Creating a dark moon ritual for women who are no longer bleeding can be a powerful and personal way to honour this phase of life.
The dark moon is associated with introspection, release, and the beginning of a new cycle. Here's a suggested ritual, but feel free to adapt it to suit your personal beliefs and preferences:
Setting the Scene ~ Dark Moon Ritual
Choose a Quiet Space:
Find a quiet and comfortable space where you won't be disturbed. This could be indoors or outdoors, depending on your preference.
Create an Altar:
Set up a small altar with items that hold personal significance for you. This could include candles, crystals, symbols of femininity, and anything else that resonates with you.
Dim the Lights:
Use dim lighting or candles to create a serene and calming atmosphere.
Opening the Ritual
Sit comfortably and take a few deep breaths to centre yourself. Close your eyes and focus on the present moment.
Call upon any goddesses or feminine energies that resonate with you. You can use a simple invocation or create your own words.
Example: "Goddesses of the dark moon, I invite your presence into this sacred space. Guide me through this ritual of release and renewal."
Take some time to reflect on the experiences, wisdom, and lessons that have come with each phase of your life, especially during menstruation. Consider how you've grown and what you've learned.
Write down any burdens, regrets, or old patterns you wish to release on small pieces of paper. Place them in a bowl or cauldron. As you do this, visualise letting go of these energies.
Draw a warm bath and add herbs or essential oils known for their cleansing properties. As you soak, imagine the water washing away any residual energy you're ready to release.
Closing the Ritual
Safely burn the pieces of paper with your written burdens. As they burn, visualise the release of these energies into the universe.
Express gratitude for the experiences that have shaped you. Acknowledge and appreciate the different phases of your life.
Thank the goddesses or energies you invoked at the beginning of the ritual. Express your intention to move forward with renewed energy and purpose.
Remember, this ritual is a personal and symbolic practice. Feel free to modify it to align with your beliefs and preferences. Listen to your intuition and allow the process to be guided by your own inner wisdom. After the ritual, take some time for self-care and reflection, and perhaps journal about your experiences and insights.
Blessings ~ Julia xxx