Heal from the Past with this Full Moon in Cancer Ritual

By: Narayana Montufar 

Mantra: “At this first Full Moon of 2023, I leave behind what is meant to say in the past… forever.”

The first Full Moon of the year is here, and it comes with the perfect astral configuration we currently need to leave the past behind as we step into the new. Since the December 21st Winter Solstice, the Sun has been shinning in Capricorn, the Sign of the Sea-Goat. Being one of the most ambitious, focused signs, Capricorn always takes a hard, cold look at life, instigating a serious sense of self-mastery. 

On Friday, January 6th at 3:08 p.m. PST, the Moon sits exactly across from the Capricorn Sun, becoming full in Cancer, the Sign of the Divine Nurturance. Suddenly, we become aware of the ways we have become too hard on ourselves, conscious of the fact that success is not even real when we’re leaving our emotions out. This will ring true if the end of 2022 provided challenges for us. 

This first Full Moon of 2023 puts us at a crossroads, making us realize that, if we’re going to thrive this year, we can no longer hold on to the past. As our ego clashes with our emotions, we are being given the opportunity to acknowledge the pain so we can process it—and finally, watch it go away. 

If you’re ready to step into the new year healed and ready, the ritual below is for you! 

The Ritual

For this ritual, you will need a small black candle, matches, a pointy tool, geranium oil, and one big flower. Head to a place where you won’t be disturbed and sit for a few minutes to think about one thing from 2022 that you would like to leave behind. 

Once you have pinpointed it, grab your pointy tool and write it in the candle in one or two words. Next, grab the geranium oil and begin anointing the black candle as you visualize a bright blue light coming from the Moon, magically healing and nurturing your heart. 

Once you feel ready, put the candle inside the flower and light it up. As the candle burns, stare at the flame while you imagine your 2022 pain or sorrow slowly burning, melting away. Take this Full Moon candle gazing as your opportunity to really say goodbye… forever! 

Once the small black candle is completely burned, leave it outside to absorb the rays of the moonlight.


Full Moon Candles
Geranium Essential Oil
Ritual Book

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