The Celtic full moon ritual is a very ancient ceremony that took place at night. You may already know that the Celts were quite animistic and did not conceive that the gods could have human forms. That is why they celebrated all kinds of natural phenomena that surrounded them.
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Our relationship with the Celts
Although the Celtic ritual of the full moon was not kept, we still have many links with them. In the north of Spain and Ireland there are still many traces of this great ancient culture. For it was in these places that the last remnants remained before they were completely decimated.
In Ireland, St. Patrick was responsible for their expulsion, and in Spain, they were diluted with the arrival of the Arabs, Catholicism and all the conflicts they suffered over the years from one invader or another.
Now we are going to look at a ritual that they performed every full moon cycle and which we have found particularly curious. We know about it thanks to archaeological sites and other known records.
Lunar energy and the spiritual laurel
It is common knowledge that the moon seems to exert a special attraction on us. Its cycles affect fertility, the sick, the tides or the harvests. We are also influenced by the Catholic Easter celebrations, as this religion adopted many customs from earlier ones.
Many cultures, such as the Celts, already knew and celebrated this energy that the moon brings us to renew ourselves. In addition, they gave laurel leaves protective and purifying properties. The laurel has a spiritual significance, as it is also a key element in the road-opening ritual.
On the other hand, this ritual was therefore a time of cleansing for the spirit. In which we had to leave behind the accumulated negative energies and renew ourselves. Connecting at the same time with our feminine side represented by the moon.
We invite you to follow the instructions to put this ritual into action and also benefit from Celtic wisdom. Shall we start? First make sure you get all the materials and ingredients you need to do it.
What you need to perform the Celtic Full Moon Ritual
Tuesday 14 June 2022 will be the next full moon. A perfect time to let go of accumulated negativity and welcome a new phase with pure energy.
You will need the following:
– Candles to symbolise the fire element (here the colour is indifferent).
– Laurel leaves. You will see that it has a powerful spiritual meaning.
– An indelible marker pen.
– Lighter or matches to light the candles.
– A plant (optional).
As the ritual is at night, we recommend two things. Either have a snack like dinner two or three hours before you perform the ritual, or go without dinner until you are finished.
This is because as this is a spiritual time you should not be satiated and should not have eaten recently. Many monks prefer to fast on meditation days or when they wake up and before breakfast. Because these are times when the body is cleaner and the mind is clearer and clearer.
That is why our recommendation is to perform the ritual at least two hours after your last meal or before your last meal. The atmosphere should be relaxed and your body should be calm, quiet and focused. Avoid interruptions or distractions of any kind. Dedicate yourself only to you at this time.
Steps to perform the full moon ritual
The first thing to do is to put on comfortable clothes. If you feel nervous, take a relaxing bath beforehand. When you are ready, light the candles and decide where you are going to sit. It is best if you are in front of a table, where you will place a candle, either on the couch or on a chair. Leave the rest of the materials on the table so that you have everything at hand.
You should read aloud the following:
“Tonight I will regenerate my energy, I cleanse myself of everything that makes me dirty in order to shine with my own inner light. I leave everything negative behind and open my mind again to deep clarity. I ask the divinity to make my inner reactivation possible and I thank the beloved Universe. Today I open myself to a new beginning”.
After saying this out loud have a few minutes of silence. You can read it again if you need to. Then look carefully at the flame, calmly, without saying anything and think about how strong your inner light is and the influence of the moon.
Take a bay leaf for each wish you want to make. Write those wishes or requests with the marker pen on the leaves. But things that you really want from your heart. It is very important that you give everything credibility, strength and energy.
Carefully bring the leaves close to the flame so that they burn. But only one at a time and slowly. As they burn, feel the healing power of the full moon and all its energy. Inwardly thank the moon goddess and her feminine power.
You will need to leave the candle burning so that it burns out completely during the night, so place it in a safe place. Pick up all the pieces of the leaves that are left over.
The next day, although you can do it the same night, plant the remains of the laurel in a pot. Next to a plant you have at home or a tree in the park. This way your wishes will be able to take root and flourish.
You must carry out the whole ritual with confidence, imagining that energy that it leaves you and all the new energy that the moon brings you. Imagine also that it is a cleaner energy that will renew you completely. And when you bury the ashes and remains of the laurel, give thanks.
All will be well if you firmly believe in what you do. The Celtic full moon ritual will help you feel better and you can repeat it in every lunar cycle. Or if you prefer, only when you need it. Remember that Celtic women were strong and capable, as well as great warriors. Now you will be a little closer to them.