The Full Pink Moon in 2022 will peak on the 16th at 12:57 PM, MST. It is the last full moon before Beltane. The April Full Moon name, like all the other names, originates from the Native Americans. The Full Pink Moon is related to one of the first spring flowers which would be in bloom about this time of the year. The pink Phlox has an intense coloration and really contrasts against the landscape; which is most parts of the country is still mostly brown, and lifeless looking. It is easy to see why Native Americans saw this as a significant occurrence.
Some of the other names this full moon is known by are, the Sprouting Grass Full Moon, the Full Fish Moon, the Hare Moon, and the Egg Moon. As you can easily guess, these names all relate to springtime. Spiritually, the Full Pink Moon is associated with renewal and rebirth. Interestingly enough, at times this month’s full moon has actually appeared to be pink. During a super moon, scattered fading sunlight can cause a reflection that makes the moon look pink briefly.
Tonight we continue in our 2022 full moon planning and self-improvement series by giving our full attention to rising above the noise, or in simpler terms, not allowing emotions to drive our actions. Last month our celebration was focused on embracing the lunar energy in all aspects of our lives. In February we dove into creative planning and in January our focus was preparing ourselves. On this leg of the journey, we learn how to stop making off-the-cuff decisions based on a short-term influence. The reason why this subject is important, is that many people allow the noise of current events to derail them from their spiritual path. Once off their path, many lose focus which can lead to a spiraling out of control, spiritually.
Preparing for This Full Pink Moon Ritual
This ritual should be preformed outside under the light of the full moon. Position your circle around a bonfire or fire pit for the best results.
What items you’ll need to collect for this ritual (as written)
Quarter Candles (yellow, red, blue, green)
Large White Goddess Candle
Paper and pencil for each participant
Fire pit or cauldron suitable for safely burning small objects and paper
If you are having a group session, inform everyone in advance that they can bring their stones, crystals, wands, or other magical tools to be charged on the communal altar during the ritual.
Any portion of the ritual that is bracketed by <> symbols should be understood as instructional notes and not to be spoken aloud.
From earth to sky, sky to ground, I cast this circle round and round – Our meeting place, a sacred space, outside of time, an endless world to interface. This circle is now cast; we are now between the worlds.
<This serves as a call to action for the participants to stop talking, gather, and prepare to begin the ritual>
Calling the Full Pink Moon Quarters
I bid ye travelers of the spiritual world, to turn your gaze to the East. Let your senses be attuned to the blowing winds and know that the great spirits of Air are gathering. As the breeze slips effortlessly around and between us, we are co-joined with something much larger and more powerful than anything bound to ground. Embrace the energy and gather it close to your soul. Rely upon it when you conjure and when you meditate, for it is given freely and is yours to share. <light yellow candle>
Now allow me to request you turn toward the South. Open your heart to the great heat of the eternal fires that have warmed humankind since the dawn of civilization. Touch the great spark and become one who carries the principles and passions of constant renewal and rebirth with you. The spirits of Fire are the keepers of great wisdom and understanding. Open your sight to a level that allows you to see the messages whispered in the crackling flames and the light of the burning sun. <light red candle>
If you shall, please look yonder to the West. Give yourselves over fully to the cleansing power of the great Water spirits. For there is no stain, blemish, or soil that cannot be washed away in the cleaning waters. Allow the waters to circulate throughout your physical bodies, intermingling with all that you hold inside. Shed that which has no permanent hold on your ability to vibrate higher, stretch your intellect further, and embrace the secrets of life itself. <light blue candle>
And in completion of this circle, shift your sight to the North. Do not just look, but instead truly see that which lies before you. The great spirits of Earth have provided a paradise of perfection. Those who choose to see the beauty and possibilities of all types of environment shall be rewarded with a bounty of plentitude. Seek the ground and the power of the land in all that you do. Become a part of the great wheel as it turns throughout the seasons and you shall grow as it grows. <light green candle>
The elements and the spirits are our guides through the infinite expanse we call existence. And yet we must realize that this bounty of goodness comes from the source. We turn our vision skyward, with the light of the full pink moon shining overhead, and offer our most humble thanks to the Goddess for her many blessings. We are but frail humans, a race of intelligent beings who inhabit this world. Above us is the power of the spirit, the power of nature, and that which we rely upon for our very existence. Great Goddess, we ask for your continued care and protection as we walk through this earthy life. <light Goddess candle>
In January, we celebrated the Wolf Moon with a lesson of preparing ourselves. In February, under the shining light of the Snow Moon, we engaged in creative planning for the future. Both were important lessons leading to Ostara. In March, under the Worm Moon, our conversation was about charging ourselves using the lunar energy; connecting with the universe. Now as we prepare for Beltane, and the great Fire Festival honoring fertility, we use the Full Pink Moon to hone our personal skills. Now more than anytime, we must be vigilant to the power of propaganda and persuasion. We must not allow others to prey upon our emotions and lead us down a path that is consistent with our own chosen personal spiritual path. Emotions are not to be ignored, but to be better understood.
