Anger is an emotion we often don’t give ourselves permission to feel as women.
Yet, suppressing anger within our emotional systems can often end up harming us when that unexpressed energy lodges in the body. Instead we can choose to channel our anger it into constructive action.
With this full Moon in Gemini square Mars (also known as the Beaver Moon), you may notice simmering anger coming to the surface. Repressed anger can manifest physically as pain in your body, accidents, aggressive reactions towards others, or as conflict in your home.
By courageously facing what is making you feel threatened, you create the space to look at situations with truth and perspective.
In this Full Moon Ceremony, we’ll be listening deeply to the messages of our suppressed anger and transmuting them for greater power, healing, and clarity.
FULL MOON IN GEMINI CEREMONY
Part 1: Activating your Voice
Our throat chakra is where we speak our truth from, and is also the chakra for many women which has experienced major blockages through patriarchy, oppression, and karmic seeds. You may have experienced lifetimes where speaking your truth had you abused, punished or even killed (think the European witch trials). Opening this chakra requires you to also open up to expressing the power of your righteous anger.
- Start with gentle sounds like OM, mantras or simple sound.
- Allow your throat to warm up and bring your voice to a louder expression.
- Take your voice to a comfortable but loud tone, and express the word “YES!” as enthusiastically as possible.
- Continue saying YES! at least 10 times.
- Now shift to yelling the word NO! at least 10 times.
- Feel any emotion that comes up…..suppressed emotion around a failed relationship, frustration, disagreements or anything else that surfaces.
- If it feels right, allow yourself to get primal and express your growls, yowls, and animal yells. Feel the ferocity in your voice to express your truth.
Part 2: Honouring the Anger to Release it
Our anger is also trying to bring attention to something we haven’t listened to, whether that’s boundaries, our intuition, or an issue we haven’t wanted to face.
Now that you have opened up your throat to express yourself, you’ll want to explore the messages your anger has for you.
Gather a piece of paper/pen/sacred objects. Set up sacred, serene and private space with your sacred objects. Maybe light a few candles.
On your paper, answer the following questions:
- I have suppressed my anger towards (insert name/issue/experience)….write down as much as you can.
- I honour my anger for bringing attention to the fact that….(write down insights of what the anger is wanting you to listen to) i.e. I need to create more space for personal self-care, I need to honour my boundaries in personal relationships, I need to allow myself to really feel the violation of …
- I now release the energy and emotion of anger to allow for….(write down the feelings + experiences anger has created space for) i.e., feelings of peace towards my father, feelings of love and trust towards myself and in really listening to what my intuition tells me
Afterwards, read aloud your answers. You’ll want to then burn the paper in a flame (and in a safe fire-proof vessel).
If you enjoyed this ritual, stay tuned for more heart based resources in the Embracing Shakti Temple launching in early 2019. Details soon.
Happy Full Moon in Aries! Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, it is forceful, direct, focused, yet fiery. It is the sign of independence and the youthful part of us that sets out on a quest or an adventure in order to expand beyond our known world.
Full Moon in Aries is usually one of the more intense full moons of the year and as it is in September, it is also a Harvest moon. Amplified by the recent Equinox, this Harvest Full Moon asks us to release the cycles and patterns of old, and using the fire of Aries, burn away the wounds, traumas, and pain we still carry, and transmute them into fuel for our evolution. We can use the challenges in our life as a force for healing rather than emotional upheaval.
In this ceremony, you’ll be honouring and using the experience of the past to encourage the birth of new narratives and possibilities.
FULL MOON IN ARIES CEREMONY
On a piece of paper, complete the following sentences:
I honour the pain of (old outdated beliefs, i.e., not feeling worthy to receive love, etc) _____________ and use it to fuel my new belief that I AM _____________.
I honour the feelings of anger about (i.e., my parents for not supporting me, etc) _____________ and use it to fuel my new belief that I FORGIVE MYSELF to _____________.
I sacrifice my old beliefs of (i.e., feeling small, insignificant, etc) _____________ and use this to fuel my new desires for (i.e., a new fulfilling job, etc) _____________.
I release the feelings of (i.e., unworthiness, scarcity, judgment, etc) and I now believe that I (i.e., am worthy of my desires) _____________.
Add any additional sentiments about what you are ready to sacrifice for your healing.
Read your statements aloud, and burn this piece of paper. Bury the ashes outside under the light of this full moon
love & pranams,
PS. Interested in some other attributes of this Harvest Moon? I love this list from http://www.goddessrising.org/moon-blog/. You may even want to integrate some of these attributes in your ceremony.
Harvest Moon Attributes
- Astrology: Artist’s Moon / Harvest Moon, closest full moon to autumnal equinox (northern hemisphere)
- Tarot: Strength
- Herbs: Copal, Fennel, Wheat, Valerian
- Colors: Brown, Yellow-Green, Yellow
- Stones: Citrine, Peridot, Tiger’s Eye, Olivine, Amethyst
- Animals: Snake, Jackal, Sparrow
- Goddesses: Ceres, Isis, Freya
- Medicine: Rest after labour, Mabon, Autumn Equinox, Balance of light & dark, Organize, Clean out Mental/Physical/Emotional/Spiritual Clutter
I feel my emotions and my pain. I reawaken my passion. I surrender to this moment.
Have you ever thought of what it would be like to be a tree root in the ground? Or a lotus leaf? These things in life have completely surrendered to the moments life brings to them, yet at the same time have such passion and energy that they never stop trying.
A root, so strong and searching, always under foot yet always groping and providing the sustenance for the tree to grow strong and proud.
A lotus leaf, passionately in bloom with such delicacy and intimacy that can hardly be expressed in words, yet emotional and painful remembering the relatively short time spent before returning back into the earth.
What beautiful surrender. Today I will try to surrender.
“Whatever you lost through fate, be certain that it saved you from pain.” ~ Mevlana Rumi
Memories are hard sometimes, but feel strength knowing that there could be no better path for you, than the path you are on right now.
In this study from the Globe & Mail, people who use handheld devices reported pain in their hands, arms, upper back and neck. The more they used their devices the greater the pain. And with more than 2.19 trillion texts being sent each year in the US alone, there is a lot of potential for achy necks. (more…)