Astro Insights: Full Moon In Cancer & Full Moon Ritual For Letting Go

The moon has an undeniable effect on the earth. It changes the ocean's tides, affects the growth of plants, and even alters the behavior of animals. As natural conduits of earth’s energy, it’s no surprise that the moon also has a major effect on our bodies.

The moon is traditionally associated with the divine feminine as in many tribal societies the feminine cycles were linked to the phases of the moon. When we connect to the moon, it taps us into our innermost feminine energy, #girlpower. By connecting to her we can cultivate the power of the divine feminine, the nurturing, creative, compassionate, intuitive, healing and emotional aspects of our lives. 

Many indigenous cultures and spirit junkies (myself included), believe in following the cycles of the moon and harnessing the different energetic influences at each of it's phases (new moon, waxing moon, full moon, waning moon, and dark moon).

The New Moon marks the beginning of the lunar cycle and embodies an energy of new possibilities. This represents a time to set intentions for what you want to bring into your life.

The Waxing Moon symbolizes new growth, continued action, and new moon intentions materializing. 

The Full Moon is a time to release that which no longer serves you. A time to let go of negative thought patterns, limiting beliefs, and anything that may be holding you back. 

The Waning Moon carries a pulling or withdrawing effect.

The Dark Moon is a time for solitude, a time to go within. It marks a time to make space for magic and guidance. 

Taking advantage of these lunar energies can help to maximize and optimize our personal energy and creativity to let us vibe with the cosmos. 

The full moon in Cancer lights up the sky Sunday night, January 4th with heightened emotions and intensified energies. This full moon marks the midway point of our current lunar cycle which began with the very powerful solstice new moon in Capricorn on December 21st. This surge of energy enables you to take action, release that which no longer serves you and remove any negative thought patterns or limiting beliefs you want to be free of. This is an ample opportunity for gaining clarity on that which we need to let go of and for detaching from our past. This means major liberation and 'aha’ moments ladies and gentlemen! 

Attune to the rhythmic energies of the moon and invoke this release with a Full Moon ritual.

What You Need:
Paper & pen
Matches to light said candle 
Calm and safe space to sit without distractions 

On the night of the full moon, write on the piece of paper what you wish to let go of and release from your life; words, feelings, write out whatever it is that is holding you back and you want to release. Close your eyes and begin to clear your energy by taking a few slow, conscious deep breathes in through the nose and out through the mouth. Once you feel as though you’re energy has been cleared, open your eyes and read your list to yourself out loud. When you have finished reading your list, sign and date the page. Once you’ve dated the page, light your candle. Take a deep breath in and sigh it out through the mouth. Begin to visualize everything you’ve written on your list, everything that no longer serves you, slowly being consume by the flame, being released from your life. Visualize the smoke taking your intentions to the Universe (or you can totally light that shit on fire for real but visualizing it is just as powerful). Repeat the following manta as you do:

Free from my past I now let go of all that which no longer serves me. 
Free from my past I accept the new. I trust that I will be guided. 
Free from my past I live in the now. I know that I am being guided. 

Breathe in deep, sit in silence for a moment as your candle burns welcoming the new. If you feel inclined, you can tear up the paper. Use your intuition to guide you. Once you feel ready, blow out your candle and repeat the mantra:

Free from my past I now let go of all that which no longer serves me. 
Free from my past I accept the new. I trust that I will be guided. 
Free from my past I live in the now. I know that I am being guided. 
All is well.

Use and repeat this mantra whenever you need to release something from your life. 

To make this ritual eco-friendly, when you are done, please recycle your paper. 

Ps. Share this article with your tribe and invite your soul sisters over on the next Full Moon and host your very own goddess circle. Let us know how it goes by leaving us a comment below! 

Full moon blessings, XO
Erika & Jess