The full moon in ethereal Pisces coincides with the Harvest Moon. A full moon ritual can help you to release your grip on someone or something that’s been preventing you from creating space for what’s to come.
Pisces is the twelfth and final sign of the zodiac. It rules the dream realm, the subconscious mind and the transition from life into afterlife. At 3:02AM EST on September 6, 2017, the full moon in this compassionate water sign can illuminate deep feelings that we’ve stored in our psyches like grief, sadness and heartbreak. Often these are feelings we like to push away; they’re certainly not easy ones to feel! But the only way to get past grief is to go through grief. Instead of falling into Pisces’ shadow of denial, this full moon reminds us that the sooner we deal, the faster we’ll heal. And so we shall.
Ritual: An Altar to the Departed
Today, we will make an altar for departed friends and relatives. That includes people and pets who transitioned through death and those who have left our lives due to a conflict or a breakup. This altar can also be devoted to people we never had a chance to know or meet. For example, if you were part of a closed adoption or don’t know who your birth father is, you can use the altar to connect to the spirit of your biological parent, even if you never get to meet on this plane.
To make your altar, start with a beautiful cloth or use a tray if you want to move the altar around your home. If you have photos of the departed one, gather them up or make small prints to place on your altar. You could also place objects there, like a pair of pearl earrings from your grandmother, your engagement ring from your first marriage that’s been tucked in a drawer. Bring it all out into the open under the illuminating beams of the full moon.
Select a bowl or glass and fill it with water. This will represent the river of tears you are shedding—even if they won’t quite flow from your eyes or if you’re all cried out. Put in a small spoonful of sea salt or Epsom salt into the water, which is said to cut through any harsh or toxic energetic “cords” that might be lingering between you and the departed one. Even when we love people, we can still be furious at them for leaving us, after all. You can write a letter to your departed and tuck it under the water bowl—or even place the paper in the water as a symbolic emotional cleansing. If you are making an altar to an ex, no shame allowed! It’s okay to miss someone who mistreated you. That doesn’t mean you are inviting that person back into your life (please don’t), but rather you are honoring the lessons that you learned about yourself from the process of being connected. Even our frenemies are our teachers; sometimes the greatest ones we have!
Place other sacred objects onto the altar like flowers, stones or crystals. Black tourmaline is a great stone for absorbing energy we are ready to release. You could also use stones like amethyst or rose quartz, which symbolize love.
Spend a few minutes with your altar daily for the next seven days. Then, take the water to a neutral location— somewhere in nature, where the soil can hold the energy of your grief—and pour it into the ground. Scatter any dried petals there too. You may also dry out and burn the letter you wrote and scatter the ashes. Pay attention to what comes to you in your dreams during this week! You might even have a “visitation” from an ancestor or a healing dream that gives you closure on a painful situation.
- Give your crystals a full moon bath to clean their energy and recharge them with the light of this powerful lunation. Set them outside to bask in the moonlight for 24 hours.
- Have a divination party: Invite friends over to pull tarot or angel cards.
- Soak in a salt bath (Epsom or sea salts…or both) to clear your own energetic body of any toxins or psychic attachments.
- Get a reading by a professional practitioner. Note! Avoid the storefront psychic scammers here who often give fear-based predictions to upsell a “candle burning” and other services. An authentic practitioner will empower you, not try to create an unhealthy dependency through fear.
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