It’s been known for centuries that the moon affects us and nature. In terms of gardening, new moons are great for planting seeds and expanding. The waxing moon for growth and gaining. Leading to the full moon when the gravitational pull is highest and moisture is being pulled down, for doing root work. Followed by the waning moon, which is ideal for harvesting and pruning.
“Moon phase gardening is an idea as old as agriculture, popular in folklore and superstition, but there are scientific ideas to back it up. The Earth is in a large gravitational field, influenced by both the sun and moon. […] Just as the moon pulls the tides in the oceans, it also pulls upon the subtle bodies of water, causing moisture to rise in the earth, which encourages growth.”
Knowing the rhythms of nature adds to the power of our intentions. If you haven’t taken the time to write down what you’re ready to let go of before, now is a great time. When doing any self-evaluation, it’s important to be real. This is only seen by you, done for you, and intended to benefit all areas of your life. So dish it out and examine the ugly – flaws, judgments, any love/relationships that do not align, self-sabotaging ways. The purpose of this is to call self-limiting beliefs out of the shadows, giving it no place to hide. You are your greatest supporter, so connect deeply and put in the effort to evolve past what doesn’t serve you.
I came across an astrologer named Danielle Ayoka a few years ago and am so grateful I did. I have always been passionate about incorporating nature into my rituals, but she strongly recommended burning the list of all you’re letting go and I have found this to be a powerful addition to my practice.
Doing Your Full Moon Ritual
You can write whatever you like on your paper, but it can also be helpful to include themes of Libra. With the glyph of scales, Libra is the sign of balance. The light and dark – what we are battling internally that is reflecting/projecting outwards. A key aspect of writing what no longer serves us is making it abundantly clear that this is releasing.
Even if that means every sentence starts with “I release” or “I let go.”
Then, we further seal this intention by burning it.
Even if spirituality is not your thing, taking stock of areas in life that have gone stagnant is still beneficial. We evolve when we get uncomfortable. On a purely psychological level, self-evaluation is about committing to our expansion and doing the inner work to become a better version of ourselves.