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Sacred Ritual for the Full Moon in Aquarius

Posted by Sharron Basanti on

The night’s sky will be lit up by the Full Moon in Aquarius on July 27th at 1:21 pm (PST). Here in the Similkameen Valley, the skies have been hazy due to the wildfires burning nearby in the tinder dry woodlands. The Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse will add intensity to the Aquarius Full Moon and give the Moon an orange appearance. The haze from the wildfires will deepen the orange hue of the Full Moon.

The energy of the Full Moon illuminates your current emotional state, so if you are grounded and centered then that will be magnified, but if you are feeling chaotic then that energy becomes exaggerated. Typically, the energy of the Full Moon can be felt 2 to 3 days before and after the Full Moon.

I am not an astrology expert, but I like to dabble here and there, especially regarding the lunar cycle. Have you noticed that the New Moons are in sync with the sun sign, but Full Moons are always in the opposite astrological sign. For example, the sun is currently in Leo, so the Full Moon on July 27th will be in Aquarius.

The Full Moon in Aquarius is connected to awakening your mind, wanting to contribute to the collective consciousness, feeling altruistic, and releasing false perceptions to create space for truths to rise. The Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse will be the longest one in the century. . .lasting approximately 4 hours. Use the potency of the Lunar Eclipse for deep healing by creating change in your life that awakens your soul and sends ripples out into the Universe. Aquarius is also a visionary sign, so don’t be reluctant to collaborate with an ally to create the social change you want to see in the world.

FYI - Mercury is in retrograde between July 26th & August 19th and that will assist you in breaking through perceptions that have become part of your belief system that no longer serve you. Mercury retrograde is a blessing in disguise. . . it isn’t just about misunderstandings, delays and mechanical issues.

The Ritual

For the ritual, I am drawn to honouring the Element of Air, which rules the astrological sign of Aquarius. Air is connected to the Swords Suit in the Tarot, thus presides over the mind. Air is associated with all that swirls inside your mind: ideas, thoughts, anxiety . . . and how you express yourself.

You can do your ritual a day before, on the day, or a day after the Full Moon, as the energy is still potent. You are welcome to use my ritual or adopt parts to help you create your personalized one. Please know that you don’t need to do a ritual for each Full Moon, only connect to the ones that you feel drawn to. Your ritual doesn’t need to be complicated. Can be simple as lighting a candle.

As with any ritual, create sacred space for yourself to connect with your Higher-SELF. Depending on your Full Moon traditions, you may want to light a candle, call in the elements, directions + guides, make a circle, ring a bell, etc. . . I personally don’t adhere to any rules or guidelines of how to create sacred space. I follow what rises up for me in my heart space, as the energy of each Full Moon is unique, and I want my ritual to reflect where I am vibrationally.

I’ve dusted off a metal tray that I am using to create a portable altar, as I want to be able to move my altar outdoors and bring it inside when the weather turns. The altar will honour the Element of Air, which moves blood through your veins . . . lets you release your day with a simple sigh. . .gives you the gift of smell. . . without air, you and I would cease to exist.

What medicine does Air bring to your life? Air brings the powerful medicines of invisibility, intellect, clarity, insights, swiftness, movement, awakening, and is unstoppable. The shadow medicines of air include stress, worries, confusion, elusiveness, trickery, unpredictable, and that feeling of being caught up in a whirlwind. 

Creating an altar dedicated to Air isn’t as easy as making one for Earth, as the element doesn’t manifest into the material world as would a crystal to represent Earth. Birds and insects are the only creatures to master the art of soaring, thus are allies of the element. The secret to creating an altar for Air is to be creative and reflect on how the Element of Air interacts and manifests in your life.

I’ve been gathering feathers from my backyard for the last year and will be adding the ones that hold significance to my altar. You don’t have to collect feathers from nature. I will also be adding store bought peacock feathers to honour my ancestors.

Air is one of the mediums through which sounds moves with ease. To celebrate the alliance, I will be incorporating my singing bowls and rattle to the altar. Another kindred ally of Air is sacred smoke. Without Air, Fire would not be able to kindle. Incense and resin are a must for the altar.

Tarot is the portal which awakened my third eye and my sun is also in Libra, an Air sign, so I’ll be adding the Swords Suit to my altar. Swords represents Air, so adding an athame or knife to your altar is extremely symbolic. You can also add symbols that represent each of the three Air signs: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. I hope that sharing some symbols associated with Air has sparked your creativity and will make creating an altar feel innate.

According to Vedic Astrology, the Lunar Eclipse falls near the Nakshatra (lunar mansion) Abhijit, which means “victorious” and will also be located in the part of Capricorn known as Shravana, the star of learning. Use this alignment of the moon and stars to release old patterns & habits that don’t serve you and empower yourself through education by listening to wisdom passed down through the ages.

In India, the July 27th Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse also marks the widely celebrated holiday of Guru Purnima, which honours those who impart wisdom and sacred teachings to others. Over the last couple of months, I’ve felt a calling to connect with the medicine of Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of sound, knowledge, wisdom, nature, and the arts. I will be honouring her on my altar, as she is a teacher and is intrinsically connected with the Element of Air for me. I recommend reflecting on what Goddess or God connected to the Element of Air your ancestors would have celebrated and honoured.

To delve deep into the questions that the Full Moon in Aquarius conjures up, you may want to lay Tarot or Oracle cards. You can use the Aquarius Full Moon Spread and explore the themes further. Please tag me in your spread on Instagram, as I’d love to know how you connected to the spread! You can include #mooninsights in your post to connect with others in the community.

Namaste,
Sharron

 

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