The October full moon is a good time to look back over the last twelve months and decide what you do not want to carry forward into the coming year. I created a couple journal pages for this full moon to help you release the thoughts, emotions and experiences from the year that you are ready to let go.
My witchy self likes to take things slow. The transition to a new year does not happen in a day. For me, it stretches from Samhain (pronounced sow’wen) at the end of October and beginning to November to the secular New Year on January 1st. What I love about stretching the new year transition out like this is it gives me so much time to reflect. I get three – four months to move from brushing out the energy of the past year to planting seeds of intention for the new year.
I take my intentions seriously. They deserve thoughtful, considered attention and I can’t do that if I rush or force myself to figure things out quickly. I need time to look back, sort out my feelings, evaluate my results, consider where my priorities have changed, look into my heart and allow answers to surface from deep inside my soul. All of this takes time.
I start looking back over my past year in October. I think about the goals and intentions I set and I consider what actually transpired and how it affected me. I think about what was important to me last year and I allow myself to evaluate whether or not I am happy with the outcomes I experienced.
As I look back over the last year, there are definitely some things I want to experience differently. Last year, I cast a couple new year spells in a determined but impatient energy. The mood I was in when I cast the spell affected my results. At the time, I was feeling sick and tired of dealing with a couple recurring issues in my life. I was determined to overcome them. Determination in itself would not have been a terrible thing but I threw impatience and frustration into the mix. I should not have done that.
I should have been more aware of how I was feeling. I should have sorted out my feelings of impatience and frustration. I should have explored the deeper reasons why I was feeling intolerant of my circumstances. Had I sorted my feelings out, I could have come from an emotionally clear space. I would then have planted my seeds of intention in the softer, stronger energy of self-confidence. But I didn’t do that so all year I carried this frantic energy around my goals and intentions. It wasn’t peaceful. I was constantly moving towards my goals with a willful, single-minded and inflexible state of mind.
I much prefer the gentle energy of an open heart and mind that trusts she is supported by the great big Love that created the Universe and everything in it. This great big Love knows the songs that play deep in my heart and it is always listening to the unique melodies my soul sends out across time and space as it dreams of the world I want to create. I don’t have to will things into being. I don’t have to struggle and fight and hold on with all my might. I can let go of my dreams and send them out into the void then relax and trust.
I will be casting my new year spell in much different energy this time around but before I’m ready to do that I want to release all that frantic, willful energy from last year. This October, I will be using the magic of the full moon to release my feelings of impatience and aggravation. I will ask the earth to absorb my unwanted energy and transform it deep within her molten womb. I will imagine the transformed energy rising up and out from the center of the earth as it nourishes the soil where eventually I will plant new, kinder intentions.
I created a journal page to use during this full moon release.
Please note: The hand-drawn pictures on these two particular journal pages show images of a cemetery which may be emotionally triggering for some.
If you are not on my email list and haven’t received these two journal pages, visit my homepage and sign up. You’ll receive a link where you can download this month’s journal pages. Print the pages then follow the instructions below.
If you enjoy these full moon journal pages, then you may also enjoy the free online Creative Moon Circles that accompany these pages. You can learn more about those here.
If moon rituals are familiar to you, prepare your sacred space and invite Spirit to join you in whatever way works best for you.
If, however, you are new to moon rituals, I’ve included a quick guide to the steps I follow to prepare for my moon rituals in a past blog post. Take a look at it before moving forward.
Print out the two journal pages and choose a marker or pencil crayon that represents letting go or releasing.
The hand-drawn journal pages feature a scene in a cemetery with many blank tombstones. Imagine that each tombstone represents a hole you dug to bury a belief, thought, memory, feeling or experience that you do not want to carry into the new year. Tombstones usually hold a name and a description or epitaph. On each tombstone, name what you are releasing and underneath the name write a short epitaph to describe why you are releasing that belief, thought, memory, feeling or experience.
Here is an example;
released October 2019
I thank you for your lessons
but I’m now in search of gentler blessings
When you have written on each tombstone, take a moment to perform a cleanse or burn the pages if that feels right for you then write your initial thoughts about the new intentions you want to cast this upcoming year. Think of this initial reflection as your first draft. You have from now until whenever you celebrate the new year to edit and refine your intentions.
If you end up completing this spiritual art ritual, I’d love to see what you created. You can even post the finished piece on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #danasartrituals or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and share with me how it went for you.