Cindie Chavez – ©2018
This year in the Northern Hemisphere the Winter Solstice falls on December 21, 2018 and coincides with a full moon, AND a meteor shower! That’s exciting stuff if you observe these heavenly occurrences with a deep sense of wonder and passion like I do.
Aligning my daily activities with the moon phases created more order in my life as well as an increase in magical experiences, meaningful coincidences (aka synchronicity), peace, harmony, and creative inspiration. So, in the spirit of self-growth, and celebration, I thought I’d share a few simple ways that you can use these moments to create more order, peace, harmony, and magic in your life, too.
My personal full moon alignment practices revolve around three things: Celebration, Forgiveness, Gratitude.
Celebration is a basic human need and full moons mark a golden time for celebrations. And although I’m not one to throw a lot of parties, I do like to mark time with celebratory moments. This particular full moon coinciding with the Geminid meteor shower seems ideal for celebration, as if the heavens were putting on a fireworks display.
Celebrating accomplishments, both big and small, is an act of self-love.
A couple of my besties are experts at pulling together celebrations of the big bash variety. They revel in planning every detail of the most amazing parties. If this isn’t your thing, don’t worry. Your celebration doesn’t have to be expensive, take a lot of time or even include anyone else. However, if throwing a huge shindig is your thing the full moon is a very auspicious time to host such a soiree.
(Note to self: next year I intend to throw at least one party – on the full moon – complete with fancy cocktails in crystal glasses, canapes, high heels and a velvet dress. I admit that partly this is an excuse to buy another tiara.)
For those who are less inclined to host a big blowout – a few ways to celebrate that don’t include engraved invitations and breaking the bank:
- Turn up the music and do a happy dance
- Paint your nails a sparkly color
- Buy yourself a single flower – or a giant bouquet
- Have a bubble bath
- Go ahead and get the whipped cream on your latte
- Have a hot cocoa with extra marshmallows
- Light some candles
- Wear your best lipstick and perfume (even if it’s just to do the laundry)
- BUY A TIARA
- Call a friend just to say, “I did this thing, I’m feeling happy, and I wanted to share a moment of celebration with you.”
Get creative. It’s the spirit of celebration that we’re going for here. Let it be easy.
Next up: Healing and forgiveness, especially self-forgiveness. Full moons are powerful for healing and forgiveness because their illuminating aspect allows what is hidden to come to light.
My favorite mantra at the full moon is “I forgive everyone for everything.” Try repeating that in your mind as you fall asleep on the night of the full moon. You’ll feel lighter and lighter. No need to hang on to grudges and unforgiveness, they’re a heavy weight to carry and will only weigh you down. Forgiveness is an act of self-love.
Full moons are a also wonderful time for a formal gratitude ritual. I say “formal” because I like to go a step further than just the mental exercise of “thinking of a few things I feel grateful for” – not that this isn’t a good thing, my goal is to be in a continual process of thinking those grateful thoughts – but on the full moon I like to create a ritual by taking out my beautiful fountain pen and my magical diary and writing down the things that I feel grateful for, as many as possible. Often I’ll light a candle and some incense to mark this time as sacred and special.
Besides, at this time of the Winter Solstice, candlelight is a tradition – marking the longest darkest night, which heralds the return of longer days and more light.
These simple acts become rituals when they are infused with our intention.
As you enjoy this full moon Winter Solstice my wish for you is that you’ll forgive yourself and others, that you will feel a deep sense of gratitude for the multitude of good things in your life, and most of all that you will celebrate like the heavens are throwing a party just for you.
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Cindie Chavez is known as “The Love & Magic Coach”. She is the creator of MOONTREAT™ – and she has some great free stuff for you at her website: www.cindiechavez.com
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