As connected as I am to the moon, I honestly don't always celebrate each and every new and full moon. It depends on how busy things are and how connected I feel to the sign the moon is in.
But this Full Moon in Libra is one that I'm really looking forward to, and I wanted to share a ritual that I will be doing, in case it calls to you too. It was inspired by Danielle Blackwood in her book The Twelve Faces of the Goddess. The moon will be full at 4:12 am (PST) on Friday, April 19, so I plan to do the ritual the evening before.
Libra is ruled by Venus, also known as Aphrodite, and this ritual is meant to purify and regenerate our relationship with our bodies and sensual selves. The intention is to deepen into self-love by releasing any body shame so that we can fully step into the most confident version of ourselves.
There are two parts to this: the creation of the bath salts, and the ritual bath.
Part One: Aphrodite's Bath Salts
Gather the following ingredients:
I created mine this morning - look how pretty!
Part Two: Ritual Bath
You will prepare sacred space in your bathroom and use the bath salts to create a ritual bath to connect with Aphrodite and ask for her assistance in aligning with your intention.
Before beginning, cleanse the space (clean the tub if necessary, remove clutter, etc.) and use sage to energetically clear the room.
(Note on sage - I prefer to open the windows when I burn sage in order for the smoke to leave, as I envision the smoke carrying away any negative energies.)
Put on some music that will put you into a light trance (I like drumming for this - here's a good one to use, or just search for trance drumming on YouTube.)
When the room feels good to you, set up a small altar to Aphrodite. Items can include the colors of pink and green, roses, seashells, rose quartz, chocolate, red wine, images of Venus/Aphrodite, etc. (Don't feel like you have to use all of these items - it doesn't have to be huge.) Also place your bath salts here along with a candle.
Turn off the lights and light the candle. Begin filling up the tub with warm water. Allow yourself to connect to the music and get into a light trance through movement or swaying.
Take a moment to connect with your intention, whatever it was that you defined when creating your bath salts.
Identify anything that is getting in the way of that intention, whether it be limiting beliefs, old family/cultural conditioning, specific experiences, etc. Don't overthink it, just identify what comes to mind first. Speak aloud your intention to release these barriers: "I now release ____________________________________." Feel them energetically being lifted from you.
Take the bath salts and pour them into the tub. Enter into the water with the intention of being purified and cleansed of anything that no longer serves you. Align with the energy of Aphrodite and embody full self-love, enjoying the sensual pleasure of the bath: the feel of the water on your skin, the beautiful smells, the relaxation and music.
When you feel complete, give thanks to the goddess and empty the tub. Turn off the music and allow yourself to come back to the present moment. Dry yourself off, feeling beautiful and confident. Put on a bathrobe or clothes that feel really good on your skin. Look at yourself in the mirror with pure self-love and adoration.
I hope you enjoy this ritual! Let me know if you end up using it, I'd love to hear. You're also free to skip the ritual and just create the bath salts for use whenever you like, they are very beautiful.