“I’ll be your harvester of light
and send it out tonight
so we can start again.”
The moon in her fullness, as we have drawn to the end of this year, invites the complete shedding, releasing and offering up of all that we have left within us that is unfinished, unsaid, hurtful, unforgiven. It is our final curtain call, light shining brightly on us, and in this light we are exposed in all of our beautiful honesty. We began 2015 with a New Moon, and it feels especially sacred to be ending it (nearly) with a Full Moon. We began this year by invoking in, like a lion, a brave new path. Dark and unknown, but full of excitement and promise and full blown roaring commitment to leaning in to the big changes. Now, tonight in her shining splendor, the Moon, like glistening full pool, reflects back all of our experiences these past 12 months. Take a moment and soak that in. The power of this particular Full Moon holds all of the years’ intentions and experiences. It reflects back to you all of the prayers, the rituals sent out into the Universe. It holds the light of each candle lit in ceremony from every country in every faith. Its seen babies born, heark elk bugeling in the mountains as it was eclipsed by the sun in October.
Take a quiet moment with your journal or BOS and simply reflect back on your year, your intentions, the things you have called in, and the things that the Universe has brought to you that perhaps your spirit planted seeds for years ago!
If you have done any binding rituals (and you feel it is safe to release them), gather them, along with a chalice or bowl/glass of milk, if you kept a “happy events” jar or something similar, and a burning bowl with charcoal brick, lighter.
Under the early dawn hours between December 24th night and December 25th day, or on the night of December 25, gather your items.
Alone (or with like minded friends) sit beneath the moonlight. Cast a sacred circle, say a prayer, sage your space or however you traditionally prepare for ritual work. Being the last Full Moon of the year, and so close to a Sabbat (Yule) it could be considered traditional to perform the ritual “sky clad” but that is ONLY if you are comfortable and have a private location.
- Light you Burning Bowl. Using a charcoal briquette or any other method, but create a safe, burning container.
- gather, cut up and release into the fire any bindings you may have done during the year. Trust that the Universe will take it from here and your work has been done with light and love and now you release it. Burn the binds.
- If you have written “happiness moments” or even written intentions from throughout the year, toss them into the fire and watch them burn. The only true power is in presence. Let this past year be past. Offer thanks and blessings for the happiness you have experienced and the intentions you germinated, but now let them go. Allow clean, new space for all new experiences. The turning of the wheel of life.
Lastly, say silently or to yourself the following incantation, as you pour the milk onto the Earth; a very old and sacred prayer for the Winter Full Moon:
I pour out milk to the Queen of Heaven,
the Mother of Wonders, shining tonight.
The pool that it forms mirrors you there
as you look down on me.
Accept this milk as a thank-you for all that you give so freely.
Since this Full Moon is in Cancer, it is loaded with intense emotion. As you release all, both happy and sad, from the past year, release from your heart without inhibition. Let the feelings in (and out). As a gesture of giving from the heart, give freely. Give without notice, without posting any story about it…just give. Just as the Moon is overflowing in her fullness now, she gives us an abundance of light and energy. Do the same. Share your light. Share your energy. Love each other well and without abandon. The more light we shine, the more capacity we have to hold darkness, and in darkness there is infinite possibility for new creation.