What you will need:
1 black 7-day ritual candle in glass container
1 piece of Aegerine, Carnelian, Pyrite, Rhodochrosite, or another crystal of your choosing
1 printed image each of the Sun XIX and the Moon XVIII cards
Pen or pencil
Cayenne Pepper (optional)
Sesame Oil (optional)
STEP ONE: Cleanse your space, holding the intention that you are preparing it for a sacred operation and that only those beings working for the highest good of all are invited
STEP TWO: Gather your supplies and settle in to your cleansed space
STEP THREE: (optional) Put one drop of Sesame Oil in the top of the candle and trace it with your finger 3 times around counter-clockwise. Sesame Oil is used for banishing. We use it here to assist in clearing obstacles to Self knowledge and acceptance.
STEP FOUR: (optional) Sprinkle a small amount of Cayenne Pepper in the top of the candle. Cayenne Pepper repels negativity and aids in separation. We use it here to aid in releasing our resistence to and judgement of our Shadow Selves.
STEP FIVE: On the back of the printed Sun card, write a list of traits that you seek to enhance in your public (external) life. Be specific. These traits should describe how you move through the world when you are in sync with your Highest Self. Are you a leader? A listener? Do you hold space? Challenge? Provide comfort? Who are you in the world in your most exalted form? At the top of the list write "I am". As always, we use the present tense in our work.
On the back of the printed Moon card, write a list of traits or states that you seek to enhance in your interior life, the realm inside you that no one else ever sees, but gets a sense of if they know you well. Again, be very specific. Are you inquisitive? Calm? Analytical? A healer? A seeker? What is your secret super power? In the privacy of your own heart and soul, away from the World, who are you? Again, write "I am" at the top.
After you've written these lists out take a moment to reflect on how the two support or contradict each other. There is no right or wrong way for the lists to interact. This is informational. This is for you. This exercise is meant to open ourselves up to seeing how our external and internal selves relate to each other in our conscious minds so that we are better prepped to receive the information that comes through from the sunconscious as we actively work to remove barriers to knowing and embracing ourselves.
STEP SIX: Choose a stone to use in your work. I have suggested 4 above as good options, but as this particular ritual is a deeply personal operation, you can choose any stone you are drawn to *when you choose with the intention of supporting this work*. The stones I have suggested are:
Aegerine - The most intense and advanced stone. It is not common, so if you already have a piece, I trust you have done a good amount of shadow work and will be able to handle the energy of this stone. Powerful ally for diving into the underworld to repair and retrieve abandoned parts of oursleves.
Carnelian - The warrior's stone. An excellent choice for anyone needing assistance with drive, stamina, or any creative/creation issues.
Pyrite - Provides a huge dose of motivation, confidence, self-worth and acceptance. Great choice for issues with lost identity.
Rhodochrosite - Stone of self-love. If anything about this operation makes you the least bit nervous, please use a heart centered stone for the operation. I chose Rhodochrosite for its specifically self-directed energy, but Rose Quartz would be another good option for a soothing energy.
STEP SEVEN: Place the stone in front of the candle and place the printed cards image side up on opposite sides of the candle. They can be vertical or horizontal, whatever fits your firesafe space best. What is important is that they read to you as being on opposite sides of the candle. Since we are using a black candle - the color we use for clearing - the significance of the placement of the cards is to break down the barriers separating our external and internal Selves.
STEP EIGHT: Light the candle and spend a few minutes in quiet meditation reflecting on your process, your goals, and your connection to the Moon, the Universe, and all your fellow beings here on this planet.
Let your candle burn until it goes out on its own in a firesafe place. While it is burning, be sure to stay aware of any signs, symbols, or messages that come through. These can be from loved ones, strangers, dreams, signs on the street - anywhere. This would be a very good time to journal daily to record your feelings as the operation progresses.
Happy Full Moon, my loves! Let me know how it goes. I LOVE YOU XoxoMLH