Mystical 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. And on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at 7:56AM EST, the full moon in this compassionate sign could illuminate unprocessed feelings we’ve stored deep in our psyches.
All too often, difficult feelings like grief, sadness and heartbreak are pushed away—and they’re certainly not easy emotions to experience for anyone! But the only way to get past grief is to go through it. Instead of falling into Pisces’ shadow of denial, the full Sturgeon Moon reminds us that the sooner we deal, the faster we’ll heal. You can harness the transformative powers of these empathic moonbeams with an alchemical full moon ritual.
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.
Next, 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 also write a letter and tuck it under the water bowl—or even place the paper in the water as a symbolic emotional cleansing.
Note: If you’re making an altar to an ex, no shame allowed! It’s okay to miss someone who mistreated you. That doesn’t mean you’re 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 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) to clear any toxins or psychic attachment.
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