Each month a musical selection is provided at this juncture in ritual. The reason for this is to raise energy. For as long as the human race has populated this world, we have made rhythmic sounds to stir our souls. Drumming, chanting, and wind instruments have stirred our souls and given us a reason to dance and express ourselves in wild abandonment. Tonight our featured piece is by Trobar de Morte entitled Summoning The Gods.
Rising Above the Noise – Learn to Master Your Emotions
We are citizens of the information age. Dozens of sources barrage us constantly with news, entertainment, advertising, product sales pitches, and so much more. Regardless of how broad our minds are, it is impossible to sift through it all, and highly improbable that we’d even want to. There is one key thing that every content producer tries to attach to their finished product. It is the attempt to persuade or convince you that the message they are saying, is true and often the ‘right message’. One of the strongest tools they use to drive their point home is to prey upon our emotions. Yes, prey upon you emotions. With the right imagery, music, and cast of characters, these content producers try to please you, cause outrage, scare you, or push you into empathizing with their story. This same technique is also used to market new products and services. As the world changed, we’ve seen a scorecard approach become the new normal. The number of likes, retweets, upvotes, follows, etc. became a distorted version of the truth. In simpler terms it boils down to a popularity contest.
Sometimes you don’t realize that your being steered through your emotions. You may feel a deep heartfelt feeling of compassion for victims of a natural disaster. Photos of children in poverty or elderly people without proper medicine might stir your soul. Clips of people touting easy success with a new business opportunity might seem encouraging. All of these are created to drive you to an action based on an emotional response. Some may even have testimonials or comments from ‘real users’ to help solidify the pitch. But before you send money, share personal information, or buy a product, stop. Take some time to be skeptical. Allow your sense of self-preservation to rule your mind for a bit. Look to common sense. Your body was designed with a built-in set of self-preservation diagnostics to prevent you from being killed, or otherwise harmed. Many of us have forgotten or purposely shelved them, allowing the noise to dictate a new set of rules.
The worst ones come with a sense of urgency attachment. This added pressure is a huge red flag. Think about it before you react. Even if you want to donate money to a good cause, why does it need to be immediately? Won’t the good cause always have a need for funding? Immediate often means a scam is afoot. Do not give in to the manipulative efforts that are found everywhere.
Does rampant consumerism (think, something shiny – convincing you that you must have an item) feed your spirit or your body? Will you get long-term satisfaction from sending money to a charity that you know nothing about? Do some research about it first – chances are if you can’t find anything solid about it, then it’s a trick. Just because you read about something on the major news sites, doesn’t mean it’s true. Maybe some of it is true, but understand that the goal is to sell advertisement space on those sites and sensationalism gets readers, and thus revenue. Why do you think supermarket tabloids never go out of business? Layer on the political nature of many things, and you can start to see the patterns emerge. Some stories are overly shared while others kept secretive. Who does that benefit? Not any of us regular people, that I can be sure of. By now you can see that our emotions are a top target for many people to drive many narratives.
A person who is strong spiritually can easily rise above the noise. They remain grounded by their own spiritual path, meaning if it doesn’t enhance, clarify, or otherwise support that path, they won’t participate. If the internet is a problem, then don’t go online. If television programming is problematic, then turn it off. I’m not recommending you move to a cabin in the woods, but stepping away from the sources that give you emotional distress is a good idea. If you are unsure, start small. Trade online time for real life time. If you are a Green Witch, then spend time in your garden. If you are an Odinist, then read and research your calling. And if you are a metaphysical practitioner, such as a Tarot reader, then practice your craft. The goal is to see that your path is more important than the noise of the modern world. Without an inner-sense of peace and direction, most people are lost. It’s your choice to decide who rules you. Choose wisely.
Cleaning and Clearing
It is important to keep your spiritual house in order. It’s no secret that emotional baggage, mean people, bad relationships, and unhealthy situations do nothing positive for our spiritual health. Many people find themselves filled with darkness, loathing, anger, fear, and negativity; many of them don’t even know why. As mentioned, our field of vision is often clouded with a barrage of attempts to influence us. There are those who don’t care if they cause problems in our lives, just as long as they get what they want. Energy vampires, martyrs, professional victims, guilt mongers, and other negative personality types are just about everywhere. The more you associate with them, the more difficult it will be to regain control of your own spirituality.
