Lunar Cycles, Rituals and Ceremonies

MoonDay Musings: Processing change and release

Personal change can be both rewarding and tumultuous… and not just because of the process itself, but because of the emotions associated with the change.

Change in the world around us — natural, social, political — can also be chaotic and unsettling, even when it is positive change.

And at this time of the Waning Moon, many harness that lunar energy to support their release rituals.

No matter how big or small a change we initiate, it always involves letting go of something — a behaviour, a belief, an expectation, a way of being, a “norm” — to allow something new into our lives, to bring us closer to the life we want and the Self we can be, to move us further along our journey in life.

Yet there can be a mourning for that which no longer serves us, because once it held great value… perhaps by protecting us, or allowing us to feel confident or safe or loved.

And if unexpected change is thrust upon us — loss, death, worldly circumstances — we may feel anger, abandonment, grief or even stronger emotions.

But just as the Phoenix arises from the ashes of its own demise, you too can create new beginnings from painful transitions or endings.

Know that it is okay — more than okay, expected — to experience the highs and lows, to grieve, to feel unsettled, and to mourn the losses whilst still looking forward to the future and new beginnings.

In the words of Lao Tzu,

”New beginnings are often described as painful endings”.

Give your Self time to process the changes.

Give your Self time to release and let go.

Give your Self time to adjust to the new.

Honour who you were and who you are becoming.

We are human.

We feel.

We think.

We accept.

We let go.

We move on.

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