This is an art ritual I created specifically for the full moon in April 2021. It was created with the intention of helping you receive a message from Spirit about shining your light in the world.
The full moon is a great time to connect to Spirit and ask if there are any messages you need to receive. With this art ritual, you will take a few sacred moments to find out if Spirit has any wisdom or advice to offer.
When I connect with Spirit and the angels for my clients, I don’t use tools but I’ve always wanted to. I like tools. My grandmother used to read tea leaves at her local church bazaar. It reminded me of stories of scrying for messages in a crystal ball or a cauldron full of water.
Scrying is the art of looking at an object or reflective surface and hoping for messages to appear. It’s a little like staring at the clouds and waiting to see what kind of images you can pick out. Like any form of divination, you can do it with the intention of receiving messages from Spirit or just to receive inspiration from your own imagination. The best results happen when you’re relaxed and you enter that state that feels a little like zoning out.
A few years ago, I came up with my own form of scrying using water and diluted inks. If you’ve played with watercolors, acrylic paints or inks before, you know that placing a drop of watery paint on a wet surface causes the paint to disperse in spontaneous ways. Scrying in this way is looking at the abstract patterns and shapes that form in the dried paint until you see symbolic images appear. The shapes don’t have to look exactly like the object that comes to mind. It’s more about trusting what your mind comes up with than it is about accurately finding images that really exist in the dried paint.
The first step is seeing the images but the next step is interpreting what you saw to find the meaning of the message. The answers might come to you right away or it might take some time to realize what the meaning of the message is which is why it’s helpful to write down everything you see.
I take you through this process step-by-step below.
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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.
We are entering the peak of spring. It’s a great time to honor the sun, surround yourself with flowers and beckon summer. I’m in need of the sun, the moon and a lot of play. To start, I’ll be cleaning my altar and adding lavender for ease and grace, roses for my love of the Great Mother, beeswax candles to call in the magic of the bees and to have fire to honor the sun, a bouquet of fresh flowers, honey because I’m wishing for more sweetness in my life, selenite towers to keep the energy clear, tiny little wishes wrapped in tiny little paper for the fairies, a couple prayers of passion for my husband and I, the cute sock monkey toy that represents my son surrounded by roses to wish him feelings of love and goodness and coins because I’m growing money and power in my imagination.
The final touch I will include is a bouquet of flowers that remind me of the sun because the sun is a powerful symbol for confidence, being bold and giving yourself permission to shine and stand in your power.
Let’s channel this sun energy in this month’s full moon art ritual by scrying for messages using yellow, orange and red paints.
Below are the step-by-step instructions of this ritual in a format you can print for your convenience.
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- inks, acrylic paints or watercolors in yellow, orange and red
- compass for drawing circles
- paintbrush or dropper
- art journal page or watercolor paper
- paint cups to mix the paint when you dilute it
- white wax crayon or masking fluid
- Set a sacred space and prepare for your art ritual.
- Choose a page in your art journal or cut a square of watercolor paper.
- Draw a circle with a compass on your paper. Make sure it fills about ¾ of the page. You want to leave room to write later.
- Have three small paint holders or cups. Fill each half way with water. Add a drop of yellow to one of the paint holders, a drop of orange to another and a drop of red to the last one.
- Mix each cup so the color is vibrant but diluted.
- Follow the outer line of your circle with your white wax crayon or your masking fluid. This is to prevent the water and the paint from seeping past the outer edges of your circle.
- Wet the inside of the circle with water.
- Dip your paintbrush or dropper into the yellow paint.
- With your paintbrush or dropper, drop watery yellow paint onto the water surface.
- Watch the drops of yellow paint spread. Let this layer dry.
- Once the yellow paint is dry, wet the circle again.
- Dip your paintbrush or dropper into the orange paint.
- With your paintbrush or dropper, drop watery orange paint onto the water surface.
- Watch the drops of orange paint spread. Let this layer dry.
- Once the orange paint is dry, wet the circle again.
- Dip your paintbrush or dropper into the red paint.
- With your paintbrush or dropper, drop watery red paint onto the water surface.
- Watch the drops of red paint spread. Let this layer dry.
- Now for the fun scrying part of the moon art ritual. Relax your mind as you stare at the colors in the circle. Be like a child looking up at the clouds and imagining they see shapes and animals. What images, shapes or symbols do you see forming in your circle?
- Draw arrows from the places where you see something then describe what you see and the message that image might be sharing with you.
- When you are done capturing the images you see, consider all the messages you received. What do you think Spirit was wanting you to know about shining your light into the world?
- End with a prayer of gratitude.