The Ritual of Letting Go
Drawn from Pegan beliefs, the November full moon ritual practices the art of letting go, entering the new year with less baggage.
Rituals come to us in various shapes and sizes, labels and religions. They range from a bedtime face washing routine to elaborate holiday ceremonies. In a well curated life, we draw and create rituals from our outer and inner inspiration.
In a well curated life, we draw and create rituals from our outer and inner inspiration.
A few Novembers ago, I thought my world was falling apart. My relationship was on a swift decline. A sexual harassment incident at work made me feel as though my safe, creative space was gone. My life and I were playing emotional bumper cars that ended in deep green highlights, teary mascara stains down my cheeks, and the fear I was trapped in my life rather than living it. Just in time for that November's Beaver Moon, I discovered the ritual that shifted my perception.
I went down to the water with some friends. We each wrote on three slips of paper whatever it was we wanted to release from our lives. As the little slips of paper floated into the bay, my anxiety drifted right along with them. A few months later I realized the ritual actually worked. Not only could I remember the words scribbled on my three pieces of paper, but I could fully admit they no longer affected me.
A few months later I realized the ritual actually worked. Not only could I remember the words scribbled on my three pieces of paper, but I could fully admit they no longer affected me.
The power of letting go frees the mind and calms the physical body. Less clutter means more space to think, breathe, and create. If we are left dwelling on relationships, petty beliefs, and painful memories, we have less space to grow and collect new memories. Letting go can improve our health physically, emotionally, and energetically. Plus, it's a surefire way to live a more mindful life.
Now, every November full moon, I celebrate the magical ritual of letting go. Drawn from rituals in paganism, the November full moon is the perfect time to reflect on the year so far. With holiday stress and a new year right around the corner, I love taking the time to recognize the people, places, and things that no longer serve me, and casting them into the nearest body of water to bid them adeiu.
Do you have any rituals you absolutely love? How about tricks for letting go of old worries and beliefs? Tell me about them in the comments!