Engaging in Full Moon and New Moon Circles with a tribe of women from month to month is extremely nurturing to our emotional and physical bodies as women. Here are five tips for creating your own moon circle.
1. Cleanse the Space
As physical beings, we bring our psychic and spiritual energy with us wherever we go. By cleansing ourselves before initiating the circle we allow ourselves to release anything we may be carrying, conscious or unconscious.
Smudging: Burning sage comes from a Native American tradition. When sage is burned, it pulls toxins from our physical and energetic bodies and as the ash falls to Mother Earth she composts and regenerates. Palo Santo is a wood from South America and similar to sage, clears energies from our aura. Sage supposedly has a masculine essence whereas Palo Santo has a feminine essence, therefore I prefer using Palo Santo in moon circles.
2. Calling in the Four Directions
Calling four directions is a tradition of shamanic healing. Spiritual energy is all around us in many forms and on many planes of consciousness. By calling in the four directions we invoke the guardians of energy and consciousness.
a. Face the east – To the winds of the east, great eagle condor, come to us from the place of the rising Sun, keep us under your wing, show us the mountains we only dare to dream of, teach us to fly wing to wing with the great Spirit
b. Face the south – To the winds of the south, the great serpent, wrap your coils of light around us, teach us to shed the past the way you shed your skin, to walk softly on the earth, teach us the beauty way
c. Face the west – To the winds of the west, mother jaguar, protect our medicine space, teach us the way of peace, to live impeccably, show us the way beyond death
d. Face the north – To the winds of the north, hummingbird, grandmothers, and grandfathers, ancient ones, come and warm your hands by our fires, whisper to us in the wind, we honor you who have come before us, and you who will come after us, our children’s children
e. Kneel on the Mother Earth – We’ve gathered for the healing of all your children, the stone people, the plant people, the four-legged, the two-legged, the creepy crawler, the finned, the furred, and the winged ones, all our relations
f. Face and Palms to the Sun – Father Sun, Grandmother Moon, to the Star Nations, Great Spirit, you who are known by a thousand names, And you who are the unnameable One, Thank you for bringing us together and allowing us to sing the Song of Life.
As human beings, we are gifted with the written word, language, and sonic sound. In our circles, we include singing, dancing, chanting, drumming, poetry and other forms of inspiration and creativity. I enjoy incorporating something that inspires and aligns with the astrological insights.
4. Setting Intentions or Releasing
The New Moon is a time of darkness and planting seeds and setting intentions for the month ahead. The Full Moon is a time of reviewing the seeding process, reviewing what might be blocking us, and releasing what no longer serves us. During our New Moon circles, we set an intention for what we want to create in the month ahead. During the Full Moon circles, we release into the fire what we no longer want or need in order to have more of what we desire.
5. Pulling Cards
I love to incorporate decks of cards into my circles. We pull Angel Cards and Goddess cards by Doreen Virtue and The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck to see what they have to offer to our intentions. Often times the cards we pull align and confirm the intentions we've set for our month.
Historically women who lived in close physical contact, emotional connection, and spiritual alignment would bleed together. When women collectively celebrate the phases of their cycle, the menstruation with the New Moon and ovulation in the Full Moon, they empower themselves, their lives and one another.
To learn more about mastering your menses visit, my blog on How to Master Your Menstrual Cycle. To join one of my circles, visit https://gwencoach.acuityscheduling.com/