you resolve to begin and complete, the things you desire to make manifest in the world. This list could be about designing your future career, a soul mate, improved relationships, health, financial situation, life path, big dreams, actions, behaviours, attitudes, jobs or life circumstances. Start your list with the words I consciously choose to create and to anchor… and finish your list with the words …and it is so. Then sign your name. Hold the paper in one hand and the stone in the other, close your eyes and offer up a prayer that the Anchoring Stone becomes magnetised to drawing these positive energies and opportunities into your life. Let the stone become warm in your hand and then put it down on top of the paper.
Blow out the candle and go outside (if you’re not already there!) with your stones, lists, matches and a burning bowl.
Look up to the sky and acknowledge the moon and her energy. Place both the lists on the ground with the stones on top of them.
Start by picking up the Release Stone and the Release list. Hold the stone, and set fire to the list, allowing it to burn to ash. As you do this say the words I willingly release all that no longer serves me. Then place the Release Stone on the earth.
Now pick up the Anchoring Stone and the Anchoring list. Hold the stone, and set fire to the list, allowing it to burn to ash. As you do this say the words I willingly anchor these new energies and possibilities in my life. Then place the Anchoring Stone on the earth.
Allow both of the stones to rest on the earth for one full day and night.
Then bury the Release Stone in the Earth. You are done with that now.
Take the Anchoring Stone and keep it by your bed, or in your pocket. Use it often in meditation, or simply sit and hold it, allowing your thoughts to connect in to these energies you wish to manifest in your life. Trust that change will happen. Be open to changes in your mood, your actions, your thoughts and feelings.
Honour impulses to create, to action, to start, to end, to do. You may notice radical positive change over the next few months. That’s okay. You invited it!
PS – This ritual will still work even if it is cloudy or raining and the moon is obscured. She will still be casting her energies over us. Can’t get outside? Stand or lie near a window for your burning ritual, and use a potplant to harbour your crystals and then to bury your release stone.