But before you throw in the towel, remember that there is a way out. There is something called choice. It is the greatest tool in regaining your sovereignty as a human being; you are your own nation, so to speak. You are your own ruler and you make all the laws. The full moon is the perfect time to engage in personal cleansing. The process is simple, and the action itself is powerful and possibly life-changing. On this full pink moon, in the safety of this sacred circle, I implore everyone to take the bold step of redemption and recovering their own spirit.
<from this point forward, the ritual leader should significantly slow down – each sentence must be allowed to sink into everyone’s thoughts – read it like a guided meditation, one sentence, then a pause, then another then pause, and so on – speak with an even and calming voice throughout – your voice will help relax and allow everyone to focus>
Close you eyes. Relax your body. Take several deep breaths and bring yourself to a point clarity. Free your mind of the mundane activities of living. Become a free floating being. Allow the spirits of air, earth, fire and water to guide you. Envision a great expanse of nothingness as you settle deep into a state of calm rational thinking. Wander through the passageways of your own mind. Identify the dark areas and things that are troubling you. Examine the coloration of your thoughts. Listen to the sounds of your memories. Identify the things that are influencing your life but not bringing you to a higher state of being. Are you anchored to something dark, What things are doing emotional damage. Are your behaviors serving another, rather than yourself. Can you see the faces of those trying to put you down or keep you down. Are you visiting places which seem to draw you but offer you nothing but negativity. Do you see the darkness and the damage it is bringing. Keep breathing deeply and remain focused. Ask yourself which things need to go in order for you to grow. What is keeping you from being happy. Focus on those items that you need to release from your life. It’s time to make a decision; one that will give you a hand up and a step forward. Now lock those things in the front of your mind. Open your eyes but remain in that relaxed state of being.
<distribute paper and pencils>
You will need your focus to step out of your own darkness. Use your natural intention to shed yourself from the debris and negative forces that haunt you. Write down everything that is working against you. Decide now that you are releasing those things which hold power over you. Pledge to yourself that you are cutting those cords, now and forever. This is the moment to burn away that which causes you pain. This is the moment to free yourselves from fear and anxiety. Stop participating in unhealthy relationships. Stop being used. Shake away the false feelings of security. Break free from the abuses. Your future depends on your strength of mind. Believe in yourself to be the agent of change you need. Believe it with all your heart.
When you are ready, approach the fire with your list and commit it to the flames – saying out loud, “I release that which no longer serves me”
<Provide ample time for everyone to burn and meditate over what was released>
Closing Our Full Pink Moon Circle
Now with a renewed sense of direction and a clear spirit, we set out into the world. With each thing we cleared, we’ve opened a space that needs filled with something better, brighter, and that will improve our spiritual standing with the universe. Now join me as we close tonight’s circle.
We look to the North but our minds are with the grounding energy of the Earth spirits. We have crossed another hurdle but have not lost our footing and boldly choose to become our own ruler and master as we venture into the world again. Our vibration is rising and with it comes a better version of ourselves. <extinguish green candle>
Now to the West and offer gratitude to the spirits of Water. Our focus is crystal clear as the running waters of the sacred rivers and streams of the world. We have discovered a great change in our lives and pledge to utilize it to focus on that which makes our lives better and keeps us on the path we’ve chose.<extinguish blue candle>
Turn to the South and once again commune with the spirits of Fire. We are drawn to the light, for the light holds the values we so associate with success. As we have discarded the darkness and negativity of life, we seek now to find new and enlightening sources of light to fill our core with. As each new day passes, so does another door open itself to us and shower our willing souls with light and hope. <extinguish red candle>
Finally look to the East and reach for the comforting embrace of the spirits of Air. Each breeze shall remind us that our goal is to stay centered on the path we walk. Each wind will push us to excel and be solution minded in all things. And in moments of weakness, the wind shall be our companion, to keep the darkness from closing in. <extinguish yellow candle>
Great Goddess, on this night as in every night, we honor your great and powerful energy. We leave this circle in a state of joy and satisfaction. Our spirits are cleansed and our souls are in a state of euphoria. We are blessed for the opportunity to share space with all the divine elements of the universe and have gained new insight, wisdom, and a sense of peace by your presence. <extinguish Goddess candle>
This circle is now open!