Nowadays, the modern woman is getting more in touch with her spiritual side, and doing it with style. We are successfully revamping a few ancient traditions, keeping the values, and the magic, but bringing it into the 21st century. One of the ways we can easily incorporate a little modern magic into our lives is to host our own moon gathering! This is a lovely way to honor the moon, that we as women are so connected to naturally, and have some fun with your girls as well. Also, experience has shown me that when wild women come together, we make miracles happen. So today I'll share with you a few ways to create your own moon gathering that's beautiful, chic, and deeply spiritual, for you and your closest friends.
Step 1: The when and the where
First things first, we have to decide when do we want to have our moon gathering. Its common and I think the most beautiful to have your "Goddess Gathering," on the night of a full moon. If you have a super moon, or lunar eclipse coming up that would be even better. The moon's energy is intensified during this time, making it easier to get your intent up to God's ear. There are many apps that can tell you the next full or super moon, but you can also just google the next full, or super moon in your part of the world.
Now that we know when to plan our party, let's talk about where we should have it. I love having my moon gatherings outside at the beach! It's my all time favorite place to gather because I am drawn to the water. Also, if you've never seen the moon on the beach at night, you need to stop what you're doing and go there asap, lol. But seriously, it's very beautiful to host your moon party outside by the water, or even in your backyard, in an open space, or under a huge tree is magical. Not into the outdoors? It's just as wonderful to host your full moon gathering inside, just make sure you have a view of the moon to do your magic under. It's also nice inside if it's raining, which tends to happen a lot on the night of the full moon.
Step 2: Setting the atmosphere
We have our space, now its time to call in the spirit of the moon goddess. Choose the goddess of your beliefs. If you don't know yet, there are a myriad of different moon goddesses to choose from, I'll list a few common goddesses and their associations at the bottom, you find the one your spirit closely associates and connects with. Then, use her colors and the things she likes to call upon her to bless your gathering. I will use my moon Goddess, the Orisha Yemoja in this example. Her colors are blue, white, and silver, which are popular moon colors anyway.
Now, this is the fun part! Where we lay down beautiful bright and bold blue cloths on our gathering table. Hanging wispy, floor-length, white curtains and scarves from the windows or trees. We place silver cutlery and candle holders and even silver glitter and sequins on our tables. Adding in white candles, and glass bowls of water to be charged by the moon. Also, throw some pretty crystals like moonstone, rose quartz and clear quartz in a bowl, Burning sage, palo santo, or the incense choice of your goddess in corners of the room. Lastly, add some pretty lights to fully set the intent and atmosphere.
Whether gathering inside or out make it beautiful, and magical by using these suggestions. Doing it outside? If you don't have a table, spread out a beautiful blanket, push candles in the sand or dirt, tell everyone to wear white, (or black) make a crystal circle and light up the night! Not even realizing it, we've successfully incorporated the elements into our goddess circle. As for the charged moon water, it will be very cute and special to send the sisters home with a little bottle of moon water, silver glitter, and a small crystal to remember the night and to remind them to call on their moon goddess in times of turmoil.
Step 3 Alcohol and edibles
No, I'm not talking ganja lol, though, if your a smoker, definitely add it in to increase the positive and meditative vibes. But, I'm speaking of actual food or appetizers. There are a few ways to do this, depending on your style and location. If you are hosting your moon gathering at home, you can make it a potluck style and have everyone bring a dish. Or, create a feast yourself, or just do appetizers. It'll be fun to do something themed like homemade mini moon pies, or cookies, and this will be easy to bring with you outdoors.
Also, what's a party without wine!? After the ritual, I think its fun and traditional to break out the cake and wine or alcohol. It'll be really cool and loved by your friends to make a signature "moon" drink or punch to share and enjoy. Check out this super cool post over at jojotastic.com for a Full Moon martini, https://jojotastic.com/2016/08/18/recipe-full-moon-martini/. Adding in the food and wine will definitely turn your circle of friends into full moon goddesses.
Step 4: The ritual
Let's get down to the nitty-gritty of the night. Start this marvelous time out by having your guests sit in meditation, preferably in a circle, under or in view of the moonlight. You can play soft music here, as you guide your guests in a brief meditation. This doesn't have to belong at all, I'm talking 5 minutes. Just long enough to calm the chatter, center our minds and focus our intent. Ask your guests to think about why there here, what they need or want out of life, and what they wish to ask the moon goddess for tonight.
Next, hand your guest a small piece of parchment paper and a pen. Have them write in all caps at the top of their paper one word they wish to receive, like PEACE, GROWTH, ABUNDANCE, or HEALING. Then under that word write a sentence saying more specifically where they want this word applied in their life. Last, sign their name underneath. The paper should be the size of a sticky note or smaller. Have them fold the paper one time towards them. Then there are 2 ways you can proceed:
Add a fire bowl to the table, which can be any fireproof container. Have your guests add their petitions to the bowl and burn down. Once burned, blow ashes into the wind. Ending the ritual by saying, " let the wind take are ashes to the heavens, and the ears of spirit, and rain down abundance, healing, peace, happiness, and love. Ase
Or, Provide cute little cups of dirt, and fast-growing seeds of your choice like, morning glory, basil, peas, lettuce, or sweet william. Add your petition into the dirt, and plant seeds on top. End the ritual saying, "as our plant grows, so will our manifestations be realized. "
Step 5: Thanks and cakes
It's very important to say thank you and express your gratitude to the spirits and the moon. You can do this any way you please, but I like to hold hands, look up at the moon and simply say, "So it is thank you." And with that, your ritual is complete!
Next have fun, eat, drink and draw on the goddess energy the moon brings. Enjoy your night, and send your guests home with their full moon water, or newly planted petitions. This will surely be something your friends' treasure as precious memories, especially as their wishes are fulfilled! I hope you have fun as you try this new take on an ancient moon gathering. Share your stories below, and be blessed. Ase
- Honeysuckle of Silfren Circle
Hi, my name is Carshena aka honeysuckle soul and I'm a certified master herbalist, mother, practicing Aje iyami, (an African term meaning divine mother witch), and a writer at heart. I grew up in Virginia, where my southern country roots grew strong, and so did my love for gardening. Tho I had to run the streets first lol, when I came home i embraced the traditions I grew up with, as well as establishing a few of my own. I made this blog for girls like me who blend ancestry magic with the modern world, and for those who want to know how. So subscribe, have some tea, pull up a chair and stay for awhile.