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Full Moon Ritual

Full Moon Ritual

Tonight is the night of full moon, a time of beauty and magic. Ever since people began to notice the waxing and waning of that silver orb in the night sky, they honored its connection to women, with their monthly cycles. Full Moon Night is a favorite night for women to reconnect with their ancient birthright of mystery, remembering a time when women were sacred embodiments of a life-giving goddess.

This simple ritual is meant to be performed on the night of the full moon, but you can do it any time you need a reminder of your ancient nature (and men can do it, too). Read the ritual here:

If you like, you can prepare for this ritual by taking a special candlelit bath and dressing in clothing that feel especially beautiful to you.

1. Find a time when you will not be disturbed. Turn out the lights where you are. Notice the light entering the room from the moon, if it is visible. Take a moment to remember a time when the full moon made night travel easier, so people gathered on this night to celebrate community and to honor the great healing Mystery.

2. Stand or sit in front of a mirror. Can you see your face? Allow yourself to pause in your busy life as you gaze. Take a moment to listen to the sounds where you are. What do you hear? Now bring your conscious attention down from the place behind your eyes, down through your throat, down into your heart. Let your attention pause there. As you allow yourself to become aware of your heart, keep looking in the mirror. Allow your gaze to soften and become more loving. See yourself with the eyes of love. Ask yourself, “Who am I?”

3. Now bring your attention down from your heart to your solar plexus, your will center. See yourself with the eyes of courage and will. Ask yourself, “Who am I?”

4. Now bring your attention down into your belly, the place of gut-knowing. See yourself with the ancient eyes of the deep self. Ask yourself, “Who am I?”

5. Give some time to imagining the self you might have been in another time, in the mists of time, in the beginnings of time. Imagine the beauty and majesty of the full moon reflected in your eyes. See yourself with the eyes of the glorious, magical full moon. Ask yourself, “Who am I?”

6. Now gently bring your awareness back up through your solar plexus, back through your heart, back through your throat, back into the place behind your eyes. See yourself with new eyes. Say to yourself, “I am I.” Bring yourself gently back into ordinary reality with gratitude for what you have seen and learned.

Read more: Inspiration, Self-Help, Spirit

Inspired by Rituals and Practices with the Motherpeace Tarot, by Vicki Noble (Inner Traditions, 2003).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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10:05AM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

Very nice article, I'll have to have the ritual during the next full moon.

12:36AM PST on Mar 10, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:49AM PST on Dec 6, 2010

Thanks for the article!!!

6:59PM PDT on Aug 29, 2010

Thank you for this.

11:11PM PDT on Jul 20, 2010

Brittany G. - I am Wiccan, and I can tell you from experience that we own neither the moon nor the Goddess. More the other way around, actually. Both were worshiped long before Wicca came into existence. There is nothing specifically Wiccan in this ritual here, so there need be no claims of copyright.

But you make a very good point - Annie, it is good to remember that women ARE STILL sacred embodiments of a life-giving goddess. We never stopped being so.

2:34PM PDT on Jul 20, 2010

gives a lot to think about

2:29PM PDT on Jul 20, 2010

this article, on purpose or not, is definately inspired by wicca. i've always liked the beauty of the religon and its practices even though i am not wiccan, but i do believe you should give the religion its due credit when you post something like this and not just say "remembering a time when women were sacred embodiments of a life-giving goddess." that religion is still around!! its older than chrstianity but its still here! i wouldnt like it very much in my religion was forgotten and i dont believe you would either. so please recognize the source.

11:23AM PDT on Jul 20, 2010

I am a Cancer and know exactly what you are talking about. I will read your relevant documentation with interest. Thanks

6:59AM PDT on Jul 20, 2010

thanks for the post

9:30PM PDT on Jul 19, 2010


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