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Full Moon Fire: Clean It Up

Posted on 16 March 2011

The ancients used fire to discard the unusable and create a sense of “clean”.
Their spiritual leaders often staged purification ceremonies at the times of full moons “when the veils between worlds are at their thinnest,” according to local shamanic energy practitioner Brendan Davison.

A shaman on the East End? Today?

Sure. Shamanic healing is part of a tradition dating back 70,000 years, and as Davison describes it, “Shamanic practices and rituals are simple processes with which to come into balance with nature and self; they’re an avenue of letting go of the old and re-mapping the new.”

In a solstice ceremony in Bridgehampton in December, Davison suggested to the crowd that they blow old beliefs into a stick and drop them into the fire and fan new intentions onto themselves out of the flames.

He also suggested this could be done at home with a candle in sync with the lunar cycle: by blowing what’s bothersome into a piece of paper and letting it burn, allowing the fire to clean out the trouble and “heal at the level of the soul.”
Why not try it? The next full moons are March 19 and April 18. Now that it’s warmer, you can take your candle outside.

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